Re: I was misled
Kevan Smith writes:
>> It has occurred to me, as it should to you, that the
>> intelligence reports which John Kerry was receiving were
>> not of the same quality that George Bush was receiving.
>> Indeed, many if not all of his reports were filtered down
>> through the present administration. Therefore, how can
>> you believe that the remarks of the two men should be
>> considered equally when one is the sitting president and
>> the other is not privy to all of the same information?
> It's not like it matters. Both men are committed to
> continuing the illegal occupation of Iraq, heaping more
> misery on a country which should by rights be getting
> reparations payments instead. Bush shouldn't be President;
> he should be in the dock for war crimes. This Iraq War is
> a great national shame.
A recent political cartoon made that clear showing a burned
out auto wreck, labeled Iraq, with a US soldier giving the
keys to an Iraqi saying "OK, you can drive now." The USA
cannot easily extricate itself from the debacle and there
are no easy solutions to the matter of solving the enormous
problems the willful destruction of that nation has caused.
Well known military documents state that policing a nation
after it capitulates in battle is a task nearly as great as
winning the battle. Under commanders who knew what lay
before them our forces sat idly by as looting and
destruction, as great as that caused by our weapons, went on
for weeks, pretending that this was a great surprise. This
occurred under Donald Rumsfeld who, as I, learned about this
the role of military policing and combat in officer's
training and subsequent service:http://www.defenselink.mil/bios/rumsfeld.html
Iraqis did not come running out to welcome their liberators
as our nation was told would occur. Those who predicted the
actual outcome were put down as enemy sympathizers and the
like... the whole mess is such a sordid story as we lost the
support of all the nations who came to our cause after
9/11... freedom fries and the like.
Fortunately the American people still have friends in the
world even though our administration is universally hated.
However we could change that too in the upcoming election.
Jobst Brandt firstname.lastname@example.org