Friday, February 29, 2008

Doesn't anyone that Obama is still saying that we're fighting Al Qaeda in Afghanistan?

As This Modern World reports Obama is saying "They took their eye off the people who were responsible for 9/11 — that would Al Qaeda in Afghanistan, which is stronger now than at anytime since 2001." I believe this is factually false and extremely misleading.

Obama commits the same mistake that George W. Bush willfully made after 9/11--conflating the Taliban with Al Qaeda. At this point it's really, really, hard to argue that the resistance to Americans in Afghanistan which is leading to the Taliban coming back to power has to do with Al Qaeda. It's a resistance to an invasion, just like the Iraqi resistance.

Al Qaeda was never concentrated in Afghanistan. The organization was hosted by the Taliban, who already controlled Afghanistan, and the senior members lived there, and had training camps there, but my understanding is that Al Qaeda at its core was and is a relatively decentralized network of terrorist organizations operating in whatever country they're part of. "Al Qaeda" is the name for the bigger confederation, which provides money and logistical support.

By saying that Al Qaeda has never been stronger in Afghanistan Obama is using the exact same rhetoric that George W. Bush used after 9/11 to scare people into supporting his agenda. He's using the same rhetoric that the extreme right is using to justify the suppression of civil liberties in the United States--that Al Qaeda is still out there so we must be vigilant in the "War on terror", both at home and abroad. Yes, Obama is endorsing the idea of a "Global War on Terror" even though he's shrewdly not using the phrase, or even "War on terror".

This is a concrete indication that when Obama gets elected, if he gets elected, he'll continue this charade of everything having changed because of 9/11, which has been an outrage to the world.

If he's serious about getting Al Qaeda maybe he'll turn the job over to Interpol or the United Nations and the International Criminal Court, because the act of terrorism that took place on 9/11
was a criminal act, not an act of war, and should be dealt with by international criminal authorities.


Renegade Eye said...

Obama is determined to follow the Russian model. The Taliban purposely didn't fight the US hard, so they could fight them as occupiers, like the Russians.

John Madziarczyk said...

With the amount of firepower the Taliban likely had I doubt that they could have fought the U.S. hard, if they didn't want a bloodbath.

I think you're right in that the only way either they or any other forces in Afghanistan can win against the U.S., or I guess technically NATO not the U.S. alone, is in a guerilla war.