Saturday, March 20, 2004

You know, Bush, maybe the best way to motivate people to fight terrorism is to not give a speech where you talk a lot about the war in Iraq. You know, the war that was based on lies that not only diverted us from hunting down the terrorists who attacked us but also helped to breed terrorism inside Iraq.

You might argue that building a democracy in Iraq will be a future stepping stone towards combating terrorism. And if that ends up being the case, you'd be right. No one - not Democrat or Republican, liberal nor conservative - have ever said that democracy for Iraq isn't good for Iraq or the world as a whole. But we didn't fight this war to protect ourselves, and we didn't fight this war to combat terrorism. If we were so concerned with fixing up un-democratic societies known for producing terrorists, we'd be going after, say, Saudi Arabia. You know, where 15 of the 19 9/11 highjackers were from, and not Iraq as so many stupid people believe. I'm not saying we should attack Saudi Arabia, I'm just saying that a move like that would be much more consistent with what the Administration says it's doing. What we did and are (sorta) still doing in Afghanistan is more in line with that rhetoric - although at this point I'm no longer fully convinced that we weren't also just looking for an excuse to go after the Taliban so that Unocal could build a big oil pipeline in addition to the need for 9/11 revenge.

I know it's very unpragmatic of me, but motives matter. We were lied to about the whole fucking Iraq thing. I'm sorry, we weren't lied to, we were "fed bad intelligence" as the kids are calling it these days.

Finally, a quote from Bush:

"The war on terror is not a figure of speech. It is an inescapable calling of our generation. The terrorists are offended not merely by our policies - they are offended by our existence as free nations."

Actually, Georgie, it is kind of a figure of speech. Typically, we think of a war as something that we can win. We're never going to defeat terrorism. That doesn't mean we should stop trying, but let's keep it real here. Don't worry, I know that we won't. Also, fucking QUIT IT when it comes to saying that they hate us because of our freedom. This is just a bullshit attempt to not only hide the real reasons people are pissed off at us, but to do this bullshit 180 and actually try and make ourselves look better because of it. If they were so angry or jealous of our freedom, maybe they'd do a little more work towards joining a free society or building a free society of their own. When you mentioned our policies, that was a little bit more on the money.

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