Tuesday, September 10, 2002
Liberals in search of a new idea: The San Diego Union-Tribune's James Goldsborough continues the bogus argument that one must have served in the military in order to support using the military to "kill people and break things."
Bush, who knows so little about the world, is allowing people who have never fought and never served to define policy. A speech-writer dreamed up the "axis of evil," surely one of the more diplomatically stupid slogans ever invented. Warhawks such as Dick Cheney, Condi Rice, Karl Rove, Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, all of Vietnam age, never wore a uniform.
Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., a guy with two Vietnam purple hearts and two bronze stars, has the right solution: "Maybe Mr. Perle would like to be in the first wave of those who go into Baghdad," he says.
Also note Goldsborough's pulling out the old saw that Bush is stupid. He "knows so little about the world." You see, if he knew more, he'd think about this differently. Iraq is really a peace-loving nation -- if you dismiss:
- Iraq's war with Iran
- Iraq's invasion of Kuwait
- Iraq's use of chemical weapons against its Kurdish minority
- Iraq's torture of American POWs in violation of the Geneva Convention
Goldsborough also puts forward an argument that, frankly, I'm getting sick of.
The legal basis for war can only come through the Council and new resolutions relating to those that ended the Gulf War in 1991. Without Council support, this is nothing but Mr. Bush's war. We will get no help and no sympathy for our human casualties and our economic losses.
Hussein has been violating the treaty that ended the Gulf War practically since days after he signed it. Yes, I think the first President Bush and Clinton are to blame for not enforcing the agreement, but that doesn't make the treaty itself any less valid.
And, as far as sympathy for "our human casualties and our economic losses," what little we did get from our allies in the wake of Sept. 11 lasted such a short period. Bush and Congress have a responsibility to defend the people of the United States of America. The United Nations does not. We've not ceded our sovereignty to the U.N. -- we shouldn't act like we have.