Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Deja Vu-US looks to sell arms in the Middle East

Boston Globe: US looks to sell arms in Gulf to try to contain Iran

Can we learn from the past? Obviously not.

Quick history lesson: The Taliban actually did come to power after the CIA funded Islamists in Afghanistan to fight in their proxy war against the U.S.S.R. After the soon-to-be-terrorists claimed victory, the U.S. withdrew support, but they still had the weapons and the power. The Taliban took control.

Now the U.S. going to give weapons to dictatorships and monarchies in the Middle East. Does that sound smart? We have to think in the long-term. The U.S. has NOT been doing that recently.

Usually this failure of an administration is just worrying. Its incompetence is becoming frustrating and inspiring anger. One could even call for the impeachment of Mr. Cheney or Mr. Bush for obstructing justice and/or breaking the law ("enemy combatants", wiretapping, Plame, etc. etc.).