Letters to the Editor

Presidential challenge

September 23, 2009


To the editor:

When Republicrat Rep. Joe Wilson accused President Obama of lying recently, it created quite a furor. At this time, both Wilson and his opponent have experienced substantial gains in fundraising, each over a million dollars.

Calculated or not, wrong though it was, I couldn’t help but think of another time in the recent past when America needed a similar voice. What if a Demican had challenged President George W. Bush in his speech before Congress leading up to the war in Iraq? If someone had called Bush a liar, about weapons of mass destruction, their known whereabouts, how short the war (illegal invasion and occupation) would be, and other misstatements, perhaps history would look different.

Today some 4,000 of our troops might still be with their loved ones. Tens of thousands of innocent Iraqi children and adults might yet be alive, with hope for a better future, and millions of Iraqis would not be displaced, facing an uncertain existence. Soon, another generation of Iraqis will only know car bombs, civil strife, and war.

Sadly though, America’s perpetual war for profit churns on. Earlier this month, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved $128 billion in military spending for President Obama and the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan for next year. This brings the total spent in these areas to over $1 trillion since September 11, 2001. And we can’t afford health care for all!


rtwngr 8 years, 4 months ago

Well, Ace, in case you missed it, several Democomrades booed George W. Bush during a State of the Union address. Furthermore, there was 500 tons of yellow cake uranium found in Iraq, just in case you want to get the facts straight. This uranium was delivered to Canada, in July of 2008, who had purchased it from the Iraqi government quietly. Thought you might want to know.

repaste 8 years, 4 months ago

"Furthermore, there was 500 tons of yellow cake uranium found in Iraq, just in case you want to get the facts" Good one Bozo. Rush tell you himself?

jonas_opines 8 years, 4 months ago

What in the world was the point of this?

And Presidential Challenge sounds like something from that old Nick Double Dare show.

mr_right_wing 8 years, 4 months ago

Most of those democrats agreed with Bush and believed there were WMDs. I'd be more than happy to post names and quotes of PROMINENT democrats who were calling for action. Just say the word...anyone, anyone??

Here's a little preview...Clinton as well as Gore!

maxcrabb 8 years, 4 months ago

Name a democrat who landed a fighter jet in front of a banner that said "Mission: Accomplished" for all the world to see, live on television... See? We could go all day with this.

My point is not that the republicans or the democrats are to blame, but rather...

Why did we screw it up so badly? There are a lot of people who can claim responsibility for failure in both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the days leading up to 9/11.

But no one has ever said, "Well, we really messed up that one." It's always the 'other' guy's fault.

We should stop letting corrupt and overpaid politicians pit us against each other. We should be asking them (all of them) why America isn't better. Because we all know it can be.


ksdivakat 8 years, 4 months ago

maxcrabb....thats the best post Ive seen on the subject, and completely honest.

Left_handed 8 years, 4 months ago

The yellowcake sale to Canada is true, however you would never have read about it in your usual liberal mainstream media Democrat leaning news outlets (LA Times, NY Times, ABC, NBC, CBS, etc.)

The "Mission Accomplished" banner referred to deposing Saddam Hussein as dictator of Iraq. Regime change in Iraq was signed into law by President William Jefferson Clinton after being approved by overwhelming majorities in both houses of congress. Look it up:

PUBLIC LAW 105–338—OCT. 31, 1998

Richard Heckler 8 years, 4 months ago

Believing there were WMD's and KNOWING there were WMD's are substantial differences. It doesn't matter who supported the largest strategic blunder in USA history according to one general.

Declaring war without hard evidence is irrational thinking. All of the evidence that was coming back did not support any reason for invasion. Which is why so many important allies declined the offer to participate.

The WMD's had been destroyed during the Clinton years according to a lengthy 1997 story in newsweek which was long before GW was elected.

WMD's was a lie and BUSHCO knew it all along. Bush/Cheney PNAC foreign policy document, "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members held highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

This is what was driving the BUSCO foreign policy. Who controls the world oil supply controls the world.

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