Angelina Jolie has a brain

I am impressed!

Today's humanitarian crisis in Iraq — and the potential
consequences for our national security — are great. Can the United
States afford to gamble that 4 million or more poor and displaced
people, in the heart of Middle East, won't explode in violent
desperation, sending the whole region into further disorder?

What
we cannot afford, in my view, is to squander the progress that has been
made. In fact, we should step up our financial and material assistance.
UNHCR has appealed for $261 million this year to provide for refugees
and internally displaced persons. That is not a small amount of money
– but it is less than the U.S. spends each day to fight the war in
Iraq. I would like to call on each of the presidential candidates and
congressional leaders to announce a comprehensive refugee plan with a
specific timeline and budget as part of their Iraq strategy.

As
for the question of whether the surge is working, I can only state what
I witnessed: U.N. staff and those of non-governmental organizations
seem to feel they have the right set of circumstances to attempt to
scale up their programs. And when I asked the troops if they wanted to
go home as soon as possible, they said that they miss home but feel
invested in Iraq. They have lost many friends and want to be a part of
the humanitarian progress they now feel is possible.

It seems to
me that now is the moment to address the humanitarian side of this
situation. Without the right support, we could miss an opportunity to
do some of the good we always stated we intended to do.

May your common sense become infectious! 

Comments

  1. And so am I! This is good stuff. Go Angelina!

  2. SM: “I am impressed!”

    Count me in.

  3. Roman Kalik says:

    Pretty good thinking there.

  4. Wow. Could it be that someone from Hollyweird ACTUALLY has a brain?

  5. Motherhood agrees with Angelina, what a change for the better we’ve seen in her. She looks past liberal political ideology to see what is and what needs to be done. No doubt she’ll take a beating for her beliefs in the unreal land of Hollyweird. Danny Glover, Shaun Penn, Susan Sarandon and the rest of the fruitcakes and nut jobs had better beware!

  6. brooklynjon says:

    As I have said, mantra-like, in the past couple of years, reasonable people could have disagreed with the decision to go to war in the first place. But the movement to pull the troops out now is unprincipled and anti-humanitarian.

  7. God bless her for becoming involved in real world issues. She is an admirable figure who adopts children, donates to well-deserved causes and is willing to stand up for her opinions and those who are oppressed.

    It gives hope to those of us who see the Hollyweird world as out-of-touch non-humans.

    Peace,
    aisha

  8. CarpetCaptain says:

    The important question is did she show the tropps her tits? and if so do they have pictures? hahahaha

  9. anonymous says:

    Barbra Walters said that Anjelina Jolie was the most fascinating guest she has ever interviewed…and that woman has interviewed a ton of world leaders, celebrities etc.

    Aniston never stood a chance..hot and brainy…

  10. CarpetCaptain’s comment pretty much sums up why Angelina Jolie really isn’t the right person to be speaking on such a serious matter. People don’t take her seriously. They’re not interested in hearing her talk because they care what she has to say. She’s a fascinating creature indeed. Men and women alike are mesmerized by her. While she talks they are staring at her as if they’re listening but they are only looking at her various parts. Some will be looking and marveling at her eyes, some her lips, others her whole face, some her arms, her hands, her breasts, the clothes she’s wearing, her hair and so on. This is what matters to people. It matters more to them that any humanitarian crisis.