McCain as a Symptom of a Larger Evil

If I had more time, I’d paint a picture with a large brush about how incompetent Americans are in history, which I posted about last week. Or that the modern conservative movement utilizes history in the same way Christians utilize the bible – as a tangible parable whose facts are manipulable to serve political/social purposes. Obviously, any student of history convulses with the thought of such a cynical handling of our favorite subject.

In response to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), who called for an end to the war in Afghanistan, Senator McCain responded by painting Manchin as an isolationist who’s out of touch with history. McCain did this powerfully with this line:

“In case the senator from West Virginia forgot it or never knew it, we withdrew from Afghanistan one time. We withdrew from Afghanistan and the Taliban came, eventually followed by al-Qaida followed by attacks on the United States of America,” [John McCain] said.

Perhaps you didn’t know, dear reader. The United States was never in Afghanistan before Bush Jr. launched his invasion after September 2001.

We deployed a handful of CIA operatives in a proxy war against the Soviets during the 1980s. When the Soviet’s left, we stopped funneling money to illegal CIA operations in Afghanistan and stopped supplying the Mujahideen with anti-helicopter rockets and kalashnikovs. In the post-Soviet invasion devastation, the Stone Age mountainous region returned back to a Stone Age mountainous region full of Stone Age thinking and  treatment of women.

Afghanistan wasn’t a Utopia before the Soviets invaded and it won’t be after we leave this time. If you need to know more, go read Charlie Wilson’s War. I don’t have time to spell it out here.

Thanks for mistaking the United States for the Soviet Union, Senator McCain. You’re a disgrace. A national embarassment. A King Lear of the Capitol.



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