Fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them here...sort of...
Ah! the patriots are afoot. More war against more nations. We have NO MONEY, a demoralized and over-deployed military, a crumbling infrastructure, and a world against us and our wars.
The greatest nation in the world apparently goes to war with the rabid nationalism it has, not the power or strength that it imagines itself to have. Opining on the recent failed terror attack aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253, Republican-pretend-independent Senator and opportunist, Joe Lieberman had this to say:
"Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) Sunday said that Yemen could be the ground of America's next overseas war if Washington does not take preemptive action to root out al-Qaeda interests there.
Lieberman, who helms the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said on "Fox News Sunday" that the U.S. will have to take an active approach in Yemen after multiple recent terrorist attacks on the U.S. were linked back to the Middle Eastern nation.
The Connecticut senator said that an administration official told him that "Iraq was yesterday's war, Afghanistan is today's war. If we don't act preemptively, Yemen will be tomorrow's war."'
Iraq was yesterday's war? Then why are our troops still there? Oh right, because we are fighting them "over there, so we don't have to fight them over here." How is that working out?
And where will we get the resources to go to war in Yemen? Why Yemen in any case and not, say Saudi Arabia or the UAE, from where the majority terrorism funding issues?
Let's recall that the alleged Flight 253 terrorist - Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab - is Nigerian. Why then are we interested in attacking Yemen? This is similar to the argument relating to the 9/11 hijackers, most of whom were Saudi nationals. Instead of attacking their financing-- via Saudi and UAE organizations and individuals; or going after Pakistani ISI -- which trains many of the terrorists groups we have been fighting, we attacked Iraq instead. Why? What is this war on terror that does not target terrorists, the countries that harbor them, their financing, and their training camps? Then panic and surprise and finger-pointing when yet another one of "them" attacks us over "here" despite us fighting "them" over "there."
That argument, that justification for why we went into Iraq and stayed there, has now been disproved, exposing the most opportunistic of motives. We now know Bush wanted Iraq well before 9/11. We know that the Cheney cabal wanted Iraq, then Iran well before 9/11. So when a horrific opportunity presented itself, we went to war based on lies, under the banner of fighting terrorism, and succeeded in accomplishing nothing but death.
Now because a terrorist suspect made a pit stop in Yemen from where he allegedly got his explosive underpants, we now will be attacking that nation or at least some are hoping we will be and the argument is the same: fighting them over there, not here, despite the obvious.
Apparently, just like Mohammed Atta (pdf) and other 9/11 hijackers, Abdulmutallab also had a visa despite being on an international terrorist watch list. Seems to me that the issue is not Yemen, but serious problems at the State Department. But since Lieberman wants yet another war, then despite his age, he should volunteer to be on the front-lines just once. I, for one, have had enough of cowards sending others - brave and patriotic - to die. Especially since Yemen did not attack us on Christmas, just like Iraq did not attack us on 9/11.