New savage twist to violence in Baghdad: Yahoo! News
"Revenge-seeking militiamen seized six Sunnis as they left Friday prayers and burned them alive with kerosene in a savage new twist to the brutality shaking the Iraqi capital a day after suspected Sunni insurgents killed 215 people in Baghdad's main Shiite district."
All right-wing nuts will argue that one doesn't follow the other. That is, the brutal civil war raging in Iraq can't be pinned on the Cheney administration. I beg to differ.
Bush, Cheney and Rummy couldn't wait to wage war on Iraq. Out of the dozens of excuses, the truth resides deep in the ego and arrogance of each man.
Bush had clearly stated before stealing the 2000 election that if he became president, he would start a war as absolute power could only be obtained by waging war. With such a guiding "principle", what better war to fight than the one daddy "lost" and stained the Bush name with cut-and-run coloring.
Rummy's lust for power is unquenchable and really, how could he emerge as the hero he knew himself to be without a war? And as long as he was making war inevitable, why not show his genius by beating his generals into submission and re-engineer the military as a small, lightweight strike force? Decades from now, recruits would read about the Rummy victory over Iraq using thousands fewer troops than the quaint military minds of his generation would insist upon.
And Cheney? It's hard to see him as anything other than the worst kind of war profiteer imaginable. War would be the chance of a lifetime to implement corporate welfare on an epic scale, and every billion given away would grow his portfolio. His secret energy meetings with Big Oil would pale in comparison to the absolute killing he could pull off in Iraq.
So here we are; an administration that slept through flashing lights and wailing sirens pre-announcing the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil. An administration that had the support, good will, and political capital to pull off just about any world-changing policy they had wanted to implement. Afghanistan could have been rebuilt several times over; it's not crazy to think real progress could have been made in Israel.
Instead, we attacked a country we knew posed no threat to us. A country unlucky enough to have been the root of our leader's daddy issues, had "good targets" for our doddering Defense Secretary, and whose destruction would provide our imperial Vice President with riches beyond his dreams.
I just hope the full weight of the violence in Iraq today weighs on every one of these evil, fucking bastards: The Three Tin-Horns of the Apocalypse, the Enabling Republicans, and the Sensible Moderates. I hope sleep is troubled by the beheadings, the burnings, the bombings, and the assassinations of our troops and countless innocent Iraqis.
I don't believe it troubles them a damn bit, but I hope it does.