Bush's speech on 6/28 was a study in deceit. He says that we're fighting terrorists in Iraq to keep the fires of terrorism from reaching our shores. But the terrorists we're fighting now didn't exist until after we invaded.... Bush's short-sighted and immature foreign policies created the terrorists we fight today. What is more, it is estimated that only 10% of the fighters arrayed against our troops in Iraq are jihadists--terrorists who would attack Americans anywhere, anytime. Most of the terrorists in Iraq are nationalists of one sort or another. They are inflamed by U.S. presence in their nation.
Bush lied to the world about weapons of mass distruction to justify an invasion. The occupation now creates the terrorists.
Bush is the accidental arsonist who lit the flames we now fight!
But, there is no doubt that those flames are real, and could spread.
The questions are
*what is fanning them and
*what--if anything--is squelching them?
*Does our military presence fan the flames of terrorism?
*Or shall we wager that our presence is like a lake to absorb the fires until they are spent? Such a wager is dangerous, for that lake is a pulp of the blood of our soldiers and the cash of the Treasury of the United States, and it forms the nutrients off which military contractors--already too powerful in our Republic--feed and grow fat.
The truth of the matter: Bush is spent.
He is played-out.
None of the players involved with Iraq--from our enemies to our allies to the Iraqi people--trust him. So long as he is President, Iraq will worsen. That does not mean it will all end badly, in the long run.
However, voting in Democratic Presidential leadership in 2008--with a new cast of diplomats, strategists, and thinkers--is the next great opportunity our nation will have to redeem the situation in Iraq.
Only with such a change can we rally, reasserting the effort free from the taint of not only the current administration's lies about weapons of mass destruction (there were none) and a 9/11-Iraq link (there wasn't one), but the corruption that has marred their business dealings relative to Iraq.
We need a new effort, and the current administration is unfit to lead it.