In Case You Wandered By
[Originally posted at Mockingbird's Medley.]
Okay. Does anyone not get this, other than CheneyBush? Can any thinking person NOT see that the Iraq occupation harms this nation. It's a self-inflicted wound that now involves Islamic radicalism within striking distance of nuclear weapons in Pakistan. (Remember, they have the bomb.) If CheneyBush ever conjured up a mushroom cloud threatening America, the best opportunity for the bad guys to come by that nuclear threat is Pakistan.
Where a shaky military-civilian government is now actually fighting Islamic radicals. Whose intelligence services have supported the Taliban and even al-Qaeda, Right next door to the guys who actually did attack the US on 9-11. You'd think that an America seriously concerned with its own and other nations' security would be devoting far more effort toward helping Pakistanis come to terms with each other. Instead, the US is spending hundreds of billions of dollars fighting in and around a multi-front civil war in a nation that posed little direct threat to us before we opened it up to al-Qaeda.
Go figure. Then count the bodies.
I hope Congress will have the balls to tell commander guy that the nation is not required to follow him and the Army (mostly the latter) down the rat hole of death and destruction in Iraq. Congress has the power to tell the executive when to wage war. And, as far as I am concerned, when not to wage war. If Congress fails to say no to continued occupation in Iraq, America fails.
"A republic, if you can keep it."
--Benjamin Franklin 1787