December 28th, 2010
Afghan President, Hamid Karzai, longs for “Golden Age” of Bush.
John Bolton says cut budget but not defense spending.
Iraq wants the U.S. out.
Does it offend you, President Obama, that the Afghan leader compares you unfavorably to George W. Bush? Of course you still probably long to extend your hand to this ingrate just to show you’re capable of such kindness. But Bush was more of the kind of guy Karzai would want to have a beer with. So you can try to kiss up — and you probably will — with more money and more bombs. And now that Richard Holbrooke is completely out of your way, you can send more lickspittle envoys and diplodouches willing to cave to Karzai’s every demand. Why not, this is your comfort zone?
Moving on. Even though many in the GOP think defense spending should be on the cutting board, former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton says it’s sacrosanct. And he’s got Sarah Palin’s backing. She, of course, is asking for $20 billion in spending for deer rifles, helicopters, and television crews.
But it’s looking good in Iraq. Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is demanding that U.S. troops hold good to their promise to leave the country by the end of 2011. And the U.S. troops are sincere in their desire to do so. It’s their Generals and the Commander in Chief who may be doubtful. I only say this because the Wall Street Journal, that announced this welcome news, put in a caveat: “A resumption of more extreme violence, of course, could alter the thinking in Baghdad and Washington about the U.S. timetable.” It’s like saying you’ve won the lottery, but you still have to guess the six numbers correctly in order to collect your prize.