Friday, April 11, 2008
In March 2003 the United States invaded Iraq, a sovereign nation, justified by the purported "fact" that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and was conspiring with Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda to kill Americans. Not one shred of evidence was found to prove either claim. Since then, over 4000 troops have been killed, tens of thousands maimed or wounded, and $500 billion wasted. We don't even know how many innocent Iraqis have been killed or wounded. Last Summer, the United States sent an additional 30,000 soldiers--the infamous "troop surge"--with the goal of slowing the sectarian violence in and around Baghdad and Al Anbar Province, creating a secure environment that would lead to fundamental political change in the war-ravaged country. While the violence has indeed lessened, we now know, given the recent outbreak of Shite government and Shite militia bloodshed, that the slowdown was more due to the 6-month truce (which recently fell apart) negotiated with Moktada al Sadr, head of the Mahdi militia, than it is the troop surge. And as far as any political progress, fugeddaboudit. But the obvious facts on the ground still have not prevented President Bush from taking to the podium for yet another in a seemingly never-ending series of "Lies & Delusion" speeches.
"Fifteen months ago, Americans were worried about the prospect of failure in Iraq," The Decider told a small White House group Thursday, attempting to bolster support for the war. "Today, thanks to the surge, we’ve renewed and revived the prospect of success."
Bush has a very strange definition of success: failure. Accomplish nothing you set out to accomplish, and, voila, you have success!
Bush reiterated his commitment--and his endorsement of Gen. Petraeus's position--to keeping the troops in Iraq as long as it will take to complete the mission, whatever the hell that is. What's more, the Great Conflator continued his deceptive rhetoric about al Qaeda and Iran.
"Iraq is the convergence point for two of the greatest threats to America in this new century: Al Qaeda and Iran...If we fail there, Al Qaeda would claim a propaganda victory of colossal proportions, and they could gain safe havens in Iraq from which to attack the United States, our friends and our allies...Iran would work to fill the vacuum in Iraq, and our failure would embolden its radical leaders and fuel their ambitions to dominate the region."
Propaganda? Is he fucking kidding? This is absolutely infuriating. No one has been more guilty of perpetrating a relentless, reckless and shameless propaganda campaign than Bush and his partner in crime, Dr. Evil himself, VP Dick Cheney. No one has terrorized the American people more than the Busheviks. Al Qaeda? Is the media going to give this dangerous fool yet another free pass to morph the terrorist group who attacked us on 9-11 into the Shite militias responsible for almost all of the violence in Iraq?
And then came The Threat. The same type of irresponsible cowboy shit we've sadly come to know all too well from the worst president in history:
"If Iran makes the right choice, America will encourage a peaceful relationship between Iran and Iraq...Iran makes the wrong choice, America will act to protect our interests and our troops and our Iraqi partners."
Gee, where have we heard this smoke and mirrors act before? What makes Bush so supremely arrogant is his utter disregard for history, and the fact that he's been 1000% wrong on every single aspect of his Iraq policy before, during and after the invasion. That he believes he can come before the cameras yet again and regurgitate another crock of shit, this time about Iran, spewing the exact same incendiary rhetoric as we heard about Iraq in '02 and '03, is a colossal insult to the intelligence of every single American.
So what are we gonna do about it this time? That some Democrats say they will vote for Sen. John McCain, the GOP's presumptive nominee, is monumentally distressing. The only thing McBush is gonna do is perpetuate this disastrous, meaningless, military debacle that has no clear objective and no end in sight. And if we elect this dangerous, out-of-touch war-monger, then we deserve everything we get.
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