Shooting Themselves in the Foot

December 17, 2007 at 6:41 am | Posted in Afghanistan, American politics, Bush Administration, Iraq | 7 Comments

Remember, we didn’t actually NEED to go into Iraq. There really wasn’t any urgency. We knew there was no actual urgency in 2002, but the Bush administration pushed for the war anyways, diverting attention from Afghanistan into an unneeded war. Well, guess what? The administration now sees Afghanistan as the bigger threat. Heh. The irony.

Administration officials say the White House has become more concerned in recent months about the situation in Afghanistan, where grinding poverty, rampant corruption, poor infrastructure and the growing challenge from the Taliban are hindering U.S. stabilization efforts. Senior administration officials now believe Afghanistan may pose a greater longer-term challenge than Iraq.

Duh. We could have told you that (and we did) back in 2002 when you were shifting attention to Iraq. Our REAL enemy has always been in Afghanistan, you dope.


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  1. Our REAL enemy has always been in Afghanistan, you dope.

    At this point, I think the real enemy is in the White House.

  2. “you dope”

    That’s a very diplomatic way of putting it.

  3. yeah, I thought it was the kindest word to describe a secret “senior administration official” 🙂

  4. Dan, how right you are about Iraq! What a mess we got ourselves into.

    Here are a few key quotes from a few White House officials on Iraq:

    There is a very easy way to prevent anyone from being put into harm’s way, that is for Saddam Hussein to disarm. And I have absolutely no belief that he will. I have to say that this is something I’ve followed for more than a decade. If he were serious about disarming, he would have been much more forthcoming. . . . I ended up voting for the resolution after carefully reviewing the information, intelligence that I had available, talking with people whose opinions I trusted, trying to discount the political or other factors that I didn’t believe should be in any way part of this decision.

    Hillary Clinton

    Iraq is a long way from Ohio, but what happens there matters a great deal here. For the risks that the leaders of a rogue state will use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons against us or our allies is the greatest security threat we face.

    Madeleine Albright, President Clinton’s Secretary of State, Town Hall Meeting on Iraq at Ohio State University, February 18, 1998

    People can quarrel with whether we should have more troops in Afghanistan or internationalize Iraq or whatever, but it is incontestable that on the day I left office, there were unaccounted for stocks of biological and chemical weapons.

    Former President Bill Clinton during an interview on CNN’s “Larry King Live”, July 22, 2003

    Imagine the consequences if Saddam fails to comply and we fail to act. Saddam will be emboldened, believing the international community has lost its will. He will rebuild his arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. And some day, some way, I am certain, he will use that arsenal again, as he has ten times since 1983.

    Sandy Berger, President Clinton’s National Security Advisor, Town Hall Meeting on Iraq at Ohio State University, February 18, 1998

    Shame on these dopes for saying Saddam and Iraq were threats!!!

  5. I agree with you Brian. Shame on them. Alas, they weren’t the ones who pulled the trigger. That would be George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell.

  6. The problem is that Afghanistan isn’t, to quote Paul Wolfowitz, “swimming on a sea of oil.” Follow the money–it indicates that our priority is Iraq over Afghanistan, and it always has been. But it’s not because Iraq is more of a threat to America–it’s because we NEED a sea of oil to support the continued greediness of our economic elite.

    Our “national security interests” are not necessarily military–they’re also economic, and if we have to ensure them by military force, that’s our right as the mightiest (according to the policy-makers).

  7. Afghanistan wasn’t swimming in a sea of oil, but they are the land inbetween Turkmenistan and India thru which an important pipeline is being built.
    In any case, Afghanistan was never our enemy. They offered bin Laden’s head on a platter before we started bombing them, but we wanted to bomb them from even before 9/11.

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