Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left

One can’t help but wonder how much Bush’s photo-op in Iraq cost the American taxpayer. More importantly what military resources were diverted from other tasks so he could have another mission “accomplished moment”, Undercutting Bush’s claims of success in Anbar. The all but forgotten war, Frayed alliances in Afghanistan

Some 75 Taliban fighters recently tried to overrun a joint Afghan-U.S. military base in the war-torn south of Afghanistan. It was a fool’s errand: Coalition troops repelled the attack, killing 20 insurgents. It did, though, show the growing confidence of the insurgency there.

It has taken a while, but the world is coming to realize there is still a war in Afghanistan.

President Hamid Karzai has acknowledged security in his country has “definitely deteriorated.” Coalition forces have suffered 161 casualties this year, including 81 U.S. troops. More civilian reconstruction workers have been killed and taken hostage.

Suicide attacks jumped from 47 last year to 66 during the first half of 2007, according to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. Roadside bombs have become the most common and lethal threat to civilians and troops.

Iraq was a war that was lost almost from day one. An initial military victory didn’t turn into long term stability and the Republican brain trust at the Whitehouse hasn’t figured out how to obtain that stability. Afghanistan on the other hand was all but won and then squandered. Bush’s mismanagement of resources and moronic priorities has probably been the biggest factor in making sure that Afghanistan and parts of northern Pakistan stay in a state of chaos for years all the while Osama Bin laden is enjoying another year of freedom courtesy the Republican party; you know the party that is full of wonderful new ideas and knows all when it comes to national security. If these guys are what passes for experts the standard for expertise has reached new lows.

Right-wing wackos WorldNetDaily is running some breathless story about a contributor to Senator Clinton’s campaign being linked to some missile technology being sent to the Chinese during President Clinton’s tenure, Is the other Hsu about to drop? Hillary’s donor linked to China missile trader,Posted: September 2, 2007, 10:36 p.m. Eastern. Here is a less melodramatic telling of the technology transfer controversy, Panel Faults Space Aid to China

Democrats pointed out that the panel, made up of five Republicans and four Democrats, didn’t ask the Justice Department to open any new investigations of the matter. But industry executives found little comfort in the panel’s overall conclusion.

“If the report takes steps to take [export laws] back to times like the Cold War, that’s a mistake,” said Mark Rosenker, spokesman for the Electronic Industries Alliance, a trade group.

It is 1998, Republican controlled Congress and a committee dominated by Republicans and they didn’t find enough in the way of wrong doing to refer the matter to the Department of Justice. If a private company committs an illegal or unethical act when did that become an automatic indictment of whoever is running the Whitehouse. If that is the case see Iraq fraud . The Wing-nut daily writes,

Loral at the same time helped Beijing – over the objections of the U.S. intelligence community – improve its commercial space launchers.

Sounds so open and shut doesn’t it. There is even a bit of what might be termed partial truth there, but the Republican chaired investigating committee found,

The Central Intelligence Agency partly disagreed with the Air Force, saying Loral did not give China much useful information. Adm. Joseph W. Prueher, chief of the U.S. Pacific Command, recently said the U.S. launches helped Chinese ballistic missile capabilities “only incrementally, not [by] any quantum leaps.”

Then curiously Wing-nut daily leaves this out, President Bush’s Technology Agenda ( from the Whitehouse web site),

Established Permanent Normal Trade Relations with China. President Bush extended permanent normal trading relations with China and allowed China’s accession to the World Trade Organization. Because China is the largest emerging market in the world, American technology companies should benefit from the increased trade with China.

Note this was done with full knowledge of the history of technology trade with China and that 1998 committee’s findings. There are several stories where Bush approved the sales of said tech, expresses concern over appropriate technology and how it will be used, but there has been no talk of kicking China out of the WTO.

“Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left.”
Victor Hugo