Rewiring the System

Dan Comments With Thoughfulness

Posted in Uncategorized by rewiringangel on December 3, 2009

How could everyone have forgotten that Afghanistan was the Soviet
Vietnam?   Even Russian immigrant liberals think the US should
proactively drop a nuke rather than risk a repeat of their experience.
Obviously this is absurd, but the operative phrase is "intrinsically
unwinnable". They kicked invaders' butt 1000 years ago, they kicked
the Soviets' butt 30 years ago, and they'll kick ours.  No matter what
"surge" strategy the generals propose (which is in all but name
exactly what they sold to Johnson in 1965), the outcome is 100%
certain to be a Soviet-style disaster.

Obama promised the MI (Military Industrial) complex a nice war to get their support to win
the election.  If he had just proposed shutting down Iraq, they would
have opposed him and he would have lost.  So he offered them an
alternative so they could keep feeding at the public trough (something
Bill Clinton refused to give them, and they hated him for it) and now
he's delivering on that campaign promise.

Obviously it worries him that he'll definitely lose the support of
most Americans, and that he'll go down in history as another lackey of
the MI complex just like both Bushes and Johnson. But if he stands up
to them and doesn't deliver on his promise, they'll engineer his
demise in the next election if not sooner.

So Obama's caught between a rock and a hard place.  But this is
exactly where presidents with strong integrity stand up and navigate a
workable course for the future instead of bowing to the pressure from
enormous entrenched interests.  The US has to stop playing at being
the world's policeman:  it's bankrupted the country and utterly failed
as a strategy.

Thanks for listening.


An Open Letter to President Obama from Michael Moore

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Dear President Obama,

Do you really want to be the new "war president"? If you go 
to West Point tomorrow night (Tuesday, 8pm) and announce 
that you are increasing, rather than withdrawing, the troops 
in Afghanistan, you are the new war president. Pure and
simple. And with that you will do the worst possible thing 
you could do -- destroy the hopes and dreams so many 
millions have placed in you. With just one speech tomorrow 
night you will turn a multitude of young people who were 
the backbone of your campaign into disillusioned cynics. 
You will teach them what they've always heard is true -- 
that all politicians are alike. I simply can't believe 
you're about to do what they say you are going to do. Please 
say it isn't so.

It is not your job to do what the generals tell you to do. 
We are a civilian-run government. WE tell the Joint Chiefs
what to do, not the other way around. That's the way General
Washington insisted it must be. That's what President Truman
told General MacArthur when MacArthur wanted to invade China.
 "You're fired!," said Truman, and that was that. And you 
should have fired Gen. McChrystal when he went to the press 
to preempt you, telling the press what YOU had to do. Let me 
be blunt: We love our kids in the armed services, but we
 f*#&in' hate these generals, from Westmoreland in Vietnam 
to, yes, even Colin Powell for lying to the UN with his 
made-up drawings of WMD (he has since sought redemption).

So now you feel backed into a corner. 30 years ago this past
Thursday (Thanksgiving) the Soviet generals had a cool 
idea -- "Let's invade Afghanistan!" Well, that turned out 
to be the final nail in the USSR coffin.

There's a reason they don't call Afghanistan the "Garden 
State" (though they probably should, seeing how the corrupt
 President Karzai, whom we back, has his brother in the 
heroin trade raising poppies). Afghanistan's nickname is 
the "Graveyard of Empires." If you don't believe it, give 
the British a call. I'd have you call Genghis Khan but I 
lost his number. I do have Gorbachev's number though. It's
 + 41 22 789 1662. I'm sure he could give you an earful 
about the historic blunder you're about to commit.

With our economic collapse still in full swing and our 
precious young men and women being sacrificed on the altar
of arrogance and greed, the breakdown of this great 
civilization we call America will head, full throttle, 
into oblivion if you become the "war president." Empires 
never think the end is near, until the end is here. Empires 
think that more evil will force the heathens to toe the line
 -- and yet it never works. The heathens usually tear them 
to shreds.

Choose carefully, President Obama. You of all people know 
that it doesn't have to be this way. You still have a few 
hours to listen to your heart, and your own clear thinking. 
You know that nothing good can come from sending more troops 
halfway around the world to a place neither you nor they 
understand, to achieve an objective that neither you nor 
they understand, in a country that does not want us there. 
You can feel it in your bones.

I know you know that there are LESS than a hundred al-Qaeda 
left in Afghanistan! A hundred thousand troops trying to 
crush a hundred guys living in caves? Are you serious? Have 
you drunk Bush's Kool-Aid? I refuse to believe it.

Your potential decision to expand the war (while saying 
that you're doing it so you can "end the war") will do 
more to set your legacy in stone than any of the great 
things you've said and done in your first year. One more 
throwing a bone from you to the Republicans and the 
coalition of the hopeful and the hopeless may be gone -- 
and this nation will be back in the hands of the haters 
quicker than you can shout "tea bag!"

Choose carefully, Mr. President. Your corporate backers 
are going to abandon you as soon as it is clear you are 
a one-term president and that the nation will be safely 
back in the hands of the usual idiots who do their bidding.
That could be Wednesday morning.

We the people still love you. We the people still have a 
sliver of hope. But we the people can't take it anymore. 
We can't take your caving in, over and over, when we 
elected you by a big, wide margin of millions to get in 
there and get the job done. What part of "landslide victory" 
don't you understand?

Don't be deceived into thinking that sending a few more 
troops into Afghanistan will make a difference, or earn 
you the respect of the haters. They will not stop until 
this country is torn asunder and every last dollar is 
extracted from the poor and soon-to-be poor. You could 
send a million troops over there and the crazy Right 
still wouldn't be happy. You would still be the victim 
of their incessant venom on hate radio and television 
because no matter what you do, you can't change the one 
thing about yourself that sends them over the edge.

The haters were not the ones who elected you, and they 
can't be won over by abandoning the rest of us.

President Obama, it's time to come home. Ask your neighbors 
in Chicago and the parents of the young men and women doing
 the fighting and dying if they want more billions and more
 troops sent to Afghanistan. Do you think they will say, 

"No, we don't need health care, we don't need jobs, we don't 
need homes. You go on ahead, Mr. President, and send our 
wealth and our sons and daughters overseas, 'cause we don't 
need them, either."

What would Martin Luther King, Jr. do? What would your 
grandmother do? Not send more poor people to kill other 
poor people who pose no threat to them, that's what they'
d do. Not spend billions and trillions to wage war while 
American children are sleeping on the streets and standing
 in bread lines.

All of us that voted and prayed for you and cried the night of your victory have endured an Orwellian hell of eight years of crimes committed in our name: torture, rendition, suspension of the bill of rights, invading nations who had not attacked us, blowing up neighborhoods that Saddam "might" be in (but never was), slaughtering wedding parties in Afghanistan. We watched as hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians were slaughtered and tens of thousands of our brave young men and women were killed, maimed, or endured mental anguish -- the full terror of which we scarcely know.

When we elected you we didn't expect miracles. We didn't even expect much change. But we expected some. We thought you would stop the madness. Stop the killing. Stop the insane idea that men with guns can reorganize a nation that doesn't even function as a nation and never, ever has.

Stop, stop, stop! For the sake of the lives of young Americans and Afghan civilians, stop. For the sake of your presidency, hope, and the future of our nation, stop. For God's sake, stop.

Tonight we still have hope.
Tomorrow, we shall see. The ball is in your court. You 

DON'T have to do this. You can be a profile in courage. 
You can be your mother's son.
We're counting on you.  Yours,  Michael Moore

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