Category: War

So the surge is not going well, so what does Bush do? Bush attempts to connect the Iraq war to Al Qaeda. He is using the same lie that got the US in this Iraq mess in the first place.

Al Qaeda in Iraq is a group of terrorists who align themselves with the views of Al Qaeda, it has nothing to with the command and control structure of the real Al Qaeda. Tomorrow, a group could form calling themselves “Republicans in Iraq,” because they align themselves with the views of the Republican party. It doesn’t mean that the RNC chairman in the US has any control over “Republicans in Iraq.”

To proclaim the Al Qaeda in Iraq is Al Qaeda, therefore we should continue occupying Iraq, is complete Insanity.

I actually got this message in my inbox this morning from McCain’s campaign. I am on the mailing list, since I made a donation to his campaign in 2000.

This morning, U.S. Senator John McCain issued the following statement on Senator
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Barack Obama’s votes against emergency funding
for our troops in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan:

“I was very disappointed to see Senator Obama and Senator Clinton embrace the policy
of surrender by voting against funds to support our brave men and women fighting in
Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This vote may win favor with MoveOn and liberal primary voters, but it’s the
equivalent of waving a white flag to al Qaeda.”

If we use such logic in the war decision making process, when would there ever be a justifiable move to end an ongoing war? You cannot have a “surrender is not an option” mentality, its completely illogical. You can’t have a “faith based” war strategy, with no contingency plan.

Secondly, what the hell does this have to do with Al Qaeda? We already surrendered to Al Queda when we pulled forces out Afghanistan, to go invade Iraq. Al Qaeda only makes up a fraction of the overall insurgency in Iraq. Al Qaeda is there, because United States troops are there. When the US leaves Iraq, Al Qaeda will certainly celebrate, along with the majority of the Muslim world, but its not some grand victory for Al Qaeda. The struggle against Al Qaeda is a global effort, Iraq is just one of a thousand battlefields.

At this point, I’m so fed up with McCain’s fall in to the crevasse of idiocy, that I’ve unsubscribed from his mailing list.

I actually got this message in my inbox this morning from McCain’s campaign. I am on the mailing list, since I made a donation to his campaign in 2000.

This morning, U.S. Senator John McCain issued the following statement on Senator
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Barack Obama’s votes against emergency funding
for our troops in harm’s way in Iraq and Afghanistan:

“I was very disappointed to see Senator Obama and Senator Clinton embrace the policy
of surrender by voting against funds to support our brave men and women fighting in
Iraq and Afghanistan.

“This vote may win favor with MoveOn and liberal primary voters, but it’s the
equivalent of waving a white flag to al Qaeda.”

If we use such logic in the war decision making process, when would there ever be a justifiable move to end an ongoing war? You cannot have a “surrender is not an option” mentality, its completely illogical. You can’t have a “faith based” war strategy, with no contingency plan.

Secondly, what the hell does this have to do with Al Qaeda? We already surrendered to Al Queda when we pulled forces out Afghanistan, to go invade Iraq. Al Qaeda only makes up a fraction of the overall insurgency in Iraq. Al Qaeda is there, because United States troops are there. When the US leaves Iraq, Al Qaeda will certainly celebrate, along with the majority of the Muslim world, but its not some grand victory for Al Qaeda. The struggle against Al Qaeda is a global effort, Iraq is just one of a thousand battlefields.

At this point, I’m so fed up with McCain’s fall in to the crevasse of idiocy, that I’ve unsubscribed from his mailing list.

I was excited when Giuliani announced his interest in running for president a few months ago. Its great to see more moderate options in the republican party. People seem to forget that the binding of Christianity with the republican party its a recent phenomenon. Its really a side effect of the democratic party embracing civil rights in the 60’s, and the subsequent southern flight to the republican party.

I thought Giuliani might be a promising candidate, but appears his major talking point is to continue the campaign of fear started by the Bush administration.

“We’re going to win that war whether there’s a Republican president or a Democratic president or any other president,” he said. “The question is going to be: How long does it take and how many losses will we have along the way? And I truly believe that if we go back on defense for a period of time, we’re going to ultimately have more losses and it’s going to go on much longer.”

“If one of them gets elected, it sounds to me like we’re going on the defense,” he said. “We’ve got a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. We’re going to wave the white flag there. We’re going to try to cut back on the Patriot Act. We’re going to cut back on electronic surveillance. We’re going to cut back on interrogation. We’re going to cut back, cut back, cut back, and we’ll be back in our pre-September 11 mentality of being on defense.”

— Rudy Giuliani

After such comments, I will never vote for Rudy Giuliani.

Since its been over four years since the start of the Iraq war, how has the life of your typical US citizen changed? Unless you are close to someone who is serving in the armed forces, chances are that your life is no different than the pre-war days.

The war seems to be something people watch on TV; a perpetual March madness. People keep score by watching CNN, just like I check ESPN for the latest basketball scores. Anymore, people just seem to be suffering from war coverage fatigue. Remember when the death of a soldier was a major story? Now 5 can die in one day, and most Americans don’t flinch.

If there is one lesson we should take from this Iraqi war adventure, in the future we need to make ordinary citizens sacrifice during wartime. If we want to prevent future wars of choice, the US congress should pass a law requiring all significant military actions to have a drafting of men under the selective service act.

A mandatory draft during wartime would accomplish a few goals:

  • It would make politicians think twice before approving the use of force.
  • It would bring the war to the home front, making ordinary US citizens more wary of the use of force.
  • It would prevent a shortage of troops during wartime.
  • It would increase the socioeconomic diversity of the armed forces.

As I continue to consider what presidential hopeful I will support, the one thing I really like about Obama is he had a consistent anti-Iraq war position from the start.

For fun, I dug up my oldest blog post on Iraq. Here is the content of my blog post from 2/13/2002, over five years ago. A year before we invaded Iraq.


Iraq Next?
Alex Valentine
2/13/2002
http://slashdot.org/~asv108/journal/4976

According to this article, Secretary of State Colin Powell is going to lobby several nations for their support of a campaign in Iraq? The article says that President Bush has made up his mind that it’s the right thing to do. Not that I’m pro-Iraq or anything, I thought we should have finished them off back in 1991, but what terrorist act against US citizens did Iraq sponsor? I can’t think of one, and the main problem with this whole “War on Terrorism” is the fact that it’s going to lead to MORE TERRORISM.

The United States military presence in Saudi Arabia is what incited Osama Bin Laden in the first place. The Afghanistan campaign was just and necessary since it was a terrorist safe haven but any additional actions are going to lead to major backlash against the United States. Bush made a HUGE mistake by including Iran and North Korea in the “Axis of Evil.” Now, the political climate in Iran will be favorable for the extremists we saw in the 80’s and early 90’s. Now a country that was slowly moving towards openness and democracy is reverting back to its former political climate. Great Job G.W!