Masters Of War

Come you masters of war You that build all the guns You that build the death planes You that build all the bombs You that hide behind walls You that hide behind desks I just want you to know I can see through your masks. You that never done nothin' But build to destroy You play with my world Like it's your little toy You put a gun in my hand And you hide from my eyes And you turn and run farther When the fast bullets fly. Like Judas of old You lie and deceive A world war can be won You want me to believe But I see through your eyes And I see through your brain Like I see through the water That runs down my drain. You fasten all the triggers For the others to fire Then you set back and watch When the death count gets higher You hide in your mansion' As young people's blood Flows out of their bodies And is buried in the mud. You've thrown the worst fear That can ever be hurled Fear to bring children Into the world For threatening my baby Unborn and unnamed You ain't worth the blood That runs in your veins. How much do I know To talk out of turn You might say that I'm young You might say I'm unlearned But there's one thing I know Though I'm younger than you That even Jesus would never Forgive what you do. Let me ask you one question Is your money that good Will it buy you forgiveness Do you think that it could I think you will find When your death takes its toll All the money you made Will never buy back your soul. And I hope that you die And your death'll come soon I will follow your casket In the pale afternoon And I'll watch while you're lowered Down to your deathbed And I'll stand over your grave 'Til I'm sure that you're dead.------- Bob Dylan 1963

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Feinstein: If Petraeus Wants Afghanistan Troop Drawdown Scrapped, 'Give It To Him, Absolutely'

If Petraeus Wants Afghanistan Troop Drawdown Scrapped, 'Give It To Him, Absolutely'

A senior Senate Democrat on foreign policy issues said on Sunday that the president's pledged July 2011 timeline for a troop drawdown in Afghanistan was malleable to the requests of military command.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Cali.), whose hawkish grounding has angered progressive in the past, likely facilitated that anger again, when she told "Fox News Sunday" that if General David Petraeus asked for more troops next summer, he should be granted them.

"I would say give it to him, absolutely," said the California Democrat. "Now, let's talk about the deadline. This is a transition point toward the beginning of a withdrawal or a drawdown as Petraeus said in his transcript before the Armed Services [Committee]. And I think he has flexibility realistically. Ten years is a long time to fight a war, particularly with what happened before the 10 years. And so we need to understand that [we have] to get the military trained, get the government online, secure and stabilize, and I think do away with the drugs to a great extent, because the drugs are now fueling the Taliban."

Feinstein, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, has long sounded warnings about the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan. But her comments on Sunday appear to be the most explicit endorsement of scrapping the July 2011 timeframe for a troop drawdown -- should circumstances demand it.

It's a position that will only fuel suspicion that Congress lacks the political will to actually stick to the timeline for withdrawal (by, say, using the power of the purse to affect it). Indeed, Feinstein seemed to fully cede legislative influence over the course of the war when she granted during the Fox News interview that the United States should "put all of our eggs in the Petraeus basket at this stage."

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James Gundun said...

Saw this too. So predictable. One must realize the truth - Obama sold a withdrawal time-line he never had any intention of keeping. There was never a deadline to begin with, only a fictitious date to "postpone" again and again. This is all by design.

Jerry Critter said...

Nine years in Afghanistan is a national disgrace. We should be pulling our troops out of there, not putting more in...and Feinstein should retire.

Tao Dao Man said...

The fucking guy has not even been confirmed yet. And the war mongers come out in droves. Yes this was expected. And yes they have confirmed once again what we have been saying all along. I am just livid about this. I went to a so called liberal blog earlier. I almost threw up all over my lap top. These war mongers only give lip service and a sedative to the ignorant public. Mc Chrystal and his departure was a gift to the war mongers. The chatter about an American fleet parked near Iran is very scary. They wouldn't dare. Would they?

Tao Dao Man said...

JC: Feinstein should be sent to Afghanistan if she is so keen on our troops going over there and dying for her supposed security. I am so sick and tired of these hypocritical democrats. They are worst than the rethugs. At least with the rethugs you know what one is up against. These spineless dems are liars, and war mongers behind the curtain. I have had it with these traitors to humanity.

Jerry Critter said...

Feinstein is a DINO. I would almost vote for a republican instead of her...almost. Hopefully she will not run again. After all, she is getting old.

Tao Dao Man said...

JC: re "getting old"
Senator Byrd was born in 1917. I think there are four others who were born before 1930. Enough is enough. Serving in the Congress was not meant to be a life time gig.
They are all corrupt bought and paid for scum of the earth.