Saturday, November 27, 2004

One Thanksgiving Later in Baghdad (Great Article by Matthew Rothschild)

Last Thanksgiving, George Bush made a surprise visit to the Baghdad airport, and Fox News made it seem like this was the most courageous act since Daniel went into the lion's den.
But I doubt there will be any such stunt this year.
Baghdad Airport is closed, and Baghdad is an all-out war zone.
Now U.S. soldiers are dying at a rate of more than 100 a month, and more than 1,000 a month are being wounded.
This is nothing to celebrate, nothing to give thanks for, on this Thanksgiving Day.
Our young men and women, from every state in the union, are dying or being maimed because of Bush's hubris.
Tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians are dying or being maimed because of Bush's hubris.
And that hubris shows no sign of abating.
Bush still maintains that he is delivering God's gift of freedom to the people of Iraq.
He still maintains, as he did in his Thanksgiving address this week, that God is guiding our nation.
He still refuses to put a timeframe on how long U.S. soldiers will have to be in Iraq.
And he still keeps holding soldiers over, way past the time they were promised to come home.
On this Thanksgiving, there are more than 140,000 families missing a loved one at their supper table.
We all wish them a safe and speedy return.
But their commander in chief keeps them in harm's way.
Their commander in chief keeps offering false hope.
Deluded, he speaks of Iraq as being on a steady march toward freedom, when the unrest we see on our TV screens every night belies this rhetoric.
It's as phony as the turkey he carried around at the Baghdad airport last year.

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