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By DOUG THOMPSON
President George W. Bush tonight will give the American people and the soldiers who serve our country the finger, choosing to ignore their will by sending more young men and women to die in his illegal, immoral and failing Iraq war.
Bush’s speech is an in-your-face rejection of the will of voters who in November tossed out the corrupt, rubber-stamp Republican-led Congress and made it clear they want a swift end to Bush’s Iraq debacle. It is a blatant “go to hell” to the American men and women who have died and will die because of his lunacy.
Instead, Bush will send 10,000 or more American troops into that civil-war torn country by the end of the month and another 10,000 or so by the end of the year.
Bush doesn’t give a damn about the more than 3,000 Americans who have died in his failed war thus far and has no qualms about sending more to die just to support his megalomaniacal Presidency.
These are the actions of a war criminal, not a leader of a nation that used to be the envy of the free world. They are the irresponsible actions of a madman, an out-of-control despot who must be stopped and removed from office by whatever legal means necessary before he destroys what little is left of this country and possibly the world itself.
Democrats say they will “challenge” Bush’s planned “surge and acceleration” plan for the Iraq war but they so far appear to lack the courage to take the necessary steps to stop his insane headlong rush down the path to destruction.
Sen. Ted Kennedy Tuesday introduced legislation to require Bush to seek approval from Congress before sending any more troops into Iraq but it is too little too late. More than half the troops will be in harm’s way before Kennedy’s bill even gets a committee hearing.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid claims he will do “everything in my power” to block Bush’s plans but the key word there is “power.” Bush claims he already has all the power he needs to send as many troops into Iraq as he wants under the authority Congress granted in 2002. He also claims unlimited power as a “wartime President.” While Constitutional scholars question his claim to absolute power, the sad truth is nobody has yet found a way to stop him from doing whatever he damn well pleases.
Bush will proceed with his plans with or without the support of Congress, confident they are powerless to stop him. He may be right. Congress will debate the issue ad infinitum even as more and more Americans die for nothing.
Democrats began backing away from their campaign promises the day after the mid-term elections last November. Talk of a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq vanished in the name of political caution. A vast majority of Americans may want our solders out of Iraq but Democrats to date appear unwilling to act on the very issue that returned them to control of Congress.
Under Republican control, Congress abdicated oversight of the Presidency and allowed Bush to create the most powerful Presidential administration in history. That power continues unchecked by Democratic timidity.
With their inaction, Democrats seem content with following the Republican tradition of handing Bush the tube of KY jelly, bending over, grabbing their ankles and saying “please sir, may I have some more?”
Unfortunately, in the end, it will be the men and women in harm’s way in Iraq who get screwed without lubrication by both Bush and the Congress and the United States.