Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Shame, Shame, Shame

I have a major decision to make. I just read this article written by Joseph L. Galloway for Knight-Ridder Newspapers. Here's an excerpt to illustrate the tone (bolds mine)

[...] President Bush echoed his No. 2's conclusions the next day, declaring that the upsurge in violence in Iraq is evidence that the insurgency is on its last legs.

We haven't heard the like since July 3, 2003, when the president told those misguided souls who thought they saw an opportunity to kill Americans in Iraq: "Bring 'em on!"

Since the last good news in Iraq, the Jan. 30 elections, and a resulting but brief pause in the pace of attacks on Americans and Iraqis, more than 700 Iraqis have been slaughtered in a wave of terrorist bombings and attacks that are increasing in sophistication and viciousness. The death toll among American troops in Iraq is 1,665 and rising.

Rising while the president is "staying the course" and Dick Cheney still believes that Saddam Hussein was in cahoots with bin Laden, on the verge of building a nuclear weapon and preparing to unleash clouds of chemical and biological agents on the world in general and Americans in particular.

Meanwhile, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld marches stubbornly on with his crackpot ideas about how to transform the military so it's lighter, faster and more agile. So far, he's succeeding only in breaking the Army and the Marine Corps.[...]

Giving this article some thought, I have to reach the conclusion that Mr. Galloway is ignorant and misinformed of the facts, or that he has been in seclusion for the past year, or that he's a lying bastard with an axe to grind. I choose...

Unless he considers the Iraqi elections as the only criteria for good, he's incorrect. Much good news has come out of Iraq since then. True, terrorist bombings decreased, and have spiked again this past month, and true, many of our finest (and many, many Iraqis) have given their lives. President Bush is 'staying the course'. Does Dick Cheney believe that Saddam Hussein was in cahoots with bin Laden, or has he indicated that belief? Nope. Nuclear/Chemical weapons? According to every major intelligence agency at the time, he was. We know differently now, but you don't judge performance then on information now. At least a sensible person doesn't. Rumsfeld's ideas are his alone, and crackpot, and have broken both the Army and the Marines? Sorry, you can add IDIOT to my assessment above.
Knight-Ridder Newspapers syndication is carried in a LOT of small to mid-sized papers, and will be read by a LOT of normal, patriotic Americans who, by choice or by lot, will have no other access to the truth. For injecting these lies and half-truths into the American conversation... SHAME on them!