Oh those annoying facts!
"You can support the troops but not the president."
---Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)
"Well, I just think it's a bad idea. What's going to happen is they're going to be over there for 10, 15, maybe 20 years."
---Joe Scarborough (R-FL)
"Explain to the mothers and fathers of American servicemen that may come home in body bags why their son or daughter have to give up their life?"
---Sean Hannity, Fox News, 4/6/99
"[The] President . . . is once again releasing American military might on a foreign country with an ill-defined objective and no exit strategy. He has yet to tell the Congress how much this operation will cost. And he has not informed our nation's armed forces about how long they will be away from home. These strikes do not make for a sound foreign policy."
---Sen Rick Santorum (R-PA)
"American foreign policy is now one huge big mystery. Simply put, the administration is trying to lead the world with a feel-good foreign policy."
---Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)
"If we are going to commit American troops, we must be certain the y have a clear mission, an achievable goal and an exit strategy."
---Karen Hughes, speaking on behalf of George W Bush
"I had doubts about the bombing campaign from the beginning . . . I didn't think we had done enough in the diplomatic area."
---Senator Trent Lott (R-MS)
"I cannot support a failed foreign policy. History teaches us that it is often easier to make war than peace. This administration is just learning that lesson right now. The President began this mission with very vague objectives and lots of unanswered questions. A month later, these questions are still unanswered. There are no clarified rules of engagement. There is no timetable. There is no legitimate definition of victory. There is no contingency plan for mission creep. There is no clear funding program. There is no agenda to bolster our over-extended military. There is no explanation defining what vital national interests are at stake. There was no strategic plan for war when the President started this thing, and there still is no plan today"
-Rep Tom Delay (R-TX)
"Victory means exit strategy, and it's important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is."
-Governor George W Bush (R-TX)
For those wishing to counter with "9/11 changes everything": that excuse can pass for the invasion of Afghanistan, but not Iraq. I still don't know why we went over there. I still don't know why 23 soldiers have died this month, and it's only been 3 days. I still don't know why we're justifying the ends with torture as means.
I love my country, but there's got to be better ways to defend ourselves. Maybe I'm incorrect, but it seems like the mood of the country is turning more somber as these examples of doublespeak, hypocrisy, and lying come to light. Only these examples have been around for several years... but now we've been in Iraq for close to 2 years... now that we're way beyond "Mission Accomplished" yet over 1800 American soldiers are dead... now that more people recognize blatant abuses of power...
At the same time there's plenty to be depressed about, yet there is so much potential for reforms in the right direction. To promote the America we grew up with and love. To smartly protect her from terrorism. To make her a country worth defending. To put our faith first as Christians and demonstrate God's love while recognizing that everyone counts.
Wow... something big is going to happen in the next 18 months or so... cuz I don't know how much more I or any other average American can take.