Meter thanks to Dunckley street
Mine is well past red, it has been for a while and I am upset and angry at what these incompetent leaders are doing to my country. Take a look at this piece from the NYTimes below.
Bush Aides See Failure in Fight With Al Qaeda in Pakistan
By MARK MAZZETTI and DAVID E. SANGER
President Bush’s top counterterrorism advisers acknowledged that the strategy for fighting Osama bin Laden’s leadership of Al Qaeda in Pakistan had failed.
What an actual admission of failure from this administration?
Now way Jose!!! Read on and look who is being faulted here….
In identifying the main reasons for Al Qaeda’s resurgence, intelligence
officials and White House aides pointed the finger squarely at a hands-off
approach toward the tribal areas by Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez
Musharraf, who last year brokered a cease-fire with tribal leaders in an
effort to drain support for Islamic extremism in the region.
worked for Pakistan,” said Frances Fragos Townsend, who heads the Homeland
Security Council at the White House. “It hasn’t worked for the United States.”
I have no sympathy for Musharraf, being familiar with the history and the geopolitics of the region, it was only a matter of time before the Islamic militancy created (to fight a proxy war in Kashmir and the Taliban in Afghanistan), bred and encouraged by the leaders of that country that date back to the days of Zia would come back to bite them in the ass. The assassination attempts against Musharraf and the recent mess in the Waziristan region sadly portend tough times ahead. It is a tough genie to put back in to the bottle once released as Musharraf is finding out.
Really pray (if you believe in that)!!
Not to digress, blaming Musharraf is convenient for this administration, they would rather we not focus on the original strategic disaster at the end of 2001 at Tora Bora when they let Osama and his henchmen escape by not having enough American troops on hand and relying on the Afghans to do the work for us. Link (ample google hits about this if you are interested).
The most stunning example was the futile battle of Tora Bora to capture Osama
bin Laden at the end of 2001. As Jonathan Randal writes in his book, "Osama,"
coalition troops did not fight on the ground at Tora Bora. It wasn't a battle at
all, just a hail of missiles and bombs that came and went.
Even ignoring the
basic tenet of military strategy that having ample numbers of ground troops is
vital, other signs that strategic vision is lacking abound.
The ramifications of this are still being felt. The misadventure in Iraq and mismanagement at home and the numerous scandals continue to damage us and will for years to come. And why exactly are we shirking from Impeachment?
*Bangs Head On Desk*