Declare victory

Afghanistan

Afghanistan (Photo credit: Ricymar Fine Art Photography)

As we did in Vietnam, I think that we should declare victory in Afghanistan and withdraw. We have driven al-Qaeda out of the country and into Pakistan, and we have punished the Afghan people enough for harboring bin Laden. After we withdraw, sooner or later, the Afghans themselves will decide their own government. It may include the Taliban or it may be a coalition of warlords. The Afghan people are tired of war and will welcome peace, any peace. The sooner we withdraw, the sooner they can start to sort out their own problems. We cannot impose a solution; only the Afghans can decide Afghanistan’s future.

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Mitt the victim

English: Osama bin Laden interviewed for Daily...

English: Osama bin Laden interviewed for Daily Pakistan in 1997; behind him on the wall is an AK-47 carbine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

When the phone rings in the White House at 3:00 am, who do you want there to answer it?  Barack Obama who got Osama bin Laden, or Mitt Romney who whimpers about the opposition using Chicago style politics to defeat him. Which candidate is capable of dealing with foreign allies and foreign adversaries including Chavez and Putin?

Pakistan and Osama bin Laden

Bill O'Reilly - Caricature

Bill O’Reilly – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

The Government of Pakistan has played a double game with the US since before the Reagan administration. I am not sure when the duplicity started, but it may have been in the Nixon years. Nixon was strong supporter of Pakistan even when he was a vice president under Eisenhower. Thus Pakistan’s willingness and ability to deceive the US goes back half a century, more or less.

Last night on his TV show, Bill O’Reilly demanded that President Obama take a public stand against Pakistan’s sentencing of Dr. Afridi to 33 years imprisonment for assisting the US in killing bin Laden. An amendment to a bill in Congress has been submitted to reduce aid to Pakistan by $33 million, a ridiculously small sum, about 1% of our annual aid package. If we really wanted to get Pakistan’s attention, we would cut off all military aid, continuing only civilian assistance.

With its large and mostly poor population and its nuclear arsenal, Pakistan is probably the most dangerous threat on the planet to world peace. In my judgment, Pakistan is more a threat than Iran is or ever will be. I am certainly glad that Barack Obama is in charge of dealing with the problem rather than Bill O’Reilly. As long as the US is fighting in Afghanistan, we need Pakistan more than Pakistan needs us. Once we are out of Afghanistan, it may be possible to nudge Pakistan into a more democratic path, to their benefit and to the benefit of a more peaceful and prosperous world.

 

Change of heart

Dick Cheney - Caricature

Dick Cheney - Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Dick Cheney recently survived a heart transplant operation. Some survivors of this operation have experienced a change of heart in their way of looking at life. Some believe that the donor’s way of life affects the way the recipient lives his/her life. Just imagine if Cheney were to decide to come clean about the Bush/Cheney administration’s inner workings. There is much I would like to know about WMDs in Iraq, bin Laden at Tora Bora, the swiftboating of John Kerry and the vote counting in Florida in 2000 and in Ohio in 2004. They say confession is good for the soul. The truth from Cheney would clear up some of the distrust in the country and make Obama’s reconstruction efforts easier.  Cheney could go down in history as the last honest Republican. Probably too much to hope for.

Please see Worst president | Dick Cheney | Who shot the sheriff?

BOTT update

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Barack Obama Truth Team update

Three falsehoods that I have encountered recently on the web:

  1. Barack Obama was born in a foreign country.
  2. Barack Obama is gay.
  3. Osama bin Laden was not killed by the US in Pakistan.