Ryan ends up having this little chickenhawk tizzy with the mother of a dead soldier who sounded like a bloody ice-queen on his show last night. She gave the usual spin about how she doesn’t want her son to have died in vain or how we must finish the job; you know, the usual talking points. She even sounded cold, almost like she’s down and would like to see other families go down with her. I can sympathize with her loss, but wishing more loss on other families, just so her son ‘wouldn’t have died in vain’ ?? Not only is that cold, but it’s stupid. She, of course, was not alone as many family members of dead soldiers went to Afghanistan over Easter week-end to commemorate the deaths of their troops and pretty much raised those same talking points.
I wonder if the family of the late young Jonathan Couturier went? After hearing his brother and the rest of his family talking to the media, it looked like Jonathan didn’t want to go to Afghanistan in the first place; that Jonathan believed the war to be useless.
As the body of 23-year-old Pte. Jonathan Couturier was being brought home yesterday, his brother and sister-in-law lambasted the mission and said the young soldier lost his life for a cause he considered hopeless.
I imagine that if the Couturier family went, they would no doubt have been considered the black sheep in a group of war mongers. They probably would have dismissed them as simply being typically French Quebecois.
By contrast, there is an organization of military families who lost family members in Afghanistan and Iraq. By contrast to many of the Canadian families above who are calling for an extension past the 2011 deadline, these families want Congress to honour their dead by pulling out of both Iraq and Afghanistan.
What’s wrong with this picture? St-Stevie emphatically tells Hillary that we’re pulling out in 2011 as planned, yet, a group of American Military families are the ones calling for a pull out as soon as possible.
Enter Redneck Ryan. He is busy lambasting St-Stevie for putting his permanent election campaign before the troops; before the mission. Hell, he even thinks we can win this modern day ‘Vietnam’, in spite of evidence to the contrary. He thinks we should extend the mission, shed more blood and money (our tax dollars, which could go to our strugging health care system among other social programs for folks at home). Let’s look at this. Yah, the only upside for Stevie extending the mission is that he could be hammered in the next election, which I (as well as others), believe it will happen as early as this fall. Hell, judging by many right winged blogs I’ve read, it seems that this is another rare time the right and the left can agree on something: they too, see this war as useless.
Yes, Ryan, the Soviets even knew when to pack it in and cut their losses. Afghans are generally not accommodating to foreigners, and the more this war goes on, the more they want all of us out.
And, why should we be shedding more money and tax dollars for people who don’t want us there, a Karzai government which is corrupt.
Speaking of corrupt, not only did he appoint a disgraced minister who was as corrupt as the lot of them , but lately, we hear in the news of Karzai’s latest insult to the west, proving what a political whore he is and how he would get into bed with anyone who will keep him in power.
“If you and the international community pressure me more, I swear that I am going to join the Taliban,” Mr. Karzai said, according to the Parliament member.
Well, why should that be any surprise? If truth be told, it doesn’t really matter when we pull out, we know the Taliban will be back in power: Karzai knows this, being the political whore that he is. A lot of folks, yes, including women, believe things are a lot worse for them now than before the occupation, when the Taliban were in power.
Yes, Steve, the Liberals may not be doing all that well, but never let any opposition members lull you into a sense of false security. You could well lose your fall election if you say ‘yest’ to the Whitehouse. Obama decided to become the war president on his own, in spite of pleas to the contrary. He only did it, once again, to attempt to prove to the tea-bagger hit parade, GOP and the Rush and Fox news crowd that he is not the Kenyan-born, Muslim Marxist they think he is. I think he is only realizing now that nothing he does or says will change that.
What I’m not getting is why are Liberals calling for Steve to discuss what will happen after 2011, if anything? Well, it is possible that Peter MacKay may well be planning to stick around, in some so-called rebuilding effort or something like that, like he said last October. Or is it because the Liberals are more eager to please the Obama government? If that is the case, it is political suicide, that would surely cost them the next election. Even the Donolo camp ought to know that. I realize Peter Donolo is more than likely losing his midas touch but even he wouldn’t be dumb enough to suggest such things.
Could it be that the Liberals also remember Peter MacKay’s words from last October and they want to hammer Steve over the head with it?
Yes, indeedy, Steve is secretive about a lot of things lately, isn’t he? Must be tough being on permanent campaign mode. Must be tough not being able to live out his wildest dreams. We know him to be a war monger. Remember, he wanted us to go to Iraq when Jean Chretien said no.
As for Redneck Ryan and the other chicken hawks from Astral Talk and other corporate media outlets and yes, those gung ho military families: Either enlist or shut up!