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Der Kriegsnobelpreisträger*


From Robert Scheer at Truthdig:


It is already a 30-year war begun by one Democratic president, and thanks to the political opportunism of the current commander in chief the Afghanistan war is still without end or logical purpose. President Barack Obama’s own top national security adviser has stated that there are fewer than 100 al-Qaida members in Afghanistan and that they are not capable of launching attacks. What superheroes they must be, then, to require 100,000 U.S. troops to contain them.

The president handled that absurdity by conflating al-Qaida, which he admitted is holed up in Pakistan, with the Taliban and denying the McChrystal report’s basic assumption that the enemy in Afghanistan is local in both origin and focus. Obama stated Tuesday in a speech announcing a major escalation of the war, “It’s important to recall why America and our allies were compelled to fight a war in Afghanistan in the first place.” But he then cut off any serious consideration of that question with the bald assertion that “we did not ask for this fight.”

Of course we did. The Islamic fanatics who seized power in Afghanistan were previously backed by the U.S. as “freedom fighters” in what was once marketed as a bold adventure in Cold War one-upmanship against the Soviets. It was President Jimmy Carter, aided by a young liberal hawk named Richard Holbrooke, now Obama’s civilian point man on Afghanistan, who decided to support Muslim fanatics there. Holbrooke began his government service as one of the “Best and the Brightest” in Vietnam and was involved with the rural pacification and Phoenix assassination program in that country, and he is now a big advocate of the counterinsurgency program proposed by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal to once again win the hearts and minds of locals who want none of it.

The current president’s military point man, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, served in Carter’s National Security Council and knows that Obama is speaking falsely when he asserts it was the Soviet occupation that gave rise to the Muslim insurgency that we abetted. Gates wrote a memoir in 1996 which, as his publisher proclaimed, exposed “Carter’s never-before-revealed covert support to Afghan mujahedeen—six months before the Soviets invaded.”

Carter’s national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, was asked in a 1998 interview with the French magazine Le Nouvel Observateur if he regretted “having given arms and advice to future terrorists,” and he answered, “What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Muslims or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?” Brzezinski made that statement three years before the 9/11 attack by those “stirred-up Muslims.”

Lot’s of people have questioned whether Obama has a long-term relationship with Zbiggie B. dating back to his days at Columbia.  I dunno, but there are lots of names in Scheer’s piece I associate with “massive fail.”

BTW – I quit reading Truthdig last year when it went full Kool-aid. I guess it didn’t work out so well for them.

*That’s German for “The Nobel Peace Prize Warrior” (h/t MABlue)

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  1. Der Speigel:

    Never before has a speech by President Barack Obama felt as false as his Tuesday address announcing America’s new strategy for Afghanistan. It seemed like a campaign speech combined with Bush rhetoric — and left both dreamers and realists feeling distraught.

    One can hardly blame the West Point leadership. The academy commanders did their best to ensure that Commander-in-Chief Barack Obama’s speech would be well-received.

    Just minutes before the president took the stage inside Eisenhower Hall, the gathered cadets were asked to respond “enthusiastically” to the speech. But it didn’t help: The soldiers’ reception was cool.

    One didn’t have to be a cadet on Tuesday to feel a bit of nausea upon hearing Obama’s speech. It was the least truthful address that he has ever held. He spoke of responsibility, but almost every sentence smelled of party tactics. He demanded sacrifice, but he was unable to say what it was for exactly.

    An additional 30,000 US soldiers are to march into Afghanistan — and then they will march right back out again. America is going to war — and from there it will continue ahead to peace. It was the speech of a Nobel War Prize laureate.

  2. From Salon:

    Tom Hayden, the liberal activist best known for his work in the 60’s, when he helped found Students for a Democratic Society, was once pretty enthusiastic about Barack Obama. Back in March of 2008 he had the first byline on an article in the Nation — also attributed to Bill Fletcher Jr., Danny Glover and Barbara Ehrenreich — that began, “All American progressives should unite for Barack Obama.”

