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There's not much more to be done or to be won in Iraq, especially with a civil war going on. With such a war poorly managed by going to war--just to go to war, either Congress will somehow talk the President into admitting that he was wrong about the pre-emptive war-strike. In fact, either a news reporter or any decent American when they have the chance just ask Pres. Bush, "When will you admit that you were wrong for going into war in Iraq," or "Did you think you invaded Iraq because it was in the best interest of the nation, or did you do it on your own self-interests, along with your Cabinet?" The only thing decent out of this war was finding, capturing, trying, and executing Saddam Hussein, but he was too benign of a threat to the US. Ergo, either Congress will stop funding the war, or the next President will do so. Therefore, fighting in Iraq has nothing to do with our security here at home, and the fear card that Bush uses should only be used as a last resort, not as a political action tool. It's amazing how George W. Bush is quite the opposite of FDR, particularly with "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." On a special comment that Keith Olbermann made to republican pres. candidate Guiliani, he added that and fear-mongering politicians who exploit such tragic events like 9/11 and the terrorist attacks across the world. Furthermore, Ben Franklin noted that "to sacrifice liberty for security is a result in neither." As for Iraq, hopefully the US troops won't be there, especially in the middle of a civil war and a political black hole for decades to come. It can come to an end in less than two years with the right and decent leadership, or it can go on as Vietnam did for a very long while. War is tiring the American people, the Iraqis, and the US troops in harms way of civil war.

Mr. Bush: You must listen to the American people and the Congress on Iraq--not just your own gut-convictions, which have misled you and our country's reputation in the international community. Reagan knew when enough was enough in Beirut, your father, George H.W. Bush, knew when enough was enough in the desert shield version of the Iraq war, and you should know when enough is enough when it comes to funding a war without an end in sight, which drains many resources, and stretches the US military to its breaking point. The American people's patience is wearing thin, so listen closely to General Patraeus's report this September. The American people are not with you at this war, and neither is Congress, so I hope the war or the funding of this war can end no later than this year, two years at the most.

Nick Rosen

Great Falls, VA

Jun 3 2007 - 6:14pm

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Well, in the stupid way in which things work in our society/idiocracy, the "security" problem of the embassy previsualizations appearing on the Berger Devine Yaeger site now trumps any problem with US imperialism!

Our lapdog press has long since been called out in blogs, books, reports, and so on; but they're all still so shamelessly distracted and self-absorbed that they can overlook even this colossal, Ozymandian monument to capital, violent subjugation, and theft.

This BDY website story will have legs in the press for a day or two ("national security" is a nice objective trope for a lazy MSM reporter; and high-tech is always sexy, especially when it comes to supposed security flaws/violations), and then will fade from memory.

The construction, meanwhile, continues apace.

Greg Little

North Plainfield, NJ

Jun 1 2007 - 11:37am

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"Imperial Mother Ship" rising out of Baghdad!

This reminds me of the "story" in Genesis 11:1-9 (see below) only this time it's America (a multicultural nation speaking one language) building its/our temple to reach the heavens.

Funny thing about the story of why we all Babel, and of course, unlike today's version of this story, apparently for some unspecified reason, about 4,500 years ago the Big Fella, God, feared the potential results of such a manmade mission and decided, therefore, to strike down the arrogant attempt of those arrogant humans to construct a tower that, of all things, would reach past Heaven's door.

I guess one could (and I'm sure many already have) conclude that from God's current lack of response to (our) America's audacious attempt to build another temple to heaven, this, like the mass murdering of our Native American brothers and sisters in order to build America up to similar heights 250 years ago, must again be Manifest Destiny, nothing short of the will of our wonderful Creator. Now, besides everyone else sharing this planet with us, who can argue with an ending like that?

And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. 2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. 4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children builded. 6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel (confusion); because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." [Genesis 11:1-9]

John LeVan

Thorndale, PA

May 31 2007 - 1:03pm