The Real Deal

    • A little history.
      The Reagan administration sold weapons to the very people who’d held our people hostage, (Iran), thus supplying BOTH sides in the same war, (gee, that’s lucrative, isn’t it?)  Iran vs. Iraq, in case you weren’t aware.  Then they used the money to help train what some call death squads in South and Central America.  And you know how we knew Saddam had WMDs?  Well, we’d sold him some back in the 80s.  Maybe we figured he had some left.  It doesn’t look like he did, does it?  And I think the whole “Oh, they sent them to Syria” notion is wiped away by the fact that we’d probably KNOW by now if they had any WMDs.
      Clinton took office and, rather than chasing after the phantoms raised by the previous administration, let bygones be bygones.  There were SO many investigations they could have launched.  In the end it all fell on the shoulders of Colonel Oliver North, who went to jail for his crimes.  Now he’s a successful right wing radio guy.  It’s not like treating with our enemies is really illegal.  Not like leaking documents to some neutral third party who plans to distribute them for free.  THAT’S really bad.  Making deals with enemies and supplying two sides of the same war?  That’s not a big deal at all.
      Funny thing that the people who claim to be such loyal Americans are the ones who seem to be okay with treasonous activities.  I mean, directly treasonous.  Knowingly breaking an oath and violating the law.  As long as it’s one of their guys anyway.  He gets out of jail he gets a radio show.  He gets to guest on Fox News.  He’s an expert.
      Sean Hannity:  “Hey, we’re going to accuse the President of treason.  You know all about that, Ollie.  Why don’t you give your opinion?  Is what Obama’s doing actually treason like some people (us) are saying?”
      “Ha ha.  Very funny, Sean.  You know what I did wasn’t treason, because we say it isn’t treason.”
      “Well, of course.  We’d know treason if we saw it.  And Obama’s treasonous, right?”
      “Yes, sir.  A regular Benjamin Arnold.”
      “Don’t you mean Benedict?”
      “Whatever.”But I digress.  So Clinton was elected after Bush Sr.  He was attacked from the right for being a “draft dodger” (which says a lot about the country’s feelings about that whole affair).  The economy boomed, primarily because a brand new technology turned out to be a major hit, with potential the likes of which hadn’t been seen in quite a while.  Probably not since the harnessing of electricity had such a powerful force been unleashed on an unsuspecting world.

      And we all suffered for it.  When that crashed it through us into a recession.  Neither the boom nor the recession belong exclusively to Clinton, though.  Clinton had other things to worry about as well.  He was attacked from almost day one, accused of outlandish things from the beginning.  As was his wife, our most recent Secretary of State. Accused of fraud and murder, among other things.  Yet despite spending over a hundred million dollars, the only thing they were ever able to get evidence about was an illicit sexual encounter.  How… common.
      That, my friends, counts as the world’s most expensive blowjob.  Clinton got the treat, we got the bill.  And for what?
      A so-called “liberal” media that had more or less blown of the whole Iran-Contra scandal–and scandal it was–jumped on this as if it was the worst sin a President had ever committed in office.
      And then we selected George W. Bush.  Dubya.  Little Boots.  All hat and no cattle.  Junior.  He was a truly shitty President in every sense of the word.  He had no diplomatic skills, he had no tactical skills, he had no intellectual skills.  Yet somehow we let him and his cabal talk us into not one, but TWO wars.  Those who attacked us were primarily Saudis.  So we invade Afghanistan.  NO ONE invades Afghanistan and leaves with a smile.  In the history of the world, ever.  It is where empires go to die.  And we let this idiot talk us into attacking the damn country that practically brought the Soviet Union to its knees.
      Oh, the media was lovely.  The terrorist attack was SO extreme, everyone was screaming “we can’t let them get away with this!”  The right had never forgiven Clinton for being unwilling to swing the whole military as a club against our enemies.  Clinton was a tactical thinker–or listened to the advisers that were.  Allowing the police to chase down the original WTC bomber was the right move. We do have agencies for that sort of thing, agencies that weren’t necessarily prone to thinking of military solutions.  Clinton treated that bomber like a criminal, not a military aggressor.  And he was pursued, caught, and tried like a criminal.  Case closed.
      But they didn’t like that.  It didn’t give them the chance to use any of their newer toys.  They had a taste of it during Desert Storm a few years earlier and they wanted more.  “We’ve got the toys, we’ve got the boys.  Let’s go kick some ass!”
      But they were disappointed.
      I was working a graveyard shift on 9/11.  I got off work at 6 am, I believe, and we heard murmurings in the warehouse before we left, but it wasn’t until I got in my car that I realized what had happened.
      By the time I got home, about half an hour later, my thoughts had turned to “well, isn’t this convenient?”  I actually gave Bush the benefit of the doubt at first.  That didn’t last long.  I actually more or less agreed with the “treat them like criminals” idea.  The thing about investigating is that you can actually learn what happened, how it happened, and how to prevent if from happening again.  You can target the people responsible and take THEM out.  Invading Afghanistan just LOOKING for Bin Laden was stupid.  But it gave the military brass the chance to play with their toys and the rich arms manufacturers a chance to cash in.
      And then there was Iraq.  Ah, what a fundamental act of stupidity.  WMDs that were gone a decade earlier used as an excuse to invade a country that wasn’t even a threat–thus opening up a two front war against a IDEA.  Which is, again, stupid.
      Now the Republicans are doing it again.  They’ve been unable to catch Obama at ANYTHING at all, so they’re inventing things out of whole cloth with which to pursue him.  They commit the crimes, the great sins, and throw accusation after accusation at those who follow behind trying to clean up their messes.
      I know some people will see it differently.  What I don’t understand is HOW.
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