Thursday :: Sep 11, 2008

September 11, Bush, and McCain


by Turkana

Seven years after the worst ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil, the perpetrators remain on the loose, and their allies and enablers remain on the loose and growing stronger. They got away with it. Because of the Bush Administration, the perpetrators of the worst ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil got away with it. Because of the Bush Administration's enablers, such as John McCain, the perpetrators of the worst ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil got away with it. The Republicans always want to make national elections about national security. Let them. Because of the Republicans, the perpetrators of the worst ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil got away with it. Is that so hard?

Last January, I wrote this:

It's tempting to say that Afghanistan represents the Bush Administration's supreme failure. I've made that claim, in the past. But that presumes that the Bush Administration was, in the the smallest degree, interested in catching the people who attacked us on September 11, 2001, and in keeping this nation safe. Of course, some have done very well from Bush's wars. Meanwhile, the collective wisdom of the more than 100 bipartisan foreign-policy experts consulted by Foreign Policy and the Center for American Progress to form The Terrorism Index led to this summary:
The world these experts see today is one that continues to grow more threatening. Fully 91 percent say the world is becoming more dangerous for Americans and the United States, up 10 percentage points since February. Eighty-four percent do not believe the United States is winning the war on terror, an increase of 9 percentage points from six months ago. More than 80 percent expect a terrorist attack on the scale of 9/11 within a decade, a result that is more or less unchanged from one year ago.

But, of course, if the Bush Administration actually gave a damn about national security, and catching the terrorists who attacked us, they'd have done something about it. Instead, their incompetence allowed Osama bin Laden to get away, when he could have been caught or killed, at the battle of Tora Bora. They disastrously shifted their focus from those who had attacked us to those who never had, and because of that, the Taliban are growing stronger both in Afghanistan and Pakistan, while Al Qaeda has also regrouped and grown stronger in both countries. In fact, both countries are having to negotiate with the Taliban, and bin Laden, himself, is even now well-positioned to launch another attack. If this war actually was about justice and security, rather than profits, it would be correctly seen as the signature failure of the singularly disastrous administration. Bush is destroying the Constitution and violating international law, not to mention the basic laws of humanity and morality, but he has not made America safer, and he has not caught the people who committed the worst ever act of terrorism on American soil. It would be surreal, were it not so damnable.

In Afghanistan, the Bush Administration has been surging backward. The Taliban now control half the country. Some say the war in Afghanistan is lost. In October, the Marine Corps asked to move its troops from Iraq to Afghanistan, but in December, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said no; but he has, of late, been blaming our NATO allies for the problems in Afghanistan! And it just keeps getting worse.

On the day I wrote that, Agence France-Presse was reporting a Taliban attack inside the Afghan version of the Green Zone. The Washington Post was reporting that Bush was going to send 3,200 more troops to Afghanistan, because he somehow hadn't been able to "shame" our NATO allies into picking up the ball Bush had dropped. Later that month, our puppet Afghan "government" was reported to be following the Bush model by torturing prisoners, while a reporter was threatened with execution for "blasphemy." By February, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice were on the road, blaming our allies for failing to pick up the ball Bush had dropped- which played real well with our allies. The Pakistani government that Bush so strongly supported was collapsing, due mostly to its own corruption; the Pakistani people had had enough. By March, the Taliban were increasing their control in Afghanistan, while our puppet "government" controlled less than a third of their "own" country. The Bush Administration was also increasingly at odds with Pakistan's new government. By April, anyone still paying attention knew that the entire policy in the Afghan/Pakistan region was a disaster, it could not be salvaged, and it had become a case study of Bush Administration incompetence and failure. All the Bush Administration actually had succeeded in doing was to unpatriotically and dangerously destroy our military, while making us weaker and more loathed in the entire Middle East.

The summer saw just more and more of the same. The only thing going well in Afghanistan was the drug trade. Even Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General David Petraeus was publicly admitting that the Iraq War was harming the effort in Afghanistan. The war of choice that had nothing to do with the September 11 terrorist attacks was undermining the war that did. But the Bush Administration did have a few great successes to their credit- the destruction of the Constitution, the enrichment of their friends and selves, and the politics of fear mongering. But the real story just keeps getting worse and worse and worse.

By the end of July, more U.S. troops were dying in Afghanistan than in Iraq. Just weeks ago, it was announced that Bush is sending 12,000 more troops to the war that should have long been over, and which has long been lost. And as usual, for the Bush Administration, their main concerns seem to be about oil. But with an election looming, and the administration desperate for vindication, they've decided to help their buddy, enabler, and supporter John McCain, by making one last push to find Osama bin Forgotten- by reviving a Clinton era plan. Meanwhile, a media-enabled cover-up of an atrocity against Afghan civilians is finally coming to light, while Pakistan is somehow unhappy that Bush is ignoring such small matters as their territorial sovereignty.

Yesterday, the current Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Admiral Michael Mullen, testified before Congress and admitted that we're not winning the war in Afghanistan. In other breaking news, water is wet. But it's nice to have another military leader admitting the obvious. But it also would be nice if someone- maybe the Obama campaign, maybe every Democrat who manages to get face time on television- would also point to what's also so obvious. Because it's long long past time for the Democrats to stop trying win at politics by enabling and copying Bush's failures at policy. It's time for them to stop acting tough and start being tough. By telling the truth. So, in closing, I will repeat what I wrote at the opening:

Seven years after the worst ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil, the perpetrators remain on the loose, and their allies and enablers remain on the loose and growing stronger. They got away with it. Because of the Bush Administration, the perpetrators of the worst ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil got away with it. Because of the Bush Administration's enablers, such as John McCain, the perpetrators of the worst ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil got away with it. The Republicans always want to make national elections about national security. Let them. Because of the Republicans, the perpetrators of the worst ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil got away with it.

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