Hypocrisy In Action: Republican "Support" for The Troops Hurts Readiness
"Willful and malicious" may not apply, but "negligent and clueless" certainly does with regard to how the failure of Conservative ideology has continued to manifest under the auspices of the Bush Administration and the Republicans in Congress.
From a post on Delphiforums by JRichards33, the following article is excerpted:
By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer, 1 hour, 29 minutes ago
WASHINGTON - A classified Pentagon assessment concludes that long battlefield tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, along with persistent terrorist activity and other threats, have prevented the U.S. military from improving its ability to respond to any new crisis, The Associated Press has learned.
Despite security gains in Iraq, there is still a "significant" risk that the strained U.S. military cannot quickly and fully respond to another outbreak elsewhere in the world, according to the report.
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This isn't good, and for more than one reason. Aside from the impact on national security on both the foreign and domestic fronts, and completely ignoring the rising tide of PTSD-related incidents and contractor deaths, our military is being left with fewer options on how to deal with new threats...
If the U.S. were to face a new conventional threat, its military could not respond effectively without turning to air power, officials and analysts say.
That is the ultimate upshot of the war in Iraq: a response elsewhere would consist largely of U.S. fighters and bombers — even, perhaps, some degree of nuclear strike — because so many ground troops are tied up in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Notably, the piece was not promoting the concept of a nuclear strike -- instead, it stressed the fervent hope that no other calamity would befall us while we are engaged in the quagmire of Iraq. The Marines, the Army -- indeed, all the armed forces -- know the idiocy of even a limited nuclear strike. The problem is, the current senior leadership out of the WH is apparently blind to it.
Don't think for a minute that the pundits who are madly scrambling to support the Bush Administration's ongoing drumbeat against Iran aren't aware of this. Referenced in the piece As Recruiting Numbers Dwindle, Podhoretz Bangs His Drum,
The upshot is that if Iran is to be prevented from becoming a nuclear power, it is the United States that will have to do the preventing, to do it by means of a bombing campaign, and (because "if we wait for threats to fully materialize, we will have waited too long") to do it soon.
And yes, he's quoting Bush.
There are many, many roadsigns indicating that the Bush Administration and their pundits want nothing more than to open up yet another front in their ongoing illegal wars; here, here, here and here, for example.
(You can also click the Iran tag for a list of related stories.)
They'll never stop trying. They'll never stop lying.
We have to work harder to ensure they no longer succeed; the cost, the price, the lingering stench of failure mixed with the pungent aroma of the decay and decomposition of our nation's heart and soul overwhelming beseech us on this matter.
It is up to us to bring an end to the deadly hypocrisy of the Republican party, of the Bush Administration and of all their pandering pundits.
Smoky the Bear is often quoted for saying "Only you can prevent forest fires."
To borrow his famous line, only you can stop the deadly Republican hypocrisy.