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Right-Wing Chickenhawks on Pakistan

Republicans and right-wingers are famous for beating their chests and labeling anyone who wants to get our troops out of the crossfire of Iraq's murderous civil war as cowards and surrender monkeys. It is highly ironic then that when it comes to pursuing the mass murderers of 3,000 of our fellow citizens, they are in favor of a kid gloves approach as illustrated by this Reuters story:

Despite calls for U.S. action against al Qaeda in Pakistan, the Bush administration is counting on Pakistani forces to cripple militant operations in a series of U.S.-backed raids, officials and experts say.

And they want to make lovey-dovey with the people who are harboring the mass murderers of 9/11:

The administration believes eliminating al Qaeda's influence in the region will require a long-term, multimillion-dollar, hearts-and-minds campaign to erode support for militants among a tribal populace known for its hostility to outside authority.

If there was ever a place in the world where we should consider using military force it would be Pakistan's northwestern frontier. This region is known to harbor Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists who routinely infiltrate across the Afghan border to attack US troops and Afghan civilians. Many analysts believe that the masterminds of 9/11, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri are hiding out in this area.

Attacking Pakistan would be an extraordinarily perilous action for us to undertake, but no responsible President or candidate for the Presidency should take this possibility off of the table. After all, if we receive good intelligence that a repeat 9/11-style attack is in its final stages and is being directed from Pakistan we would have no choice but to act regardless of the consequences to Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

I've read Musharraf's book "In the Line of Fire" (how I wish you right-wingers would read more books and watch less television like that stupid "24" program), and I believe him when he claims he is strongly opposed to the Islamic extremists who want to take Pakistan back to the stone ages. Our support for him, however, can only go so far as it doesn't risk another 9/11-style attack. The now-defunct truce that Musharraf arranged with the tribes of Waziristan has allowed Al Qaeda to regroup in that region and has consequently adversely affected US national security. Musharraf, and any other world leader, must be on notice that if a terrorist group uses their soil to plan an attack on the US we will certainly take action as a matter of self-defense and that, in the words of our President, "we will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them".

The right-wing chickenhawks who are quivering in their boots about Barack Obama's statements on this matter need to stiffen up their spines and steady their weak knees. We should absolutely put Musharraf on notice that an invasion of his country is possible if something isn't done about the Al Qaeda presence there. In fact, the Bush administration's inaction in this regard may already be too late to prevent another disastrous terrorist attack on our homeland. It's amazing that the chickenhawks who were so eager to take on Saddam Hussein's crumbling and apathetic military in the invasion of Iraq are squealing like schoolgirls at a Backstreet Boys concert when it comes to Pakistan.


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Comments (2)

Steve Crickmore:

Larkin, my problem is that I'm so distrustful of the Bush administration, motives, competency, and ability to get along with anyone other than perhaps the leaders of Israel and the Marshall Islands, that if we launch an assult on Waziristan, I'm afraid it will turn out to be counter productive and a Fubar in the way that Iraq and Afganhistan has gone..I think in this case, it might be better 'to muddle through', until there is wholescale change of administration,in January 2009 and the solution of radical extreme Islam can be dealt with in an integrated rational manner: politically, militarily with proper Allied and moderate Islam support...Before that any putative large American assault in Pakistan, would probably go off half baked,(with huge numbers of civilan casualties) and be exploited as a political issue in the 2008 election just the same.

bryanD:

As for the 9/11 highjackers, we need to investigate thoroughly the fast-track program implemented exclusively for the benefit of Saudis coming to the US without interviews, why these Saudis were then immediately in contact with FBI intelligence sources, and who shepherded them into US Army and Air Force programs on USAF bases.

As for the Waziristan sanctuary. My first initiative (If Elected!) would be to split the opium concession held by Turkey and allow a concession for Afghanistan. The world needs morphine, the US can buy Afghani, Europe can keep Turkish.

I know. Waziristan is not in Afghanistan but many Waziristanis will go home/emigrate to Afghanistan if there is a means of making money farming an easily harvested, self-sustaining opium crop. Plus it will undercut the warlords who control distribution.

As it is now we're vexing our allies, the Afghanis by harrassing their growing something the world needs: opium for morphine, the worlds' only wonder drug with effects which never "top out". (When it no longer works, you're gonna die.)

So, in 3rd world places, armies are farmers, pirates are fishermen. Money talks, BS walks. I see mucho AWOLs in Talibanland.

As for chickenhawks: that deserves its own post.


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