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Peace Corps Part of Edwards Terror Plan

by @ 5:20 pm on June 11, 2007. Filed under John Edwards, Political wind, War on Terror

American's military is already building bonds of peace in war-torn Afghanistan where the Taliban once ruled supreme

Updated and Bumped to the top June 11, 2007

On Thursday, John Edwards rolled out his strategy for dealing with terrorism, which he refuses to call a “war on terror,” a phrase he has called a “bumper sticker” without meaning. He plans to implement “new training for military leadership” and create a senior stabilization position within the Joint Staff of the DOD. His web site says he will also establish a “Marshall Corps” of 10,000 professionals, modeled after the military reserves, who will be sent to “weak and failing states” which he says are “hotbeds for terrorism.” These Peace Corps-like folks will work on stabilization and humanitarian missions aimed at winning the hearts and minds of young Muslims who are sitting on the fence in the jihad against America.

The New York Sun reports:

The president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, Clifford May, said he was “skeptical” of Mr. Edwards’s proposal. “Humanitarian aid is a good thing. I approve of that. But it doesn’t really have much to do with the causes of terrorism,” Mr. May said. “Mohamed Atta, the lead terrorist on 9/11, was based in Germany, was well-educated. The causes of terrorism are several, but poverty is not one of them.”

Mr. Edwards has called for withdrawing troops from Iraq and has called on Congress to cut off funding for the war. Unlike Senator Clinton, who disputed his comments that America is less safe today than it was before the so-called war on terror began, Mr. Edwards is tacking to the left. While Mrs. Clinton is seeking to create the impression that the Democrats generally hold the same position on the war, Mr. Edwards is attempting to do the opposite.

“It doesn’t help that the Republican presidential candidates seem intent on trying to one-up each other, each of them trying to be a bigger, badder George Bush,” he added. “I think they want to be George Bush on steroids.”

First, I wonder which weak and failing states Mr. Edwards is talking about. Is it Saudi Arabia, where 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were from and where the vast majority of foreign-born jihadis captured on the battlefield in Afghanistan come from? Is it oil-rich Kuwait, where 9/11 “mastermind” and American educated and college-graduate Khalid Sheikh Mohammad was born? 65% of Kuwait’s wealthy citizens are under 25 and al Qaeda has a strong presence there.

Is it Afghanistan, where American and coalition troops and civilian contractors have spent the last six years constructing infrastructure, schools, and hospitals and where Afghan villagers, fed up with insurgents and suicide bombers killing members of their community are now disarming them, kicking them out, and working with Coalition and Afghan troops? What could the Marshall Corps do that isn’t already being done? Does Mr. Edwards think the Joint Staff at the Pentagon has managed Operation Enduring Freedom and accomplished these things on an ad hoc basis?

What about Iraq? Mr. Edwards wants to pull our troops out of there, leaving a power vacuum which al Qaeda’s Ayman Zawahiri and his boss, Osama Bin Laden are eager to fill. Can you imagine Edwards’ Marshall Corps of idealistic grad students and professors-on-sabbatical showing up in the abandoned Green Zone with construction blueprints and copies of Khalil Gibran hoping to win over terrified fence-sitters hiding from death squads?

How about Somalia, where the U.S. delivered 48,000 tons of food and medical supplies to the starving population in a massive multi-national humanitarian mission called “Operation Restore Hope,” only to see 17 servicemen slaughtered by al Qaeda-backed warlords known as the “Blackhawk Down” battle? After the military was pulled out of Somalia by President Clinton, Al Qaeda was free to establish a firm presence. I guess that’s just a bumper sticker there, too. Mr. Edwards, would you seriously ask your Marshall Corps to enter that hostile territory armed with nothing more than good wishes and a handful of “micro-dollars?”

How about Pakistan? Definitely has some extremely poor regions. Let’s parachute in the Marshall Corps to beguile the tribal warriors from killing each other and al Qaeda from destabilizing the fragile government of Pervez Musharaff. Who knew that it was poverty and hopelessness, and not Saudi-funded Wahhabi brainwashing, that infects Pakistan’s Muslim population with anti-American hatred?

But let is not forget that the Islamists are embedding right here, in America — the Lackawana Six in New York, the Lodi, CA conspirators, the Brooklyn Bridge/Landmark conspirators, the Fort Dix massacre plotters, the JFK bombing conspirators. Does Senator Edwards think that it is poverty and hopelessness here in America that moved these folks to plot the murder of innocent people?

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[Editor -- The picture above and those that follow provide examples of our troops already building bonds of peace in war-torn Afghanistan and President George W. Bush is the meany who sent them there. John Edwards' first stabilization director would likely be Congressman Dennis Kucinich who, in the 2004 Presidential campaign, suggested a similar position to head his Department of Peace.

The New York Sun also reported John Edwards "would double the budget for military recruiting in order to reduce waivers for recruits with felonies. According to the Edwards campaign, those waivers have skyrocketed under Mr. Bush." Yes, it was reported that ten percent of the Army's enlistees last year were granted 'moral character' waivers yet the New York Times made light of the fact that 90% of those were for misdemeanors and they could not site an enlistee with a serious felony (murder, rape, drug smuggling, etc). While a good number of Democrats push to restore voting rights to serious felons, John Edwards would deny young people who committed comparatively minor crimes a chance at redemption via honorable military service. Debra Burlingame adds the Times and Edwards smear our troops while glossing over crime like vehicular homicide and child rape committed by illegal aliens living "in the shadows"]

American's military is already building bonds of peace in war-torn Afghanistan where the Taliban once ruled supreme

