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What the hell does Iraq have to do with the War on Terror?

  • Number of 9/11 terrorists from Iraq: 0
  • Number of International terrorist incidents planned by Iraq in the past decade: 0
  • Amount of funding Al Quada received from Iraq: 0
  • Number of military maneuvers Sadam was capable of performing without us knowing: 0
  • Apparent number of Weapons of Mass Destruction: 1 old shell

Yet time after time after time, our glorious Commander and Thief ties the War in Iraq with the "War on Terror". On Monday night his speech to the Army War College was titled: "President Outlines Steps to Help Iraq Achieve Democracy and Freedom - Remarks by the President on Iraq and the War on Terror"

He goes on to tie Iraq directly to the "War on Terror":

"We did not seek this war on terror, but this is the world as we find it. We must keep our focus. We must do our duty. History is moving, and it will tend toward hope, or tend toward tragedy. Our terrorist enemies have a vision that guides and explains all their varied acts of murder. They seek to impose Taliban-like rule, country by country, across the greater Middle East."

So now the Iraqis are "Our terrorist enemies"?

Of course now the argument is that the Terrorists occupied Iraq when we opened up a power vacuum after our invasion. But if that is the case, then we did "seek this war on terror" because we started this pre-emptive war. Preempting what? I don't know.

For some reason I want to believe what the government tells me. When the news reports about the 40 people killed at the wedding party hit the news, my first thought was what a horrible mistake. Then the military said it wasn't a party, it was a terrorist meeting camp, and I thought "oh those terrorist are trying to pull a PR fast one". Then the AP video hit with more evidence of a wedding night horror, and my feelings went to "I can't believe the government lied to me."

Truthfully, at this point I have no idea what the truth about this incident is, but I do think this feeling must be the same as the general state of Bush supporters. They desperately want to hold onto their illusion of a strong leader who tells it to them straight, but reality keeps slapping them in the face.

Slowly, slowly, slowly, they awaken to the realization that they have been had, and quietly slip over to the Kerry camp.

Posted by Al Maline at May 27, 2004 9:10 PM