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

Obama Slams ‘Obsession’ With Ending War in Afghanistan

Obama Slams ‘Obsession’ With Ending War in Afghanistan

Insists His Focus Is on Winning the War

by Jason Ditz, June 27, 2010

Speaking today in the wake of the G20 Summit, President Barack Obama criticized what he called “a lot of obsession” about ending the war in Afghanistan and withdrawing some 100,000 American troops from the nation.

Obama insisted that instead of considering if and how the war will ever come to some sort of end, his “focus right now is how do we make sure that what we’re doing there is successful, given the incredible sacrifices.”

The US initially invaded Afghanistan in late 2001. The number of troops in the nation has rising precipitously since President Obama took office in 2009, inheriting a war with 30,000 troops and turning it into a war with 100,000 troops.

Obama’s comments reflect those he made earlier this week, disavowing his pledge to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan in July of 2011. Now President Obama says that date is just the “beginning of a transition phase” and there is no particular timeline for leaving Afghanistan.

With the war increasingly unpopular, the president presented the 2011 drawdown date as a way to make his most recent escalation more palatable. With the surge troops now deployed, the date appears to have been discarded, and those still clamoring for some sort of end to the nearly decade-long war condemned for losing sight of some ill-defined victory.


Jerry Critter said...

Just what the hell does "winning the war" mean?

We "won" the war years ago when we toppled the Afghan government that supported Al-Qaeda.

Then we should have gotten the hell out of there.

Tao Dao Man said...

JC: Exactly. This administration has the same puppet strings as the last one. It should now be obvious to even the most beloved supporters of Obama. They truly believe that the American people are stupid.
They keep twisting the pretzel [lip service] to further their agenda.

TONY @oakroyd said...

Leon Panetta on C4 TV today:
"There are some serious problems here. We are dealing with a tribal society. We're dealing with a country that has problems with governance, problems with corruption, problems with narcotics trafficking, problems with a Taliban insurgency."We are making progress. It's harder, it's slower than I think anyone anticipated."
Who could ever have foreseen such things after nine years, eh? If I'm not mistaken, the region has been a tribal society for some thousands of years. So who would ever have expected to find tribes there?

Tao Dao Man said...

Thanks I needed that.
The same thing was true in Iraq. Our great leaders did not know the difference between Shia, and Sunni. They thought they were all the same, with no history between them. If this was not so sad it would truly be a comedy of errors.
Check out our friends post. I am sure you are familiar with this.