Senator Webb speaks for me. Americans tend to support the President and give him the benefit of the doubt when he acts as Commander-in-Chief. We support our troops. If the President says we have to go to war, we follow him. Until we find out he's a phony. Like this one. He says "Charge" and holds back. He calls for you to make sacrifices, but he and his clique do not. He sends your children into battle and protects his own. He tells you to make-do while his associates overcharge the American war department. Bush has betrayed us. He lied to us and took us into a war we did not need to fight. Then he managed the war poorly. Idealogues were put in charge. All the while, the President and his co-horts are ruining the middle class. Give 'em hell, Jim.
Bush Calls for Resolve was the headline in today's SF Chronicle. "As President Bush asked Americans for another chance in Iraq Wednesday night, he was speaking to a nation that has largely given up on his wartime judgment, has lost faith in his ability to succeed and is likely to have grave reservations about his assertion that the quickest way to end the conflict is to escalate it." Marc Sandalow, S.F. Chronicle Washington Bureau Chief.
Resolve? You want resolve? You can't handle resolve, Mr. Bush. How about asking for sacrifice? How about if some of your most rabid right-wing supporters sent their sons and daughters to Iraq. How about if we started paying for the war by a tax on obscene wealth and profits? Not only should we not make your tax-cuts for the wealthy permanent, we should roll them back and even surcharge them. Let's pay for this boondogle of yours by charging oil companies who have made record profits a tax on those profits. Those executives who scored bonuses of over $100 million dollars for either success or failure, they should pay taxes on their windfalls. Companies such as Halliburton who have made billions off of the Iraq war should also pony up some of those ill-gained profits.
This war is wrong on so many levels that it boggles the mind. Congress says it can't do anything. Bullshit. Congress can begin by repealing its authorization to the President for war. It can remind him that the Constitution makes Congress responsible for declaring war, not the President. It can censure him. Congress can demand a pay-as-you-go war. What Congress cannot do is nothing. Desperate people begin making desperate choices. Bush and his cohorts are dangerous. In his speech, he threatened Iran and Syria with military action.
Today we raided an Iranian consulate in Iraq. That is an illegal act of aggression against a sovereign state. We didn't like it when the Iranians seized our embassy in Tehran and held our diplomats hostage. If it was wrong then, it's wrong now.
These are very dangerous times, and we have an idiot with his finger on the nuclear trigger.