December 27, 2010 | 7:26am
Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher--the politician who guaranteed actor/muscleman Arnold Schwarzenegger knew how to solve California's problems if elected governor--now thinks he knows how to get the terrorists in Afghanistan to put down their weapons, tear up their plans to attack western cities and hug Americans with brotherly love.
Grab your wallet.
The Orange County congressman's plan involves you spending additional millions, if not billions, of dollars.
Yes, Rohrabacher now says that "peace" can be "bought" if the U.S. builds a clean water infrastructure for Afghanistan residents.
"If we can show our goodwill to many of those [Afghanistan] villages by providing them with a, with clean water, which is a relatively cheap gift as compared to the other things that we're trying to provide," Rohrabacher said during a congressional hearing this month. "I think that we can buy the goodwill, which there's nothing wrong with buying goodwill of people, and then maybe that would help us bring peace to that troubled land."
Or, maybe, the idea would provide clean drinking water to anti-American terrorists.
None of this is a surprise. In the mid-1990s, Rohrabacher made one of the most boneheaded moves in American foreign policy history: He vocally backed what he believed were the good intentions of the Taliban. At that very time, the group was working with Osama bin Laden as he plotted the 9-11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C.
Rohrabacher, who chickened out of Vietnam War military service but routinely hails himself nowadays in speeches as a "patriot," is an idea man. He thought George W. Bush was brilliant for launching the war in Afghanistan. Indeed, he said the move would quickly result in freedom and democracy there. But with Barack Obama serving as commander in chief he's flip-flopped. The war was doomed to fail from the outset, he now says.
The water spending plan isn't Rohrabacher's first peace plan. In 2009, He argued that paying "about $1 billion" in bribes to anti-American warlords in Afghanistan would also end hostilities. [Go HERE
, if you doubt me.] The CIA has paid untold sums in bribes. According to the Washington Post
, they've even given them Viagra
. The result? Horny, rich warlords who crave even more U.S. funding--and a seemingly endless war.
--R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly