Are we safer? Hardly.

July 14th, 2004 – 9:10 pm
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Juan Cole does another excellent analysis of Bush’s Middle East policies, this time in response to that ridiculous speech Bush gave yesterday about how he’d made us all safer.

Bush must think we are a nation of retards if he believes we will buy this language of Saddam having the “capability” to produce weapons of mass destruction. All countries have the “capability.” The point is that Iraq had given up its WMD programs and destroyed the stockpiles. The US was not in any danger from Iraq, and so cannot be safer because it was invaded.

Worse, the American invasion of Iraq is a major recruitment poster for al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda’s message was that the Americans are coming to Muslim lands. ‘They will invade your countries, expropriate your property, rape your women, and humiliate your men,’ al-Qaeda screams. What does Bush do? He proves al-Qaeda right. More angry young Arab men are ready to fight the United States now than ever before. Bush is less popular than Bin Laden in most Muslim countries according to polls.

Not only has the Bush administration angered the Sunni Muslim world with its invasion and hamhanded occupation of Iraq, but it has managed to turn the Shiites against us too, by desecrating the holy cities of Najaf and Karbala this past spring.

The US is arguably much less safe because of the invasion of Iraq.

Of course, the problem is that Bush does think we’re a nation of retards, and he’s counting on those very idiots to vote him in for a second term. This wasn’t a speech to convert the unbelievers, it was one intended to allow his base to think they haven’t been cruelly tricked into supporting a pointless war.

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