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Hard to trust

November 28, 2005

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To the editor:

President Bush and Vice President Cheney have been quite busy recently defending the war in Iraq, vowing to "stay the course" until "victory" is achieved.

Perhaps more Americans would be willing to be persuaded yet again by these guys if "victory" was defined in some sort of clear manner that describes an achievable objective. Maybe more folks would be willing to "stay the course" if we had some sort of idea what that particular course was.

As things currently stand, I believe a majority of Americans have grown tired of placing implicit trust in this administration. It's hard to achieve a victory when the goalposts are constantly being moved, and this administration has either redefined or changed the stated goals behind this war on more than one occasion.

The phrase, "trust, but verify," has come up in our foreign-policy vocabulary in days gone by. Perhaps it's time we applied those same ideals to our own government.

Darrell Lea,

Lawrence

Comments

Speakout 9 years, 6 months ago

Nice article, and you probably will get a lot of response from the Repugs that read this. But, what is the problem in my estimation is not that the goal posts have been moved, although they have, is why we decided to play the game in the first place. Yes, Saddam Hussein was a bad man and a terrible dictator, but look at all of the bad men and terrible dictators we have left in office who are our FRIENDS.

Curtiss 9 years, 6 months ago

Don't forget; Saddam was our friend too. In fact, the crimes he's going to trial for were committed before we (Rumsfield and the Bush cabal) gave him money and WMD, weren't they?

Hmmm... it's almost 8:15 a.m.; I'm a little worried about our pal Arminius. Shouldn't he have checked in by now to explain how it's all Clinton's fault?

Kookamooka 9 years, 6 months ago

Oh yeah!!! Osama Bin Laden. Who is he? Is he still alive? Do we even care anymore? I like to think he's snug as a bug in a rug drinking martini's in Bush's basement at his camp in Crawford. The Bushes and the Bin Ladens go WAAAAY back. The best way to protect your best friends son (who takes responsibility for 9/11) is to distract the nation. WAY TO GO GEORGE!! Oh yea. another thing. Good article Mr. Lea. I like your music, too.

Jamesaust 9 years, 6 months ago

To contradict the letter's author, I don't believe that changing rationales are the same thing as changing goals or definitions of "victory."

I think the Administration has been quite consistent on that point - A free, democratic (and whole) Iraq that is neither a threat to its own people or to its neighbors. What part of this definition of "victory" is difficult to understand?

I don't know if Saddam was the worst dictator around (although the charge that he's no worse than our "friends" is easily dismissed). However, Saddam was --without question -- the worst dictator sitting on a TRILLION DOLLARS of oil revenue to finance his evil schemes. (At least North Korea is dirt poor.) That, and his unwaivering determination to carry out his threats, made his continued control a threat to U.S. security.

Kookamooka 9 years, 6 months ago

Bush SENIOR. There is more than ONE George Bush.

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