George Bush came up onto a stage a Fort Bragg, N.C. in a roar of military yells and claps and foot stompings. Military was the primary theme; rather, the military and iraq. One quotation from the speech I found particularly troubling and somewhat ironic follows below: "Totalitarian Ideology that hates freedom, rejects tolerance, and despises all dissent."
What does that sound like to you?
Well to me, it is a scathing but accurate account of the policies at work in the Bush administration. With the recent ruling by the Supreme Court regarding report- source privilage, and the shield laws, we can see that Bush and his administration may preach one ideological belief but act upon another. In order to force these reporters to reveal their sources within the CIA, a scheming prosecutor bounced their civil liberties and rights as reporters, the Fourth Branch, right out the door.
Dissent is not a valued code of conduct for anyone to have according to our President. Regarding the remainder of the speech, this Administration often speaks in the abstract in order to justify its very concrete and very immoral actions. Freedom's March justifies the jailing and torture of enemy combatants?
At one point Bush goes so far into abstracting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights to make a generalization regarding the very nature of terrorists. Any skeptic would certainly find a flawed logic at work here. In many instances, Bush and his speech writers assume that the public has a unanimous opinion regarding the Nature of Terrorists or the March of Freedom.
They then use this ideology to justify their own actions as the only path by which we can achieve such lofty aspirations. A man whose policies are primary based on fallacy, not to mention phallicy, should not lead a country into war and cannot lead one out of it. Modern warfare is greatly misunderstood by the public and by the Administration, as evidenced by their policies. What we forget about warfare is that there is no victor, there is no honor and there are no solutions. One war will always result in another.
Ethics are complex on the battlefield and must be understood in order to wage war. The greatest thing we all must remember is that war has the capability of going completely wrong. It is a fine line and we very well may not see the rise of the so called "Iraq beacon" in this troubled region. I work a block from the Oval Office and often stop by the White House on my crawls back home.