Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Is the End in Sight?

As Barrack Obama visited the Middle East these last few days, he was given a golden egg by the Iraqi government. The Prime Minister of Iraq endorsed Obama's withdrawal proposal, much to the chagrin of the President and his chosen heir to the throne, John McCain. Now that the surge is classified as successful, they still won't commit to leaving Iraq.

Iraq was invaded by the Bush regime to establish a military presence in the Middle East. When Iraq was destabilized either by poor planning or design, it was necessary for our military to remain there to establish an environment by which "democracy" could flourish. Elections were held, a government was established, and some semblance of order has come about. Time for the US military to leave, right? Not so fast. Now American soldiers must remain to maintain order. Still no talk about withdrawal. Well, kind of. Now it is something called a "time horizon," whatever that is.

Bush is desperately trying to sign an illegal treaty to keep American soldiers in Iraq for a much longer period of time. He has committed to this "time horizon" in order to keep the Iraq government talking about his "agreement." If he can do this before he leaves office, then he will, assumably, have made it more difficult for his successors to remove American soldiers from that country. Thus he will have accomplished his goal of a military presence in the Middle East. Of course, as in Lebanon in the early '80's, American soldiers there will become a magnet for attacks.

We must speak out against this illegal treaty with Iraq. We do not need our soldiers there to attract attacks from the Arab extremists, who hate us and do not want us in the Middle East. We must demand that our soldiers be brought home, per the wishes of the Iraqi government and people. Iraq is a sovereign nation which we invaded for no reason. They have re-established their government per Bush's wishes. Now they want us to leave. Let us respect their wishes and get out. NOW, before more Americans are sacrificed there!

Afghanistan is on the verge of an explosion because of the Bush Administration's neglect. We must re-enforce our forces there and get Osama Bin Laden, if he is, indeed, alive and in that area. We need to get him, defeat the Taliban decisively, then get out of there as well. We do not need a military presence in the Middle East Afghanistan, Iraq or elsewhere.

It is time to expel the despotic, warmongering, proselytizing, regime known as the Bush Administration and put this country back on the road to worldwide respect. We must drop the fundamentalist habit of not negotiating with "non-believers" such as Iran and North Korea and threatening them with destruction, if they do not listen. It is time to reestablish diplomacy with the "big stick" supporting our point of view, not out in front, blazing a trail of death and destruction.

1 comment:

Doug Robertson said...

Spot on, that's all I can say. Nobody could have laid this mess out any better, you rock!