Let’s not forget what is really important.
We have 144,000 soldiers stuck in the middle of a civil war while President Bush’s lackeys fight the media to try to cowl them (once again) into not reporting the truth.
We have people being pulled from a house of worship and burned alive yet Bush pretends that his war can still be won.
We have Red Staters, the so-called “thinking” Republicans, urging genocidal policies against the Iraqis they not so long ago claimed to support.
Long ago we had Republican President Dwight Eisenhower end the Korea war because he knew the American people no longer supported it. They had grown weary of fighting. He did not continue the war because he feared for his reputation.
But Bush proves the adage that none are so blind as those that refuse to see. He no longer makes a pretense of telling the truth to others. Yet what is even more frightening is he can no longer recognize the truth himself.
We can shout from the mountaintops and the street corners it is time for us to bring our troops home.
But we cannot make our voices heard in the White House.
Bush wants an out. People almost always fall back on familiar patterns. It’s true in crime. It’s true in romance. It’s true in life.
Bush’s pattern is to fail miserably and then others come and bail him out.
But he’s not paying the price for his failure now. The soldiers, sailors and Marines are paying the price. Their families are paying the price. The Iraqis are paying the price. And in a sense, we’re all paying the price because the money squandered so Bush could be a “war president” is not going to benefit humanity.
The costs of his failures as with all wars are long-term, but they are not going to be paid for him. He’s already looking at raising millions to pay for a presidential library (an oxymoron if ever there was one in his case) to spin his lies for history. But he’s not paying the price. What does he care of sinking poll numbers? His arrogance is such that he believes history will vindicate him.
I’ve long said no wars can be won. By their nature all wars are a failure. But even if wars cannot be won, they can be lost. Bush has not lost just one war, but two as Afghanistan slides into a disaster. The war that shouldn’t have been fought in Iraq has led to another defeat in the war that should have been fought in Afghanistan.
One can debate what president lost which war. But no one can debate that never in the history of the nation has a president ever lost two wars at the same time.
I worry that the win by the Democrats of the majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate has caused many of us to believe we are on our way to getting our troops out.
The Democrats need to be the ones shining the light on the way out for our troops to get out of the Hell on Earth Bush has created in Iraq. Politically and ideologically and morally, it is only correct that Democrats be the ones taking the point to save our soldiers from being the last ones to die for President Bush’s mistakes.
Yet as pointed out on Cursor, the Democrats are at risk of being outflanked on Iraq by Senator Chuck Hagel. God knows those of us in the anti-Iraq war movement are eager to find allies anywhere we can, but let us not forget as Democrats that we hold our own accountable and expect them to be at the lead.
And we need to make certain the Democrats on Capitol Hill hear us.
Now is not the time to let Bush escape his responsibility to the troops by letting him send more to cover for his failure.
Now is the time to bring our people home from Iraq.