It’s a war of words, not logic
It sounds wise. ‘Look forward not back.’
It’s a subtle bit of criticism for those still concerned with how America came to be at war this time around.
‘Forward’ conjures an upbeat, encouraging and positive tone, as in a ‘forward-thinking individual’ compared with backward ideas.
It sounds wise, but the only tool with which to predict the future is experience. Those who never look back are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past. It is easier to ‘stay the course’ when ignoring the his-tory being written by the course.
Some armchair historians offer that Saddam’s forces invaded Kuwait in 1990, former President Clinton behaved unethically while in office, and a terrorism network based in Afghanistan attacked us.
While these things did not send the United States to war in 2003, thanks for the news flash and bravo in looking forward.
Saddam’s inability to show proof that he did not have weapons of mass destruction was evidence of weapons of mass destruction. That was the given cause for the war in Iraq.
But it’s time to move ahead to the present.
Two years later, the absence of positive news is evidence of positive news. Reporters have misplaced the success stories of Iraq.
The U.S. does not torture or advocate torture, but the vice president does ask that the CIA be placed under no restrictions in that regard.
To spread freedom and fight tyranny the CIA must be allowed to arrest and incarcerate individuals in secret.
At home, there are fewer secrets, however, thanks to the Patriot Act. The full name is the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001. The act allows domestic spying without a warrant or probable cause.
Rumsfeld would like to rename insurgents as ‘enemies of the legitimate Iraqi government.’ Insurgent is synonymous with rebel.
The U.S. government accuses the ethically-ambiguous Al-Jazeera network of broadcasting propaganda and pays Arabic media outlets to make sure ‘the truth’ is broadcast in Iraq.
Saddam Hussein is no longer in a position to torture or murder anyone, surely a relief despite an increase more than a dozen times over in the violent-death rate for Iraqis.
Geographically speaking, most of Iraq enjoys relative peace and tranquility as reported by the military and Bush administration.
Most of Iraq is covered with desert.
As a dense metropolis of nearly 5.8 million people, Baghdad is home to 22 percent of Iraq’s population. Iraqis with the means to get away for the weekend leave the city they sometimes describe as ‘Hell’ for a little rest and relaxation.