Thursday, September 11, 2008

Seven Years Later

Another anniversary with Bin Laden still on the loose, and what have we learned? One lesson should be extremely clear: shrub and the republicans are completely incompetent. Afghanistan continues to be a haven for the Taliban and drug lords. Pakistan is an unstable ally at best, albeit better armed thanks to shrub. In the course of the past seven years, shrub and co. have utterly failed to bring the perpetrators of 9/11 any closer to justice or elimination. We've caught a few (including a dangerous driver), but Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri are still out there making videos. In short, the "war on terror" (what a stupid phrase) is a complete failure with regards to al-Qaeda.
Instead, in perhaps the worst blunder in modern military history, shrub chose to invade Iraq. Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11 or al-Qaeda, but he looked like an invitingly bad guy (with oil) for shrub to target. In the post-9/11 hysteria it was easy to generate enough propaganda to sell the war to the American people, so off we went. Now, after more than five years of occupation, Iraq is a $10 billion a month quagmire with no possible positive ending in sight. The republicans keep trying to tell us "we're winning", but the question remains "winning what?"
9/11 was a tragedy for America, but shrub and the republicans made it into a disaster for the rest of the world, especially the Iraqi's. Think about this as they campaign to remain in power another four years.

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