Before he invaded Iraq, President Bush warned
us that the terrorists were using Iraq as a base to attack America. After the
invasion, we found out that was nonsense on stilts.
Now Bush warns us the terrorists really are using Iraq as a base to attack
America, and we have to stay there to defeat them. The terrorists are a "direct
threat to the American people," he
Here we go again. At least this time he's a little closer to the truth:
There are in fact terrorists in Iraq today, and they are killing American
soldiers there. But we can thank our president for that he made the
"Iraqi threat" a self-fulfilling prophecy.
At yesterday's Annapolis pep rally, Bush tried to scare the American people
into staying the course in Iraq by once again tying it to the war on
terrorism and their own personal safety. Now is not the time to cut and run,
he insisted; Iraq is no less than the "central front" in the war on
But was Iraq the "central front" before Bush invaded? No, the central
was the Afghan-Pakistani border, al-Qaeda's home base (and it still is,
thanks to Bush shifting the military resources needed to finish the job
there to his wag-the-dog war in Iraq).
It's high time the White House press corps put down their stenographer's
notepads, stopped dictating the president's doublespeak, and started forcing
him to own up to the terrible reality he created in Iraq. If there is a
threat from Iraq now, he and he alone created it by invading. It's
self-evident from the litany of problems he cited in his speech. Just ask
him if they existed before he started his unprovoked war:
Of course not. None of these threats existed before Bush invaded Iraq and
made it the most violent place on Earth. Thanks to him, America is now a
threat to itself.