Guided by these principles once more we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort, even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we’ll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.
We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense. And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken — you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
The problem with that is that every day that United States government soldiers spend on
beginning to leave, instead of actually leaving — every day that is spent on that
responsibly instead of that
leaving — every day that is spent in the
forging of peace in Afghanistan, rather than in the practicing of it, by withdrawing all United States government soldiers immediately and completely — is another day when Iraqis and Afghans and Pakistanis and Americans will all be killed by this Peace President’s war and his policies of gradualism. Another day when yet more people will be killed in the name of prolonging the final end of a Bush Administration war policy now universally acknowledged as a catastrophic failure and a stupid mistake.
On Friday, April 10, two months and 12 days after President Barack Obama promised American soldiers would
begin to responsibly leave Iraq, a suicide bomber drove a truck bomb into an Iraqi government
police compound in Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq. Besides the bomber himself, the bombing also killed two Iraqi government police, one soldier in the Iraqi government’s army, and five soldiers in the United States government’s army. About 65 others — including dozens of civilians living in the nearby neighborhood — were wounded by flying shrapnel.
Every death and every wound is blood on Barack Obama’s hands. Every one of these people who were maimed or killed, were maimed or killed because of Barack Obama’s standing orders and for the sake of his war policy. Because Obama wants to wash his hands of the United States government’s war on Iraq, every day that he delays getting out, completely — delays getting out in the name of
exit strategies and
central fronts and
responsibility — which is to say, delays ending this war because he is still convinced that, with the right sort of gradualist policy, he can somehow try to win a war that should never have been fought — is another person who is maimed or killed so that Barack Obama, after being elected as a peace candidate, can adopt and prolong the colossal, catastrophic mistakes of a disastrous failure of a predecessor, so that he won’t come off as being soft on national defense.
Mr. Obama, how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Iraq?
- GT 2009-01-25: How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?
- Dulce et Decorum Est 2009-01-27: How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? (#2)
- Dulce et Decorum Est 2009-01-29: How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? (#3)
- Dulce et Decorum Est 2009-02-01: How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? (#4)