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Saturday, March 22, 2003
Why I don't believe Bush and don't believe you should "support our troops"
Now that U.S. military might is liberating Iraqis and acquiring Iraq, the calls to "support our troops" have continued unabated. While there are practical ways to provide support, this call has far less to do with providing items such as care packages, compact discs and pornography to U.S. military personal -activities that few U.S. citizens have taken part in compared to the number that support the war with Iraq- than it does with not criticizing military commanders and the decisions they make, as such criticism is considered the antithesis of support. "Support" in this context essentially means trusting the George W. Bush Administration, an entity hardly deserving of that trust.
As I have documented in posts such as "Bush's Charade," "Dominating the world," "30 Questions for Bush" and "Deadline Iraq United States," Team Bush was dishonest and illogical in justifying this war. And now that it is here, they appear to be up their same tricks. In a statement from Thursday Bush made it seem like he was focusing on Medicare as much as the war. This, of course, is absurd but pretending like it is true makes Bush and friends look like they have a handle on the war and keeps debate away from the area of politics and into the realm of military tactics and strategies that do not explore the justness of the effort. Bush has put political positioning ahead of honesty.
That Bush is doing this should not come as a surprise and unfortunately there is little that can be done about it immediately. The best response is simply to continue pointing out his lies and dishonestly and hope that the public begins to care. In the mean time, there are no valid reasons to trust the Bush Administration.