Friday, September 29, 2006

How the terrorists win when we turn our back on our ideals

The battle is for the hearts and minds of the Muslim world. They see us turning our back on our ideals. We can now detain them for life, or put them to death, without due process.

They see us giving up the high ground. They see us torturing, detaining for life, executing, and having show trials and they say to themselves, "what's the difference between them and Osama".

They both kill Muslims, they both torture, they both execute without due process.

So then they say, "well at least Osama is one of us". And, boom they "win" legitimacy.

Look at Hezbollah and Israel. Hezbollah has managed to win legitimacy.

Legitimacy is the first step in the transition from a terrorist movement to a mass movement. A mass movement has a political and a military wing. It's seen as legitimate by the people. It has won hearts and minds and it then turns to more conventional methods.

Once legitimacy is won, terrorism is validated, and we lose.

We are on the verge of that now.

It's not what we think that counts here. Did you hear Musharraf the last few weeks? He said the Taliban is more dangerous then Al Quida because "it has roots in the people".

Bush and his supporters are stupid. Everytime someone tries to tell them this, they say "there's no moral equivalency between us and the terrorists".

There doesn't have to be. It only has to be perceived that way.

The way to win this war is by holding true to our ideals. To prove we are better then them. To show that our way of life produces justice, freedom, and prosperity.

If we can't convince them of that we lose.

Try or die. That's it. That is the only choice we have.

We have no choices now. Shit we didn't have them before either.

The only choice is to win this election. If we can't win our democracy is over. At least if we can win one house of congress we can do something.

We only have one choice, fight for it.

We must get Democrats into power for oversight and then we must push them to repeal this assault on our democracy.

The time for defeatism is over. Try or die. That's it.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

On the Constitution

The Constitution defines this country and it's system of Government. Therefore you cannot be a patriot unless you accept the Constitution. To love the USA is to love the Constitution and the democracy it defines. Either you love democracy and the Constitution or you are not a patriot. You can't have it both ways.

In other words you can't defend American freedom without defending the Constitution.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Kenny Manifesto

I came up in the school of realism.

Basically the view is that nations act in their own perceived self interest on an international stage of near complete anarchy.

I honestly believe that in order to be a powerful nation and benefit your people a leader must look at the world this way because all the other leaders are. Advantage will be taken when advantage can be taken.

Our "President" is an idealist. He is not a realist. He sees what he wants to see, and therefore he cannot be trusted to impartially look out for our interests and our country. Regardless of whether you look at our nation through the prism of right or left, we are weaker and less able to defend our interests in the world. In a world full of hungry dogs running in packs with no real rules, this is very dangerous.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Article 3: Read it, know it, quote it, It's not vague, it's not long, it's not what Bush says

Article 3

In the case of armed conflict not of an international character occurring in the territory of one of the High Contracting Parties, each party to the conflict shall be bound to apply, as a minimum, the following provisions:

1. Persons taking no active part in the hostilities, including members of armed forces who have laid down their arms and those placed hors de combat by sickness, wounds, detention, or any other cause, shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, without any adverse distinction founded on race, colour, religion or faith, sex, birth or wealth, or any other similar criteria.

To this end the following acts are and shall remain prohibited at any time and in any place whatsoever with respect to the above-mentioned persons:

(a) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;

(b) Taking of hostages;

(c) Outrages upon personal dignity, in particular, humiliating and degrading treatment;

(d) The passing of sentences and the carrying out of executions without previous judgment pronounced by a regularly constituted court affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized as indispensable by civilized peoples.

2. The wounded and sick shall be collected and cared for.

An impartial humanitarian body, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, may offer its services to the Parties to the conflict.

The Parties to the conflict should further endeavour to bring into force, by means of special agreements, all or part of the other provisions of the present Convention.

The application of the preceding provisions shall not affect the legal status of the Parties to the conflict.

Via pissedonpolitics.com

Friday, September 15, 2006

Spotlight CA-50 It's about Iraq and Francine Busby gets it

Brain Bilbray, one of the poster boy GOP money changers, will not stand and face his challenger in a debate. Francine Busby, Bilbray's opponent, believes the issue of the day is the war in Iraq. According to Busby, “Voters deserve to hear from all the Congressional candidates in a manner that encourages accountability and open discussion. I stand ready, willing and able to address their concerns and serve their needs.”

Bilbray, like many of the GOP's robotic rubber stampers wants to abdicate his congressional responsibilities and allow "President" Bush carte blanche in the Iraq war. This approach has left the United States military weak, as well as failed to produce any of the promised results in Iraq. According to Busby, “Americans are tired of having our brave men and women killed and wounded in a conflict that tragically and quite predictably has become a civil war. It’s time to listen to the many American generals who are telling us to set an aggressive timetable for exiting Iraq.

Brain Bilbray does not want to face San Diegans on this issue. He is a cutting and running from the debates as fast as he can. Perhaps if he can't face the voters knowing his rubber stamp has lead to the deaths of thousands of American troops. Or perhaps he just doesn't care what the voters think.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Powell opposes Bush plan for harsh interrogations

Is Powell on the path to redemption?

