Friday, June 30, 2006

The War on America

Last week the House of Representatives had a stirring debate: Are we at war with America or Al Quaeda? I think the answer is clear. From the very beginning, this war has been a failure. A failure of intelligence, a failure of policy, and a failure of leadership.

Cut and run, or stay the course?

These diatribes and slogans need to stop, and they need to stop right now. I'm looking at you, Republicans, it's coming squarely from your direction. You hold the majority of congress, and you're sitting with your thumbs shoved up your asses, not doing anything but coming up with berating slogans. It's high time that it ends.

Staying the course is all well and good, and quite frankly a smart thing to do, the only problem is, staying the course isn't a strategy, it isn't a plan, it's just an ideal. Problem is, to the people running the war, it's the plan as well. There clearly hasn't been any impetus for leaving Iraq, there hasn't been any formal plan laid out for establishing a permanent iraqi government (run by iraqi's), there hasn't been a plan laid out for getting american troops safely back to america. The fact that this wasn't done at the beginning of the war is the biggest failure of all.

Cut and run isn't a strategy either, and (I hope) nobody's proposing it as a strategy. An "Exit Strategy" isn't cutting and running, it's doing things right. In the middle of all this, the groop I feel is getting the biggest shafting of all is the troops on the ground in Iraq. They're the one's who have to deal with congress's failure day in and day out, and I think the fact that they believe so much in what they're doing is a true testament of their character. They're there to get the job done and get it done right. Unfortunately the people running the show haven't figured out those concepts yet.

What is our Congress thinking?

Video games? At a time like this? The general discontent with the way things are going hasn't been this high since the sixties, we're in the middle of a war, a bear economy fuelled by...fuel, and the rising prices thereof while the rich get richer (it's a good day to be an Exxon shareholder), and to do something about it, the House of Representatives decides to focus their attention on...VIDEO GAMES? Doesn't surprise me, they seem to bury their heads in the sand every time something important comes up, shifting their attention to lesser important matters so it looks like they're doing something (I'll never stop the 'roids...WHAT did you just say about my girlfriend?).

Why can't the Republican party do something republican for a change? The campaign against video games seems to be a bi-partisan one (shut up, Hillary), the whole thing is very un-republican, it has always been their ideal to keep the government out of the home but lately they've thrown it out the window. I think it's time for the reps to be republican again and stop this travesty from taking place. Seriously, what business does the government have to regulate video games? Whose fault is it if a kid acts out something he did in Vice City?

The government has no business here, if a child acts out something he did in a video game, the fault is clearly and only bad parenting. It is the parents responsibility to ensure the child knows right from wrong, not the government. Take me for example, I'm a Halo addict. Ahh I remember the nights in college hooking up to the network with 10 or 15 other kids across campus, and generally maiming them in every way imaginable until we all got tired. It was good times. Now, do you see me out on the street killing people? No. I don't even own a gun. I know the difference between pretend playful violence and real life violence. This whole thing is yet another reason why I favor parents who spank their kids.