Barack: Strength And Judgment
Strength? What Strength? Experience? What Experience
Groupthink is not strength, and if it is experience, it is bad experience.
Hillary messed up on Iraq big time. And, more important, she has not learned from her mistake.
There were many mistakes made in the war on Iraq.
First, it was looking Tokyo, going London. It was like Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, so the US went ahead and invaded Indonesia in return. The counterattack on the Taliban and the Al Qaeda in Afghanistan was just. But instead of focusing to uproot the Al Qaeda, W, Hillary and the others decided to take their eyes off and go somewhere else. They did what Bin Laden wanted them to do. Some secret Al Qaeda meetings at the time have Bin Laden telling his comrades it was important the US stopped its focus on Afghanistan and went elsewhere, perhaps Iraq. If Bin Laden were to have his say, W, Hillary and the rest will also attack Iran and make Bin Laden's day.
The invasion of Iraq was a militarily dumb move. The Al Qaeda is stronger today than it ever was before. After half a trillion dollars, thousands of American lives, and tens of thousands of innocent Arab lives, if the enemy is stronger than it was before the war was launched, is that a failing grade or what?
The problem with Hillary also wanting to end the war just like Obama is she is not admitting her mistake, and in not admitting, she is exhibiting she has not learned from the mistake.
So, first, wrong war on the wrong battlefield.
Second, costs. Half a trillion dollars is a whole lot of money. I think you could send everybody in the Americas to college for that kind of money. Or what? Now America has debts and deficits as far as the eyes can see. W, Hillary and the rest of them swiped your children's credit cards, stolen credit cards.
War time sacrifices are not unheard of. But Roosevelt never gave trillion dollar tax cuts while taking the Americans to war with Hitler.
Imagine it is 1947, and in 1940 Hitler only had some of Eastern Europe, some other parts of Europe, and in 1947, he has all of Europe, big chunks of Russia and most of North Africa, and he is getting interested in heading into Asia like Alexander The Great. Would you have given Roosevelt a failing grade?
Third, costs in innocent lives. America can not become Al Qaeda and strike Al Qaeda. The 100,000 innocent Iraqis who have lost their lives to the American invasion have been a wronged bunch of people. Wars are always ugly, true. That is why war always, always has to be the weapon of the last resort, not first, like it was for W and Hillary and the rest of them.
Fourth, losing Arab street credibility. You can not be best friends with Musharraf, and act like the Saudi King is extended family to you, and then go tell the poor Arab masses that you are for democracy.
Fifth, and my number one gripe, and here not only Hillary but many anti-war activists are guilty in my book, is that there has to be a progressive way of spreading democracy. The neocons have showed their ugly, ineffective way. The progressive way has to be Nepal's magical April Revolution way, and it is science. It can be replicated country after country after country. Bush, the neocons, the Republicans and Hillary have spent $500 billion in Iraq. The Democrats, the progressives should have a $50 billion plan to go into all countries that have dictators to fund democracy movements, to help build the basic institutions of democracy and a market economy. We can do this. (The First Major Revolution Of The 21st Century Happened In Nepal)
Ending the war is not enough, which is Hillary's sole new mantra. Coming back home is not an option. The idea is to reinvent the engagement, to make the engagement total. The idea is to wage a war of communications technology the grassroots way to ensure a total spread of democracy by 2020. It can be done.
The only way to win the so-called War On Terror is to turn every Arab country into a democracy. Spreading democracy is a science. It can work like clockwork. It can be done. You do it the right way, the progressive way. The neocon attempt has been inhuman, and costly, and ineffective, and utterly wasteful.
Strength? What Strength? Experience? What Experience
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