I never intended to start writing a political blog. I really don’t want to. I don’t feel that I have any particularly valuable insights into the process, and I certainly don’t believe that what anybody writes in any blog anywhere will change anywhere near enough minds to change the outcome of the election. And besides, don’t the Republicans already have the electronic voting machines fixed for the upcoming election?
Now me personally, I have no idea if “the Surge” worked or not. I’ve never been to Iraq. I did live in Kuwait in 1995, and I have seen the border of the no-man’s-land with Kuwait. I suppose that in Sarah Palinland that makes me an expert on foreign affairs. But in reality, I don’t have a clue as to whether or not “the Surge” worked. To answer that I would have to know what it was supposed to do – and I’d probably have to know why we are in Iraq in the first place. As far as I was told by my government we went into Iraq for two reasons: a) to topple Suddam Hussein and b) to remove the Weapons of Mass Destruction. As far as I can figure out Hussein was captured long before “the Surge” and we still haven’t found those WMDs. So at least as far as I can reason it out “the Surge” did not help accomplish our twofold reasoning for being in Iraq. But I digress. Let’s get back to Vets for Freedom and their TV ad.
I don’t know anything about the organization Vets for Freedom other than they run a political ad on local TV here quite a bit. Since I don’t know anything about Vets for Freedom I’ll assume that they are a fine, upstanding organization doing wonderfully good things for people and the country.
But their ad, I Am The Surge, has raised my already too high blood pressure. If you haven’t seen this bit of media wizardry, you can click here to watch it. Go ahead, we’ll wait. If you haven’t got the whole minute to spare watching the ad, basically it says that Barack Obama did not support “the Surge” and does not think that it worked. That may be the closest thing to the truth that I’ve heard from the whacko, nut job, right since the campaign began.
But once you get beyond that basic premise, reality takes a hard left turn into cloud cuckoo land. A prime example of this would be the statement from a young Combat Infantryman, Travis Quinlan. Now first of all, I want to thank all of the veterans in this advertisement – and really all veterans – for their service to our country. I have not, and will not, belittle or denigrate any serviceman or woman for their service. But young Mr. Quinlan is either in possession of far more knowledge of the situation in Iraq than anybody knew, or he is simply misinformed. Mr. Quinlan states “I saw al-Qaeda decimated.”
As far as I can tell, nobody knows for sure how many organization in occupied Iraq are really part of al-Qaeda, or how many people belong to those organizations. The closest thing I can find to an answer is here. But Mr. Quinlan must know those answers. Because he has seen “al-Qaeda decimated.” The best agreed upon definition of decimated is the “killing of one in ten.” So, in order to truly sustain his claim of seeing “al-Qaeda decimated” Mr. Quinlan has to know how many al-Qaeda members were in Iraq and he has to have an accurate count of how many were killed. I’m sure that Mr. Quinlan is a fine, exemplary Combat Infantryman – but I somehow doubt that he has this kind of intelligence knowledge.
But you know what? All of that isn’t what bothers me the most about this ad. The ad closes with a telephone number to call to urge Barack Obama to support Senate Resolution 636. The call for support isn’t even the thing that bother me the most.
No, what really gets my goat is that Senators Graham and Lieberman – having solved all of the other crisis conditions in our country like Health Care, the failing banking system, the collapse of the housing market, etc. have time to work on legislation like this. What is Senate Resolution 636? Senate Resolution 636 simply declares that “the Surge” was a success.
Let me say that again – Senate Resolution 636 declares that “the Surge” was a success.
I was unaware that you could simply pass legislation to determine the success or failure of an event in the real world. I mean that would be like the President having the ability to declare “Mission Accomplished.”
Do these two fine Senators really think that the American public is so dumb that we’ll swallow the idea that saying something makes it so? And do they really think that they have done such a fine job running the country that they have time for this nonsense?
I think that I’m going to stop blogging for the moment and go write letters to Senators Graham and Lieberman suggesting that they stop the nonsense and get back to work. Maybe I’ll even send one to Vets for Freedom and ask if they can’t find a real cause to support instead of this nonsense.