As if voters needed another example of George W. Bush’s misplaced priorities, there’s this.
The American death toll in Iraq is now well over 2,800. October was the deadliest month in Iraq in two years, with 105 Americans killed. Already, 18 Americans have been killed in the first five days of November. The cost to the American taxpayer is more than $380 Billion and going up $3 Billion each week.
American Generals are preparing for the worst (a prolonged, costly and deadly occupation) and pleading with the Pentagon for a new plan. Iraq is spiraling into chaos, with American troops lodged in the middle of a sectarian, civil war. Iran and North Korea are testing new weapons.
A national intelligence report warns that American policies are creating more terrorists, not fewer. Past members of the Bush Administration and respected retired American military leaders are revolting against the disastrous, ill-conceived “stay-the-course” stubbornness that passes for a White House Iraq strategy.
The Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times are calling for President Bush to replace Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Upwards of 70% of the American people say the country, with Republicans in control of the Presidency and the Congress, is seriously off-course. While all this happening, and with Americans begging for honest, effective leadership, what is President Bush doing?
He’s campaigning. Campaigning in Texas and South Carolina and Colorado. Montana and Georgia. Nevada and Kansas. Nebraska, Missouri and Indiana. Instead of tending to the serious business that affects all Americans and the entire world, Bush and Vice-President Cheney are flying from state to state, raising money for their party, and playing partisan politics. The President is doing everything he can to ensure two more years of the same, with a Congress that fails to hold him accountable, rubber-stamps his every move, and covers up his failures. And what is the President talking about on these taxpayer-funded campaign swings? Tax cuts for the rich, fear of terrorists (obviously his security plan isn’t working) and gay marriage. Please. Enough is enough.
It’s time for a New Direction in America…and a New Majority in Congress. Oklahoma needs to be in the Majority, not the minority, in the U.S. House of Representatives. On November 7th, cast your vote for Democrats for Congress.