American Everyman Blog
Thu, 08 Oct 2009 19:26 EDT
The Obama administration has ruled out any troop reduction in Afghanistan after a Tuesday meeting with 30 lawmakers from congress.
That should suit Medea Benjamin of CODE PINK just fine. Apparently she has returned from a trip to the Green Zone of Afghanistan with a slightly less than “antiwar” message http://original.antiwar.com/scott/2009/10/07/is-medea-benjamin-confused/ for the people of America.
Yet another example of how infectious Obama’s fraudulent “compromise” propaganda really is.
President Barack Obama will not consider any reduction in the US military commitment in Afghanistan, White House and congressional officials declared after a three-hour meeting at the White House Tuesday between Obama and more than 30 congressmen and senators, both Republicans and Democrats. WSWS http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/oct2009/pers-o08.shtml The “No more war” movement is “off the table” in DC according to the new report out by Patrick Martin of the World Socialist Website.
Now all that is left is to figure out how many U.S. sons and daughters will be shipped off to the killing fields of Pipelanistan.
More drones? Of course. More collateral damage? Why not. After all, these kids blew up the Twin Towers… right? RIGHT! (Oh, no, wait… I mean they “collapsed”. wink wink)
But while Obama and the Clintonistacrew were setting those silly “elected officials” straight with regard to what is best for the people of America (ie. “compromise” with the war mongering right and left), we can at least rest assured that the antiwar movement is working hard to get our young men and women out of Afghanistan and putting an end to the illegal and brutal occupation.
I mean… we CAN assume that… right?
“I do think that we have thrown ourselves into this quagmire and we’ve got to extricate ourselves in a way that is as responsible as possible.”
… what I’m saying is that I did feel a palpable fear among many of the women that they don’t want the Taliban to take over again.” Benjamin http://original.antiwar.com/scott/2009/10/07/is-medea-benjamin-confused/
Yes, Medea Benjamin of the formerly antiwar group CODE PINK (well, that is, they WERE strongly opposed to killing and maiming innocent civilians while George Bush was doing it but now SOMETHING seems to be different about it now that Obama and Hillary are in charge) is now advocating FOR a continued U.S. occupation of Afghanistan. Yes, you read that right. No bones about it. No “ifs, ands, or buts”.
In an excellent interview with Benjamin, Antiwar’s Scott Horton doesn’t cut her any slack about this new, pro-occupation position.
Horton exposing the root of Benjamin’s positional shift, which is basically that Benjamin went to Afghanistan, she never left the safety of the occupied Green Zone (yet she claims to be speaking for “the women of Afghanistan” having never gotten out into the country to meet the VAST majority of the women of that nation), she met with several women who are aligned with the corrupt Obama puppet regime in Kabul, and now she is afraid that when we leave that country and end our brutal illegal occupation, her new friends in Kabul will lose their grip on their new-found power as the Taliban regains control.
Quite a remarkable justification for the continuation of an illegal occupation of another nation: they should treat women better because we say so.
But at least she doesn’t just use the Obama/Clinton propaganda lines like “we need a responsible exit strategy” to justify it. No, Benjamin, when pressed, actually had to resort to the same kinds of cliched bullshit that spewed from the mouths of the former administration officials: “Afghanistan will become a safe haven for Al Qaeda”. any propaganda “port in a storm”, I suppose.
Horton:… wasn’t Code Pink’s argument about Iraq not “We have to leave responsibly but we’ve got to get the hell out of there because staying there is irresponsible”?
Benjamin: Yeah, in the case of Iraq I think it was a little bit different. It was absolutely clear our troops should never been there beginning and you didn’t have a Taliban like government…
Horton: Yeah, but I mean Bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri escaped eight years ago. They haven’t been in Afghanistan for eight years.
Benjamin: But you do have the Taliban in Afghanistan and you have…
Horton: Yeah, but what did the Taliban ever do?
Benjamin: Well the Taliban…
Horton: To us.
Horton: What did they ever do to the United States?
Benjamin: Well see, if your perspective is just from the United States. My perspective is also from what they did to the women of Afghanistan. But if your perspective is truly from the United States, what people say is that if we allow the Taliban to take over Afghanistan then that will be a safe haven for Al Qaeda.
Neocon talking points from the head of CODE PINK in order to justify the continued occupation of Afghanistan.
Believe it or not, there it is.
Well, Medea will get what she wants. The Obama administration is signalling that they, once again, don’t give a rat’s ass about what the vast MAJORITY of the American people want, and they are determined to stay in Afghanistan.
So now, according to CODE PINK, the Obama/Clintonista regime can continue to bomb, torture, and rendition the sexism out of Afghanistan. And that should make CODE PINK very happy.
Now that is “CHANGE” you can “BELIEVE” in.