The purpose of all war is peace—Saint Augustine: The City of God
While President Barack Obama was in Oslo, Norway yesterday accepting his Nobel Peace Prize (while at the same time justifying his troop surge in Afghanistan), back home Congressman and fellow progressive Democrat Dennis Kucinich was busy metaphorically pulling the red carpet out from under him by denouncing the surge and demanding an immediate withdrawal of all troops from that country.
Amy Goodman reported on both events on Democracy Now!, a network which represents the Marxist ideology, an ideology which is itself no stranger to war and destruction. From the Obama speech, this highlight:
President Obama: I receive this honor with deep gratitude and great humility. It is an award that speaks to our highest aspirations, that for all the cruelty and hardship of our world, we are not mere prisoners of fate. Our actions matter and can bend history in the direction of justice.
A nice excerpt, but the real emphasis was on the Kucinich Story:
Democracy Now!: As the US gears up to escalate the Afghan war, Congress member Dennis Kucinich says he plans to force a House vote on withdrawing all US forces from Afghanistan and Pakistan. On Wednesday, Kucinich announced he is seeking co-sponsors for a resolution calling for a “timely withdrawal” from the AfPak [Afghanistan/Pakistan] region. Kucinich expects to introduce the measure next month.
Kucinich’s resolution raises some key points, which contradict Obama on nearly every issue. While in Oslo, Obama justified sending the additional troops as the only way to: “disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan and to prevent its capacity to threaten America and our allies in the future.”
Kucinich’s resolution not only refutes the newly appointed Nobel Prize winner’s war strategy, but actually alludes to his other failed policies—something which was unthinkable just a few months ago!
Dennis Kucinich: Why are we still in Afghanistan? Al-Qaeda has been routed. Our occupation fuels a Taliban insurgency. The more troops we send, the more resistance we meet. If we want to be truly secure, we need to redefine national security to include financial security. Yet America has record debt, skyrocketing unemployment, huge trade deficits, record business failures and foreclosures.
The people of Afghanistan don’t want to be saved by us. They want to be saved from us.
Whether inadvertently or deliberately, what Democracy Now! has done is highlight a profound ideological split—between two progressive socialists!
It will be an ideological battle of the highest magnitude: the progressive pacifist vs. the progressive Nobel Peace Prize winning President about to escalate a war.
Hide the women and children–this could get ugly.