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July 16, 2007

The First Problem in Iraq is BUSH

-- by Dave Johnson

People say we should not impeach Bush because it will divert us from getting out of Iraq. I think that approach has things backwards. I think we can’t deal with the problems of Iraq until we deal with getting Bush out. With Bush in charge we can't have a rational debate about the best options for Iraq.

1) I believe that it’s wrong to just pull our forces out of Iraq. We invaded, we destabilized and we destroyed the existing institutions of order. We created the mess there. We created the civil war. We created the threat of regional conflict. So I think it is America's legal and moral responsibility to provide security for the people of Iraq. And that's also what international law says. Of course, providing security for the people of Iraq is not going to happen with Bush in office.

(Someone told me this idea is like being raped and then getting a ride to the hospital from the rapist. I can understand the sentiment, but the U.S. is not a person and Iraq is not a person. We and they are a bunch of people all with their own differing needs and interests. Countries have to deal with where things are on a given day, before they deal with where things were on a previous day. In other words, Bush did what he did -- but where do we go from here that is best for us and best for them NOW?)

2) It is wrong to blame the Iraqis for what we have done and it would be wrong to abandon them to the mess we made. But the way our forces are being used by Bush just makes things worse. This must change but it will not change with Bush in charge of policy decisions.

3) Suppose we do vote to withdraw with Bush in office? How do you think a Bush administration will execute that withdrawal? Will they do it in a way that makes things better -- or much worse? And will they just refuse, necessitating the impeachment I say has to happen first? In other words, we can't deal with Iraq until we deal with Bush.

4) There is also a national security component. The current situation in Iraq really is making us less safe here. Leaving might only make that worse. This needs to be debated rationally - impossible with Bush in office spouting his focus-group-tested bullshit, designed to put up a smokescreen and distract us from reality.

5) Bush's propaganda is causing us to doubt terror warnings that may be real. What if our intelligence agencies discovered that al Queda really is getting ready to use a nuke on an American city, for example? We simply can not trust our government right now to tell us the truth. The threat of a terrorist attack is too serious to allow this incompetent, lying gang of criminals to remain in office even one day longer than it takes to get them out.

6) Similarly, Bush's lies about Iraq have forced us to doubt the claims about threats presented by Iran. But Iran is not Iraq, and their theocratic rulers are not our friends. We need to be able to trust what is being said to us and we can't with ush in office.

So I think that the right path lies in a different direction from working to get the troops out. Options beyond the simplistic choice of doing what we are doing now or just leaving need to be discussed. But we are not going to be able to do what is right until we change the national leadership here. We are not even going to be able to properly debate the issues.

Finding the answers to the problems of Iraq begins with solving the problem of Bush.

Posted by Dave Johnson at July 16, 2007 12:16 PM

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Because of how slowly the wheels of peace and justice turn (when compared with how quick and easy it is to start war) I don't think it makes sense to abandon any line of attack on any BushCo policy. We should be working to get the troops out, working to impeach him and Cheney, working for ballot integrity free of corporate influence,working against the coming vetoes of the appropriations bills that exceed BushCo's lunatic caps, working to divide the Republicans in Congress on every issue and exposing them when they choose party over country.

I don't think that we're going to get BushCo out of office until January 2009. But if we work smart, we may be able to slow him down a little bit, get a marginally less-than-horrible budget passed and avoid a war with Iran. Maybe.

Posted by: eRobin S [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 18, 2007 10:37 AM

Because of how slowly the wheels of peace and justice turn (when compared with how quick and easy it is to start war) I don't think it makes sense to abandon any line of attack on any BushCo policy. We should be working to get the troops out, working to impeach him and Cheney, working for ballot integrity free of corporate influence,working against the coming vetoes of the appropriations bills that exceed BushCo's lunatic caps, working to divide the Republicans in Congress on every issue and exposing them when they choose party over country.

I don't think that we're going to get BushCo out of office until January 2009. But if we work smart, we may be able to slow him down a little bit, get a marginally less-than-horrible budget passed and avoid a war with Iran. Maybe.

Posted by: eRobin S [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 18, 2007 10:38 AM

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