President's speech is 'deja vu all over again'

Letter to the editor

Posted: Thursday, March 23, 2006

"We may face no greater challenge from a single country than from Iran."

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"If necessary, however, under long-standing principles of self-defense, we do not rule out the use of force before attacks occur, even if uncertainty remains as to the time and place of the enemy's attack."

This is how President Bush defends his "pre-emptive strategy" in his National Security Report to Congress. It's a spookily eerie case of "deja vu all over again."

Where has Bush's "pre-emptive strategy" taken our country so far? Let's count just a few of the places:

1) Bush's "Preemptive Strategy" was used as an excuse to abandon the hunt for the real terrorist enemy to attack the wrong one in 2003.

2) Bush's "pre-emptive strategy" was used as an excuse to invade a nonthreatening sovereign nation not involved in the 9/11 attacks or terrorist activities.

3) Bush's "pre-emptive strategy" relied upon false and manufactured "intelligence" to justify that invasion.

4) Bush's "pre-emptive strategy" resulted in the destruction and desolation of large areas of that nation and in the deaths of more than 2,300 Americans and thousands of other human beings. There is no exit strategy and no end in sight.

5) Bush's "pre-emptive strategy" resulted in the most effective recruitment tool for terrorist fanatics against the Western world since the Crusades.

6) Bush's "pre-emptive strategy" resulted in the largest mobilization of Islamic terrorists since the Crusades, with attacks around the world.

7) Bush's "pre-emptive strategy" has left our country far more at risk than before.

8) Bush's "pre-emptive strategy" is costing our nation, or children and our grandchildren hundreds of billions of dollars, dollars which could be put to far better uses.

9) Bush's "pre-emptive strategy" has taken the international reputation of our country to it's lowest point in history.

10) Last but not least, Bush's "pre-emptive strategy" has polarized our country as not seen since the Civil War.

Bush's defense of his "pre-emptive strategy" reminds me of the story about the guy selling watermelons for $1 apiece from the back of a pickup truck. When his partner complained about losing money his solution was "let's get a bigger truck!" Not only are this seriously failed president's actions illogical and illegal, it becomes clearer each day they are arrogantly stupid! Trouble is, we are all paying heavily for his obtuse ways.

Erik Lie-Nielsen


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