Thursday, January 11, 2007

 

Bush to America: SCREW YOU!

The president ignores voters, world opinion and expands the war. Impeachment is clearly now a viable option.

We all saw the president on the tube last night. Well, those of us who give a damn saw him and heard his speech. For those misinformed and disinterested few, here's a rough rundown of Mr. Bush's new strategy for Iraq:


Bush simply does not get it. 80% of the American public now favors a reduction of the number of troops in Iraq and either a phased or immediate pull-out. The president has purposely misread or ignored the historic vote of November 7, 2006 which put Democrats in power in the legislative branch.

In calling for an immediate escalation of the war, the president wants us to believe that he can see the future. The following excepts from his speech offer an opportunity to see what the president believes and just about how far detached from reality he is.

We thought that these elections would bring the Iraqis together, and that as we trained Iraqi security forces we could accomplish our mission with fewer American troops.But in 2006, the opposite happened. The violence in Iraq — particularly in Baghdad — overwhelmed the political gains the Iraqis had made.


Well, here we see that the president's future vision is a little blurry. In fact, it was dead wrong, begging the question, why should we believe his prognostications now? Like...

Failure in Iraq would be a disaster for the United States.

The consequences of failure are clear: Radical Islamic extremists would grow in strength and gain new recruits. They would be in a better position to topple moderate governments, create chaos in the region, and use oil revenues to fund their ambitions. Iran would be emboldened in its pursuit of nuclear weapons. Our enemies would have a safe haven from which to plan and launch attacks on the American people.

If the Iraqi government does not follow through on its promises, it will lose the support of the American people — and it will lose the support of the Iraqi people.

This new strategy will not yield an immediate end to suicide bombings, assassinations, or IED attacks. Our enemies in Iraq will make every effort to ensure that our television screens are filled with images of death and suffering. Yet over time, we can expect to see Iraqi troops chasing down murderers, fewer brazen acts of terror, and growing trust and cooperation from Baghdad's residents. When this happens, daily life will improve, Iraqis will gain confidence in their leaders, and the government will have the breathing space it needs to make progress in other critical areas. Most of Iraq's Sunni and Shia want to live together in peace — and reducing the violence in Baghdad will help make reconciliation possible.


...the Gulf States need to understand that an American defeat in Iraq would create a new sanctuary for extremists and a strategic threat to their survival.

The terrorists and insurgents in Iraq are without conscience, and they will make the year ahead bloody and violent. Even if our new strategy works exactly as planned, deadly acts of violence will continue — and we must expect more Iraqi and American casualties. The question is whether our new strategy will bring us closer to success. I believe that it will.

But victory in Iraq will bring something new in the Arab world — a functioning democracy that polices its territory, upholds the rule of law, respects fundamental human liberties, and answers to its people. A democratic Iraq will not be perfect. But it will be a country that fights terrorists instead of harboring them — and it will help bring a future of peace and security for our children and our grandchildren.

...we concluded that to step back now would force a collapse of the Iraqi government, tear the country apart, and result in mass killings on an unimaginable scale. Such a scenario would result in our troops being forced to stay in Iraq even longer, and confront an enemy that is even more lethal. If we increase our support at this crucial moment, and help the Iraqis break the current cycle of violence, we can hasten the day our troops begin coming home.


Why should we believe him now? This is the same president who said there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq when there weren't. He told us that Saddam Hussein was developing a nuclear arsenal to use against us when he wasn't. He assured us that Republicans would retain power in the Congress prior to the last election. He was wrong.

Mr. Bush does not have a crystal ball; at least not one which works. Mr. Bush's vision of the future is clouded by a failed ideology, an intractable, unyielding personality and a desire to shape history in a deeply bewildered invention of his own imagination.

Bush's faulty thought processes have brought us nothing but anguish and defeat. His presidency is a mockery and a slap in the face of a once-distinguished office. He is derided by foreign leaders, uncompromising in the face of overwhelming public and private opinion, and has routinely compromised the office, the Constitution and the will of the American people.

Mr. Bush will not back down from any fight, no matter the odds, and he has proved to be more than willing to spill any amount of American blood and treasure to ensure that his misguided vision of the future is fulfilled. No cost is too high for this charlatan. No war too expensive nor too tragic; no single life to sacred to not be spared in his quest for satisfaction.

Bush has gone too far, not only this time, but in the past as well. The American public is well beyond giving him a second, third or fourth chance and it is up to the newly-convened Congress to repudiate and correct the president's mistakes.

That begins with denial of funding for any further escalation of this war and it ends with a comprehensive plan to end our engagement in Iraq. If the president does not understand that we must end our involvement in Iraq - and he clearly does not - then he must be impeached, not for being stubborn, unruly or oppositional, but for failing to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States as he swore to do in taking his oath of office.

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