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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

US Diary: our best exit strategy would be for Bush to exit the hell out of the Presidency

 Mr. Bush, Have I Got an Exit Strategy for You -- by Gus R. Stelzer

    Despite much talk about an exit strategy from the Iraq quagmire in which our nation is embroiled, the No. 1 exit strategy has not been proposed. Let me fill that void. First you have a right to know where I'm coming from.

    When I reached the legal voting age of 21 in 1936, I voted for Republican Alfred Landon against Franklin D. Roosevelt. I continued voting Republican through 1980, when I founded a PAC in San Diego with my own money to help Ronald Reagan defeat Jimmy Carter.

    But I didn't vote for Reagan in 1984 because of his misguided trade and fiscal policies.

    Whereas the United States enjoyed a $28 billion trade surplus and only $700 billion in federal debt in the previous 36 years, in eight years Reagan piled up $1.042 trillion in trade deficits and $1.692 trillion in federal debt. That was 186 percent more than all 39 prior presidents.

    Any CEO of a corporation who screwed up as many things as George W. Bush would have been fired by its board of directors. Here's a few of the ways:

1. Invasion of Iraq, which is the biggest strategic blunder and scandal in US history. Saddam Hussein never initiated a belligerent act of aggression or terrorism against us. The buildup to that war was based on fabrications, deception and lies.
2. Death of 2,100 US soldiers, wounding 15,000 more, and the death of 30,000 innocent Iraqi men, women and children.
3. Immoral and unconstitutional trade policies that caused $2.824 trillion in trade deficits in just five years.
4. The worst fiscal performance in our history, piling up $2.472 trillion in added federal debt in five years en route to a major economic collapse.
5. Tax policies that are an insult to working people who make dividends possible but who are required to pay a higher marginal tax rate than those who collect dividends without working.
6. Foreign policies that have alienated most of the rest of the world.
7. A misguided attempt to turn future Social Security pensions over to Wall Street.

    In typical arrogance, Bush said we must stay the course in the Iraq war, which means continuing his tragic record while killing and wounding more US soldiers. That has no more credibility than to say a fox should be put in charge of maintaining order in a hen house after he has just created mayhem therein.

    Earlier this year, Terri Schiavo lay in a permanent coma connected to a feeding tube. Her husband said she would have wanted that tube removed. But Republican members of Congress passed a resolution to maintain the tube, causing Bush to fly from his ranch in Texas to Washington to sign that legislation.

    As his pen was poised to sign the document, Bush said, "If there is an error in this matter, it is best to err on the side of life."

    Why didn't Bush make that same judgment in early 2003 when millions of Americans protested against a possible invasion of Iraq, as did many foreign leaders? Bush had no qualms about killing and wounding thousands of soldiers and innocent civilians.

    In view of his miserable record, his arrogant lack of good judgment and his failure to understand the gravity of his record, President Bush (and Vice President Dick Cheney) should be shown the exit door with a proviso to never darken the Oval Office again.

    That should be exit strategy No. 1!

    I was a Republican, but never a knee-jerk Republican.


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