Lib Blog: Afghan support was a political tactic

It’s refreshing to hear the truth, even if the truth is a shameful one that played with the lives of our service people while politicians and pundits postured.

An astonishingly honest assessment — one that I fear is accurate — from the lefty blog Hullabaloo:

Escalation is a bad idea. The Democrats backed themselves into defending the idea of Afghanistan being The Good War because they felt they needed to prove their macho bonafides they called for withdrawal from Iraq. Nobody asked too many questions sat the time, including me. But none of us should forget that it was a political strategy, not a serious foreign policy.

There have been many campaign promises “adjusted” since the election. There is no reason that the administration should feel any more bound to what they said about this than all the other committments [sic] it has blithely turned aside in the interest of “pragmatism.”

Jim Geraghty:

We now know liberal bloggers never meant what they wrote about Afghanistan. We will soon know if the president meant anything he said about that war on the campaign trail.

Obama six months ago:

Al Qaeda and its allies — the terrorists who planned and supported the 9/11 attacks — are in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Multiple intelligence estimates have warned that al Qaeda is actively planning attacks on the United States homeland from its safe haven in Pakistan. And if the Afghan government falls to the Taliban — or allows al Qaeda to go unchallenged — that country will again be a base for terrorists who want to kill as many of our people as they possibly can.

Now…oh…it’s not that bad!

The Afghan war, the “good” war, the “war that needs winning” was -it turns out- just one more hammer meant to beat up Bush.

A very furious Ace:

“‘But none of us should forget that it was a political strategy, not a serious foreign policy.

You claimed to support a war in which American soldiers were fighting and dying, leaving friends and limbs on the battlefield, as a cynical political strategy?

You… um… voiced support of a real serious-as-death war to cadge votes out of a duped public?

We won’t forget, champ. And we won’t let you forget, either. Again we see a leftist projecting his pathological darkness on to others. They accused Bush of fighting wars for this very reason. And now, when it’s safe to say so (they think), they concede: We supported a war for the reason we accused Bush of doing so for 8 years.”

It’s called projection. Some do it constantly. Remember “Bush is going to declare martial law and cancel the elections!”

Show of hands, please, how many sort of suspected all along that the left was paying lip-service to Afghanistan, just to look serious and tough? :::mine:::

It is certainly refreshing to hear someone on the left admit it, and so I say Kudos, for that.

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  • Datechguy

    That is why the first step to the abyss always beings with a lie.

  • Zophiel

    *raises hand* Me too.

    I’ll be honest, it’s getting harder by the day to keep the vicious weed of cynicism from sprouting and blossoming in my heart. Stories like this make me snarl and growl, and then stomp of to say a rosary– “Blessed Mother, I need help not getting absolutely disgusted with my brothers and sisters. I want to give up on them, but I can’t– help. . .”

    Probably why I’ve taken to eatching re-runs of Extreme Makeover Home Edition– sappy, yes, but a counter to disgusting stories like this.

    [I know, I know...I feel myself descending into ugly cynicism, too. I need to pull back-admin]

  • Myssi

    :::Myssi raises her hand::::
    I don’t even know if what I’m feeling is cynicism. It’s more like disbelief that they think they can take all the candy from the jar at once and the American people won’t stop them. Energy Secretary Chu and his friends seem to be the ones in need of parenting, here, not me.

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  • Rick

    Now…oh…it’s not that bad!

    ” ‘Tis but a flesh wound!”
    “Your arm’s off!”
    “I’ve had worse.”
    “No you haven’t!”

    If only it were just Monty Python…

  • Rich Fader

    I always suspected that had we ever switched to Afghanistan, they would have in fairly short order have started complaining that we were ignoring Iraq.

  • Gloria

    If Obama’s support for the war in Afghanistan was merely a political tactic, then he is truly an evil man. Men and women from several different countries are fighting and dying there, and a political leader uses their heroism and their deaths as a token in a political game?

