It should come as no surprise that this administration does not wish to stop this war with Iraq. But it does come as a surprise that they would indirectly announce their intentions to escalate this war at a time of such low public opinion. During his speech Wednesday night, the President made it clear that Syria and Iran are not immune to an American invasion. And yesterday, six Iranian citizens were arrested in northern Iraq. We are told they were supplying insurgents. Of course, we have been lied to before. This would not be the first time in American history that out-and-out lies were presented as fact to begin a conflict. However, the Senate has tried to step in a stop the White House from making things worse.
After the speech on Wednesday, it was time for the Bush Team to "sell" the world and the Congress on the plan. Hearings continue in the House and Senate on the issue. The grilling that people like Condoleezza Rice are receiving is actually very entertaining. It is high time that someone spoke with sense in Congress. Perhaps this new Democratic majority is worth something.
Among the worthy is Sen. Joseph Biden, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. His comments yesterday speak volumes of truth about what should not be going on in the Middle East when it comes to US troops. Among these things, Sen. Biden mentioned Iran. He proclaimed, "I believe the present authorization granted the president to use force in Iraq does not cover that, and he does need congressional authority to do that," referring to reported cross-border raids into Iran. In response to this, Secretary Rice stated, the country expects Bush "to do what is necessary to protect our forces."
Others on the committee spoke of comparisons to Vietnam. One of these Senators was Sen. Chuck Hagel who served in Vietnam. Besides calling this new policy "the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam," the senator also spoke of other similarities to the Asian conflict. He said, ""When our government lied to the American people and said we didn't cross the border going into Cambodia, in fact we did. I happen to know something about that, as do some on this committee. Madame Secretary, when you set in motion the kind of policy that the president is talking about here, it's very, very dangerous."
The fact of the matter is that Congress may be on its toes about this issue. For the longest time, it was assumed that the Democratic party was out-of-touch on issues like the war. Yesterdays hearings show that is not entirely accurate. Going into Iran or provoking Iran is exactly what we do not need to do. But it seems that Bush is bound and determined that he will. I'm not sure what he has his eye one (world domination perhaps) but it can't be good for the rest of us. Soon the death toll will continue to rise. Our military will be stretched to the max and he will want another war. This continues to prove that this president does not care about the troops, American opinion, or the rules of government. If this is only the beginning, then we are headed for an all out dictatorship. Hopefully Congress will not buckle under the pressure and prevent this from happening. For all our sakes, I hope so.