The Army’s top general says U.S. troops are at their "breaking point" in Iraq and Afghanistan and the soonest he can get more battle-ready divisions on the ground is 2008.
In the 10 days following release of the Iraq Study Group’s report calling the Iraq war "grave and deteriorating" while recommending swift action to try and correct the many problems, 35 more American soldiers died along with more than 1,000 Iraqi civilians.
But George W. Bush says he "will not be rushed" on making decisions about what to do about his failed war in Iraq and doesn’t plan to tell the American people what, if any, changes he will make until sometime next year.
As public support for the war falls lower than Vietnam and even members of his own party defect from his incredibly stupid policies, Bush continues to live in a fantasyland where failed wars are winnable and sending young men and women to their deaths is an acceptable course of action.
Republican Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon got it right last week when he called Bush’s Irag war "absurd" and added that it "may even be criminal."
Criminal: Strong words by a Republican Senator against a sitting President; Even stronger when that sitting President happens to be a member of your own party.
Yet think back to 2003, in the weeks leading up to the Iraq invasion, when Pope John Paul II told Bush publicly that invading the country without obtaining approval from the United Nations and gaining support of Mideast allies would be "a criminal act."
There’s that word again: Criminal. When you strip away the political spin, the partisan hyperbole and the vagueness of diplomacy, you are left with just that word: Criminal.
George W. Bush’s invasion of a sovereign nation that posed no immediate threat to the health, welfare or security of the United States was, and remains today, an overt criminal act. He lied to get approval from Congress, lied to our allies and lied to the American people. He abused the power of his office by knowingly withholding information that would weaken his case and sent this nation into Iraq on a suicide mission.
He’s nothing less than a war criminal and should be treated as one on the world stage and here at home. His criminal actions have killed more Americans than the 9/11 attacks that spawned his politically-expedient war on terror and have sent hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians to their graves or fleeing their country in fear.
His criminally insane actions have spawned retaliations not only against this country but any other nation that dared support his illegal enterprise. Deaths in London, Spain and even Pacific resorts can be traced back to his decision to ignore both law and human decency to invade Iraq.
Bush, aides say, is obsessed with his "legacy" and hopes to define his place in the history books in the last two years of his Presidency.
Too late. Bush defined his legacy more than three years ago when he decided to become an international vigilante and ignore the laws not only of this country but of the world at large.
His legacy comes down to two words.
"War" and "criminal:" Together, they sum up both the failed Presidency of George W. Bush and what may well have been his successful attempt to destroy two nations: Iraq and the United States of America.