Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Making the world safe from security.

AP reports:

"A dozen leading congressional Democrats have urged President Bush in a letter to consider changing the civilian leadership at the Pentagon, saying that such a move would show he recognizes the problems his policies 'have created in Iraq and elsewhere.'"

Oh gosh, they sent him a letter!I'm sure Rummy's days are numbered. What, they aren't?

Tony Snow says, "It's not going to happen. Creating Don Rumsfeld as a bogeyman may make for good politics but would make for very lousy strategy at this time." [AP]

Well actually, keeping him in the job will just continue the lousy strategies, but yes it does make good politics. If you think about it, everybody except W. thinks Rummy is a dummy. The military brass hates him, Democrats hate him, Republicans hate him; so I say, 'stay the course,' don't let those Stalin lovers tell you what to do W.

W. doin' more speechifying:

W. was busy again today with his new push to remind us that we're at war. The announcment that another 7 US troops have died so far this week in Iraq hasn't reminded me at all. W. says, "Bin laden and his terrorist's allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them. Will we listen? Will we pay attention to what these evil men say?" Maybe if he had listened to what OBL was saying before 9/11 we wouldn't be in the position we're in today.

In just over a week 400 Iraqi civilians have died in Iraq, despite the much touted security crackdown launched by US and Iraqi forces about 5 weeks ago; In Afghanistan opium prodcution is up 50% over last year and the NYT points out today that it "has claimed the lives of 106 American and NATO soldiers this year and doubled American casualty rates countrywide. Across Afghanistan, roadside bomb attacks are up by 30 percent; suicide bombings have doubled. Statistically it is now nearly as dangerous to serve as an American soldier in Afghanistan as it is in Iraq."

And then there are the ramdom terrorist attacks all over world from the Mumbay train bombings, to the plot to blow up planes flying from the UK to the US, the recent bombings in Turkey, and just today the shooting of British tourists in Amman.

Looks like the world is a whole lot safer with Rummy and W. in charge.


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