Is Afghanistan On The Map? A Failure That Hasn’t Succeeded? (February 12, 2007)

Is Afghanistan on our radar?  What happened to Osama?  Iraq has diverted attention and resources from the true war on terrorism and from domestic needs in the United States.  Afghanistan should be the focus of national attention and resources.  The world supported the United States in the pursuit of a defined mission in Afghanistan.  Matters are percolating and festering over there.  There should be a national debate about undertaking a focused surge in Afghanistan.  The upcoming attack on Iran will compound an already almost intractable problem.

The Eric Blair Award for Orwellian Newspeak for 2006 was awarded in December.  In an interview on December 28, Ed Henry with CNN (Cable News Network) interviewed White House homeland security adviser Frances Fragos Townsend and pressed her to admit that Bush’s failure to capture or kill Osama bin Laden in the past five years is a failure.  “You know, going back to September 2001, the president said, dead or alive, we’re going to get him. Still don’t have him. I know you are saying there’s successes on the war on terror, and there have been. That’s a failure,” Henry observed.  “Well, I’m not sure,” Townsend said.  “It’s a success that hasn’t occurred yet.  I don’t know that I view that as a failure.”

Success is failure.  Failure is success.  Black is white.  Truth is ugly.  Beauty is a lie.  Up is down.

Bumper sticker of the week:

War Is Peace
Freedom Is Slavery
Ignorance Is Strength

[Love is intoxicating; toxins are poisonous; poisons can kill.  She did something awfully stupid.  Really stupid.  Profoundly stupid.  And maybe even embarrassing.  But not unusual for a human.  Poking out an eye, pulling a tooth or spraying her with pepper spray are counterproductive.  She has one role and duty in this life–feed, clothe, love, discipline, inspire, threaten, reward, punish, and cajole one son and two daughters.  In the name of family values, the condign punishment:  therapy; a lengthy probation; a desk job that allows her to repay the country that trained her; defendant pays all costs.]

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