It's time for truth, not "truthiness."

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Friday, December 09, 2005

White flag my ass.

The GOP just put out a really hideous ad. They are now equating the genuine concerns of not only Democrats, but the majority of Americans, about the Iraq War, with wanting to surrender to terrorists.

Last time I checked, we went to war on false pretenses. WMDs? No WMDs, anywhere. The international interdiction of Saddam had indeed worked. He could not rebuild his WMD programs after the Gulf War. Al Qaeda did not get a toehold in Iraq until we invaded, and it wasn't for lack of trying. Saddam was on their hit list too. They don't like anything but Sunni theocracies, like the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. They don't even like the Islamic Republic of Iran because they're the wrong flavor of Islam!

The GOP is suffering a really bad case of TRUTH DECAY. Iraq is not the only area where Dubya and all his men have spread the lies on thick. There's Plamegate. There's "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" while poor people in New Orleans drowned. And then there's all those corruption scandals. And questions about what exactly is going on in recent elections with vote tampering, discouraging minority votes, the spectre of old Jim Crow tricks in new guises for the cause of disqualifying minority voters, and the problem of closed source, easily hacked new voting devices.

It's time for truth. It's time for change. It's time to unfurl the Stars and Stripes and take it back, because everything the George W. Bush administration has done thus far has sullied it in the eyes of the citizenry and the eyes of the world.

Every time you see those white flag ads, think of how George W. Bush and Dick Cheney waved that very flag when duty called and their number was up in the Vietnam-era draft. Think of how many of the biggest cheerleaders for the Iraq War are people who never served. Think of how chickenhawk Karl Rove smeared valiant people who have served, like John McCain, Max Cleland, and yes, John Kerry. And think of the current crop of Dems who have come back from Iraq and are running for office because they have seen first-hand that "staying the course" when there's an iceberg in your path is a recipe for disaster.

Remember the lies. Remember the corruption. It's time for truth. Enough is enough.