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Tonight on the Dark Side with Kira Davis

2/26/12 Tonight on the Dark Side we talk about..oh you KNOW what we’re talkin’ about! EVERYBODY’s talkin’ bout it…my apology video to President Karzai. I’ll break it down for you so hear can hear straight from the source just what inspired me to make this video. And I guess Hollywood will force me to talk about the Oscars tonight. Plus gas prices, algae Czars and I’ll make my weekly predictions for the upcoming week in news. Join me at 10pm ET, 7pm Pacific on the CDNews Network on Blogtalk Radio. Be there or be John Kerry (that’s worse than being square).

 

crossposted at kiradavis.net

My Apology to Afghan President Karzai on Behalf of America

I’ve been inspired by our President’s sensitivity regarding international manners over the last few days…espeicially the courage he has shown in quickly issuing apologies to President Karzai of Afghanistan in the wake of the story about our military burning Korans outside of a detention facility.  Our President is not afraid to apologize. Quite the contrary, he makes apologizing look easy. I want to be a part of the new international tone that Mr.Obama is setting with his sensitivity. I’d like to help. So I wrote my own apology to President Karzai, as a concerned citizen of the United States. Enjoy the video and a transcript is also posted below.

Dear President Karzai:

I’ve seen in the news the anger and frustration your people are expressing after it was discovered that members of our military burned copies of the Koran outside an American detention facility. Your people were outraged.  I was outraged too and I’d like to express my sincere apologies.  I am sorry, President Karzai. I am sorry that your penchant for raising and harboring terrorist enemies of the United States has made it necessary for us to be in your crappy, corrupt, backwards country for as long as we’ve been there.  I’m sorry that the politically correct, blame-America first crowd has so infected our military operations that the rules of engagement make it impossible for us to just quickly level the bad guys there and leave.  I’m sorry that you run a nation of men who would kill and have killed over the printed words on a page but who have no problem whatsoever with sewing a 12-year-old girl’s vagina shut so she can’t “sin” or beheading homosexuals.  I’m sorry that your homegrown terrorist detainees use your own Holy texts, provided by our taxpayers here in the US, to send covert/coded messages back and forth. I’m sorry that our soldiers must intercept those messages and destroy them in order to keep our own personnel safe.  I’m sorry that while you live in the lap of luxury on our foreign aid dollars your own people are starving and dying in abject poverty.  I’m sorry that your religion has left you completely incapable of seeing the irony in your feigned outrage at the burning of 4 Korans while you imprison and even execute anyone in your country who has the audacity to get themselves raped or leave Islam for another faith. I’m sorry that our President would make such a public spectacle of apologizing for the burning of books containing secret prisoner communications while giving you and your armed forces a pass on murdering our own military personnel in cold blood. I’m sorry that your culture finds it acceptable for grown men to leave off caring for their families in order to stand around for days shooting guns, burning American flags and calling our President names like “Black Dog”. I’m sorry our President sees more value in apologizing to those men than standing up for American interests and freedoms. Mostly, President Karzai, I’m sorry that we don’t have a leader with enough balls to tell you to kindly take your fake moral outrage and your terrorist sensibilities and shove them both where the sun don’t shine: and I’m not talking about those caves you use to house your Taliban allies.

With Friends Like These…

Since the beginning of the War on Terror, the United States has taken on the task of forming hostile nations into allies in the Middle East. The best analogy I can think of to currently describe the way things have gone is likening our nation building efforts to the comic strip “Peanuts”. The nations that we go to war with are much like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, America in this scenario, to kick. We run to kick the football, Lucy moves the football, and we fall on our behind. The difference is that immediately afterward, Charlie Brown knows that he’s been had and vows to never fall for that again, before he inevitably does. Our politicians on the other hand, refuse to reflect on the results of past interventions and many times embrace a “full steam ahead” approach.

I don’t write this as apologetics for Ron Paul, the Cato Institute, the founding fathers, Reason Magazine or any other well known libertarian intellectual cause. Instead, I’m going to use an inherently conservative thought process, the cost-benefit analysis. Liberals hate the cost-benefit analysis because it shows that their government programs to be counter-productive; this is why they often resort to arguing based on emotions and intent. Unfortunately, despite President Bush’s noble intentions, the major engagements of the War on Terror may not pass the cost-benefit test.

We invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to eliminate Al-Qaeda and to topple the country’s acting government, the Taliban. While fighting the enemy, we also helped set up an acting Afghan government. And in 2004 Hamid Karzai was elected president of the country and the US has supported him ever since. However, it has been revealed that Karzai and his family are corrupt and that he perhaps fraudulently won re-election in 2009. The US decided to express its disapproval by sending a troop surge of 30,000 to double down on our efforts of giving him a stable country to govern. Worse yet, its also been learned that Karzai, behind our back, has been in talks with the Taliban and has had diplomatic relations with Iran. But even before Karzai’s corruption became apparent, he still wasn’t exactly our BFF. Karzai frequently threw the US “under the bus” in press conferences and openly supports the farmers there growing Opium poppy despite our requests. Even taking Karzai out of the equation, a cost-benefit analysis must be done (not in this article) on whether or not we should still be fighting in Afghanistan. Former CIA director and current Secretary of Defense Leon Panneta estimated in 2010 that there were no more than 50-100 Al-Qaeda still in the country.

Next we turned to Iraq. Saddam Hussein was a terrible dictator who ended up getting what he deserved, not many Americans on either side of the political aisle would disagree with that. But, as the Iraq war winded down and the US turned into a police force to help stabilize their government, the people at home wondered what the new Iraqi government would look like. While still in its infant stages, details of the new Iraqi government have been disappointing at best. It appears as though Iraq has warmed up to its former hated enemy, Iran. This is particularly bad, because the Iraq-Iran conflict helped to keep Iran in check. This is why in the 1980s we helped supply Iraq with materials to produce chemical/biological weapons; with the idea of them to using the weapons against Iran. Further showing its gratitude towards the US, Iraq recently voted against Saudi Arabia’s proposal to increase oil production at OPEC’s 2011 conference. Seeing nations turn their back on the US after the US had invested large sums of money isn’t particularly unusual, but what makes this different is that the US still has 50,000 soldiers over there. This is a blatant slap in the face.

Worst of all is Libya. If there is something positive to be said of the War in Libya, one could say that its been the least costly of the wars. Despite its comparatively low price tag, Libya could quite possibly have the costliest long term consequences. To clarify, just like Saddam, Muammar Gaddafi is an evil dictator who deserves whatever grisly fate that awaits him. But, the United States went to war for the stated goal of stopping an alleged massacre that never took place, not for “regime change”. Then, in spite of goals which stated otherwise, we stayed until the regime change was complete. Now the question that remains is, “What now? Who are these rebels?”. That answer appears to be an interesting mix of regular citizens who grew tired of their oppressor, radical Islamic insurgents, and long term US ally Al-Qaeda. Wait… no, that’s not right, Al-Qaeda’s goal is to destroy the US and Israel. While the new Libyan constitution hasn’t been written, it was released that Sharia law is anticipated to be the main source of inspiration. If the Muslim Brotherhood’s popularity in Egypt is any indication, the so called “Arab Spring” will not have positive long term effects on the US and it’s allies. Rarely do events have 100% negative consequences without a silver lining, and Libya very well could be one of those times. In life there are disappoints and ideas that backfire, but rarely do you spend money and resources to create a nation whose leadership’s stated goal is to destroy you. Before many marriages that end in divorce go bad, there is usually a blissful honeymoon. Likewise the Libyan rebels started off giving the US a deserved gift, by denying their request to extradite Lockerbie bomber Al-Megrahi.

The Middle East has plenty of hostile countries, some unfriendly indifferent nations, and very few allies. One of those nations considered friendly to the US is Kuwait, particularly after we saved them from Saddam Hussein’s invasion in Desert Storm. Now to Kuwait’s credit, they have repaid us with their support in the UN by voting against us a region-low 67% of the time. More and more on the right, people grow disenfranchised by our foreign involvements. Republican California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher said that behind closed doors, most republicans will admit that Iraq was a mistake. This sentiment briefly gave businessman Donald Trump the affection of some republicans when he considered a presidential run. One of Trump’s main platforms was taking trillions of dollars in oil from Iraq to offset our costs there. The fact that the idea garnered some support among republicans shows that at the very least, they’re willing to admit that the Iraq war didn’t yield desired results; so they feel the need to get something out of it. I agree that in retrospect, knowing what we know now, it was a mistake. But you can’t go around taking nation’s oilfields or anything else for that matter, might doesn’t make right. The equivalent I draw from the people who support the US taking oil from these nations we intervene in is this: Let’s say I cut your grass without me asking. You either try to stop me or passively let it happen. When its done I take some household appliances to compensate myself.

A best case scenario in these countries is that we pay billions yearly for their defense, having them become reliant on us, allowing them to become socialist in nature; all while complaining about our presence and influence. This allows them to become what I like to call “International democrats”. They do nothing to warrant the US taxpayer paying for their defense or fighting for them, yet we do it. What would be better is if we charged them at cost or more for us to protect them, but even then, that’s only a solution if you want to use our military men and women as mercenaries instead of only using them to “protect the US Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic”. Better would be forcing these nations to pay for their own defense, taking them off the government payroll.

