Iraq – A Foreign Policy Misadventure?
For days now, I have been stewing over John Kerry’s latest Iraqi “exit strategy” and I think this stew has simmered long enough.
I tried to like John Kerry. I really did but somewhere deep in my stomach; listening to him during the campaign made me just slightly nauseous. Kerry was obviously more intelligent than Bush, better informed, and a better speaker. However, at the end of every speech, it seemed that he disagreed with Bush but not necessarily with Bush’s policies, especially those regarding Iraq. Finally, I voted for Kerry – because he wasn’t Bush.
Now, he’s trying to serve up leftovers from last year’s campaign disguised as a new exit strategy. He wants to pull out gradually over 12 to 18 months – with the caveat that we would have to stay longer if “necessary.”
Well John, old buddy, I didn’t like that dish the first time you passed it around. Keeping it in the refrigerator for a year didn’t improve its appearance or its odor. Furthermore, referring to the U.S. war of aggression in Iraq as “a foreign policy misadventure” gives me more than indigestion. Frankly, it makes me want to regurgitate.
Do you, Mr. Kerry, want to explain to Cindy Sheehan and the other two thousand Gold Star families that Iraq was “a foreign policy misadventure?” Explain to the 15,000 severely wounded American service men about this “foreign policy misadventure.” Tell the 100,000 families of the dead in Iraq, “Oh, we’re sorry. This was just a little foreign policy misadventure.”
This was not a frigging foreign policy misadventure. This was and is a war crime and a conspiracy on a massive scale. In the words of General Anthony Zinni, the Bush administration “cooked the books.” There were no WMDs in Iraq. There were no Al Qaeda connections. There were no 9/11 connections. There were no Osama bin Laden ties. These facts were all known by the U.S., Israeli, and British intelligence long before this little “misadventure” began.
If there is any Democrat (or Republican) in Washington D.C. with any gonads at all who voted in any way for this war, it is time they stand up, admit the war is illegal and immoral, apologize for being duped into voting for it, then insisting loud and clear that we get out of Iraq NOW! Then, we should begin the war crimes tribunal.
That, Mr. Kerry, is an exit strategy I could swallow.