Thursday, February 22, 2007

Validating The "Al Qaeda Strategy"

One of the leading recruiters for Al Qaeda speaks out on the Democrats' efforts to place restrictions on the administration's conduct of the war.

QUESTION: Because Congressman Murtha and Speaker Pelosi have made it clear that what they would like to do is they would like to stop the surge. Can they do it? Do they have the power to stop the surge?

THE VICE PRESIDENT: I don't think so. The question is whether or not they have the votes. Jack Murtha is an old friend of mine. We've done a lot of business together over the years. When I was Secretary of Defense, he was perhaps my closest ally on Capitol Hill. Jack clearly has a different perspective. With respect to Iraq, I think he's dead wrong. I think, in fact, if we were to do what Speaker Pelosi and Congressman Murtha are suggesting, all we'll do is validate the al Qaeda strategy. The al Qaeda strategy is to break the will of the American people -- in fact, knowing they can't win in a stand-up fight, try to persuade us to throw in the towel and come home, and then they win because we quit.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it's all very well for Cheney to frame the Oil Wars in such an outrageous context, but it is another question as to whether or not the American people will buy the frame. And there is a lot at stake. For the average American, even their way of life...


2/22/2007 1:12 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...


Cheney, and his junior partner President Bush, still proclaim that anything short of "victory" is unacceptable. Their stock response to criticism of the conduct of the war is to ask what strategy for "victory" the critics are advocating.

Since victory -- as defined by any reasonable definition -- is not in the offing, the administration's challenge goes unanswered to the White House's satisfaction.

But fewer and fewer people care these days about framing the issue so that it satisfies the administration.

About the American way of life being at risk by the military adventurism. I have heard seriously connected moneyed types argue that the U.S. has been sending a properly re-assuring message (as defined by big capital) to the financial markets that by our actions is it proved that America is willing to go to extreme lengths to protect our access to the lifeblood of world economies, oil.

That is their explanation for why the dollar, has not collapsed (so far).

2/22/2007 5:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Mr. Eff, you are, no doubt, way more connected to what's going on than me... Still, I'd be suspicious if anyone, especially people with money, were reassuring me that, um, hey, you're doing the right thing by burning your house down in order to help us protect our interests.

What bugs me even more, is that the moneyed types are hardly ever truly "patriotic" (a horrible word in my books) ... They have the resources to live wherever it is most comfortable, to purchase governments and their alliegence is only to their own source of power.


2/22/2007 5:39 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...


Precisely right about not trusting the big money boys. They will do unimaginably vile things to feather their nests.

They are the owners of the USA. The politicians are the front men who do their bidding.

They really hate it when their puppets do things that discredit American-style fascism. That is why they got rid of Nixon, and may be close to moving against the Bush/Cheney team.

2/22/2007 6:11 PM  
Anonymous Sierra Sam said...

Hey there Effwit. Nice post and posts.

It seems to mumbling lil' ol' me that Al Qaeda can never be, or hit us, as effectively and often as when we dish up an armed broadside of gauntlet patrolling youngsters for them to feast on.

Sticking around in Iraq is pure agar for anything Al Qaeda-esque in nature - end of story.

Cheney & Co feed the mouth of the touted beast with the young kids of others to keep the beast conveniently ravenous for deep agendas dependent on obfuscating pretextuals.

Stay lucid,

2/23/2007 9:50 AM  
Blogger Effwit said...

Sierra Sam:


Cheney & Co feed the mouth of the touted beast with the young kids of others to keep the beast conveniently ravenous for deep agendas dependent on obfuscating pretextuals.

True. We can expect little else.

After all, this Aeon is characterized by large-scale war and savagery.

2/23/2007 10:47 AM  

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