There is discontent in the heartland:
Iraq, a possible early warning sign for
President George W. Bush in one of his most reliable strongholds.
When Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel traveled around his home state this week, citizens at every stop brought up Iraq policy and the inexorable rise in fuel prices.
If people are disappointed with the outcome of the war (we lost), and the high price of gas (not everyone lost), wait until they get the bill…
Hagel, a Vietnam veteran, acknowledged the U.S. military presence was becoming harder and harder to justify. He believes Iraq faces a serious danger of civil war that would threaten Middle East stability, and said there is little Washington can do to avert this.
“We are seen as occupiers, we are targets. We have got to get out. I don’t think we can sustain our current policy, nor do I think we should,” he said at one stop.
I think it has been obvious since about September of 2003 that the administration didn’t know what the fuck they were doing in Iraq, weren’t going to make meaningful changes, and that our efforts there were doomed to failure and ignominy. Hagel began mumbling sometime around then, but now he’s done. Maybe he’d like to switch parties and tell us what he really thinks.
“I don’t think there’s panic, I don’t think there’s cynicism. I think there’s this steady unsure sense about where is this all leading — the constant daily reports on Iraq, our people being killed there, the money being spent there,” he added.
What does it take to make a Nebraskan conservative cynical? Does George W. Bush have to walk right up and pinch their wallet?
Hagel said Bush faced a growing credibility gap. “The expectations that the president and his administration presented to the American people 2 1/2 years ago is not what the reality is today. That’s presented the biggest credibility gap problem he’s got,” he said.
“I hope he has some sense that something’s going on out in the country, that there’s a lack of confidence that has developed in our position.”
I find this all so frustrating. Why the hell did any of you people vote for these guys? What the hell were you thinking? When will you learn that they only TELL LIES. LIES LIES LIES LIES LIES. O’Reilly lies, Hannity lies, Cheney lies, Bush lies, Rumsfeld lies. They don’t even tell the truth when telling the truth would help their cause.
How in hell are we supposed to make it to 2009 with these criminally corrupt and incompetent sociopaths in charge of our treasury, our military, and our security?
But at least the scales are starting to fall from some people’s eyes.