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Tuesday, January 9, 2007



Gradual: it's the magic word. President Bush's idea to "win" the war in Iraq is to add more troops... "gradually".

Either this guy is a freekin' idiot (I love it when the Brooklyn comes out) or he's a super, evil criminal genius.

Freekin' Idiot
I'm reminded of the old Marx Brothers' movie Duck Soup (1933). Groucho Marx (Rufus T. Firefly) is the leader of Freedonia, a fictitious European nation which goes to war with neighboring nation Sylvania, led by Ambassador Trentino (Louis Calhern). Although I hate to give away the end of this classic comedy, The Marx Brothers (including Chico and Harpo as spies Chicolini and Pinky, respectively) and Margret DuMont (Mrs. Gloria Teasdale, the well-bred woman in Firefly's life) are surrounded by Trentino and the Sylvanian troops in a small house. As World War I-type bombs blow up around them, soldier after soldier enters the house and are bopped on the head, one at a time. and are left as casualties of war. The end comes when Trentino enters the house and they get him stuck in the door and throw various items at him until, and even after he surrenders.

Every time I hear that Bush or Sen. John McCain (REPUBLICAN-AZ) or any of the other schmucks on the Red side of the aisle say they want to add a small "surge" of troops to fight in Iraq, I think of Duck Soup and its ridiculous end. And I think that someone in the Bush administration must have seen it too.

Adding small amounts of troops to an already tense situation will do nothing but add more targets to an already target-rich war zone. And adding them one at a time (or a couple of thousand at a time, spread out over a year or so) will only increase the US casualty and death rate, not the level of efficiency of the Iraqi army. In short, It isn't even a band-aid.

Super, Evil Criminal Genius
or, adding troops at a few at a time could be considered genius. After all, it will allow the "New Axis of Evil" (Bush, Cheney and the rest of their "base" of "haves and have more" war-profiteers) to keep on ripping off the American people while filling their own pockets with their blood money.

Spreading out the troop "surge" over a year or so will allow the Bushies to use their "stay the course" argument in an effort to convince the American people that we have to allow the increase time to work. So in two years, when we still have the same ol' same ol' status quo, with an additional thousand or so more dead American children (not to mention the tens of thousands more dead Iraqis), the Bushies will blame the Democrats and say "They did nothing."

See? It's super, evil criminal genius!

Whether you believe that Bush is the former (Freekin' Idiot), the latter (Super, Evil Criminal Genius) or any combination of the two, the means remain the same: more American boys and girls in Iraq; more deaths; and less Iraqi soldiers ready to take over and do the jobs they were hired to do.

And while the situation in Iraq gets worse, so does Afghanistan. Remember the Taliban? Well they're back and running things in much of the country they were thrown out of. The real villain of 911, Osama bin-laden is living in the mountains of our "ally" Pakistan and President Bush still doesn't worry about him too much.

"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority."
"I am truly not that concerned about him."
-Bush, March 13, 2002

I want to know just when do we take the training wheels off of this wobbly bicycle names Iraq, anyway?

-Noah Greenberg


I'm a Navy veteran with 12 years active service. Those of us in the military during the Vietnam war know, from tragic experience, that if President Bush's "surge" proceeds the war in Iraq will escalate into another Vietnam slaughter and panicked defeat. Our troops presently in Iraq can withdraw honorably right now, civilian contractors can remove or transfer all U.S. installations, and our government can turn Iraq entirely over to the Iraqis. Whatever may happen in the sectarian civil war, that's what most Iraqis want. 3,000 dead Americans and 255,000 dead Iraqis are quite enough of a bloodbath, not to mention the tragedy of countless physically maimed and 30% or more of U.S. troops emotionally traumatized, some of them forever--although this administration's policy of cutting veterans' benefits is not the way to deal with our wounded. Let's honor our surviving troops by re-funding VA hospitals, veterans' centers and educational programs. Most of all, the new Congress must ensure that the Executive Branch cannot, by endless lies and illegal "signing statements", bomb and invade remote countries that are no serious threat to us. May God grant our national legislators the wisdom and courage.

-Jenny Hanniver

Another NeoCon To Be Our Next Ambassador

To my absolute disgust, Bush nominated Zalmay Khalilzad to be the ambassador to the United Nations. Why am I so disgusted? Quite simply, Zalmay Khalilzad is a charter member of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC).

It's very clear to me that Dumbya is a neoconservative. Being too stupid to be a charter member of PNAC himself, he's turned his foreign policy over to the neoconservatives. It's why President Doofus is escalating the Iraq debacle. The NeoCons think the Iraq policy failed because the United States didn't use enough force!

It's also clear that the Bushies have utter disdain for diplomacy and the United Nations. Nothing ever changes with them.

-Robert Scardapane

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