Do The Freakin Math

Liberals and conservatives alike frequently rely on limited evidence, personal experience, religious beliefs or gut emotions to determine solutions for complex problems. From immigration to global warming - taxes to terrorism - or health care to free trade - analytical study is rare. Science based policy making isn’t the way of Washington. And the consequences are catastrophic. Change is urgently needed. Just do the freakin’ math.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Bin Ladin wants Republican Victory

CIA veteran Michael F. Scheuer’s claim that Bin Ladin is hoping for a Democratic victory on election day is pure political psych-ops. In trying to psyche Americans into voting Republican it appears he is more committed to his party than our nation’s security. (

It’s indisputable that the US military invasion of Iraq became Bin Ladin’s best recruiting tool. Bush’s use of military force has only exacerbated global terrorism and hurt vital US alliances that will be essential to capturing and stopping terrorists. Our ‘shock and awe’ military force to find Iraq’s WMDs fit perfectly with Osama’s propaganda that the US is more committed to dominating Islamic nations and stealing Muslim oil resources than helping Muslims.
Scheuer may be an intelligence expert but he lacks wisdom. The use of war to stop terrorism is like using gasoline to put out a fire. Even the most careful US military operations will result in large scale collateral damage. Using President Bush’s lowest estimates of 30,000 innocent Iraqi deaths from our invasion and forceful occupation the amount of human/Muslim suffering is difficult to imagine. It shouldn’t be. We know how we felt about losing just 3000 of our loved ones on 9-11. Imagine how Iraqis and observing Muslims feel as we keep immaculate records of US soldier deaths but can’t even guess within 500,000 how many innocent Iraqis have died.
Terrorists will be stopped when we have more friends in the Muslim world than enemies. Bush’s war approach only makes us more enemies. When we demonstrate to Muslims that we are far more willing to die for what we believe thank kill, we will have the right formula for defeating Bin Ladin. The British defeated the IRA with a ‘law and order’ approach while Israel’s persistent use of military force has not brought them peace or security.
US policemen risk their lives every day to avoid collateral damage. Our freedom and security, our rule of law is preserved by their willingness to die in avoiding the use of excessive force around innocent people. Some democrats still don’t have this life and death formula down but any intelligent voter should take that fact into the booth on election day.


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