The “big on security” GOP seems to have developed a case of Reagan’s Syndrome* of late, just plain forgetting vastly important things, and once again my perennial question to right-wing warmongers goes unanswered.**
Here’s only a fraction of what the NY Times has to say about our favorite forgotten first target in the “war on terror”:
Today, [Lashkar Gah, Afghanistan] is the epicenter of a Taliban resurgence and an explosion in drug cultivation that has claimed the lives of 106 American and NATO soldiers this year and doubled American casualty rates countrywide. Across Afghanistan, roadside bomb attacks are up by 30 percent; suicide bombings have doubled. Statistically it is now nearly as dangerous to serve as an American soldier in Afghanistan as it is in Iraq.
The Afghani government was asking for assistance in peacekeeping as early as 2002 — before that Texan idiot in Washington decided to wipe daddy’s ass for him.
But Duh-bya was so busy getting a hardon for Saddam-y that their requests were effectively denied, leaving Afghanistan to sink slowly into a state of chaos and face a gradually rising public support for the Taliban.
And now, Mission Unaccomplished is very likely to spiral out of control.
Let’s think about morons for a moment, such as the cretin that calls himself a “decider”. Since 2001 he’s decided to sell Iraq as being the biggest threat the nation faces. So big that he decided to call off the search for Osama bin Laden. So big that, against mounting evidence and public outcry, he’s decided to overexert our military to the breaking point.*** So big that he decided North Korea and Iran could be marginalized.
Let’s think further about the indefensible claims made by idiots who back Bush. They squawk about “cut and run” — but ignore the way we shafted Afghanistan. (Strictly speaking, I guess that was “bomb and run” — but still.) They boast about “security” but overlook the dangers they created in not one but two nations — one by too little involvement, and one by too much.
Stupidity cannot be allowed to have any voice when determining issues of global importance. Ignorance is not a personality trait to wear as a badge of honor; it is a mark of shame.
Yet Rummy and his apologists seem unable to accept shame. Cheney is hiring a propagandist to write his biography, and Bush is still trying to link Iraq with “tur’rism” even though he has publicly admitted there is no link. Condi has joined the ranks of the shameless too by comparing the Iraq stupidity with the American Civil War, which she seems to think was a war about granting slaves their freedom. (Thanks to Pam’s House Blend for that link.)
This is beyond sickening, but the good — excellent — news is that the more reality seeps in, the more obvious it is that the admin is so far removed from the facts they can’t possibly be living on the same planet any longer. Better still, they’re political plutonium; I hope they’ll all give their personal endorsements to every GOP incumbent in the ’06 Congress race. Nothing would please me more at this point.
Meanwhile we’re faced with a more pressing issue. One of the lawyers a family member of mine works with, a member of the Army Reserves, is now in Iraq, mobilized recently. He’s 39 years old and has a family. With the Fed scratching this hard to get blood in the boots to back Bush, we have to wonder: What are we going to do when a real military threat surfaces?
I guess that problem, like the massive debt brought about by the Iraq quagmire (as well as tax slashing for rich white fuckers), will be a problem for “future presidents”, huh, George?
* Come on, you know it’s just a matter of time before those droolbags rename Alzheimer’s in honor of The Gipper. They’re monikerfucking everything else they can get their hands on.
** Why didn’t we “stay the course” with Afghanistan, stabilize it, turn it into a prosperous US-friendly democracy, and then use its allied status as a primary contact point for furthering liberalism and freedom throughout the Middle East? Hell, it worked with both Japan and Germany. Now who was it that didn’t learn from history, again?
*** If there is not a 100% turnover in Congress this election, I predict we will see a return of the draft announced in 2007. It’ll be limited in scope at first, but I’m close to certain it’ll come.
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