It's not enough that Bush and his minions presided over the worst attack on our nation in decades. It's not nearly enough for them that they've let the alleged perpetrators of that attack run free for over five years. It's not even enough for them that their Iraq diversion has created even more individuals who would violently oppose the U.SA. and our interests and take on the moniker of those who've been allowed to escape justice. Bush and his minions are satisfied enough with the world of enemies they've created and are cultivating, that they're willing to pile even more chips on our nation's shoulders for any and all comers to knock off.
America and our interests abroad are threatened by a seemingly endless line of individuals devoted to that ultimate principle of self-sacrifice to achieve their end. The Bush cabal's response is to posture against these individuals as we would armies amassed on our border, when, in fact, there exists nothing to attack except the specters themselves; and to posture against others who are perpetually inspired by the ready cause of their elevation by the 'leader of the free world' to national enemies worthy of his manufactured imperialism waged behind the sacrifices of our soldiers just because they choose to call themselves al-Qaeda.
The 'war on terror' is a joint venture, orchestrated by both al-Qaeda and the Bush administration; waged in tandem with the resentment and the self-serving righteousness which flows from the continuing deaths and the vengeful responses they both order and inspire from the combatants they encourage in word and deed.
We have no way of knowing how much actual command and control the original, fugitive al-Qaeda is exerting on the Iraqis who've taken on their name. But, we do know, by the word of the commanders in Iraq and the intelligence agencies who keep track, that the 'Iraqi al-Qaeda' are responsible for less than 3% of the violence in Iraq. Yet, Bush and his White House minions are content to elevate them to a level of attention afforded entire armies and nation-states who would align and conspire against us - all the while, ignoring the obvious influence they've allowed to fester and grow by refusing to focus the bulk of our nation's defenses in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the hunt for bin Laden and associates.
Both Bush and Cheney regularly cite 'the words of bin-Laden' as a caution against leaving Iraq. Both believe it's important that we 'listen to the words of the terrorists' as we consider leaving. Cheney hit the theme, word for word, in a FOX interview this weekend, insisting that those Americans who are advocating withdrawing from Iraq are "validating the al Qaeda strategy."
"Al Qaeda has based its entire strategy on the proposition that they can break the will of the American people, that if they kill enough that eventually the U.S. Government will withdraw . . . Al Qaeda has said Iraq is the central front in their war on the United States," Cheney wanted us to know.
"You do not want to withdraw and give them a victory in Iraq." he said.
However, there's been a shift in the whispered rhetoric from the administration's parasitic nemesis from driving our forces out, to an echo of Bush's swaggering invitation to anyone who dared attack our soldiers to 'bring (it) on.' The most visible voice of the original al-Qaeda is now reportedly encouraging Bush's Iraq escalation and the inevitable increase in American deaths (directly attributed to the escalation by both Bush and Cheney as they warned of more casualties).
The obvious counter to any glee al-Qaeda might enjoy from the deaths of those soldiers deployed by Bush into the middle of Iraq's warring factions would be to end the occupation and take them out of harm's way. Removing the primary source of aggravation which is fueling the violence and inspiring more Iraqis to violent expressions of resistance is the surest way to lessen the influence of any outside group or persons from exploiting the mushrooming civil war.
"There are consequences to all of these decisions and all of these actions, and a responsible public official has to accept the responsibility for the consequences of what they recommend," Cheney said.
We're not staying in Iraq to defend 'democracy.' There is no democracy to be found among the immobilized Iraqi parliament as the take a two-month vacation from their part-time pretense of legislating.
There is no freedom to be found in Iraq, under the heavy-hand of the escalated U.S. occupation, stretching into sovereign neighborhoods with it's false, lethal order. There is only the vain, desperate attempt from the lame-duck U.S. commanders of the Iraqi junta to contain the swelling resistance to their ideological imperialism.