Bush Traded Iraq for Our Security

Take a look at this Washington Post piece:

The president faced questions about when the United States can end its combat role in Iraq, which now exceeds the length of U.S. fighting in World War II. Now in its fifth year, the Iraq war has claimed the lives of at least 3,610 members of the U.S. military.

We’ve spent a great deal of time and resources playing at nation building in Iraq.  That didn’t distract us from anything, did it?

Terrorism was another issue facing the president. A new threat assessment from U.S. counterterrorism analysts said that the al-Qaida terrorist network has used its safe haven along the Afghan-Pakistan border to restore its operating capabilities to a level unseen since the months before Sept. 11, 2001.

We’ve known for some time that Iraq was becoming a training ground for more terrorists.  Yet here it is, spelled out clear as day, in a starkly titled report:

The analysis, titled “Al-Qaida better positioned to strike the West,” was to be part of a broader meeting at the White House on Thursday about an upcoming National Intelligence Estimate.

Since they paid such attention to a briefing titled Bin Laden determined to strike in US, you’d think “better positioned to strike” might be an attention grabber.  Yet Bush is still planning on single-mindedly defending the war in Iraq.  You’d think they would have learned their lesson.

These words by Keith Olbermann once again strike me as unfortunately sharp:

When those who dissent are told time and time again — as we will be, if not tonight by the President, then tomorrow by his portable public chorus — that he is preserving our freedom, but that if we use any of it, we are somehow un-American…When we are scolded, that if we merely question, we have “forgotten the lessons of 9/11″… look into this empty space behind me and the bi-partisanship upon which this administration also did not build, and tell me:

Who has left this hole in the ground?

We have not forgotten, Mr. President.

You have.

May this country forgive you.

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2 Responses

  1. The people we have entrusted with our security and prosperity have neither at heart.

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