Ne-con columnist Cal Thomas, who backed Bush’s wars to the hilt, says that “victory” can be achieved “… if the U.S. prevails in Afghanistan by establishing a sustainable democratic government that is relatively free of corruption (a herculean task) and can be converted from an opium-based economy to one that can take advantage of its enormous mineral resources.

“To win in Afghanistan, and make such things possible, our ‘rules of engagement’ must change. American casualties have increased because of self-imposed restraints when encountering Taliban who hide behind civilians. You can’t win a war by hesitating when the enemy is at a disadvantage. To paraphrase a familiar admonition: Grab them by their throats and their hearts and minds will follow.”

So with Cal’s Christian blessing, more violent and corrupt nation-building will never quite erase Afghanistan’s culture of corruption — which means that the occupation will last forever . Brazenly killing more civilians will not bring peace, but unfathomable horror, which the Moslem victims will now recognize (on Cal’s authority) as a Christian tactic. Expropriating Afghanistan’s natural resources through billion-dollar deals with corruptos like Karzai is theft, but apparently OK because the empire’s Mother Country will profit. God Bless the USA!!!

Callous Cal’s version of the Gospel reads like it was written in Big Brother’s Ministry of Truth.