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February 1, 2009

Hypocrisy Continues

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To no-one’s surprise, hypocrisy continues even in the new administration of change.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates testified before Congress this past week. He said, (quoting from Ann Scott Tyson’s article in The Washington Post

U.S. goals in Afghanistan must be “modest” and “realistic”

“This is going to be a long slog, and frankly, my view is that we need to be very careful about the nature of the goals we set for ourselves in Afghanistan,” he said.

Civilian casualties resulting from U.S. combat and airstrikes have been particularly harmful to progress in Afghanistan and must be avoided, Gates stressed. “My worry is that the Afghans come to see us as part of their problem rather than part of their solution, and then we are lost,” he said.

Oopsy, wasn’t it just a few days before this testimony that the Obama administration approved an air strike from an unmanned aerial drone that killed about 20 people, three of them children? Oh, that was in Pakistan, so the Afghans are still happy, right?

Gates also warned of Iranian interference in Afghanistan, pointing to a slightly increased flow of weapons including components of lethal munitions known as “explosively formed projectiles.”

Iranian activities have been troubling in other parts of the world, Gates said, including Latin America, where Iran is setting up “a lot of offices and a lot of fronts.”

This is the part where everyone is supposed to ignore the fact that the U.S. is ‘interfering’ in Afghanistan, Iraq, Columbia, and elsewhere overtly and covertly, The country that has over a hundred military bases outside of its own territory around the world needs to be concerned that Iran is setting up ‘offices and fronts.’

This kind of testimony would be kind of funny if it didn’t involve killing people.

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