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Today's Note From a Madman

January 27, 2008


Take Them At Their Word
(Especially when it comes to us staying in Iraq)

“Now I’m really popping off, but he worked like a dog to get Bush re-elected… He’s backed Bush in everything except Rumsfeld,"
-Roberta McCain, the 95-year-old mother of 71-year-old Senator John McCain

I would have to agree with the elder Mrs. McCain (the younger Mrs. McCain being the Arizona Senator's 2nd wife, Cindy). Her son, "Johnny", has been in George W. Bush's corner on everything since his beat-down in the 2000 South Carolina primary. Some of you might remember that primary when, after the two front-runners, McCain and Bush, made a promise not to use dirty tactics, the latter's messengers sent out mail and made phone calls educating the Palmetto State's Republican Party primary voters about McCain. They told the would-be voters that McCain's wife was a boozer; they told them that McCain and wife Cindy's Bangladeshi adopted daughter was actually a child that the Senator had with a black prostitute. They even convinced many of South Carolina's GOP faithful that, while in a Viet Nam POW camp (a.k.a. The Hanoi Hilton), McCain was brainwashed as a latter-day Manchurian Candidate.

And yet, John McCain still supported everything which President Bush set forth. McCain even supported Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, saying he was "deserving of our respect" until even the most ardent of Bush supporters, realizing that "Rummy" might just be the straw that breaks the 2006 election camel's back, had given up on him. He finally said that Rumsfeld was the "worst" Secretary of Defense we've had.

But McCain isn't alone in his on the GOP side of the aisle when it comes to backing President Bush. Although the war in Iraq is now issue number two in America's list of problems (behind the economy - another Bush screw-up and another issue supported by the band of GOP contenders, excluding Ron Paul), the cast of OP hopefuls, also known as the "Stay the Course Boys", still contends that everything's going according to plan... now.

TIM RUSSERT: The Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll today, the highest percentage ever of Americans -- six in 10 -- said that the removal of Saddam Hussein from power was not worth the price we have paid in blood and treasure.
MCCAIN: The war in Iraq is justified because of the threat of Saddam Hussein.
RUSSERT: But Senator, my question is, was the -- was the war a good idea, worth the price in blood and treasure?
MCCAIN: It was a good idea. It was not worth the failures that happened, but it is worth it at the end of the day because we will have peace and success in the Middle East, and our men and women will return, and return with honor, and they won't have to go back and fight al Qaeda there.
RUSSERT: (After Rudy Giuliani complained about Hillary Clinton) What does Rudy Giuliani think?
GIULIANI: I was for it when six out of 10 were for it; I'm for it when six out of 10 are against it.

And then it was Ron Paul's turn:

REP. PAUL: It was a very bad idea, and it wasn't worth it. (Cheers, applause.) The al Qaeda wasn't there then; they're there now. There were no weapons of mass destruction. Had nothing to do with 9/11.

Note the "Cheers, applause" in the middle of Paul's statement. Paul had the best moment of the debate. Now it isn't any surprise that Rep. Paul, a staunch opponent of the war in Iraq, opposed, and still opposes the war. What is a surprise, however, was the silence in the all-Republican Florida audience when the other candidates praised President Bush's (and the GOP's) war which has cost nearly 4,000 American lives and hundreds of billions of American dollars, so far. The ovation which Paul heard upon his answer was telling.

And then we continued with the rest of the chorus.

MR. HUCKABEE: Now, everybody can look back and say, oh, well, we didn't find the weapons. It doesn't mean they weren't there. Just because you didn't find every Easter egg didn't mean that it wasn't planted.
My point is that when the president acted, this country was united in believing it was a necessary thing to do. It's easy to second-guess a president. Whoever of us is elected, we'll be second- guessed, too. But I hope we have the courage and the resolve, once we commit to something, to make sure that we don't back away just because the polls say we should.
MADMAN: Hey, you big Arkansas Easter bunny... They didn't find the weapons of mass destruction because they weren't there, not because there weren't any. Everyone who's paying attention knows that President Bush and his band of NeoCons lied (some 935 times) about things such as WMD's and the link between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and al-Qaeda. And every one of those people also know that the Bushies made a program of misinformation to mislead the American public and its legislators to go to war with Iraq. And anyone who dismisses the fact - yes, fact - that the Bushies lied and formed the evidence around their pre-determined conclusions should automatically be removed from any and all voters' minds as an option come this November.

MR. ROMNEY: It was the right decision to go into Iraq. I supported it at the time; I support it now.
It was not well managed in the -- after the takedown of Saddam Hussein and his military. That was done brilliantly, an extraordinary success. But in the years that followed, it was not well -- we were under-managed, under-prepared, under-planned, understaffed, and then we come into the phase that we have now. The plan that President Bush and General Petraeus put together is working. It's changing lives there.
MADMAN: Romney is another on with the Bush's rose-colored glasses on. The "extraordinary success" which Romney sees is the same "extraordinary success" which prompted President Bush to take don a flight suit, lie about landing a jet on the USS Abraham Lincoln, and state beneath a sign that read "Mission Accomplished" the mission in Iraq was, indeed, accomplished.
And the "change" which Romney gives President Bush and General Petreaus so much credit for still sees dozens - yes, dozens - of American troops killed each and every month. As a matter of fact, in just one month the American military death count has increased by nearly 50 percent (comparing the average killed per day from December 2007 to January 2008).

To date in 2008, there have been 28 American soldiers killed in Iraq. No other nation for the past two months have had any of their soldiers lose their lives there. And as we look at the final military death count in Iraq for 2007, we see the harrowing statistic which shows that 2007 was the worst year for US military deaths in Iraq ever.

U.S. Deaths By Calendar Year  
Year US Deaths 
2003 486
2004 849
2005 846
2006 822
2007 901
As of Jan 24, 2008 28
Total 3932

In short, the war in Iraq is not near an end. As Senator McCain put it, we could be there for 100 more years. and if they say t, they mean it.

-Noah Greenberg

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