Once More With Feeling
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 PWOT:
- 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.