Bush makes mess in Middle East

Monday, August 20, 2007 | 2:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:54 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 19, 2008

It looks like President George W. Bush is going to leave the Iraq mess for our next president. He has opened up Pandora’s box in the Middle East and doesn’t know how to close it. His only answer is to stay the course.

Doesn’t he realize that every day we stay the course, more of our brave troops are put in harm’s way in this misguided war? Not only are we losing troops, but millions of dollars of tax money are being wasted that could be better used.

Also, there is another cost which you may not think about — the tremendous amount of fuel wasted, therefore helping to keep up the price of fuel. Maybe this suits Bush and his oil-rich friends.

To trade blood for oil is a high cost to see it disappear in the millions of dollars each day in Iraq. As was reported to Congress by the Government Accounting Office, money may be going to help fund the terrorists.

Congress is doing little to stop this and other corruption in Iraq. Congress is letting our troops down, while the troops are being tied down in Iraq, while the terrorists are gaining strength in other countries. We need to re-employ the troops elsewhere, where they can do more good.

If Bush had studied Middle Eastern history, he would know that it has been in turmoil since Biblical times and that in no way was he going to change this condition. Instead of trying to bring democracy to the Middle East, he should have tried to improve our democracy and to set an example to other countries. Instead, he has only created more hate and violence as much of the world now sees us as an immoral, hypocritical nation trying to police the world with our fraudulent form of government.

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