Who Hijacked Our Country

Friday, November 28, 2008

Indian Navy Sinks Wrong “Pirate Ship”

Everyone’s having a field day with the Indian Navy’s little blooper. They thought they were sinking a Somali pirate ship, but it turned out they had actually just sunk a Thai fishing boat that the pirates had seized. Heeheeheeheehee.

Now, as long as we’re having fun with military bloopers and blunders committed by third world governments, here’s a real kneeslapper:

(Technically, the following unnamed country isn’t part of the Third World. They have the largest, most advanced and most omnipresent military force in the world. But in terms of infrastructure, education, competence level among government leaders — we’re talking Third World all the way.)

Anyway, on September 11th, 2001 this country suffered an unprovoked brutal attack by a gang of terrorists. The country planned its retaliation very carefully and deliberately. The government spent a year and a half collecting intelligence, analyzing data, finding out which country most of the attackers were from and which country was the most closely aligned with the attackers’ organization. And then — they attacked the wrong country!

cross-posted at Bring It On!

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Blogger Mauigirl said...

When you put it like that it sure does sound ridiculous, doesn't it? Well said.

November 28, 2008 at 6:40 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mauigirl: Thanks. I'm sure history will show our Iraqi invasion to be one of the stupidest blunders of all time.

November 28, 2008 at 6:49 PM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

Do you remember the day it happened? I felt like a damn freak because I KNEW IT WAS FUCKING STUPID and other than my husband and brother in law, no one saw it for what it was. People actually thought we were fighting terrorism. And all those Democrats voted for it! I wondered if I was really an extraterrestial who just landed among some lower intelligent species with my spaceship. It was so fucking unreal.

Later, I want to hear your thoughts on India. I am betting it is NOT Al Queda.

November 28, 2008 at 7:40 PM  
Anonymous Bee said...

One could almost have a laugh over it. Almost being the operative word. Sometimes I just shake my head in embarrassment.

November 28, 2008 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Everything about the Iraq war, all the so-called intelligence, was all faked. The "mobile chemical weapons lab", the Nigerian yellow cake uranium documents, Saddam's ties with al qaeda and links to 9/11, even the idea we would be greeted as liberators was all faked. It was all designed to sell a war to paranoid and bloodthirsty Americans. There was no blunder there, everything has gone exactly as they expected, and lots of administration contributors and members have made significant amounts of money because of it.

November 28, 2008 at 8:40 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Our Iraq invasion was one of the stupidest blunders of all time.

But what can you say when a majority of American voters turned right around, knowing their crackpot-crusader president had invaded the wrong country, and re-elected him?

I will never get over that one.

November 28, 2008 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Still amazing to this day. I stand by my prediction (either earlier this year or last year) that Bush will go down as the worst president of this young century.

November 29, 2008 at 4:16 AM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

S.W. puts my pain into eloquent language. Who was it who said: No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public.

November 29, 2008 at 6:28 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Enemy: I guess you were ahead of me. I’ve come to all those conclusions since then, but at the time I was just shocked and furious. When I got home from work that day I turned on the radio, which happened to be tuned to the liberal public radio station I had last listened to. They were going on and on about how America had reaped so much hostility around the world. I didn’t disagree but I changed the station so I could get facts instead of opinions.

I was against the Iraqi invasion from the time the possibility first got mentioned, but it took me awhile to start questioning what really happened on 9/11.

Bee: That’s true, it’s probably one of those things that’s too sick to joke about. If it weren’t for my sick sense of humor…

Lew: No argument there. I’ve often wondered how much of Iraqmire was based on stupidity and how much was deliberate. The planning and fake intelligence were obviously deliberate, but the mess we’re in — how much is unintended consequences? It’s probably true that the masterminds don’t give a fuck how screwed up everything got, since they can take their ill-gotten wealth and go slinking off to their little hideaways.

SW: Yup, Dumbya’s re-election has to be one of the biggest puzzles of all time. Even if votes were stolen, that still doesn’t explain it. Re-electing Bush was like taking the most inept destructive employee a company ever had, and giving him a promotion.

Carlos: That sounds like a safe prediction. If we ever get a worse president, I hope it’s after I’m long dead.

November 29, 2008 at 5:54 PM  
Blogger Enemy of the Republic said...

Tom I think we were on the same path. I didn't begin questioning 9/11 until Moore's film. But on Iraq, I too was against it when they began the talk, but I just assumed they wouldn't do it as it was so pathetically obvious that Bush just was inventing information. Boy, was I wrong!

With 9/11, I was scared. My earlier comment was about my reaction to Iraq.

November 30, 2008 at 6:47 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Enemy: I made the same wrong prediction before the Iraqi invasion. Everyone I knew was saying "oh, God, this is terrible, we're gonna be at war with Iraq." And I kept saying "oh come on, we're not gonna just invade a country that didn't provoke us."

And that ended my career as a psychic.

November 30, 2008 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Ali said...

Very true Tom and sad and the result is more than 3,000 US soldiers killed

November 30, 2008 at 12:29 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Ali: Yes, it's very sad and tragic. Thousands of American soldiers, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians -- a terrible commentary on America and that alleged "coalition of the willing."

November 30, 2008 at 12:51 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

I heard Bush telling the media that he was going to be advising India on how to handle/respond to the terrorist attacks there. My first response to my friend Shelley was that he would advise them to invad Ireland!

November 30, 2008 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Carlos: Yes, we need regime change in Ireland. LOL.

Hopefully the Indian government will be smart enough not to pay any attention to Bush. Taking foreign policy advice from Dumbya is like taking driving lessons from somebody who's had 47 car accidents and hundreds of traffic tickets.

November 30, 2008 at 3:51 PM  
Blogger Ron Nasty said...

Iraq was invaded by the pirates, the Corporate Raiders of the Golden Expense Account. Rape, torture, pillage and plunder both the Iraqi people and the US citizens at home, too. If you know what I mean.

November 30, 2008 at 7:09 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Ron: "Corporate Raiders of the Golden Expense Account" -- good description.

November 30, 2008 at 7:35 PM  

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