Skip to comments.No Wonder America Has So Many Enemies (So says a conservative – a paleoconservative, that is)
Posted on 09/28/2003 10:28:22 AM PDT by quidnunc
President Bill Clinton was impeached by a Republican-controlled Congress for lying about sex. President George W. Bush and aides lied the United States into a stupid, unnecessary colonial war that has so far killed more than 305 Americans and seriously wounded more than 1,400. It has also cost many thousands of Iraqi dead, and $1 billion US weekly.
Lying about sex is an impeachable offence; lying the nation into war apparently is not.
I was no Clinton fan, but give me his iffy morals any day over Bush's Mussolini-like strutting. Sen. Edward Kennedy is absolutely correct when he calls Bush's Iraq war a "fraud" concocted to win the next elections.
A fraud and an epic blunder.
Last week, Bush received a glacial and scornful reception at the United Nations that symbolized the world's contempt and disgust for his administration. Not since Nikita Khrushchev pounded his shoe on the speaker's rostrum has a major leader so embarrassed himself and his nation before the world body.
In his UN speech, Bush again claimed Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and "ties" to terrorism. Days later, U.S. intelligence teams that scoured Iraq for four months reported no traces of weapons or terrorism links the pretext used by Bush and his neo-conservative handlers for unprovoked war against Saddam Hussein.
The White House was left choking on its own grotesque lies.
Incredibly, VP Dick Cheney, a prime architect of the Iraq war, actually claimed recently that Iraq still had mobile germ labs, though U.S. and British inspectors debunked this claim last June. The "special" intelligence network created by neo-conservatives is still apparently feeding disinformation to America's leadership.
This latest humiliation came only days after Bush finally admitted Iraq was not, as most Americans were misled into believing, behind the 9/11 attacks.
No wonder world leaders gave Bush the cold shoulder, and even usually timid UN Secretary General Kofi Annan warned against "dangerous acts of unilateralism" a pointed reference to the bellicose Bush administration.
Unfortunately, many Americans still do not understand how gravely the Bush White House has damaged and sullied their nation's once noble reputation.
Recent polls show that even among traditional friends abroad, America is no longer regarded as a champion of freedom, democracy and human rights, but increasingly as a dangerous aggressor bent on imperial domination and exploitation.
America's most precious and proudest asset, its moral reputation, has been gravely damaged by the Bush White House. The only positive note: rising anti-Americanism is largely associated in the eyes of non-Americans with the persona of George Bush, a man who projects almost all the negative stereotypes foreigners hold of Americans.
(Excerpt) Read more at canoe.ca ...
No wonder so few Americans understand what is going on abroad, how the outside world really sees them, or why America has so many enemies overseas. Small wonder many Americans are turning for balanced news to the CBC, BBC and the Internet.
Citizens of the old Soviet Union suffered the same information isolation. Like Americans since 9/11, they were force-fed agitprop and patriotic pap disguised as news, and deprived of all knowledge of the real world around them.
Taliban Pat buchanan's foreign-policy guru casts his pearls of wisdom before swine.
The White House was left choking on its own grotesque lies.No one would suspect that Buchanon has an axe to grind.
This statement is wrong on 2 counts.
First, the Bush White House has restored our moral reputation, unless one agrees with Margolis that destroying an evil and oppressive monster (Saddam) is immoral.
Second, although many on the "religious right" may agree with Margolis that our moral reputation is our most valuable asset, they are wrong. America's most valuable asset is its tradition of individual freedom and personal liberty.
Ping me..if I missed anything.
"However, I agree with Margolis that Bush was not straightforward about his reasons for leading us into Iraq."
We all ought to go back and read...or re-read GWB's State of The Union Address.
He just handed in his Conservative credentials IMHO.
Eric Margolis is an American.
Initially when his audience was primarily the American public Bush stressed the need for regime change in Iraq to begin to change the terror culture of the Mid East.
It was only when we went to the U.N., which was necessary to keep Tony Blair onboard, that WMD were cited as the main justification.
I know I should care deeply what intellectual powerhouses Margolis and Chirac think, but somehow...
So, what's for supper?
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