Posted by: Dark Defender | December 11, 2008

Powell disses Sarah yet again

Powell disses Sarah yet again.

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The Great Colin Powell has come out and pronounced that Sarah is polarizing for being complimentary towards small towns.

Gov. Palin, to some extent, pushed the party more to the right, and I think she had something of a polarizing effect when she talked about how small town values are good. Well, most of us don’t live in small towns. And I was raised in the South Bronx, and there’s nothing wrong with my value system from the South Bronx.

Yes it was just awful how she lauded the values of small towns and I can see how it would be seen as implied criticism of big cities.  Awful, it is shocking that any politician would irresponsibly paint one area of the country with a broad negative brush.  Anyone who does such a thing is clearly polarizing and shouldn’t be taken seriously.

I mean its not like you see Obama criticizing groups which don’t support him, its not like he insulted whole swaths of the country during the campaign.  Oh wait lets remember what Obama in fact did say about small towns:

It’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.

Oh right, he just called small town rural people, bitter insular hate filled hicks.  But that’s not polarizing, its not an attack on their values, its um…Presidential?

Seriously, did Powell pay attention to the election at all? Or perhaps his lips are so firmly affixed to The One’s posterior that he just doesn’t have time to you know gather information. 

What an asshole.

Why is Powell given so much respect? What exactly has he accomplished? I respect his military career particularly as a junior and mid level officer, I respect his service in Vietnam hes a brave man who served his country well as a young man.

But what about as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs? He was the top military official during Gulf War 1. 

He was one of the chief advocates of ending the war after the liberation of Kuwait and not assisting the Shia and Kurdish rebels against Saddam. How did that work out?

Well the immediate result was Saddam slaughtering thousands and thousands of his own people while we stood by impotently.

After that as it became apparent Saddam was going to remain in power we were forced to keep tens of thousands of troops in the region to contain Iraq.

This containment strategy naturally led to the US maintaining the UN sanctions on Iraq which impoverished the country, and killed tens of thousands (if not more) of Iraq’s weakest citizens over more than a decade.

The American “occupation” of Saudi and Kuwait as well as the humanitarian disaster that was the embargo, really pissed people in the Muslim world off. 

In fact its not an exageration to say that our Iraq policy has been A-Qaeda’s primary recruiting tool, not after Gulf war 2, but  since Gulf war 1.

Remember the attack on our African embassies? The attack on the Cole? 9/11? Al-Qaeda cited our pre-occupation Iraq policy which Powell was instrumental in constructing as the justification.  Does that make them justified? No of course not.  But it does provide evidence our policy was a major irritant and recruiting tool for our enemies.

Moving on from there, what was Powell’s record as Secretary of State? Well his major accomplishment was in tandem with Blair convincing Bush to delay the invasion of Iraq, justify it based on alleged WMDs and go back to the UN for what was unnecessary legal justification given the numerous casus belliswe already had.  Clinton didn’t feel the need to go to the UN to justify Kosovo, why did Bush for Iraq? Because of Powell.

This of course resulted in a devastating diplomatic defeat and humiliation which the US has not recovered from even today. 

He then served out the rest of his term and accomplished…what exactly?

Oh he built a coalition in Afghanistan! Well one that is basically losing the war right now due to lack of resources from our “allies”, in fact we are likely to have to send more troops to stabilize the country.

But wait he got Pakistan to support us against Islamists right?!

HAHAHAHA

Ahem..tell that to the people who died in Bombay Mumbai! Or tell it to the militants who operate their very own state within a state in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

So really what has Powell accomplished? Does he deserve the respect the MSM gives him? Why do they just accept what he says so uncritically? Shouldn’t a two decade long history of failure warrant a little skepticism?

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