John Kerry says, We Still Have a Choice on Iraq.
Uh, John, HELLO!, did you miss the 100 American and British warplanes attacking Iraq yesterday? It’s already STARTED, John! I mean, DUH! Bush snuck another one past the Constitution, John, and what are the Democrats going to DO about it, John?
You wrote, “For the American people to accept the legitimacy of this conflict and give their consent to it, the Bush administration must first present detailed evidence of the threat of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction and then prove that all other avenues of protecting our nation’s security interests have been exhausted.”
There’s ANOTHER thing they’re going to have to prove. They’re going to have to prove that something is DIFFERENT right now from what was happening in Iraq 6 months ago or a year ago or 3 months ago instead of right NOW, because otherwise I’m going to think that this is just too suspiciously timed to manipulate the election, and I don’t like that. This country learned the hard way in VietNam that it is important to have the WHOLE public behind you when you go to war, not just a manipulated majority and an angry minority that sees too clearly how the rest were manipulated. So if this is REALLY serious, and this is REALLY a threat to the country the LAST THING that should be happening is a drumbeat of war just in time to change the focus of the election in the Republicans’ favor.
What would I like to see? I’d like to see a hearing on whether Carl Rove has had ANYTHING AT ALL to do with any aspect of the “War on Terrorism.” Because there is no more serious crime than manipulating a war for political objectives.
I am not saying that IS what the Republicans are doing, I’m saying that the oversight job of the Congress requires that they make sure it ISN’T what is happening here, that they ask that question and get satisfactory answers, ESPECIALLY when the timing is so amazingly, stunningly, astoundingly, brazenly, unbelievably, incredibly, shockingly, historically convenient for the Republicans.