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Friday, November 11, 2005

Revisionist History

First, today is Veteran's Day. A hearty Thank You to all of the brave men and women that have served. It does not go unnoticed by those of us that have benefitted from your sacrifices.

But, how do we honor them? I just saw an interview with Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) on CNN with Wolf Blitzer, and he said that the best way to honor the current veterans (those in Iraq) was to come up with a coherent foreign policy, an exit strategy, and to just be honest with these soldiers about why they are there. I agree; but it goes much farther than that...what about when these soldiers come home? We need to protect these soldiers when they come home with help on jobs, housing, better health care, including mental health care, and better pay and retirement benefits.

This stems from today's attack by President Bush on war critics, drumming up that old line of his, that war critics are undermining the troops in Iraq. Meanwhile, Bush resurrects his old standby: "Congress had the same intelligence on Iraq as I did!"

Harry Reid retorts: "Attacking those patriotic Americans who have raised serious questions about the case the Bush administration made to take our country to war does not provide us a plan for success that will bring our troops home," Mr. Reid said. "While the Bush administration continues to stonewall the Congress from finding the truth about the manipulation of pre-war intelligence, Democrats will continue to press for a full airing of the facts."

John Kerry responds: "Mr. Kerry responded in Boston, where he participated in ceremonies honoring veterans and active duty forces. "I wish President Bush knew better than to dishonor America's veterans by playing the politics of fear and smear on Veterans Day," Mr. Kerry said. "This administration misled a nation into war by cherry-picking intelligence and stretching the truth beyond recognition."

Mr. Bush considers it "revisionist history" to question why we went to war in the first place. Then again, his poll numbers are in the toilet...you do the math. [Yahoo]

While it is perfectly true that the misguided war in Iraq had bi-partisan support at the time, it was based on cherry-picked intelligence and outright LIES. We went over there to among other things, steal Iraqi oil. We've lost over 2,050 soldiers since we launched the Iraq war. Isn't it time we did these brave soldiers a favor and brought them home?

2 comments:

Mike said...

Ben, you are a freedom hater!! This war was never about oil...it's about spreading freedom in the Middle East. Have you forgotten the purple fingers? Freedom is on the march, my friend...better get in line...

tetrasaure said...

Ah got to love the good old feverous pitch of spreading peace to the middle east. HA
Arms sales are up, oil is practically free for the taking, and outsourcing contracts which are non-iraqi are through the roof. Who stands to lose, the people of iraq not Saddam. Who's killed more people in iraq than saddam? The west in the name of peace and democracy. If I was Iraqi I would probably do the same things they are doing over there, and the major media in the USA would report it was terrorist activities of insurgents. Iraq is theres and they are not stupid people; and what did we do to the stupid English that were abusing the thirteen colonies? Those who believe the matrix of lies are doomed to be slaughtered by those who spin the lies.