George W. Bush, throughout his eight years in the White House, demonstrated neglect of the troops, contempt for the Constitution, and carelessness about national security. He allowed the attack of 9/11, violated the Bill of Rights (via policies Obama is continuing), slashed funding for counterterrorism, illegally sent troops into needless battle without adequate equipment, worked to cut salaries for troops and cut benefits for them and for veterans, encouraged insurgents to attack the troops, and allowed for dozens of English-Arabic translators in the intelligence community to be fired on account of sexual orientation.
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The chief executive additionally claimed, "The greatness of our democracy is grounded in our ability to move beyond our differences..."
Wrong again. Such greatness is grounded in the freedom to express and act on differences. A difference that Americans had with each other concerning the invasion of Iraq was about whether said invasion would make the US safer or less safe. A unanimous conclusion of US intelligence agencies vindicates the latter prognosis. However, Obama claimed on Friday that the occupation of Iraq somehow "has made America safer."
Neither in his speech last night nor in any other statement of which I am aware has Obama mentioned casualties that were visited upon the people of Iraq as a result of orders by him and by Bush. More than 1,200,000 Iraqis were killed because of Operation Iraqi Freedom. To my knowledge, there has been no attempt to estimate the number of injuries that were inflicted due to that mission. The psychological damage that was caused by it will also continue to take a toll. And Obama is leaving 50,000 US troops in Iraq for another year. The flag-draped caskets have not stopped arriving on the shores of this country.
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