Re: Uncle Sam wants you DEAD! (by Latuff)

Where to start? Let's see ... How about pointing out that President Bush doesn't represent the world's brightest population.

Among the findings in an April 2006 government study:

* One-third of respondents couldn’t pinpoint Louisiana on a map and 48 percent were unable to locate Mississippi.
* Fewer than three in 10 think it important to know the locations of countries in the news and just 14 percent believe speaking another language is a necessary skill.
* Two-thirds didn’t know that the earthquake that killed 70,000 people in October 2005 occurred in Pakistan.
* Six in 10 could not find Iraq on a map of the Middle East.
* While the outsourcing of jobs to India has been a major U.S. business story, 47 percent could not find the Indian subcontinent on a map of Asia.
* While Israeli-Palestinian strife has been in the news for the entire lives of the respondents, 75 percent were unable to locate Israel([search]) on a map of the Middle East.
* Nearly three-quarters incorrectly named English as the most widely spoken native language.
* Six in 10 did not know the border between North and South Korea is the most heavily fortified in the world. Thirty percent thought the most heavily fortified border was between the United States and Mexico.

Silinsing Wi has continually implied and/or stated or provided links that the war In Iraq is about "oil". Really? I would think that if it was all about oil, then we would have invaded a country closer to home ... like Mexico (the world's 7th largest reserve). We could have secured the border, reduced the logistical burden of supplying troops, and so on. It's not about oil.

The whole point of retired Generals suddenly claiming disdain for the Honorable Sec Def Rumsfeld should not be overblown. Flag officers have historically been at odds with the Sec Def, but these poor souls waited until retirement to express their opposing view. I have a hard time stomaching the outspoken opinions of someone who could have affected change while they wore the uniform, but failed to do so until they were in a suit and tie.

Silinsing Wi qouted an Army Times survey, but left out some important poll results:

* Silinsing Wi posted ... "Bad news continues to pile up around Don Rumsfeld like garbage at a land fill. The latest blast came from an unlikely source, The Army Times”, which conducted a poll showing that 64% of enlisted men think Rumsfeld should tender his resignation immediately." ACTUALLY, 51.03% STATED THAT RUMSFELD SHOULD RESIGN, 45.52% SAID HE SHOULD NOT, AND 3.45% HAD NO OPINION. NICE TRY, SILINSING WI ... BUT YOUR HALF-ASSED POSTINGS SHOULD AT LEAST HAVE SOME FACTUAL EVIDENCE.

* 70% of those surveyed said that Cindy Sheehan's encampment was "inappropriate".

* 57% of those surveyed stated that training Iraqi Security Forces was going "very well" or "as well as could be expected"

Most of the other cited sources are hate-blogs and oped pieces ... Little fact there.

Here's the bottom line ... The war in Iraq was properly planned, properly resourced, and is being properly conducted. It's a war for pete's sake - Mistakes are made, people die, buildings get blown up, some people agree, some people disagree, and the economy and our security is all the better for it.

I spent 15 months there, and the media has done an extreme mis-service to the American public in its poor representation of the facts. And that's not a right wing talking point ... that's a fact, jack.

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