The mounting insurgency and dissent to Bush doctrines and "job performance" isn't coming from Democrats, Libertarians, Ralph Nader, cheese eating
foreigners or even the enemy this time... it's building from within his own party of outspoken Republicans, insiders and experts.
Several critical analyses and quotes are compiled at
, but no democratic blog can hold them all.
It's really okay to critique the Commander in Chief these days no matter what Zell Miller says. In fact it's more patriotic than a thousand blind
eyes covered in band aids chanting "flip flop" for no apparent reason whatsoever.
More and more Republicans deeply concerned with country over mere partisanship are coming out. Are they really the "with us or against us"
insurgents some would have us believe?
Insurgents rising against Bush include life long Republicans:
Republicans such as Hilary Cleveland
, the elder Bush's close personal friend and widow of 10 term Republican Congressman James Cleveland:
''I know the president would say that he is 'liberating' Iraq but I don't think that Iraqis who don't have running water, electricity, a job,
or safety on their streets would agree with him. It's fair to say he has disappointed me."
Cleveland is now president of the GOP Women for Kerry
Republicans such as John Eisenhower
, son of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, former Ambassador and noted military author: "As son of a
Republican President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, it is automatically expected by many that I am a Republican. For 50 years, through the election of 2000, I
was. With the current administration’s decision to invade Iraq unilaterally, however, I changed my voter registration to independent, and barring some
utterly unforeseen development, I intend to vote for the Democratic Presidential candidate, Sen. John Kerry."
Former Bush backers such as his home town Crawford newspaper
, The Lone Star Iconoclast reversing endorsements with reason: "Four items
trouble us the most about the Bush administration: his initiatives to disable the Social Security system, the deteriorating state of the American
economy, a dangerous shift away from the basic freedoms established by our founding fathers, and his continuous mistakes regarding terrorism and
Critical dissenting voices are also mounting from within the very GOP machine:
Republicans such as senator Chuck Hagel
, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "No, I don't think we're winning," Hagel
told a CBS interviewer. "We're in trouble, we're in deep trouble in Iraq."
Republican senator Richard Lugar
, Foreign Relations Committee chairman, was asked on ABC why only $1 billion of the $18 billion appropriated
last year for Iraqi reconstruction had been spent: "Well, this is the incompetence in the administration."
Republican senator John McCain
- who, like Hagel and Lugar, has often criticized administration planning on Iraq - said a key error had been
allowing insurgents to keep control of the city of Falluja, after vowing to oust them: "I would never have allowed the sanctuaries to start
with," McCain said on Fox. "And allowing those sanctuaries has contributed significantly to the difficulties that we're facing, which are very,
Republican Rep. Doug Bereuter
, a senior member of the House International Relations Committee and vice chairman of the House Intelligence
Committee: "I've reached the conclusion, retrospectively, now that the inadequate intelligence and faulty conclusions are being revealed, that
all things being considered, it was a mistake to launch that military action."
Rep. Bereuter continued: "Knowing now what I know about the reliance on the tenuous or insufficiently corroborated intelligence used to conclude
that Saddam maintained a substantial WMD (weapons of mass destruction) arsenal, I believe that launching the pre-emptive military action was not
Sounding very much like Senator Kerry he said as a result of the war "our country's reputation around the world has never been lower and our
alliances are weakened."
And sounding very much like an ATS conspiracy theorist he added "Left unresolved for now is whether intelligence was intentionally misconstrued to
justify military action."
Rep. Doug Bereuter, please join ATS to receive your Way Above Top Secret award.
Also Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee
says he might not vote for President Bush: "There is no secret that on some very important issues I
have difference with the current administration"
Chafee said, listing abortion rights, the environment and war in Iraq.
So what about all this GOP dissent? Are Republicans that don't agree with Bush's Iraqi-Disney Fantasy Land assessments TRAITORS?
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham
on Chafee's dissent: "What I like about him is that he can be a Republican senator and at the same time
say he is unsure about a Republican president," Graham said. "He is a breath of fresh air in politics."
I guess not.
Additional analyses of Republican uprising in the following articles:
Top Republicans Break with Bush on Iraq Strategy: Leading Republicans from Congress, the State Department and past administrations have begun to
break ranks with President Bush over his administration's high-profile planning for war with Iraq, saying the administration has neither adequately
prepared for military action nor made the case that it is needed.
Republicans Who Voted Against Iraq Resolution Tell Why:
Republican Dissent on Iraq (full page ad in Wall Street Journal by major GOP contributors): "Mr. President, …The candidate we supported in 2000
promised a more humble nation in our dealings with the world. We gave him our votes and our campaign contributions. That candidate was you. We feel
betrayed. We want our money back. We want our country back…. A Billion Bitter enemies will rise out of this war."
