Health Care Reform Failing? Well, Just Flog Afghanistan

Has anyone noticed that as Mr. Obama’s misbegotten plans for health care reform float gently down the toilet, he and his administration are making louder noises about Afghanistan?

Yesterday he paid a visit to the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention and, among other things, had this to say:

“The insurgency in Afghanistan didn’t just happen overnight. And we won’t defeat it overnight. This will not be quick nor easy,’’ Obama said.

But, he added, “This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which Al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. This is not only a war worth fighting. This is fundamental to the defense of our people.’’

Of course it’s pointless to note that the al Qaeda attacks could just as easily have been planned in a kitchen in The Bronx, or a den in Peoria, or a bedroom in San Diego.

Mr. Obama is channeling George W. Bush and the neocons, utterly ignoring the past eight years of disastrous American exceptionalism that’s destroyed two countries and killed hundreds of thousands of people and drained the American treasury while savaging the United States Constitution.

Health care plans failing? Change the subject. Those late night discussions at the White House have come up with the classic political solution. Gin up a war, or gin up the war you’ve got. Mr. Obama, intelligent man that he is, is playing the smart politician and the human idiot. Both roles will get a lot more people dead and America into a deeper hole on all fronts.

But that’s okay in Washington’s America, and apparently it’s okay with the tiny brains of the citizenry. It’s probably not okay with the Afghanis, living, threatened, and dead.

Of course, as long as the tactic shines up Mr. Obama’s poll numbers, it’s okay. Really, it is. It’s the American way.

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2 Responses

  1. Is there any way the sensible people among us can emigrate to another planet? This one doesn’t seem to be too friendly to either the young (who fight wars for old farts) or the unhealthy (who only receive health care if they can afford it).

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    • We’re doing our best to contaminate Mars to make it fit for humans.

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