Don’t take this one sitting down

January 5, 2007

President Bush is expected to call for sending as many as 40,000 additional troops to Vietnam — I mean Iraq — next week. Escalating the war is now being called a surge. Stay the course has been relabeled. It’s the new way forward. We did this in Vietnam, remember? The U.S. kept sending troops over there which only led to more people dying.

The same thing will happen in Iraq. The United States is now an occupying army providing over a civil war in Iraq. There is no way forward, just more death, injury in the squandering of our national Treasury. This country has its belly full of this failed operation in Iraq. Read any public opinion poll.

Is 3,006 deaths not enough? How many do you suppose it will take before President Bush’s conscience begins to bother him — 5,000, 10,000, more? How many? Meanwhile, the White House continues to try to get you to think that this is something it’s not. The word surge is being used to camouflage the administration plans to escalate the war in Iraq.

And it’s not just about the troops. The White House says they’re looking at a whole range of options including on the economic front. This little misadventure is already cost us half a trillion dollars, and we’re losing. But there’s never been much of a market for reality in the Bush White House. It’s all about the spin you know.

So next week when the president talks about sending more of your sons and daughters to die in Iraq, don’t think surge. Recognize it for what it is.

~ Jack Cafferty

I haven’t talked much about the war against Iraq. Mainly because I can’t add any more to the discussion (if you want to call the mudslinging that) than has already been said. But every once in a while, I hear something that cuts through the haze. This is one of those times.

This may not be Vietnam (analogies are tricky during the best of times), but this isn’t World War II either.

I hope for everyone’s sake that if Bush tries to push this through, the Democrats, now in the majority, show the true meaning of the cliché The Moral Majority.

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One Response to “Don’t take this one sitting down”

  1. Ken Larson said

    There are good points in your article. I would like to supplement them with some information:

    I am a 2 tour Vietnam Veteran who recently retired after 36 years of working in the Defense Industrial Complex on many of the weapons systems being used by our forces as we speak.

    If you are interested in a view of the inside of the Pentagon procurement process from Vietnam to Iraq please check the posting at my blog entitled, “Odyssey of Armaments”

    http://rosecoveredglasses.blogspot.com/2006/11/odyssey-of-armaments.html

    The Pentagon is a giant, incredibly complex establishment, budgeted in excess of $500B per year. The Rumsfelds, the Administrations and the Congressmen come and go but the real machinery of policy and procurement keeps grinding away, presenting the politicos who arrive with detail and alternatives slanted to perpetuate itself.

    How can any newcomer, be he a President, a Congressman or even the new Sec. Def.Mr. Gates, understand such complexity, particularly if heretofore he has not had the clearance to get the full details?

    Answer- he can’t. Therefore he accepts the alternatives provided by the career establishment that never goes away and he hopes he makes the right choices. Or he is influenced by a lobbyist or two representing companies in his district or special interest groups.

    From a practical standpoint, policy and war decisions are made far below the levels of the talking heads who take the heat or the credit for the results.

    This situation is unfortunate but it is absolute fact. Take it from one who has been to war and worked in the establishment.

    This giant policy making and war machine will eventually come apart and have to be put back together to operate smaller, leaner and on less fuel. But that won’t happen until it hits a brick wall at high speed.

    We will then have to run a Volkswagen instead of a Caddy and get along somehow. We better start practicing now and get off our high horse. Our golden aura in the world is beginning to dull from arrogance.

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