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Who says being anti-war automatically means being anti-soldier?

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Date published: 9/17/2006

By Richard Amrhine


Today's anti-war contingent blames not America's troops for being warmongers, but rather its president. The movement is growing as more realize the gravity of the mistake that has been made. They know the president's gaffe will only become more difficult to correct, and cost more American lives, the longer it persists.

As of Sept. 13, 2,672 members of the U.S. military had been killed in Iraq since March 2003, and 19,910 had been wounded.

The American conscience is slowly awakening to the fact that America went to war in Iraq for no better reason than its commander in chief had some ants in his pants about taking out Saddam Hussein. Is it a coincidence that the Iraqi leader was the nemesis of the current President Bush's father during his presidency?

The search is on for an explanation, because the ones George W. Bush has been offering don't hold water. A document recently disclosed by the Senate Intelligence Committee reports that there is no evidence indicating Saddam Hussein had a relationship with Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and his al-Qaida associates. Such a relationship has long been one of the president's justifications for going to war. That troubling synopsis goes hand-in-hand, the report points out, with the infamous weapons of mass destruction that were never found.

The administration's time-worn rebuttal is that everyone in Congress saw the same information, drew the same conclusions, and voted overwhelmingly to take action. Hello? What else would we expect after being spoon-fed the president's version of the facts? Bush saw in the intelligence what he wanted to see. The president was so popular then, for whatever reason, that it was viewed as political suicide to go against him, just as it is political suicide to embrace him today.

Perhaps in anticipation of the Senate committee's report, the president has launched a new "politics of fear" offensive. He says this battle is the "calling of our generation." He tells us he's doing what's needed to protect Americans from new terrorist acts, and that's all that matters.

He is hoping that Americans, at the fifth anniversary of the attacks and on the eve of midterm elections, will flashback to his bygone days of popularity and accept his rhetoric as gospel.

Chicken Little lives!

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