Bush to protesters: “Who cares what you think?”

President Bush “respectfully” told the millions of anti-war protesters to take a hike and that he would not be deterred by anti-war slogans, marchers or any other speed bump on the road to Baghdad.
Well, I guess this proves one thing: Deterrence really doesn’t work to stop madmen.

Big surprise here. President Bush “respectfully” told the millions of anti-war protesters to take a hike and that he would not be deterred by anti-war slogans, marchers or any other speed bump on the road to Baghdad.
Well, I guess this proves one thing: Deterrence really doesn’t work to stop madmen.
Bush took a moment to out of his busy schedule to condescend to the protesters who turned out by the millions on Saturday and who could, conceivably, cost Tony Blair his premiership.
“Democracy is a beautiful thing, and that people are allowed to express their opinion,” Bush said. I just don’t have to listen, he thought to himself.
I’d like to think that Bush et al. will pay a price for this come 2004, but I worry that the memory of the American voter is short, too short, and easily erased, like an etch-a-sketch shaken hard, by smart bomb footage and gauzy CNN films of GIs receiving flowers from Iraqi children.
If things go wrong, as they very well could, the fallout could be devastating for America. If that’s the case, Bush’s political career deserves to be “collateral damage.”

Why Iraq?

The United States’ invasion and occupation of Iraq is not just about oil, colonialism or empire building. But neither is it not about those things either. I’ve tried to map out what I believe is the administration’s thinking based on reports, research and balance-of-power analysis.

A few days ago, I mentioned I would publish my thoughts on the real reasons for the Bush administration’s drive to attack Iraq. My apologies for the delay. I’m a one-man operation here and sometimes I have to do other stuff, like sleep.
There are several theories floating around about the need to attack Iraq, some coming from the White House and others coming from various sources. The most common argument for attacking Iraq, that given by the administration, is a mish-mash of worries about weapons of mass destruction, disregard for U.N. Security Council resolutions, ties to al Qa’ida and Saddam’s wickedness. Of these reasons, the WMD rationale seems to have gained the most traction in the minds of many Americans. This is hardly surprising, as the White House has been relentlessly on message regarding Saddam’s weapons programs until recently, when Osama bin Laden (remember him?) conveniently popped up to exhort Muslims to defend their Iraqi brothers through martydom operations against Western interests worldwide if the United States assaults Baghdad.
Despite bin Laden’s sneering references to Saddam as a “socialist” and an “apostate,” the White House lept upon the tape as proof that Saddam and bin Laden were playing footsie when the West wasn’t looking. White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said bin Laden’s reference to “our mujahideen brothers” inside Iraq and his appeal to Muslims to prepare for jihad suggested a “strong statement of alliance” between Iraq and al Qa’ida.

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Fund update

money.jpgWe have just topped $1,200 in donation in five days, and folks, that’s just incredible. Thanks so much to everyone.
In other news, I’ve got a lead on possible donation of a satellite phone and I’m going to see about the donation of a new laptop that is lighter, tougher and more versatile than the Apple G3 PowerBook I took before. (Don’t get me wrong, it’s great machine and I’m more than a little sentimentally attached to the black beast that crossed the Tigris with me. I just need something a little lighter.)
But the best thing that has come out of Back to Iraq is the realization that for the first time in my 13 years as a journalist, I’m able to practice journalism with only one responsibility — to the readers. No editors to impress, no advertisers to stroke, no colleagues to compete against. (Well, except for George over at Warblogging. Heh.) The support all of you have shown is tremendous, and I take the responsibility to provide you with news, commentary and context from the war and the following occupation very seriously. Again, thank you for supporting me in the my efforts to do that.
Also, in the coming days, look for a big announcement that will make your site surfing for war news easier. I won’t say much now, but watch this space.