Kicking George on the way out
It is always good to know that history will expose the truth over the fiction. It is also fun when you see those who fostered the fiction try to convince you that it was true. In history they are called revisionist...those who would rewrite history to be what they want it be, rather than what it was.
I spotted one example in the news last week when King George was making his apology for not knowing how costly or lengthy the war in Iraq would be. First I found it disturbing that our commander in chief would be ignorant of the length and costs of such a venture, and secondly I noticed the attempted revisions.
Lets start with his admission that while it is true that Saddam was not connected to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the U.S., the decision to oust him cannot be viewed in isolation. Did you get that one? Saddam was not connected to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Finally, someone has admitted a truth. I stated years ago that we were wasting resources on Saddam that should have gone to Afghanistan to locate Bin Laden. Bin Laden was the mastermind behind the twin towers, and almost all of the terrorists were Saudis.
Bush again attempts to convince us of the "Saddam" threat."In a world where terrorists armed with box cutters had just killed nearly 3,000 people, America had to decide whether we could tolerate a sworn enemy that acted belligerently, that supported terror and that intelligence agencies around the world believed had weapons of mass destruction,." (U.P. 12/04) Bush said, referring to intelligence reports that later proved false.
I think it important to recall that these intelligence reports were not accepted by intelligence agencies around the world, and in fact most reports failed to confirm any weapons of mass destruction. In fact, the few reports that did surface were from dubious characters with known histories of untruthfulness, but I digress.
Bush went on to state, "It was clear to me, to members of both political parties, and to many leaders around the world that after Sept. 11, this was a risk we could not afford to take." referencing the Iraq war, which has now claimed the lives of more than 4,200 U.S. military personnel and countless civilians.
Bush also credited the Iraq invasion that deposed Saddam while persuading Iran to suspend its nuclear weapons research. He noted the U.S. intelligence community has timed Tehran’s halting of a key part of its nuclear weapons program to 2003, which was when the war began. "We have made our bottom line clear," Bush said. "For the safety of our people and the peace of the world, America will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon."
Bush stated that we could not afford to allow an admitted dictator to pursue a path of destruction against American interest with weapons of mass destruction. We could not afford to allow someone like Saddam to remain in power as a threat to our national security. I guess my question now is what about North Korea?
We vilify Saddam, and not without reason, but we act like we can’s see the crazy man north of the demilitarized zone who is rapidly developing nuclear weapon technology. The nutjob who has fired his long range missiles over the sea of Japan...who has told us to kiss off...who has threatened to destroy us. What is wrong with this picture.
We had to turn resources away from Bin Laden to invade a country ran by a third rate
dictator who’s military might was destroyed by the U.S. forces in Desert Storm. A country that did not possess the ability or desire to attack the United States and took no part in 9/11. In fact, Iraq was probably less of a threat than Venezuela, North Korea, Syria, Iran, or any one of ten other countries that hate our guts, but we showed them.
The region is more destabilized now than ever; we are stuck in a country torn by religious violence; and the true threats are as present as before. Now Bush states publically to Tehran, "For the safety of our people and the peace of the world, America will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon." Well, there you go...now you can see why our foreign policy is so hated throughout the world.
We will allow only certain nuts and certain countries to thumb their noses at us. We will allow only certain countries to develop nuclear capabilities. We will only allow certain countries to partner up with Russia and threaten the northern hemisphere with a show of naval power.
Don’t get me wrong. I am all for defending our national interest and have no problem with us going over and kicking the hell out of anyone who ask for it. I just have a hard time understanding the process for picking out who to attack. I guess when North Korea attacks the south, or Japan, we will do something...or not.
Maybe we can attack Cuba next while the other real threats to our national security continue to develop their nuclear weapons and support continued terrorists activities against you and I. After all, Fidel’s brother has to be as big a threat as Saddam ever could have been...at least he can get to Florida with a fishing boat.