Sunday, November 29, 2009

Finally, Afghanistan

Enough Already, Bill Meradeia. I'm sick of your liberal posts. I'm calling on all my three loyal readers to blanket his site, with Hate emails, spam complaints and negative responses. Obama will announce a decision to increase troop levels in our war soon. Oops, I mean obama. Now, I'm not going to pretend that spending three months forming a strategy was a bad idea. But I knew what needed to be done in Afghanistan six months ago. Increased troops, more Arabic, Farsi and Pashtun speakers to train the locals, and more bribe money. Lots more bribe money. The Taliban warlords have allied themselves with heroin druglords, after the first group of conservative scholars were killed or removed during the last eight years. The people controlling the fundamentalist militias now are even more insane than the ones who planned 9/11. We need to win this war, America.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Conservatives in Trouble

This doesn't make sense. I had assumed that obama would at least force the Republicans into a unified opposition. Instead, I'm watching the entire party collapse into Partisan bickering. I just found out today that Hillary Clinton is more electable to most Americans than Sarah Palin. How did that happen? Her husband has done everything for her. Dear Lord; if she is elected president,, let's not go down that road. And the Tea Party Patriots are lost among an in-house legal battle that has stopped them from planning future protests. The only posts on any TP blogs lately have been accusations of wrongdoing and subsequent defenses. This wouldn't be bad if we were arguing with Liberals, but all this is coming from the people in charge of conservative organizations. Instead of mainstreaming and becoming acceptable to America, the Republican Party is driving itself into an isolated corner. In that vein , an order to both sides of the aisle:

Please stop paying attention to Sarah Palin.

Now, I love Palin. She's a great woman, and her book reads like an abject lesson in saving America. But the base needs to stop propping her up and politicians needs to stop attacking her electability. Have you ever heard of a self-fulfilling prophesy? The level of importance we place on Palin will literally decide her fate, which has now become tied to the Party. If America views Palin as a source of division between her most loyal supporters and the centrist number-crunchers, then our party will inevitably collapse. We might as well split the conservatives into two smaller, equally doomed parties. Republicanism is not about Palin; it's a massive conservative coalition that has reached an important crossroads. We could either spend the next three years squabbling over which ideology is best (and purging the traitors), or we could unite and reach out to moderates who decided the last election. The Party is neither a small radical base, or a few isolated political leaders trying to keep their dying hold on the Legislative branch. The Party is a widespread grassroots movement, as large and diverse as the Democrats, full of voters with DIFFERING OPINIONS about the direction America needs to move. I would love to be surrounded by people who agreed with me on every point, but that probably means I'd end up alone in a room with Dick Cheney and the corpse of Will Buckley. And while that sounds like it would be a great conversation, it would also mean that obama's election victory was just the beginning.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Afghantistan and the Abdullahs

I called in sick to work today for the first time in a year. I was staying home to watch and celebrate the collapse of Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy. Here is a man who ran as a reformer, promising to bring order to the cosmos and teach the terrorists how to love. I'm exaggerating, but just a little. And here we are, almost a year later, not having moved an inch. How is this any different from the Bush years, except that the violence is magnified tenfold? Obama basically set himself up to fail. He staked the decision to increase troops levels on the hope for a stable democracy in Afghanistan. This would be a pipedream in the best of circumstances, never mind in the middle of a resurgent Taliban. Abdullah Abdullah has bowed out of the race, taking the entire minority Tajik population with him. The Bedouins are already in the extremist camp. That leaves only Karzai's tribe, the ethnic Pashtun. God only knows whose side the Persians and Farsi speakers are on. What this means, of course, is that Afghanistan is rapidly descending into a civil war fomented by Al-Qaeda extremists. Now, I am an honest person, so I must tell you this is not entirely obama's fault. But he isn't helping. Over at The Post Liberal Post, Bill Meradeia wants you to think that the war is going well. How is that possible, when more people are dying now than before?