Wednesday, December 02, 2009
President Barack Obama December 1st Speech
From the associated press; Declaring “our security is at stake,” President Barack Obama ordered an additional 30,000 U.S. troops into the long war in Afghanistan on Tuesday night, nearly tripling the force he inherited but promising an impatient public to begin withdrawal in 18 months. ...will cost $30 billion for the first year alone
He said it was not Vietnam all over again
First, there are those who suggest that Afghanistan is another Vietnam. They argue that it cannot be stabilized, and we are better off cutting our losses and rapidly withdrawing. Yet this argument depends upon a false reading of history. Unlike Vietnam, we are joined by a broad coalition of 43 nations that recognizes the legitimacy of our action.
Unlike Vietnam, we are not facing a broad-based popular insurgency. And most importantly, unlike Vietnam, the American people were viciously attacked from Afghanistan, and remain a target for those same extremists who are plotting along its border. To abandon this area now – and to rely only on efforts against al Qaeda from a distance – would significantly hamper our ability to keep the pressure on al Qaeda, and create an unacceptable risk of additional attacks on our homeland and our allies.
but we have been in Afghanistan eight years, and each year more US troops are sent in. Can you remember Vietnam in which each years whichever President that was in office would issue a message to the effect that the war was turning in our favor and now we were winning? Maybe if we just increase border security and stop illegals and foreign students from entering our country we would be better off than supporting Afghanistan and the rest of the world. Maybe if we came down strong on users of dope in any quantity it would stop the market for the drug traffic into the United States and in turn stop financing the Taliban whose main source of money is from drugs sold in the United States.
The full text of the speech is located here.
"And it's - ONE! TWO! THREE! - What are we fighting for?"
Country Joe and the Fish
Well, hey there! Come to think of it, that's a damned good question when you get right down to it: Just what the heck are we fighting for? Let us examine the possibilities, shall we?
American interests? It can't be that! Given the fact that Afghanistan's only export seems to be opium, and taking into consideration our fabulously successful war on drugs....Nah! It couldn't be that!
Freedom and democracy? Tee! Hee! Hee! I'm sorry, I was just kidding! The Afghan people are now living under the rule of a "leader" who is now in power because he stole the recent election. Hamid Karzai is many things - you'll get no argument from me there! - Thomas Jefferson he ain't. Trust me on that. Let this be etched in stone: Any country that views its women as inferior beings not worthy of basic human rights is a country not worth one drop of anyone's blood. NEXT....
Aiding a developing nation? In order for a country to be classified "developing", a bit of "development" should at least be moderately apparent. Afghanistan is stuck in the fifth century and seems intent on remaining there.
What are we fighting for?
Let me rephrase that: What are the children of the poor and working classes fighting for? Between you and me, I've only known one person in combat in the last seven years. I don't know him anymore. He was killed when a roadside bomb was detonated in front of the vehicle in which he was a passenger. His name was Irving Medina. He was twenty-two.
What was Irving Medina fighting for?
Oil is the poison of the global crack dealer.
Islam is their religion.
Death and deception of the Christ believer is their ultimate mission.
Be not deceived.
Jesus IS the Only Answer!!!