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Bravo Neocon idiots. You have created your doomsday scenario.

We find ourselves between a Shiite ascendancy and a Sunni panic. Iran has increased it's influence in Southern Iraq and likely obtain a nuclear weapon as well. Our worst nightmare is coming true before our eyes.

Our Sunni secular non-democratic allies are scared out of their minds. Our Sunni Islamic fundamentalist enemies are salivating at their chance to seize power in these dictatorships and Afghanistan, and our Shiite fundamentalist enemies are climbing the ladder of power on the backs of dead Americans.

Could things in get worse?

You bet your ass they can. The Sunni Islamic fundamentalists have secured sanctuary in Pakistan and are fighting a determined insurgency in Afghanistan. NATO is unable to respond. It's Generals in Afghanistan have been calling for more troops. These calls have so far gone unanswered.

Our "leaders" are not playing to win. They tell us that this war is the "calling of our generation". But, they will not commit to fighting it. There are only 13,000 American troops in Afghanistan and only 8,000 NATO troops.

The situation in Iraq is worse. Only 130,000 American troops are deployed in this "central front in the war on terror".

Perhaps our "leaders" take their rhetoric far more seriously then they do the actual war. If this war is indeed the "calling of our generation", let's man up and get the job done. Otherwise, let's shut up and take our lumps.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

China is moving toward Asian hegemony

With the only global superpower fighting two increasingly hot wars in the Middle East, the increasing apathy toward global security in Europe, and the use of North Korea as a lighting rod, China is moving toward Asian hegemony.

The United States is squandering our deterrence and our influence in Asia. We have already reduced troops strength in Japan and South Korea. We have already stepped back from our pledge to defend Taiwan.

China has begun moving and there is not much we are doing to counter her.

In the most recent find, users spotted an underwater submarine tunnel off China's Hainan Island. They've also found a mock-up of a Taiwanese air base in China's remote western desert. In a bizarre discovery, a computer technician in Germany noticed a huge and startlingly accurate terrain model in northwest China that replicates a sensitive border area with India.

Washington's preoccupation with terrorism and it's blunders in the Middle East have opened the door for China both militarily and economically.

The politically sensitive deficit with China did decline slightly in July to $19.6 billion but is still on track to far exceed last year's $202 billion deficit, the highest ever recorded with a single country.

Fighting terrorists is important. But, it is as important as killing ticks on a dog with lung cancer. It needs to be done, but not at the expense of the animals life. We must face the real threat and the real threat is China.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Hey, you gotta see how low this "President" sinks for a photo op

Sunday, September 10, 2006

The hardest parts of Bush's job, now this is leadership

In a recent interview "President" Bush told Katie Couric:

"You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror."

Not fighting it, not getting it right, not making sure the war in Iraq is a success. No, none of these things matter to this "President". All he cares about is connecting Iraq to the war on terror for political reasons.

Is this leadership?

hat tip: http://pissedonpolitics.com/

Friday, September 08, 2006

Lifelong conservative Marine assails Bush policies

What is wisdom? Is it right or left? Or is it just American, like this guy.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Afghanistan now as deadly for troops as Iraq

WTF happened to Bush's last vestige of "success".

This is pathetic.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Why Bush "owned up to secret CIA prisons"

Here's the transcript if you haven't read it yet:

Transcript: President Bush explains how CIA secret prison program 'saved lives'


It's very simple why he did this now:

He needs this Congress to pass amendments to the War Crimes Act now. The Congress is only going to meet for a short time before the elections. The next Congress may impeach him on the War Crimes Act. He wants this Congress to cover his ass.

Don't take my word for it, listen to Bush himself:

"And some believe our military and intelligence personnel involved in capturing and questioning terrorists could now be at risk of prosecution under the War Crimes Act simply for doing their jobs in a thorough and professional way."

The personnel he's taking about is him.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Why the Iraq war has made us less safe and less able to deal with Iran

This is the issue as I see it:

There is only one port city in Iraq, Basra. Basra is a Shiite city. The highway runs north from Basra through Shiite territory up into Baghdad and the rest of Iraq.

I believe, and I'm sure many military strategists believe, any attack on Iran will result in a Shiite uprising. Iran has been infiltrating Iraq and it's Shiite political parties for years, this is well known.

If the Shiites squeeze or close that highway we are in real trouble.

We have 130.000 troops spread out all over Iraq. Think how much they eat everyday, how many bullets, spare parts, uniforms, medical supplies etc... they need everyday. Re-supply from air will not work for long.

We put ourselves between a rock and a ran place and it isn't good.

I'm afraid the simple fact is, the people who run Iran are smarter then the people who run the USA.

Update:
Yes, it is indeed possible to re-supply through Kuwait as some have pointed out to me. However, supplies coming through Kuwait must travel up the same highway as those unloaded in Basra. The strategic situation is unchanged. Also, I believe Turkey is out because Turkey is currently shelling the Kurdish region of Iraq and is massing troops on the border there. Jordan may be a possibility. But, that would bring our supplies through the already hostile Sunni region.