Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Enemy of Your Enemy

The United States' State Department announced today that the U.S. was backing Ethiopia in its war with Al-Qaeda aligned forces residing in Somalia.

Once again, the U.S. is using the ever-effective "the enemy of my enemy is my ally" approach.

And that's always good logic. Really.

Look how good it worked in Vietnam, or during the Iran-Iraq War, or in Central America.

Good sleuthing, State Department.


Blogger AdamB said...

Not that it's a good strategy overall, but what do you have against Ethiopia?

Or the UN-installed government of Somalia, for that matter?

From what I've heard (which isn't much), it's hard to see a downside to supporting Ethiopia.

Especially if that public support turns Somalia into a proxy war against al-Qaeda. US supplies the funding, and Ethiopia supplies the dead soldiers. It's a win-win!

Tue Dec 26, 10:11:00 PM 2006

Blogger AdamB said...

To me, it's like putting up a big sign that says:


Tue Dec 26, 10:12:00 PM 2006

Blogger Tuffy said...

How about "staying out of other people's business" for once.

This isn't our war. Let's keep it that way.

Tue Dec 26, 10:13:00 PM 2006

Blogger The Phoenix said...

I blame the lend lease act. That brought U.S. out of our shell. Ever since then America has had to be involved. Then again every thing happening now in america is what the founding fathers wanted.

on a side note, yeah bush. Laura is a babe but no condoleeza.

Wed Dec 27, 10:35:00 AM 2006

Blogger CXKing said...

For someone with the nickname Tuffy, you sure sound like a pussy when it comes to war.

Wed Dec 27, 01:14:00 PM 2006

Blogger Tuffy said...

For someone with the nickname Tuffy, you sure sound like a pussy when it comes to war.

That's the most insightful you can be when referring to such a complex undertaking as war?

I think you owe the taxpayers of Red Wing a refund, Jake.

Wed Dec 27, 02:41:00 PM 2006

Blogger CXKing said...

Like it or not, the US is the only super-power left in the world and other countries look to us for help. Most liberal minded people (read: pussies) won't like this, but the US should choose a side in a conflict and obliterate the opposition. Death tolls in war rise, because we spend too much time fighting them. We're basically fighting with one arm behind our back, so we don't kill too many civilians. In the long run, a quick powerful strike would result in fewer casualties than a long drawn out tactical war.

On another note, other countries don't hate us as much at most of you might think. My friends in Italy have told me that they feel much safer now than when the US and the USSR were on the brink of war.

Is that better Tuffy?

ps-I just found out who you are. Do you still have my old Trek X0-1?

Wed Dec 27, 03:02:00 PM 2006

Blogger Tuffy said...

A little better, but still flawed.

You fail to define "superpower" or, subsequently, address the idea that China is a "silent superpower" both militarily and economically, among other ideas.

You also fail to recognize that the U.S.'s continued involvement in worldwide military skirmishes only serves to further undermine the unstable economic future of this country.

But, again, kudos on adding further thoughts.

PS: I still have the XO-1, and the derailleur hanger is still bent. It's been upgraded to full Ultegra with 105 cranks and wheels and is used as a winter/bad weather bike.

Wed Dec 27, 03:50:00 PM 2006

Blogger AdamB said...

What are the benefits of staying out of it?

I think the current problems of the US are the result of disengagement with the international community. Faith-based conflict is everyone's problem, and the US act multilaterally to pitch in and support Somalia's internationally recognized government against extremists.

I woulda thought you'd leave the isolationism to John Bolton and company.

As for the quick strike thing, I dont' know what that means. How does that work in the context of a guerilla war or a broad-based insurgency? Quick strike against whom, exactly?

War isn't what it used to be.

Wed Dec 27, 09:28:00 PM 2006


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