Sunday, July 4, 2010
Are Kristol and Hayes Stuck on Stupid?
After listening to Steve Hayes and Bill Kristol on FOX News Sunday you have to believe that they are either rewriting history or just conveniently forgetting the past. The view that Michael Steel, Republican Party Chairman, should resign because he called Afghanistan Obama’s War is just their failure to recognize how we got to a full-blown military campaign there in the first place. Do Hayes and Kristol really think that Obama wants to fight a war in Afghanistan? A thoughtful look at the 2008 Presidential campaign clearly demonstrates that in an effort o criticize Bush 43’s war policy Obama said Iraq had nothing to do with 911 and that the war we should be fighting was in Afghanistan in pursuit of Osama bin Laden. Obama claimed he wanted to fight in Afghanistan in an effort to convince the American voting public he was not anti-war, just anti-Bush. In truth, Obama like the Democratic Party in general was and is anti-war. This truth is beginning to show in the Congress where Democratic criticism of the Afghan strategy is becoming more vociferous. Back in 2009, on Inauguration day I asked the question: Will they (Obama voters) still be thrilled when the war in Afghanistan becomes bigger than the war in Iraq? This was a time when Guantanamo Bay would be closed, the war in Iraq would be over and the stimulus bill would ensure that unemployment would never be higher than 8-percent. Eighteen months later Guantanamo is still open and the war in Iraq continues. Unemployment is well over 8-percent and likely to continue climbing as Obama moves to shut down the fossil fuel energy industry. The war, once an effort to hunt down and kill Osama Bin Laden, is now a nation-building exercise, much like the one Democrats and Obama criticized President Bush for in Iraq. Hayes and Kristol insisting that Republicans must support the war in Afghanistan are asking conservatives to provide their leadership with the same type of blind support that the anti-war movement has provided to the Democrats. The purpose of war is defeating your enemy. If you are not prepared to do it then don’t start one.