American's military is already building bonds of peace in war-torn Afghanistan where the Taliban once ruled supreme

American's military is already building bonds of peace in war-torn Afghanistan where the Taliban once ruled supreme

American's military is already building bonds of peace in war-torn Afghanistan where the Taliban once ruled supreme

American's military is already building bonds of peace in war-torn Afghanistan where the Taliban once ruled supreme

American's military is already building bonds of peace in war-torn Afghanistan where the Taliban once ruled supreme

American's military is already building bonds of peace in war-torn Afghanistan where the Taliban once ruled supreme

American's military is already building bonds of peace in war-torn Afghanistan where the Taliban once ruled supreme

American's military is already building bonds of peace in war-torn Afghanistan where the Taliban once ruled supreme

10 Responses to “Peace Corps Part of Edwards Terror Plan”

  1. [...] [Editor The picture above and those that follow provide examples of our troops already building bonds of peace in war-torn Afghanistan and President George W. Bush is the meany who sent them there. John Edwards first stabilization … …Read More [...]

  2. Potentate Turtle says:

    It is quite obvious that Mr. Edwards has lost ALL his marbles and touch with reality. Did live people actually vote for him in any election?

  3. ProudGulfWarVet65 says:

    “Rice, however, has pushed PCVs into countries that have had military coups and forced them to stay in country with an agreement that no longer eixsts like Fiji…Rice has used them as a tool and it is bad for the country and the PCVs.”

    I will assume that this refers to our SECRETARY OF STATE. It’s also a pretty bold assertion of fact without any citation of evidence…does the Peace Corps even fall under the purview of the DOS?

  4. Don from Lake Ronkonkoma says:

    The John Edwards plan to establish a “Marshall Corps” of 10,000 professionals leaves me asking will there be a draft for these 10,000 professionals? I venture to say the ‘Breck Girl’ may need to do so if he expects these ‘professionals’ to enter a war zone without the guns and ammo.

    I believe President Clinton during his presidency tried this with his remake of the armed services, turning it into a meals-on-wheels establishment. Our armed services were severely weakened when we needed them most.

  5. Hammer says:

    We already have a “Peace” Corps it is called the US military. They keep the peace by eliminating the peace breakers. Nuff said!

  6. John Edwards: Feed the Terrorist, They’ll go Away

    John Edwards shared his new strategy for dealing with terrorism. It is not to fight the terrorist… but to feed them and loan them money.

    We should feed them so they will feel better and stronger and give them money to buy newer, better quality weapon

  7. Jebster says:

    The Breck Girl wouldn’t understand real peace if it came up and bit him on his nasty fat butt…

    He has no idea how to maintain peace.

  8. DIT says:

    Edward’s plan looks like the democrats plans that have been legislation over the past couple of years. Department of Peace, etc. The goal is to provide an alternative to military service for ‘the poor’ and mandating federal government service. They plan on a draft with alternatives, although the pay and benefits will be different.

    Peace Corps is not geared toward going into hostile and dangerous countries. it is based on a memorandum of understanding and takes a long time. Rice, however, has pushed PCVs into countries that have had military coups and forced them to stay in country with an agreement that no longer eixsts like Fiji. The PCVs are then ‘part of the coup and pawns for all sides.’ It is also dangerous and the PCV is classified beyond their original classification. Rice has used them as a tool and it is bad for the country and the PCVs. Peace Corps is in the middle and an alternative is needed. PC was not designed for this type of work.

    RPCVs(Returned Peace Corps Volunteers) are active in countries like Afghanistan, but their work has been more negative than good. For example, Sarah Chayes in Afghanistan. She has renounced Karzai and the US after USAID money was cut off. She worked closely with the Taliban and paid them. Wilson(http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07161/792997-57.stm) is now there too. They operate without an organization like Mercy Corps once the USAID money is gone and appear to working more intlligence oriented than anything. They live in a NATO war zone and cost them lives.

    The new Peace Corps should follow an intellignce ban like Peace Corps, this is how trust is gained. Unfortunately, it is a five year ban and not a life ban, but gaining trust is important and the new Peace Corps should have an intelligence ban.

    Micro dollars are what is needed rather than cash payments. These programs usually work very well. It takes time, but builds alot in country. Peace Corps can’t go into countries like Afghanistan and Iraq because it is too dangerous. An alternative would be nice, but it’s politics, jobs, beurocracy, dem federal jobs, and an alternative to the draft that is planned. The pay would not be equal and they would end up building more of an intelligence oriented organization and leaving like Chayes, using the previous USAID money to work in country and creating situations that demand more USAID money. ‘Work with me or there are problems.’ Weak and failing states are used by these type of people to get USIAD funds. An organization would solve alot of the problems.

    USAID and the military seem to be the best alternatives in dangerous areas Peace Corps cannot go and this may be the answer.

  9. Johnny Ali Bubba:

    Your theme song will be Come Together (Beatles)

    I can see it all now but with some questions:

    1) What color will the Burkas be for the female Peace Corp Cadets providing that they’ll be allowed in country)?

    2) The young American men who may not be able to grow a full beard, will they be given growth hormones to fill the ranks?

    3) This coalition that you forsee in your administration — trial lawyers and the young brainwashed innocents — whose side are you going to be on? The oil rich, deep pocketed, sponsors of terrorism and murder or the “innocent” American Cadets of Your Peace Corp who came in and “offended” them?

    I thank God every day that the jury is still out on you and hopefully will not buy into your vile bile this time around.

  10. Donfrommanassas says:

    I guess Edwards never read the warning on his hair spray can. “Warning over use or inhaling fumes can cause a serious form a brain damage known as Liberalism”.

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