The Fifth Horseman: More Bad News For The Chickenhawk Brigade

Wednesday, August 24, 2005


More Bad News For The Chickenhawk Brigade

This week hasn't been going well for the conservatives of the Chickenhawk Brigade. Not well at all.

Perhaps most encouraging of all is the fact that Bush has finally stopped ignoring Cindy Sheehan. In fact, Bush actually took the time to smear Cindy in a speech in Idaho yesterday. In the speech, Bush accused Cindy, and other supporters of peace, of attempting to weaken America:

"She expressed her opinion. I disagree with it. I think immediate withdrawal from Iraq would be a mistake.

I think those who advocate immediate withdrawal from not only Iraq but the Middle East would be -- are advocating a policy that would weaken the United States."

It seems that the Administration has finally recognized Cindy as a threat, and started doing what they do best: smearing her credibility. However, they only do this when they feel really threatened. Obviously, Cindy's protest is doing some good by damaging the Administration. Keep it up, Cindy.

In other news, the White House has been attempting to distance itself from Pat Robertson after he recently advocated the assassination of Hugo Chavez, the democratically elected President of Venezuela. Could this spell the end of the Christian Coalition's enormous political clout? I doubt it. But we can hope.

Although it's doubtful that Pat Robertson will be held accountable for his remarks, one conservative has been rewarded for his hateful speech. Conservative D.C. Radio host Michael Graham. Graham had long used his radio show as a platform for hateful attacks upon Muslims, such as this gem, uttered July 25:

"We are at war with a terrorist organization named Islam..."

This all ended on Monday when Michael Graham was fired for refusing to apologize for his hateful remarks. At last, we have some accountability for a conservative hate-monger. Next on my wish list: a similar loss of employment for Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh.

The next item on my list is not only bad news for the Chickenhawk Brigade, but for everyone in Iraq and the United States as well. That's right ladies and gentlemen, I'm talking about the new Iraqi Constitution. If you listen to the Administration's hollow propaganda, you might believe that this constitution will be a shining beacon of freedom, motivating the rest of the Muslim world to throw off their bonds of oppression and establish democracy in the Middle East.

Sadly, that is not the case. In fact, many secular Iraqis are protesting the Constitution, which they say will curb civil rights in the new Iraq. Quoted from an article in the New York Times:

"The draft constitution, these secular Iraqis say, clears the way for religious authorities to adjudicate personal disputes like divorce and inheritance matters by allowing the establishment of religious courts, raising fears that a popularly elected Islamist-minded government could enact legislation and appoint judges who could turn the country into a theocracy.

The courts would rely on Shariah, which under most interpretations grants women substantially fewer rights than men."

I don't know about you, but this hardly seems like "freedom on the march". In fact, chances are this new government could be more dangerous to the United States than the old government under Saddam Hussein. Hussein was an evil dictator, but he was a secular evil dictator. Saddam cracked down on radical Islam under his rule. However, with a theocracy in Iraq, such as the one we are currently establishing, this will not be the case. In fact, we have currently created a recipe for destruction ten to twenty years down the line. Between the influx of foreign militants and fledgling theocracy in Iraq, we are creating a situation eerily similar to that of 1980's Afghanistan. Thanks to this foolhardy war, President Bush has succeeded in creating the next generation of terrorists and radical Islamic extremists.

Good job, Dubya. Freedom on the march!

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