    Now, though, after the president announced his decision to send an additional 30,00 troops to fight in Afghanistan, Hayden’s had enough. His latest piece for the Nation begins with a very different sentiment than the one he expressed not two years ago. Now, Hayden says, “It’s time to strip the Obama sticker off my car.”

    Here is Hayden’s Nation post. Fuck him and the pony he rode in on.

    • From Hayden’s post:

      We are pleased that Hillary Clinton has been responsive to the tide of voter opinion this year, and we applaud the possibility of at last electing an American woman President. But progressives should be disturbed by her duplicitous positions on Iraq and NAFTA. She still denies that her 2002 vote for legislation that was called the war authorization bill was a vote for war authorization. She now promises to “end the war” but will not set a timeline for combat troop withdrawal, and remains committed to leaving tens of thousands of counter-terrorism troops and trainers in Iraq amidst a sectarian conflict. While Obama needs to clarify his own position on counterinsurgency, Clinton’s “end the war” rhetoric conceals an open commitment to keep American troops in Iraq until all our ill-defined enemies are defeated–a treadmill that guarantees only the spawning of more enemies. On NAFTA, she claims to have opposed the trade deal behind closed doors when she was first lady. But the public record, and documents recently disclosed in response to litigation, prove that she was a cheerleader for NAFTA against the strong opposition of rank-and-file Democrats. The Clintons ushered in the Wall Street Democrats whose deregulation ethos has widened inequality while leaving millions of Americans without their rightful protections against market shocks.

      Clinton’s most bizarre claim is that Obama is unqualified to be commander-in-chief. Clinton herself never served in the military, and has no experience in the armed services apart from the Senate armed services committee. Her husband had no military experience before becoming President. In fact, he was a draft opponent during Vietnam, a stance we respected. She was the first lady, and he the governor, of one of our smallest states. They brought no more experience, and arguably less, to the White House than Obama would in 2009.

      We take very seriously the argument that Americans should elect a first woman President, and we abhor the surfacing of sexism in this supposedly post-feminist era. But none of us would vote for Condoleezza Rice as either the first woman or first African-American President. We regret that the choice divides so many progressive friends and allies, but believe that a Hillary Clinton presidency would be a Clinton presidency all over again, not a triumph of feminism but a restoration of the aging, power-driven Wall Street Democratic hawks at a moment when so much more fresh imagination is possible and needed. A Clinton victory could only be achieved by the dashing of hope among millions of young people on whom a better future depends. The style of the Clintons’ attacks on Obama, which are likely to escalate as her chances of winning decline, already risks losing too many Democratic and independent voters in November. We believe that the Hillary Clinton of 1968 would be an Obama volunteer today, just as she once marched in the snows of New Hampshire for Eugene McCarthy against the Democratic establishment.

      Obama is yours Tom. You own him.

      • Clinton’s most bizarre claim is that Obama is unqualified to be commander-in-chief.

        Oh that Hillary, what a real wacko!

        • Tom Hayden is a prime example of how CDS infected the Democratic party.

          They were so busy hating Hillary they never took a good hard look at Obama.

        • Yeah, pointing out your opponent’s dismal lack of experience is so deranged! Whereas dreamily pointing to having been 8 years old in a foreign country as all the chops needed for the difficult dance of diplomacy is perfectly sane.

          Hysterical wimminz and their eMOshunz, just can’t think straight like those coldly logical menz can.

        • Gosh, that made me laugh… 😉

        • The people who are wacko are the a$$hats like Hayden who forced King Nothing down our throats.

          And NO, Tom, you can not strip the Obama sticker off your car. It’s not that easy. You own this disaster. Better yet get it tattooed on your forehead so you never forget the damage you’ve done.

          • Great post and comments, myiq! Gxm17, if only every kool-aid swilling voter got “The Big O” or better yet the kool-aid logo tattooed on their foreheads, maybe next time they would think before voting!

            Heads are exploding over at Hullabaloo. There are still a few “I trust my President” kool-aid drinkers in the comments but the proprietors seem to be running low on the flavored waters. I think they are wiping the magic dust from their eyes.


