Carol Platt Liebau: 'Bout Time

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

'Bout Time

The House of Representatives is preparing to present a resolution condemning the leak of classified information about the financial tracking program and The New York Times' decision to publish it.

Good. Makes it clear that it's not just The Times vs. the Bush Administration; it's the Times vs. the other elected representatives of the American people.

Now, where's the Senate? And I'm still waiting for a Democratic senator to denounce The Times.


Blogger Dittohead said...

The Senate has more important issues...

On the Senate floor yesterday, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said there was nothing the Senate could be doing that was more important than banning flag burning.

10:33 AM  
Blogger wrabkin said...

I'm sure if you wait five more minutes, Joe Lieberman will do it for you.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

"Makes it clear that it's not just The Times vs. the Bush Administration; it's the Times vs. the other elected representatives of the American people."

The lemmings who drafted and will vote on this resolution are only following orders from puppet-master Cheney.

11:03 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

In other news, we find Kerry and Murtha were right again. That much of the insurgency has to do with the fear the US will not leave...

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Eleven Sunni insurgent groups have offered to halt attacks on the U.S.-led military if the Iraqi government and
President Bush set a two-year timetable for withdrawing all foreign troops from the country, insurgent and government officials told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

11:47 AM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

And yes, absolutely, we must bow to the demands of terrorist groups...

12:40 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...


Insurgents are Sunnis. They are not Al Qaeda and the terrorists.

12:55 PM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

Call them insurgents and love them if you must, I call them the enemy if they are attacking our troops. Which group was it that tortured those 2 soldiers last week?

1:03 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Who invaded their country on dead-wrong intelligence? Who killed over 50,000 Iraqis? Who setup secret prisons and condoned torture? Who made Iraq the front on the war on terror when there were no terrorists there?

1:32 PM  
Blogger COPioneer said...

dhead is delusional, and amber's right, I'm wasting my breath. Have a fabulous free Independence day.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Roots of terrorism tied to Reagan

Afghan war against the Soviets, has in fact also been the most destructive: a Faustian pact with Islamist militants that helped end the Cold War while cultivating the "terror" in the global "war on terror" that will consume the foreseeable future.

Ugandan-born political scientist Mahmood Mamdani, who now directs Columbia University's Institute for African Studies, argues that after the Vietnam debacle, the US government changed its tack to staunch the spread of communism from direct armed intervention to indirect support of private armed groups in nationalist insurgencies.

"In practice," he writes in his book, Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: America, the Cold War and the Roots of Terror, "it translated into a United States decision to harness, or even to cultivate, terrorism in the struggle against regimes it considered pro-Soviet."

The Soviet presence in Afghanistan was perceived as a threat to US strategic oil interests in the Middle East. To push the Soviets back, beginning in 1985 the Reagan administration green-lighted the CIA to furnish mujahideen with arms and intelligence to bleed the enemy; as a departure from covert operations in Angola and Nicaragua, direct contact with the rebels was left to the Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency.

In what became the largest covert action since World War II, the United States gave more than $2 billion in guns (including the infamous Stinger anti-aircraft missiles) to the mujahideen over the decade. Much was siphoned off by the ISI, which officials and experts say continues to sustain al-Qaeda and the Taliban behind the Pakistani border.

Despite the price tag, on one hand the Afghan proxy could be viewed as a bargain considering it expelled the Soviets and hastened the fall of the Iron Curtain. But the unintended consequences, or "blowback", were far worse: a new, elusive and potent international jihadist network had formed under the umbrella of Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda.

"The real damage the CIA did [in Afghanistan] was not the providing of arms and money," writes Mamdani, "but the privatization of information about how to produce and spread violence - the formation of private militias - capable of creating terror."

3:04 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

...and before Reagan it was Zbigniew Brzezinski's Green Belt idea for Soviet containment using Islamic nations.

6:46 AM  

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