Former Senator Max Cleland

A recent speech by former Senator Max Cleland is certainly worth reading. Here’s a bit:

“Since the President declared a so-called “victory,” we have buried 34 young Americans killed in Iraq. We are losing young men and women every day. We are trapped in a quagmire. We have 240,000 American troops tied down in Iraq and Kuwait. We have no clear exit strategy. So far we have found no WMD. We have taken our eye off the ball. In so many ways, we have substituted a rogue regime for the true target. The real target is Osama bin Laden and his terrorist cadre around the world.

This administration has not found Osama bin Laden. It has not found Saddam Hussein. And it has not yet found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Supposedly all of that was the rationale for losing over 200 American lives and wounding over 500 American troops so far.”

Sen. Cleland lost three limbs fighting in Vietnam. But the Republicans campaigned against him by saying he is “unpatriotic” because he is a Democrat. The guy who won is another Republican chickenhawk.

But wait, there’s more:

“What then is the Bush record in fighting the so-called war on terrorism? They have not found bin Laden. They have not found Saddam Hussein and as of yet there are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. However, we have found two trailers. Is that why we fought the war? For two trailers? Did we send our sons and daughters to spill their blood in the desert over two trailers? We are spending over $100 billion bombing and then rebuilding Iraq while giving a tax cut to America’s wealthiest citizens and denying hard-working Americans making $26,000 a year or less a child tax credit in order to pay for it.

That’s the Bush record. It is not compassionate, and with this year’s budget deficit running over $400 billion — a record set by no other President, Republican or Democrat, it is certainly not conservative.”

and:

“Like Colin Powell, I have served in a real war, and I know what it is like. The same cannot be said for other top administration officials, including the president, vice president, secretary of defense, deputy secretary of defense, and other top national security advisers who hatched this scheme to go to war with Iraq.”

Go read.

Thanks to Counterspin Central.