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Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Bush's mess

Listening to talk radio the other morning, I heard a Bush cultist describe Iraq like this: He said it was like the United States was a police officer who received a tip about a bank robbery. When the officer went to arrest the robbery suspect, the police officer discovered the suspect was innocent of the robbery (Iraq's possession of WMDs), but he was holding a woman hostage and the police officer rescued the hostage.

That's a fine analogy except it has nothing to do with reality.

Let's use the same metaphor of the United States as a police officer. The officer is in pursuit of the killer of 3,000 people on Sept. 11th. He has the killer cornered. But he sends all the backup officers who could surround the killer and capture or kill him away to go investigate a report of a man with a gun on the other side of town. And it turns out the report of the man holding a gun is not only wrong, but the police officer knew it was trumped up when he sent all of the other officers away from the hunt for the killer.

From the Charleston Gazette:
Worst of all, Americans still don’t know why the war was started. The original claim — that Iraq possessed horror weapons, and would give them to terrorists to use on America — turned out to be imaginary. Americans are left to wonder whether the attack was launched to gain control of Iraq’s oil, or to improve Israel’s security, or to finish a vendetta that began under the first President Bush, or for all those reasons. No official explanation has been provided.

Last month, British newspapers unearthed a secret memo showing that the White House planned the attack long before telling Congress or the U.S. public. The July 2002 memo, relating “recent talks in Washington” by Britain’s intelligence chief, said:

“Military action was now seen as inevitable. Bush wanted to remove Saddam through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy.... It seemed clear that Bush had made up his mind to take military action, even if the timing was not yet decided. But the case was thin. Saddam was not threatening his neighbors, and his WMD capability was less than that of Libya, North Korea or Iran.”

Months later, the White House stampeded America into the war it had long desired. In fact, the administration’s key leaders had been advocating an attack on Iraq since the 1990s, before taking office, and well before the 9/11 terror strike provided a pretext.

Now America and the world are stuck with the tragic result.

And going back to the radio caller's comparison to the Iraqi people as a rescued "hostage." The "hostage" thinks life was better before her "rescue." Meanwhile Osama bin Laden and the other masterminds of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks remain free.


At Thursday, June 16, 2005 10:14:00 AM, Blogger John C. said...

I love how the repubs like to hijack the discussion on our media outlets. I am disturbed by our local radio station's penchant for repub propaganda, especially David Welch the political consultant that talks on Thurs's and the famous Hoppi Kercheval who rants almost every day from 10 to noon. Why don't more democrats challenge their positions? I have and will continue to do so but I can't obviously do it on a daily basis due to my schedule or my lack of a PLAN of attack. The repubs do have a PLAN of attack, even it is obviously flawed in our opinion. I think we are fighting the war in Iraq by conventional means and the conflict is anything BUT conventional in nature. We need to fight smarter but how?


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