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Thursday, September 09, 2004

The miserable failure continues

In light of recent news from Iraq claiming that the war is nowhere near over, I wonder exactly how gullibile both George W. Bush and the media think we are.

Let's start with Bush's declaration of victory back in May of last year:
"Operation Iraqi Freedom was carried out with a combination of precision and speed and boldness the enemy did not expect and the world had not seen before."
I think we have seen something swifter and bolder before. Think Kosovo.

Our seemingly inept commander-in-chief continues by comparing the conflict in Iraq to WWII:
"In defeating Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, Allied forces destroyed entire cities, while enemy leaders who started the conflict were safe until the final days. Military power was used to end a regime by breaking a nation.

Today we have the greater power to free a nation by breaking a dangerous and aggressive regime."
This is perhaps one of the most brazen attempts to mislead the public I've seen from Bush. The situation in Iraq is nowhere near a world war. WWII was going on long before the U.S. intervened. Most people thought that it wasn't our war to be fought. The only reason America joined the Allied forces was because Hitler had conquered the better part of Europe. What did Saddam do this time? He didn't invade any countries or directly threaten U.S. citizens. Better yet, what did the Iraqis do to deserve this? If Bush were truly fighting to free Iraqi citizens, this kind of casualty would be unacceptable. Iraq is not truly free. Citizens still live in fear, a more dangerous kind of fear -- a fear of other Iraqis. Unless the interim government can protect its citizens' most basic right, the right to live, it is not a sovreign government and should not be treated as such. Which begs the question, wouldn't the U.S. be opposed to a country that acted against our will to "free" us from Bush by bombing the U.S., killing Americans, and turning anarchy loose in the United States? Hurrican Ivan provides us with a preview.

How about the miscalculation? The problem with the 1,000 deaths is not by any means the magnitude, as we have seen worse. The problem is that they've died for a mistake. Operation Iraqi Freedom, if not a miserable failure, is at best incomplete.

In other misleading news, VP Dick Cheney asserts that a vote for Kerry is a vote for terrorism:
"If we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again -- that we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States...

And then we'll fall back into the pre-9/11 mindset, if you will, that in fact these terrorist attacks are just criminal acts and that we're not really at war. I think that would be a terrible mistake for us."


Another open use of scare tactics finds its way to the news. The 9/11 attacks were criminal acts. We can't be at war. The enemy -- "terrorism" and random unamed "terrorists" -- is conceptual. Homeland security is about just that: security. Security is about DEFENSE, not attack. CONFIDENCE, not fear.

I can't fathom how Zell Miller can entrust the safety of his grandchildren with four more years of George W. Bush. To quote Miller:
"Listing all the weapon systems that Senator Kerry tried his best to shut down sounds like an auctioneer selling off our national security but Americans need to know the facts.

The B-1 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, dropped 40% of the bombs in the first six months of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The B-2 bomber, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered air strikes against the Taliban in Afghanistan and Hussein's command post in Iraq.

The F-14A Tomcats, that Senator Kerry opposed, shot down Khadifi's Libyan MIGs over the Gulf of Sidra. The modernized F-14D, that Senator Kerry opposed, delivered missile strikes against Tora Bora.

The Apache helicopter, that Senator Kerry opposed, took out those Republican Guard tanks in Kuwait in the Gulf War. The F-15 Eagles, that Senator Kerry opposed, flew cover over our Nation's Capital and this very city after 9/11.

I could go on and on and on: Against the Patriot Missile that shot down Saddam Hussein's scud missiles over Israel, Against the Aegis air-defense cruiser, Against the Strategic Defense Initiative, Against the Trident missile, against, against, against.

This is the man who wants to be the Commander in Chief of our U.S. Armed Forces?

U.S. forces armed with what? Spitballs?"
What about OUR borders? Here's some poetic justice: The U.S.-Mexico border is defended with pepper balls. We might as well put Osama bin Laden on the phone and invite him to attack Texas. Maybe that will get W.'s attention. Bush and co. have been so consumed by Iraq that they've ignored their very own constituents. What a great homeland security policy.

Who votes for a politician who ignores the people who elected him? I sure don't.