I'm sure it comes to no one as a surprise that GW wants to keep US soldiers in Iraq until "we have achieved the victory our brave troops have fought for."
And what victory would that be? Free elections? Had those. The establishment of a democratically elected government? Tried that, but everybody kept dying.
Guess what, George. It's not working.
In light of the continued crumbling of support for the war, Dumbya of course played the patriot card, saying, "...there are some who say that the sacrifice is too great, and they urge us to set a date for withdrawal before we have completed our mission. Those who are in the fight know better."
Those who are in the fight, huh? When was the last time you got shot at, Georgie? Or even picked up a gun that you weren't going to aim at some unfortunate duck? You've never been a soldier, so shut the fuck up. How could you possibly know what they think? I certainly don't, but I can't imagine the growing number of them who come back from Iraq on leave and then plead not to return is a good indication of how much they like being there or how "important" it is that they think they stay.
Another favorite line of Big George: "As Iraqis stand up, we will stand down."
So far the only way our troops have been "standing down" is when they get shot or blown up. So far, over 2000 of them have "stood down" and not gotten back up. This is not to mention the thousands who can't stand up because they don't have legs any more.
"See ya, guys. You're all gonna die."
In his speech in South Korea, the Prez also once again justified all our actions by pointing to 9/11. After all, what's a presidential address without some spicy rendition of the Wolfowitz doctrine? "We will not wait to be attacked again. We will not rest or tire until the war on terror is won."
How do you win the war on terror?
It's an impossible task. For every country we try to democratize, there will be people who feel threatened by what they perceive as American imperialism (justifiably so, I think). And guess what these people decide to do?
They become terrorists.
If anything, our "war on terror" has created more of these guys. For each high profile arrest or (more often) killing of one of the bad guys, we make martyrs. Boom! Instant street cred and posthumous recruiting power.
Dumbya also spouted, "So long as I am commander-in-chief, our strategy in Iraq will be driven by the sober judgment of our military commanders on the ground." However, according to CNN, a top U.S. commander in Iraq has already submitted a plan to the Pentagon for withdrawing troops.
Guess George didn't get the memo.
Meanwhile, in a mealy-mouthed attempt to make House liberals look bad, Republicans forced a vote on Friday on immediately withdraw troops from Iraq. Sneaky bastards. Essentially they were forcing Democrats to look bad: Either support a withdrawal that Republicans would then condemn as heedless or oppose it and anger those in support of putting things to an end in Iraq. How wonderfully underhanded.
Then again, look who their leader is: the guy that lied to get us there in the first place.
'Cause I'm so "alternative":
Miles Davis - Portraits Of Spain
Reign - Embrace
KRS-One - I Got Next
(the Teacher and guests)
Tricky - Maxinquaye
(and when we funk, we'll hear beats)
Abstract Audio Systems - SomeNothing
(still sounding primitive, but I loves it)