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November 29, 2003

Bush to Baghdad: The Patina hides little.

The President’s surprise visit, (no doubt for security reasons), had all the patina of Gen. MacArthur’s filmed return to the Phillipines, or Pres. Truman’s trip to Korea. But, this effort to display his role as Commander In Chief, friend of American troops, hides none of the political reason for the war, the political reason for the photo-op, or the political reason for pushing headlines about American miltary deaths off the front pages.

Nor will it do much to hide the oncoming wave of criticism and disbelief as American's learn of the administration's review of calling up the draft of American youth to fight Bush's wars. America's war is with the terrorists and their supporters who attacked our land and people. Half the people in this land don't want this war in Iraq to continue taking American lives. Yet, on the floor of Congress, discussion and warnings of reinstating the draft to fight Bush's wars can be heard. The last time I saw the draft conscript American youth into a war they did not agree with, I saw our nation torn apart with images of a police state shooting and killing unarmed students protesting the war on a college campus.

Friendly visit to the troops for a much needed bolster of morale or a politcal stunt like that photo-op on an aircraft carrier all but declaring victory. You decide.

Will Lester, Associated Press Writer, has an article on the President's trip to Baghdad in which he cites that more than 70 U.S. troops have died this month alone. So, where is that victory, anyway, that is supposed to mark the end of our military losses?

Posted by David R. Remer at November 29, 2003 05:23 AM