Archive for November 21st, 2007

Middle East “Democracy”

Nov 21, 2007 in Foreign Policy, Pakistan

(Musharraf) “hasn’t crossed the line” and “truly is somebody who believes in democracy.”    -George Bush

He just has a funny way of showing it, I guess, considering it’s been eight years since he seized power in a military coup and has routinely jailed dissidents and prospective opponents. One has to ask, where is the line drawn? Considering our complacent attitudes towards the monstrous conditions one could find in everyday Saudi Arabia, Musharraf doesn’t have much to worry about.

Platitudes like the one above regarding Musharraf remind me of the Clinton administration describing Suharto as “our kind of guy” or Thomas Friedman saying of post Gulf War I, Iraq that the “best of all worlds” would be an “iron-fisted military junta” to come in and resume power. The fact is that be you Republican or Democrat, whether or not a country is a democracy or not is of no concern. Being a predictable client state is.

-mg

Support the troops.

Nov 21, 2007 in Uncategorized

For real, instead of stupid posturing, for once:

In Jordan Fox’s case, he was seriously injured when a roadside bomb blew up his vehicle, causing back injuries and blindness in his right eye. He was sent home, unable to complete the final three months of his military commitment.

Last week, the Pentagon sent him a bill: Fox owed the government nearly $3,000 of his signing bonus.

“I tried to do my best and serve my country. I was unfortunately hurt in the process. Now they’re telling me they want their money back,” Fox said.

What kind of goddamned vampires dream up this stuff? “We could save a lot of money by taking it from the wounded!” Gee, maybe we could bill orphans for the cost of raising them, to be paid for the rest of their natural lives!

Our Pentagon misplaces billions in Iraq while dicking wounded soldiers around for a couple grand. It sure would be nice if our policies truly did support the troops.

-jb