Every Sunday I take in my weekly dose of political talk shows. This past Sunday was no exception and “Meet the Press” really got my blood boiling. David Gregory interviewed the President of Pakistan, Asif Zardari and then followed that up with an interview of Afghanistan President, Hamid Karzai.
Let’s start with Zardari:
In answer to Osama Bin Laden’s whereabouts, the smug, arrogant Pakistani President replies, “You lost him, I didn’t”. What? Listen, I’ve been as critical of the Bush administration as anyone in the blogosphere and I’ve readily admitted that our problems with Al Quada pre-date Bush. I draw the line at this man who cannot govern his own country pulling up history and throwing it in our faces to obscure the fact that he is unable to stem the tide of dangerous terrorist advances within Pakistan. I understand his grief at the loss of his wife Benazir Bhutto but this does not give him license to play sophomoric games with us about who did what when. This is why the man can’t make peace with India. These countries are so buried in stupid petty historical events that no progress can be made.
Just as I’m about to simmer down, Gregory brings on Karzai:
We need a higher moral ground? Excuse me? This is a man in charge of a country that is wrestling with a law that allows men to rape their wives. When Gregory confronted Karzai with this, he hemmed and hawed and claimed the law would be repealed. In what kind of savage country is this law on the books in the first place? This man has the gall to lecture us about morality? As for civilian casualties, Karzai wouldn’t be dealing with civilian casualties if he had control of his country and put a stop to the terrorists.
Sarah Palin’s joke of an interview with Charlie Gibson last year pointed out that the Bush Doctrine had a couple of different interpretations (none of which Sarah could recite). The part of the Bush Doctrine that I sign up for whole-heartedly is that any country that knowingly harbors terrorists, i.e. gives them a safe haven, is subject to military action by our country. If these terrorists were not a threat to our country, I’d advocate pulling all our men and women out of Afghanistan and let the harboring country rot. The fact is we are in Afghanistan because Karzai is incapable of policing his own country. We’re scared as hell of Pakistan for the same reason.
When Timothy McVeigh bombed the Murrah building in Oklahoma City, we didn’t need the British or anyone else to come here and take care of things. McVeigh fried and his co-conspirator went to prison. Was there a rash of terrorism afterwards? No. We took care of it. Case closed. The reason we are so at risk right now is that these incompetent leaders cannot clean up their own mess.
What is scarier, is in their arrogance and denial and twisted moral sense, I’m not sure these “allies” of ours even want to.