A Worshipper At The Shrine
Lest anyone think I've lost my sass, I want to mention yet another incident with a worshiper at the Obama shrine. Had dinner last night with a good friend; we didn't talk politics a lot, but lit on it casually. I know my friend--I’ll call her ”Jane”--is a very bright, articulate, widely read woman who considers herself liberal. She is anti-war in what seems to be the current liberal style: with a sense of a vague, unfocused, mild dismay at preemptive strikes and the rest of our country's death-dealing ways, but sans any real passion or conviction. However, she recognizes O.'s leadership role in the continuing carnage we inflict on other humans, right?
Why, no, not at all. Jane believes he inherited the situation from the evil Bush Monster and O. will "do something about it" as soon as he can. Why can't he now? Because his advisers won't let him! That's right, the most powerful man on the face of the earth is struggling to free himself from the masterminds who control him (and got him elected and continue to be the people closest to him), so he can call off the dogs of war and dry the tears of the women and children we have a habit of killing.
I guess Jane didn’t see this, from "Common Dreams"[link]:
"The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been granted approval by the US government to expand drone strikes in Pakistan's tribal regions in a move to step up military operations against Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters, officials have said."
Why, the sneaks! They got that one right past the president (doesn’t he have a Nobel prize to prove he’s a peace-loving pussy cat?). Oddly, though, this appears in the same article: "Barack Obama, the US president, had previously said drone strikes were necessary to 'take out high-level terrorist targets.'"
And, I guess, so were the thousands of additional warm military bodies he’s dispatched to Afghanistan in order to subdue and, if necessary, slaughter the millions of Afghans who live there. But this is all, you understand, because he hasn’t yet devised a strategy for ending the war! For bringing the troops home! For comforting the women and children and binding up the wounds…
Oh, the hell with it.
Labels: Dinner With Jane