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U.S. Foreign Policy: Quagmire Retro (english)
26 Jun 2003
As the body count grows higher, citizens back on the home front begin wondering just why their sons and daughters are dying over there, just what was the purpose of the war. Sound familiar?



30 years ago during another stupid and entirely unnecessary U.S. military intervention in a place called Vietnam, the buzzword of the day was quagmire. Three separate U.S. Administrations fumbled, fouled and fucked up royally in a far off foreign land at the cost of tens of thousands of lives and this nationís integrity. The last administration in that quagmire was the Republican Nixon presidency, the one that came in under the pretext of bringing peace to Vietnam while they bombed it and its neighbors nearly back into the stone age. The U.S. military also used biological weapons like Agent Orange, itsí effects spreading death and pain to this day. As the body count grew higher, citizens back on the home front began wondering just why their sons were dying over there, just what was the purpose of the war. They had been fed so much mis and disinformation, so many lies, that their faith in Washington was reaching an all time low. Soon enough, the Nixon administration came apart at the seams, due mainly to its appalling dishonesty and deceptions. All the presidentís men couldnít put it back together again; they had stretched the limits of credibility, lying once to often to the American people. In the heady days following the fall of the Republicans people actually thought it would never happen again.

Welcome to the 21st century and the reign of the Bush regime. The ghost of Richard Nixon is alive and well in the Oval Office. Only the names have been changed....well, at least some of them. After the shame and euphoria of reform wore off in the wake of the Nixon years, people in the U.S. earned the logical results of their infamous 15 second attention span and voted in the Reagan Whitehouse, replete with neo-conservative operatives who made the Nixon team seem like nice guys. Itís telling that so many of the players in the Reagan administrationsí disgraceful scandal, Contra-gate, are once again treading the halls of the Whitehouse as operatives for the Bush regime. These guys know no shame.

The Bush regime's roots go deep into the neo-con rightwing tumor on the U.S. body politic. Their are economic interests manifest in the neo-cons that make the Teapot Dome scandal of days of yore look like...well, a tea party. The fact that there exists little or no outrage among the "loyal opposition" Democrats concerning the windfall of corporate business opportunities resulting from the invasion of Iraq is that most of Dems are, indeed, loyal to the same economic interests as the Republicans: the corporations. However, the approaching 2004 presidential elections IS prompting some Democrats to raise questions about the Bush regime's justifications for the war and if the hearings in Congress go beyond the superficial, there may even be some questions as to the real motives for The Empire's invasion of Iraq. There are, after all, very legitimate concerns about the cost and time commitment for an occupation of Iraq, something that was not, you may recall, much of a topic of conversation at all those Pentagon and Whitehouse press "briefings" prior to the illegal invasion. Of course, some people were pointing out last winter that: overthrowing Saddam is an easier task than building a democracy in Iraq. It is an endeavor that will be, by necessity, arduous, costly, and long-term.,it's just that not a lot of people were listening. Perhaps now that the Bush regime has dragged us into yet another quagmire, one that might make Vietnam look like the good old days given the potential for endless Arab and Muslim revenge, people in the U.S. will recover from their recent patriotic zealousness and start
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