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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Irony and double standards

"Russia has invaded a sovereign neighbouring state and threatens a democratic government elected by its people," George W Bush said in Washington.

"Such an action is unacceptable in the 21st Century."

Hmmm…In which century did we invade Iraq? True, the people didn’t exactly elect Saddam Hussein, but it was a sovereign nation and relatively stable, unlike now. It is interesting to hear that come out of his mouth. I think I’m not surprised anymore by such irony. He once said bring ‘em on in talking about terrorists – that one surprised me. Why even joke about that as leader of the free world in a public setting??

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John Edwards has admitted to adultery. That’s disappointing, as I have favored him for Presidential and VP runs. This will no doubt ruin political aspirations. Not that that's all that matters. Adultery is serious and I don't condone it at all. My issue is that the private lives ruined or at least tainted the careers of Edwards and Clinton, but Bush will apparently bear no responsibility (he certainly won't admit he's wrong, let alone guilty) for questionable, not-so-transparent, and possibly illegal things he's done as President.

This seems a bit funny as you put Edwards’ and Bill Clinton’s marital issues in contrast to what Bush has done politically on the world stage. He invaded Iraq for essentially no reason. At best, we acted too hastily, without the whole story (no WMD, no 9/11 link, “spreading democracy is a legit reason to bomb, etc); at worst, he or the administration flat out lied.
Ron Suskind has a new book out that may expose that we knew Iraq had no WMD and fabricated a letter coming to the opposite conclusion--impeachable offenses. We’re holding people indefinitely in Guantanamo and even if they do get a trial, and aren’t guilty, we can still hold them indefinitely as long as this nonspecific, broad and general so-called war on terror goes on. We’ve sanctioned harsh interrogation methods (torture) and kidnapped people and tortured them in 3rd party countries. We even made up a new name for POWs, so we wouldn’t have to deal with the Geneva Conventions under this administration. Going to war so hastily or under a lie is absolutely reprehensible, yet Bush will encounter no consequences, unlike Edwards and Clinton for their private affairs (pun intended?). War has effects that range from monetary cost to the extensive human cost- the dead, the injured, the psychologically injured, soldier suicide, and the families and friends that have to bear this cost. And the military doesn't really take care of it's own. PTSD doesn't really exist to them. I have heard that some who admit to this to a military doctor are told that the cure is to go back over and kill more Iraqis. Nice. The military can break people down and turn them into killing machines, but does nothing to help bring them back to civilian life as a functional, happy human being bearing some resemblance to who they used to be.

Bush will remain blissfully ignorant of the effects of war (personally) and untouched by any number of consequences that should go along with such offenses as he has committed. War should be a last resort and it is becoming clearer that Bush doesn't have the same opinion- unless of course the country in fact DOES actually have nukes, like N. Korea- then, proceed with caution.

There is a good quote that you can win a war no more than you can win an earthquake.

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