The following quote from the AP article linked below is specious propaganda as much so as the Bush 43 admin implying that Saddam Hussein had nuclear and chemical arms or their insinuation that Saddam was linked to 9/11, to international terrorism, and to anthrax attacks in United States. The bottom line is that John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, and Barack Obama are American Establishment politicians with the same imperial agenda in Afghanistan that Bush 43 had. Making Bush (whom I detest) look bad does not make Obama look good or make his agenda just. It makes the Obama administration hypocrites.
Although limited to a review of military operations eight years old, the report could also be read as a cautionary note for those resisting an increased troop presence there now.
Those who claim that the surge was a success but that U.S. troops withdrew too soon, I respond by saying that the entire U.S. war in Iraq was unnecessary and a mistake based on known false pretenses. That is why it cannot succeed. The surge only bought enough time for Bush to leave office and leave behind an unholy mess for someone else to clean up. The truth is that United States could not keep 166,000 troops in Iraq and fight the resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan too. Both U.S. wars - in Iraq and in Afghanistan - are ill considered and doomed to failure after long periods of bloodshed and enormous expense.
Healthcare reform must wait until this country ends its costly wars abroad. That may take 10 years or longer. So be it. We cannot have guns and butter at the same time.
Counterinsurgency "expert" retired Col. John Nagl says the U.S. is in it for the long haul in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. So does Ambassador Richard Holbrooke. And that's not the extent of U.S. wars in the Middle East and South Asia. Every country in Central Asia bordering Afghanistan is now being drawn into this epic clash.
I agree with Rush Limbaugh and other right wingnuts that President Obama must fail but for different reasons than they cite. Candidate Obama promised to close Guantanamo and end the U.S. war in Iraq. He has done neither. Peace is the sine qua non for progress and prosperity in this country.
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This revelation makes claims that the CIA sold heroin to finance secret wars in Cambodia & Laos and sold cocaine to finance proxy wars in Central America less far fetched. The logical followup question is what is the CIA and other U.S. "services" doing with the plethora of opium in Afghanistan? Regardless of whether or not the CIA is now dealing in Afghan opium, it is nonetheless clear that United States has no moral leg to stand on if it is trying to buy allegiance with Viagra.
I and others have been castigated and censored for saying that President George W. Bush lied to the American people in the run-up to the U.S. war in Iraq. A study by the Center for Public Integrity and the Fund for Independence in Journalism found that Bush and other administration official made 935 false statements in the two-years before the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003. The study counted President Bush making "259 false statements, 231 about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and 28 about Iraq's links to al-Qaida" during that time.
On January 10, 2007, faced with a failed war in Iraq, President George W.Bush announced his decision of what was billed at the time as a temporary "surge" of U.S. troops into Iraq. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (who is a former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency) told Congress shortly after the President announced his decision (Mr. Bush's decision ignored the advice of the expert Iraq Study Group) that he expected the surge "to last a matter of weeks certainly not months."
The American people were stampeded into war with Iraq. Now we are being lied to for purposes of continuing a failed war. Bush's "surge" was not temporary. It was a major escalation of the Iraq war, and it will last years or decades (according to Gen. David Petraeus) not weeks or months. ~~~cont'd below~~~
Don't do it Carl. Don't give George W. Bush an inch! Harry Reid made a big mistake in suggesting he was open to the idea. George W. Bush is not to be trusted.
Key Democrat might consider troop boost in Iraq
Take the John Murtha route, Carl!
Murtha Plans To Deny Bush Funding For Troop Escalation
You will hear from John McCain, Maureen Dowd, and me on the situation in Iraq. John McCain is mistaken that adding more troops to Iraq will solve the situation. At least McCain understands there is a dilemma. Maureen Down doesn't know what to do and says nobody else does either. Wrong! I know what we can do, what we must do, and what is the the only strategy that will succeed in Iraq.
The solution to Iraq is below the fold.
I'm sick of older white American men deciding what is best for Iraq. At bottom it doesn't matter whether it is Jewish-American neocons or fat slobs like Lawrence Eagleburger who is the lastest Bush 41 man to join the "illustrious" Iraq Study Group.
These men have spent damn little time on the ground in Iraq - all of it inside the Green Zone - and clearly showed no interest in leaving that American enclave to venture into the real Iraq which is essential to understand the situation as it really is.
The U.S. had just finished a two day naval exercise in the Persian Gulf which provoked Iran. Yesterday the Iranians conducted their own unannounced military exercise in the Persian Gulf. Iran test fired a new longer range missile, news headlines say today.
Former Senator Lee Hamilton is co-chair of a committee along with Bush family consigliere James Baker called The Iraq Study Group. This so-called "bipartisan, independent" commission is charged with getting to the bottom of the problem with the U.S. war in Iraq and offering real solutions to the floundering Bush misadministration. It has already been at work for 6 months.