Say what you will about Bush, Cheney, & their Neocon Traveling Circus, but these hard-hearted hard-liners remain unwavering in their advocacy of minority rights. It’s true. Of course, the President and his followers only became interested in minority rights when, much to their surprise and chagrin, they found themselves in the minority. Accordingly, they have circled the wagons to defend themselves against the pesky majority of those who would deny them their God-given right to wage unlimited war in Iraq and do whatever they damn well please. What do the ignorant masses know anyway?
In the latest CBS News/New York Times poll, 71% of those polled “disapprove of the way George W. Bush is handling the situation with Iraq,” 64% believe that the United States should “set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq,” and 57% believe that Congress rather than the President “should have the final say about troop levels in Iraq.” On Thursday, by a vote of 51 to 46, the Senate passed an emergency appropriations bill that includes language “that would order troops to begin leaving Iraq by Oct. 1 at the latest.” A day earlier, by a vote of 218 to 208, the House of Representatives approved the same bill. Over in Iraq, according to a BBC poll conducted last month, 78% of Iraqis oppose having U.S. troops in their country, 82% have little or no confidence in occupation forces, and 69% believe that the U.S. presence is worsening the security situation there.
But, again, what do any of these people know? And what does it matter what they think or want? The important thing is that the rightsâ€”not to mention the reputationsâ€”of the warmongering minority be defended at all costs. That’s what makes America so great, right? We always look after our minorities.