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George W says he wants you to go into the voting booth today thinking about his Iraq war. So do I.
Last month in two nationally-broadcast press conferences, he tried to explain his war strategy to us. It boils down to the same old song that Pete Seeger sang back in the depths of the Vietnam War: “Waist deep in the big muddy, and the big fool says to push on.”
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The more Bush talks, the more he sounds like that fool. Two weeks ago, he blurted to reporters: “Absolutely, we’re winning.” Hellooooo… George – 2,800 Americans dead, some 50,000 wounded, 600,000 Iraqi civilians dead, $373 billion taken from our public treasury, Iraq mired in a vicious civil war, and an Iraqi government essentially controlled by Islamic theocrats aligned with Iran. This is winning?
Trying to fool voters, Bush suddenly has switched his rhetoric from that of a “stay the course” absolutist to a war-policy pragmatist, tossing out such terms as “adaptability” and “flexibility.” He now says, “There is tough fighting ahead… We should not expect a simple solution.” But don’t you remember, George? You, Cheney, Rummy, and Condi all promised us that it would be simple! Oust Saddam, get those weapons of mass destruction, be hailed as liberators, and – shazzam! – a Western democracy would flower, funded by Iraqi oil.
While Bush’s rhetoric has turned pragmatic, his actions remain delusional, virtually screaming, “Stay the course!” He touts the inept Rumsfeld as a “smart, tough, capable administrator,” he hails every mirage as “progress,” he fantasizes about “a path to victory,” and he locks out any conflicting reality – including that 71 percent of the Iraqi people want our troops to leave and 61 percent actually favor attacks on Americans in Iraq!
This is Jim Hightower saying… So, please, do think about this bonehead’s war when you go vote today.
“Iraq spurns a U.S. timetable,” Austin American-Statesman, October 26, 2006.
“Conceding Missteps, Bush Urges Patience on Iraq,” The New York Times, October 26, 2006.