In inviting former Congressman Tom DeLay onto their program to discuss the Iraq War, ‘Meet the Press’ lowered the bar for honest debate. After all, he resigned his office because he was indicted. His voice should carry absolutely no weight as this war is discussed. He has no right to interject his feelings and opinions of this war as he did so with the Terrie Schiavo case. In both cases he is wrong. Let us be our own hammers to confront him.
Everyone who speaks truth to power, as far as ending our occupation in Iraq, are true and real patriots and I am sick of folks like DeLay stating the opposite.
Here is what he said on MTP, “Well, I--it, it is my opinion that when you go to war, we ought to all come together. You can debate going to war, that's a legitimate debate. But once you have our soldiers and our, our young people dying on the battlefield, we should come together, and we shouldn't have what we had yesterday on the Mall of, of, of--in Washington, D.C. When the--those are not, in my mind--my opinion, patriots that are talking about impeaching the commander in chief.”
Anyone who is speaking of impeaching President Bush along with his side-kick Vice President Cheney is to be heralded. It was after all, their lies that led to our illegal invasion of Iraq which truly aided and abetted the enemy of the United States of America. By doing so, our military force has been weakened to the point that we are sending back into combat those who have been injured in previous tours. We are sending back into combat those that still suffer PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and how can one defeat any enemy using forces comprised of those who should be out of harm's way and who are not able to make rational decisions while on the battle field.
I want my readers to make a jump here to think of the scariest scenario that no one seems to be discussing. Should we attack Iran, who is behind curtain number three? Russia and China who have close business ties with Iran. Do you really think they will be quiet as we threaten their economies? Think of the capacity of their military might combined and guess who that anger will be directed at? It will be directed at the United States of America. Think of what China can do to us financially as we have borrowed astronomical amounts of money from them. Sit with that a while and be afraid, be very afraid.
Let us also not forget about those pesky Topol M missiles that Russia has in its arsenal as they have rebuilt the arms race. As President Bush and the rest of his neo-conservative thugs have misdirected
America’s attention in the Middle East, Russia had been rebuilding the arms race. These missiles that I speak of can be fitted with nuclear war heads and do have the capacity to breach our security systems. Are you terrified yet? If not, you should be.
When DeLay mentioned that “our young people are dying on the battlefield” those of us who have consistently spoken out against this war are the ones who are trying to stop this blood-letting. Are we supposed to say “Sure, President Bush we support you even though you lied to us and kill more American troops”? Does anyone see the lunacy in that statement? I sure as hell do.
I would like to think that each and every American who opposes this war and has done so from the beginning as being our modern day Paul Reveres. They are the ones who in this political debate have done so in the face of modern day fascism when we were fed the mantra of “United We Stand” which was a warning to the American people that they had better support the criminality of this administration. Those that did reject it and came forth upon our invasion and now occupation of Iraq are the true patriots. If you are reading this and have openly spoken out against this war in words or deeds, you are the patriots and not men like Tom DeLay. He is a collaborator with the enemy.
When DeLay stated, “When you tell the enemy what your strategy is, that's aiding and abetting the enemy because they can use that strategy to come back and harm your soldiers.” Are we supposed to be quiet as more are harmed and sent home in body bags? If that is the essence of victory, then I do not want it nor should any American who truly supports our soldiers.
As we read of millions of displaced Iraqis in which many include children who will be the next wave of those that hate us, one must ask this all important question; how many more of America’s blood and treasure will die in the years to come? Is any sane American willing to stand up to these belligerent bullies and criminals and telling them, this war ends now and we demand that you pull our forces out from this civil war in Iraq which you created.
I find any political leader who states that we will keep an occupying force within Iraq to also be collaborators with this criminal mentality. Iraq does not belong to the United States of America. Just how many times does one have to say that before it sinks in?
DeLay had this to say of fighting this war; “you've got to fight that war to win rather than fight the war for political posturing.” Everyone should tell him that there is no winning this war on terrorism when due to our own stupidity; we have created the new wave of those who will hate us as mentioned above.
To me aiding and abetting the enemy was the redeployment of our troops by those who did attack us and go after a country that did not. This administration gave them safe harbor when he launched ‘Shock and Awe’ which gave power to those who did in fact come after us. It has been reported that al Qaeda and the Taliban have regrouped within allied countries such as Pakistan. By allowing groups such as al Qaeda to regroup in Pakistan it goes against President Bush’s message that “you are either with us or with the terrorists” So, do not go telling the American people who are openly speaking out against this war that they are aiding and abetting the enemy. The Iraqi people are not the enemy, Mr. DeLay.
But, hey if you do not believe my words then read these comments coming from Rep. Tom Andrews (D-ME): You know, Tim, it's incredible to me to hear Mr. DeLay start his answer with--to your question by saying that, you know, we were attacked on 9/11 in answer to a question about Iraq. Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11. We know that for a fact.”
Amazingly he even stated for the viewing audience, “In Afghanistan and in the Pakistani border where Osama bin Laden happens to be, they are strengthening precisely because we have diverted our attention and our resources away from Afghanistan, away from the war on terror, on Iraq.”