I turned on the TV at 7:00 a.m. this morning to see 'Breaking News' running non-stop across the bottom of the screen. Wow! It must be something really exciting -- right?
Listening, I got to hear President Bush patting himself on the back about Iraq (yet again). Apparently in all around 8,000 U.S. forces will be coming back -- and it looks like one Marine battalion (numbering about 1,000 troops) will go home on schedule in November and not be replaced.
To put this into perspective, keep in mind that there are around 146,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. We're not even talking about 10%, so I don't see any point in making a big deal out of it! The following should make it a bit more clear:
I don't get political very often in my blog, but I felt so disgusted by this that I couldn't keep myself from mentioning it. (Happily, I didn't vote for the man...)
This nation is (finally) ready to face the VOTE for a new President. I'm hopeful we won't be putting a Bush clone into the White House, but the citizens of the United States are their own worst enemies, I'm afraid. (sigh)
Mr. President? No amount of 'spin' will deceive those who bother to be the least bit informed about what's going on with Iraq. And while I'm sure we'd all love an excuse to 'party' about the war, you seem to be doing enough of that all by yourself. Hey, just because you say you're doing a great job, that doesn't make it so. (I know that game. And I've seen it work! But maybe it's done better when the end result isn't so entirely self-serving...)
I can only imagine how bad Americans look to the rest of the world at times like this...