          • djmm:

            Did you read the comment section on Tristero’s post? The big FU to last night’s speech that seemed to be shaping up over there is to not vote for any Democrats who are supporting this war and to vote to re-elect Obama. (a tacit admission that Obama is not a Democrat, but as a strategy to end the war, it still makes no sense.)

          • Since Dubyabama announced the escalation, a whole lot of new people are showing up on Hullabaloo–and gosh all whillikers, just about every one of them supports Dubyabama and thinks we need to suck it up and vote DINOcrat because the GOP would be just SO much worse…Am I paranoid to suspect “Rahm-ulan” infiltration? 😉

          • I going to bet that old tactic is getting a bit old, even for the slow to wake up groups out there.

            There’s an old saying in Tennessee — I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee — that says, fool me once, shame on — [pauses] – shame on you. Fool me — You can’t get fooled again….

      • Well I seriously doubt that she would take a year to make a decision on something. We should start calling him Ineptness in Chief or something worse.

        • You didn’t really believe all that crap did you?

          Obama is doing exactly what he said he would do last year. All that bullshit about consulting the generals and pondering his options was just for show.

      • Yeah, and that’s where she belongs, marching, filing, and making the coffee. Stop trying to be generals, we need you as foot soldiers.

    • Tom Hayden is a chancreous, pus-swilling, malodorous pustule on the anus of a syphilitic baboon.

  3. Ingrates.

    • He strikes me as being nervous about backlash from the Left, but privately smugly pleased to be the new “Decider”.

    • From the Salon link above:

      It’s one thing for liberals who’ve supported Obama to disagree with and criticize him over Afghanistan, for them to have been hoping he’d opt for a different direction. But arguments like the one Hayden’s making — and the one Michael Moore made in his recent open letter to the president — just end up with those advancing them look foolish. It’s like they dreamed up a list of policy positions for Obama, then convinced themselves that they actually were his positions.

  4. Did you see the moveon freaks? They all oppose the war but support the president in his decision according to their polls. That makes perfect sense.

    • Kool-aid is a helluva drug.

    • Well to be fair atleast half want to withdraw from Afghanistan.

    • Yes, that seems to be the drill. Blame Bush for starting it, blame Congress if it approves the proposal, criticize the proposal without mentioning Obama, blame everyone but Obama. Apparently, he’s not competent to make any decisions and can’t be held responsible for his actions.

      • Aren’t you supposed to be both an adult and legally competent to be President? Should we have the state appoint a guardian for him? Is he a danger to himself and others?

  5. Don’t know if I’ve mentioned it but I truly detest all those smug asshats like Tom Hayden who pushed for Obama! Why anyone would ever listen to what they have to say again is beyond me. Their sheer lunacy was unbelievable.

    Limousine liberals with nothing to lose. Fuck ’em all!

  6. Lefty radio hacks were all over the place.

  7. “Hardball” Way Too Hard for Obama Supporter Kirk Watson-State Sen. Kirk Watson (D-TX)can’t answer the Q:”Name some of his legislative accomplishments.”

  8. Juan Cole on why Afghanistan is not Iraq

  9. http://reason.com/blog/2009/12/02/selected-liberals-on-obama-i-d

    Selected Liberals on Obama: “I did not think he would lose me this soon”

    • example:

      Robert Scheer:

      Glenn Greenwald:

      He’s convinced his admirers that this is a form of noble “pragmatism” but, far more often, it appears to be a mishmash of political calculations bereft of principle and plagued by numerous internal contradictions that make it impossible to understand, let alone defend. Everyone gets to read into it whatever they want to see.

    • Us to selected liberals: That’s because you don’t realize how stupid you actually are. You should have asked us!

  10. Apparently we can’t open our mouths until 2011 when Obama’s promise of a conclusion of the war expires… *rolls eyes*

    Can’t these damn people see that he sets these dates to buy himself time?

    • With all the money we have invested in Bagram airbase I doubt we’ll be leaving Central Asia any time soon.

    • It was my understanding that he said we’ll begin the process of withdrawing. That could mean we’ll be there forever. Just because we begin something doesn’t necessarily mean we complete the task.

