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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Bush Failures Pt. II

Since the so-called liberal media isn't all the keen on reporting coalition deaths in Iraq, I will: as of today, 1246 U.S., British and coalition troops have been killed. Of the 1246, 1106 are American. Our deaths account for nearly 90% of all casualties.

The situation in Iraq is so bad that Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi blamed the United States for the deaths of 50 Iraqi national guardsmen killed in an ambush Saturday. “It was a heinous crime where a group of National Guardsmen were targeted...there was great negligence on the part of some coalition forces.”

Terrorists continue to kidnap and threaten hostages, including 11 Iraqi national guard troops and a Japanese man.

What a mess. Yet Bush is not held accountable for what has happened in Iraq, nor is Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. In 1993, following the failed mission in Somalia that resulted in the deaths of 18 American forces, senate Republicans sought to limit Bill Clinton's authority to commit troops and even threatened to withhold funding for any action in Somalia; some Republicans even called for the resignation of Clinton's defense secretary at the time, Les Aspin, most vocally from Senator Alfonse D'Amatao.

Imagine that: a military operation that resulted in 18 deaths resulted in Republicans threatening to limit a president's authority as commander-in-chief and withhold funds for the operation.

Back to Iraq: George W. Bush wants to spend more money in Iraq, and has requested another $70 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, which would bring the grand total of Bush's snipe hunt to $225 billion. Yet before the war, the administration was promising that Iraqi oil revenues would help pay for the reconstruction of Iraq.

A flip-flop? Nah, George W. doesn't flip-flop. He just says one thing and does something else.


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