8 years, 11 months ago
Disregarding the title and departing from General Petraeus for a moment, the exchange between the laughing hyena Joe Biden and the respectful and respectable Ryan Crocker is below.
The transcript is as follows:
BIDEN: Mr. Ambassador, is Al Qaeda a greater threat to US interests in Iraq, or in the Afghan-Pakistan border region?
CROCKER: Mr. Chairman, al Qaeda is a strategic threat to the United States wherever it is–
BIDEN: Where is most of it? If you could take it out, you had a choice, the Lord Almighty came down and sat in the middle of the table there, and said, ‘Mr. Ambassador, you can eliminate every al Qaeda source in Afghanistan and Pakistan, or every al Qaeda personnel in Iraq, which would you pick?’
CROCKER: Well, given the progress that has been made against al Qaeda in Iraq, the significant decrease in its capabilities, the fact that it is solidly on the defensive and not in a position as far–
BIDEN: Which would you pick?
CROCKER: I would therefore pick Al Qaeda in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border area.
Actually, there was further testimony that didn’t make the news due to being behind closed doors. The Senate panel cross examined The Captain’s Journal, with the laughing hyena Joe Biden leading off. TCJ has been given exclusive access to the transcript which follows:
Laughing Hyena Joe Biden: Hiss … laugh, yelp, growl … suppose that you were required either to listen to me for an hour or take a beating with a baseball bat for an hour. Which one would you choose?
TCJ: Well, sir, I would rather beat you with a baseball bat for an hour, and …
Hyena: SILENCE SWINE! You don’t have that option. You answer my question, now, swine! Would you rather listen to me or take a beating? ANSWER, SWINE? Hiss … laugh … growl … yelp … laugh.
TCJ: Well, it’s really hard to say. I really don’t want to listen to a hyena for an hour, but a beating with a baseball bat sounds bad …
Hyena: Hiss … laugh … suppose that God came down into your midst and commanded you to make a choice between me or a baseball bat. Choose, SWINE!
TCJ: Well, hyena, since God didn’t give me the choice of being the vessel which exacts his vengeance upon you, I choose the baseball bat, hyena.
Hyena: Laugh … hiss … growl … hiss … laugh, laugh … I thought so, swine.
This either/or rather than the both/and approach is ridiculous and pertains only to the degree to which the nation chooses to engage in and fund the global war on terror. Nothing more. The hyena is purveying a false dilemma.
Returning to the Petraeus testimony, Abu Muqawama has some interesting comments. First, Abu takes issue with Tom Ricks of the Washington Post for calling them the “rogue cousin” of the Small Wars Journal. It was fun and interesting to watch Abu react by challenging Ricks to a slap down mixed martial arts cage match – or something like that. We’ll wait to see that one – it should be interesting. Next, we’ll reproduce some of the interesting comments below.
While we’re on the subject of Lebanonization, though, here’s another historical analogy that Amb. Crocker missed. In Lebanon, in September 1983, the U.S. lent direct support to what it assumed was a national institution, the Lebanese Army, in the battle at Souk el-Gharb. By doing so, it became, in the eyes of the rest of the Lebanese population, just another militia and thus fair game. What happened next? Ask any U.S. Marine.
Now we all know the situations in Iraq and Lebanon are not exactly the same, but Souk el-Gharb was running through Abu Muqawama’s head during the battle of Basra two weeks ago when we were lending our support to the “national” army of Iraq in its fight with the Sadr crew. To us good-natured Americans, it may have looked as if we were lending our support to the legitimate, national institutions of Iraq. But to other Iraqis, it probably looked as if we were taking sides in the intra-Shia political dispute between ISCI and Sadr in the run-up to this fall’s provincial elections.
At least the senators yesterday didn’t let Crocker and Petraeus get away with talking about the “Iran-supported Sadr Militia.” Yes, Ambassador, Iran does support Sadr and his militia. But they also support our allies. What a fine mess we’ve gotten ourselves into.
Well, at TCJ we believe that the gentleman Petraeus could have gone much further than he did concerning Iran’s involvement in the affairs of Iraq – and truthfully so. He was moderate and measured, as always. However, Abu makes a good point concerning the ISCI (otherwise SIIC) and the fact that they got out unscathed. In Basra and Iran, we observed:
In order to cut ties with Iran, the SIIC “members” of the Iraqi Security Forces – who had to fight only rival miltias in Basra this time around – should be forced to rid Iraq of all Iranian influence, including Quds, Hezbollah, IRG and any other proxy Iranian fighters. Failure to do so, from leadership down to the lowest ranking soldier, should be addressed as treason. Until the SIIC is forced to fight for Iraq as opposed to fighting against rival gangs, they too are merely Iranian proxy forces.
So as far as Iranian-supported militia, we propose taking them all out, or coopting them absolutely and completely, no negotiations. As for the hyena Biden, we should send him over to throw-down with the IRG and Sadrists.