Thursday, October 21, 2004
Meanwhile, Back In the Reality-Based World...
- It's hard to help a country go from tyranny to elections to peace when there are a handful of people who are willing to kill in order to stop the process, and that's what you're seeing on the TV screens. - George W. Bush
For a while now, John Kerry has been knocking the President, saying that he's living in a "fantasy world." With the above quote in mind, this New York Times article, proves that Kerry is exactly right.
- Senior American officials are beginning to assemble a new portrait of the insurgency that has continued to inflict casualties on American and Iraqi forces, showing that it has significantly more fighters and far greater financial resources than had been estimated.
When foreign fighters and the network of a Jordanian militant, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, are counted with home-grown insurgents, the hard-core resistance numbers between 8,000 and 12,000 people, a tally that swells to more than 20,000 when active sympathizers or covert accomplices are included, according to the American officials.
20,000 is a handful? That's more than all the non-U.S. "coalition" troops combined. Once again, this just proves how poorly the Bush administration planned for a post-war Iraq. It has been one failure after another.
The only word to describe this is incompetence. However, Bush will tell you that we can trust them to protect us. Protect us from what? How reliable is their information? They have continuously underestimated the situation in Iraq. Who is to say that they aren't underestimating the threat to our safety? Based on past experience, I would say there's a pretty good chance that they could be wrong. After all, look how worried they were about a terrorist attack on September 10, 2001. As I recall, the topic of the day was missile defense. Sure, they'll fall all over themselves trying to blame 9/11 on Clinton saying that he didn't do enough to combat terrorism and therefore he emboldened the enemy; but what they fail to mention is that when the Marine barracks were bombed in Beruit in the early eighties, Reagan failed to respond at all. Clinton pursued the terrorists and brought some of them to justice, while Reagan rolled over and let them get away with it. This problem was not started by Clinton, but it was definitely ignored by Bush.
How can we know that they are not currently ignoring pertinent information? They ignored the August 6th PDB titled "Bin Laden Determined to Attack Within the United States." They ignored the warnings of Richard Clark. They ignored the advice of military leaders like Gen. Zinni and others who said we would need more troops. They ignored the advice of the U.N. and other allies who urged us not to invade Iraq. It appears to me that this administration will ignore anything they choose if it is adverse to their plans. Why should they behave any differently now?
This administrtion is incompetent. It is evidenced in their handling of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. It is evidenced in their inability to secure the country of Iraq. It is evidenced in their inability to recognize the threat posed by Iran and North Korea. It is evidenced in their inability to maintain and stabilize our national economy. It is evidenced... Well, you get the picture.
George Bush has had his chance to prove that he is the right man for the job. For the last two years, the Republicans have controlled the House, the Senate, and the White House and over that time they have accomplished nothing. When you can't get things done while you control all the parts, it can only be because of incompetence.
The White House keeps claiming that Democrat obstructionists are preventing them from accomplishing their goals, but we all know the truth. George W. Bush is simply incapable of doing the job.