On Friday Mitt Romney said, of Obama withdrawing our troops from Iraq, “Tragically, all we’ve fought for in Iraq, all that 4,500 American lives were shed to gain, is on the cusp, potentially, of vanishing.” I could write about the obscenity of that statement, but an actual veteran of the war has written a viral post that handles it far better than I ever could. Some highlights include:
All we fought for in Iraq is on the cusp of vanishing.
That’s what Mitt Romney says.
We fought for. We fought for. We.
Oh, so it’s we now, is it, Mitt?
I must have missed you over there, but it was a busy place. We. The guy who helped set up “pro-draft” rallies and yet somehow managed to avoid service in Vietnam is upset about losing what “we” fought for? We.
Yeah, fuck you, Mitt.
And you’re all welcome to quote me on that.
Gladly. He also said:
So, tell me again, what exactly is it that’s on the “cusp of vanishing?”
I mean it sure isn’t peace.
It’s not freedom for the Iraqi people, despite the war’s idiotic name.
It sure isn’t regional stability.
It’s not the end of terrorism or the near universal hatred of America in the Middle East.
And now that Halliburton and KBR and Blackwater and Dick Cheney have made their billions and cashed out, it isn’t even about long term economic investments and American business.
Hell, it’s not even about cheap gas.
So, go on, enlighten me. Because even though I was there, I’ve got no goddamned idea what it is that we’ve lost in Iraq beyond the 4,487 men and women we shipped home in metal boxes, beyond the 32,223 wounded and maimed, beyond the trillions of dollars we spent in our rage and our drive for revenge and our lust for blood.
You sons of bitches one and all, you simpering capering madmen, this time at least have the courage to face the cameras, to look into America’s eyes, and tell them that their sons and daughters will be dying because you John McCain, because you Mitt Romney, because you Dick Cheney, because you Donald Rumsfeld, because you George W. Bush you lying bastard, because you conservatives hate Barack Obama and for no other reason. Go on, tell us, go on. Wave your little flags and beat your fleshy chests, roll out the marching bands and tell us just how many more American soldiers should die. Go on, put a number on it. Ten? A hundred? Fifty four thousand? How many of us have to die? How many more bodies will it take to satiate your mindless hunger for blood and revenge? How many more American lives are worth your insane hatred of the president? How many? How much further into debt should we drive our nation, another trillion dollars? Two? Ten? A hundred? Put a price on it you insane sons of bitches, go on, give me a number, write me a check. Tell me how much you’re willing to pay, show me the goddamned money. How many more years? How many? One? Five? Another decade? Fifty? What is it? Don’t wave your hands and make some vague prognostication, give me a number, how many lives, how much money, how many years? You look us in the eye and you fucking tell us.
Sure, let’s go back to Iraq.
Oh, yes, let us do that.
I’ll dig out my uniform and strap on my pistol and gird up my sword and ride into battle yet again.
Just so long as Donald Rumsfeld, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Glenn Beck, Michael Savage, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, and every single one of those powdered, Botoxed talking heads at Fox News are in the vanguard. That’s right, you cowards, you put on a uniform and you lead the charge this time around.
Seriously, click the link and go read the whole thing.
And bear in mind the criticism comes from Mitt Romney, a man who was jockeying for the position of Commander-in-Chief but who couldn’t seem to leave the country without pissing off our allies. This is coming from a guy who had it revealed on the national stage just how piss ignorant his foreign policy ideas were. The criticism of how we’re handling the war in Iraq is coming from a guy who didn’t even know where Iraq was on a map while campaigning to be the head of our military:
Oh, and then there’s the abysmal ignorance from Romney:
Syria is Iran’s only ally in the Arab world. It’s their route to the sea.
Say what? Iran is on the fucking ocean, with almost 2500 kilometers of coastline on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. Syria has less than 200 kilometers of coastline on the Mediterranean. And Iraq is in between the two countries, so Iran couldn’t get anything to Syrian ports without shipping it through Iraq (which they can’t do).
In the third Presidential debate, the guy even agreed with much of Obama’s policies before decrying them as horrible and talking about how he was going to change them. I mean fuck, Romney wants to give the military $2 trillion that they didn’t even ask for (and which the Pentagon says they don’t really need). Yet, Mitt Romney will be the first to criticize Obama for “wasteful spending.”
If you’re listening to Mitt Romney on foreign policy, it’s likely you give more of a shit about finding any way to criticize the President than you do about what’s actually going on in that region.
And Romney isn’t the only one. John McCain has jumped on the President for withdrawing troops.
On Thursday, McCain called for the resignation of Obama’s national security team and rebuked Obama for calling the withdrawal of troops from Iraq a “victory.”
This is strange coming from a guy who, in 2010, tweeted this:
Last American combat troops leave Iraq. I think President George W. Bush deserves some credit for victory.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) August 19, 2010
Look, we can’t stay there forever holding the warring sects of Islam apart from one another. From the moment we ousted Saddam, iron-fisted though he was, the destabilization of Iraq was inevitable unless we were ready to commit our soldiers there until the end of time. We made a mistake going in there and that’s on our head. But that’s no reason to exacerbate the mistake by staying.
And for the GOP to switch gears now, simply because they’re desperate for any way to criticize the President, is pretty fucking weak.