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February 1, 2006

Why Are We In Iraq?

-- by Dave Johnson

Think of some idiot (Bush) setting off a bomb outside a building full of people, the bomb damages the building but not quite bad enough that it collapses, and then you have to stand there holding up a wall. If you let go the wall collapses, kills all the people in the building, and kills you. But while you are standing there the people are fighting instead of doing what they need to do to shore up the building themselves. You're getting tired of standing there holding up the wall. But, like I said, if you let go the building collapses on the people and kills you, too. THAT is what Bush has brought us.

Nobody knows why we are in Iraq. Or, putting it a different way, everybody knows -- a different reason. Every smallest demographic was fed a reason they might buy into. Recent MyDD polling shows what I mean:

...we asked people why they support or oppose the war. We did so with our open-ended question 13: "Why is that?"
...Support Sufficient information regarding weapons: 6.2 Remove dictator Saddam Hussein / free Ir: 7.4 Support family / people in armed forces: .9 We are in danger / we have to protect ou: 5.1 Support our President, G. W. Bush / elec: 3.5 We were attacked first at the World Trad: 3.6 Better there than in the USA: 3.5 Inevitable / someone had to do something: 3.3 Should have dealt with Saddam Hussein du: .3 We must fight terrorism: 5.8 It is the right thing to do: 3.0 Support - other: 2.2 Support - don't know / refused: 1.1
The larget single reason was "Remove Saddam from power", and 7.4% said THAT was the reason we are in Iraq. Saddam gone is working out great - FOR IRAN, not us.)

So we seem to be in Iraq for twelve different reasons - which means THERE IS NO REASON WE ARE THERE. Except that we ARE there, and if we leave now a civil war will kill hundreds of thousands and possibly start a regional and potentially global conflict. We are there because Bush screwed up so bad that we are in a mess we can't really leave. Great.

Cindy Sheehan, after being arrested last night for the crime of opposing Bush: What Really Happened,

I told him that my son died there. That's when the enormity of my loss hit me. I have lost my son. I have lost my First Amendment rights. I have lost the country that I love. Where did America go? I started crying in pain.

What did Casey die for? What did the 2244 other brave young Americans die for? What are tens of thousands of them over there in harm's way for still? For this? I can't even wear a shrit that has the number of troops on it that George Bush and his arrogant and ignorant policies are responsible for killing.

Posted by Dave Johnson at February 1, 2006 11:01 AM

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So what's the Bush plan for getting out of Iraq? Anyone hear anything about that last night? Oh. I didn't think so.

What happened to Cindy Sheehan last night is utterly outrageous. But what isn't utterly outrageous about what the Bush administration actually does? I'm literally sick to my stomach today because I'm so upset about all of yesterday.

Posted by: MJ at February 1, 2006 3:33 PM

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