Karzai, Musharraf, Netanyahu: With Friends Like These… James Campion April 9, 2010 Columns 3 Rumors of Afghani President Hamid Karzai’s drug use in the wake of his inflammatory anti-American comments are highly suspect. While it is true that Karzai has an insatiable appetite for chewing pure hashish bricks, it would be hard to tie this activity to the insane gibberish he decided to announce to his people after meeting with the president of the United States two weeks ago. Drugs are merely an excuse for being a self-destructive asshole. Stating that the U.S. fixed an election he won and that its armies, which now keep him from being executed, must leave or he will join those who aim to execute him is the talk of an idiot, not a hash fiend. Karzai suffers less from drug abuse than politics. He is a politician, and as such, must play to his base, which consists of religious lunatics with an irrational hatred of Western values or some such voodoo bullshit. Moreover, many of these constituents see Karzai as an American stooge. He must turn this around quickly, faced with a looming deadline in which the crucial U.S. presence in that lunatic asylum ends. Karzai’s loose-canon babbling matters little, since his days are numbered. Anyone with any grasp of Middle East political savvy has given him less than a week to live the minute the last marine leaves. What does matter is that Karzai is just one of several U.S. allies continuing to act smugly in the face of our generosity and military sacrifice. At least Karzai has the balls to be a two-faced conniver, unlike the last president of his former neighbor, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who kissed America’s ass for years after 9/11 to hide the embezzling of millions of U.S. tax dollars. Musharraf and Karzai are symptoms of this antiquated U.S. foreign policy that was rightfully born during the Second World War but continued haphazardly during the Cold War; this penchant to capture the hearts and minds of nations through force, executions, and coups to better promote democracy and freedom throughout the world to the point of military disaster and near bankruptcy. The tribal kill-tank that is today’s Afghanistan is an unfortunate offshoot of America’s secret war to kick the Soviets out in the 1980s, which was left to disintegrate into chaos once the job was complete. Another fine example of the U.S. spending blood and treasure to correct its original foreign policy catastrophe. For an even more pertinent model, check out Iraq. As stated ad nauseum in this space for years, despite naive drivel that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, if the first George Bush didn’t play war hero in Kuwait, there would have been no U.S. military presence on “holy ground” and al Qaeda would not have had a prime source for causing the kind of havoc it did in the 1990s, which lead inevitably to the horrors of 9/11. The worst part of the whole Afghanistan/Iraq goofiness is the United States did not get the proposed stranglehold on oil riches after decades of playing half-baked neo-con dunderheaded international three-card monte with half the region. Then we have the always-intriguing call for democracy in Palestine, which was made manifest in open elections wherein the people chose a world-class terrorist outfit. Not to mention it is perfectly legal for citizens of Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, two main allies we liberated and protected, to openly donate funds to al Qaeda. But the Arabs are only half the problem here. Nowhere in the Fourth Estate is there a more pro-Israel stance than exhibited in this space. It has raged for years about its sovereignty and applauded its military brilliance, but this latest nonsense with that strutting ass, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over treaty-busting settlements in the Gaza Strip, summarily shoved in the face of the American vice president in March, is as sad as it is suicidal. Without U.S. weapons and mounds of cash, Israel would have been a smoldering heap by 1978. Netanyahu is the prize thoroughbred in the smirking stable of American lackeys that operate under the delusion they have control over their fate. It started in the spring of 1996, which happened to be the month I spent in Israel. I was in country when Netanyahu had three hyperbole-laden debates with then Prime Minister Shimon Peres and then on Election Day, when he acted as if he’d conquered Europe. Netanyahu’s militaristic, right wing nationalism is cute, but exists in his own fantasy. He is a puppet of the United States, as every one of his predecessors has been (of which he is one, having been ousted in ’99 before returning in late 2005) and his successors will be. It’s just the way it is, jack: No America, no Israel. Netanyahu’s demand for the United States to stay out of Israel’s business is akin to crazy people waving signs at Tea Party rallies to keep the government off their Medicare. It is time to face the hard truth: Nation building, like Liberalism and Conservatism, is a failed American philosophy, which for some strange reason seems to go on unchecked. But the American tradition of repeating mistakes aside, there is a tried-and-true American staple that is currently misguided: anger. As Americans go loony over a tepid National Health Care Reform Law their government spends billions a year to prop up the damaged social construct of sanctimonious blowhards and backstabbing narcissists half a planet away. Not to mention our kids losing limbs and lives over this miserable shit. Under this kind of geo-political meandering you would think the United States would have stopped the Congo War by now, which has claimed over five and a half million lives since 2001. Maybe we’d stop doing business with China, which is an abject civil liberties joke. Perhaps we might consider storming the Vatican and eradicating the systematic raping of children? In January of 2003, this space called it Selective Heroism; all that talk about Axis of Evil was stupid and expensive. It didn’t work in Viet Nam or any of the ensuing meddling. These are tough economic times. Extravagances like being responsible for the survival of an ungrateful and obstinate pack of morons must be addressed. James Campion is the Managing Editor of The Reality Check News & Information Desk and the author of Deep Tank Jersey, Fear No Art, Trailing Jesus, and Midnight For Cinderella. jamescampion.com. 3 Responses Jules April 9, 2010 You assume a lot for the US. Israel would still be there despite the US. The Germans had 5 years with the most efficient killing machine and only a few years after the 2nd World War the state of Israel was born. How come you guys cant take on Afganistan on your own? Why have you not destroyed the poppy fields there where 90% of heroine is coming from and the main finacial source for weapons for the Taliban? History is starting to show that the US is in decline because its becoming evident that at a governmental level all you do is for yourself. For the big boys you are you are running scared all the time and the result is a lot of overkill milatary action in place of well crafted response. Israel took care of Iraq and Syria’s Nuclear capability, not by blowing up weddings but by doing surgical strikes. Thanks to them you did not have to face those in the last two wars with Iraq. Israel is right to stand firm and not be bullied by the US. Your losing all that made you great but dont make the mistake of Golieth, you cant even take care of your own patch, and boy what an arsenal you have! I put it to you, no Israel, no America. Reply Hamza April 9, 2010 HAHA…israel took care of iraq and syria? okay, and israel got taken care of by a ragtag bunch of militants in lebanon and hezbollah. israel is not invincible and people should not make it out to be. as for israel blowing up weddings, the israeli army has committed gross violations against palestinian civilians and has used excessive force on multiple occasions. these are not exactly angels we’re talking about… Reply Jules April 9, 2010 Did you not ever ask yourself why the world has been against the state of israel for over 3000 years? A small patch of land with no oil? Should it have to put up with Rockets, and threats of anhilation? Millions of Christians following a Jew and the concept of Jeruselem in Israel while of course talking about human rights after all the things its done to the jews (and Muslims) Well the world is mixed up. Israel and the jews have to continually fight for existence which no other nation on earth is having to do. If Israel were weak every one would say ” oh what a shame, terrible” Because they are strong they are the aggressor? They are outnumbered by their enemies 20 to 1. The land they occupy is tiny and what small land they have they made good in a few years. The US would never allow somone to fire rockets at it all day. I can assure you there would be no Gaza Strip if it were the US putting up with it. Also to make it legitamate they would ask UK, France Germany etc to join them. Israel asked no one to die for them. The great US cant fight the Taliban with Europe behind it and neither could Russia. The difference is Russia did not ask the world to help it and at that time US was helping the Taliban. Your Foreign policy is very poor as is your military capability to act on your own and get the job done. Reply Leave a Reply to Jules Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.