Dear Mr. Bush,
I am so confused. Where exactly do you
stand on the issue of
Which of these 10 positions that you, your family and your cabinet have taken over the years represents your current thinking:
1983-88: WE LOVE SADDAM.
1990: WE HATE SADDAM.
In 1990, when Saddam invaded
1991: WE WANT SADDAM TO LIVE.
After the war, your dad and Cheney and Colin Powell told the Shiites to rise up against Saddam and we would support them. So they rose up. But then we changed our minds. When the Shiites rose up against Saddam, the Bush inner circle changed its mind and decided NOT to help the Shiites. Thus, they were massacred by Saddam.
1998: WE WANT SADDAM TO DIE.
In 1998, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and others, as part of the Project for the New American Century, wrote an open letter to President Clinton insisting he invade and topple Saddam Hussein.
DON'T BELIEVE IN WAR AND
Just three years later, during your debate with Al Gore in the 2000 election, when asked by the moderator Jim Lehrer where you stood when it came to using force for regime change, you turned out to be a downright pacifist:
"I--I would take the use of force very
seriously. I would be guarded in my approach. I don't think we can be all
things to all people in the world. I think we've got to be very careful when we
commit our troops. The vice president [Al Gore] and I have a disagreement about
the use of troops. He believes in nation building. I--I would be very careful
about using our troops as nation builders. I believe the role of the military
is to fight and win war and, therefore, prevent war from happening in the first
place. And so I take my--I take my--my responsibility seriously." -
2001 (early): WE DON'T BELIEVE SADDAM IS A THREAT.
When you took office in 2001, you sent your Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and your National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice, in front of the cameras to assure the American people they need not worry about Saddam Hussein. Here is what they said:
Powell: "We should constantly be reviewing our
policies, constantly be looking at those sanctions to make sure that they have
directed that purpose. That purpose is every bit as important now as it was 10
years ago when we began it. And frankly, they have worked. He has not developed
any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is
unable to project conventional power against his neighbors." --
Rice: "But in terms of Saddam Hussein being there,
let's remember that his country is divided, in effect. He does not control the
northern part of his country. We are able to keep arms from him. His military
forces have not been rebuilt." --
2001 (late): WE BELIEVE SADDAM IS GOING TO KILL US!
Just a few months later, in the hours and days after
the 9/11 tragedy, you had no interest in going after Osama
bin Laden. You wanted only to bomb
2003: WE DON'T BELIEVE SADDAM IS GOING TO KILL US.
After no WMDs were found,
you changed your mind about why you said we needed to invade, coming up with a
brand new after-the-fact reason -- we started this war so we could have regime
Yes, everyone saw you say it -- in costume, no less!
Now you call the
Mr. Bush, please tell us -- when will you change your mind again?
I know you hate the words "flip" and "flop," so I won't use them both on you. In fact, I'll use just one: Flop. That is what you are. A huge, colossal flop. The war is a flop, your advisors and the "intelligence" they gave you is a flop, and now we are all a flop to the rest of the world. Flop. Flop. Flop.
And you have the audacity to criticize John Kerry with what you call the "many positions" he has taken on
That was the one, single position John Kerry took. He didn't support the war, he supported YOU. And YOU let him and this great country down. And that is why tens of millions can't wait to get to the polls on Election Day -- to remove a major, catastrophic flop from our dear, beloved White House -- to stop all the flipping you and your men have done, flipping us and the rest of the world off.
We can't take another minute of it.