Monday, August 22, 2005

Hubris, incompetance and recklessness?

You can laugh all you want at the idea of the Christian Science Monitor, but when I first went to their site (some time late last year) expecting to find another ridiculous fundamentalist site (like where they use the dinosaurs to prove that evolution is wrong and the bible is right). I found, instead, a site where they had knowledgeable SME (subjet matter experts) and were surprisingly neutral in their tone, allowing the facts of the issues to be presented without any apparence of bias (true we can't eliminate bias entirely, but they come closer than most American "news" sources).

Anyway the part of this article that got me the most was

"They are afraid to go there because this young man's life and death encapsulate not just the noble intentions of those who went to fight this war but also the hubris, incompetence and recklessness of those who gave the marching orders."

Talking about Cindy Sheehan's son.

Republican Senator Chuck Hagel has started calling for a plan for the withdrawl of American troops from Iraq. Good, Mister Senator, however I would have thought that an exit strategy would have been the second (right after the mission statement) element of the plan that got hashed out at the Pentagon. Calling for it a year and a half after the combat operations are declared over is a bit ... late, don't you think?

And what does the president plan on doing?

A new round of speeches to rally support for the war. Oh, that'll help thing, fix real problems and get us (and them) closer to peace. More speeches (why yes, that was sarcasm you heard). To liken this war to WWII and bring back up the idea that the insurgents are the same kind of people in Al-Queda who made the 9/11 attacks.

Sorry, but there was no lying to the public about why we had to go to war in 1941. And your own investigators have already said there was no link between Hussein and the 9/11 terrorist. Eventunally saying the same thing and hoping it becomes true will become transparent enough for everyone to see through it. (Hopefully even for those riding dirt bikes in support of you)


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