Monday, September 08, 2003

Take a Hike, Dubya

Dubya came last night, hat in hand, to the American people, to once again lie and distort. Claiming that Iraq is the centerpiece of the "war" on terrorism - which it is not and should not be - President Stupid solemnly intoned, trying his best to imitate JFK and failing dismally:

"We will do what is necessary, we will spend what is necessary to achieve this essential victory in the war on terror, to promote freedom, and to make our own nation more secure."

Rrrrrighttt. So far Dubya's record on this line has been horrible, and now he's asking for $87 billion more. Congress, if it had any courage at all and was not infested with borrow and spend Republicans, should tell President Stupid that sure, he can have $87 billion - and it's coming right out of his wealthy parasite tax cuts. As the Washington Post put it this morning:

One set of questions has more to do with America's economic future than with Iraq's. For two years the president has been warning that the war on terror will be long and arduous. He now acknowledges that the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, important components of that war, themselves will cost tens of billions of dollars. And yet he refuses to adjust for that reality in the budgets he proposes. He argues for more and more tax cuts that would prevent the government from paying both for the war and for domestic needs. Congress cannot follow the president's irresponsible lead on this score.

But no. More borrowed money and more American lives - pretty much universally from the poor side of town - will undoubtedly pour down this particular sinkhole, and terrorists will rejoice to see the wonderful recruiting ground that Dubya and the neocons created for them.

This part of Dubya's speech is especially laughable:

"America has done this kind of work before. Following World War II, we lifted up the defeated nations of Japan and Germany, and stood with them as they built representative governments. We committed years and resources to this cause. And that effort has been repaid many times over in three generations of friendship and peace. America today accepts the challenge of helping Iraq in the same spirit, for their sake and our own."

Earth calling Dubya - Iraq isn't Japan or Germany. Japan and Germany realized at the end of World War II that they were defeated nations, and fully cooperated in our efforts to rebuild them, becoming our allies in the process. Iraqis don't feel this way, they won't cooperate, and they want us the hell out. And, unlike Germany and Japan, Iraqis comprise at least three factions that all either want to control a future Iraq or to have their own country. Bush's comparision is almost as ludicrous as the not over-bright former Professor Condoleezza Rice comparing Iraqi resistence to the (nonexistent) German Werwolf organization that was supposed to make life hell for the Allies in a defeated Germany.

And of course now that things are going badly, Dubya wants our erstwhile allies - "Freedom Fries," "cheese eating surrender monkeys," etc. - to pitch in and help. France, Germany, do us a favor - tell this nitwit to hit the road.

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