View Full Version : Right-Wing Journalists....CRITIQUE THE WAR

Gayle in MD
03-07-2006, 07:55 AM
From George Will....."Rhetoric Of Unreality"

"Almost three years after the invasion, it is still not certain, or in what sense, Iraq is a nation. And after two elections, and a referendum in its constitution, Iraq barely has a government. A defining attrubute of a government is that it has a monopoly on the legitimate exercise of violence. That attribute is incompatible with the existence of private militias of the sort that maraud in Iraq. Michael Rubin of the American Enterprise Institute, writing in the Wall Street Journal reports 'Shiite militias have broken up co-ed picnics, Executed barbars [for the sin of saving beards] and liquor store owners, instituted their own courts, and posted religious guards in front of girls's schools to insure Iranian style dress. ' Iraqi's other indisposable man, Grand Ayatollah Ali sistani says that "Unless the government can protect religious sites, 'The believers will."

This was written by George Will, a conservative journalist.

William F. Buckly....

One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed.... Our mission has failed because Iraqi animosities have proved uncontainable by an invading army of 130,000 Americans...

Buckly then puts forth the two postulates....

One of these postulates from the beginning was that the Iraqi people, whatever their tribal differences, would suspend internal divisions in order to get on with life in a political structure that guarenteed them religious freedom. The accompanying postulate was that the invading American Army would succeed in training Iraqi soldiers and policymakers to cope with unsurgents bent on violence. This last did not happen, and the administration has now to cope with failure.

Representative John Murtha contends that in the atmosphere of Civil War, our troops are nothing more than sitting ducks. That they cannot take sides, between the various tribal groups, and that they should be re-deployed to the outer edges until Iraqis come to terms with solving their own internal grudges and issues. Many see a stated time line as a good thing, which would build a fire under the Iraqis to finally get their act together, complete the formation of their articles of government, and hasten the long lagging training period to a successful completion. The administration tries to justify fighting in Iraq, to our "Fighting them over there, so that we don't have to fight them over here." However, all intelligence tells us that the fighting is between the Shiites, and Sunnis, and Kurds, which have been fighting for centuries. The insurgency from periferral borders represents only 800 to one thousand. Murtha said last sunday that the only ones who want us there are the Iranians, al Qaeda, and China, so that we will continue to deplete our army, and resources.

When General Pace, spoke on sunday, he stated that

Troop levels have been correct from the start.
The war is going very very well
There is no Civil War

Congressman Murtha points out that he does not believe anything the administration puts out on Iraq, and certainly not anything from Pace. His reasoning is that mis-statements have surrounded this mission from the beginning. His examples are that the Administration...

Mislead the Congress and the American public on Intelligence.

Originally denied there WAS any insurgency until it could not be denied...(Rumsfeld) "There is no insurgency, just some dead enders."

That we would only need forty thousand troops to settle this after the invasion.

That Saddam was connected to al Qaeda, and had Nuclear and Biological weapons.

That Iraqis would throw flowers in the streets, we would re-build their infrastructure, Their oil would pay for the war, we would win the war on terror in Iraq.

Is it any wonder that Congressman Murtha says he does not believe anything that Pace (Bush) says about the war in Iraq???

Gayle in Md.