Tuesday, November 15, 2005

War Games

More blatherings from the White House and Democrats about the mess in Mesopotamia and the lead up to war. Bush comes out swinging on Vet's Day and today with the wierdest defense of a decision to go to war I think I've ever heard: "They (the Democrats) did it too."

Rather than acknowledge the mess in Iraq and the blunders that got us there, Bush (no doubt counseled by Rove) has decided to simply tar the opposition with the same brush that's been painting his entire administration black for the last year. "The Democrats voted for the war too, so they can't criticize it." In essence "They screwed up just as bad as we did." That's the defense.
It's the tantrum defense. I suppose the White House thinks it will get points for "staying the course," but basically they hope that if they point their fingers, holler and stamp up and down long enough, people will blame the Democrats instead (or at least as much as the administration). But it's hard to spread the blame for a war gone bad when you've so ruthlessly failed to share the credit on national security issues. Like Colin Powell said, they broke it. Now they own it.

Sadly, the one piece of truth in Bush's rantings is that the Democrats DID vote for it. No one buys this garbage from the Democrats that they were "Shocked, shocked I tell you to discover that the President was actually planning to invade Iraq!" after they voted to give him the atuhority to use force. It's why we aren't talking about President Kerry now. It's hard to attack an administration you supported. I mean, they can't just come out and say "Yeah, actually, we knew the intelligence was a bunch of garbage and that the White House was dead set on war. But, hey, Saddam was a jerk and we didn't want to look like pussies on national security after 9-11."

Anyway, David Corn has a useful rebuttal to the White House at the Nation's site. Chock full of good info for those of us with short-term memories for the facts (and I include myself in that bunch). Nice op-ed in the Globe today by Thomas Oliphant too.


At Tuesday, November 15, 2005 8:27:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At Wednesday, November 16, 2005 2:14:00 PM, Anonymous Seoulj said...

Here's something to chew on:

Some of our media pundits raise important issues, while others blow smoke. A better way to understand the war is from someone who has actually been there and seen action.

The following interview comes our friends at Znet http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=15&ItemID=9127

In the interview Patrick Resta describes briefly some of the things he witnessed as a medic in Iraq, and goes on to explain how he got involved in the IVAW (Iraq Vets against the War).

Iraq is a moral blight that will affect US internatioanal standing for the rest of the 21st Century!

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