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Right Intention: An Ill Wind Blows from Massachusetts

Monday, January 31, 2005

An Ill Wind Blows from Massachusetts

Every state has an official bird, and official song, and the like. But only Massachusetts has an official Windbag. In that illustrious role, Ted Kennedy is at it again. Some pearls of wisdom from his recent speech at Johns Hopkins:

After the mandatory comparison of Iraq to Vietnam, he opines:

"We must learn from our mistakes. We must recognize what a large and growing number of Iraqis now believe. The war in Iraq has become a war against the American occupation".

Earth to Teddy.....have you been at least following events from a distance, maybe watching CNN occasionally? Foreign terrorists (you probably know them by their media nom de plume, "insurgents") are killing innocent Iraqis, including women and children. Please explain to me how a group of Jordanian terrorists killing Iraqi civilians is a "war against the American occupation". Please clarify the Bizzaro logic needed to come to this conclusion.

"We have reached the point that a prolonged American military presence in Iraq is no longer productive for either Iraq or the United States. The U.S. military presence has become part of the problem, not part of the solution."

Couldn't resist reviving a catch phrase from the 60's, I guess. And exactly who is it that thinks we are part of the problem? The Iraqis voting in droves today? I don't think so. Maybe just the leftists that hang on your every word, Senator.

"No matter how many times the Administration denies it, there is no question they misled the nation and led us into a quagmire in Iraq".

There's the "Q" word. It wouldn't be a proper Ted Kennedy speech without it. He wants us to think everything is going badly, that we're stuck in a horrible rut, that we have done nothing but make a mistake and waste the lives of American soldiers and Iraqis. But he wants us to believe this despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

"The cost is also being paid in shame and stain on America’s good name as a beacon of human rights. Nothing is more at odds with our values as Americans than the torture of another human being. Do you think that any Americans tell their children with pride that America tortures prisoners? Yet, high officials in the Administration in their arrogance strayed so far from our heritage and our belief in fundamental human decency that they approved the use of torture and they were wrong, deeply wrong, to do that".

"The Administration's willful disregard of the Geneva Conventions led to the torture and flagrant abuse of the prisoners at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib and that degradation has diminished America in the eyes of the whole world. It has diminished our moral voice on the planet."

Senator, every day prisoners in the state of Massachusetts are raped and tortured by other inmates. Rape and torture has been institutionalized in the American prison system for decades. Senator, since you are so outraged by torture, what have you done to fix this in your own backyard? Anything? Or do you save your outrage, and spend it only when it benefits you?

"We all hope for the best from Sunday’s election. The Iraqis have a right to determine their own future. But Sunday’s election is not a cure for the violence and instability".

Is there a web emoticon for vomit? I could really use one here.

Sorry, Senator, I just don't believe you . I think you want the U.S. to fail. I think you want violence to destroy the elections so your world view is affirmed. Nothing would make you happier.


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