The war in Iraq is terrible, of course. Today, it occurred to me there is yet another layer of the enormity of it all:
Bush used the attacks on September 11th to justify the war. He says he didn't, but I heard him say it myself about 5 times, so that's bullshit. He did. And without any logical facts to back up the connection.
I just can't think of anything - really, ANYTHING - more insulting to the people who died that day than harnessing the national grief and terror caused by their deaths to justify a corrupt, evil, unjustifiable and ill-conceived operation that has resulted in the further deaths of tens of thousands of innocent people.
Osama Bin Laden wanted to terrorize us to promote his fucked-up agenda. And George W. Bush just jumped right on that despicable bandwagon. Exploiting that tragedy for your own evil purposes is just plain demonic. Evildoers are amongst us. They reside in caves and in stately white houses alike.