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Congressional Doublethink


So finally, finally there is congressional pressure against the tyrant's insane war policy. Bipartisan pressure, with elephants and donkeys both stepping up to criticize Bush's newest death dealing non sequitur, or "augmentation" as they'd have you think of it. (click for video)

After watching the video, you may ask yourself - yeah, but, see, isn't the US ultimately responsible for ALL of the fucking violence happening in Iraq right now? Was Iraq engaged in a bloody civil war before the US invaded? Was their water and power infrastructure a crumbling ruin? Had an occupying force been torturing, murdering, raping and imprisoning (sometimes all at once) it's citizens? Were gangs of unaccountable mercenaries roaming the streets with impunity, murdering, torturing, raping?

No.

So why then is there no talk of responsibility other than that required of Iraq to solve "it's own problems"? The USA created this entire mess. It's the US's responsibility. In an honest and moral debate this would be a fundamental point, upon which you build a a strategy to amend your ways and make things right.

Quick and easy Iraq exit strategy:
  • Get the US armed forces out.
  • Abandon all military bases.
  • Take your weapons with you

Long, painful and absolutely necessary strategy for fixing the horrible disaster Iraq has become beacause of you:
  • Apologize. Sincerely. Humbly. Ask the Iraqi's and the rest of the world what you can best do immediately to alleviate the situation, and then do it, because honestly you seem to have no idea. Money, engineers, police, construction, anything except military unless under Iraqi/UN control. Load up a thousand fucking cargo planes with everything from toothpaste to IT professionals, whatever.
  • Take Halliburton to court, find them guilty of a hundred different things, and sentence them to reconstruct Iraq's utility infrastructure to western standards, pro bono.
  • Place all assistance under Iraqi control.
  • Impeach Bush and Cheney.
  • Hand Rumsfeld over the the ICC, and allow Bush and Cheney and others to stand trial for war crimes.
I don't mean to be flippant, but if there is one lesson from Iraq that should be painfully obvious to all - the US military presence is the root of the violence happening there now. I realize that there are other factors, but the fact remains that 5 years ago, Iraq was a country at peace.
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