McChrystal's Replacement or Obama's?

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    "Once the Roman Senate, the legislative branch, collapsed, the caesars, the executive branch became captives of the military. Now with General Petraeus once again moved to the fore as McChrystal's replacement in Afghanistan, we have Obama elevating Petraeus to the Republican presidential nomination in the next election.

    "Thus has Obama replaced himself with a man who will unify the military and executive branch."

    The author of the above quote is a lifelong conservative who served as Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury in the Reagan administration and also as an editor of the Wall Street Journal.

    The New York Times stopped publishing this author's own editorials when he failed to support the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.

    Paul Craig Roberts sums up his brief article:

    "All of this drama is playing out despite the continuing lack of any valid reason for the American invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    "The Washington idiots, trying to dictate how Iraq and Afghanistan are governed, are destroying constitutional government in the United States.

    "In our hubris to determine how Iraq and Afghanistan are ruled, we are losing our own government."
     
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    God what a stupid thread idea.

    Obama is closer to Caesar than Petreus.
     
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    Julius Caesar was:

    a. Community Organizer
    b. Kenyan
    c. Roman General

    Extra Credit:

    How many Israeli commandos were stabbed to death on the Mavi Marmara last Memorial Day?
     
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    When The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) meets next Tuesday (29 June) at 9:30 am to confirm General Petraeus in his new job, TINA (there is no alternative) to "victory" in Afghanistan will be uncontested.

    Based on Petraeus's last appearance before SASC on June 15 and 16 it will be the general who chairs the hearing with the politicians seeking his praise or agreement.

    When General Petraeus commanded the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul in early 2004 he recognized that Paul Bremer's ban on Baath party members from state employment "...meant that thousands of former Iraqi officers were ready recruits for the growing insurgency."

    Petraeus quietly sabotaged that mistake by convincing former officers to renounce the Baath party and all its works. He also prevented returning Iraqi exiles from getting positions of power.

    Patrick Cockburn, an unembedded writer who's been reporting from Iraq since the 1970s, asked Petraeus what his best advice would be to his successor.

    The general advised "not to align too closely with one ethnic group, political party, tribe, religious group or social element.

    That will be problematic in Afghanistan judging by the number of members of the current administration in Kabul who are not Pashtuns.

    But even that task would not be nearly as difficult as convincing the SASC that any American "victory" in Afghanistan will be at least as illusory as the one Petraeus provided in Iraq.

    War is Still a Racket.
     

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