President George W. Bush started not one, but two wars in the Middle Easteven though he is a friend of the Saudis. Could they have influenced his zeal for war? In Iraq Bush sought to remove the current dictator and introduce democracy. We don’t hear about the
Sadly, we don’t hear much about the war in Afghanistan. It has gone on 10 years, yet, we have no “embeds” covering the war to keep us abreast of how our borrow war funds are being used. What do our troops do on a typical day? How much of Afghanistan do we control? How many of our boys and girls died today? Where is the video of Afghans fighting, or even demonstrating, for a democratic government. Republicans sought to make a nation in Afghanistan where conquerors from Hannibal to the Russians tried to do so…and failed. We may be the greatest military power on earth, but, there are some things we cannot do. We cannot set up a government in Afghanistan. Centralized government is not a part of their culture. Well-meaning Americans have failed to make democracy catch fire in Afghanistan. That is why we see no Afghans on our TVs yearning for the kind of government we enjoy. Regrettably, the only news we get is associated with outrageous behaviour by our troops or the Taliban or the corruption in the Karzai government to which we turn a blind eye.
At the time we began fighting in Afghanistan 75% of Republicans supported the war. Today, that number has decreased by 23%: Only 47% of Republicans now feel this war is
worth fighting. [Stats from RMS] For reasons he keeps to himself, President Obama wants to keep to his 2014 deadline for having all of our troops out of Afghanistan. Why? Is it a matter of Homeland Security to know why we stay where we are not wanted or appreciated? Yes, there are some of the native people who want us there. The women especially want us to stay. Some Afghans appreciate the gains in civil living we have brought them. The women don’t want to resume their lives governed by the whims of the infamous Taliban. I know what: Let’s partition Afghanistan and give one part to the Taliban and the other men who want to keep their wives and children in the Dark Ages, and give the other partition to freedom loving Afghans who want to enter the 21st Century. Yes, that’s a flip solution. In fact, it is ridiculous. So is our staying in that country beyond Christmas 2012. Please, Mr. President, let our troops share Christmas 2012 with their loved ones stateside. As Commander-in-Chief, the decision is yours, but, please yield to the will of the people and end Bush’s 2nd war this year. [GoodOleWoody]
Yes, he has a reservation in Hell!
While watching “Meet the Press,” I thought, “I do hope the Republicans do not pick Gov. Bob McDonald of Virginia to be their nominee for VP. I’d hate to see that Cheshire smile every other day!” (God forbid!)
Host, David Gregory had excellent questions for Rick Santorum who was startled with the reach into his background. He had to “think quick” and come up with answers that avoided admitting, “You got me!” He could not defend his record and could only launch into tirades against President Obama’s record…as he, Rick, sees it. E.J. Dione sees President Obama winning, if the election was today.
My heart was warm when Peggy Noonan brought up the way women are being spoken of in the politics of today.
If you missed “Meet the Press”, please set your DVR to record the re-run at 2:00pm EDT on MSNBC. Enjoy today’s games!