George Bush invariably trots out the fear of terrorists headed for America unless the nation follows his failed policies in Iraq. During the 2004 election, Bush used this fear tactic to smear the reputation of a Democratic senator as being a friend of terrorism even though the individual had lost both arms and legs fighting in Vietnam, a war from which Bush made certain, his body was nowhere to be found. In an interview for the Yahoo News and Politico website, the president said a “premature” withdrawal from Iraq would “embolden” extremists throughout the Middle East which would “eventually lead to another attack on the United States.” He insisted not being in Iraq would send out “the wrong signals, it would shake everybody’s nerves, and it would embolden the very same people that we’re trying to defeat.”
Of course, President Bush failed to mention there were no terrorists in Iraq until he launched an invasion of that nation. George Bush is most probably the one who has done the greatest recruiting job for terrorists in the Middle East. It is difficult ascertaining why, if terrorists wanted to strike the United States, they are delaying such action until Americans leave Iraq. Wouldn’t it make sense to strike America now by attacking in order to awaken fears of the need to maintain more troops in America to defend against attacks?
The president did explain how he has sacrificed in the pursuit of victory in Iraq. He decided playing golf “sent out the wrong signal” to those fighting. “I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander-in-chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in soldiarity as best I can with them.” His concern for those who died apparently does not go as far as honoring the dead which he carefully avoids doing.
It is wonderful the president wants to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with those who are fighting. Perhaps, he can explain why he used the death of Pat Tillman for political purposes and deliberately lied how this gallant young man died? Perhaps, he can explain his refusal to meet with Mrs. Cindy Sheehan about her son’s death. Perhaps, he can explain why in the midst of war, he urged cutting taxes for the wealthy rather than having them share the burden of war.