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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Thursday, October 20, 2005


The biggest critcisms against the Bush adminstration these days has been their incompetence in handeling the Iraq War. Here is someone who offers a different perspective on the whole thing. Moneyshot: Set aside, for the moment, the favorable historical context of the achievements in Iraq thus far: Toppled Saddam's government in less than two weeks. Avoided doomsday scenarios of environmental and humanitarian disasters. Established provisional government. Held the most open, free and fair elections in decades. Established interim government. Reached deal on Constitution. Tomorrow a referendum on the charter and two months later, full elections. All of this accomplished in just over two and a half years with less than 2,000 U.S. combat deaths. The war in Iraq is not without problems, but despite the relentlessly negative press coverage pumped out to the public every day, from a historical perspective we've made astonishing progress. Again, setting all that aside, ask Democrats who charge the Bush administration with incompetence what they'd do differently in Iraq under the same circumstances and you get silence and a blank stare. Can they identify a single thing we should be doing in Iraq that we aren't? Is there something we should try that we haven't? John Kerry is a perfect example. Last year, after spending months formulating an Iraq policy for his general election campaign, Kerry and his advisors finally emerged with a five-point plan that didn't contain a single substantive difference from the Bush administration's policy. The best Kerry could do was to offer that he'd "do a better job persuading the international community to share the burden in Iraq." That's more platitude than policy, and it was obviously far from convincing. Interesting. Read the whole thing.


At 10/20/2005 10:13:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The democats (dim 'o' craps?) remind me of children in the backseat whinning "are we there yet?" over and over. It is sickening really to see them outright commit teason against our troops in the field and I hope they will be rewarded at the ballot box by sending most of them home with pink slips.

At 10/20/2005 03:51:00 PM, Blogger programmer craig said...

Actually, SM, I think the big story in US politics right now is the conservative rebellion against the neocons. It seems to have been prompted by Bush's latest supreme court nomination, but now that it's begun I'm hearing conservative pundits bringing up a laundry list of grievances against Bush. Good thing this didn't happen a year ago! Not sure what effect this will have on US politics, since Bush can't run again anyway... a party split usually spells trouble though.

At 10/21/2005 03:02:00 PM, Blogger madtom said...

I don't know Sandmonkey, when you read reports of rampant vote fraud that went on during the last referendum, it makes you wonder, who was watching the store?

At 10/21/2005 09:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The rebellion is overblown in the media! Conservatives don't walk lock step with the same opinions, we are allowed to discuss things and have different views without being disowned/throw out of the party. This is made up news, NEXT!


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