Beck tells the story of receiving a text message last night at the Broadway show Spiderman asking him if he wanted to meet Bono. Of course he did and today he spends a few minutes torturing Stu with some of the details:
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I’m sure Bono is a great person, and his heart is in the right place, but he is wrong. He seems to think that if only we could throw enough money at Africa we can bring them out of poverty. It doesn’t work that way.
It seems that he like so many others refuse to acknowledge that it’s the corrupt governments or complete lack of an actual government in many African countries which have caused the problems therefore money and food being thrown at those countries will only go to those governments in many cases.
That’s why every time I hear somebody saying that our so-called “War on Terror” is still being fought in order to “bring freedom” or “bring democracy” to those people…I wanna call them out on their BS because Africa is every bit as oppressed if not even more so and we don’t go there.
For me whatever republic, (not democracy) we bring to these countries is a positive side effect. The reason we go into Iraq and not the Sudan is that you wont’ see the Sudanese militia on American streets looking for their next target.
I understand that there’s a Islamic jihadist problem, but where have their been specifically Iraqi militia roaming American streets?
I believe the reason has changed multiple times if I remember correctly during the invasion as to exactly why we went into Iraq instead of keeping our efforts concentrated in Afghanistan.
Yes the mission did change, but the reason we went in there was WMD. Yes we were most likely deceived. Not by Bush, but by Saddam. After that mission went dud, it became, “Well not that we are here what good can we do?” And yes had Saddam had WMD as we believed it would have been a real problem for national security. He has demonstrated he is willing to use these before on his own citizens no less. You also see many Muslim extremists in Iraq that actually do want to go to America to attack us.
That’s a big difference between those who want to come to America to harm us and “roaming American streets” which were your words in the original post. I’ll take it as misspeak though, so no biggie.
I don’t believe Bush was smart enough in these matters to deceive us, but I do however believe that the military-industrial complex was the true culprit in invading that country and keeping troops there for entirely too long.
Bush has more brains in his pinky than you have in your whole person
Because it is all about oil-Africa doesn’t offer the US much so there is no rush to help them. It is sad but true.
False. Afghanistan has no oil. Israel has no oil. The only country that has oil that we have fooled around with is Iraq and we haven’t stolen a drop of it.
15 of the 9-11 suicide hijackers were Saudi Arabia citizens….how come we haven’t held SA accountable?
Because there is no one left in Saudi Arabia to prosecute. They all died on the planes. The leaders were in Afghanistan.
BTW Tyler, I cant reply to you under your comment. For some reason a giant Disques banner appears where there should be a text box so I hope you can see this. Yes the mission did change, but the reason we went in there was WMD. Yes we were most likely deceived. Not by Bush, but by Saddam. After that mission went dud, it became, “Well not that we are here what good can we do?” And yes had Saddam had WMD as we believed it would have been a real problem for national security. He has demonstrated he is willing to use these before on his own citizens no less. You also see many Muslim extremists in Iraq that actually do want to go to America to attack us.
I gotta disagree with you, Mr. Tyler about the “. . . complete lack of an actual government. . .” part of your comment.
Since the collapse of Somalia’s state (aka government) the standard of living has gone up by 15 out of 18 factors used to judge. Of the remaining 3, GDP was listed as a “?” because of the nature of the preceding state and you can’t calculate DSP in a stateless region.
Life isn’t great there and it’s very Islamic, but since the death of the state, life in somalia has gotten better. That is despite all the “foreign aid” going to the multiple militias masquerading as governments, which use that money to fund more fighting.
For second I thought Glen was meeting Robin Williams
Bono is the one rock star who doesn’t just sit around talking about the world’s problems. He at least rolls up his sleeves and tries to do something about them. I think he has to be given credit for that.
If I had gotten the text- even tho I don’t—I would have said NO. Not the way he treated President Bush. Glenn you just lost points with me.
Hey Beck ~your dangerous cause your honest~