Obama’s Afghan-Pak war is now in full swing. Yesterday came reports of one hundred dead civilians in a US bombing run on the western Afghani province of Farah. Some toady for the Defense Department said that the Taliban had killed the unfortunates with hand grenades and then driven their bodies around town to make it look like an air raid. The official, Captain Kirby, hastened to add though, “we cannot confirm the report that the Taliban executed these people.” Since the “report” came from the imagination of the US military it shouldn’t be too hard to confirm; the imaginary report only requires imaginary confirmation to make it true.
Why are civilians dying in such large numbers? It might be that over the last month the United States has dropped more bombs than ever on Afghanistan. The numbers have been rising ever since Obama donned the Purple Robes and promises to go higher. Obama hosted the venal Afghan “President” Karzai and the widower Zardari for a war council on the same day as the news of the civilian deaths came out. They both got lectures from Ambassador Holbrooke, in a reprise performance as The Great White Father, on what the United States requires them to do. Two more corrupt and incompetent leaders would be hard to find, but hey, we like ’em that way.
The marching orders are, as Pakistan’s offensive makes clear, more and larger war. And yet the United States understands nothing. Does Obama really believe that Al Qaeda is the reason for the conflicts in Afghanistan and Pakistan? Does he really believe that forcing a civil war on Pakistan will resolve the civil war in Afghanistan? If so than he is responsible for the same US-centered delusions as the previous proprietor of Pax Americana. With dangerous consequences.
Of all of the bewildering illusions in the guy, and there are many, the most galling for me is that he was the “peace” candidate and now the peace President. Everywhere in Ann Arbor, and I imagine in many other liberal enclaves as well, folks drive their Volkswagons with Obama stickers still proudly attached to their vehicles from the election. So happy are they to be with the forces of progress and light that they want to shout, as was shouted in those heady days of the Great Society, “Love me! Love me! I’m a liberal”
More often than not the “Obama-Biden” bumper sticker or lawn sign is next to one advertising peace or “co-existence”. As tens of thousands more US troops pour into Afghanistan and the Afghans (and the occupiers) dig the consequent graves I have a suggestion to all those folks still basking in the glow of their November victory over the dark forces of war and destruction; either take down the Obama sign or the peace sign. You can’t have both and it is, frankly, embarrassing. Aren’t you embarrassed? No? Well, I’m embarrassed for you.