farp, I agree with you... just wanted to add some stuff.
Then he told us Iraqis desired freedom and democracy, but instead they sought sectarian violence.
My guess is Iraqi's do desire freedom... freedom from the US... http://www.worldpublicopinion.org/pi...nt=250&lb=brme
And I doubt very much that Iraqis "seek" to have sectarian violence... my guess is that there is more to it than the act of "seeking." This sectarian violence has roots that date back to over a thousand years ago. Yes, it's stupid... but then again, most religious conflicts are just that - barbaric egoic stupidy.
And to add to your first paragraph: Bush was warned -before the invasion- by intelligence experts that this mess would happen and that he would "open the gates of hell." (words coming directly from the Arab foreign ministers in Cairo in 2002) Isn't it ironic that he is using what he was warned about before the invasion as his reason to escalate the war?
Part of what is happening in the Middle East is the great unraveling of a problem that started after WWI when a couple of white Europeans penned in country boundaries that suited "their" interests and not the interests of a culture and people that they knew nothing about nor for that matter cared anything about.
Plus, does the President think we are chumps when he claims that Iraq is more dangerous now than it was before the invasion? Is this his excuse to continue and escalate the war?
First question: Yes. Maybe not chumps, but more along the lines of amnesiacs. Americans seem to have a serious problem remembering things - especially history.
Second question: Yes. They didn't label it the "Long War" in hopes that it would be over soon.