The War on Terror
President Bush needs to stand up and admit that his strategy in Iraq and his "war on terror" have not worked. Although I've never been a Bush supporter, I did support military action in Afghanistan. We had no choice but to go after the perpetrators of 9/11. I wish we would have stayed after them, but we pulled the hounds while the trail was still hot.
Bush's decision to invade Iraq was ill-advised from the beginning. It was based on questionable, almost shady, intelligence and was the decision of a president who was looking for any excuse to topple Saddam. His invasion has now backfired. It has created a vacuum that's ushered al-Qaeda into a country in which they previously had no presence. He's been unable to tame Sunni/Shiite violence and has Iraq on the perilous brink of wider conflict. In the meantime, he's taken his eye off the ball in Afghanistan and Pakistan long enough to allow a resurgence of the very group he seeks.
His current back-pedaling and deflection is nothing more than a desperate plea to convince remaining supporters that the situation's under control. His constant banter about staying and fighting a terrorist group that he heralded into Iraq is growing tiresome, even for members of his own party. Had he not invaded Iraq, al-Qaeda would not be there.
I urge Americans to support bringing our troops home in a phased pullout. Admittedly, it will not be pretty. Violence in Iraq will continue, more lives will be lost, and, yes, a wider Sunni/Shiite war for control may take place. However, we need to let President Bush know that he's had his chance and has failed. He won't admit it, but his "war on terror" has not succeeded. Denial is not a river in Eygpt. It's one that runs through 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Once again our two Tennessee senators have voted with the president to continue his failed policies in Iraq. The policies are called a "surge." What it really is is putting more troops on the ground — troops that many generals had advised would be needed years ago. Those generals were either forced into retirement or ignored before the invasion of Iraq.
Instead, the president and his lapdogs in Congress put too few troops in. They then spent billions to allow the creation of private armies, so-called security forces, to take over many important military functions.
Since 9/11, this president has allowed an illegal invasion by millions of illegals, and our senators have kept quiet. They must think no terrorists have entered through the borders and ports left wide open by this president.
Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker continue to support a president who wants to allow thousands of uninspected trucks from Mexico to enter the country. They continue to support his Iraq policy in the face of its obvious failure. We can remove Alexander in 2008 and see if Corker starts putting America before party after that.
How many blind people does it take to change a light bulb? The truth is, the blind don't really care if the light bulb is changed or not. They're similar to the Fox News Channel. I watched three Fox News programs in a row this past Sunday morning, and all of them spewed the same pabulum, one after another.
No objectivity or balance was evident. All the programs dogmatically defended the president's war "strategy" and painted any opposition as defeatists and political opportunists. The program directors at Fox News may pretend to believe that they care about what you believe, but in reality, they don't.
I can only take so much propaganda. The "fair and balanced" slogan is the beginning and the end of Fox's attempt to appear so. If anyone attempts to deviate from their viewpoint, they brand them as Bush-haters, Godless heretics, terrorist supporters, or worse.
Defeating terrorists is everyone's goal. The way each side reaches that goal is the only difference. Bush has said that this is the right war, in the right place, and at the right time. The other side, which I support, thinks that this is the wrong war, in the wrong place, and at the wrong time.
So the final question must be: How many Fox News pundits (William Kristol, Sean Hannity, Fred Barnes, etc.) does it take to change a light bulb? The truth is they don't care because they're all blind!
The Memphis Flyer, on the other hand, doesn't pretend to be fair and balanced. It is a left-leaning, liberal, news alternative and it makes no bones about it. At least it doesn't blow smoke in people's faces to convince them otherwise.
Joe M. Spitzer