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Bush Needs To Start Listening, Another Thousand Lives, Mr. President?

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post Jan 4 2007, 06:33 PM
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Another Thousand Lives
>
> By Bob Herbert, N.Y. Times

>
>
> How long can this go on?
>
> Saddam is dead. The weapons of mass destruction were a mirage. More than
> 3,000 American G.I.s and scores of thousands of Iraqis have been killed.
> Voters in the United States have made it clear that they no longer support
> American involvement in this exercise in sustained barbarism. Incredibly,
> the U.S. military itself is turning against the war.
>
> And yet the president, against the counsel of his commanders on the
> ground, apparently is ready to escalate - to send more American lives
> into the fire he set in Iraq.
>
> In a devastating critique of the war, the newsweekly Army Times led its
> current edition with the headline: "About-Face on the War - After 3 years
> of support, troops sour on Iraq." The article detailed a Military Times
> Poll that found, for the first time, that "more troops disapprove of the
> president's handling of the war than approve of it."
>
> Only a third of the service members surveyed approved of the president's
> conduct of the war, while 42 percent disapproved. Perhaps worse was the
> finding that only half of the troops believed that success in Iraq was
> likely.
>
> The service members made it clear that they were not attacking their
> commander in chief personally. His overall approval rating remained high.
> What has turned them off has been the wretched reality of the war. In the
> article, David Segal, director of the Center for Research on Military
> Organization at the University of Maryland, said, "They're seeing more
> casualties and fatalities and less progress."
>
> In other words, they're seeing the same thing everybody else is seeing -
> except, perhaps, Mr. Bush.
>
> On New Year's Day, readers of The New York Times could see the
> excruciating photo layout of the latest 1,000 American service members to
> die in Iraq. As in all wars, most of them were young. Many of them were
> smiling in the photos. All of them died unnecessarily.
>
> The war has been an exercise in futility and mind-boggling incompetence,
> and yet our involvement continues - with no end in sight, no plans for
> withdrawal, no idea of where we might be headed - as if the U.S. had
> fallen into some kind of bizarrely destructive trance from which it is
> unable to awaken.
>
> And who is paying the price for this insanity - apart from ordinary
> Iraqis, who are paying the most grievous price of all? The burden of the
> war in the U.S. is being shouldered overwhelmingly by a contingent of
> Americans whom no one would categorize as economically privileged.
>
> As Lizette Alvarez and Andrew Lehren wrote in Monday's Times:
>
> "The service members who died during this latest period fit an unchanging
> profile. They were mostly white men from rural areas, soldiers so young
> they still held fresh memories of high school football heroics and teenage
> escapades. Many men and women were in Iraq for the second or third time.
> Some were going on their fourth, fifth or sixth deployment."
>
> There is no way that this can be justified. It is just wrong.
>
> I've said many times that if a war is worth fighting the way to do it is
> to mobilize the entire country, drawing the warriors from as wide a swath
> of the population as possible and raising taxes on everyone as part of an
> all-out effort to defeat a common enemy.
>
> This war is not worth fighting. And if there were ever serious talk about
> enacting a draft or raising taxes to fight it, you'd see quickly enough
> that the vast majority of Americans would not find it worth fighting.
>
> There must be a leader somewhere who can shake the U.S. out of this tragic
> hypnotic state, who can see that it is beyond crazy to continue our
> involvement in this war indefinitely, to sacrifice another 1,000 young
> lives, and then another thousand after that.
>
> All of the tortured, twisted rationales for this war - all of the fatuous
> intellectual pyrotechnics dreamed up to justify it - have vaporized, and
> we're left with just the mad, mindless, meaningless and apparently endless
> slaughter.
>
> Shakespeare, in "Henry VI," said: "Now thou art come unto a feast of
> death."
>
> We should end our participation in the feast of death in Iraq. It is
> criminal to continue feeding our troops into the slaughter.
>
> If there were politicians here at home with some of the courage of the
> troops in the field, we could begin saving lives rather than watching
> helplessly as the Bush White House continues to sacrifice them. Three
> thousand and counting is enough.
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post Jan 4 2007, 07:14 PM
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Yes, the news tells us that Bush is sending more troops to Iraq in a "troop surge." Just remember that bush is not making the decisions. As Painter has repeatedly pointed out, bush is a salesman for the agenda and really isn't in the inner circle. Bush listens very well, but it's to his handlers.
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