Thursday, April 19, 2007
Rove: So wrong, he's actually right!
In a question-and-answer period after his speech, Rove was asked whose idea it was to start a pre-emptive war in Iraq.Ding Ding Ding! Rove nailed that one, but for all the wrong reasons. Rove is trying to make the point that the war in Iraq was an unavoidable consequence of Osama attacking us on 9/11. So what he says is true, but what he means is not. In fact his meaning is precisely the opposite of the case, because the lesson we should have taken from 9/11 would have led us to foster international alliances in a united effort to fight terrorism, isolate the extremists and to try to win the hearts and minds of the region rather than inflaming them against us to an even greater extent than was already the case.
``I think it was Osama bin Laden's,'' Rove replied.
The fact is that it was exactly Osama Bin Laden's intention to provoke us into a military quagmire with 9/11, and Bush needlessly played straight into the terrorists hands by doing so. Afghanistan was the unavoidable war, and the war which Democrats from 9/11 to this day support and want to see through. No one has ever threatened to cut off funding for Afghanistan or set timetables. The international community stood with us in that war, and still are there actually. But then Bush had to start a needless war in Iraq, and play directly into the hands of Osama and the fanatics in doing so.
Bush's idiocy in Iraq has turned the world against us, from historical levels of support immediately after 9/11 to depths not seen in our history. The Iraq war has fueled Al Qaeda's recruitment and wasted the lives of over 3000 fighting Americans. This war has actually cost us more lives than did the initial attack which Rove mistakenly cites as justification for the war. In effect, we've offered the terrorists another 9/11 and they've taken it. Our budget is being sucked dry and the military is stretched to the breaking point. So yeah, this is precisely what Osama wanted, and our President with Rove at his elbow saw fit to give him on a silver platter.
Let me finish with my oft stated and highly inflammatory indictment of President George W. Bush. He may as well be considered the top recruitment officer for Al Qaeda, based in Washington D.C. Frankly, Rove nailed this one, even if by accident.
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