Exit Strategy No. 1

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Editor:

Despite much talk about an exit strategy from the Iraq quagmire in which our nation is embroiled, the No. 1 exit strategy has not been proposed. Let's fill that void.

Ask yourself, "What would happen if our nation's leaders were treated the same as major corporate CEOs?"

Any CEO of a corporation who screwed up as many things as George W. Bush would have been fired by its board of directors. Here are a few examples:

  • Invasion of Iraq, which is the biggest strategic blunder and scandal in U.S. history. Saddam Hussein never initiated a belligerent act of aggression or terrorism against us. The buildup to that war was based on fabrications, deception and lies.
  • Death of 2,100+ U.S. soldiers, wounding 15,000 more, and the death of 30,000+ innocent Iraqi men, women and children.
  • Immoral and unconstitutional trade policies that caused $2.824 trillion in trade deficits in just five years.
  • The worst fiscal performance in our history, piling up $2.472 trillion in added federal debt in five years en route to a major economic collapse.
  • Tax policies that are an insult to working people who make dividends possible but who are required to pay a higher marginal tax rate than those who collect dividends without working.
  • Foreign policies that have alienated most of the rest of the world.
  • A misguided attempt to turn future Social Security pensions over to Wall Street.

Earlier this year, Terri Schiavo lay in a permanent coma, connected to a feeding tube. Her husband said she would have wanted that tube removed. But Republican members of Congress passed a resolution to maintain the tube, causing Bush to fly from his ranch in Texas to Washington to sign that legislation.

As his pen was poised to sign the document, Bush said, "If there is an error in this matter, it is best to err on the side of life."

Why didn't Bush make that same judgment in early 2003 when millions of Americans protested against a possible invasion of Iraq? Bush had no qualms about killing and wounding thousands of soldiers and innocent civilians.

In view of his miserable record, his arrogant lack of good judgment and his failure to understand the gravity of his record, President Bush (and Vice President of Torture Dick Cheney) should be shown the exit door.

That, my friends, should be exit strategy No. 1.

Larry Brophy, Payson

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