RANGER AGAINST WAR: Once More With Feeling <

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Once More With Feeling

--American Stock Exchange,
LeRoy Neiman (1986)

A plague on both your houses.

They have made worms' meat of me.

--Romeo and Juliet
(III, i)

The end of our story

Is there on the door

A cottage for sale

--A Cottage for Sale, Billy Eckstine

A major feature of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD) is recurring nightmares that plague the mind. There are parallels to current life in our late, great nation.

The country voted for change in '08, but all we see is George Bush's shadow -- Groundhog Year, '09. The economy is dying, yet the administration has not turned its face from the same old programs and soporific words. In an
argumentum ad antiquitatem we are told: "The bankers are screwing us, but we must bail them out so they can continue to screw us." Uh. . . and why might that be?

Ditto the Phony War on Terror (PWOT ©): the change we are getting -- mission creep into Pakistan -- is not the change we wanted. Our reality has become a looped nightmare.

Here are the pertinent intelligence questions which should be answered prior to the employment of another troop or dollar in the

  • Is the Taliban threat to the Afghan government also a threat to America?
  • Has al-Qaeda been isolated from the Taliban in Afghanistan?
  • Is the threat to Pakistan al-Qaeda or Taliban, or a combination thereof? If emanating from both, are the threats discrete or linked?
  • Where is the proof that al-Qaeda is planning future 9-11-type attacks on the Homeland? If the president utters such fear-mongering comments which serve as justification for the War in Afghanistan, then he can also provide proof of these speculations. We do not need any more WMD moments.
  • If the U.S. destroys al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan, what is the next step in the PWOT? Since al-Qaeda can move safe havens at will, then why are geographical wars an imperative? Terror groups like al-Qaeda are not tied to nation-state boundaries.
  • If terrorism is an international concern, why doesn't the U.S. employ the United Nations in a constructive manner?

These questions have not been raised, let alone discussed, by our wartime Commanders in Chief.

If the U.S. really wanted to show al-Qaeda they don't mean diddlysquat, we would walk away. Our actions validate their institutional goals.

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Anonymous tw said...

Sounds like the "politics of fear" raising it's ugly head again and al-Qaeda not being tied to nation-state boundaries sounds like a ticket to endless war for the IMC.

Here's a link to some interesting insight on Pakistan


Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 12:48:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yep, it makes sense but something tells me the leader of the country is not going to make the right choice as he sends more people to lost cause. Russian Generals that were young officers in their lost most just shake their heads in bewilderment. MB has pointed out more than once the history of this region and it's not freindly to any one. It's all about the minerals once again.

Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 5:53:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous sheerahkahn said...

I can't help but think that we moved to the second part of "Pride cometh before the fall" in which we are in the "fall" part.
We certainly have "fail!" wrapped up in a nice tidy package.

Monday, March 30, 2009 at 10:37:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


And I like, "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall," in the sense of pride in its proper sense -- it has done gone.

I also like your play with "fail/fall". . . how about, "frail". "fallow", well, other "f" words, too...

Monday, March 30, 2009 at 11:44:00 AM GMT-5  

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