    Big media and internet pundits alike may see Obama’s game about Afghanistan merely as the “banality of evil.” But I see nothing banal about the Canadian, American, Polish, Czech and Lithuanian soldiers’ deaths there.

  • YogusBearus

    Is there any decision out of this white house that isn’t driven by politics and payoffs?

    When do we get the adults back?

  • Bender

    Come on. It wasn’t a lie, any more than anything else they say is a lie.

    They don’t lie. They can’t lie.

    They serve something greater than your outdated idea of truth, which is relative in any event.

    They are makers of their own truth, and that truth is that they are right and you are wrong. Always.

  • Yoda

    Obama lies, people die…

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  • L. Rogers

    I am not surprised. I thought this was the case all along. But it isn’t cynicism for me. I live in the Bay Area, surrounded by lefties. Their worldview is inescapable and I am very well aware of their hypocracies. The leftist justifies all kinds of sins for himself because he feels it in the service of a higher, more moral cause. This needs to be exposed and we must never concede that the Left occupies any moral high ground on any issue. It just isn’t true.

  • SjB

    Yes, I thought Obama was a liar when he was campaigning. I hoped I was wrong.

    Now that he has proven my worst suspicions correct, I’m not sure that I’m supposed to try to not be cynical. I think I am supposed to have my eyes open to recognizing evil and to call a spade a spade.

    I do not believe that Christians are called to be fools. We are called to be salt and light. We are called to speak the truth in love. Not a wishy-washy sentimentalized love that masks evil, but a stern love that brooks no compromise and exposes thievery, lies, and other works of darkness for what they are.

    Paul had no qualms about telling the truth about the silversmith of idols and warning others. Obama’s god is his ideology and he will destroy anyone who does not worship his god.

  • tim maguire

    I don’t think it’s that carefully thought out. Yes, liberals supported Afghanistan because it was in their interests at that moment, but I think it was sincere–it seemed like a good idea at the time.

    Liberals don’t think strategically very well, they don’t often consider the consequences of an action or the long term effects of setting a new precedent. Everything is supported or opposed on its own terms, completely out of context.

    So no, I don’t think they’re that cynical, but only because I don’t think they’re that smart. I live in a sea of liberalism, nearly everyone I know and interact with on a daily basis is liberal and I can count on one hand (with fingers to spare) the number of liberals who wouldn’t be just fine ditching democracy for dictatorship so long as it’s their dictator. Not because they’re bad people, but because, when it comes to political and social issues, they think like children.

  • Bender

    The number one tenet of modern leftism is that you have to power to create your own truth (which incidentally is the same thing a certain serpent said long ago).

    We need look no further than “choice” to see that this is so — if the woman chooses the truth to be that the entity within her is a parasitic blob, so it is; if she chooses the truth to be that the entity is a baby, so it is.

    They are relativists, and this is the dictatorship of relativism.

    Fundamental “first things” — if you know these about the left, you can determine all the rest.

  • Ignant_dude

    And here I thought my fiancee died there for something meaningful, that her combat mission to get kids to a hospital, during which her helo (callsign Komodo 11) crashed, would one day be proven worth it. But I suppose selling others sacrifices for politics is nothing new.

  • cminor

    Don’t forget that “wise as serpents, gentle as doves” thing, too!

    I blushingly admit that I didn’t reflect too deeply on whether Obama was telling the truth about his plans for Afghanistan (there were so many other whoppers to choose from.) But in retrospect, I’m not surprised.

    (Raising hand cautiously to shoulder level.)

  • skeeter

    The Eastern Orthodox Great Litany, prayed during the Liturgy, contains the following prayer..” For this God protected land, its President, all civil authorities, and for those who serve in the armed forces, let us pray to the Lord.”

    Our response is “Lord have mercy.”

    I struggle with prayers for this President, and lately have found myself praying to protect those in the armed forces FROM this President.

    This thread is enough to make one redouble that particular prayer.

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