- Wall Street Journal, January 13, 2003
Retired Envoys, Commanders Assail Bush Administration as Unable to Handle 'Global Leadership' (27-Member Group Asserts):
Growing GOP Dissent On Iraq: Republican Party ranks are beginning to break and the White House is worried. Longtime GOP critics on Iraq are growing
progressively more vocal in their condemnation.
Okay, so a bunch of Republican politicians also think Bush is screwing up in Iraq. But what do they know? Most of them are flip floppers that voted
for the Presidential authorization anyway.
How about what these guys know...?
Former insiders and experts that "knew then" and "know now" just how off course Bush has taken us:
Former insiders like Roger Cressey
, the former director for Transnational Threats in Bush's National Security Council: "We have a stronger
jihadi presence in Iraq today than in March 2003”
at a briefing at the libertarian Cato Institute earlier this week.
Retired general William Odom
, former head of the National Security Agency: "Right now, the course we're on, we're achieving Bin Laden's
ends…. I've never seen it so bad between the office of the secretary of defense and the military. There's a significant majority believing this is a
disaster. The two parties whose interests have been advanced have been the Iranians and al-Qaeda. Bin Laden could argue with some cogency that our
going into Iraq was the equivalent of the Germans in Stalingrad. They defeated themselves by pouring more in there. Tragic."
Retired General Joseph Hoare
, the former marine commandant and head of US Central Command: "The idea that this is going to go the way these
guys planned is ludicrous. There are no good options. We're conducting a campaign as though it were being conducted in Iowa, no sense of the
realities on the ground. It's so unrealistic for anyone who knows that part of the world. The priorities are just all wrong."
, one of the Republican Party’s most respected foreign policy advisors, and national security adviser under President Gerald
Ford and George H.W. Bush: "Our pre-eminent security priority--underscored repeatedly by the president--is the war on terrorism. An attack on Iraq
at this time would seriously jeopardize, if not destroy, the global counterterrorist campaign we have undertaken."
- Four Star General: The general who commanded U.S. forces in the 1991 Gulf War says he hasn't seen enough evidence to
convince him that his old comrades Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Paul Wolfowitz are correct in moving toward a new war now. He thinks U.N. inspections
are still the proper course to follow. He's worried about the cockiness of the U.S. war plan, and even more by the potential human and financial
costs of occupying Iraq….(And don't get him started on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld)
Col. Mike Turner
(ret), Schwarzkopf's personal briefing officer during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm: “The uniformed
Joint Staff in the Pentagon strongly opposed this plan early on...The uniformed Joint Staff was overridden, yet in so many horrifying ways this
operation resembles Somalia, not Desert Storm...Perhaps we can pull this off, but here's a far worse scenario that's at least as likely...Photos of
American soldiers amid landscapes of Iraqi civilian bodies blanket the world press which aligns unanimously against the US. The US is condemned by
NATO and the UN...The war ends within a few weeks, but the crisis deepens...”
Col. David Hackworth
(ret), America's most highly decorated soldier: "Should the president decide to stay the war course, hopefully at
least a few of our serving top-uniformed leaders - those who are now covertly leaking that war with Iraq will be an unparalleled disaster - will do
what many Vietnam-era generals wish they would have done: stand tall and publicly tell the America people the truth about another bad war that could
well lead to another died-in-vain black wall. Or even worse."
, former Sec. of Navy under Ronald Reagan, Decorated Marine Veteran: "Do we really want to occupy Iraq for the next 30 years? …In
Japan, American occupation forces quickly became 50,000 friends. In Iraq, they would quickly become 50,000 terrorist targets…. Nations such as China
can only view the prospect of an American military consumed for the next generation by the turmoil of the Middle East as a glorious windfall."
Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni
, former Head of Central Command for U.S.: "It's pretty interesting that all the generals see it the same way,
and all the others who have never fired a shot, and are hot to go to war, see it another…We are about to do something that will ignite a fuse in this
region that we will rue the day we ever started."
Hawks in the Bush administration may be making deadly miscalculations on Iraq, says Gen. Anthony Zinni, Bush's Middle East envoy: "I'm not sure
which planet they live on."
US Air Force General, Tony McPeak
, a four-star general who headed the U.S. Air Force during Operation Desert Storm: McPeak believes that
President Bush should publicly admit personal failure. He claims Bush has botched the crucial process of coalition-building, has not enlisted the
United Nations, and has failed to rebuild Afghanistan as a model of reconstruction.
And they say Kerry/Edwards are too critical? How about right in line with a growing number of Republicans, GOP leaders, former insiders and
Insurgents to Bush doctrines indeed abound. It seems Bush brings them out of the woodwork emboldened more and more to disagree with his
Misleadership, Misdirection and Wrong Track for America
Except one insurgent, of course, that must think Bush is doing a wonderful job...
[edit on 29-9-2004 by RANT]