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Republicans Against Bush
Welcome to my humble web site! In early December of 2002, I wrote an open letter to fellow Republicans giving my reasons why Republicans should speak
out against President Bush. Since then, I have received a number of responses from fellow Republicans and others. I have updated this page several
times - on separate pages you can find my original letter, my February 2003 piece, a grim bit of near-future fiction written in mid March 2003 called
The Patriotic News for December 12, 2012, a piece that appeared on the site on April 4, 2003, and a piece called Cracks in the Wall that appeared in
My most recent piece follows. It is...
My Response to Bush's 2003-09-07 Televised Speech
Perhaps it is unfair to respond point by point to a political speech - they aren't exactly designed to accurately convey information - but somehow I
felt this one required close attention.
- Brian Youmans, a Republican Against Bush
Text of Bush's speech is in bold.
- my responses to each section follow.
Good evening. I have asked for this time to keep you informed of America's actions in the war on terror.
Nearly two years ago, following deadly attacks on our country, we began a systematic campaign against terrorism. These months have been a time of new
responsibilities and sacrifice and national resolve and great progress.
America and a broad coalition acted first in Afghanistan, by destroying the training camps of terror, and removing the regime that harbored al-Qaida.
In a series of raids and actions around the world, nearly two-thirds of al-Qaida's known leaders have been captured or killed, and we continue on
- I supported our initial actions in Afghanistan. Overthrowing the Taliban was a victory. Point for Bush! Since then, our attention and policy in
Afghanistan have wandered. We have failed to commit enough troops there to actually establish order (does this sound familiar?) As a result, the
Taliban are coming back in some areas.
IMHO, I think we need to pay some attention to Afghanistan, and make serious decisions there. Are we serious about supporting a secular central
government there? If not, we should pull out and let the chips settle where they will. Perhaps we can cut a deal with the Taliban - they can have a
free hand, if they promise not to allow terrorist bases and training camps. This may sound extreme, but remember this: Afghanistan has been a
bottomless pit for foreign troops since at least the time of the British in the late 19th century. The conservative mountain tribes - which is
essentially what the Taliban represents - don't like outside control, where "outside control" is defined as anyone outside their own ethnic group
and religious outlook. And they have fought generations of wars.
And was the Taliban really so bad, in retrospect? If it wasn't for the fact that they were harboring terrorists, maybe not. They were providing
relative stability in a country which had been at war for generations. Many of their policies were ridiculously conservative even by local standards,
but the government had solid support in conservative southern regions of the country. And they were really quite good at suppressing Afghan opium
production, which is now flooding the world market.
So either we cut some sort of deal with Islamic elements in Afghanistan, or we fight on. Indefinitely. Like the British and the Russians, who both
eventually gave up.
But Bush doesn't want to talk about present-day Afghanistan, so we move on...
We have exposed terrorist front groups, seized terrorist accounts, taken new measures to protect our homeland, and uncovered sleeper cells inside the
United States. And we acted in Iraq, where the former regime sponsored terror, possessed and used weapons of mass destruction, and for 12 years defied
the clear demands of the United Nations Security Council. Our coalition enforced these international demands in one of the swiftest and most humane
military campaigns in history....