According to Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, President Bush “has on his shoulders the deaths of many more troops, because he would not heed the advice of his own State Department of what to expect after May 1 when he … declared that major combat is over.” The Islamic media was tickled to find a quote from an American political leader saying the American president has blood on his hands. They couldn’t have said it better themselves.
John Kerry slammed the administration in an article in Agence France-Presse and quoted in Islam Online:
With deaths mounting and American sacrifice increasing, it’s time he offered a specific plan that secures real international involvement, gets the target off the backs of our troops, and starts to share the burden in Iraq. The president made it clear that he intends to stubbornly cling to the same policy that has led to a greater risk to American troops and a steadily higher cost to the American taxpayer.
You just can’t buy propaganda quotes like that. Islam Online was delighted.
On NBC’s “Nightly News” in May, correspondent Fred Francis told America that:
In Cairo, anti-U.S. sentiment is so strong many here see no difference here between the actions of Saddam Hussein and George Bush … One Arab businessman [said], “That is not Jeffersonian democracy. It’s more like a lesson from Hitler’s book, ‘Mein Kampf.'”
(One wonders where NBC had to go to find an Arab businessmen that familiar with Jeffersonian democracy and “Mein Kampf.”)
CNN’s Bruce Morton found it necessary to remind Americans that we aren’t the good guys, even though we like to think we are.
The pictures of the prisoners at Abu Ghraib are hard to look at. They will make it easier for foreigners to hate America, but they will also make us take a hard look at ourselves. We like to think that we’re the good guys, but we’re not. Not always. We learned this lesson last in Vietnam, in a village called My Lai. In March of 1968, Charlie Company of the 11th Light Infantry Brigade, came to My Lai and killed many unarmed men, women and children. The plaque in the My Lai Museum lists 504.
– May 4, “Inside Politics”
According to Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria, “whether he wins or loses in November, George W. Bush’s legacy is now clear: the creation of a poisonous atmosphere of anti-Americanism around the globe.” Zakaria doesn’t say how George Bush “created the poisonous atmosphere of anti-Americanism around the globe,” but it seems pretty obvious his column won’t do much to suck much of the poison out of the air.
It is almost like a witnessing the incitement of a lynch mob – except that the ones inciting the mob are the ones who will eventually be the guests of honor at the necktie party. It isn’t like al-Qaida’s operatives are planning to separate Republicans from Democrats in their next attack.
There are two Americas right now, at a time when America desperately needs to stand united against a common foe. As in Vietnam, America can only be defeated from within. And our enemy knows that. That is what he is counting on. It isn’t a new tactic. “Divide and conquer” has been in the military handbook since the first soldiers picked up their first spears and faced each other across the battlefield.
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand …
– Matthew 12:25
Somebody ought to point that out to the “other” America – before it is too late.