An Open Letter to Ms. Ex-Governor Palin

(Sorry, I decided I needed a release so I went ahead and took it out on Sarah Palin, its getting cliche but thats just how life is sometimes.)

 

Dear Mrs. Former Governor Palin,

 

Its been a long time since we have crossed paths. By a long time I mean never. Look at how you've progressed in the past 2 years! From being a no-name half-term serving Governor of America's biggest state (geographically), the conservative bear-killin' wolf-shootin' bastion of Alaska and all of its majestic beauty.

Now you're big time. Making 6 figures shelling out 30 minutes of your time to bitch about how Obama is destroying the world, the Democrats are trying to enslave our children, and how Nancy Pelosi is the spawn of Satan ready to indoctrinate the hell out of anything that comes within eyesight of her. Yes, this is the America we've always hoped and dreamed for. Since Thomas Jefferson, whom I will refer to as Tom Jeffy to be more on your level, first wrote the Declaration of Independence and subsequently the Constitution was written thereafter... these values have been the intention of this republic ever since!

Its so refreshing to see someone like yourself exemplify these values and proper actions. Yes Tom Jeffy taught us all well. I remember his key principles just like it was yesterday.

  • Democrats = Socialism, Socialism = Satan
  • Jesus governs America, Republican Presidents are second to this
  • Everyone should be imposed with our values, because we're number 1 baby!!

Wait... whats that...? Hold on ... Im being told these aren't the things Tom Jeffy taught us back when he was alive....

Well. It seems that I am wrong once again. Well Ms. Palin, don't falter... for you are better than Tom Jeffy and the rest of the founding fathers. You show that you aren't afraid to make a complete fool of yourself by not knowing what you read or who your favorite founding father is. You aren't afraid to know nothing about the Bush doctrine or general Macroeconomics. You aren't afraid to flaunt your lack of political experience or capital in everyone's faces. You aren't scared to admit you don't have a damn clue about American foreign policy other than "we need to bomb terrorists because if a Democrat is in office we will have terrorist attacks on us every day."

Kudos Ms. Palin, for showing everyone why we didn't elect John McCain in November and why you still aren't taken seriously by the majority of the free-thinking base of Americans (i hope).

-Yours

Charles William Corra Jr.

An Open Letter to Ms. Ex-Governor Palin

(Sorry, I decided I needed a release so I went ahead and took it out on Sarah Palin, its getting cliche but thats just how life is sometimes.)

 

Dear Mrs. Former Governor Palin,

 

Its been a long time since we have crossed paths. By a long time I mean never. Look at how you've progressed in the past 2 years! From being a no-name half-term serving Governor of America's biggest state (geographically), the conservative bear-killin' wolf-shootin' bastion of Alaska and all of its majestic beauty.

Now you're big time. Making 6 figures shelling out 30 minutes of your time to bitch about how Obama is destroying the world, the Democrats are trying to enslave our children, and how Nancy Pelosi is the spawn of Satan ready to indoctrinate the hell out of anything that comes within eyesight of her. Yes, this is the America we've always hoped and dreamed for. Since Thomas Jefferson, whom I will refer to as Tom Jeffy to be more on your level, first wrote the Declaration of Independence and subsequently the Constitution was written thereafter... these values have been the intention of this republic ever since!

Its so refreshing to see someone like yourself exemplify these values and proper actions. Yes Tom Jeffy taught us all well. I remember his key principles just like it was yesterday.

  • Democrats = Socialism, Socialism = Satan
  • Jesus governs America, Republican Presidents are second to this
  • Everyone should be imposed with our values, because we're number 1 baby!!

Wait... whats that...? Hold on ... Im being told these aren't the things Tom Jeffy taught us back when he was alive....

Well. It seems that I am wrong once again. Well Ms. Palin, don't falter... for you are better than Tom Jeffy and the rest of the founding fathers. You show that you aren't afraid to make a complete fool of yourself by not knowing what you read or who your favorite founding father is. You aren't afraid to know nothing about the Bush doctrine or general Macroeconomics. You aren't afraid to flaunt your lack of political experience or capital in everyone's faces. You aren't scared to admit you don't have a damn clue about American foreign policy other than "we need to bomb terrorists because if a Democrat is in office we will have terrorist attacks on us every day."

Kudos Ms. Palin, for showing everyone why we didn't elect John McCain in November and why you still aren't taken seriously by the majority of the free-thinking base of Americans (i hope).

-Yours

Charles William Corra Jr.

The Bush Doctrine's Drone War

This is a pretty amazing story in the NYTimes this morning, detailing the Drone usage in Pakistan, and documenting both the offical acknowledgement of its existence, and the official government approval of its expansion:

From 2004 to 2007, the C.I.A. carried out only a handful of strikes. But pressure from the Congressional intelligence committees, greater confidence in the technology and reduced resistance from Pakistan led to a sharp increase starting in the summer of 2008. One of Washington’s worst-kept secrets, the drone program is quietly hailed by counterterrorism officials...

It is basically an expansion of the Bush Doctrine, that of of preemptive war or military strikes within a country within we are not at war, through the CIA with US military drones in Pakistan

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About 80 missile attacks from drones in less than two years have killed "more than 400" enemy fighters... That claim, which the official said reflected the Predators' ability to loiter over a target feeding video images for hours before and after a strike...

