Thursday, March 29, 2007

Veto Means Second Chance

If our presence in Iraq is futile or more destructive to them and us than our absence then we must leave.

Well it passed the Senate and is on its way to conference and the Bush veto.Emergency supplementals, H.R.1591 and S.965 both have some very good points, especially for long ignored domestic emergencies and the growing calamity of troop readiness. Representative Murtha and my own Senator Murray did a great job of ensuring that injured veterans are properly cared for along with supplying the neglected Arm Forces with the proper life-saving equipment, training and rest they so desperately need.

"If we don't stop extending our troops all around the world in nation-building missions, then we're going to have a serious problem coming down the road."

Gov. George W. Bush - October 3, 2000

H.R.1591 removes the U.S. out of Iraq one year too late while the Senate version does a little better by moving the troops out of Iraq by March ’08. Neither bill does anything to prevent the president from making the same disastrously ill-conceived, unjust and illegal mistake in Iran that he made in Iraq. Senator Webb has a bill that would do just that but it was never given a chance to be included as an amendment.

Fortunately, we will be able to rely on the president’s choice to veto funding the troops. This will give another attempt at bringing the troops home sooner along with denying funds for attacking Iran. Thanks to presidential arrogance we will get a second chance.I fear what the president may try to do next. I wonder how Congress will act if he attacks Iran. It would be the ultimate diversion from all the problems his administration is up against now. A diversion that would bring calamity and ruin in its wake. I'm even a little worried about the Easter break when Congress is out of session.

Is it time to do the next ‘protect America now or we’ll all die war’ by attacking Iran. Two carrier groups, mine sweepers and no telling what else all ready to deliver ‘shock and awe’ on country number three.

I worry about Russia’s closeness to Iran; they are joined by the Caspian Sea and they have sent defensive missiles to Iran. Will they be drawn into this war? Saudi citizens are sending money in the millions to the Sunnis of Iraq. Will they be drawn into the war?

There’s a long list of problems that were caused when President Bush and his administration blatantly lied us into this Iraqi quagmire. They led America into believing that we were under an imminent threat of attack from Iraq. That mushroom clouds would appear on our shores if we did not move quick enough. Of course this was all lies.And now, they want us to believe and trust them, again.

I’m greatly concerned that given the Bush administration's abysmal track record on world diplomacy any war like action in Iran will blow up in their faces bringing great harm not only to the innocent men, women, and children in Iran but also to our nation.
Will they be igniting the spark, similar to the flash that lit WW I, which causes nations to divvy up sides for another world war?
Will the world view us as the aggressors and retaliate economically if not militarily against our interests?
Someone once said that the next world war would be fought with modern weapons including nukes; the next war after that would be fought with sticks and stones.
(I found out who....
"I do not know with what kind of weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." Albert Einstein)
End this illegal occupation.
Restore constitutional order.
No Iran war.
Collateral Damage

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