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September 13, 2007
"Extends Beyond My Presidency,"
They are the only words I heard from President Bush's speech to the American people on Thursday. Now we know that the only idea that the Bush administration has about Iraq is to be there indefinitely. And President Bush wants the next administration to follow his lead.
Strike that - he is ordering the next Commander in Chief to "Stay the Course", no matter how foolish, or how many live that course will cost.
President Bush made no bones about it - he is still linking terrorists in Iraq to terrorism in the United States. I guess he'll just never let up on a good lie no matter what the truth says.
Just so we're on the same page here - Iraq didn't attack us on 911, 19 members of al-Qaeda did. Al Qaeda wasn't in Iraq until after we invaded that nation. The people of Iraq's problem was, in fact, their tyrannical leader, Saddam Hussein. But our efforts there made things worse, not better. When we had the chance to truly win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people, we chose, instead, to allow chaos to enter the nation. Iran is more of a power in the region than they were before, as is Syria. Both, according to the Bush administration, are supporters of terror, and supporters of those who wish chaos to continue in Iraq and we allowed them a free gate and an open door into that nation.
And it is the fault of the Bush administration - no other.
"The principle guiding my decisions on troop levels in Iraq is: return on success. "The more successful we are, the more American troops can return home," is what President Bush said, but what constitutes "success?" After all, it was President Bush himself who stood on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln in front of the now infamous "Mission Accomplished" banner. What happened?
More than any other politician that I remember in recent history, this president relies on the catch-phrase and the willingness of a friendly media and an easily fooled public to get his points across, whether they be factual or not; and whether they make sense or they don't. What in the world does "return on success" mean anyway? how would one measure it? And when the next president takes the oath of office on January 20, 2009, just how will he define it? After all, that mess left by the old tenants of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will be the responsibility of the new tenant.
And what about a plan for success anyway? Senator Jack Reed, the Democrat from Rhode Island asked in his response to the president that very question when he said, "once again, the president failed to provide either a plan to successfully end the war or a convincing rationale to continue it."
Every commander on the ground in Iraq has said the same thing: That Iraq needs to succeed politically and that military might will never win over there. But the President doesn't have any goals set for our troops in Iraq. There is no defined mission other than having our troops act as the police force in Iraq. And in a place like this, they have become nothing more than moving targets.
"The way forward I have described tonight makes it possible, for the first time in years, for people who have been on opposite sides of this difficult debate to come together,"
But the truth is that the President didn't describe a "way forward". By telling the American people, and his eventual successor, that this war will "extend beyond my presidency", he's only stating that he has no plan. "Plans" have a beginning; "Plans" have a means; and "Plans" have an end to those means. The president described none of those.
The president stated that "we're ready to begin building that relationship, one between us and the government of Iraq." He said that the Iraqi government is now "ready". And just what were they doing before? Why did they go on a one month vacation while our troops, and the extra 40,000 "surge" troops, remained on the firing line without the benefit of a national government to support them? And why did the Bush administration allow them to do so? The only excuse I heard from the Right side of the aisle is that "it gets hot in Baghdad" during August.
"Whatever political party you belong to, whatever your position on Iraq, we should be able to agree that America has a vital interest in preventing chaos and providing hope in the Middle East,"
And everything that this administration has done so far has created that chaos which President Bush is afraid of. Whatever the future holds in Iraq has already been pre-determined by the idiotic policies (or non-policies) of the Bush administration. Just what would make anyone think that the administration who screwed it up can now fix it?
In response to the 9-1-1 call, Amy Sasser writes:
It was probably out sourced the 911 to India or china...
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