Thursday, September 07, 2006

Congress, the President, the Iraq War -- who is to blame?

It's interesting how time and polls change people's minds. Just a few short years ago, I wrote an email to California Senator Diane Feinstein about our misguided notion of war with Iraq. She replied something to the effect of, "I know better than you."

Now, she has this to say about the war:

"President Bush may sometimes be 'frustrated' with the war. But this frustration pales in comparison with the anger that many Americans are feeling -- that this war was launched based on a faulty premise, executed poorly and carried out with no accountability. It's time to chart a new course."

Isn't it Congress' role to ensure that the President carries out his duties? Hasn't Congress failed the American public? Don't get me wrong -- the onus for the opus in Iraq falls on President Bush. It was clearly a snow job from the get-go. Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice -- they all lied us into an unwinable war.

Hindsight tells us that we should have done things differently. Well, DUH!

Now what? We're damned if we do and damned if we don't. But one thing's for sure: The military industrial complex, of which Haliburton is a member, is getting richer by the hour. As are the Arabs. Funny thing, war. It causes uncertainty. Uncertainty causes price fluctuations. It causes panics, fear of shortages, hoarding.

The oil companies are reaping rich rewards, all at our expense. People are dying. Doesn't Congress share some of the blame?