As everyone waits to see what spews forth from the Changeling regarding Afghanistan later today, let's be clear people - THIS is the site of Obama's "Necessary War"...
When I got these pictures from the husband in April (I think you can click on them to enlarge), all I could do was shake my damn head. I couldn't even begin to write everything I was feeling, particularly since "Hearts and Minds" (like so many other issues, hotly debated and often not agreed-upon during this 29-years-last-Saturday union) had also become another one of those double-edged swords, slicing my emotions into two distinctly different, yet equally important parts between which I ultimately find my idea of "right."
I read Eric Margolis's, Chasing Mirages in Afghanistan, a little while before the U.S. presidential "selection" redux Afghan elections. It was an interesting take on the no-win, win for which Obama & Co. keep constantly aiming. He makes the very good point:
Ravaged Afghanistan needs genuine, honest elections, and patient national reconciliation, free of foreign manipulation. That's the only true road to peace and stability.
And I was right there with him, but then, he had to go and say this:
America has a great deal to teach Afghanistan about how to run clean elections and build the essential institutions of democracy.
and this...democracy and good government are what America should be exporting to the Muslim World, not dictators, B-1 bombers, and Predators.
and this...Running phony elections is unworthy of the United States and demeans its values and traditions.
Really now. You know, just as well as I do, that America's already taught/exported enough of "US" to Afghanistan to nearly choke the life out of an entire people - especially if we were to reallyunpack those good ole American "values and traditions." But I do get where he was trying to go with the whole "makes a mockery of everything we preach around the globe" thing. And so do they:
Starting at the 6:18 click, the men say, "We're hoping that Obama would be much better than Bush." Then they go on - wearily it seems - to the ending 7:08 click, explaining what should be painfully clear, even to the most empathetically-challenged of us.
I tell you, if watching just that little snippet (never mind the other parts - to include that brand, spanking new SuperMax-looking prison they just built on Afghan soil - among other things) does not convince you of the absolute wrongness of this thing that the Changeling, et al are doing in our names, I don't know what will. And, either this is some serious Undercover Brother maneuvering, or these fellas need not hold out any hopeof him beingbetter:
And he had the nerve to say, "This will not be quick nor easy." Well, all I have to say to that is, what Queen Gorgo from the movie, "300" said to the crooked, rapist-politician Theron, after she rammed that sword deep into his belly in the council chamber: Mr. President - "This will not go quickly, YOU will not enjoy it!"
Based on his consistent-from-the-beginning rhetoric and continued hawkish behavior on Afghanistan, coupled with his general's conveniently leaked report and "Karzai's tattered victory,"nobody should have any questions about whether or not he's "better than Bush." But of course, that's wishful thinking.
Scott Ritter illustrates some historically inconvenient truths about Afghanistan in his, McChrystal Doesn’t Get It—Does Obama? - truths Obama & Co. don't seem to even care to get as they continue their feeble march toward imperialist nation-building. I'm sure Hill wouldn't have been overseas a couple of weeks ago (looking for some reason to me - eerily Nixonesque), telling Der Spiegel - 'Our Goal Is to Defeat Al-Qaida and Its Extremist Allies' - if they did care. Now, nearly deafened by his administration's increasingly louder drumbeats for more war, I felt that "quiet riot" beginning to rumble. And with her Oscar-worthy performance in the "Patriarchy Category" - parroting the lies, and posturing, just like the man who'd brushed her off his lapel Jay-Z style during the campaign - the words that had eluded me since April finally came. But not for the warmongers. The words are for the Afghan brothers and sisters suffering the same foot-on-neck behavior upon which this country was founded:
"My enemy's enemy is my man remember? I ain't tryin' to be endin' up in this Man's dilemma...'til we get there, I am on your side."