Tag: Afghanistan

Feb 23

Those That Would Bring Freedom

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~dgies via flickr
~dgies via flickr

A (usually comedic) blog I like to follow in my spare time recently published a post talking about the latest events in Libya to ask why conservatives are so against the pro-democracy uprisings of the so-called Jasmine Revolution, when a conservative Republican government undertook multi-billion dollar invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan in order to “bring democracy” to those lands. An interesting question, no doubt, for someone stuck in the false dichotomy of conservatives and liberals. Wouldn’t this be a fiscal boon, with democracy flourishing in the Middle-East at no expense to U.S. coffers? For those of us living outside of the dichotomy, the answer becomes more obvious why these explosive events are so reviled by the power-brokers of the status quo.

I think an important piece of this blogger’s misunderstanding is the assumption that the Democrats are in favor of the events unfolding across several nations at this very moment. When one thinks that Obama and the Democratic Party are cheering on the citizens of Egypt, Libya, etc. the issue can become confused. Only after understanding the long-standing foreign policy of the U.S. government (regardless of party or ideology) for what it is, it is easy to see its fingerprints on dictators have been propped up time and again and democratic movements that have been actively targeted and destroyed. Isn’t it strange that virtually every new uprising in this movement is described as being within a U.S. ally? If our government were such a beacon of liberty, why are so many of our allies dictators with disgusting human-rights policies? The answer is, our government has had a big hand in creating these human-rights abuses and in securing the power these dictators grip.

Iran, under the suspicion alone of working towards nuclear weapons, is shackled in U.N. sanctions and is surrounded by U.S. client-states waiting to pounce. News that Libya has killed over 1,000 pro-democracy protestors is greeted with the news that the U.S. is “looking at” sanctions and “will be consulting broadly about these issues in the coming days.” Our government is dragging its feet as slowly as it can in an effort to give Gaddafi as much time as he needs to suppress this revolt. Even in the face of hundreds of innocents being killed.

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, though advertised and sold as such, were never intended to bring democracy to the beaten masses of these countries. They were simply countries that needed to be forcefully brought back into alignment with U.S. interests. Both had important natural resources; governments that did not pay respect to our imperial agenda; and surrounded Iran, which I’m positive was anything but coincidence. The governments we introduced in those newly tamed countries are only democratic in name and are regularly listed as some of the most corrupt governments in the world. They are corrupt by design as they are simply tools of the U.S. government, colonies if you like.

So the Republican and Democratic parties are both furious as they watch decades of work go down the tubes and their hand-picked governments tumble across the Middle-East, it just happens that the Republicans are being more honest about it. The Democrats, always pretending to be a party of the people, must live in denial and cheer on the revolts through gritted teeth – jealous at the freedom the Republicans enjoy.

Oct 26

Afghanistan Is Not The “Good War”

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This just dedicated to all the people that will still argue with me on the merits of the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. People who rage against Iraq but still, for some unexplainable reason, see our presence in Afghanistan as some sort of moral imperative – as some sort of cleansing of the world’s evil. I don’t know why I try to engage in these conversations still. My actions express a belief that I’m going to change their minds but my mind knows better and yet I try. One more time, here we go:
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Watching and Reporting on the GameWhen one takes the time to read liberal blogs a pattern quickly becomes apparent. When one is so entangled in the system of our government it obscures what one is actually cheering for or raging against. The line, ideologically speaking, becomes so blurred that thankfully one is able to determine which people deserve cheering or choking with a simple initial next to their name proudly proclaiming R or D! A member such as Arlen Specter, once a Republican and embodying everything “wrong” with our society, can change his party affiliation and suddenly this baptism allows for the ignoring of his policy beliefs by the liberal masses.
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Death FlowerKeep in mind while reading the following that this president was elected on a campaign of “change.” That he won his election denigrating the “failed policies of the past.” Reminding oneself of these facts becomes a cruel joke when compared to the very things that he has since done. Anyone still defending Obama has to either be doing so out of refusal to admit to one’s mistakes, or has simply embraced a “team Democrat” philosophy and that as long as Barack Obama has a little “D” next to his name, he could skull-fuck Santa Claus and liberals would find some way to defend it. “It’s not what I would have done,” you can almost hear one say, “but he is the president and so knows a lot more about the situation than we do!” I want to know what third-dimensional chess excuse we get now that reports show that the White House has basically given up closing our concentration camp in Guantanamo Bay and his latest public mockery of those who would call for an end to hostilities in Afghanistan.
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Apr 5

What Evidence, Mr. President? (updated)

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Richard, over at American Leftist, highlighted an article (Thanks, Jack Crow) advertising Obama’s assertion that Iran is attempting to build nuclear weapons. Forgive me for being skeptical of a US president claiming evidence of WMD in a country in the Middle East, but the world has seen no such evidence and too many have died over similar assertions. Unless you have some ultra-secret new evidence – you’re lying to us. Every agency tasked with finding such evidence has been unable to do so.
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