There are many of us — in the real world, not the bizarro world conjured up by Bushco — who have had 20/20 vision from the start. We’re the ones who said, years ago, that Iraq had no connection to al Qaeda, and we were proved right. We said that a war in Iraq would result in sectarian violence and the crumbling of that country into chaos, and we were proved right.
These days, more and more reports are beginning to come out showing just what a failure the Bush administration has been; I just wish that all this confirmation had come earlier… say, before the 2004 election.
Anyway, here’s yet another report on the blunders of the Bush era, another confirmation of something many of us have known for years but that the White House has lied about and spun for its political machinations:
Spy Agencies Say Iraq War Hurting U.S. Terror Fight
By Karen DeYoung
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 24, 2006; Page A01
The war in Iraq has become a primary recruitment vehicle for violent Islamic extremists, motivating a new generation of potential terrorists around the world whose numbers may be increasing faster than the United States and its allies can reduce the threat, U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded.
A 30-page National Intelligence Estimate completed in April cites the “centrality” of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the insurgency that has followed, as the leading inspiration for new Islamic extremist networks and cells that are united by little more than an anti-Western agenda. Rather than contributing to eventual victory in the global counterterrorism struggle, it concludes that the situation in Iraq has worsened the U.S. position, according to officials familiar with the classified document.
“It’s a very candid assessment,” one intelligence official said yesterday of the estimate, the first formal examination of global terrorist trends written by the National Intelligence Council since the March 2003 invasion. “It’s stating the obvious.”
Although this comes a little too late for me, I have to admit that the exposure of Bushco Bullshit™ is really coming out quickly, much more quickly I think than in previous administration — with the notable exception of the Nixon administration.
I find myself wondering where the serious calls for impeachment are — if Clinton could face impeachment because of a concerted Republican effort to discredit and oust him, is it just the disorganization of the Democrats that is keeping Bush from the hot seat? Or is it a real effort to put that ridiculous impeachment behind us, not giving in to the temptation of payback?
The problem is, in this situation there are real grounds for impeachment. Serious, real grounds for removing him from office, not the least of which is the destruction of our civil liberties, his failure to uphold the oath of office — remember the bit about faithfully upholding the Constitution? That’s at odds with his shredding of it — the dismantling of the separation of powers, and the deaths of thousands of our soldiers and a hundred times that many Iraqis and Afghanis, for ill-conceived reasons.
Why are we content to let him serve out his term in the White House instead of serving his term in federal prison?