Terror attacks in Pakistan doubled last year, and casualties from terrorism quadrupled, as extremists reasserted their hold in tribal areas and attempted to extend their reach deep into the country, the State Department said in its annual report Wednesday.
There was also a 16 percent increase in terrorist attacks in neighboring Afghanistan in 2007, the report on global terrorism trends said.
Looking at the numbers, if McCain plans on a Rovian campaign that includes accusing Democrats of being the party that Middle-East radicals prefer then maybe its time to turn the tables. A Republican president and a Republican dominated Congress had a blank check to do whatever it would take to destroy AQ in Afghanistan and not only have they failed miserably, but the number of attacks has increased. Why Clinton and Obama aren’t pointing out how badly Bush/Cheney suck at stopping the growth of AQ in Afghanistan is a campaign opportunity gone begging. Republicans were supposed to be the party of national security – competent and tough. When did competent and tough mean letting those responsible for 9-11 grow in numbers and strength. Much of the problem is the resources that BushCo shifted away from Afghanistan to Iraq, but deaths by terror in Iraq have also increased every year for the last three years despite the “surge”. AQ and every other Mid-East sociopath is probably hoping that another inept Republican administration is elected so the free ride can continue.
I really don’t know, but some have questioned the authenticity of those photographs of the alleged Syrian nuclear reactor, Are these Syrian nuclear pictures faked? That so many people doubt every single word from the Bushies or one of their appointed officials is understandable since there isn’t much that they haven’t been caught lying about and then echoed by the usual cabal of right-wing characters. Having cried wolf and continuing to cry wolf if an actual emergency should arise it will be the one time the Bushies have told the truth. This endless cycle of lies doesn’t just reflect on this administration it reflects on Republican credibility in general. Should Democrats manage to shot themselves in the foot with the never ending bickering and McCain squeaks out a victory who’s going to believe anything he says.
We can also thank Republicans, self proclaimed experts on all things economic – you know like their expertise at fighting terrorism for the wrecked economy after four years of the Bush version of Reagan’s supply side trickle down, Nearly As Many Americans Struggling as Thriving
Caught on tape used to mean something. John McBush was caught saying that staying in Iraq for a hundred years was fine with him. Despite the video of him saying that he denies it. So much for Johnny boy’s integrity, John McCain’s “100 Years” putting the controversy to rest
It wasn’t until weeks later, that the Republican spin machine got spun up about McCain’s remarks. They claim that the rest of McCain’s remarks were not included in the ads, blog posts and other stories in which “100 Years” is cited, and therefore it’s out of context. This is the text they claim has been omitted that demonstrates what John McCain really meant:
“How long — we have been in — we have been in South Korea– we have been in Japan for 60 years. We have been in South Korea for 50 years or so. That would be fine with me … as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. Then it’s fine with me. I hope it would be fine with you, if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al Qaeda is training, recruiting and equipping and motivating people every single day,” McCain said.
The RNC also claims that McCain never said staying in Iraq would be “fine with me” and yet, the video tells a different story. A video, incidentally, viewed nearly 100,000 times indicating that it is sort of silly to say this “omitted” portion of his remarks aren’t out there.