Date Line February 21, 2007
Well, Cheney is back in action. Seems, per Bush, the intent is to do this thing he calls “win”. Of course nobody has defined what “win” means. What we do know, it does not involve the other party surrendering or signing and armistice – there is no other party with the stature or authority to negociate either ... and we don’t negociate with terrorists.
Hence Bush has declared we can never leave Iraq; we can only cause the war to expand into Iran.
Now Cheney has another approach – a test balloon to save Bush from his own position. Cheney asserts we need to leave “with honor”. Oh shades of Vietnam and evacuation helicopters on the embassy roof.
America will not back a policy of retreat – so goes the Cheney line. Thus we know America can never pull out and leave a battle festering among Shia and Sunni.
Again the obvious fallacy of this position: it is well known that the Shia and Sunni have been fighting for 1,200 years – and will continue to fight until they come together on whether there are 11 or 12 Imams. More appropriately, were there 11 with one yet to come, or has he come and long since gone?
The Bush invasion of a sovereign nation being held together, as it has been since its inception, by a dictatorial force, has placed our troops squarely between two sectarian factions waging a centuries old sectarian war. It would be nice to believe that there is an honorable way to leave this mud fight – a way to exit without mud on our uniforms or flag – but there isn’t.
To have an honorable exit, we must broker and honorable settlement to centuries old sectarian differences. Hardly unlikely for an administration built on lies and deception – one that denies reality at every turn ... be it global warming, evolution, or the simple fact that our citizens require a reliable and responsive healthcare system.
Reality check time: When has the Bush cabal done anything we could phrase as honorable? That’s OK. I have the highest respect for the dishonorable who consistently profit from their behavior and the damage they cause to others – especially when the others “thank” and “defend” them for inflicting that harm.
Americans are not the brightest bulbs on the string. If not for the immigrants, our nation would be foundering in its own waste – oh, right, we are foundering in our own waste; but the immigrants are prospering from it.
Ol’Dick Cheney boasts, "We know that terrorist attacks are not caused by the use of strength, they are invited by the perception of weakness." In this instance, the terrorists do not “perceive” weakness, they know that is all we have. Strength comes from focus – and the retreat from the pursuit of Osama Bin Laden proved to any and all that Americans are incapable of the steadfast focus needed to respond appropriately to terrorist attacks.
Remember, we gave up the home court advantage to bring our forces to Iraq – where more Americans have died than on 9/11; and at greater economic cost to the nation and successive generations yet to be born.
America will lose, in current dollars, a Trillion Dollars to the medical and economic disruptions associated with American casualties being created in Iraq. We have done for the terrorists what they could never have done alone. They recognized our true weakness – an inherent need to induce those forces necessary for religious Armageddon.