Saturday, November 18, 2006
The following is a quote from yesterday’s USA Today.
“HANOI (AP) — President Bush said Friday the United States' unsuccessful war in Vietnam three decades ago offered lessons for the American-led struggle in Iraq. "We'll succeed unless we quit," Bush said shortly after arriving in this one-time war capital.”
No historian would agree with Bush’s statement. We could have stayed another 50 years in Vietnam and not gained an inch. He knows that or his advisors know that. So why is saying it? He is desperately looking for an analogy that would resonate with the American people. Vietnam was over more than 30 years ago. The only thing any young American remembers is from Hollywood movies. Those that were there or watched it on the drive by media saw only ugly death. Politically this is at best stupid; at worst it is a poor attempt at rationalizing his failed policy in Iraq.
What impression did he make on the Vietnamese people? The American president is an uneducated idiot. It can only confirm that the white house is still as stupid as it was in the 70s.
The following is also a quote from the same USA Today article.
"We tend to want there to be instant success in the world, and the task in Iraq is going to take awhile," the president said. He called the Iraq war a "great struggle" and said, "It's just going to take a long period of time for the ideology that is hopeful — and that is an ideology of freedom — to overcome an ideology of hate."
Who is our president, Bush or Uncle Ho? “great struggle”? Did he read that on the plane to Vietnam from one of Ho’s speeches? “a long period of time”, an ideology of freedom — to overcome an ideology of hate." It is time for Bush to go back to the ranch. James Baker must be going nuts. He was brought in weasel word an exit strategy for Iraq and his boss says this stupid statement. Toni Snow, you should have resigned in protest; you know how stupid this statement is.
First it is just flat wrong. Freedom overcomes hate? Does that mean a free society has no hate? Tell that to any black man over 40. But lets just assume that his brain malfunctioned when he said these words. What did he really mean? What hate in Iraq is to be overcome? The hate against America? He wants the same American troops who killed thousands of Iraqis on their way to Baghdad to be embraced by the widows and fatherless children? Good luck. Does he mean the hatred against all infidels that is inspired by Orthodox clerics? That will happen about the same time as Bible belt Christians embrace abortion.
But lets assume he got one right and he is talking about the sectarian violence between Shiites and Sunnis. Violence can be crushed to a minimum with a ruthless police state. Ask Uncle Joe Stalin if he had any sectarian violence in the multicultural Soviet Union. But Bush is not talking about violence he wants to eliminate hate. What is the lesson of history? When will Arabs stop hating Zionists? When will the Irish embrace their British persecutors? When will the Turks and Greeks on Cyprus sit down and share a lamb barbecue? Has not happened yet. Give it another 100 years. The Irish have been hating since Cromwell. Woops, that is long time.
Forget Bush, we don’t need to end hate to have a success in Iraq. We just need to end the sectarian violence and remove all those pesky foreign combatants and the Bathist that are killing Americans. How long? Lets use Bushes Vietnam example. There is no sectarian violence in Vietnam. Did freedom do that? No, a brutal police state that killed off all people of influence in the old South Vietnam and maintains order with ruthless police violence.
So what is really going to happen in Iraq when we leave? And I guarantee you it will be before the 2008 election. The Shiites will be engaged in serious sectarian violence again the Sunnis. Our refusal to help the Shiites has already driven them to Iran. When the bullets run out of targets, Iran will have another large surrogate in the Middle East. The Shiites can be a direct threat to Kuwait and the other moderate Arab oil states. Yes Virginia, another massive American defeat.
What will history say 30 years from now? A dictatorship friendly to the US might have worked for a while. Democracy was the cause of a quicker defeat. But defeat was inevitable. Why? We are infidels. Any thought that we have or will have friends in the middle east won’t be until all of Orthodox Islam converts to reformed Islam. When will that be? One can argue about the numbers, but 60% conversion in 1000 years is a reasonable estimate.
Is there a single educated person in the world who thinks the policy Bush related to in the above speech would work?
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