A few days ago, johnnywingnut wrote a post about Barack HUSSEIN Obama. Many of the right wing Obama talking points were covered, including labeling him a “Democrat” candidate and providing his middle name, which is foreign [gasp!] (maybe he’s a terrorist), so I figured I’d counter with a little sanity.
First, somebody didn’t get the memo from the Grand Wizard of the Republic Party:
ROVE: Look, the Hussein — using his middle name helps Obama. It doesn’t hurt him. So anybody who wants to help John McCain would stop using…
Now, onto the meat of the argument: Al Qaeda in Iraq. The statement in question again:
“If al Qaeda is forming a base in Iraq, then we will have to act in a way which secures our homeland and our interests abroad.”
There is a big difference between Al Qaeda simply being in Iraq and forming a base, or creating a worldwide headquarters, in Iraq. If you think Obama, or anyone for that matter, didn’t know Al Qaeda was in Iraq, you’re sorely mistaken. However, Obama is correct in his assertion that “there was no such thing as al Qaeda in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq”. Bush and Co. presented the “fact” that Saddam had ties with Al Qaeda in the run up to the war, but it was subsequently found to be false. So, we have no Al Qaeda in Iraq until we enter Iraq by force. Hmmm…. Maybe they’re there BECAUSE we’re there. That’s what my critically thinking mind tells me, anyways.
Conservatives who support the war effort continually drink the President’s Kool-Aid, which puts unwarranted focus on Al Qaeda in Iraq. This view ignores the fact that Al Qaeda in Iraq makes up only a very small percentage of the insurgents we are facing in the country:
In 2006 the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research estimated that AQI’s membership was in a range of “more than 1,000,” putting AQI’s forces at less than 1 percent of the insurgency.
This war is not between us and them. It is them (Shiites) versus them (Sunnis), with us stuck in the middle. And no, we’re not fighting them over there so we don’t have to fight them here. They’ll come after us regardless. The name “Al Qaeda” gets thrown around so much by the Administration because that’s who attacked us on 9/11. However, this group in Iraq is not the same bunch who were involved in the September 11th attacks. They are a separate group who declared allegiance only after the war in Iraq began. All of this talk about Al Qaeda is simply a political ploy to try to justify this unjust war. I guess we should all just be good little Americans like johnnywingnut and be afraid. That way, maybe we won’t question the President, because he’s protectin’ us.
A little recommended reading for extra credit: