OPPOSITION TO IRAQ WAR ISN’T DEFEATISM
Last week U.S. Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld launched a sharp attack on the news media and critics of the Bush administration’s war and national security policies. "Any kind of moral and intellectual confusion about who and what is right or wrong can severely weaken the ability of free societies to persevere" he said.
It was a telling moment. Once again the Bush administration found it necessary to imply that critics of the Iraq War are making Americans less safe. But it’s the war policies of the White House that are causing damage. Currently the country is spending $250 million a day from the federal Treasury on the war. That could be used for many domestic concerns –especially in health care, education, and conversion to more efficient fuels.
Although President Bush has backed away from hinting that critics of the Iraq War are unpatriotic, Vice-President Dick Cheney remarked last week that calling for a withdrawal timetable for Iraq is "self-defeating pessimism."