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Friday, August 03, 2007

Barack Go Bomb 'Em

Barack Obama gave a big speech on Wednesday, trying to prove that he can be every bit as much an imperialist prick as any current or former pResident. And, by George, or maybe that should be like George, he succeeded. He calls for "reducing our troop presence" in Iraq, but wants to deploy at least two additional brigades to Afghanistan, and seems to really want to go to war in Pakistan:
As 9/11 showed us, the security of Afghanistan and America is shared. And today, that security is most threatened by the al Qaeda and Taliban sanctuary in the tribal regions of northwest Pakistan.

Al Qaeda terrorists train, travel, and maintain global communications in this safe-haven. The Taliban pursues a hit and run strategy, striking in Afghanistan, then skulking across the border to safety.

This is the wild frontier of our globalized world. There are wind-swept deserts and cave-dotted mountains. There are tribes that see borders as nothing more than lines on a map, and governments as forces that come and go. There are blood ties deeper than alliances of convenience, and pockets of extremism that follow religion to violence. It's a tough place.

But that is no excuse. There must be no safe-haven for terrorists who threaten America. We cannot fail to act because action is hard.

As President, I would make the hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid to Pakistan conditional, and I would make our conditions clear: Pakistan must make substantial progress in closing down the training camps, evicting foreign fighters, and preventing the Taliban from using Pakistan as a staging area for attacks in Afghanistan.

I understand that President Musharraf has his own challenges. But let me make this clear. There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won't act, we will.
Nevertheless, according to Obama, "Iran is now presenting the broadest strategic challenge to the United States in the Middle East in a generation."

Good grief--I am so sick of this warmonger BS from the current misadministration. Do we have to have soulless Dumbocrat wannabes saying the same crap, keeping us in war until the end of time?

Of course, it should have been obvious from the first two sentences that Barack offers only the slightest variation on the same:
Thank you Lee, for hosting me here at the Wilson Center, and for your leadership of both the 9/11 Commission and the Iraq Study Group. You have been a steady voice of reason in an unsteady time.
Yes, he was introduced by Lee Hamilton, former Dem congressman from Indiana, who has done as much as anyone to cover up what really happened in Iran-Contra, 9/11, and so far in Iraq.

Chris Floyd and WIIAI have more on Obama's "major foreign policy speech."