Bush made me blog this
I really didn’t want to go here. I was going to ignore the whole ‘Gee, imagine that! There are more terrorists in the world because America invaded Iraq.’ thing. But Bush made me change my mind.
The telling quote comes from the New York Times
“You know, to suggest that if we weren’t in Iraq we would see a rosier scenario, with fewer extremists joining the radical movement, requires us to ignore 20 years of experience,” Mr. Bush said. He added: “My judgment is: The only way to protect this country is to stay on the offense.”
OK. George, as Jon Stewart would say, meet me at camera three. I’ve got a couple of tips for you.
You and I, we probably think eye to eye on the issue of where Islamic fundamentalists stand. They hate anything western almost as much as – um – Jerry Falwell hates homosexuals.
But do you know what George? The US presence in Islamic countries is one of the most important factors in radicalizing the middle eastern world. 25 years ago America was in Lebanon; about 20 years ago it was the Sudan. One of Usama’s big draws is bitching about having the US in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War. That was something your dad did. Remember that? About 12 years ago. You ignored more than 20 years of experience.
This whole mess was caused by your judgement. (well actually Wolfowitz, Feith, Rumsfeld, and the Lord of Darkness Chaney, but that’s not important right now.) Remember your judgement that Hamas would loose the election in Palestine? How about watching Israel ‘kick Hezbollah’s ass?’ Those didn’t work out very well. Do you think Hezbollah is just slightly more popular now that Israel kicked their asses. Do ya think?
Look at the quote in the Times, your own appointee reading from his report saying
“If this trend continues, threats to the U.S. at home and abroad will become more diverse and that could lead to increasing attacks worldwide,” General Hayden said, using the exact language of the intelligence assessment made public on Tuesday. General Hayden is now director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
You can only stop terrorism by removing as many dividing factors as possible. Spreading peace and not war. Might I suggest if you are going to listen to anyone’s judgement, try Colin Powell. He has a grasp on reality. You know – REALITY. It isn’t fun, just somewhere most of us try to live.
Now George, please, don’t make me have to blog this again.