If I Were Back in Northern Minnesota, I'd be saying George Bush is Pig-Headed
by James Glaser
Of course if I were in polite society I would be saying the President is being obstinate. Pig-headed by dictionary definition means, stubborn or perversely unyielding. Obstinate is said to mean, "Adhering to an opinion, purpose, or course in spite of reason, arguments, or persuasion."
Now that I look at it, I will say that George Bush is being pig-headed, because he is so obstinate. Here is a recent quotation from the President, "Iraq is a central component of defeating the extremists who want to establish a safe haven in the Middle East, extremists who would use their safe haven from which to attack the United States. This is really the calling of our time, that is, to defeat the extremists and radicals."
You know what, I'm not buying that line any more. Report after report tells us that there are few foreign extremists in Iraq. George is still pulling that al Qaeda rabbit out of the hat, but most of us know that is just a trick to get us to look in another direction.
George Bush's troops, our troops are the extremists in Iraq. We, and what is left of the "coalition of the willing, are the 150,000 to 250,000 foreigners who are fighting in Iraq. The Iraqi people can see that George Bush is building permanent bases all over their country, so that America can have a safe haven in the Middle East from which America can attack other Muslim countries. Iraqis are not dumb. Al Qaeda might have 1,500 fighters in Iraq, and they are fighting the Americans. To most Iraqis, they seem to be allies in the fight to get their country back from us.
Americans have told the President this war is wrong the only way they can, with their votes. George lost Republican majorities in both Houses of Congress. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel said that George "misunderstood, misread, misplanned, and mismanaged our honorable intentions in Iraq with an arrogant self-delusion reminiscent of Vietnam."
That is coming from a Republican Senator, and he isn't the only one. There are current and former members of Congress from both parties, former Presidents, many retired generals, and hundreds of millions of Americans telling Bush that he has it wrong in Iraq, but still George Bush is talking about victory.
We have a pig-headed President, who will "stay the course" with his new slogan, "a new way forward." That's right, a "new way forward." But the results will still be the same. Young men and women in our military will continue to die or lose limbs.
About the only way left to stop this horrible war is to impeach this President. Another 60 Americans have been killed so far this month, another 500 or so wounded. The suffering is far greater for the Iraqi people who are losing over a hundred a day, with double that number wounded on many days, but George Bush is starting "a new way forward." That is being pig-headed.
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