LEON: You Have the Watches, They Have the Time
1/15/2014, 3 p.m.
According to the report, the statements began at least a year before the commencement of hostilities in Iraq, when Vice President Cheney stated on March 17, 2002: “We know they have biological and chemical weapons.” Bush and his cronies lied about Iraq's nuclear capabilities, chemical and biological weapons, the relationship between Iraq and Al-Qaeda, and Iraq as an urgent threat. They also lied about the possibility of a "mushroom cloud," Iraq’s attempt to acquire uranium, and the relationship between Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.
McCain and Graham went on to say, “Thousands of brave Americans who fought, shed their blood, and lost their friends to bring peace to Fallujah and Iraq are now left to wonder whether these sacrifices were in vain…” Again, they are correct but the confusion of our brave warriors is not due to President Obama’s withdrawing them from the conflict and removing them from harms way.
Their consternation stems from the answers to four other questions. First, why did the Bush administration lie to Congress and the American people to get us into that ill advised, ill conceived, and reckless waist of blood and treasure in the first place? Second, why did irresponsible representatives such as McCain, Graham, et al fail to stand up for the American people and real American interests and vote for the invasion of Iraq? They knew of should have known that the narrative provided by the administration was a lie? Third, why did President Obama forsake his obligation as President and give the perpetrators of this fraud a pass on their accountability by deciding to “turn the page” and not investigate the obvious? Fourth, where has mainstream American media been in holding these war criminals accountable?
The repercussions from the failures in Iraq are manifesting themselves in Syria, Afghanistan, Lebanon, and other parts of the world. Contrary to partisan foolishness and hype being touted by the likes of McCain and Graham, it’s not due to an early withdrawal by President Obama.
It’s due to the short-sighted perspective and arrogance of an overextended failing hegemon that never really understood its enemy to begin with. “Time in jail and time in the jihad mean nothing to us…Your watch’s battery will run down, and its hands will stop. But our time in the struggle will never end. We will win.” America has the watches but the “enemy” has the time.
Dr. Wilmer Leon is the producer/host of the Sirius/XM Satellite radio channel 110 call-in talk radio program “Inside the Issues with Wilmer Leon.” Go to www.wilmerleon.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.twitter.com/drwleon and Dr. Leon’s Prescription at Facebook.com.