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The Costly Cheap Words of Bush and Rumsfeld
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George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld and their useful idiots in the "neo-con" think tanks and congress are maintaining that we can't abandon the war in Iraq. Bush: "So the United States of America will not leave until victory is achieved." Of the war on terrorism, Bush told American Legion members on Aug. 31: "The war we fight today is more than a military conflict. It is the decisive ideological struggle of the 21st century." (see the entire speech at www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Bush_calls_war_on_terror_decisive_0831.html )

He repeats a refrain that we cannot "cut and run." To use my father's expression: "Who's that 'we,' George? You got mice in your pockets? Brave words from a man who evaded combat in Viet Nam. At the start, it was "if you're not for us, you're against us." Now DOD Secretary Rumsfeld is saying those who want to leave Iraq are appeasers, the Neville Chamberlains of the 21st Century. The Adminstration is now comparing Islamic terrorists to the fascists of WWII.

More Bush words: "If we give up the fight in the streets in Baghdad, we will face the terrorists in the streets of our own cities." Didn't the pushers of the no-win war in Viet Nam tell us that we'd be fighting commies in our streets if we didn't fight them in the rice paddies of S.E. Asia? It is Bush's policies that have made the streets of Baghdad so dangerous!

More cheap words from the pres: "Victory in Iraq will be difficult and it will require more sacrifice." Sacrifice. That's a euphemism for: death, destruction, limbless children, horribly wounded American soldiers. Again, from someone who "cut and run" when called to put his life on the line for his country.

The Democrats are cutting and running, too; running for their political lives as Americans become increasing disgusted with the Iraq conflict. But outside of a few courageous individuals who spoke up early on, like Pennsylvania Congressman and Viet Nam vet John Murtha, they are all just piling on. Remember, most of these Democrats didn't have the backbone to oppose the president when he took the nation to war in Iraq. And even if they sincerely believed the WMD lie, they didn't have the courage to demand a constitutional declaration of war. They and their Republican colleagues gave the president carte blanche to invade Iraq.

With their consent Bush has run up a bill of hundreds of billions of dollars that may go into the trillions before his vaunted "victory" is achieved. Also on that bill is the blood of more than 2,500 Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis.

Bush and Rumsfeld don't have the courage to admit error. They'd rather spend the treasure and blood of others in a futile attempt to prove themselves right. Their cheap talk is horrendously expensive.

It is time to stop the bleeding.


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Agreed, NP. Agreed.


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I agree with your perspective on this as well.


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