Obama and Pakistan through the right wing looking glass

Posted by on Aug 2, 2007 in conservative, election 2008, eliminationist, fascism, GWOT, Iraq war, media, politics, propaganda, terrorism | 0 comments

Barack Obama gave a speech in which he said the following:

Above all, I will send a clear message: we will not repeat the mistake of the past, when we turned our back on Afghanistan following Soviet withdrawal. As 9/11 showed us, the security of Afghanistan and America is shared. And today, that security is most threatened by the al Qaeda and Taliban sanctuary in the tribal regions of northwest Pakistan.

Al Qaeda terrorists train, travel, and maintain global communications in this safe-haven. The Taliban pursues a hit and run strategy, striking in Afghanistan, then skulking across the border to safety.

This is the wild frontier of our globalized world. There are wind-swept deserts and cave-dotted mountains. There are tribes that see borders as nothing more than lines on a map, and governments as forces that come and go. There are blood ties deeper than alliances of convenience, and pockets of extremism that follow religion to violence. It’s a tough place.

But that is no excuse. There must be no safe-haven for terrorists who threaten America. We cannot fail to act because action is hard.

As President, I would make the hundreds of millions of dollars in U.S. military aid to Pakistan conditional, and I would make our conditions clear: Pakistan must make substantial progress in closing down the training camps, evicting foreign fighters, and preventing the Taliban from using Pakistan as a staging area for attacks in Afghanistan.

I understand that President Musharraf has his own challenges. But let me make this clear. There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an al Qaeda leadership meeting in 2005. If we have actionable intelligence about high-value terrorist targets and President Musharraf won’t act, we will.

There is actually nothing in those words that have not been said or intimated prior: Bush would send troops inside Pakistan to catch bin Laden

The Voice of America put Obama’s speech in the proper context: US Democratic Presidential Hopeful Obama Vows to Pursue Terrorists in Pakistan. Again, nothing that the Bush Administration hasn’t said: Bush: al Qaeda Haven in Pakistan ‘Troubling’.

It’s a complicated situation to be sure. The US finds itself dealing with and giving lots of money to a country ruled by a military dictator who is facing a vocal and ever increasingly viable democratic movement at home. It’s touchy business dealing with a dictator who is threatened with a democratic uprising. He’s a busy man.

And, the thing is, US troops have been in Pakistan for years, a number of times. By most accounts, and here’s the important point: the US military is in Pakistan now:

Reported last week in regard to striking at terrorist “safe havens” in Pakistan:

White House adviser Frances Townsend was asked Sunday on Fox News why the U.S. isn’t sending in special operations forces, pilotless drones and “everything we can to take out al-Qaida’s safe haven.”

“Well, just because we don’t speak about things publicly doesn’t mean we’re not doing many of the things you’re talking about,” Townsend said.

She wouldn’t go into details, but both U.S. and Pakistani officials confirm privately that U.S. intelligence teams are operating inside Pakistan — as are unmanned Predator planes. As to whether the U.S. might contemplate military force, Townsend delivered the administration’s new message:

“The president’s been clear: Job No. 1 is to protect the American people, and there are no options that are off the table,” she said.

So, how does the ever predictable and never right wing bozosphere react to Obama’s speech? With lies and nonsense. A sampling:

  • Messiah: Hey, let’s invade Pakistan

  • Barack Obama: Macho man
  • Little Green Footballs puts words in Obama’s mouth: Obama Promises to Invade Pakistan (Link to Memeorandum cause the doucheking of LGF will divert it anyway.)
  • The ever on top of the it Connecticut Yankee pushes the “Osama plans to invade” meme too. (Great thinkers think alike.)
  • Blue Crab Blvd goes for the tried and true logical fallacy approach: To Heck With Our Enemies, Let’s Invade Our Allies (Perhaps not realizing that the enemy terrorists are among the friendies in Pakistan. All them dark skinned peeples looks alike, no doubt.)
  • And, saving the best for last: Paul at Wizbang seems to see and hear things that aren’t there, he actually puts quotes around words that Obama never actually said: Obama, ‘I’ll Invade Pakistan’
    (“It must be true, I read it at Connecticut Yankee.”)
  • Stellar fabrications fit only for the truly misbegotten of soul and lovers of lies.

    Oliver Willis has more. (Bonus Oliver here. ) And, Rober Ailes lights the fire under this idiotic bloated meme in an article titled: The War On Semantic Dumbfuckery:

    Here’s my rant:

    One of the great problem we as a society face is our inability to be honest with not only ourselves, but each other. Dishonesty permeates our political and social lives. It infects the information we hear and view every day and how it is transmitted. It reaches such heights that it becomes mythical fact. Dishonesty is the engine of spin. Bad news and facts are dismissed in favor of lies and obfuscation. Better to be a false winner than a true loser. All in an effort to promote one-sided ideologically driven perspectives. We lie to prove that we are right, that our beliefs are right. We equate our self image with our ideology. Well, some of us do, it is clear. What else can explain the sheer level of complete lack of honesty and embracing of lies? Stupidity? Perhaps. But, it goes deeper.

    At the heart of it is an emotional adherence to our ideological identity and our inability to see beyond it. We need to believe in something, identify with it, and consider it to be infallible. It gives us a false sense of power and conviction. It gives us hope, even when it’s misguided, because we look around and there are so many others who think the same way, they can’t all be wrong, can they?

    Well, yes. They can.

    It’s become so prevailant and accepted that one can literally go to two dozen different right wing blogs and anticipate, based on an understanding of those bloggers attitudes and favorite angles of spin, pretty much that they will provide disinformation of a given type on any given issue. They are as predictable as the sunrinse and sunset. Today’s spin on Barack Obama’s speech are an example of this backwards thinking and just how low it can delve into the depths of dishonestly and complete foolishness.

    It’s utterly and patently pathetic. What else can you say? (Well, you could say they are vapid, ignorant douchebag lying sacks of shit, but that would be pretty obvious. Dogpile on the rabbit.)

    Do I expect the right wing clown posse to fess up and admit their error of ways and stop the bullshit? No. Of course not. It would be like teaching a pig to sing. It’s funny at first but then it’s just plain annoying.

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