God willing, the return of adult leadership to the world
It’s amazing how refreshing it is to hear someone state the freaking obvious. However, after years of doublespeak and bullshit, it is a breath of fresh air. These are a few quotes from Obama on detainees and Afghanistan. You don’t have to abandon your values because you’re at war. You don’t have to fight wars in a dumb way, under the cover of media blackouts and (in Sri Lanka’s case) media black eyes. War doesn’t give politicians a blank check and make everyone else a traitor – they’re still subject to, God forbid, reason, and we are reasonable to point out their mistakes. It is not foolish idealism to defend dignity, rights and a Constitution, it is actually smart, honorable and a winning strategy. Yet the toxin of the Bush years is such that strength is denial and weakness is basic inquiry and thought. Man, war makes people scared, and scared makes people stupid, and stupid decisions lead to more war. If there’s a way out for America, however, there might be a way out for us.
We do not need to choose between our most deeply held values, and keeping this nation safe. Thatâ€™s a false choice, and I completely reject it…
I refuse to be lectured on national security by people who are responsible for the most disastrous set of foreign policy decisions in the recent history of the United States. The other side likes to use 9/11 as a political bludgeon. Well, letâ€™s talk about 9/11.
The people who were responsible for murdering 3,000 Americans on 9/11 have not been brought to justice. They are Osama bin Laden, al Qaeda and their sponsors â€“ the Taliban. They were in Afghanistan. And yet George Bush and John McCain decided in 2002 that we should take our eye off of Afghanistan so that we could invade and occupy a country that had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11. The case for war in Iraq was so thin that George Bush and John McCain had to hype the threat of Saddam Hussein, and make false promises that weâ€™d be greeted as liberators. They misled the American people, and took us into a misguided war.
Here are the results of their policy. Osama bin Laden and his top leadership â€“ the people who murdered 3000 Americans â€“ have a safe-haven in northwest Pakistan, where they operate with such freedom of action that they can still put out hate-filled audiotapes to the outside world. Thatâ€™s the result of the Bush-McCain approach to the war on terrorism. (Time, via Andrew Sullivan)