Benchmarks ignore Reality

This post was written by marc on May 10, 2007
Posted Under: Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

Bush and the Congress are talking about authorizing funding for Iraq based on “benchmarks” which require Iraq to accomplish certain feats to get continued funding. But on the eve of the Iraqi parliament starting a two month vacation we already know that Iraq isn’t going to meet the benchmarks. So why bother?

This is all about stalling. Bush wants to stall because he wants to stick the failure on the next president. The Democrats want to stall because they are too chicken to cut off funding and a bad war helps them in the next election. And the Republicans have an adverse relationship with reality and are trying desperately to hold on to their denial. But the real problem is with the American people because if we aren’t going to accept reality as a nation then our leaders won’t either. If we continue to elect leaders because they lie and tell us what we want to hear, then who are we to complain when we believe it?

The war was fatally flawed to begin with. So if we win the war then we succeed at a failed plan. Maybe a better way to win is to fail to accomplish the failed mission. This is a war where losing is actually better than winning and the sooner we lose this war the quicker America can get back to reality. Reality is reaching out to tap America on the shoulder. The time has come to listen to the voice of reality.

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