Sunday, August 28, 2005

Who's Lying Now

"Not everybody thinks the way you do," I have recently been told, by the likes of local columnist Dick Foreman, and though I cannot quote him with such exactitude, one Doug MacEachern.

Projection and desperation, I say. Of course not everyone thinks like me. They certainly don't, and that is to be expected. Their paychecks, columnists and editorial writers as they are, probably depend on the fact that they think a certain way, or at least pretend that they do, I would guess.

But I can say this: MOST people think the way I do, at least regarding the way Bush has mishandled this war. The looting, the bombing of civilians, the Abu Ghraib scandals, the lack of guarding major weapons dumps, the lack of diplomacy, the loosing of the Iraqi army, the deaths of our servicepeople, and on and on. Most Americans hate this crap, despite the inane pleadings of media lackeys.

I have been told, in apparent honesty, that "we" are fighting and killing the bad guys over there, and that this is good and well. Apparently there are just enough bad guys in the world to engage our poor sitting-duck troops in Iraq and the forgotten Afghanistan, with absolutely none, not even maybe a little over a dozen (like the number involved in the 9/11 attacks on us, for example,) left over to secretly plan to attack again, right under our noses. No, they wouldn't do that, would they?

"We're fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them here," is what out brainless leaders tell us, and so many columnists apparently believe that.

But do our enemies believe that?

I will tell you "no."

I will tell you that Bush has played into the hands of bin Laden, according to his own manifesto. But Bush doesn't read, except the headlines once in a while. He has people read for him. Great.

Bin Laden has declared "Your problem will be how to convince your troops to fight, while our problem will be how to restrain our youths to wait for their turn in fighting and in operations." Unfortunately, that is true. Our military enlistments fall below even the revised-down numbers.

In 1998 bin Laden wrote:

"The best proof of this is their eagerness to destroy Iraq, the strongest neighboring Arab state, and their endeavor to fragment all the states of the region such as Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Sudan into paper statelets and through their disunion and weakness to guarantee Israel's survival and the continuation of the brutal crusade occupation of the Peninsula".

Bin Laden told us that Bush was going to attack Iraq, and well, unfortunately, that was also true.

Bush on the other hand has fed us one lie after another. This is not right. Our leaders are supposed to be more dependable than our sworn enemies. But they aren't. So we are in trouble.

Condoleeza Rice warned of mushroom clouds over American cities. Let's just hope she was lying about that.


Eli Blake said...

I get that crap about how we are fighting terrorists over there so they won't come over here, too.

I answer it this way: 1) bin Laden and the senior leadership isn't in Iraq, and since we have toned down the pressure on them, they are freer than they have been since 9/11 to plan more attacks on the U.S. 2) Such an attack wouldn't, even in the best of circumstances for them, be facilitated through Iraq, a very out of the way place if you are trying to get people, weapons or other assets into the U.S. 3) As the Madrid and London bombings showed (and for that matter, as 9/11 showed) you don't need a whole lot of people to pull off a devastating terrorist attack. So there is absolutely no reason to suppose that they aren't sending the people they need in America to America (if they aren't already here) while still fighting elsewhere.

Now, given that the people who will plan, enable and carry out the next terrorist attack in America are not in Iraq, how exactly is having our army in Iraq protecting us from it?

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