Monday, January 29, 2007

The Treason Card

Bill Hobbs provides a link to a column lamely debunking ten "Iraq Myths." It consists mostly of unsupported assertions but since the web address has "strategy" in it, the author must know what he is talking about. Right? I will only address the first and last "myths."

1-No Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Several hundred chemical weapons were found, and Saddam had all his WMD scientists and technicians ready. . . .

Yes, a thousand times yes! As former Senator Santorum (I love that phrase!) revealed, our forces uncovered lots of aging, rusty chemical weapons shells in Iraq. Big Deal. I will personally come to Middle Tennessee and eat a pair of shoes selected by Hobbs (perhaps witnessed by A.C. and Brittney) if he can point to where the President stated that the U.S. must rush to invade Iraq because it had dozens or hundreds of aging, inoperative chemical weapons shells, instead of claiming that Iraq presented a "grave" and "gathering" threat with "clear evidence of peril." Yada, yada, yada.
10- The War in Iraq is Lost. By what measure? Saddam and his Baath party are out of power. There is a democratically elected government. . .

Fine, then why all this talk of a surge? Lets bring the troops home and give them a ticker-tape parade. Call it the Aiken plan -- declare victory and go home.

Then quoting somebody named Tigerhawk, Hobbs asserts that "
there are two groups opposed to the 'surge' . . . Who, mainly, is against it? The enemy. And Democrats."

Expect more of this. Since arguments about WMD's and such are pretty lame, the Treason card is the only arrow that rightwing Bushbots have left in their quiver (it's my blog and I'll mix metaphors if I want to). Ignore for a moment that a lot more people than Democrats appear to oppose the surge; how do Hobbs and "Tigerhawk" know that the enemy oppose it? I can easily imagine that many al Qaeda types (only one of our enemies over there) feel they benefit from putting more Americans into the line of fire. One could just as easily assert that only two groups favor the surge -- Republicans and the enemy. But I see no reason to sink so low.


William said...

Bravo -
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Kitbogha said...

Actually Al-Qa'ida has publicly welcomed the Iraq surge. #2 Az-Zawahiri taunted the Americans on television and on the Internet saying that the "dogs of Iraq are waiting to lick the bodies of the Americans" or some sort of similar grisly phrase. He ridiculed that we were only sending 20,000 more and called for the Americans to send 50 or 100,000 more to Iraq. Posturing perhaps but you can't say that the "enemy is opposed to the surge" on the basis of any evidence.