By DOUG THOMPSON
President George W. Bush’s illegal, immoral and inexcusable war in Iraq cost another 27 American soldiers their lives over the weekend.
That’s right: 27. Saturday’s escalating violence in the out-of-control civil war killed 25 Americans – the third bloodiest day of the war – and two more died on Sunday.
This brings the death toll of Americans in Iraq to more than 3,050 and comes as the first brigades of Bush’s ill-conceived “troop surge” arrived in country to provide more cannon fodder for his ridiculous war. This doesn’t include the more than 50,000 Americans wounded and/or maimed or the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians killed or wounded as a result of Bush’s war.
How many more have to die because of Bush’s madness? Must the Pentagon projections of 6,000 dead by the end of this year and 10,000 dead by the end of 2008 come tragically true before something is done to stop this out-of-control President?
Today started off bloody as two bombings killed at least 78 Iraqis and wounded 150 more. Such bloody carnage is business as usual in Baghdad and it won’t stop because a President who himself never served a day in combat thinks he knows more than commanders on the ground and sends even more Americans into harm’s way.
On Tuesday night, Bush will get up before a joint session of Congress and deliver the annual collection of lies and political spin called The State of the Union address. I’m not sure when, if ever, any President’s State of the Union speech accurately reflected what was really happening in America but Bush’s ramblings tomorrow night will, no doubt, carry denial to new heights.
He will claim his Iraq plan will work when just about everyone else knows it won’t.
He will try to steer public debate away from his many failures in Iraq and towards a domestic agenda that, so far, catalogs just anther set of colossal blunders.
He will brag about cutting taxes and claim such cuts have helped the economy, ignoring the reality that his tax cuts, combined with massive spending for his failed war, have plunged the country into a massive debt that will haunt future generations.
The damage this man and his collection of thugs, thieves, con-artists and liars have done to this country is inconceivable, irresponsible and possibly irreparable. Even members of his own party now abandon his failed principles and policies. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel calls Bush’s latest “troop surge” the “biggest foreign policy blunder since Vietnam.”
Voters last November sent a clear message that they want American out of Iraq but Bush proudly says he doesn’t listen to voters or anyone else who disagrees with his flawed vision of reality. Congress isn’t much help either. They talk of “non-binding” resolutions to bring the troops home but lack the courage to take a real stance against a despotic President who has, for all practical purposes, seized control of the government of the United States.
And while all this pondering and politicking and pussyfooting continues, more and more Americans die in a war that didn’t need to be waged for reasons that did not exist by a President with no regard for law, morality or decency.
How many more have to die? The fact that even one American died from Bush’s lunacy is too many.
Every day that this carnage is allowed to continue is a crime against humanity by a war criminal named George W. Bush, aided and abetted by a criminal enterprise called the Congress of the United States.