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Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

Who’s In Charge Here?

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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Madam Speaker, doesn’t this business just make you want to pull your hair out?

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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US Politics 101: The art of the misdirection

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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On leaving Iraq

Posted by TP on Monday, October 15, 2007

It’s not going to happen. Why the US general public, for the most part, believes that a change in its leadership will facilitate a departure from Iraq I can understand. By and large, the US public are ignorant of their military footprint on the world and easily persuaded, as we all are, by politicians in a hope for something different. Why the free and independent US media also obsess with this fantasy, and therefore contribute to the miss-education of its citizens, we struggle to understand.

The obvious truth of the matter to anyone who has traveled abroad is that the US does not voluntarily leave a country or region it conquerers. They have not done so since its first major foray on the international stage with the Spanish-American war. Today nearly a half million U.S. troops are currently deployed around the globe. There are some 100,000 US troops in Europe where WWII and the cold war are a distant memory, another 100,000 remain East Asia (including the 40,000 each in Japan and South Korea), in addition to the 140,000 in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. Indeed, the entire northern quarter of Kuwait (1,600 square miles out of Kuwait’s 6,900 square miles) remains under the control of US troops 16 years after they routed Iraq forces in the first gulf war.

Africa too has its share of US troops, but no where near the scale of other regions. That will change however as that continent increases its contribution of oil to the US and world economies. Any one looking for the US troops in Africa, need just follow the oil.

 

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