Thursday, December 27, 2007

Barack's Politics Of Hope, Hillary's Politics Of Fear

If we needed another shred of evidence that Hillary is a Bush Republican. The Bushies cashed fear in 2002 and 2004. They tried hard again to cash it in 2006. It did not work. They are trying equally hard to cash it for 2008. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

Don't get me wrong. I am hard nosed on this security stuff. The threat to America is continued and very real. But that is precisely the reason to kick Bush out and not pick Hillary. America is less safe today. There has not been another attack on US soil since 9/11, and that sure is good news, and the branches of the US government at the forefront of that have to be commended. But why will you not hold people in leadership responsible for the fact that the Al Qaeda is stronger today than ever before? If Al Qaeda can strike with eery abandon in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and East Asia, is it not only a matter of time before it strikes America again? How much sense did it make for the US to take its eyes off the Al Qaeda and jump into a misadventure in Iraq?

If the Al Qaeda was in Afghanistan, that is where the action was. If the Al Qaeda moved to Pakistan, that is where the action shifted. It did not shift to Iraq. W's mistake has been to go after the wrong target. Wait until he goes into Iran, and then he will have taken both eyes off the Al Qaeda.

Hillary does not get this. I don't really know why. She is smart, she is tough. Maybe it is because it is a paradigm shift. It asks for out of the box thinking.

Benazir was the world's best hope to drain the swamp in Pakistan. But look how easily the Al Qaeda got her. The Al Qaeda is inside the Pakistani state and spreading like cancer. The Al Qaeda was a new virus in 2001. Saddam was the old virus. But W went after the Al Qaeda with the antibiotics he had. He was a medicine looking for a disease, and that is why he felt so gungho about going after Saddam. His disdain for basic scientific thinking is nowhere more dangerous than in how he has approached the Al Qaeda. No, it is not on stem cell stuff.

And our very own Hillary likes to play by the W book. She is with Bush on Iraq, and then she is with Bush on Iran. And now her closing argument is should something unpredictable, unfortunate happen, who do you want in the Oval Office? Nothing unpredictable will happen. If there is another 9/11 style attack on America, it will not be unpredictable. And the world will know who did it. And the world knows where these people are.

Hillary's experience argument makes me want to give W a third term. The guy was Governor of Texas, he has been president two terms. He is older than Hillary.

Fighting the Al Qaeda will not be easy, but it is not exactly rocket science either. You start with the disease, not with the medicine. The medicine you design in response. And all the time you objectively measure the reality out there, on what works and what does not.

Hint, hint. Al Qaeda is not a state, it is not a standing army. It took one semi defunct cell of one lone operative, one motorbike, one gun, two gun shots, one bomb, to destabilize a country the size of Pakistan. They are not trying to take over Pakistan like the Soviets tried to take over Afghanistan. They are just trying to destabilize it. That is all they want, that is all they need. They don't care about the ordinary Pakistanis who are rioting in all Pakistani cities in protest.

Hint, hint. They are only a few thousand in number.

Hillary took America onto the wrong battlefield. Barack will scale back and take America to the right battlefield. And the idea is not a military invasion of Pakistan, something unthinkable. That would be like punishing the rioting Pakistanis for what the Al Qaeda did to Benazir. Those rioting Pakistanis are also mad at the Al Qaeda.

The first order of business was to protect Benazir. She was democracy embodied. Democracy is what will drain the swamp. As for mosquitoes, you need the right weapons. You need super human intelligence. If you can't locate and penetrate the Al Qaeda, what good are you in this day and age?

The Dream

MLK talked of a dream. Barack is that dream.

The Bridge

Bill Clinton talked of the bridge to the 21st century. Barack is that bridge.

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