In the world there are going to be problems that arise on an international level. Friendly dictators and elected officials alike will lose power or get overthrown from time to time. When a US-friendly regime loses power its one thing, when the US pays great costs in lives and money to create a hostile regime is infinitely worse. Woodrow Wilson’s progressive dream is alive and well today with the goal of “making the world safe for democracy”, championed by republicans (McCain, Graham) and democrats (Lieberman). Creating democracies in a region where the people who make up the electorate despise the US would seem to make the policy mutually exclusive with safety at home.

The Public Trust and It’s Violation Thereof

Obamas Kinder Gentler WarExcuse me whilst I lash The One to the mainmast of our noble Ship of State for the appropriate scarring.

Here we have the vision of The False Messiah usurper President who came to power decrying with strident oratorical regularity his Republican predecessor on foreign policy decisions. As candidate Obama he criticized Bush for neglecting Afghanistan in favor of Iraq. An easy hindsight criticism when Bush had gotten himself already involved in a full-out war in Iraq, whether one agrees or disagrees with that initiative. So what does the Oba-maniac do when he assumes power? He tries to take credit for the Bush committed withdrawal of troops from Iraq and triples the number of American troops from 31,000, when Bush left office, to over 100,000 in early 2010.

This is the same guy who demanded that we return our troops home from Iraq.

You can’t have it both ways Barack baby! You can’t loudly and with great regularity besmirch Bush’s effort in Iraq and then enjoin his “nation-building” venture in Afghanistan after you take his place by propping up the same criminal punkass leader Karzai, tripling our troop commitment and continue doing so even after the mission to get Osama bin Laden is completed. Why should good Americans die trying to kill all the Taliban? For this!
Building roads? What are we now…some sort of international aid machine supported by the US taxpayers without their direct consent? The federal government in the person of congress has become so out of touch with the public that it’s shameful. Let those nations that believe in the UN New World Order get them to fund this “nation-building” under the UN aegis. That would be some comic relief anyway.

Congressional appropriations committees need to read “The Cost of Reaction: The Long-Term Costs of Short-Term Cures” by Andrew Sweet and Natalie Ondiak.

I’m a veteran and sick of seeing American Presidents who seek to establish another democracy in some backwards, third world cesspool that time has forgotten as their historical legacy and do it on the backs and lives of good, brave Americans. Our responsibility as the so-called leader of the free world is to promote freedom in the form of democracy where the people of a nation have taken the first steps to indicate they are ready to assume that responsibility and where a tyrannical ruler is preventing that.

In Afghanistan we have a medieval society existing in a modern world. It hasn’t changed much in a millenium. The people have no conception of freedom and are not ready to assume responsibility for their own futures. They have no economy aside from poppies and drug manufacturing. Our aide has become their economy and how it is used is not accounted for, yet we continue to pour money into that cesspool of despair. Propping up a thug, because he is perceived as the lesser of two evils is incompetent and mirrors all our past Middle East policy that has us hated there.

For those who voted for this moron I would submit that one reason they did so is to get us out of that cesspool and he is only digging us in deeper. Obama has violated those voter’s trust.

Last November in a Quinnipiac poll, Democrats by a 52% to 33% margin said we shouldn’t be involved in Afghanistan. Independents were 45% to 40% against that involvement. According to a new Washington Post/ABC News Poll 49% disapprove of his handling of Afghanistan.

This defines acting against the public trust. They voted for him to get us out and he’s doing the reverse. WE trust our elected representatives to be good financial stewards of tax revenues we pay and they urinate money about like an incontinent drunkard. Is that acting in the public interest…, in the public trust?

I’ve been in the Republican minority opposing our involvement in that country. I opposed it because it defines nation-building which I despise, and is the foreign policy markerpost for the malcontents to chide us as the ugly American. Efforts like Afghanistan are NOT making the world safe for democracy. It was a nation in name only with no ruling government, only tribal leaders who ruled by force and intimidation. Under our stewardship is has become a parasite dependent totally upon us for it’s economic survival. How stupid are our elected leaders?

$36 Billion: Amount the United States is spending on military action in Afghanistan annually.

$10.4 Billion: Amount of aid the United States pledged for development in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2008. The United States provides a third of all development aid to Afghanistan.

There was no single despotic authority brutalizing the people only tribal warlords who have been the only leadership that sorry excuse for a nation ever knew. WE installed a leader to enable building a national rule and government. WE installed a puppet in exchange for the right to pull his strings, nothing more. That is not our responsibility and is wrong. WE are using getting the Taliban as an excuse.

There is no mission there of true national security interest to us, so we’d best stop waving our patriotic flag insisting that there is.