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Bush legacy

December 27, 2006

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To the editor:

President Bush and his Republican Congress started an unwinnable war based on false statements. Now America is trapped in a continuing nonending Muslim religious war costing billions of dollars a month, 3,000 American lives and more than 20,000 kids severely wounded.

The midterm elections sent a strong message that Americans have had enough of Iraq. A bipartisan study group gave the president a list of what is wrong with his war and suggestions to resolve them. Senior military commanders said it is useless to send in more troops.

Bush has summarily dismissed all these efforts at resolution, rather indicating he is planning to send in a "surge" of 20,000 additional troops to Baghdad.

It becomes more evident daily that the president has no plans to end the war, and worse, no plans to win it. The only thing he offers is simplistic platitudes and cliches like, "We'll succeed unless we quit," "Complete the mission" and "We must not waver." The president is acting like a petulant child who is going to do exactly what he wants, no matter what others think, just because he can.

This is not presidential, nor does it serve the American people that Bush allegedly represents. He places his own selfish, stubborn unrealistic, personal "vision" first, above national interests, priorities and will of the American people. How long can America tolerate or afford Bush's aberrant behavior? How many more Americans and Iraqis will die solely for President Bush's ego?

Curtis D. Bennett,

Lawrence

Comments

bisky1 7 years, 10 months ago

here we go again, bush, bush, bush, must be that time of the month

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jonas 7 years, 10 months ago

If there was anything in this article that hadn't been said 2.6 x 10^6 times before, I might find myself caring.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

As long as Bush remains in power, it will bear repeating, because as the first two posts here demonstrate, a very pitiful few, including the president, have yet to fully grasp it.

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jonas 7 years, 10 months ago

Or, it's because, somewhere in the recent past, everything has become so rediculously over-exaggerated that views on importance have become skewed. Calling Bush the most anything at all gives him, his administration and his time in power far too much credit, and it's a trend that started day 1, multiplied exponentially on 9/11 and simply hasn't died down yet.

This is not a support of Bush. I would think that you, at least, Bozo, would have been on this forum long enough to see enough of my posts to know my thoughts on the president and the quality of his administrative abilities. I do not, however, think that he at any point transgressed his authority as president (due to the extended powers that the panicking senate idiotically but understandingly gave to him after 9/11. I understand that the plot of his administration DOES ring spookily similar to Palpatine's rise to power in Star Wars, but that doesn't mean it's the intentional plot of a sith lord bent on destroying us all or anything.

The real problem is that when you just toss out the SAME crap, as this LTE writer did, nothing is accomplished other than to make the opposing side respond with their own laundry list of meaningless, jingoistic cliches, such as Bush is the best president, evar, lib-tards are destroying America, All you care about is abortion, etc.

"As long as Bush remains in power, it will bear repeating," so say it every day until January 2009, I guess. He's not going to get impeached, history will likely not remember him as anything more than the president in office on 9/11. You can continue to aggravate his image past the true low-end mediocrity of his actual performance, but it's not going to make it true.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

"You can continue to aggravate his image past the true low-end mediocrity of his actual performance, but it's not going to make it true."

I agree-- his very real and oft-demonstrated extreme incompetence and corruption is what "makes it true," not my saying it.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

"If we up and pull out of the "mess" we will be back in 10 years."

Only if we're stupid enough to allow more people like Bush, who continues to think that an American Empire is a workable idea, become president.

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aeroscout17 7 years, 10 months ago

right_thinker, probably one of your best posts. You couldn't be more right. I expected clear back before the bombing of the World Trade Center (which was way overdue) and yet we did nothing. We have seen only the beginning...

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Speakout 7 years, 10 months ago

As long as American presidents meddle in the Middle East, this kind of thing will continue. Have you ever noticed that all of the problems we have in the Middle East began with Oil and the need to assist Israel?

Look carefully at history and before oil was struck there, no one cared or worried over the Middle East. The Arabs lived their own lives and we lived ours. Who struck first? We did, by sending arms to a fledgling country that wants more land. (I imagine you heard that Israeli government decided to annex more parts of Gaza?) Where are these Palestinans going to live and how many more are going to die over this imperialism?

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craigers 7 years, 10 months ago

When you don't crush your enemies until they are solidly defeated, they keep coming back. Hopefully, Bush will actually listen to many viewpoints this year and figure out a good course of action.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

"When you don't crush your enemies until they are solidly defeated,"

Spoken like a true (pagan) Roman citizen.

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craigers 7 years, 10 months ago

Posted by just_another_bozo_on_this_bus (anonymous) on December 27, 2006 at 9:36 a.m. (Suggest removal)

"When you don't crush your enemies until they are solidly defeated,"

Spoken like a true (pagan) Roman citizen.


Spoken like a true critic with nothing valuable to add to the discussion.

And scenebooster, yes he should have done that at the beginning.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

Your remark reflects precisely the code that the pagan Romans lived by.

Sorry if that's uncomfortable for you, but there it is.

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jonas 7 years, 10 months ago

Right-Thinker: You're modernized grasshopper fable in the attack poverty LTE thread inspired me to write my own. You'll have to let me know what you think.

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

"These people are never going to engage in conventional warfare."

Should we equip them with uniforms, training and weaponry so they can fight the way you prefer?

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

The military did not want to go into Iraq in the first place. Bush ordered them to do so.

Then some say go to Afghanistan. What for? Afghanistan like Iraq did not attack the USA.

bin Laden is not about Afghanistan nor is he a government representative.

A small band of outlaws got around the Bush Admin on 9/11/01 not the people of Iraq or Afghanistan. Bush screwed up so he's off killing thouands of innocent people which is a bit insensitive.

What Bush has reduced to rubble we the taxpayers will be expected to restore when after all the citizens of Afghanistan and Iraq did nothing wrong. How big is your tax dollar wallet??

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jonas 7 years, 10 months ago

Right-thinker: Original, yessir! I had great fun writing that.

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budwhysir 7 years, 10 months ago

Could it be, that this is a political letter to the editor???

Politicaly speaking of course

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

Dennis Kucinich speaking from the Floor of the House Dec 7, 2006

"On October 25th, President Bush cited oil as a reason for our continued presence in Iraq. The Iraq study group is recommending Iraq law be changed to facilitate privatization of Iraq's oil wealth.

"The Iraq Study Group report says as much as 500,000 barrels per day -- that is $11.3 billion per year -- in Iraqi oil wealth is now being stolen, which is interesting, since the Ministry of Oil is the first place our troops were sent after the invasion of Iraq and we now have 140,000 troops there.

"How can we expect the end of the Iraq war and national reconciliation in Iraq, while we advocate that Iraq's oil wealth by handled by private oil companies?

"It is ironic that this report comes at the exact time the Interior Department's Inspector General says that oil companies are cheating the US out of billions of dollars while the Administration looks the other way.

"Is it possible that Secretary Baker has a conflict of interest, which should have precluded him from co-chairing a study group whose final report promotes privatization of Iraq oil assets, given his ties to the oil industry?

"Is it possible that our troops are dying for the profits of private oil companies?"

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 10 months ago

"Is it possible that our troops are dying for the profits of private oil companies?"

How could he say such a thing? He must hate Bush and America.

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