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In George W. Bush’s perverted, pathetic, partisan view of the world, anyone who disagrees with his lunacies is not only wrong but unpatriotic – a traitor who cannot be trusted and a voice of dissent that must be silenced.
In recent weeks, a growing number of Republicans have joined the loyal opposition, telling the President, mostly in private, he is dead wrong to wage his illegal invasion of Iraq while they also refuse to appear with him in public because they are scared shitless that his escalating unpopularity will rub off and end their miserable careers in elected office.
Now Bush has a new set of "enemies," ones that are neither partisan nor political in their assessment of his failures but provide a sobering look at just what a miserable disaster his Presidency has become and verifies what many have known for months – that the actions of this madman has placed this country in harm’s way more than any acts of terrorism that have been waged on our shores or elsewhere in the world.
The National Intelligence Estimate, a compilation of information from seasoned professionals in the many spy agencies that now exist in this country, concludes that Bush’s war in Iraq has increased the threat of terrorism against the United States and the world, putting to bed the President’s longstanding lie that he has made the world a safer place by waging war against those who had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Completed in April, the NIE is the first intra-agency assessment of the terror threat worldwide since the invasion of Iraq and it concludes that Bush’s dirty little war there has spawned a new generation of terrorists bent on revenge against the United States and those who support our war mongering.
"It’s a very candid assessment," one intelligence official told The Washington Post, "It’s stating the obvious."
Obvious, apparently, to everyone except George W. Bush and the lemmings who follow him. The Bush administration continues to claim, falsely, that the war in Iraq has reduced the threat of terrorism against the United States.
It’s a lie, like just about all the verbal diarrhea that spills out of the mouth of Bush, destined to become the most despised, most venal and most rights-robbing President of modern times if not in the entire history of the American democratic republic.
"Together with our coalition partners, we’ve removed terrorist sanctuaries, disrupted their finances, killed and captured key operatives, broken up terrorist cells in America and other nations, and stopped new attacks before they’re carried out. We’re on the offense against the terrorists on every battlefront, and we’ll accept nothing less than complete victory," Bush claimed earlier this month.
"Bullshit, total bullshit," says a friend who works in the intelligence community. "It doesn’t take a code-level security clearance to know the President is lying when he claims we have reduced the threat of terrorism. We’ve increased it by quantum leaps and we add new enemies every day in Iraq, in Afghanistan and in the rest of the Mideast because of our failed and flawed policies. When the next major attack comes – and it will come – it will be planned and financed by those who had no real beef with America before we invaded Iraq."
The White House, spinning the report the only way it can because admitting the truth is never an option in the Bush administration, says the conclusions support the President’s position that America cannot withdraw from Iraq because doing so would open the door for terrorists who exist there. Such spin, of course, ignores the fact that we created the environment for these terrorists and now use their existence to justify our original illegal actions based on false information.
The military has an acronym for this: FUBAR, which stands for "Fucked Up Beyond All Recognition" (or "Repair" depending on the branch of military involved). In Bush’s case it should be changed to "Fucked Up Beyond All Reality."
The reality is that America is less safe today than it was on September 10, 2001, and that decline in our security stems from a threat that lives not in a cave in Afghanistan but in a suite of rooms on the second floor of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.