Originally Posted by Jayhawk
I know you are desperate to "believe" that President Bush is the root of all evil and that he caused terrorism worldwide, but even an idiot like you has to know that this war is not of his making. The difference is that when the terrorists attacked us on 9/11 President Bush said we are going to return the favor by taking it to them--which he has done, in spades. I think they terribly underestimated what our response would be. Bush took it to a whole new level and that has produced shock and awe throughout the Muslim world--providing terrorists worldwide and liberals in the US w/ ammunition to personally attack the President of the United States. Everyone here and in the Muslim world (all over the world) was expecting a Clintonesque response--two missiles up a camel's ass.
Well that isn't what happened, is it? And as a result is the terrorists--abroad and in this country--have jumped on the Bash Bush bandwagon--the terrorists abroad to inflict their brand of culture and religion on the world and the terrorist (sympathizers) here for purely partisan political reasons to destroy the President and win the WH and Congress in '08. Are you w/ me so far?
As a result, the cockroaches are coming out of the "woodwork" here and abroad. At least the terrorists abroad have evil but "honest" reasons for their actions. The same cannot be said for the political partisans in this country. Their motives are equally evil, but politically motivated. Politics has twisted the fact that our enemies started this war long before 9/11. Terrorists bombed the World Trade Center in 1993. They hit the Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia in 1996, U.S. Embassies in East Africa in 1998 and the USS Cole in 2000. All the while, Osama bin Laden was advocating war against the US and building a terror network from camps in Afghanistan.
The most astonishing argument is the claim the US or the Bush administration is responsible for this terror wave. Terrorists are responsible for terror, period!
How's that for a "non-answer?"
I'm sure now quite sure your answer is heartfelt, but unfortunately it is as unconvincing as the words from the mouth of Tony Snow, the "Decider" himself or the surly silence of Dick Cheney.
Even acccepting your premise the WOT is not of George W. Bush's making, his responses have been ill considered and even worse in their implementation.
HE CHOSE THE WRONG VENUE (Iraq) and based the choice on a lie.
As was pointed out, the Taliban and its venue in Afghanistan were the proper targets post 9/11, for the full might and fury of the US military, but Iraq was not.
Rather than admitting that error, GWB has instead pursued an un co-ordinated, unnecessary and bungled campaign in Iraq, created a government that was turned out to be a Shiia religious based entity, and gave birth to a uniquely Iraqi mutation of Al Qaeda where none was seen before.
He has tried to put out the fire in Iraq by pouring gasoline on it. Using the US army against the terrorists criminals and thugs in Iraq won't work. The only way to stop that mess would to be what the Iraqis expect: "sahel"
"Sahel" is a uniquely Iraqi concept which means "to utterly defeat and humiliate someone by dragging his corpse through the streets". For centuries, when a new faction in Iraq gained power, it would killl the leadership of the previous rulers and display their mutilated bodies as a demonstration of their dominance. In 1958, the body of a former prime minister, Nuri Al-Said, was hacked apart and the bits publicly displayed. Later, Saddam displayed the same brutality.
But when Saddam's regime was toppled, the US made a crucial mistake in "not establishing TOTAL CONTROL, as Iraqi history says a conqueror must". They even let the defeated army wander away with its weapons. This. of course, opened the door for the Shiia and Sunnis to try and fight it out and emerge the dominant power.
"Shock and awe" in Iraq might well make for a wonderfully catchy political slogan but it has proven to be a dreadful and totally unsuccessful foreign policy choice there.
Your flinging about the casual insult of calling those disagreeing with Pres. Bush "terrorists at home" is an outrage for which you should be ashamed.
You are very quick to label those who disagree with you and President Bush "terrorist sympathizers" when in fact they are patriots who believe in the basic goodness and decency of the United States.