Thursday, August 04, 2005


By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Just the other day, we struggled to keep up with the many changes the White House announced about all our wars on whatevers. Just as soon as we were getting used to mocking the clumsy "global struggle against violent extremism" Bush junks the whole thing for his old, tired and useless "War on Terriers." Woof.

Well, that war is being lost, big time.

From the New York Times:
President Bush publicly overruled some of his top advisers on Wednesday in a debate about what to call the conflict with Islamic extremists, saying, "Make no mistake about it, we are at war."

In a speech here, Mr. Bush used the phrase "war on terror" no less than five times. Not once did he refer to the "global struggle against violent extremism," the wording consciously adopted by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other officials in recent weeks after internal deliberations about the best way to communicate how the United States views the challenge it is facing.
As usual, the entire GOP and our military operatives will swing back to the old chant. Since Bush is so helpful in pointing out that we are "at war," will he now point out that we are again, as I expected, running over $500 billion in the red this year?

Remember all the hooting and hollering over the news that our budget deficit was going to be only $333 billion? Then Congress swung the fiscal bat and blew it over the fence and out of the ball park, didn't they? And note that Bush vetoed nothing.

Time to raise taxes, dudes!

But then, this war isn't a war, it is a Potemkin phantom.
"Some ask, are we still engaged in a war on terror?" Mr. Rumsfeld said. "Let there be no mistake about it. It's a war. The president properly termed it that after Sept. 11. The only way to defend against terrorism is to go on the attack."
Rumsfeld is obviously insane. The only way to stop terror is to do what the British are doing: police work at home, making deals abroad. They didn't retaliate by bombing other nations in turn. Note the greater success in their little enterprise.

This idee fixee that we have to go abroad on murderous rampages in retaliation to pokes in the eye is exactly why we are losing the war on terror. And speaking of terror, Bush just announced he is going to continue to push for destroying Social Security.

Be afraid, be very afraid.

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