And, just as transparent.
With Johnson, it was the CIA and military-industrial complex pulling the strings. With Bush, itâ€™s Dick Cheney/Halliburton and a fanatic religious right that is so tightly wound that all it can see is a continuation of this modern-day Crusade. Bush said the terrorists have been swept from Afghanistan.
So, where does that put Osama bin Laden, at the Baghdad Hilton?
He said this action will help stifle the bloodshed already suffered by American and Iraqi troops, but what does he think is going to happen when he sends them, as he said, door-to-door in Baghdad to flush out the insurgents? He said that not only were there not enough troops in Iraq, but that â€œthere were too many restrictions on the troops that we did have.â€ So, Abu Ghraib was just a garden party? A day earlier, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., said that like Vietnam, â€œthe only rational solution to the crisis is political, not military. Injecting more troops into a civil war is not the answer. Our men and women in uniform cannot force the Iraqi people to reconcile their differences.â€
Tragically, the only differences that Bush has been able to reconcile are those that once separated the American public. Once divided on the Iraq war, the latest USA Today-Gallup Poll pegs approval of Bushâ€™s handling of the war at a meager 26 percent.
Yeah, it really is time for America to change its course.