Wednesday, March 22, 2006

I Just Need to Vent

Bush: Troops to Stay in Iraq for Years
By TERENCE HUNT, AP - March 21, 2006

"President Bush said Tuesday that American forces will remain in Iraq for years and it will be up to a future president to decide when to bring them all home. But defying critics and plunging polls, he declared, "I'm optimistic we'll succeed. If not, I'd pull our troops out."

Sure, we’ll succeed… even if it takes another 124 years. Because he will NEVER pull out the troops. Of the endless list of things of which GWBush is not capable… this would surely be near the very top.

“The president rejected calls for the resignation of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, chief architect of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Listen, every war plan looks good on paper until you meet the enemy," Bush said, acknowledging mistakes as the United States was forced to switch tactics and change a reconstruction strategy that offered targets for insurgents.”

Let me get this straight… the Invasion of Iraq Plan was a good one until… we ran into those pesky Iraqis! Imagine the temerity of those people to object to being invaded.

“He also rejected assertions by Iraq's former interim prime minister that the country had fallen into civil war amid sectarian violence that has left more than 1,000 Iraqis dead since the bombing last month of a Shiite Muslim shrine.”

What would America look like if it were in Iraq's current situation? The population of the US is over 11 times that of Iraq, so a lot of statistics would have to be multiplied by that number. Thus, violence killed 1,000 Iraqis last month, the equivalent of 11,000 Americans. What if 11,000 Americans had died in car bombings, grenade and rocket attacks, machine gun spray, and aerial bombardment in the last month? Would any world leader deny the existence of a civil war in this country?

"This is a moment the Iraqis had a chance to fall apart and they didn't," Bush said, crediting religious and political leaders with restraint.

Didn’t? As in… this crisis is over?

“The president spoke for nearly an hour at a White House news conference, part of a new offensive to ease Americans' unhappiness with the war and fellow Republicans' anxiety about fall elections. He faced skeptical questions about Iraq during an appearance Monday in Cleveland, and plans another address soon on Iraq.”

New offensive? Can he get any more offensive than he has been since about 1972?

“Public support for the war and for Bush himself has fallen in recent months, jeopardizing the political capital he claimed from his 2004 re-election victory. "I'd say I'm spending that capital on the war," Bush said.” The White House believes that people appreciate Bush's plainspoken approach even if they disagree with his decisions.

Does he have an approach that is not “plainspoken?” Is the following not “plainspoken?” War is wrong. War is greed. War is sin. War is murder. War is unnecessary. Hey, White House crew… is that “plainspoken” enough for you’all?

"I understand war creates concerns," the president said. "Nobody likes war. It creates a sense of uncertainty in the country."

Concerns? I wonder if it was GWBush’s butt on the ground in Iraq if he would refer to it all as… “concerns!” To me, a concern is being five minutes late to an appointment, an overdue letter, a car needing washed, a family argument. War creates concerns? Puke.

“Bush has adamantly refused to set a deadline for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq. Asked if there would come a day when there would be no more U.S. forces in Iraq, Bush said, "That, of course, is an objective. And that will be decided by future presidents and future governments of Iraq."

Decided by future presidents… Bush makes the mess, someone else cleans it up. Now that’s bold, decisive, inspiring, courageous leadership!

“Pressed on whether that meant a complete withdrawal would not happen during his presidency, Bush said, "I can only tell you that I will make decisions on force levels based upon what the commanders on the ground say."

And those “commanders” can be found at:

"I am confident — I believe, I'm optimistic we'll succeed," the president said. "If not, I'd pull our troops out. If I didn't believe we had a plan for victory I wouldn't leave our people in harm's way."

No plan for victory didn’t stop him from putting people in harm’s way in the first place!
“Bush said U.S. forces were essential for the stability of Iraq and restraining al-Qaida in the Middle East.”

Iraq WAS stable, the Bushites just didn’t like the shape of that stability. There has been no stability ever since the Invasion. There was no significant Al-Qaida presence in Iraq UNTIL the US invaded. Since then Iraq has become a magnet for terrorist recruiting as it will remain until US troops leave.

"Their objective for driving us out of Iraq is to have a place from which to launch their campaign to overthrow moderate governments in the Middle East, as well as to continue attacking places like the United States," he said.

If he knows their objectives so well, how come this war did not end on 05-02-03 when he landed on that battleship with the banner reading “Mission Accomplished?” Every day since the Supreme Court handed him the Presidency I have looked for evidence that he is not The Most Cynical President Ever and I am still in search of the first piece.