Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy New Year, Peter MacKay.

There is real Anglo-Saxon genius for conveying truth in words of one syllable. I tried to say "Peter MacKay is full of shit" in fewer syllables but failed.

Peter MacKay is full of shit.

The only words of more than one syllable in that sentence are Peter and MacKay.

Most recently, he's purveying the NATO party line on Afghanistan:

MacKay acknowledged the Taliban insurgency is not yet defeated, and what victories there have been have come at enormous cost. But he insisted the gains on the ground show the sacrifice has been worth it.

"How do you quantify that?" he asked. "Millions of children now in school. Infant mortality rates coming down. That gives them a chance. Seeing young Afghan women now able to not just participate in democratic elections, but sit and serve in their parliament, open a business, interact in a more free and open way throughout the country."

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This is completely consistent with Obama's delusional review on Afghanistan conducted by the William Westmoreland Memorial "Tet Offensive is a Failure" cheering section at NATO, but completely inconsistent with the United Nations Security Council Report of December 10, 2010, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the American National Intelligence Estimate, and the Taliban's response quoted in the New York Times.

You know, the NATO and Canadian government party line on Afghanistan is an offence against common sense, and in fact an offence against common decency.

Afghanistan is a disaster. The country is - obviously - worse off than it was in 2001, and the fabled Western Crusader Democracies are no safer. In fact, the United States is bankrupt, broken by Iraq and Afghanistan and enabled only by the Chinese who are desperately trying to find ways of dealing with mountains of increasingly worthless American dollars without food riots breaking out all over China. The last to know about this are, apparently, the Americans who despite unemployment rates of somewhere between 10-20% and house prices that have yet to fall to their bottom, vote for people who want to make the military bigger and the government smaller so as to force American Mythology on the rest of the world.

The writing is on the wall, and not just at Facebook. The United States of America has 5% of the world's population, consumes 25% of the world's fossil fuels, and is broke. Americans might not have noticed this, but much of the rest of the world has.

NATO has no clothes. Happy New Year, Peter MacKay.