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Our leaders have failed our country on Iraq


Fri, Nov 25th, 2005
Posted in Commentary

Dick Cheney said his critic’s comments were “reprehensible;” President Bush called them “irresponsible.”

Somehow those words coming from these two men remind me of those Phillip Morris commercials where the tobacco company gives advice to people on how to stop smoking all the while continuing to sell tobacco to the same people who can’t quit the habit.

Cheney and reprehensible, George Bush and irresponsible, they do go well together. The former is an advocate for keeping torture as an “Ace in the Hole” in the War on Terror; some people think that is reprehensible. And, for George Bush, well, quite frankly, has there ever been a time when he has been responsible for his actions?

Whether our republic can withstand three more years of their leadership remains to be seen, but it will be terribly painful. This administration’s incompetence is legendary and the country will suffer unnecessarily both home and abroad because of it.

Whether or not the two lied directly to the American people about WMD and weapons grade uranium doesn’t much matter anymore. We do know that Bush/Cheney led us into a needless war that they have bungled and rather than tell us how they are going to get our troops out they stand on the sidelines and try to re-direct the criticism aimed at them. The reasons the Bush Administration gave for going into Iraq were false and Bush and Cheney allowed this falsehood to lead our country down an irrevocable journey to war.

Democratic Congressman John Murtha and Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, both Vietnam veterans, are right in saying that it is time to pull out our troops. Like Vietnam, once the US troops leave Iraq, the country will likely implode on itself. And like Vietnam, this will happen whether our troops are there two years or twelve, the same outcome is inevitable. Perhaps that is why Murtha called the US policy in Iraq an “illusion.” The notion that you can create a democracy with regime change and a constitution does seem illusory at best.

Hagel, an early critic of US policy in Iraq, said that Congress failed their country during the Vietnam War, “remained silent and lacked the courage to challenge the administrations in power until it was too late.”

The same is true of our leaders today in Congress - they too have failed our country. As Hagel said, “America owes its men and women .....
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Rural schools face a critical future

Fri, Nov 11th, 2005
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The recently concluded election highlights the problems the state faces in funding education. On Tuesday, more than 80 school districts throughout Minnesota put levy referendums to their voters; another 26 districts had bond referendums. This include ..... 
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It’s time to investigate the Vice-President’s office

Fri, Nov 4th, 2005
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President George Bush did the only sensible thing he could do in the aftermath of the latest debacle to hit his administration, he nominated Samuel Alito to replace Justice Sandra Day O’Connor on the Supreme Court. What better way to steal the front ..... 
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Hearts and Minds

Fri, Oct 7th, 2005
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The only people still supporting President Bush today are those stalwart troops hanging around the bunker - flat-earth Christians, Orange County conservatives, and the uber-rich who have come to expect unfettered access to the low-hanging fruit. Thes ..... 
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Compassionate incompetence

Fri, Sep 16th, 2005
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Ah, yes, compassion.    I will give the benefit of the doubt (reluctantly) that George Bush and his administration wanted to act, that they felt some sense of duty to respond to their fellow citizens struggling in the gloom o ..... 
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Déja vu all over again

Fri, Sep 2nd, 2005
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This has been the summer of the Hollywood remake. “The Longest Yard,” “The Bad News Bears,” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” are all movies with old story lines re-made with new actors and faux glitz and sold to an unsuspecting public as new e ..... 
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A case for Intelligent Design

Fri, Aug 26th, 2005
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There are some common misperceptions about the Intelligent Design (ID) theory. It is not an attempt to prove the validity of scripture. Moreover, it doesn’t even have a particularly religious basis.  Historically, the questio ..... 
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The gospel according to Pat

Fri, Aug 26th, 2005
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You’ve probably heard of the row caused by tele-evangelist Pat Robertson’s recent remarks on the 700 Club that the US should whack - to use the vernacular of Tony Soprano - as in, knock off, pop, erase, kill - Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez.[Read the Rest]

Faith-based science doesn’t belong in our schools

Fri, Aug 12th, 2005
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President Bush is now advocating the teaching of “intelligent design” in our schools. Intelligent design (ID) holds that certain features of our universe are best explained by an “intelligent” cause rather than by natural selection.

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