While Bush on Vacation, , More Die in Iraq


 

While Bush on Vacation, , More Die in Iraq
 


24 August 2005 at 4:07:11 PM
salon

Bush insists that as long as he is president, "we will stay, we will fight, and we will win the war on terrorism". We see again that he is more than willing to invoke 9/11 in connection with the Iraq War, when there is no connection.

While Bush is on vacation, the Pentagon orders 1500 more troops to Iraq

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An injured boy lies in a hospital bed at the Yarmuk hospital in central Baghdad following a car bomb in the Gazalia district of the capital. Violence erupted in Iraq as supporters of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr clashed with locals in the southern holy city of Najaf, killing five people, as efforts to push through war-torn Iraq's constitution received a boost from the Kurdish parliament.(AFP/Ahmad al-Rubaye)

Bush doesn't realize that the new constitution confers Islam as a basic source for law? His statements about democracy show how out of touch he is. Now that we know that the new constitution is a theocratic one, even conservatives question why we have our soldiers dying, not for democracy, but for an Islamic republic. He also doesn't appear to have read the constitution for himself, too busy vacationing? since he had to ask Condaleeza Rice about women's rights. We would enjoy a president who found it important enough to read for himself and understand the issues.

Maureen Dowd

For political reasons, the president has a history of silence on America's war dead. But he finally mentioned them on Monday because it became politically useful to use them as a rationale for war - now that all the other rationales have gone up in smoke.

"We owe them something," he told veterans in Salt Lake City (even though his administration tried to shortchange the veterans agency by $1.5 billion). "We will finish the task that they gave their lives for."

What twisted logic: with no W.M.D., no link to 9/11 and no democracy, now we have to keep killing people and have our kids killed because so many of our kids have been killed already? Talk about a vicious circle: the killing keeps justifying itself.

Just because the final reason the president came up with for invading Iraq - to create a democracy with freedom of religion and minority rights - has been dashed, why stop relaxing? W. is determined to stay the course on bike trails all over the West.


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