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Monday, October 25, 2004

Mad King George

I've read Charley Reese a number of times on LewRockwell.com, and he appears to be pretty leftist-leaning, but I can't say that I disagree with his assessment of the current (horrible) state of things in Iraq and how we got there. Some excerpts:
In August 2001, he was warned that al-Qaida wanted to attack the United States in our own territory. He did nothing. His claim that he is excused since he did not know the time or place or manner of attack is bull. He should have alerted the airports and airlines, as well as the immigration people, to tighten up and keep a sharp watch. Instead, he thought about Iraq.


[H]e takes us to war, but how well did this commander in chief perform? Damned poorly. He disregarded advice that we needed more troops. He was confident, according to his big Christian buddy Pat Robertson, that the United States would suffer no casualties. They now stand at 1,103 dead and 8,000 wounded.


We publicly boasted that we would arrest or kill the firebrand cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Well, Muqtada al-Sadr is still alive and free. In a combat situation, when you say you are going to do something and then fail to do it, you send a message to the enemy that you are weak. A competent commander in chief would never do that.


Iraqi civilian deaths, that famous "collateral damage," are now estimated between 13,000 and 15,000 human beings, many of them women and children. In that culture, every death requires vengeance.


If George Bush is your idea of a competent commander in chief, then God help America.

For me, the worst "crime" of this war has been all the deaths of innocents. In my view, this is unpardonable, unforgiveable. If anything is sacred and worth protecting, it is human life. In discussions with others regarding the war, I have been told that the deaths of innocents is "the price of war". Ok, well, if something has a price, then we should be getting something for the price that "we" have paid (and consider that when you buy something, you don't make someone else pay for it... unless you're the government of course). What is it that we have gained for the price? Our safety and security? Has "freeing" the Iraqi people made the US any safer? Are we less likely to suffer attack? Are my children less likely to be called to fight in a war they don't believe in or to be killed by someone who didn't want to be liberated? I sure don't feel that way.

In this war, who has paid the price? Over 1000 US troops and over 10,000 Iraqi civilians. Who has gained the benefit? The American people? The Iraqi people? The new Iraqi government? The terrorists? The U.S. government contractors? The American consumer, who now pays well over $2 per gallon of gasoline? Seems to be there's been a whole lot of cost, and close to zero benefit. In other words, yet another government plan that has gone exactly the way that most other government plans go.


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