Saturday, March 24, 2007

What A Mess

When the democrats proposed about $100 billion for our troops in Iraq in a bill, the president said it was undermining the troops because it was on the condition that those same troops would have to be back home with their friends and families by Christmas of next year. Also, the president said in a speech recently that "we need to put partisan politics aside to come together to enact important legislation for the American people." And also he said, "Members of Congress now face a choice: whether they will waste time and provoke an unnecessary confrontation, or whether they will join us in working to do the people's business."
These accusations of partisanship are complete bullshit. It seems like the president doesn't enjoy the American democratic political system when his party isn't controlling the entire country. God forbid there be checks and balances within our government where the people checking on the other branches aren't party loyal. Why should the democrats "join" the cause for war? What makes this political system great is that there are differences of opinion and no one party controls everything. It looks like George doesn't like his first taste of democracy when it isn't spoon-fed to him by the Republican Dynasty. But then again, it is good that he has become well-acquainted with democracy seeing as that is what we are fighting for in Iraq isn't it? Or was it oil? Oh well, I can't remember. And as for that last part of his quote; since when was the Bush Administration concerned with "the people's business"? Enough said about that.
Now I feel that it is important to note the capture of 15 Britons from the HMS Cornwall in disputed Iranian waters. Because the waters these members of the British Royal Navy were captured in by Iranian boarder patrols is still disputed as to whether it is Iraqi territory or Iranian, I can't say that their capture was justified or not. Though, even an Iraqi military commander has said that the location of the 15 Britons was in Iranian waters when taken prisoner. Since then, Iran has made their usual threats against all those who would threaten them. Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that if the U.S. and/or our allies "treat us with threats and enforcement of coercion and violence, undoubtedly they must know that the Iranian nation and authorities will use all their capacities to strike enemies that attack."
Okay, okay...enough of the big bad tough guy crap. I can only hope that the leaders of Iran and Western nations will not act too rash and keep the safety of those 15 Britons in mind at all times. Conflict is something that can easily be avoided if both parties behave to the standards expected of those elected to positions of their political stature. In closing, conflict is something that has plagued that region of the world for far too long and if peace is ever going to take root in the sands of the middle east, it must begin now.

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