“To oppose everything while proposing nothing is irresponsible,” Bush said…. Bush said lawmakers “have a right to express their views, and express them forcefully. But those who refuse to give this plan a chance to work have an obligation to offer an alternative that has a better chance for success.”
After listening to Our Glorious and Benevolent Leader’s © speech this past Wednesday, I was angry. After all, he had just metaphorically taken a massive dump on the report from the Iraq Study Group. He had ignored virtually all of the sage counsel of his commanders in the field. He decided to do what ever it takes to preserve and defend his legacy. Now he’s calling those of us, roughly 70% of Americans, who disagree with his murderous and mindless decision to escalate the war in Iraq, “irresponsible”. Now I’m furious at the dismissive arrogance with which Our Glorious and Benevolent Leader © seems to regard 70% of his constituents. (How could 54+ million of American have been so STUPID??)
The problem here is merely one of perception. Our Glorious and Benevolent Leader © simply refuses to recognize anything substantially different from his “plan” as an alternative. It’s merely more pessimistic, defeatist whining by Defeatocrats who don’t have the stomach to prosecute the War on Terror © . The problem with this line of thinking is that the war in Iraq has NOTHING to do with the War on Terror © . American policy in Iraq is responsible for creating the insurgency responsible for the murder of so many of our sons and daughters. Our Glorious and Benevolent Leader © has even admitted that Iraq had nothing to do with 9.11 and therefore the War on Terror © . Nonetheless, when we hear Tony Snow and other Administration apologists/talking heads discussing the war in Iraq, it’s still couched in the language of 9.11. Right; in the words of Our Glorious and Benevolent Leader © his own self, “sometimes you kinda hafta to propel the propaganda….”
The sad reality is that American policy has so thoroughly bollixed up affairs in Iraq that it seems quite likely that no amount of American troops will be able to quell the violence in Baghdad. The seeds for this clusterf—k were sown in the days after the fall of the regime, when the Pentagon and the arrogant neoCon hawks who rule the roost ignored the counsel and advice commanders on the ground. Paul Bremer’s de-Baathification order accomplished little but the creation of an instant insurgency of angry, frustrated ex-Iraqi military personnel harboring deep and immeasurable hatred towards the American occupiers. While many laud Bremer’s leadership and vision, the reality is that he is almost single-handedly responsible for creating the insurgency our sons and daughters are now fighting. When it comes to arrogance and incompetence, you’d be hard-pressed to top Paul Bremer. I wonder how it feels to have to go to sleep every night knowing that you have blood on your hands?
Regardless of the scorn heaped by Our Glorious and Benevolent Leader © on the 70% of Americans who think he’s full of s—t, bringing our sons and daughters home IS an alternative. IF the Pentagon’s civilian leadership had listened to commanders on the ground in the weeks and months after the fall of Baghdad, we likely would not be where we are today. The reality, though, is that we are where we, and neither 20,000 nor 200,000 troops will change the situation for the better.
It’s time to bring our sons and daughters home…AND THEN CAN WE IMPEACH THE LYING, MURDERING BASTARD IN THE WHITE HOUSE??