Bush won't end Iraq war on
By Molly Ivins
Tribune" -- -- The president of the
United States does not have the sense God gave a
duck--so it's up to us. You and me.
I don't know why President Bush is just standing there
like a frozen rabbit, but it's time we found out. The
fact is we have to do something about it. This country
is being torn apart by an evil and unnecessary war, and
it has to be stopped now.
This Iraq war is being prosecuted in our names, with our
money, with our blood, against our will. Polls
consistently show that less than 30 percent of the
people want to maintain current troop levels. It is
obscene and wrong for the president to go against the
people in this fashion, and it's doubly wrong for him to
send 20,0000 more soldiers into this hellhole, as he
reportedly will announce next week.
What happened to the nation that never tortured? The
nation that wasn't supposed to start wars of choice? The
nation that respected human rights and life? A nation
that from the beginning was against tyranny? Where have
we gone? How did we let these people take us there? How
did we let them fool us?
It's a monstrous idea to put people in prison and keep
them there. This administration has done away with
rights first enshrined in the Magna Carta nearly 800
years ago, and we've let them do it.
This will be a regular feature of mine, like an
old-fashioned newspaper campaign. Every column, I'll
write about this war until we find some way to end it.
STOP IT NOW. BAM!
So let's take a step back and note, for example, that
before the war, one of the architects of the entire
policy, Paul Wolfowitz, testified to Congress that Iraq
had no history of ethnic strife. Sectarian and ethnic
strife is a part of the region, and the region is full
of examples of Western colonial powers trying to occupy
countries, take their resources and take over the
administration of their people--and failing.
The sectarian bloodbath we see daily completely refutes
Wolfowitz. Now, Bush has given him the World Bank to
run. Wonder what he'll do there.
Let's keep in mind that when the Army arrived in
Baghdad, we, the television viewers, watched footage of
a bunch of enraged and joyous Iraqis pulling down the
statue of Saddam Hussein, their repulsive dictator, in
Firdos Square. Only one thing was wrong: The event was
staged. Taking down the statue was instigated by a
Marine colonel, and a psychological operations unit made
it appear to be a spontaneous show of Iraqi joy.
When we later saw the whole square in which the statue
was located, only 30 to 40 people were there (U.S.
soldiers, press and some Iraqis--and one of several U.S.
tanks present pulled the statue down with a cable). We,
the television viewers, saw the square being presented
as though the people of Iraq had gone into a frenzy,
mobbed the square and spontaneously pulled down the
statue. Fake images and claims have been a part of this
fiasco from the beginning.
We need to cut through all this smoke and mirrors and
come up with an exit strategy, forthwith. The Democrats
have yet to offer a cohesive plan to get us out of this
mess. Of course, it's not their fault--but the fact is
we need leaders who are grown-ups and who are willing to
try to fix it. Bush has ignored the actual grown-ups
from the Iraq Study Group, the generals and all other
experts who are nearly unanimous in the opinion that
more troops will not help.
So, like I said, it's up to you and me. We need to make
sure that the new Congress curbs executive power, which
has been so misused, and asserts its own power to make
this situation change. Now.
Molly Ivins, a syndicated columnist based in Austin,
Texas: Creators Syndicate