Wednesday, November 09, 2011

General Fuller's Career-Ending
Message for Americans

by Fred J. Eckert - November 8th, 2011 - American Thinker

One of America's top generals in Afghanistan was fired last Friday for making "inappropriate public remarks."

Major General Peter Fuller's career-destroying offense was to publicly criticize Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai for saying during an October 22nd interview with Pakistani news media that if the U.S. and Pakistan got into a war, he and Afghanistan would side with Pakistan in fighting against the United States. The general's critical comments were made during an interview Thursday with the left-leaning news website Politico.

"Why don't you just poke me in the eye with a needle? You've got to be kidding me. ... I'm sorry, we just gave you $11.6 billion, and now you're telling me, 'I don't really care?'‚ÄČ" Fuller said.

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The elite media is treating as a fairly big story General Fuller's being fired for saying what he said in public. Fair enough. But what the elite media have been missing and continue to miss -- and likely will keep right on missing -- is the bigger story of the bigger picture here.

Everything General Fuller said that got him fired is true and needs to be understood by the public and by the media.

What still grates is that this was happening even before Obama became President. The ongoing cover up of the corruption by Karzai's regime is an outrage, because it prohibits the American people from honestly assessing the ignorance of 'nation building' in Muslim countries. This insanity characterized George W. Bush's spending billions of dollars and allowing thousands of American deaths in Afghanistan. The 'nation building' program was clearly destined to fail because of the culture of these backward people.

That George W. Bush and his neo-conservative advisers wanted it to work is irrelevant. They were wrong. The program was, is and always will be a failure. At some point the failure becomes obvious. That point was passed back in 2007. When that happens and America does not abandon the effort, we are the fools.

There are still a number of people in the Republican Party who refuse to admit the failure of the 'nation building' effort in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Their stubborn insistence that these efforts are part and parcel of the existential war we must fight, defeating Islamo-fascism, does nothing except kill soldiers and waste money in a useless and futile battle. It weakens our nation as a result.

It is time to abandon this stupidity and get out of both countries. The two countries we really should be in at this point are Iran and Pakistan. What is happening in those two countries means a lot more to our survival than wasting time, money and blood in failed 'nation building' stupidity.


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