January 15, 2004

War of Choice, Not Necessity

Sen. Edward Kennedy on The Broken Trust:

"We are reaping the poison fruit of our misguided and arrogant foreign policy," Mr. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, said in a speech before the Center for American Progress, a liberal policy organization in Washington. "The administration capitalized on the fear created by 9/11 and put a spin on the intelligence and a spin on the truth to justify a war that could well become one of the worst blunders in more than two centuries of American foreign policy."

I agree.

A lot of Republicans love to hate Kennedy. But who else is standing up and saying what Ted is saying with such clarity?

For me, I never trusted Bush. But many did. And, as far as I can tell he has broken that trust. He entered the office with the hope that he could justify war with Iraq, and an opportunity fell in his lap. Like an aggressive poker player lucky to get good cards, he ran the table for a while. He even bullied himself into winning a few bad hands.

But in the poker game of life, people don't appreciate being bluffed. The stakes are not just our money, but our trust in the government and our hope for the future. Bush and his entourage are cynically using our country's trust and trading on our future. But instead of playing to our hopes, he's appealing to people's ugliest fears.

We are now waging wars of choice, not necessity. This becomes more clear daily.Not only abroad, but at home. Political enemies of the administration are targeted. Compare:

  • Time between the publication of a Robert Novak column revealing the name of a CIA agent and the launch of an investigation into the source of the leak: 74 days.
  • Time between the airing of a CBS interview and the launch of an investigation into the source of allegedly secret documents used in a book critical of President Bush: 20 hours.
  • Time between the publication of Bob Woodward's highly flattering Bush at War and the investigation into the source of multiple secret documents referenced in the book: Thirteen months and counting.
A leak is only a problem if it is a political problem. An opponent is always a problem, and will be dealt with one way or another. (stats stolen from here).

You can only get angry about the same thing so much. Now I'm just tired. Tired of Bush. Tired of having to post political reactions.

So, you've got your positive effects of the Iraq war. You're happy Saddam is gone. Me too. But it's increasingly surprising to me how easy it is for this president to march us into war on an invented imminent threat. He played the country like a fiddle. And it's still only few loud voices, like that of Mr. Kennedy that are able to make a splash with their comments pointing out the obvious. A trust was broken. Doesn't that count for anything?

Full text of the senator's speech.

Posted by James at January 15, 2004 1:44 AM
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