The Republican Party is a lost cause. Rush Limbaugh and other neocon mouthpieces continue to urge the anti-government grassroots not to abandon the Republicans and warning that doing so would hand victory to the Democrats. I mean, how can the Republicans spend and wage war like Democrats if the Democrats are in power? A mystery for sure.
What does it matter? The Republicans and Democrats are two wings of the same vicious, thieving, fascist, socialist, warmongering bird. The health care bill that was so derided by the Republicans as socialism is actually all of their fascist ideas at work.
Michael Steele, who is usually a moronic weakling, but has been coming around, actually made some sense last week when he pointed out that the Afghanistan occupation is a war "of Obama's choosing," and that the conflict "is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in." While the latter statement is patently false as Bush launched the Afghan war even before the Iraq debacle and Obama has simply ramped it up, the first is worth noting. Is this fight of Obama's choosing?
It sure the hell is. Since no constitutionally-required declaration of war was passed by Congress, Obama retains the power to simply leave Afghanistan. Indeed, since we are officially at war with no country in the world, President Obama merely needs to act as Commander-in-Chief and he could bring the entirety of the US Empire home.
Michael Steele should be proud of his comments. He also said "Well if [Obama]'s such a student of history, has he not understood that, you know, that's the one thing you don't do is engage in a land war in Afghanistan. Alright? Because everyone who has tried over a thousand years of history has failed. And there are reasons for that." Say what?! This is what anti-war conservatives and libertarians have been pointing out since the beginning of the decade. Afghanistan is the Graveyard of Empires. Stupid US Imperialists that have infected both parties think that they are immune to any threat. Every Empire believes their Empire to be special. See history for the results.
Republicans, from the ridiculous like Dick Cheney's daughter to the insufferably bloodthirsy Bill "Crush Serb Skulls" Kristol have already tongue-lashed Steele into a recantation, which is why I have to point out that the Republican Party is a lost cause. It is overrun with neoconservative scum, no different than the Democrats, and it is no place for real conservatives and libertarians.
The Republican Party was traditionally brought to power to end and clean up the Democrats' stupid and unnecessary wars (Wilson's WWI, Truman's Korea, and even Nixon with LBJ's Vietnam). Now, they tag-team to prove who can make the biggest wars.
So the time has come for Americans to throw off the one-party-two-faces system. Barack Obama, having already lied about one of his central campaign promises, came through on another. The truth is that he never proposed to lessen our presence in Afghanistan, but in fact to accelerate the aggression and spread it to Pakistan (Not to mention Iran, but that's another story). True anti-warriors should be ashamed of themselves for voting for Obama. Shame, shame, shame. Now, realize your errors and work to remove this re-run from office. Shout from the rooftops that Barack Obama is George Bush, but with a voice silky and smooth enough, and a vocabulary large enough, to make war sound like peace.
To show you exactly how identical the parties are, consider the response to Steele's comments from the Democratic National Committee's Brad Woodhouse: "John McCain and Lindsey Graham will be interested to hear that the Republican Party position is that we should walk away from the fight against al Qaeda and the Taliban without finishing the job. They’d also be interested to hear that the Chairman of the Republican Party thinks we have no business in Afghanistan notwithstanding the fact that we are there because we were attacked by terrorists on 9-11. And, the American people will be interested to hear that the leader of the Republican Party thinks recent events related to the war are ‘comical’ and that he is betting against our troops and rooting for failure in Afghanistan. It’s simply unconscionable that Michael Steele would undermine the morale of our troops when what they need is our support and encouragement. Michael Steele would do well to remember that we are not in Afghanistan by our own choosing, that we were attacked and that his words have consequences." Notice the bold sections. These are the same arguments made by the GOP when Democrats voted against war funding, accusing them of the "cut-and-run" mentality, a charge repeated to meaninglessness. No, Brad, the troops don't need our support and encouragement. They don't need a billion dollars to find one person. They need to come home to their families immediately.
It used to be that the Elephant was needed to stomp out the Jackasses running like...jackasses...around the world. Now that Dumbo opened the liquor cabinet and went on a rampage for a decade, the Democrats looked reasonable. But, remember, they will always be Jackasses.