Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Wednesday Joementum Blogging

On this particular Cuatro de Mayo, the 35th anniversary of the Kent State shootings, I think it's worth remembering just how polarized this country was over the Vietnam War in the late '60s and early '70s.

America kills its own: A student lies dead after being shot by Ohio National Guardsmen for protesting the illegal military incursion into Cambodia.

What's this got to do with Traitor Joe? Well, it seems we've got our own version of Vietnam going on right now, in a little place you might have heard of called Iraq. And it further seems that Joe was not only an early supporter of the invasion of that country, citing Saddam Hussein's supposed cache of elusive WMD as reason enough to start bombing away, but that he continues to support the war effort and to pay lip service to Preznit Knucklehead's ever-changing rationale for being there. For instance, here are just three relevant quotes from Senator Waste o' Skin, all from January, 2004:

We made the right decision to send soldiers to Iraq
"We made the right decision. I didn't need George Bush to convince me that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the US. John McCain and I wrote the law that made it national policy to change the regime in Baghdad. This man was a homicidal maniac, killed hundreds of thousands of people, did have weapons of mass destruction in the '90s, used them against the Kurdish Iraqis and the Iranians, admitted to the UN he had enough chemical and biological to kill millions of people, supported terrorism, tried to assassinate former President Bush. I repeat: We are safer with Saddam Hussein in prison than in power."

Saddam's overthrow caused Libya & Iran to capitulate
"I seriously doubt whether Libya would have given up its weapons of mass destruction if we had not overthrown Saddam Hussein, and if the Iranians would have allowed international inspectors come in and looked at their nuclear weapons sites if we had not done that. I've worked to keep our military strong and to know that in a dangerous world, sometimes you have to use that power against dangerous people.

"The overthrow and then capture of Saddam Hussein has made America safer and made the world safer. It has not ended all of our problems or all the threats to our security, but a president has to deal with more than one threat at a time. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict directly related. We have to stay the course in Iraq now and continue to build a stable, modernizing, democratizing country there. That will show the Arab world what happens as a result of American intervention, that you live better, freer lives, and will send a message to terrorists that we mean business."

Iraq victory opens door to Israeli-Palestinian peace
"Between the Israelis and the Palestinians, there is only one good solution, it is a two-state solution. As president, I would devote time, commit my secretary of state to it, appoint a special ambassador to be there to work with both sides to move along the path to peace. The doors are open now, in part because of our victory in Iraq."

I can't wait for him to start talking about "peace with honor" and "the light at the end of the tunnel."

Oh wait -- yes, I can. I can wait.
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