And the Legions March on, Americas Farcical Democracy in Action
Well, the blush is off the rose, Obama has made it clear that he is going to continue to send American troops to faraway foreign lands in the name of protecting America:
“And with our friends and allies, we will forge a new and comprehensive strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan to defeat al Qaeda and combat extremism. Because I will not allow terrorists to plot against the American people from safe havens half a world away.” — President Barack Obama
It must be nice to have God-like powers. And this isn’t just idle liberal (snort) rhetoric, President Obama just asked Congress for an additional $200 billion dollars to fund the Pentagon’s adventures in Asia. And it turns out that his “pullout” from Iraq involves leaving behind 50,000 troops … who will be engaging in combat. That’s a pullout?
It gets worse, let’s sum this up:
- 17,000+ additional troops to Afghanistan.
- 50,000 troops to remain in combat in Iraq indefinitely.
- Continuing missile attacks on Pakistan.
- Yet another increase in military spending.
- An additional $205 billion military spending in Iraq/Afghanistan.
- Continuation of the “War on Terror” rhetoric.
Did I leave anything out? I’m pretty sure this is the exact same policy Bush followed the past seven years, endless US crusades abroad, ever increasing US war spending, sophomoric good guy vs bad guy propaganda. Didn’t we just have an election where we were promised change? Changing focus from one stupid quagmire to an even stupider quagmire isn’t change. It’s like the old army joke where after a ten day hike the Captain announces one morning that he has good news and bad new for the tired dirty troops. First the good news, today the troops get a change of underwear for the first time in weeks! Huzzas all around. Then the Captain announces the bad news: “Smith, you trade underwear with Jones, Wilson, you trade with Jenkins, … “
At least during the USA Civil War we got to vote on the war, one can hope that if McClellan got elected he would have negotiated a peace with the South. Who knows though, since then almost every Democrat who promised peace has instead brought war. Wilson, Roosevelt, Johnson are the big three, and now Obama has joined their august ranks. It’s pretty depressing really. Partly because endless military interventions overseas are not making us safer, the opposite in fact. Mostly because we don’t even have a say in the matter. We can elect Republicans who promise us endless war, or we can elect Democrats who promise peace but bring us endless war. Not to mention endless war spending. I’ve decided Eisenhower is the last President I respect, I’ll write about him soon.
The point here being … anyone who still thinks Obama is a liberal is, well, fooling themselves. See how diplomatically I put that? There is nothing liberal about ordering 17,000 troops to Afghanistan, launching missiles into Pakistan, or increasing the already mind-numbingly bloated war budget. All because a tiny handful of extremists plotted against us? There’s a lot more extremists plotting against us now than before 9/11, adding more fat to the fire isn’t going to help. Sigh. It’s been a depressing week. I was pretty underwhelmed by the rest of Obama’s speech to Congress as well. He said a lot of nice stuff, but didn’t exactly say how we are going to pay for it all. I dunno, I no longer think we are re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. Now we’re redistributing oars in the lifeboats. I am not reassured.
Moving right along, not much else in the news but the usual litany of economic bad news. No worries though, it’s all gonna turn around in a year or two, you betcha. There is at least some good news. Yes, The Simpsons is set to break the record and become the longest running prime-time drama in US television history. It will over take Gunsmoke in a little while. That Gunsmoke and The Simpsons are the two longest running dramas in US TV history says something about our society, I’m not sure what it is, but I don’t think it’s going to make a positive impression on the aliens who may be watching.
In any event all promised posts are on the way, psychopathic CEOs, God and pebbles, and the rest. I was just so disgusted by Obama’s complete sell-out or whatever one wants to call it I had to rant about it today. All America did is elect a silver-tongued George Bush. Not that I was ever terribly impressed with Obama, but this is just pathetic.
Have a great weekend everyone.
(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit and is central to illustrating the post. I was unable to determine who the credit and copyright belongs to. It’s an image of a Soviet helicopter downed by Mujahadeen in Afghanistan sometime in the eighties. Deja Vu all over again. I thought it was a striking picture too.)