Category: War

From a political perspective, the Palin VP pick has worked beautifully for the Republican party. Nobody is talking about the issues for the last few weeks, instead the media and bloggers have been chattering nonstop about Palin.

This will be the last time I ever blog about Sarah Palin, unless the voters of the United States are actually dumb enough to make her the vice president. We need to focus on the issues facing the country, instead of spending time blogging about a VP candidate that is really a red herring.

So what’s today’s Palin shocker? Remember how the Bush administration spent years trying to connect 9-11 to the Iraq war? Remember how the majority of Americans thought we were invading Iraq because of 9-11?

Well, a few years ago, even the Bush administration stopped trying connect 9-11 to Iraq, because even the most ill-informed Americans were starting to realize that Iraq had nothing to with the global war on terror.

Well it turns out that there are still a few people who actually think Iraq has something to do with 9-11, including Sarah Palin.

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska, Sept. 11 — Gov. Sarah Palin linked the war in Iraq with the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, telling an Iraq-bound brigade of soldiers that included her son that they would “defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the death of thousands of Americans.”

For once, I’m speechless.. Normally, I think celebrity opinions are absolutely useless, but this Matt Damon clip is on target.

Its interesting to see how John McCain has adopted the Bush Iraq policy. Before General Petraeus gave his slide show to congress this week, McCain tried to portray an Iraq withdrawal as reckless.

There is absolutely no such thing as early withdrawal from Iraq. The Iraq war has gone on for over five years, with absolutely no end in sight. Getting the hell out of Iraq is way overdue.

The US government still lacks a timetable. In the fall when Petraeus took over, he said that a timetable would be unacceptable because of the dangerous conditions on the ground. With his most recent testimony, Petraus is saying things are going too well to be spoiled by a timetable. I guess he wants to have his cake and eat it too.

McCain is taking a page from the Bush playbook by pushing fear. Fear of the unknown. The idea that the withdrawal of US forces from Iraq will destabilize not only Iraq, but the entire Middle east. I hate to break the bad news to Senator McCain, but destabilizing the Middle East is what we did by foolishly invading Iraq in the first place.

The US backed Iraqi government is completely corrupt. Removing the entire established government and military and starting over is the only path to “victory,” but its also completely unrealistic.
At this point, anytime we leave Iraq is going to be bad. It doesn’t matter how long we wait, its going to be ugly.

Mr. McCain declared that the United States is “no longer staring into the abyss of defeat.’’ Instead, he said, America “can now look ahead to the genuine prospect of success.’’

Can anybody provide me with a clear definition of success in Iraq? I’ve looked at McCain’s policy page for Iraq, and there are absolutely no benchmarks for success. In fact, there is no long term policy items inside McCain’s “Strategy for Victory in Iraq.” The fact is, McCain doesn’t have a long term policy for Iraq. There is no path to success, because we cannot even define it.

The Iraq war will never be a success. The sooner we have a commander in chief that realizes that, the better off the United States will be. We need to president who will go in to “damage control” mode, and make the cleanest and timeliest exit from Iraq. Barack Obama is the only presidential candidate who will get us out of Iraq in a clean and timely manner.

A picture of McCains conflicting media statements concerning the iraq war.

Saddam Hussein did not have WMD’s, but lets assume for a minute he did, the war would still be completely unnecessary. Even if the war turned out to be a complete cakewalk (which it was not), it would still be unnecessary. Iraq was never a grave security threat to the United States.

Even with his reckless judgment concerning the Iraq war, I think John McCain is still the best Republican candidate. Bottom line, I will never trust the judgment of any politician who supported the Iraq war. As a former McCain supporter/donor, I will never vote for him.

Barack Obama was against the war from the beginning(like me); its one of the many reasons why I’m supporting Obama in 2008.

shah of iranpervez musharraf

If anyone doesn’t understand why the Muslim world hates the United States, look no further than Pervez Musharraf, the US backed dictator of Pakistan. General Musharraf is a “valued partner in war on terror,” yet Bin Laden and most of the Al Queda leadership lives in Pakistan.

Have we not learned anything from the Shah of Iran? History is doomed to repeat itself, and this time we are dealing with a nuclear powered state. After no WMD’s were found in Iraq, Bush tried to rebrand the invasion as an attempt to “bring freedom” to Iraq. How does the US giving billions of dollars to a military dictator bring freedom to the people of Pakistan?

Its easy to see why much of the Muslim world hates the US.

Barak Obama has had the right stance on the Iraq war, before it even started. Today, it looks like he will deliver a speech calling for the complete withdrawal of US troops by the end of next year.

Obama Troop Pullout Plan

“Let me be clear: There is no military solution in Iraq and there never was,” Obama was expected to say in a speech Wednesday at Ashford University.

“The best way to protect our security and to pressure Iraq’s leaders to resolve their civil war is to immediately begin to remove our combat troops. Not in six months or one year _ now,” the Illinois senator was to say.

“We must get out strategically and carefully, removing troops from secure areas first and keeping troops in more volatile areas until later,” Obama said in prepared remarks. Key excerpts were obtained by The Associated Press.

Although he stopped short of calling for an immediate pullout of all troops, Obama said there should be a clear and certain timetable.

“But our drawdown should proceed at a steady pace of one or two brigades each month,” he said. “If we start now, all of our combat brigades should be out of Iraq by the end of next year.”

Its refreshing to see a politician who is willing to declare the obvious, and it will be interesting to see how Hillary Clinton reacts to Obama’s plan. Clinton, a supporter of the Iraq war from day 1, in involved in yet another fund raising scandal. The Bush presidency has been so bad, that people seem to forget how scandal plagued the Clinton administration actually was, and how many of those scandals directly involved Hillary Clinton.

america is not at war

500+ People died in attacks yesterday

US soldiers are dying every day. 3700 dead and rising.

How has your life changed? Chances are, your life is really not much different than the day before the ill advised invasion of Iraq. That’s the way the administration, and the defense industry wants it. Screw drafts and tax increases, the way to wage war in the 21st century is to not interrupt the day to day lives of Americans with pesky sacrifices.

21st century battle involves completely insulating the public, so whether its wartime or peacetime, they shouldn’t be able to tell the difference. That way, its easy to con the public in to allowing the next voluntary war. Just keep the people scared, keep giving a blank check to defense conglomerates, and add the bill to the deficit.

God Bless America!