Sunday, October 11, 2009

Wake Up you Fools!

I live in a country populated by far too many idiots. But before you misunderstand me, let me define my use of the term, IDIOT. An idiot isn't someone uneducated, or stupid, an idiot is someone who cannot face facts without trying to cover them up, or someone who chooses to simply deny their existence.

I will not say that I have not been affected by this affliction of idiocy, I'm just as capable of being an idiot as anyone else. My only hope is that I feel I've been imbued with a fair measure of realism, and that sometimes helps to counter act the level of idiocy I project.

So why am I ranting, again, what has awakened the sleeping couch potato?

This morning's Google news flash from CNN...

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. John McCain said any added military deployment in Afghanistan smaller than the 40,000 troops reportedly requested by the top U.S. commander there "would be an error of historic proportions."

Of course any news worthy event that devours our American Tax Dollars at a rate of $1000.00 a second, has consumed well over $228 billion dollars over the last eight years, and has cost the lives of hundreds if not thousands of American soldiers, tends to get my attention.

CNN went on to ask the following question of McCain...

Asked whether he thought the war in Afghanistan could be won with fewer troops than Gen. Stanley McChrystal has reportedly requested, McCain said, "I do not."

It wasn't McCain's answer that pissed me off as much as CNN's question, specifically the use of the term "won". Like it was a game that we were playing, and trying so desperately to win.

Let's review the reasons for our invasion into Afghanistan, shall we?
  • We were assaulted by a bunch of thugs living in caves in the mountains of Afghanistan, and as a result, nearly 3000 people died.
  • The Taliban government, who then ruled Afghanistan, refused to cooperate in helping us to track the murderers down.
Those are the two most obvious reasons, or at least the ones that mattered to the average Joe.

So if we were to treat this war as a game, with the necessary objectives that must be met in order for us to win, and based upon the two reasons we invaded Afghanistan, where are we eight years after the start?

What objectives have we met, what were the objectives?

The average Joe would declare the main objective to be obvious, track down the leaders involved in the attack, with special emphasis and the game winner, to be the capture and or death of Osama Bin Laden.

Secondary objectives might involve dismantling of the Taliban government, and installation of a new, more democratically elected government.

So the score, just in case you weren't keeping track, Visiting Team has 1 point (though it's highly debatable) for dismantling Taliban governance over Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Al-Qaeda? Well damn, like roaches living in the cracks of humanity, they're giving us a scrappy little fight aren't they?

But hey, that's not a bad score, I mean the game is tied up and that makes for some exciting TV!

We've done some great work for the citizens of Afghanistan, we've freed them of the Taliban..., what wait a minute...are you shitting me? Folks, it turns out that we haven't gotten rid of the Taliban at all, turns out that they were just regrouping for the next quarter!

Wow, that's quite the game losing fumble for the single remaining Super Power in the world, don't ya think?

No apparently we don't, think.

What this Veteran of Vietnam, made famous by his capture and subsequent survival at the hands of a vicious enemy, wants more than anything in the world, is to not to be a member of a losing team again. What John McCain fails to see, and what CNN fails to report is the facts, and the facts are that we have already lost this game by default. We've lost and were still losing lives and dollars on a game that should have already been called.

Game over people, lets get our boys and girls back home, let's start spending at the same rate of $1000.00 a second on the things that should really count, like health plans for everyone, like eradicating our needs for fossil fuels, and securing our borders enough that we won't ever have to fear another 9/11.


1 comment:

  1. Hey Joe,

    I've missed your rants!

    I agree with most of your stance and I hate the way the war is being mismanaged. We, the United States, have several problems with either option. If we add troops of any amount without changing our current strategy of warfare is a mistake that compares to England's tactics during the Revolutionary War.

    We can't possibly fight against a foe that protects itself by taking innocents hostage if we are squeamish about collateral damage. I for one am squeamish about that too so don't get on another rant about that.

    If we just leave, pull out troops and "call the game" we risk gifting the Taliban and Al Quaeda with a country for their own with unimpeded ability to plan and implement more attacks against the U.S.

    Maybe we should just pull out, quit being the world's police and just say screw everyone else. Put up an "Iron Curtain" and lock out the rest of the world. Warn the world that we now hold everyone else responsible for their own security and if we are attacked in any way, we will find out who did it and nuke em.

    Let the Taliban and Al Quaeda know that they can do whatever they want to anyone else and we'll leave them alone, but the U.S. is off limits. That will fix our world image.

    I hope you don't see this as a valid answer either.

    "With great power comes great responsibility" (I know, I'm quoting Spiderman). But it does hold some truth doesn't it?

    John McCain is a Republican in a pissing match with the Democrats and therefore his judgement is suspect. I believe that if Obama whole heartedly backed sending 50,000 troops to Afganistan, John McCain would take issue with it.

    I have problems with not actually having a definition of "Win".

    I have problems with having to be the police for the world. I would like to just say screw all of you other countries. I wish we could just tell the terrorists to leave the U.S. alone and you can fight the rest of the world with impunity and be assured that they would do just that.

    So, you propose pulling out our troops. Securing our borders and eradicating our needs for fossil fuels. I'm all for that, if it can be done. If it is enough to secure our people. If.....

    The trouble is, we will give up all of our freedoms - ALL OF THEM!!! to be secure enough to never have the fear of another 9/11. Did I mention ALL OF THEM!!!

    Think of it... Please. Really think, how do we accomplish this security? What steps can we take for this. List them and I'll find a way around it. And if I can find a way, you can bet a motivated organization with a little training will damn well be able to.

    I'm sorry Joe, it's a very dangerous world out there, and we are in the crosshairs.

    Crap, I'm starting to sound like a right wing wacko, but I'm still maintaining my Democrat Voter Registration!!! I can't give in completely :-)