Back in early September I gave W some advise, “Cheer up, the worst is yet to come.” At the time the Katrina disaster was in full stream and W was getting blasted every which way from all sides. About the only good thing for Bush was that people forgot about Iraq for a month or so.
But the situation in Iraq just keeps getting worse. It’s hard to find any positive press from anyone at the moment. We’ve got US troops maybe using chemical weapons (we found the WMDs… we had ‘em). It’s obvious that getting the three different groups in the country to get along and run the country is going to be one of the most difficult tasks ever undertaken. The insurgency shows no signs of fading, let alone ending.
And it seems like every day now there is a new revelation of human rights abuses coming out of Iraq. Now this:
'People are doing the same as [in] Saddam's time and worse,' Ayad Allawi told The Observer. 'It is an appropriate comparison. People are remembering the days of Saddam. These were the precise reasons that we fought Saddam and now we are seeing the same things.'
Just who is Allawi? He’d be the first Prime Minister of Iraq.
What does this all mean? The United States looks more hypocritical and worse day by day. When we sit down and talk to China or North Korea or Latin America about human rights, they just point the finger back at us. “Look at what you’re doing in Iraq to Iraqis or letting the Iraqis do to each other!” And they have a valid point.
There’s a reason why Hugo Chavez’s stock is rising faster than the Bears D at the moment. People look and read his attacks of the United States and nod their heads in agreement. Sure Chavez is too vocal and odds are the Hugo Chavez Era is going to end badly. But Chavez is saying the things that many people around the world, and even in the US, feels.
While this week also had some bittersweet news with the government finally pressing charges against Padilla, there are still some major problems that the Bush administration has to take care of (Guantanamo Bay and Iraq). VFLOAB actually has a strong belief that W could fix these things. But his major obstacle is his Vice President, Dick Chaney. If Bush wants to save his Presidency and the world, then he’ll have to do something with Dick Chaney. Until Chaney is out of the picture, things will only continue to get worse.
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