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November 25, 2009

DUers Calling Each Other Chickenhawks

Ball-dippingly Good

It remains to be seen if lefty outrage about the troop escalation will persist, but it looks like it will, and burn hotter as time goes on. I was lurking around in the lefty sites this morning to see what the consensus was. Turns out there isn't one.

Do not click on this link. *
I've taken the time to condense the best bits for you, so there's really no need.

First, from the post:

This American Will Not Support Obama's Escalation into More War in Afghanistan. And I Am Not Alone. --------------

As sure as the sun will rise tomorrow, the great rationizing cometh.

There will be one hellova hullabaloo here of rationalizers when President Barack Obama tells the nation that he has decided to escalate even further into the Bush/Cheney failed folly. Eight years wasn't enough, I guess. I can already sense the keyboards clicking away with smug justifications for what is unjustifiable: the ramping up even more military warfare in Afghanistan.

It will now be Obama's War. It didn't have to be.

And I will find that rationalization sickening and disgusting.

Karzai's crooked and vile government does not merit the death of one single American boy or girl, man or woman to defend it. He's not only not worth one drop of their blood, he's not worth shit.

And now, with no further commentary, some DU reader responses to the above-referenced article below the drop. I've clipped out some unrelated or redundant comments, altered the formatting and bolded the headers in order to make the conversation easier to follow.


liquid diamond Donating Member (557 posts) 6. Fuck it. Let's just leave. Let's let the Taliban take over Afghanistan. Let's give Al-Qaeda their haven back to plot another 9/11. Let's leave Pakistan and their nukes vulnerable. Great ideas! Seriously, "bring'em home" ain't that fucking simple. Obama has been handed a pile of shit and is doing his best to bring this war to an end. It's taken him weeks to think this decision through. Be grateful we have a president that actually thinks!

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David Zephyr Donating Member (1000+ posts)
9. Al-Qaeda is in Somalia.
Should we invade there, too?
And the Taliban is no worse than the Saudi dictators. Should we invade there, too.

Having our troops in Afghanistan to "save" Pakistan from the Taliban is as stupid as invading Iraq after 15 Saudis attacked us on 9/11.

As I said in the opening of my OP, the rationalizing cometh. It's already here.
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liquid diamond Donating Member (557 posts)
Response to Reply #9
27. Al-Qaeda operates in several countries,


but Afghanistan was one of their strongholds and will be again if we leave prematurely. Bitch away. I'm glad you peace freaks aren't in power during a time like this.
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liquid diamond Donating Member (557 posts)
Response to Reply #31
35. Yes. Peace freaks.
People that don't support any military action under

any circumstances. You people would have protested the Civil War if you were alive back then. PEOPLE ARE DYING! STOP THE WAR!
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Bluenorthwest Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Response to Reply #35

95. So tell us your history of fighting wars

Tell us how you have expressed your love of conflict. When did you join up? Or are you just typing in the blood of others?
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sharesunited (1000+ posts)
Response to Original message
7. Are the Taliban and Al Qaeda bad enough to combat?


Seems to me they are. I have no use for religious zealots of any kind. But these assholes require some serious obliteration. Don't they?
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pscot Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Response to Reply #8
55. It really is a shame you guys missed VietNam


You would have loved it. It had everything; communists, the domino theory, making SE Asia safe for Democracy, the Chinese menace, Russian proxies. Shit, it was great. Until it ate us up. If you think war in the Himalayas is such a good idea, go see your friendly army recruiter. Within six months you'll be in country, fighting for what you believe in. You can post from there, to keep us up on the latest war news.
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closeupready Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Response to Reply #7
13. Have you signed up yet?


I'm sure they could use volunteers.
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liquid diamond Donating Member (557 posts)
Response to Reply #13
25. ***yawn**


"If you support the war, you have to fight in the war." Get me something new.
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arcadian Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Response to Reply #7
47. You dare have a Smedley Butler avatar


Wipe that avatar off your profile.
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sharesunited (1000+ posts)
Response to Reply #47

49. Huh? Smedley Butler was a pacifist? Sorry, not following.
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arcadian Donating Member (1000+ posts)
Response to Reply #49

50. He recognized a corporate war when he saw one.

You obviously can't
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sharesunited (1000+ posts)
Response to Reply #50
53. Was WWII a corporate war?
Can any war the U.S. wages be righteous if somebody profits?

If I am being asked to choose between necessary evils, the Taliban and Al Qaeda will not get my vote.

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and General Dynamics will.

Well. Did not expect that, did you?

There were some similar comments at a post on DKos, but since that thread also contains some particularly vile anti-troop sentiments, I will not dignify it with a link at all.

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