Well, well, well.
George the Decider signed a bill this morning officially removing Nelson Mandala from the US Terrorist Watch list.
You know, Nelson "The Jackal" Mandela.
Some days I just have to shake my head and wonder at the stupidity.
Seriously, how long has it been that we've demonized Cuba because we don't like the government there? How many regimes has the CIA toppled in order to spread freedom and democracy? How many wars have we fought for the same reason?
But South Africa's former racist, xenophobic, repressive, torturing, murdering Apartheid
government was so important to us that we declared the African National Congress a terrorist organization and Nelson Mandela a terrorist in order to appease them. How is that over the years we've supported "freedom fighters" everywhere from Afghanistan to the Congo to Nicaragua, but somehow in South Africa we sided with a bunch of racist assholes? How is it that it has taken us this long to pull our heads out of our asses and do something about it?
Seriously, folks, if an internationally revered Nobel Laureate was on our terrorist watch list up until yesterday, unable to legally visit the United States, unable to fly on an America aircraft, who the hell else is on it?
I was distracted this morning and somehow forgot to include the whole dammed point of posting this in the first place, which is:
We declared war on terrorism six years ago now, right? And we've been told repeatedly how this administration is diligently pursuing the evildoers, right? We've been told that our procedures have been upgraded, overhauled, imbued with a sense of mission and purpose, right? We've been repeatedly reassured by this President and members of Congress that despite the necessity of certain new acts and laws, American's rights are being protected, right? We've been assured repeatedly that those interred for terrorism are indeed terrorists, right?
And yet, and yet, Nelsen friggin' Mandela is still on our terrorist watch list.
Seriously, folks, if it was just plain old Abdul Smith, one of a hundred 'persons of interest' maybe I could see overlooking it. But, seriously here, Nelson Mandela? Just how up to date is that terrorist watch list anyway? Just exactly how thoroughly has the CIA, FBI, DIA, NSA, and every other three letter idiot governmental intelligence agency been in reviewing and updating that list? Six fucking years since they supposedly overhauled national intelligence and they just now figured this out?
You'd think that in a war on terrorism, the very first thing you'd do is make absolutely sure the target list is up to date - you know, especially if you'd screwed the pooch to the tune of starting a war because you'd misidentified the terrorist targets in the first goddammed place.
Yeah, forgive me if I think my government is being run by a bunch of incompetent boobs.