Now, back out of the shadows and very busy,
V.P. Cheney, during a speech in Illinois on March 21, had the chutzpa to
"The only way to lose this fight is to quit, and that is not an
option." Then on March 23 in Arizona Cheney said, "We will not sit
back and be hit again." And on Mar 24 in Florida he said, "If
they (the Dems) are competent to fight this war, then I ought to be
singing on American Idol."
of all, Mr. Cheney and his president orchestrated a major calamity
in the name of our government for which the only option, in
their view, is an extended period of occupation lasting years, in which
our troops continue to suffer unending casualties; add to this, the
ethnic, tribal and cultural hatreds which they have heedlessly released,
that have deepened
into a living hell.
Second, in regard to being "hit again:" we were not
hit by Iraq,
and no matter how often Bush/Cheney say it, or imply
it, it won't make it so. And beyond the misdirection of their war for
oil in Iraq, what has their administration actually done to protect
us from attack? Our borders are wide open, the containers entering
our port facilities are for the most part not inspected, the security and
disaster agencies conflict and compete bureaucratically, and the Taliban
is flowering like the poppies in Afghanistan because the administration
largely abandoned this
justified war for the insanity of Iraq, which will continue to cost billions.
as far as "competency" goes, I suggest Mr. Cheney and
the president would indeed do better singing a duet on American Idol,
considering how these ego-driven, incompetent men have led us into a
cauldron from which there is no reasonable escape.
President Bush, having fudged the intelligence, having adamantly refused
to listen to his own military chiefs and Mid East scholars, about what
would happen post invasion, sees the results: the Sunni
insurgency, the Al Queda terrorists, the bombing of mosques, the tribal
retaliations, the executions, the Shiite majority ready to welcome Iranian
influence, while a superb and dedicated but seriously undermanned U.S.
military, is unable to maintain areas they secure at great cost.
So he jumped in, Bush did, removed Saddam, bought the delusion of 3 weeks
of shock and awe and free-flowing fountains of oil that would pay for
everything, handed to him by Cheney, Wolfowitz, Pearle and Rumsfeld.
And at this moment with past dreams of glory, and dreams of oil for his cronies, he stands amidst
the ashes of his war while insisting almost daily that the future promises
Nonetheless this administration, which doesn't have a clue as to how to
disengage from its war, is blaming the media for all of the bad news
coming from Iraq. Of course the media, which I criticized earlier
for it's wimpish coverage of the administration, has since found its voice
in ferreting the truth, and has suffered grievous losses of about 80 gutsy
reporters who died on the ground alongside the grunts while covering the
"bad news." And I haven't heard of any member of the administration
getting whacked while riding in Humvees. Have you?
One thing I'll give the Republicans over the Democrats: they always
stay on message--the ongoing declarations being: "The Dems are
disorganized and lacking in ideas, are negative, and have no alternative
to the Bush/Cheney strategies in Iraq." True, but they always leave
out the fact that Republicans rule the House and Senate and the White
House, and they, the Republicans, are disorganized and
lacking in ideas, are negative, and have no alternative to their
Bush/Cheney strategies in Iraq.
Powell said it early on: "If you break it, you own it," and he was
shoved aside. And now the Bushies own it in a big way, because it is very,
very broken, and they malign their critics for pointing this out.
Although the President no doubt had to restrain himself from maligning the
elderly but formidable Columnist, Helen Thomas, who recently asked the
Pres. some difficult questions, and we watched him hem and haw and chuckle
and squirm, and maybe wish he could have her drugged and shipped to Abu
Grhaib, while many others, I'm sure, would like to issue her a medal for
having the gumption to press him for the truth.
truth, for instance, as
revealed in a stunning British memo, discussed in today's
NY Times, will no doubt be ignored by Bush/Cheney as they stay on
message, as usual.
If you can't take the time to click on the Times article, read what is part of the contents
I've inserted here:
An "extremely sensitive," confidential memo, reviewed by the Times, which
was written by David Manning, a top British foreign policy advisor,
revealed that before the invasion of Iraq, President Bush had a closed
door discussion in the oval office with the P.M. of Britain, Tony Blair.
It was during this Jan. 31 2003 meeting that Bush said he was determined
to invade Iraq without a 2nd resolution at the U.N., even if the
inspectors did not find WMDs.
The memo states the invasion bombing was to begin on Mar. 10/03.
The meeting occurred 5 days before Sec. State Colin Powell was to make his
pitch at the U.N., that Iraq posed a major threat to the world.
Bush/Blair envisioned a quick victory with no internecine warfare
between the various ethnic groups.
Bush, the memo stated, explored ways to provoke a confrontation with Iraq,
including painting a U.S. aircraft, using U.N. colors, to invite hostile
fire. (I'm not kidding) And hey, how about assassinating Saddam?
(still not kidding).
You may recall the 2002
Brit "Downing Street Memo" which expressed concern the U.S. "was
determined to invade Iraq and that the intelligence and facts were being
fixed around the policy by the Bush administration to fit it's desire to
go to war."
Need I say more?
Well, yeah. Even if WMDs are discovered in Iraq, unearthing them
will not alter all that has proceeded the find--that President Bush, no
matter what, was going to war using any means necessary, legal or