Wednesday, June 29, 2005
Prior to the invasion, the Bush Administration told the American people the "conflict" would be brief, perhaps six months even.
Now Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld is talking anywhere between five and twelve years?
C'mon man, this is crazy.
Last night the President gave a great political speech to shore up domestic support for the mission abroad. The problem is the "mission" seems to be rather fluid.
First the mission was disarming Saddam Hussein and the weapons of mass destruction for the safety of the American people. The President did the whole flight-suit bit and declared major combat operations over under a sign that said "Mission Accomplished."
Now the mission seems to be establishing a democratic Iraq. While the sentiment is very noble, that's not what the President established as the basis for invading Iraq.
Do you really think Congress would have given the President a blank check to invade Iraq in order to change their government and engage in nation-building?
I don't think so.
The weapons of mass destruction aren't there, we've stopped looking, and now we're stuck in this situation. Our forces are being stretched too thin, our National Guard is overseas instead of here defending our borders, and the money we're spending is insane coupled with tax cuts, huge deficits, and a range of domestic priorities.
I think a free and democratic Iraq would be beautiful, there's no doubt about that. But the President should admit his mistakes in order to get things on track.
Oh yeah, and WHERE IS OSAMA BIN LADEN?