August 23, 2005

   Bush vows to stay course in Iraq

Bush: "We will honor their sacrifice by staying on the offensive against the terrorists."

The Facts: What the president really means is that we can expect more of the same incomprehensible and failed political and military policies for many years to come. As far as "the terrorists" and the so-called war on terror are concerned, the president has again invoked 9/11 as a false justification for invading Iraq even after his own administration admitted publically last year that there was no Saddam connection to 9/11 or Al Qaeda.

And never mind that two years ago Bush told the country on nationwide TV that the stated reason for going to war was that Saddam was stockpiling WMDs and had a nuclear weapons program which when ready could strike us on 20 minutes notice -- all of which has been proved false. And never mind the fact that there were no Al Qaeda forces operating in Iraq until AFTER his invasion.

CNN: "A policy of retreat and isolation will not bring us safety."

The Facts: A curious statement about "safety" coming from a man who authorized an unprovoked invasion of a sovereign nation which has rained down unprecedented violence and chaos on the people of Iraq which today continues unabated, and which has led to the deaths of as many as 100,000 Iraqis while killing thousands of Americans and seriously wounding approximately 20,000.

Bush: "Terrorists are trying to block the rise of democracy in Iraq, because they know a free Iraq will deal a decisive blow to their strategy to achieve absolute power."

The Facts: Need I have to mention again that there were no Al Qaeda forces in Iraq until AFTER the Bush invasion. Or that Al Qaeda is only a minor player in the resistance to the U.S. invasion, which has come primarily from nationalist and Sunni elements which have lost a great many lives, jobs, and property under the U.S. led occupation.

Bush: "The only way to defend our citizens where we live is to go after the terrorists where they live."

The Facts: Perhaps we should chip in and send Bush a map of Pakistan, which according to the president's own inteligence is where the acknowledged mastermind of 9/11, Osama bin Laden, has been residing. Of course, the Bush administration has offered an interesting excuse for not going after bin Laden, which basically is that we can't because we have to respect the territorial rights of the sovereign nation of Pakistan.

So, according to this "logic" it's OK to stage an unprovoked invasion and occupation of the sovereign nation of Iraq based on a pack of lies, but it's not OK to go into Pakistan where the publically acknowledged leader of the 9/11 attacks resides.

Bush: "In Afghanistan, men and women have formed a free government after suffering one of the most brutal tyrannies on Earth."

The Facts: The president conveniently neglects to mention that it was Ronald Reagan and the U.S., and not Al Qaeda, which provided 6 billion dollars in military assistance to Mujadeen rebels (whose ranks included the Taliban and Osama bin Laden!) to help overthrow the former Soviet backed government in Afghanistan. And as we all know, or should know by now, the direct result of this criminally destructive foreign policy was the assention of the Tailiban to power and creation of a safe haven in Afghanistan for Al Qaeda, who then proceeded to plan and execute the deadly 9/11 attacks.

The president also failed to mention that our hand-picked president in Afghanistan cannot leave his U.S. guarded palace in Kabul for fear of being assassinated.


Bush vows to stay course in Iraq.