October 02, 2006
Frist, why hast thou forsaken us?
Bill Frist, defeatist asshole.
An effing political solution?
An effing truce?
Cover your ears folks, I never swear. Never. (Lord, forgive me!)
What the fuck is this motherfucking piece of shit doing leading the Republican party in the Senate? He does not get it.
The clarification is no better. Moderate Islamists. Nice.
The only difference between a moderate Islamist and a radical one is that moderates are convinced that they need to participate in the democratic process to come to power. Once in power, though, they make no bones about using their new found legitimacy by democratically enacting sharia law.
You know, cause it's so much better having a democratically elected government cut your fucking head off for blaspheming Mohammed than one that eschews elections as harim.
That is all.
I'll leave you with this from Ace:
If Afghanistan truly cannot be de-Taibanized, it's time to pull up stakes there and simply begin bombing it as frequently as necessary to kill as many Afghans as possible.Amen, brutha.
No, I have a few things on my mind.
I've tried to refrain from criticisms of the President and the war. Occasionally, you've heard me say things like "fire Donald Rumsfeld". And I meant it. Still do. Rumsfeld is a jackass who has no business leading a modern military.
The only thing that kept me supporting the Republicans, and still does, is that if Bush and Rumsfeld don't know how to fight a war at least they are willing to fight.
The only sure way to lose a war is not to fight it when attakced. So, supporting the Republicans was a longshot gamble, but supporting the Democrats was a sure bet to lose.
I've also tried to refrain from too many criticisms of the neocons and their plans to remake the world in our image. The argument that supporting dicatatorships has not helped reduce terrorism in the world seems like it has some merit to it, so the thought of democratizing the world as a strategy for self defense seemed plausible.
But it becomes increasingly apparent that Muslims cannot be trusted with democracy outside of a framework in which secularism is imposed through force (such as in Turkey where the military is always standing by in the wings to crush democracy if Islamists ever get too uppity).
Our major mistake in Iraq and Afghanistan was adopting the Colin Powell doctrine of "you break it, you buy it."
No, nitwits, we break it we break it. We fought these wars to send messages to the enemies of the United States. I think Pervez Musharraf pretty much sums it up when he quotes Richard Armitage as threatening to bomb his "country back into the stone ages."
That is how foreign policy is done in the real world, kids. How adults do it.
If democracy in the Middle East is a grand experiment, then the null hypothesis has been disproven. No, the majority of Muslim nations are not yet ready for democracy. Give them another hundred years and we'll run this experiment again.
I've alluded to this line of thinking dozens of times here. Especially as I've tried to patiently explain to libtards that there were really two Iraq wars.
One: the invasion. Not only went off without a hitch, went much better than planned.
Two: the occupation. Shit hits fan.
I had been willing to let the neocons do their experimenting of bringing a Muslim nation into the fold of civilization. All the while in the back of my head--and many times in writing--asking what the hell we were doing not giving the secular Kurds a state? These guys are not just allies with mutual interests, but friends who shed blood and would willingly give us places for forward bases. Or why were we not giving Fallujah the Carthage treatment? You know, carpet bombing followed by salting the earth. Or why were we letting freedom of speech enter into a war zone?
And even if this grand experiment in remaking the Muslim world in our image had a modicum of a chance to succeed, then you have to start from the beginning. The beginning is to beat them. Badly. So badly, in fact, that they know they have no chance of ever winning.
Their entire culture and civilization must be completely wiped off the face of the earth. It was only after millions of civilian casualties and the total wasting of all centers of production that the Germans and the Japanese could be rebuilt in our image.
To quote Gladiator, A people should know when they are conquered. Only after this can we even begin to think of changing their ways.
I have always been skeptical of the notion that we can 'win the hearts and minds of moderates'. What we need to do is win the fear of realists. People like Musharraf who understands that if he does not play ball, we destroy him. And if Musharraf is a dictator, better a dictator on our side than a democratically elected nutjob--like in Iran--ready to start WWIII.
Okay, enough said. I'm pissed. You should be too. The State Departmenting of the world has not only begun, it has succeeded. God help us all.
UPDATE: Jim Beam, in the comments says:
You are advocating the carpet-bombing of entire cities. Is this really what you want? Bear in mind, you'll have to look at that face when you shave in the morning.I don't want to kill anybody. I am simply a believer in FDR's strategy on the holocaust, that the surest way to end it was speedy victory. But I also believe in the Truman doctrine that total victory means total victory. Our main goal in bombing Japan was not in making Japan our ally, rather, it was to make it incapable of ever doing us harm again. Truman:
We are now prepared to obliterate more rapidly and completely every productive enterprise the Japanese have above ground in any city. We shall destroy their docks, their factories, and their communications. Let there be no mistake; we shall completely destroy Japan's power to make war.Think about it.