For months now, I've not read any material from one of the guys who intrigues me most -- Dinesh D'Souza. I began this year with an FWTV post, Pondering Dinesh D'Souza: Part One, and got off track dealing with the everyday things of life. I haven't re-read Part One and I'm sure it's a very incomplete piece but I do intend to generate a Part Two . . . someday. For now, however, I loved one of his mid-July posts -- Obama's Pearls of Unwisdom -- and wanted to post this excerpt:
Liberal Democrats like Obama keep saying Iraq is the "distraction" when, from the point of view of the Islamic radicals, Iraq is absolutely crucial. Al Qaeda has publicly stressed that Iraq is the global center of the war on terror, the staging ground for the beginning of World War III.
Why is Iraq so important to Bin Laden? Because since 1979 the radical Muslims have controlled only one major Muslim country, and that is Iran. They are desperate to get their hands on a second one. They have already said that if they get Iraq, they will focus next on Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
For America, Iraq is crucial for a reason regularly stressed by real estate agents: Location, location, location. Here are the names of Iraq's neighbors: Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia. Is there any doubt how important it is to have a pro-American Muslim government (or even better, a pro-American Muslim democracy) in that neighborhood?
By contrast, it is Afghanistan that is quite frankly a "distraction." Afghanistan was chosen as the launching pad for the 9/11 attacks because the Taliban government provided rent-free accommodations there for the Al Qaeda training camps. It was essential for the U.S. to get rid of the Taliban, and I'm glad the international community is keeping an eye on the place to prevent a return of those fanatics. Even so, anyone who thinks Afghanistan is strategically more important than Iraq needs his head examined.
Roger that! Dinesh nailed this (as did many others) before the BLT Barry Pyrrhic Victory Tour began.
It's a tell-tale sign of the unserious attempt to politicize the War for Freedom and Liberty that this argument is (or should I say, given the current state of affairs, was) being put forward at all. Afghanistan pops up as a convenient tool and the next thing you know -- voila! -- that now becomes the path not taken by the bumbling nincompoops in the Bush Administration. Mind you, this is coming from people who swore Afghanistan not only would be a quagmire, but was in fact a quagmire (in many of their esteemed opinions) just days into the Afghanistan campaign.
The same folks who created a story where there was none with the Valerie Plame Wilson nonsense. Yet I'm supposed to give a damn what he and his crowd think in terms of "distractions?"
Barack Obama, I'm afraid to say, doesn't believe in the American military (or understand it) and he certainly doesn't believe in the mission of the Central Intelligence Agency. Hell, the untold story right now is that most of his crowd believes the entire war effort is a "distraction." When it comes to the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, I swear they are now pushing Afghanistan because they know it is a wide, institutionally-weak place that will offer many more opportunities to either take cheap shots at American foreign policy or, failing at that endeavor, talk loud and say absolutely nothing. The Bush Administration (thanks to the American Army) has punked them on Iraq, punked them!, and now they need another shot in another locale.
Sorry, sap suckers, that's a non-starter.