It’s hard to know what to say now that President Bush has vetoed the Iraq spending bill. I didn’t expect him to sign it, but it’s still sad because innocent American young men and women who would have had bright futures are condemned to an early death or dismemberment. There will be nothing accomplished in Iraq that will help average Americans or average anyone. No one is a winner in Iraq least of all American soldiers. Mr. Bush will go down in history books as the worst and most unpopular president in American history. It’s a dubious honor that he’s earned. He’s just dumber than a box of hair. He’s a pathetic example of what happens when you make malice your centerpiece. He’s the man who snickered and mimicked Carla Faye Tucker as she went to execution. He’s the man who said Jesus Christ most influenced him. I think deep down he really is decent. He is afterall made in the image and likeness of his creator. All of us are. But, all of us can become very sick at times and Mr. Bush is very sick at this moment in his life. There is always the possibility of redemption and we can all pray for his that.
It is difficult to imagine anything positive coming from the debacle in Iraq. One of the arguments against a withdrawal of our forces from Iraq is that the country would descend into chaos. Do these people really think that Iraq is not in chaos now? How could the chaos be worse? It will take decades to repair this poor country. Afghanistan was the high watermark of the Soviet Union. I believe that the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will be the high watermark of the American colonial empire. The Congress, President and the taxpayers of the United States have squandered over 500 billion dollars on this war. How can the Republicans ever run again as the party of limited government and fiscal restraint? They have made a mockery of the word conservative. The military-industrial complex we were warned about by Dwight Eisehower might spawn the death of our republic. How much longer before we can beat our swords into plowshares?