Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Bush's expensive photo op

Bush's 'surprise' visit to Iraq is nothing more than a carefully, and though I hate to admit it, brilliantly conceived public relations plan in advance of General Petraeus' report to Congress in a couple weeks. Petraeus' testimony is in turn part of the larger plan to pressure Congress to continue funding Bush's Iraq disaster.

The Washington Post has bought the PR effort hook, line, and sinker. They actually published this quotation from the President:
"General Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker tell me if the kind of success we are now seeing continues, it will be possible to maintain the same level of security with fewer American forces," the president said.

Seriously, this has been the deadliest summer in Iraq since the war began. The logic in Bush's statement is on such a slippery slope that I can't even believe he said it. But then again, they've lied and been disingenuous with us countless times before.

If Bush actually draws down troops, without Congressional mandate, before leaving office, the only reason will be to strengthen his party's nominee for President. That scenario would likely play out only in a close race. Regardless, their propaganda may achieve their objective of continuing this war.

Recent feedback from staff of Democratic Leadership in Congress leads me to believe that they are either resigned to losing the battle over the War or haven't yet put together a game plan. Either way, I think it's pathetic. The White House is running circles around them in the PR game and this may ultimately apply just the right amount of pressure on moderate Republicans and a handful of Democrats to continue giving a blank check to Bush's Iraq disaster.

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A week or two ago, George Bush’s brain, Karl Rove, took a hike it’s unhinged him. Now he WANTS to draw the parallels between Vietnam and Iraq.
In place of lies maybe a little truth wouldn’t hurt for a change. Here’s some of the truth about those blood-spattered wars.
American politicians from both parties backed US military aggression and are liable for the death tolls in Vietnam and Iraq and for the civil wars that erupted in their wake. Vietnam was the victim of a criminal invasion by a Democrat 'peace' President and Congressional complicity. Nixon continued LBJ’s war until the US military was beaten by obstinate Vietnamese resistance, American antiwar sentiment and a sea change of sentiment in the draftee Army.
The young draftees were against the war and what they did changed everything. They organized active duty antiwar groups and uniformed soldiers and sailors marched in demonstrations. In Vietnam itself an unforeseen escalation began. Antiwar sentiment among solders escalated from anger to rage to fraggings, eventually quite a lot of them, and then to individual and group mutinies. The army called it ‘lack of proper fighting spirit’ but they didn’t fight or didn’t fight well and it led to failed military operations.
Nixon and the Pentagon brass reared their army would crumble so Nixon declared ‘victory’ and began a pullout. At the very end they had one final magnificent offensive which didn’t slow down until the Generals and Admirals reached San Diego soon after April 30th, 1975.
The invasion and escalations in Iraq are the responsibility of a Republican administration and Congress with Democrat collusion, including that of Hillary Clinton, poised to replay the Nixon role if she wins.
You only need to know three things about these wars.
They’re wars led and backed by Democrats and Republicans. They’re needless, unlawful wars based on lies. If Hitler, Goebbels, Goering. Keitel and von Ribbentrop were war criminals what does that make Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rove and Powell? They’re costly wars. Vietnam resulted in the probable deaths of over a million civilians but they were dying too fast to count plus 58,219 GI’s died and 153,356 wounded. The criminal invasion of Iraq has killed perhaps as many as 650,000 civilians but like Vietnam an accurate civilian death toll is not to be had. As of today, September 5, 2007, 3,742 GI’s are dead, with 15,233 wounded and tossed back into combat. A further 12,429 GI’s have devastating wounds. Like Vietnam, their medical care is poor, their lives are shattered, and many will end up on the streets where veterans of Vietnam and Gulf One can give them survival tips.
Although the war is enormously costly and its inflation will smolder through the economy for a decade or so, like Vietnam, it’s the dead and wounded who must be our first priority. How many more will fall before we build a movement powerful enough to force an end to it.
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