Here Is What We Are Dealing With

I would not normally do this but I thought it was worth it to illustrate a point. Earlier today a Republican ‘friend’ of mine took it upon himself to send me this message from the ghost of Gen. Patton [PDF]. Now this is the third time I have received this stupid email in one form or another but this time it really ticked me off. In light of the obvious misinformation campaign the adminstration is waging to try and hold up the Saddam-9/11 link I had to respond back. Following is the dialogue that ensued across several email messages, my comments are in bold while his are in italics:

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Funny, Goebbels would be proud of you. Now get back to work and quit wasting my time.

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I’ve got [mutual friend’s] email while he’s in Iraq with Marines [division name removed] letting the terrorist take pot shots at him instead of having the terrorist focus on us at home. All while his wife and 5 and 2 year old girls are here missing their daddy. I’ll be sure to let him know that your mind has become so warped with leftist propaganda that you compare what he’s doing with the nazis. Just so you know what really going on, here are some of his emails to me….

[remainder of message deleted to protect mutual friend’s idenity]

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I was not comparing what [mutual friend] or anyone else over in Iraq is doing to the Nazi’s, I was comparing your propaganda email to Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda. Big difference! By the way, [mutual friend] should not be there in the first place and that is my whole point. What the f!@# does Iraq have to do with 9/11? Nothing. It is irresponsible crap like you sent me that keeps people thinking that somehow Saddam was tied to 9/11. In the mean time, we are pouring billions ($150 Billion to date) and countless American lives into this war instead of focusing on truly fighting terror at home. Believe what you want about my position but I will tell you this, it is solely based on giving a shit about [mutual friend] and every other soldiers who could potentially lose their life over in W’s extracurricular war.

PS those underlined words are hyperlinks from two conservative newspapers, give them a read.

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Bush never said the war with Iraq had anything to do with 9/11 directly. It had to do with terrorism. Find me the quote that said we were going into Iraq because of 9/11! He said Saddam posed a threat to the US. It’s a fact that he tried to put a terrorist group together and assasinate Bush 1. We had a leader of an oil rich country that wanted a way to strike out at the US. He had plenty of money and 9/11 showed it was possible. So we took him out. Rightfully so. If you don’t believe me, how about believing our old arch enemy. Click the link if you want to open your eyes.

Russia ‘warned U.S. about Saddam’

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First question, why would Putin only now make these claims? If they were so true then why were they not a part of the pretext for war instead of WMD? It certainly would have made more sense wouldn’t it?

Next, to answer your “find me the quote” request…

Text of a Letter from the President to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and President Pro Tempore of the Senate

March 21, 2003

Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:)

On March 18, 2003, I made available to you, consistent with section 3(b) of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243), my determination that further diplomatic and other peaceful means alone will neither adequately protect the national security of the United States against the continuing threat posed by Iraq, nor lead to enforcement of all relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding Iraq.

I have reluctantly concluded, along with other coalition leaders, that only the use of armed force will accomplish these objectives and restore international peace and security in the area. I have also determined that the use of armed force against Iraq is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001. United States objectives also support a transition to democracy in Iraq, as contemplated by the Iraq Liberation Act of 1998 (Public Law 105-338).

Consistent with the War Powers Resolution (Public Law 93-148), I now inform you that pursuant to my authority as Commander in Chief and consistent with the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution (Public Law 102-1) and the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 (Public Law 107-243), I directed U.S. Armed Forces, operating with other coalition forces, to commence combat operations on March 19, 2003, against Iraq.

These military operations have been carefully planned to accomplish our goals with the minimum loss of life among coalition military forces and to innocent civilians. It is not possible to know at this time either the duration of active combat operations or the scope or duration of the deployment of U.S. Armed Forces necessary to accomplish our goals fully.

As we continue our united efforts to disarm Iraq in pursuit of peace, stability, and security both in the Gulf region and in the United States, I look forward to our continued consultation and cooperation.

Sincerely,

GEORGE W. BUSH

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Wow! Now you are really stretching. You think Russia is lying to help Bush? The same Russia that all along opposed the war. Please! I am assuming you wanted me to pay attention to the RED section. So here..

“I have also determined that the use of armed force against Iraq is consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist organizations, including those nations, organizations, or persons who planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.”

Please direct me to where he says Iraq aided in 9/11. You do see the comma after “international terrorists and terrorist organizations” right? Seems that sums up Saddam pretty well. He then includes other groups that aided in 9/11 putting them on notice they are coming after them too. Please learn puncuation in the english language!

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Man you are dense…read the ENTIRE sentence. “The use of armed force against Iraq is consistent with…the necessary actions against international terrorists… OR aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001.” Either he is saying that Iraq is a terrorist organization, not, or that they planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks. Pretty straight forward. But you will obviously believe what you want so I will allow the country to decide in November. Good luck.

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