Many Independents have two problems with that. First of all, President Obama seems much too willing to move forward with regard to the fat cats, while lower-ranking personnel are rotting in prison. That’s in direct conflict with the American ideal of equal justice under the law. And secondly, since most of these atrocities were committed against the citizens of other nations, it is the height of arrogance for us to be “the deciders” of whether or not those responsible should be held accountable. That also runs contrary to American ideals, and the concept of “a shining city on the hill.”
And now we’re talking about sending thousands of more troops to Afghanistan. The question is, why? The nation has yet to be provided with a reasonable explanation of why we should be meddling, once again, in another country’s internal affairs. One would think we would have learned something about the futility of that by now. It’s a recipe for disaster.
There are only two legitimate reasons to have our troops in that part of the world. The first is obvious — to make damn sure the nuclear missiles in Pakistan don’t fall into the hands of Al Qaeda. The second reason is bring Osama Bin Laden to justice. So why can’t we just deploy enough troops in Pakistan to protect the missiles, and let the CIA and law enforcement deal with Osama? That way we save both treasure and lives, and we’re not creating more enemies for the United States by killing innocent people.
Many Independents suspect that there’s another agenda afoot. Actually, Cheney’s giving it away. Independents recognize that Dick Cheney has absolutely no integrity, so when he gets passionate over an issue, we know to follow either the money or power. Thus, many Independents suspect that Cheney’s insistence that we go recklessly rushing into Afghanistan has much more to do with Halliburton’s bottom line than it does America’s best interest. And while Obama has shown himself to be an excellent president in many ways, his one shortcoming— and the shortcoming that may very well bring him down in the end — is his tendency to try to appease the stupidity and greed of the GOP.
The President needs to recognize that there is nothing he can do that’s going to make him acceptable to the GOP — that is, unless he agrees to appoint a Republican vice president, then resign. By now it should be clear that even while he’s asleep, the GOP is trying to hatch plans to destroy him. So by spending more time thinking about them than he is his base, he’s playing right into their hands.