America is losing its battle against the world’s strongest
terrorist network, so we are looking for a scapegoat to divert
the attention away from our failings. There is no proof that
Iraq has ties to al-Qaeda, or that they have built up their
arsenal of weapons of mass destruction. Because America cannot
win a war against al-Qaeda, we create a new enemy, one that is
easily beaten, and one that we have a vested interest in for our
economic future. It is said that al-Qaeda is stronger than ever,
but our war efforts has gone astray, towards Iraq, one of the
countries, listed as one of Bush’s "Axis of Evil".
First, let’s look at the rationale behind attacking Iraq.
The War on Terrorism, although seemingly successful, has no
doubt been a losing campaign, one doomed from the beginning
because we had no clear goals. Now that we understand that it is
hopeless to exterminate al-Qaeda with military might (something
Democrats have been saying since last year), we divert our
attention to a war we can win: Iraq. It is said that the Iraqi
military is half of what they were ten years ago because of the
Gulf War, but somehow the Bush’s War Cabinet has created the
notion that they pose more of a threat to America’s future
than al- Qaeda. If there was proof of Iraq’s imminent threat,
we would have international support, as we still do with our war
It is difficult for a country with as large of an ego as we
have to admit that the War on Terrorism is failing, so we invent
a new enemy, one that can be easily beaten. It is clear to the
rest of the world that we are losing the War on Terrorism. The
fact is that there are more al-Qaeda members today than there
were before September 11.
In fact, the State Department has reported that two thousand
"terrorists" a month have joined their ranks since
September 2001, which brings their total to over 80,000 members.
I remember Bush’s encouraging words the day of the event:
"I will not rest until all of al- Qaeda is dead or in
jail." Well, he certainly is not resting, but his efforts
have gone in a completely different direction.
The American people have been relatively quiet on this
outrageous turn about of military focus because Bush’s War
Cabinet has done such a thorough job infiltrating the media with
hawkish propaganda. Where are the TV commentators’ questions
about the new strategy? Why aren’t the newspaper reporters
questioning Bush’s motives more? It is because it has become
increasingly unpatriotic to question America’s military
Democrats have only recently spoken up against giving Bush
unilateral control over military decisions. Determining if
diplomacy fails and what kind of military force is necessary
needs to be discussed by the Congress and should not be left to
the President to decide. These decisions are too important to be
given to one man, especially a man who has so much to gain
politically, and financially by invading the second biggest oil
field in the world. Congress and the American voters need to
send a clear message to Bush: Finish the job with al-Qaeda
before spreading our military too thinly in Iraq.
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