In today's paper, Dick Cheney (arguably the most scary person in the world), once again focused his attention on undermining all those who do not support his administration's views. He said, "When members speak not of victory but of time limits, deadlines and other arbitrary measures, they are telling the enemy simply to watch the clock and wait us out." First of all, how the hell can we talk about victory when we are losing? As I recall, the President already declared, "mission accomplished" so let's get the hell out of Iraq. If we stay any longer, the Army might as well start opening time-shares. Also, to use the word "arbitrary" was a smooth move, Dick. I understand that in your crooked world, death tolls can be seen as arbitrary but give me a break! The Iraqis want us out. Americans want us out. What more do you need? The vice-president probably wouldn't know what was best for Iraq if it hit him in the face like an accidental shotgun blast on a hunting trip.
The other quote that really set me off was, "When members of Congress pursue an anti-war strategy that's been called 'slow bleed,' they are not supporting the troops, they are undermining them." That is unbelievable! I especially like the "slow bleed" touch--very moving, Dick. How is it that bringing our troops home to safety and out of harm's way in a country that doesn't want us there nor can truly benefit from our "occupation" be considered "not supporting the troops"? I wish the Democrats would stop twiddling their thumbs and jump on these accusations already and stand up for themselves. So far, the Republicans have been running all over them with their "cut-and-run" and "slow bleed" crap. Why is supporting our troops limited to putting them in danger? Why don't we support this administration and send them to Iraq seeing as we are doing so well over there?
Another thing I have heard from people is that if the Democrats "cut the funding" for the war, our troops will be stranded in Iraq without a plane ticket home much less a gun. That is the largest heap of crap I have heard in a long time. Cutting funding for the war includes bringing our soldiers home! It isn't like a father cutting his son's allowance but still making him mow the lawn. Wars are waged with money and without the funding, the war will end--thus bringing our troops home. Are we clear?
In another Dick interview, he claimed that terrorists chose Iraq and that is why we are there. The truth is that no link to al-Qaida was ever made to Iraq until we invaded. We chose Iraq and of course the terrorists followed. The promise of easy oil must have been just too much for George W. to ignore. Now, he has run Iraq into the ground just like all of his pre-presidential oil endeavors. Could anyone have seen this coming?
Either way, the Bush Administration has, is and always will be spinning intelligence to meet their agendas. Also, they continue to use fear and patriotic guilt trips to pressure Americans into following them off the cliff. Americans need to do their own research, look at the facts, think for themselves and then get the politicians in Washington who work for us to do what is best for us! Dick Cheney and his "1984"-style terror is not as scary, though, as our willingness to allow him to treat us this way. I for one am not a political sadist and refuse to be coerced into believing that this war is right! Fear is an ugly four-letter word that I won't let run my life...will you?