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Don't Give Bush An Exit Strategy
Norman Solomon
Norman Solomon is the author of the new book War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death. For excerpts and other information, go to:

The Bush administration may ratchet up the Iraq war.

That might seem unlikely, even farfetched. After all, the president is facing an upsurge of domestic opposition to the war. Under such circumstances, why would he escalate it?

A big ongoing factor is that George W. Bush and his top aides seem to believe in red-white-and-blue violence with a fervor akin to religiosity. For them, the Pentagon’s capacity to destroy is some kind of sacrament. And even if more troops aren’t readily available for duty in Iraq, huge supplies of aircraft and missiles are available to step up the killing from the air.

Back in the United States, while the growth of anti-war sentiment is apparent, much of the criticism—especially what’s spotlighted in news media—is based on distress that American casualties are continuing without any semblance of victory. In effect, many commentators see the problem as a grievous failure to kill enough of the bad guys in Iraq and sufficiently intimidate the rest.

For example, bypassing the euphemisms preferred by many liberal pundits, George Will wrote in a Washington Post column on April 7, 2004, that “every door American troops crash through, every civilian bystander shot—there will be many—will make matters worse, for a while. Nevertheless, the first task of the occupation remains the first task of government: to establish a monopoly on violence.


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All US troops out of Iraq within the next 90days, theres your exit strategy, just do it!

And turn this over to the UN!!!

And have someone with a "cattle prod" shocking the hell out of
"Bully Boy" John Bolton everytime he opens his damn PNAC NEO CON mouth!!

It isn't that the majority of anti-war sentiment is an unhappiness with the Bush Administration's inability to win; but that the establishment media's and elected official's major concern is with their inability to win--look at who is being quoted in these articles. There is, of course, those ordinary folks out there who would've been happy with the sort of "in and out" invasion Bush, et al had promised; but most anti-war people are sickened with all of the carnage. This is our duty of conscience; to get our grievance into the mainstream. Our problem then is to make this a major part of our effort against the war. We need to appeal to as many people as we can, by shouting from the roof-tops, that we are sick and tired of the war and with all of the killing! It is not a matter of our not winning, but of our being there in the first place. No one is going to say this but us, the grass-roots war protesters. The establishment media along with the the Democrats and Republicans are in the business of perpetuating the status quo; not seeking radical change, even when it comes to war. After all, they all get their money from big business.... Thank you Mr. Solomon for pointing this out.

AKA: "Knee Deep in the Big Muddy", and little George "shit for brains" Bush says to push on!

It was back in nineteen forty-two,
I was part of a good platoon.
We were on manoeuvers in Louisiana,
One night by the light of the moon.
The captain said, "We've got to ford the river",
That's where it all began.
We were knee deep in the Big Muddy,
And the damn fool kept yelling to push on.

The Sergeant said, "Sir, are you sure,
This is the way back to the base?"
"Sergeant, I once crossed this river
Not a mile above this place.
It'll be a little soggy but we'll keep slogging.
We'll soon be on dry ground."
We were waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fool kept yelling to push on.

"Captain, sir, with all this gear
No man'll be able to swim."
"Sergeant, don't be a Nervous Nellie,"
The Captain said to him.
"All we need is a little determination;
Follow me, I'll lead on."
We were neck deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fool kept yelling to push on.

All of a sudden, the moon clouded over,
All we heard was a gurgling cry.
A second later, the captain's helmet
Was all that floated by.
The Sergeant said, "Turn around men!
I'm in charge from now on."
And we just made it out of the Big Muddy
With the captain dead and gone.

We stripped and dived and found his body
Stuck in the old quicksand.
I guess he didn't know that the water was deeper
Than the place where he'd once been.
For another stream had joined the Muddy
A half mile from where we'd gone.
We were lucky to get out of the Big Muddy
When the damn fool kept yelling to push on.

Well, you might not want to draw conclusions
I'll leave that to yourself
Maybe you're still walking, maybe you're still talking
Maybe you've still got your health.
But every time I hear the news
That old feeling comes back on;
We're waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fools kept yelling to push on.

Knee deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fools keep yelling to push on
Waist deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fools keep yelling to push on
Waist deep! Neck deep! we'll be drowning before too long
We're neck deep in the Big Muddy
And the damn fools keep yelling to push on

LBJ was going to make the VC cry uncle. He kept escalating. It didn't happen. Bush wants to make the insurgency cry uncle. It's not going to happen. If we don't impeach this psycho and get our people out of there now, we're going to wind up picking them off the roof of an embassy again--if we're so lucky.

R Ap

Not scientific, but like going to Crawford, or sending money, or being in Washington on September 24-26, it's just another thing we can do to help move us to the tipping point.

I just watched EVITA last night, and there's this one scene where PERON ("the people's hero") is in jail and the people are marching through the streets shouting "PERON, PERON" and you get this close-up of the general-in-charge and he's got that obvious "oh mierda, are we screwed" look on his face.

I want the mass media and the internet media and the underground media and the guerrilla media to all be reflecting the message to George and Dick and all of their PNAC cronies that they are IN BIG TROUBLE and they better go find some fortress in a foreign country to hang out in, because eventually, there won't be enough SS, cops, or neo-con nutjobs to protect them from "accountability."

I would like to see the look on their faces when THAT realization hits them.

We __WILL__ take our democratic republic back from these liars.

Charlie L
Portland, OR

I have to agree that "opposition to losing the war" does indeed seem more prevalent amongst Americans than any real sense that this war, or any other, based on deception is wrong in and of itself.

The prevaling sentiment seems to be that any measures at all, including lies, deceit and public disinformation instigating war, are perfectly acceptable so long as they advance so-called "American interests". This "end justifies the means" attitude appears to arise from an inculcated and very deep-seated sense of American exceptionalism that will readily condone the slaughter of thousands of "foreigners" as insignificant by comparison. And it persists despite many blatant examples from the past where "American interests" have been clearly shown to have had little relevance, if any, to the common good of ordinary citizens.

I'm not sure what this attitude may portend for the future, but I strongly suspect that it will not be much changed by the ongoing protests which, as the article suggests, seem much more focussed on immediate impacts (troop casualties, etc.) than on any underlying issues and principles intrinsic in the system itself.

Maybe it's enough to make use of the widespread distaste for failure in order to try to stop the ongoing war. One cannot help wondering, however, if we're not merely inviting more convincing deceptions for the next one and the next one after that until "success" is finally achieved.

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