To the latter of the above quotes, I would ask, then why are we over there? It also makes me think that perhaps the President has never been to eastside Cleveland, or maybe even parts of his own district, at least not outside of his entourage.
Last night I attended an anti-war talk sponsored by our local Democratic Party. I have no party affiliation since it seems that neither party realistically addresses the needs of Middle America.
This meeting featured the usual angst and rhetoric, but was unwilling to address the illegality of U.S. war policy and Democratic party complicity with the war. Not only is the Democratic party an enabler in Iraq policy, but it is leading the precipitous rush to war with Iran.
The latest drumbeat to war is heard in the murmur that Iranians are helping to kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq. This is a most unfortunate and probably true statement, yet it is a meaningless construct. It is likewise obvious that Pakistani assistance to the Taliban leads to U.S. casualties, as do Saudi, Jordanian and Egyptian fighters within Iraq.
If U.S. policy is going to get tough with Iran, then why not just start a general Middle East war and kick everybody's asses. Something akin to the free-for-alls found in a WWF tournament. This would be a fitting legacy for a GWB America.
The Democrats and Republicans must gain a consensus to end the war in Iraq and to prevent further military insanity towards Iran. Iran is another phony issue with which to mesmerize the American public. Fortunately, the European leaders understand this shell game subterfuge.