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Whose not TOUGH ENOUGH?

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Rudy Giuliani was quoted yesterday as saying that the Democrats less prepared to deal with terrorism and the Iraq War. Thats rather suspect, since its a Republican administration who has had 7 years, since September 11th, 2001 to go after the actual criminals, failed. Instead, they (the Bush administration) falsified evidence by lying about weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and then went to war in a country that had absolutely nothing to do with the terrorist attacks that befell New York, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon. 

The Bush administration, using nearly no intelligence and having no knowledge of the tensions amongst Shiites, Sunnis and Kurds, invaded Iraq, deposed Sadam Hussein and installed an interim government that made room for a destructive civil war. At the same time, they continued to underfund the war in Afghanistan and FAILED to capture Osama Bin Laden, who was responsible for the attacks. Not only that, the Republican administration who sent our troops to war, didn’t even provide them with the proper armor. More than 4000 Americans have died in the Iraq War alone, and somehow President Bush and Senator McCain attempt to pacify the angry masses, instead of admitting that they FAILED our troops. As Ted Kennedy said the other night, “young Americans in uniform must never be committed to a mistake, but always for a mission worthy of their bravery.”

Another talking point for the Republican party has been the surge. The surge was successful, but what most Americans don’t know, is that in order for the surge to work, the American forces had to pit Sunnis and Shiites against one another, and bring the Sunnis to the American side. While this might have posed a military solution in the short-term, even General Patreaus had said that the surge had put into place, a precarious peace, that could be toppled at any time. 

None of these statements are inaccurate, and yet the Republican party is somehow disillusioned to think that they are better equipped to go to war. 

Rudy Giuliani and many others obsess over how experienced John McCain is. Well if he’s so experienced, how come he doesn’t even know where Iraq is on a map? Why does he continue to confuse Sunnis and Shiites? Is this the COMMANDER in CHIEF that we want? Someone who could be in serious negotiations, and make a huge political gaffe, that affects millions of lives? If Giuliani thinks thats strength on terror, then I fear for the future of this country. That type of incompetence, regardless of your military background is not acceptable.

Moreover, aside from this bout in Vietnam, McCain does not seem to be very comfortable with foreign policy matters. As it looks, war is no longer a viable option, both economically and feasibly, as more and more of our troops survive tour after tour and the recruiting levels for all parts of the military have decreased substantially over time. In that case, McCain will need to be a statesman, a diplomat, someone who can negotiate, understand the nuances of issues and be able to work with an array of leaders that might either be our allies or our current adversaries. This doesn’t sound like the politics that McCain is going to practice, not with Karl Rove’s protege by his side. McCain is not ready to be a negotiator, not the commander-in-chief for the next generation of Americans. 

McCain might have been tough enough, when he went to war. But the tough stuff that will make a President in our generation will be a keen intellect and understanding of the issues, a persuasive auditory style, open-mindedness among others. This is much more like the tough stuff that Barack Obama will bring to the Presidency.

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Written by Veena

August 27, 2008 at 5:30 pm

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  1. Go Veena! I’m currently reading The Shock Doctrine and I’m nostalgic for our classes with Borzutzky. Glad to see you’re so engaged with U.S. politics!

    Michael

    August 27, 2008 at 6:00 pm


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