Posted by TP on Friday, October 19, 2007
So declared Ms Benazir Bhutto, and that’s was before yesterday’s attempt on her life. Ms Bhutto is not naïve; she made statement knowing the consequences. She is very fortunate to be reading about it today. Hundreds of her supporters were not so lucky.
Pro-Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud and al Qaeda are believed to be behind a suicide bomb attack that left 136 innocent citizens dead and another 250 wounded. Many of those wounded are so seriously injured that, if they survive, will be left horribly disfigured for the remainder of their lives; a living advertisement to all of the cost of confronting the Taliban and their supports. The time and place of Ms Bhutto’s arrival has been known for some time, this was not an opportunistic event.
The US Congress is often quick to harshly criticize Pakistan and in particular President Musharraf for their efforts (read: meaning lack there of) to control Mehsud and his local affiliates. Their overly used stock barbs never acknowledge the associated local human and political costs. And why would they – the cost to their citizenry is not their concern. This callousness is typical of the attitude US politicians, Democratic and Republicans, have with respect to the life and death challenges millions of people face everyday for simply being an “ally of the US”.
Lets have a go at some reality. Consider that “world famous” fiasco at Waco, Texas. Now instead of that one lighted armed house in the middle of nowhere, imagine an area the relative size of (to the US) the State of California fully armed and supportive of someone the national government was seeking to arrest. Does that sounds like child play to you?
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Posted by TP on Thursday, October 18, 2007
Without question, the only reason the US Congress is now in control by the Democratic Party was that they convinced the US public they would change the course in Iraq by 180 degrees – immediately. Of course they did just the opposite, approving instead the additional 30,000 troops that the President and his party were hesitant to push prior to the elections. The situation in Iraq now is now clearly improving. Since it has been the position of the President and his Party to “stay the course” and provide the local commanders with the support they need, the improving situation is good news for Republicans.
This of course doesn’t bode well for the Democratic Party in the upcoming elections, but it’s nothing a little more complication can’t change – or so they thought. The Democratic leaders are now openly squabbling about what actually happened in Armenia 100 years ago.
The open backbiting amongst the Democratic leadership over the scheduling of the US States’ primary elections resembles a bar room cat fight. Making matters worse, the new Democratic governor of the state of New York remains insistent upon providing the state’s automotive driver’s license to all illegal aliens. Driver’s licenses are also the primary form of identification used throughout the US. Under the proposed plan, declared those opposed, Osama bin Laden could obtain valid driver’s license in New York.
Fortunately, there are some good “political” news today to distract the US public from the dreadfulness of their politics. Stephen Colbert, a popular television celebrity and author with a penchant for pointing out the often juvenile acts of US politics, has joined the race for the White House. Judging by all the excitement, this diversion could not come at a better time for the Democrats.
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Posted by TP on Thursday, October 18, 2007
Someone familiar with history, and we all know it wasn’t you, recalled a vague footnote from early 20th Century history about an atrocity perpetrated by an obscure group called the “Ottoman Empire” on an even more obscured group called the Armenians. You and your cohorts, many of whom are now distancing themselves from you on this matter, thought little downside in pushing this resolution at this time – other than the lives of the US troops in the area. But of course you can be forgiven; phonetically speaking Armenians (AR-ME-NI-ANS) are indistinguishable from Americans (A-ME-RI-CANS).
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Posted by TP on Tuesday, October 16, 2007
The art of the misdirection, or what to do when you wont deliver on what you promised. The “new” US Congress stormed into the nation’s capital on promises to the American public to focus on their priorities. Unfortunately, the “their” the new Democratic Congress was referring to was in fact themselves – not the US public or even the nation’s broader interests.
Case in point: In spite of the fact that singling out one horrible period in the history of Turkey, an essential US ally, only serves to derail US’s critical interests in the region and put their own troops at additional risk of harm, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic Party thought it politically advantageous to themselves to push a new resolution. This resolution declares, some 92 years after the fact, that the death of a million Armenians at the hands of what was then the Ottoman Empire was genocide. Suffice it to say, there is no benefit to Speaker Pelosi or any of her party’s presidential hopefuls for any measure of success or stability in that region until after the 2008 elections. Apparently, no option is “off the table” in her party’s efforts to perpetuate their own political ambitions.
What actually occurred nearly a century ago and its characterization we do not dispute. The timing of the resolution and the obvious and shameless disregard of the repercussions to their nation’s broader interests are no different than the genesis of the decisions that led up to the event Ms Pelosi is only today condemning.
What would Ms Pelosi’s reaction be if Canada were to pass a resolution calling the systematic displacement, confinement, starvation, rape and murder of the tens of millions of native American Indians at the hands of United States the largest genocide in the history of the world?
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