Monday, September 15, 2008

Thought of the Day

Is it a coincidence that two rabid neocons came out in defence of Sarah Paline on the same day, Sept. 12?
William Kristol asked if the Washington Post was "Stupid or Malicious" in claiming that the Alaska governor linked the Iraq war with the 9/11 terrorist attacks. She had told soldiers going to Iraq, including her son, that they would "defend the innocent from the enemies who planned and carried out and rejoiced in the deaths of thousands of Americans." Kristol claimed that Palin was referring to defending innocent Iraqis against al Qaeda. Rubbish. Absolute rubbish like all Kristol politics. There was no al Qaeda in Iraq until the American invasion, on the basis of lies, distortions and exaggerations that the likes of Kristol helped to spread. The invasion brought al Qaeda to Iraq and the Bush administration is equally responsible with al Qaeda for every subsequent death in Iraq. Damn them both; they complement wach other.
Charles Krauthammer attacked the journalist Charlie Gibson for asking Palin, inadvertantly, a question that revealed her ignorance, and the New York Times for reporting the story.
Gibson had asked Palin if she agreed with the Bush Doctrine and she had no answer so he explained to her that it was "anticipatory self-defense." The columnist with no credibility opined: The New York Times got it wrong. And Charlie Gibson got it wrong. Did they?
The modest Krauthammer claims that there are four Bush doctrines over eight years and that he personally coined the first one. On June 4, 2001, he wrote in the Weekly Standard (where else?) about the doctrine ABM, Kyoto and the new American unilateralism. This was followed after 9/11 by the doctrine of war on terror, then with the Iraq war looming by the third doctrine, preemptive war (to which Gibson referred), and finally the fourth doctrine of spreading democracy throughout the world.
The so-called fourth doctrine was concocted after it was establisehd beyond reasonable doubt that Iraq had no WMDs or connection with al Qaeda. Bush changed his doctrine four times in less than four years, not eight. Still Palin had not heard of any doctrine, first, second, third or fourth. She makes Dan Quayle sound like FDR, and Krauthammer like the warmongering Israeli apologist that he has always been.
The people who questioned the heroism of John Kerry and defended Bush's hiding during the Vietnam war in Texas are now trying to make Sarah Palin a foreign policy authority and Joseph Biden an upstart. God Help America. God help us all.

2 Comments:

Blogger sammy said...

The lunatic fringe right-wing and their sheep always link 9/11 to Iraq. When called on they say "what? who me?" "I never (techniquly) said that. But since the lunatic fringe right-wing own the media most American sheep go about believing the lie.

5:18 AM  
Blogger tammyswofford said...

Sarah Palin may be a foreign policy baby, yet remember she is running for position as vice president.

But what about a presidential contender who if asked about a Shahab, probably thinks it is grilled meat on a stick? The morning interview with Obama after Iran fired off a missile showed a man grossly underqualified to enter the world stage.

I do agree with you on the latter consideration,re: spreading democracy in the world and the progression of political speakeasy. It has been followed by another coined phrase which you do not mention.... freedom from tyranny. Such things are more expansive and more difficult to define but they do have a nice ring to them. smile

Senator McCain will put Sarah Palin on a steep learning curve and she seems adequately intelligent. He is seasoned and mature in foreign affairs where by comparison, Obama scares me.

Tammy

4:41 AM  

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