At last, a whimper of honesty drifts out of the White House. The headline in Friday’s New York Times says it all: “G.O.P. May Be Vital to Obama In Afghan War.”
Public support for the war is waning. This has nothing to do with an outbreak of peace and everything to do with an off-the-cuff cost-benefit analysis. We’re not getting a big enough return on our investment. Bombing children is fine as long as there’s a profit in it.
Sen. Russ Feingold summed it up nicely when he said, “I and the American people [read corporate handlers] cannot tolerate more troops without some commitment about when this perceived occupation will end.”
In other words, when will the situation be stable enough for us to lay our pipeline so we can route Caspian Sea oil around both Russia and Iran, which is what this affair is all about.
Not that all is lost for Obama with the Democrats. Pelosi and Reid still support his effort to liberate Afghanistan from whatever we’re trying to liberate it from today.
But, it’s the Republican National Committee who is rushing to his rescue. Chairman Michael Steele sent out an email, “Stand Strong Mr. President” in which he urged Obama to “stand strong and speak out for why we are fighting there.” The chairman expressed concern that the president had said too little “about why the voices of defeat are wrong.”
Of course, the silence from the White House could have to do with the fact that there really isn’t much justification for the war, other than that damn pipeline.
The Obama-Republican union calls to mind the story of the frog and the scorpion. One day a frog and scorpion were standing on the bank of a river. Both needed to get to the other side.
The scorpion asked the frog, “Will you carry me across on your back?”
“If I do, you’ll sting me,” the frog replied.
“I couldn’t do that,” the scorpion said, “because I’d die too.”
The frog reluctantly agreed and they started across. Midway in their journey, the scorpion stung the frog.
With his dying breath, the frog asked,” Why did you do that?”
“Because it’s my nature,” the scorpion replied.