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    of the variations on a theme of douche bag are inarguably trenchant, perhaps a pause to look at Romney’s phrase "...I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror." is worthy of scrutiny, since it will be the most salient and trenchant, hypocritical and dead-wrong, and despicably fear-baiting Republican talking point of the general election.

    First of all, whether they call it a war against radical Islamic Jihad or radical Islamic fascism (or Islamofascism) they belie the futile racism at the core of their daedal   argument. While the vast majority of middle eastern terrorists are indeed Muslim, it is not an Islamic movement. Would they call themselves Judeo-Christian warriors against Islamic Jihad? If they were honest, they would. It is the endemic racism and xenophobia at the center of the conservative movement that has taken the U.S. from being a participant in fighting global poverty,  disease and hunger, human-rights abuses, and an environmental crisis, among myriad global exigencies, to being an imperialistic, interventionist military machine devoid of global diplomatic strategies. Their pre-emptive wars, particularly the current escalation in Iraq, exacerbate the very real and dangerous threats of terrorist groups organizing against such aggression. The central enclave of the most rabid terrorist groups is Pakistan/Afghanistan. To address this threat with the resources diplomatically and militarily necessary, our entrenchment in Iraq must come to an end.

    Second, there are moral and humanitarian arguments to be made for removing our military from Iraq and providing the initiative for a multinational coalition to help rebuild at a minimum the necessary infrastructure for that poor country to attain some level of normalcy at a quotidian level.

    Finally, John McCain will raise the specter of "raising the white flag" and having al-Qaeda declare victory. The Iraq war, i.e. invasion, is long over. Our military won the battle on the ground long ago – remember?

    "Major combat operations in Iraq have ended.
    In the battle of Iraq, the US and our allies have prevailed.", George Bush, 02/05/2003

    If he would have brought the troops home then...well, he didn’t. And John McCain’s belligerence since (along with his frightening rendition of the Beach Boys’ Barbara Ann) has only fanned the flames of hatred, distrust, and fear of U.S. imperialism and further militaristic adventures into the Middle East.

    You know who really is a douche bag though, Jeff Sessions.

    •  That is one sweet rant (2+ / 0-)
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      TrueBlueMajority, Debby

      I am saving this one in my personal files if you don't mind--authorship duly noted, of course.

      "It's been headed this way since the World began, when a vicious creature made the jump from Monkey to Man."--Elvis Costello

      by BigOkie on Thu Feb 07, 2008 at 03:08:09 PM PST

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