Just Wondering

The mission was “accomplished” four years ago.

Bush in flight suit

Since then several hundred thousand people have died in Iraq, our military has been stretched to the breaking point, a half-trillion dollars has been wasted, worldwide terrorist incidents have more than doubled and the American voters have sent a clear message to this president that they want out, NOW.

Yet the President continues to insist that we stay there, even escalate our presence there, despite all the evidence that the fun is over, and we have lost all our marbles.

Bush could have signed the current funding bill. Politically, it would have made a lot of sense. He could have acted as if he hated the idea of surrender, but the Democrats were forcing it on him, and if he wanted the money to keep our troops safe and well-equipped he had no choice but to sign the odious funding bill with the timetable for getting out. Then when it actually came time to get out, it would be right before the next election and he could claim credit for ending the war. Nixon called it “peace with honor,” but I’m sure the current crop of Orwellian spin doctors would have come up with a better slogan. There’s no way the Republicans will win the White House in 2008, but this strategy would have cut their loses in the Congressional elections, and Bush would come out of it looking like a statesman. Completely aside from the rightness or wrongness of it from a moral standpoint (like, what does he care about that?), it would allow him to write a fitting end to the fairy tale of his life that he’s been spinning for the past six years.

So why didn’t he do it?

Is it because the war is an excellent diversion from what the neocons are really up to? Is it because they’d rather have us all angry and frustrated and incredulous and demonstrating against the war, when what’s really going on is something else altogether, something more important to them than human life and the honor and reputation of their country?

Is it because they don’t want us to notice that they are looting the United States Treasury, destroying labor and the middle class, redistributing all the money into their own pockets? Are they using this insane war to distract us from the sight of their curly little tales wiggling and the sound of their rapacious snorting as they belly up to the public trough and take their fill of your tax dollars? Are they hoping the war will keep us from noticing that we are being turned into worker drones, working more and more hours for less and less real compensation, and always with the threat that our jobs could be done for even less by someone overseas if we don’t like it?

Heck, I don’t know, Maybe they’ve got an even stinkier plan. I’m just wondering.

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5 Replies to “Just Wondering”

  1. All we can do is ask questions. They are never going to answer any of the questions. The only people who can stop the war are the kids. Once they quit signing up, it ends. A draft will mean the removal of Bush from office.

    The American people won’t allow a draft.

  2. Larry-

    Yes, yes, yes. The neo-cons are using simple misdirection to keep us from focusing on the real war they’re waging against our own people and Constitution… they won’t be happy til both are destroyed.

  3. All they want is whatever keeps funneling money to their own.

    For all Americans’ talk of loving our “Freedom”, most people act out of fear of losing some mythical opportunity to strike it rich; ie, a delusional misunderstanding of Security. THAT is what lets GWB and his ilk continue to strengthen America’s aristocracy.

  4. Steve – You’re right, but it’s the kids, bursting with testosterone, who are so easy to con and recruit. Their parents never want ’em to go, but without them the generals, the politicians and the corporations can’t have their fun.

    L – You and me, babe.

    Women on the Verge – Maybe they don’t want to destroy anything, but they seem to want to own everything.

    Bains – You are so close to the bone, man. Careful about writing such thoughts down.

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