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Well, he's kind of had it in for me ever since I accidentally ran over his dog. Actually, replace "accidentally" with "repeatedly," and replace "dog" with "son."

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

One Born Every Minute

From the Los Angeles Times online today, GWB invoking WWII:
"Like the Second World War, our present conflict began with a ruthless surprise attack on the United States. We will not forget that treachery and we will accept nothing less than victory over the enemy."

1. Which enemy? Al Qaeda? Saddam Hussein? Sheik Yaboodi? Will any Arab or Muslim do?
2. All of this is, of course, supposed to justify an upper-class tax cut and special no-bid contracts for large Republican donors?
3. Comparing one's own struggle to WWII hackneyed -- are we going to start comparing our enemies to the Nazis now?
4. Does GWB know that WWII began in Europe and the USA sat it out for 2 years?

History will surely record this as Mr. Bush's War.


Dr. Strangelove said...

I like Madeline Albright's comments before the 9/11 commission about who our enemy is:

"We must begin by thinking clearly about what it is we are trying to accomplish. After September 11, President Bush said that our nation’s goal and responsibility to history was “to rid the world of evil.” That is a noble but impossibly ambitious quest. As long as humans are human, evil will exist. Our nation’s strategic purpose can only sensibly be expressed in more mundane terms--to confront and defeat the individuals and groups who attacked us.

We need to remember that we were not attacked by a noun--terrorism. We were attacked by individuals affiliated with al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. They are the declared enemies of America; they are the ones who killed our fellow citizens; and they are the ones who boast of their intention to do so again.

Pursuing, confronting and defeating them should be the focus of our policy. American power and resources are extensive, but not inexhaustible. If we establish strategic goals that are unnecessarily expansive, such as the elimination not only of threats but of potential threats; not only of enemies but also potential enemies; not only of our own adversaries but also the adversaries of others; we will stretch ourselves to the breaking point and beyond, and become more vulnerable, not less, to those truly wishing to do us harm."

Raised By Republicans said...

That is a fantastic quotation that really gets to the heart of the foreign policy differences between the Neo-cons et al and the Clinton foreign policy people.