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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Stay and Pay

I'm confused by the Republican "stay and pay" position on Iraq.

The Democrats have proposed a plan for ending the Iraq war.


Iraq Prime Minister Al-Maliki has proposed a plan for ending the Iraq war.


General Casey has proposed a plan for ending the Iraq war.


The majority of American people want to end the Iraq war.


The majority of Iraqi people want to end the Iraq war.


Why, then, do the Republicans in Congress and the Bush administration insist on "staying the course"?

The 'course' was wrong from the start. "Wrong war, wrong place, wrong time." Remember Senator Kerry telling us that throughout the 2004 campaign?
But instead of focusing on the real threat, the administration shifted their focus to one that existed only in the imagination of Bush and his small minded and short sighted cronies.

Iraq=
No WMD
No imminent threat
No connection to 9/11

Bush=
No military strategy
No political strategy
No clue

What's more, Bush, Rumsfeld, Cheney and the rest took their eye off the real threat of bin Laden and the terrorists in Afghanistan who attacked us on that awful day when everything changed.

So, almost five years after 9/11, More than three years after the start of the Iraq war, what have we accomplished?

This?

And who has gained the most from Bush's misdirected response? bin Laden is no doubt pretty pleased.

The Iraq war has made us less safe and less respected throughout the world. It has cost us more than 2,500 American lives and $320 billion dollars.

We need to start talking, all of us, Democrats and Republicans alike, about the best way to end it.

For all the evidence that the war in Iraq was a mistake, why do the Republicans in Congress and the Bush administration still insist this war in Iraq is a good idea?

No answers, just a question. Let me know if you come up with anything.

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