"President Bush said Tuesday he vetoed a $124 billion war-spending bill that called for U.S. combat troops to leave Iraq in 2008, arguing that it replaced "the opinion of politicians for the judgment of our military commanders." He said: "Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure."
Exsqueeze me? You said what?
"arguing that it replaced "the opinion of politicians for the judgment of our military commanders"
I got news for you Sparky. In this country, the CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT controls the military. Go read what few tattered scraps of The Constitution that your administration has left intact. The Executive Branch is a Co-Equal branch of government to The Legislature and The Supreme Court.
To put it terms you can understand, the U.S. Government is like The Trinity. God, Jesus, The Holy Ghost...all co-equal aspects of the same God. In this analogy, The Legislature is like Jesus...they pass laws that tell us what the nation should aspire to. How we should behave. The Supreme Court is like God. They tell us what is and is not permissable under The Constitution. The Executive Branch is like the Holy Spirit. It inspires people and fills them with passion. Although in this administration, it seems to be responsible for a lot of speaking-in-tongues, biting off snake heads and other irrational, incomprehensible goon-babble.
"Setting a deadline for withdrawal is setting a date for failure, and that would be irresponsible," Bush said in a televised address after the veto."
OK, Dubya. Tell me this.
What does Victory look like, eh? Victory Against Terrorism. What is that, exactly?
Will there come a day when the last hostile, islamic radical has been killed or captured and all of the rest of the Muslims left in the world are grateful to us and are our friends?
We got 'em all? Is that what you think will happen?
What next? Convert them all to The Assembly of God or Mormonism?
What fucking crack-smoking, meth-snorting, bible-thumping, imaginary planet do you live on?
These people are still pissed off about shit that happened a thousand years ago. You think you are going to bring them around to your way of thinking by invading, killing, destroying, imprisoning, humiliating and controlling?
Have you ever read a single history book? Just one? Have you?
I'm not sure The United States can ever recover from the damage inflicted on us by George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Paul Wolfowitz, Karl Rove, Donald Rumsfeld, Condie Rice and the rest of the neo-conservative zealots who have wiped their asses with The Constitution and then rubbed it in the faces of the rest of the world. They have taken everything that we stood for, everything we aspired to and everything we imagined ourselves to be and they have utterly destroyed it.
We are on the decline. China and India are the fastest growing powers in the world.
America will need to learn how to be humble, but still relevant.
We will be the next United Kingdom. Remember the British Empire? A former Dominant World Power fallen to the level of a mere "powerfull ally".
But to whom? And will anyone want us?
Greece was the birthplace of Democracy.
Italy was home to the Roman Empire.
Constantinople in modern day Turkey was home to both the Holy Roman Empire of Charlemagne and the Ottoman empire that survived until WWI.
Napoleon controlled his empire from France.
How much power do Greece, Italy, Turkey, France or Britain have today? Even if they combined their influence?
America is no different than other dominant world powers. They come and they go.
It would behoove us to loose the arrogance and start learning to get along with people.