Monday, March 24, 2008
The Real Outcome That Merits 4,000 Dead
What has me in such a dither? This quote by President Bush:
"I have vowed in the past, and I will vow so long as I'm president, to make sure that those lives were not lost in vain _ that, in fact, there is an outcome that will merit the sacrifice,"The president comes very close to pinpointing the precise logic which has lead to the deaths of 4000 young Americans, along with tens of thousands wounded and a gaping hole in the budget. When Bush states that this goes on "so long as I'm president" he begins to shine a light on the dark and cruel reality which guides him, and has guided him, in the closing years of his presidency.
Long after military victory was long since an impossibility, the sole purpose for this president in carrying on a bloody occupation was to simply pass the mess to the next president. To make the next president be the one who faces the inexorable drift set in motion by the demands of the people to be rid of this wasteful bloody endeavor. That is the goal which makes the deaths of thousands worth it for this horrible president. His freaking legacy. Shame!
This is the presidents true legacy: torture, lawlessness, the unprecedented loss of American prestige on the world stage, 9/11, the international metastasis of the enemy which struck us on 9/11, the loss of a great American city to a hurricane, trillions of dollars of debt for future generations to pay, and our military quagmired in the occupation of an Arab land, and now petulantly refusing to end his military adventure... insuring that the next president would have to clean up the mess causing yet more needless death for our military and innocent Iraqis by the thousands.
Frankly at this point, I do not trust the president to oversee a withdrawal if he were to come to his senses and decide to end this disaster on his own watch. All through his adult life he has proven singularly inept at managing large scale affairs. If the president were ever made to actually withdraw he would be brought to that point kicking and screaming and with all the petulance we have grown to find so freaking irritating. I shudder at the thought of the President botching the endeavor and the horrible train wreck which he may take our military, or more likely, the Iraqi people into.
Given my druthers the military would hunker down in their remote bases and play defense until an adult is given the presidency, and then let us withdraw in a sensible manner.
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