...with few other tools to use against Al Qaeda, the drone program has enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress and was escalated by the Obama administration in January. More C.I.A. drone attacks have been conducted under President Obama than under President George W. Bush. The political consensus in support of the drone program, its antiseptic, high-tech appeal and its secrecy have obscured just how radical it is. For the first time in history, a civilian intelligence agency is using robots to carry out a military mission, selecting people for killing in a country where the United States is not officially at war.

In the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, C.I.A. officials were not eager to embrace killing terrorists from afar with video-game controls, said one former intelligence official. "There was also a lot of reluctance at Langley to get into a lethal program like this," the official said. But officers grew comfortable with the program as they checked off their hit list more than a dozen notorious figures...

The drone warfare pioneered by the C.I.A. in Pakistan and the Air Force in Iraq and Afghanistan is the leading edge of a wave of push-button combat that will raise legal, moral and political questions around the world, said P. W. Singer, a scholar at the Brookings Institution and author of the book "Wired for War."

Forty-four countries have unmanned aircraft for surveillance, Mr. Singer said. So far, only the United States and Israel have used the planes for strikes, but that number will grow.

"We're talking about a technology that's not going away," he said.

The Bush Doctrine, perhaps the most radical un-American legacy of George Bush, is not going away. Yea, right now, its pretty easy to celebrate that the "warheads on foreheads" is military technology which only the CIA holds, and is only being used by the US against terrorists in Pakistan.

 

But how long do you think it will be until that utopian use of military technology is bought or attained by aggressive military forces which have their own design on using the Drone technology toward their own ends?

Though Pakistanis in the regions of the strikes are more supportive of the drones, overall:

...the drones are unpopular with many Pakistanis, who see them as a violation of their country's sovereignty -- one reason the United States refuses to officially acknowledge the attacks. A poll by Gallup Pakistan last summer found only 9 percent of Pakistanis in favor of the attacks and 67 percent against, with a majority ranking the United States as a greater threat to Pakistan than its archrival, India, or the Pakistani Taliban.

There's no question that it works, and that its effective, but you really have to wonder about what's been unleashed with such a preemptive doctrine.

 

Then there is the whole legal front which is quite sketchy, to put it kindly:

 

Philip Alston, the United Nations' special rapporteur for extrajudicial executions and a prominent critic of the program, has said it is impossible to judge whether the program violates international law without knowing whether Pakistan permits the incursions, how targets are selected and what is done to minimize civilian casualties.

 

The CIA-led Drone war in Pakistan broke new ground for the Bush Doctrine, by extending pre-emptive war strikes into nonconfirmation of its existence-- even after more than 80 strikes had occurred. That's all changing this week though:

The White House has authorized an expansion of the C.I.A.’s drone program in Pakistan’s lawless tribal areas, officials said this week.

Update [2009-12-4 11:11:57 by Jerome Armstrong]: I came across this New Yorker article on drones from October, which details some of the likely expansion referred to above, being that of going after drug lords in Afghanistan:

The Obama Administration has also widened the scope of authorized drone attacks in Afghanistan. An August report by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee disclosed that the Joint Integrated Prioritized Target List—the Pentagon’s roster of approved terrorist targets, containing three hundred and sixty-seven names—was recently expanded to include some fifty Afghan drug lords who are suspected of giving money to help finance the Taliban. These new targets are a step removed from Al Qaeda. According to the Senate report, “There is no evidence that any significant amount of the drug proceeds goes to Al Qaeda.” The inclusion of Afghan narcotics traffickers on the U.S. target list could prove awkward, some observers say, given that President Hamid Karzai’s running mate, Marshal Mohammad Qasim Fahim, and the President’s brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, are strongly suspected of involvement in narcotics.

...A spokesman for the C.I.A., Paul Gimigliano, defended the program without quite acknowledging its existence.

There's more...

Listen carefully: Palin clearly doesn't know Bush Doctrine

Gibson:  Do you agree with the Bush Doctrine?

Palin:  In what respect, Charlie?

Gibson:  What do you interpret it to be?

Palin:  His worldview? (N.B., This is a question and not, as I have seen in other transcripts, a statement.)

Gibson:  No, the Bush Doctrine, enunciated September 2002, before the Iraq War.

Palin:  I believe that what President Bush has attempted to do is rid this world of Islamic extremism, terrorists who are hellbent on destroying our nation.  There have been blunders along the way, though.  There have been mistakes made.  And with new leadership--and that's the beauty of American elections, of course, and democracy--is with new leadership comes opportunity to do things better.

Gibson:  The Bush Doctrine, as I understand it, is that we have the right of anticipatory self-defense.  We have the right of preemptive strike against any other country that we believe is going to attack us.

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Palin Strikes Out in First Major Interview

We're starting to see just why the McCain campaign has been working so hard to shield Sarah Palin from the media...

Update [2008-9-11 23:1:12 by Todd Beeton]:Andrea Mitchell on Sarah Palin: "On the nuts and bolts of foreign policy, not ready for prime time."

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