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War in Iraq through 2009… at least

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Chimpy ain’t’a gonna let nobody tell him he was wrong to invade Iraq. Cleanin’ up that mess is gonna be some other president’s problem. You know, like the deficit, global warming, port security, and so forth. Why should he worry? BushCo Int’l (a division of The Carlyle Group) will have siphoned off enough of the treasury by then to be livin’ large, and the rest of the Administration rats will have cushy K Street lobbying jobs.

WASHINGTON – President Bush said Tuesday the decision about when to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq will fall to future presidents and Iraqi leaders, suggesting that U.S. involvement will continue at least through 2008.

Acknowledging the public’s growing unease with the war — and election-year skittishness among fellow Republicans — the president nonetheless vowed to keep U.S. soldiers in the fight.

“If I didn’t believe we could succeed, I wouldn’t be there. I wouldn’t put those kids there,” Bush declared.

He also stood by embattled Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.

“I don’t believe he should resign. He’s done a fine job. Every war plan looks good on paper until you meet the enemy,” he said.

Well, every war plan looks good when it is devised by chickenhawks who never went to war in the first place and ignored all of the analysis by the generals who said we’d need 300,000 troops and many, many years.

…the president defiantly defended his warrantless eavesdropping program, and baited Democrats who suggest that he broke the law.

Calling a censure resolution “needless partisanship,” Bush challenged Democrats to go into the November midterm elections in opposition to eavesdropping on suspected terrorists. “They ought to stand up and say, `The tools we’re using to protect the American people should not be used,'” Bush said.

Yeah, and then the Democrats ought to stand up and say, “We love Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush is a doo-doo head who loves to torture puppies!” Seriously, where does this guy get time to rest with all the strawmen he’s constantly setting up and knocking down?

Here’s a question: if this is supposedly a program to eavesdrop on suspected terrorists, and then it’s shown that you’ve monitored Quakers and anti-war protesters for potential terrorist sympathies, and it’s shown that you’ve rounded up hundreds of innocent people in Gitmo and Abu Ghraib simply because you call them “terrorists”, despite any evidence to back that up, then by golly, who ISN’T a potential eavesdropping target?

And the gall to talk about protecting the American people when the two biggest failures of intelligence in American history (9/11 and WMDs) happened on YOUR WATCH and New Orleans is still wiped off the map on YOUR WATCH and our ports are still woefully unprotected on YOUR WATCH… man, how do you walk with balls that big?

But Bush is sticking with his Magic Tiger Rock theory that breaking the law by spying on Americans is what’s going to protect us. For Bush, admitting a mistake is more horrendous than losing American civil liberties and American lives.

The president said he did not agree with former interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, who told the British Broadcasting Corporation Sunday, “If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is.”

Bush said others inside and outside Iraq think the nation has stopped short of civil war. “There are other voices coming out of Iraq, by the way, other than Mr. Allawi, who I know by the way — like. A good fellow.”

“We all recognized that there is violence, that there is sectarian violence. But the way I look at the situation is, the Iraqis looked and decided not to go into civil war.”

“Hey, Ahmed, ya wanna go into civil war?” “Nah, Ali, let’s just go blow up a few Sunnis.” “Yeah, good point. Starting a civil war would take away from all the time we need to kill the rest of our countrymen who a different from us.”

Where is this magical fantasyland that Bush lives in? Apparently not the same place as a vast majority of Americans:

Nearly four out of five Americans, including 70 percent of Republicans, believe civil war will break out in Iraq, according to a recent AP-Ipsos poll.

Bush said he’s confident of victory in Iraq. “I’m optimistic we’ll succeed. If not, I’d pull our troops out,” he said, warning that abandoning the nation would be a dangerous mistake.

“So failure in Iraq, which isn’t going to happen, would send all kinds of terrible signals to an enemy that wants to hurt us and people who are desperate to change the condition in the broader Middle East,” Bush said.

And that terrible signal is… once we make a decision to illegally invade a sovereign nation, if we don’t stick to it, no matter how many people die, no matter how much money we spend, then we’ll never be able to bomb the Middle East into a stable democracy that likes to sell us oil.

War in Iraq through 2009. At the current rate, that will be 4,655 dead American soldiers, 31,918 seriously injured American soldiers, and maybe up to half to a three-quarters of a trillion dollars spent. Do you think Iraq will be a shining beacon of democracy by then? Well, sure, because Bush & Cheney & Rummy say so! why, they’ve been so spot on with all their previous prognostications!

[Stubbornly cross-posted at Radical Writ, because to do otherwise would send a terrible signal to our enemies.]

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