      • Arthur Silber:

        How exactly do you leave that region of the world more quickly by involving yourself in ever more complicated and numerous ways? The answer is that you don’t. But as my previous article stated, we aren’t leaving. Obama and the U.S. government are not unlike the dreaded house guest who insistently tells you he’s going home in just another week or two — honestly, he is, and how could you possibly not believe him? — even as he redecorates your extra bedroom at notable cost and takes over several of your closets for many of his most precious belongings.

      • LOL yeah start the withdrawing process in 2011 and complete the task in 2016. That will be what he runs on – finish what we started!

  11. OT: I learned today that our Obot Blogstalkers REALLY HATE being compared to Stormfront.

    I guess the truth hurts.

  12. Michael Moore is crapping himself all over twitter…it’s so sad.

    • Moore got what he wanted. Sorry can’t return it when you took the tags off of it.

    • IMO Michael Moore is sitting very contentedly in his very expensive house eating 3 cheeseburgers, laughing, twittering, and rejoicing that people are paying him a little attention again.

    • Really feel his pain. naah I don’t, the dumbass

    • That’s pretty much what the law school sounded like today. My genius overlords are shocked — SHOCKED! Sometimes I just close my door and ignore the listserv.

  13. These people drive me nuts. Seems like all they say is “healthcare bad, war good.” Does that sound sane to anyone?

  14. Kevin Moore (via Vastleft):

    Raise your hand if you are surprised that Obama has decided to escalate the war in Afghanistan. If your hand is up, smack yourself with it.

    Ya gotta click thru to see the cartoon.

  15. This should be a fascinating and, perhaps educational, read Story of Blackwater in Vanity Fair

    For the past six years, he appears to have led an astonishing double life. Publicly, he has served as Blackwater’s C.E.O. and chairman. Privately, and secretly, he has been doing the C.I.A.’s bidding, helping to craft, fund, and execute operations ranging from inserting personnel into “denied areas”—places U.S. intelligence has trouble penetrating—to assembling hit teams targeting al-Qaeda members and their allies. Prince, according to sources with knowledge of his activities, has been working as a C.I.A. asset: in a word, as a spy. While his company was busy gleaning more than $1.5 billion in government contracts between 2001 and 2009—by acting, among other things, as an overseas Praetorian guard for C.I.A. and State Department officials—Prince became a Mr. Fix-It in the war on terror. His access to paramilitary forces, weapons, and aircraft, and his indefatigable ambition—the very attributes that have galvanized his critics—also made him extremely valuable, some say, to U.S. intelligence.


    This past fall, though he infrequently grants interviews, he decided it was time to tell his side of the story—to respond to the array of accusations, to reveal exactly what he has been doing in the shadows of the U.S. government, and to present his rationale. He also hoped to convey why he’s going to walk away from it all.

    To that end, he invited Vanity Fair to his training camp in North Carolina, to his Virginia offices, and to his Afghan outposts. It seemed like a propitious time to tag along.

    • Especially interesting given that during one of the primary debates Obama said not only did he like Blackwater and their involvement, but that he would increase their numbers in both wars.

      When we find out how their (or their newly renamed brand) numbers are increasing I’m guessing Obots will be shocked about that too.

      All so predictable. If this keeps up I’m going to run out of popcorn.

  16. Today has been an orgy of schadenfreude while surfing the Web.

    To paraphrase Robert Duvall, I love the smell of vomited Kool-Aid in the morning.

    • The wailing and gnashing of teeth on Twitter is a joy to behold. Some libs are enraged about Afghanistan, some are defending Obama, and various people are unfollowing each other and sending f*ck you tweets. It’s quite funny.

      • It’s hysterical when you consider it was all so predictable over a year ago. Self-delusion is not a good thing.

  17. And it’s 1,2,3, what are we fightin’ for/Don’t ask me I don’t give a damn/Next stop’s Afghanistan/And it’s 5,6,7, open up the Pearly Gates/Well, we ain’t got time to wonder why/Whoopee we’re all gonna die

    Country Joe and the Fish need only change one line and it’s comeback time! :mrgreen:

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