Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar!

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So yesterday the United States announced the capture of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the Taliban’s top military leader in Pakistan and—without question, it seems—the most important terrorist-related snagging since 9.11.

Hence, I eagerly await tonight’s broadcasts on Fox News, when surely Sean Hanity, Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, et al will lavish praise upon the Obama Administration for its excellent work in combating terrorism.

Uh, yeah.

Through my eyes, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar represents everything wrong with politics in America; everything that’s gone off the righteous track. This is a very good moment for the United States’ so-called “War on Terror” (a ludicrous tagging that, thankfully, Obama doesn’t use). It signifies that America is still on the hunt; is still fighting against those behind the 9.11 attacks. If nothing else, it certainly defies everything Sarah Palin has said about this administration’s “weak” efforts to battle “evil” (Another crap word Obama doesn’t have much use for). And yet, while everyone on the left will wrongly praise the capture as a gigantic move forward, everyone on the right will wrongly condemn the capture as a mere lucky move.

This, more than anything, seems to be the reason Evan Bayh announced he will not run for the Senate against in Indiana. He’s tired of the nonstop bullshit; of the petty bickering that has splintered the nation and accomplishes nothing. Many on the right celebrated Bayh’s decision, (correctly) interpreting it as a chance for a Republican to garner another seat in the party’s attempted return to power. But the celebration is badly misplaced, because what Bayh’s decision symbolizes is the utter decay of righteous politics; where people are allowed to cross party lines and vote on their true beliefs, not on self-preservation.

I’m glad Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been captured.

I’m sad by what will inevitably follow.

8 thoughts on “Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar!”

  1. Slightly related to your frustrations and another story not receiving the coverage it deserves is anything involving Attorney General Eric Holder.

    This recent New Yorker article on him is amazing…
    http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/02/15/100215fa_fact_mayer

    I’m interested in hearing what you think about it.

    It’s 10 pages, but worth a read.
    Hands down, Holder has been, since last summer’s Newsweek cover issue, my favorite person in the Obama administration due to the fact that he isn’t fucking around, isn’t using rhetoric, and doesn’t care whatsoever about playing politics.

    The quotes from Holder in this article are terrific.
    Also, a clown suit is put on guys like Rudy Giuliani.

    Hypothetically, if this were THE WIRE, Holder would be a beloved protagonist that would have to fall on his sword for going against a rigged game.

    He publicly suggested the ban of semi-automatic guns due to the fact that America is unintentionally supplying the drug cartels in Mexico with virtually all their weapons in the insane drug war that has been going on there (more of a threat than anything in the Middle East).

    The NRA lost its collective shit and Obama had to scale back Holder’s efforts.
    (google “Newsweek” or “Rolling Stone and enter in “Drug War” and “Mexico” for some great journalism pieces. Pleasantly surprising to have Rolling Stone be on top of this)

    The irony is that Holder may be judged, historically, as not having acted to prevent the silent infiltration of America by the drug cartel, when he has been one of the most active public voices with any clout whatsoever trying to stop it.

  2. For 7 years President George Bush could not get this guy (Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar) and within less than 1 year President Obama captures this man! Let’s give credit to where credit is due! Maybe if President Bush stayed in Afghanistan, (where the terrorists and Al-Qaeda were) this would have happened long ago.

  3. Jeff, you’re right about everything but Bayh. He retired because he has a really tough re-election campaign ahead. Don’t believe his other “reasons”.

  4. Agree with your post here but not about Bayh. He’s an opportunisitic centrist chump with no positions except that determined by the polls. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

  5. Funny how Bayh wasn’t bothered by the “non-stop bullshit” in Washington when he was safely winning elections. I guess the barrage of bullshit that occurred when Bush was President didn’t bother Bayh enough to make him quit. But now that his blind support of inefficient Democratic policies, and him chaining himself to the slowly sinking ship of Obama’s presidency has him in an actual political battle, Bayh has claimed to suddenly developed a heart and conscience and be tired of the bullshit. I can’t believe you’re falling for this act, Jeff. I don’t buy it for a second. What a phony!

  6. Republicans: heartless, greedy capitalists who use social hot-button topics to fool poor people into voting for them. The pigs in Orwell’s “Animal Farm” (and Pink Floyd’s “Animals”.)

    Democrats: Insincere, greedy capitalists who use moderate social policies and misleading populist rhetoric to convince people they “care”. Totally unable to lead and ultimately, pathetic hypocrites. (Dennis Kucinich excepted).

    I give up on US politics.

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