More of the Same with Republican JingoismWith the long-deserved firing of Donald Rumsfeld, our country seemed to be on the right track for changing direction in Iraq and for replacing faux machismo bravado in the war on terror and the war in Iraq with real policy changes and a sane approach to that problem. Unfortunately for some bottom-trawling Republicans, any dissent for the war in Iraq is seen as the equivalence as treason, even though the majority of Americans oppose this illegitimate war and want our troops to be brought home soon.
The latest example of this is from new Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who calls the bipartisan Senate resolution opposing Bush's "fantasy land" approach for a troop surge a measure that "certainly emboldens the enemy and our adversaries." No, Mr. Gates, an Iraq War resolution that shows no-confidence in Bush's continuing troop surge -- Bush has already done this three or four times -- is not emboldening the enemies: Instead, it is your administration's destructive policies that helps breed terrorist ideology and creates new battlegrounds in the war on terror where none previously existed. Questioning the motives and strategies of an incompetent president is not anti-American -- it is instead a return to sanity and a way of protecting our troops from further harm in a conflict they shouldn't have been in in the first place.