Well, well, well, aren’t those heady claims. But The Lion intends to back them up, using a story in today’s Globe by Robert Burns of the Associated Press. Gates, George Bush’s latest military suckup, gave a speech yesterday at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
Gates called for the creation of new government organizations, including a permanent group of civilians with a wide range of expertise who could be sent abroad on short notice as a supplement to US military efforts. And he urged more involvement by universities and other private organizations.
Of course by sending the civilians abroad, rather obviously into military conflicts, he guarantees that some number of them will be killed, probably a goodly number if they actually do their job instead of hiding out in a Green Zone like the useless party loyalists and ideologues are doing in Baghdad.
Expand the American empire and kill more people:
“We must also focus our energies on the other elements of national power that will be so crucial in the coming years.”
He said the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as US military involvement in the 1990s in the Balkans and in Somalia, have shown that long-term success requires more than military power.
The coming years? Long-term success? Sure doesn’t sound like he plans on the United States pulling back anytime soon from its Bush-appointed role as the world’s oppressor and crusher of small nations with crappy military organizations. And obviously if we’re out there forcing people to do things Bush’s way at the point of guns (and tanks and fighters and bombers and all the other murderous weapons the country has drained its taxpayers for) then we’re going to be killing a lot more people.
But wait, there’s some bonus bits in the article. Like this one:
Many have argued that the Bush administration missed opportunities early in the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns to head off insurgents by failing to focus on economic development, promotion of internal reconciliation, training of police forces, and communication of US goals.
Well, no, the only ones arguing about so-called missed opportunities are the Republicans and Conservatives who are still under the impression that George Bush and his military establishment are knowledgeable and competent. Bush and his toadies, both military and civilian, didn’t know what the hell they were doing, they didn’t really care, and they acted deliberately to destroy Iraqi civilization. Jerry Bremer’s decisions were nothing short of insanely incompetent. The military didn’t have a clue as to what was important to do and not to do other than making short shrift of the fourth rate military establishment of Iraq.
And note that nice little bit at the end about the ‘communication of US goals’. Now if I were an Iraqi I think I would understand very well what are the US goals. Destroy my country, imprison and kill my neighbors and relatives, steal my country’s oil for the benefit of US oil companies, occupy and oppress my country for decades to come, and continue the brutality of an illegal occupation for all that time until Iraq is utterly crushed. That’s pretty much how it’s gone for almost five years now and it no longer matters what the vicious bastards in America say – I have seen what they have done to us.
So Bush and his Immortal Incompetents didn’t miss opportunities. They simply didn’t know what in hell they were doing.
And here’s Gates making a deliciously ironic slip, probably demonstrating his own cold-blooded cluelessness.
“Success will be less a matter of imposing one’s will and more a function of shaping behavior – of friends, adversaries and, most importantly, the people in between,” Gates told his audience of students, faculty, and local residents.
The Lion loves the phrase ‘the people in between’. That means innocent people caught in the crossfire as America continues to carry out the insane and incompetent and counterproductive policies of a President who belongs in a small holding cell just off the gallows room. Or a padded cell whose boredom is interrupted only by daily doses of thorazine.
And to finish off Gates’ foray into semantics, we have this:
Among shortcomings in the nonmilitary area, Gates said the US government is “miserable” at communicating its goals and policies to foreign audiences.
The Lion suggests that the United States under George Bush has communicated its goals and policies pretty well. So well in fact that the United States is the most hated country on the face of the earth right now.
Good job, guys!