Saturday, April 16, 2005

Where I Stand: Iraq War

In a presidency filled with blunders, this has been by far Bush's biggest mistake. As a military veteran, it almost makes me sick when every day I have to hear the names of yet more American soldiers killed for nothing.

The thing that makes this even more compelling is that this is no longer even subject to partisan positioning and political point of view. The
bipartisan 9/11 Commission and the Republican-lead Senate Intelligence Committee have all formally come to the same fundamental conclusions: That Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks on September 11, that they had no weapons of mass destruction and that Saddam Hussein had no links to Al Qaeda.

Which is why the rest of the world was totally mystified when, despite the slim margin, Bush was elected last year. (I will not say
reelected as I do not believe he was elected in 2000.) The official findings of our own government make it clear that we invaded another country for no reason. This is a war that has now cost the lives of over 1,500 Americans, seriously wounded thousands of others, caused the deaths of 100,000 Iraqis and alienated our country from the world community.

Bush and his cronies should be ashamed. You can bet that if Bill Clinton had done this, the Republican hounds would have been calling for his resignation.
It's time Democrats in congress got some balls and hung this war around Bush's neck in the harshest way possible.

If nothing else, they should make Donald Rumsfeld go to the home of every soldier who has perished in this quagmire and explain to their families
exactly why their loved one had to die.