Wednesday, September 27, 2006

In light of recent events I’ve been waiting to calm down so I could write some reasoned piece about them. The thing is I have not calmed down too much. While I’m not at the stark raving lunatic phase, I am far from calm.

So let me get to the cause for what has me so riled up. How can anyone support George Bush anymore? The man is a failure on every possible level as a president. He has not only started a war under false pretenses that has quite possibly made us less safe. He has hesitated when he should have leapt into action after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. He has ignored the Constitution. He has squandered the good will of the world. Bush’s constant assertion that we need to fight them over there so we don’t need to fight them here is lie. It has only bought us a temporary sanctuary from the jihadists. Also note that this safety from terror attacks did not protect Spain or Great Britain from attacks by terrorists.

When the National Intelligence Estimate was leaked and it was revealed that the United States’ own spy agencies think the war in Iraq has indeed made us less safe. It has not only increased the number of jihadists but also their geographic diversity. This could pose a dire threat to the world’s safety as these jihadists spread across the globe.

I have just read a piece by Jed Babbin where he plays the apologist. He asserts that since the terrorists perceive Iraq as critical that we must stay and defeat them there. He over looks the most important piece of information. We never should have invaded Iraq in the first place. Iraq was not a threat. It had no weapons of mass destruction. I t was far less of a threat than North Korea, Iran or Pakistan, who helped North Korea acquire their nuclear arsenal.

There is of course the right’s claim that this is merely the liberal media bias rearing its ugly head. Is this the same liberal media that gave Bush a free pass when he wanted war in Iraq? Is this the same liberal media that sat on its hands when it was revealed that Iraq in fact did not have weapons of mass destruction? The liberal media is merely a convenient bogeyman for the right to bring out to cover for its own ineptitude.

So we now not only have a war that that taken at least 45,000 lives and was fought for false reasons and has embolden our enemies and made the world more violent and less safe. We also have a brazenly incompetent president and administration that are so concerned with proving what they believe to be correct instead of searching for any real truth. We have a country full of people that support this president and his party in spite of what the facts have proven. People so concerned with their party that they are willing to ignore the well-being of the nation.

In a bit of serendipitous timing all this has come into the public spotlight during the Declaration of Peace week. If the recent information about incompetently fought war on terror is not enough to make you oppose this president and the war in Iraq then I do not know what is. I know there is a value to calm reasoned debate. But sometimes that reason needs a megaphone. I have called for Bush to resign before. I still want him to and to take his band of criminals with him. I’m not sure we can survive another two years with him and his administration leading us down the path they’ve paved with their good intentions.


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