Richard A. Stitt: When Will The Democrats Catch Up With The Dixie Chicks?
Submitted by BuzzFlash on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 3:17pm. Reader Contribution
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by Richard A. Stitt
Leaving no doubt that the war in Iraq has no end, Bush has instructed his toady generals to proclaim that the surge of troops must continue through at least the beginning of next year. By then of course, we most likely will have gone through several charades where Democrats send forth funding bills with accountability restrictions while Bush continues to veto anything and everything that might have to do with compromises to end the fiasco and sectarian civil war in Iraq.
A toothless Democratic Party controlled U.S. Congress is as much a gift to Bush and as fortuitous an event as was the horror of 9/11 when his approval poll numbers were hovering near 50% and falling.
After 9/11, even though G.W. Bush was AWOL for three days following that catastrophe, he emerged in full Karl-Rove-scripted photo op propaganda mode as he stood on the pile of rubble that was once the site of the World Trade Center, one arm around a firefighter and bullhorn in the other screeching that we would get even with those who caused this catastrophe.
His poll numbers soared to over 90% approval and remained at stratospheric levels for a period not seen by any preceding president. War, as it turned out, became Bush's elixir and his entire raison d'être.
Nobody should expect the inflexible, sclerotic G. W. Bush to waver one bit on ending the most defining event in his 6 years of occupancy of the White House. Bush and his Republican thralls, with the exception of a handful of renegade apostates, will ride this war horse right through the end of 2008, claiming that to do otherwise will result in al Qaeda following us home where Americans will have to fight them off in the aisles of Wal-Mart.
The majority of Americans want an end to this senseless slaughter of U.S. military and innocent Iraqi citizens in a country that was never a threat to our interests or security. But in truth, the majority of Republicans love this war and apparently cheer on the daily body count. The daily body count, at least as interpreted by the Bush loyalists, is "proof that the surge is working." They proclaim that anyone who dares to oppose the "commander guy" who has said "War is on my mind," "I'm the war president," and "I'm the decider" is unpatriotic, un-American and a traitor to our country. The latest polls say that 75% of the Republican base support Bush and his war with no end.
All the Bush Bootlicking Republicans will soon be on the trading block and Bush's CEO suits-in-waiting, the toady generals, once again must answer to the American people on November 2008. Then the sheep-minded minority party Republicans will be diminished to being nothing but an entourage of Bush dead-enders, scratching their vacant heads, wondering why War Forever didn't register with the American voters at the polls.
Clearly, the mainstream media have aided this administration from the get-go. One only needs to read the feel-good media minder stories written by the likes of The New York Times' Judith Miller and the ubiquitous pro-war New Republic to understand the euphoria that celebrated the preemptive war and dismissed the war's critics as traitors who, as Bush's Press Secretary Ari Fleischer proclaimed, "You better watch what you say and watch what you do."
The mainstream media, however, issued their belated mea culpas and self-recriminations much in the same vein as CIA director George Tenet, whining that somehow their words and statements (such as Tenet's "slam dunk" on WMD) had been taken out of context. Now they admit they should have held the warmongering Bush administration to account for the carnage that has ensued as a result of the lies, deceit, and incompetence in waging a preemptive war under false pretexts, steamrollered by neo-cons such as Paul Wolfowitz (now under investigation at the World Bank), Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, Dick Cheney, and other policymakers whose ignorance of the Middle East countries led them to believe they could convert the entire region to democracy at the end of a gun barrel.
It is a war that even as late as last summer when Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stood with his entire parliament and denounced Israel in the Lebanon-Israeli conflict, while they simultaneously gave their support to the terrorist group Hezbollah, where the mainstream media have remained inexplicably mute. Where is the outrage from the mainstream media over this horrific fact? Where is the "beacon of truth" once ascribed to the Fourth Estate to be the watchdogs of freedom and liberty?
The Republicans' message to the U.S. military fighting to perpetuate Bush's anti-Semitic Shiite Islamic Iraq regime of Nouri al-Maliki in the meantime is, "Keep on fighting and dying, GI!" They have learned nothing since November 2006 nor will they learn anything in 2008 because they never understood a thing about democracy to begin with. The people, not the "commander guy" and his corrupt, rubber stamp Neanderthal Republicans, are in charge.
We know the American voters finally caught up with the Dixie Chicks on November 7, 2006 when Bush's gutless, rubber stamp Republican congress was toppled from power. One of the looming questions that the majority of Americans are still asking is: "When will the Democrats catch up with the voters and the Dixie Chicks?"
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Richard A. Stitt