Friday, November 10, 2006

STAY THE COURSE!

The usual neoconservative water-bearers are giving top billing today to the latest foaming at the mouth from Al-Qaeda in Iraq. While Drudge luridly fills column space with Fire Engine Red clip quotes, Fox leads off with the by-line “Al Qaeda: We'll Never Rest Until White House Destroyed”…

You can get pretty much the same information from AP VIA Fox or from Reuters:

“Al Qaeda Claims to Have 12,000 Fighters in Iraq”

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,228636,00.html

“Al Qaeda gloats over Rumsfeld”

http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2006-11-10T172059Z_01_IBO132069_RTRUKOC_0_US-IRAQ.xml&pageNumber=0&imageid=&cap=&sz=13&WTModLoc=NewsArt-C1-ArticlePage3

Oh hell… If burning the White House is all it will take to shut you up, we’ll lend you some matches… It’s been burned before… Probably has termites, anyway…

We are more than a house.

Aside from always reminding me of Foghorn Leghorn and the “chickenhawk,” these Al-Qaeda releases seem to be tracking a never ending descent into the ridiculous…

Which is a good one-word description of this one…

“"I tell the lame duck (U.S. administration) do not rush to escape as did your defense minister...stay on the battle ground"… "Remain steadfast in the battlefield you coward!"”

Thus spake Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, head foamer of Al-Qaeda in Iraq inc…

I’m a chickenhawk, and I’m not done chewing on your ankle!

Still, it’s revealing. Both sides – all sides, I should say – who have an interest in prolonging the conflict in Iraq want this same thing: They all want the US army to remain in Iraq indefinitely. Nobody knows who would come out on top in the meltdown that will follow our withdrawal when it inevitably comes, but everybody knows it’ll shake out fast.

It’s our presence that maintains the stabilized chaos we see today which allows death squads to roam the Baghdad night and provides Al-Qaeda in Iraq – Al-Qaeda anywhere – its best recruiting tool.

Meanwhile, the state of war itself provides powerful tools which bolster the militarists in the US. It would have given them a permanent hammerlock on the electorate and the government itself I fear, if they hadn’t botched the execution so badly.

BRAVO neoconservative incompetence!

And our continued presence allows the oil lobby to hope they will yet be able to implement the hugely one-sided production contracts they are forcing on the supine Iraqi puppet government.

An odd bunch of bedfellows, this, but then, what would one expect in so crooked of an enterprise?

But at least it can be said the American voter has finally done something that has scared Al-Qaeda in Iraq… We’ve elected people they think will walk away from their war, leaving them fresh out of bogeymen.

“Remain steadfast in the battlefield you coward!” Stay the course!

Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, if he could have voted, would have voted Republican, I think.

Comments:
I always love the “our presence in Iraq is al- Quaedas best recruiting tool” argument. The fact that it is a truism in virtually any war never seems to occur to its adherents. Fact is in any conflict if you bring the war to the enemy the enemy tends to get riled up.

Of course there is the other truism – “If our presence in Iraq is al- Quaedas best recruiting tool, our failure in Iraq will be even better for recruitment.” That one never seems to enter the liberal mind, even though it has been uttered by Osama on video vis a vie our withdrawal from Somalia. That retreat was such a successful recruiting tool he was able to recruit to blow up the World Trade Center.

Of course there was also Carter’s “one man of God to another” letter to the Ayatollah over the hostages. Our obvious weakness was exploited and hostages were retained. Khomeni used Carters weakness to cement his power and launch the modern age of terror, thanks Jimmy!

Oh well, maybe the third time is the charm.

Pardon those of us on the right who do have a hard time with the notion that displaying retreat from an enemy will result in their surrender.
 
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