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“He’s a ruthless little bastard”

Posted by schroeder915 on November 6, 2006

Richard Nixon said that.

Who was he was talking about? Saddam Hussein possibly?

That would be a good guess, and you’d be warm.

That “ruthless little bastard” was Donald Rumsfeld. He’d have to be for him to shake hands with Saddam Hussein after Hussein started using chemical weapons against Iran, and later against the Kurds.

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But if Rummy thought it was okay back then, and now Saddam is sentenced to hang for the crime of gassing the Kurds, shouldn’t Rummy be sentenced as an accomplice? Especially since United States complicity in actions like the gassing of Iranian Shiites goes a long way toward explaining why the United States is so vilified in that part of the world.

On Radio Nation yesterday, columnist Sean Gonsalves quoted an Iraqi woman who said “a third of us are being killed, a third are fleeing, and another third are widowed.” It’s easy to have a war on the other side of the planet while we go on hoarding the world’s oil so we some people can blissfully drive 6-ton SUV’s to church. When did gluttony become a Christian family value? Is gluttony one of the family values shared by Mark Foley and Ted Haggard?

It’s time for the United States to recognize how much of the rest of the world sees our government, not as a beacon of hope welcoming the tired, poor, huddled masses yearning to breathe free, but more like a Colossus “with conquering limbs astride from land to land.”

A nation of educated people can elect intelligent leaders to both win wars when we are attacked, and show a humanitarian face to the world to win over the hearts and minds of those who yearn to be free.

It starts with your vote for accountability in government.

It requires your vote for a different kind of leadership in Congress.

Democrats are the true liberals, fighting to defend the middle class, and Democrats are the true conservatives, fighting for fiscal sanity and a rational foreign policy.

It’s the Republicans in Washington who have given us the quagmire in Iraq, and added trillions to the national debt.

Don’t you think we can do better than that?

Vote for a Democrat in your district on November 7th.

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