As part of his very well-thought out and highly-received Presidential campaign, Rudy Giuliani hired Norman Podhoretz as his foreign policy advisor. Podhoretz is is on record as saying, "I pray that we bomb Iran." Considering that Podhoretz prays to the vengeful, Old Testament God and not that hippie, New Testament peacenik, Jesus, that is one prayer that has a chance of being answered.
You know, people always complain that politicians are either too vague on the campaign trail or make promises that they end up not keeping once in office. Personally, I think it's a refreshing change of pace to know that if Guiliani is elected President, we most definitely will bomb Iran.
Recently, Podhoretz opined in an interview that, "By any reasonable historical standard," Iraq and Afghanistan have been an enormous success for the U.S. "If you look at what has happened in three or four years in Afghanistan or Iraq, " he says, "it's not perfect, it's not over, but enormous strides have been made, again, certainly by comparison with the time it took to win victories in prior wars."
At first, I was confused. The Civil War took four years, as did World War II. We're about to start our fifth year in Iraq and we'll certainly be there for a sixth. And then it hit me. According to recent estimates, 151,000 Iraqis have died since the US invasion, and that's more than in the last 10 years of Saddam's rule.
In Afghanistan, the Taliban is back in power and opium production is at an all-time high. Plus, we've spent more money on these two invasions than we have in any other war.
Podhoretz is right! These are two runaway successes!
A guy who thinks 9/11 happened yesterday being advised by a man who prays people die. Just the team America needs to lead us into the 13th century!