Committing more troops with no plan of action only deepens our national folly in the Middle East.
Four years after his "mission accomplished" speech, President Bush is poised to lead America deeper into the Mid-East quagmire. Throwing more troops into the middle of a religious and cultural conflict is not a remedy for the issue. In four years what has been accomplished?: American casualties; resources wasted; regional instability; a rise in Iranian influence; and, oh yes, a record high in the American stock market.
The President was recently compared to another wartime president from Texas, Lyndon Johnson. I agree with the assessment that, unlike LBJ, "Dubya" explains nothing, apologizes for nothing and feels justified because he believes he owes no explanation to the American people.
After four years the opposition in Iraq is still inflicting casualties with the same basic tactics. While Coalition forces have developed some countermeasures, our troops are still operating in a manner that makes them prey.
The President in his "Plan for Victory" stated "Many advocating an artificial timetable for withdrawing our troops are sincere, but I believe they are sincerely wrong. Pulling our troops out before they've achieved their purpose is not a plan for victory." I have not seen anything from this administration that remotely resembles a plan for anything, save catastrophe.
America is attempting to impose military and political solutions to a religious conflict; it is not possible. When was the last real vs. rhetorical public statement by Mr. Bush about bringing an accord to the Shiite and Sunni factions - I honestly don't recall.
At the same time the domestic economy is being beaten about by gas prices that are predicted to reach $4.00 per gallon during the Summer peak. Since the cost of transportation drives everything else, Americans can expect to see their buying power shrink further still, all while we fund Mr. Bush's inept leadership.
Mr. Bush and his coterie of desk bound warriors have attempted to intimidate and mark those that question or oppose them as "unpatriotic." Since the time of the Nixon Administration, the GOP has earned the reputation of being the party of "dirty tricks." In the past thirty years I have not seen the Republican Party grow up from the school yard bullying tactics made famous by the "enemies list" and the Watergate scandal.
America needs to send a message to Capitol Hill; ensure the votes are there to override Presidential veto on initiatives that will take us off the path of folly we now follow, under a hidebound administration. Brazil is now independent of the world oil market. Are they smarter than we are? no. They have had leaders that see energy independence as a national security issue. If America could achieve energy independence, the geostrategic importance of the Middle East would be moot.
If Americans could achieve personal political independence, the politics of dirty tricks would also be moot. Let your Congressional Representative and Senators know your feelings, whatever they may be. Although I sincerely hope Americans will tell The Hill to get our nation back on track and force the Chief Executive to do the will of the American people.