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Bush's Middle East Policy: Cold War + Domino Theory = A Complete Mess

Reported by Marie Therese - January 28, 2005

Lordy, lordy! It's back to the future in Bushland! During yesterday's Talking Points Memo, not only did Bill O'Reilly drag out the now-debunked Iraq-is-connected-to-terrorism argument but he also described what seems to be the new Bush Middle East doctrine - which is really a rehash of the old anti-Soviet, anti-Chinese red and yellow menace tactic plus a healthy dollop of the domino theory.

Eureka! I've found it!

The old line Cold War apparatchiks, who are a-moulderin' in the White House (Rumsfeld and Rice prominent among them), are setting us up to believe that, if the Iraqi Democracy experiment fails, it will result in the fall of the the pro-American rulers in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, leaving Americans at the mercy of the Islamic hordes that will endanger our lifestyle by cutting off access to the oil - black gold, Texas tea.

O'Reilly says "[t]he election on Sunday is vital to our safety." I wonder just whose safety he means. Could it be that FOX News is worried because, if Bush loses his approval rating and the Republicans take a dive in 2006, it will be the beginning of the end of the cozy relationship they have with the White House? Is O'Reilly truly worried about "the folks" or about the future of FNC, his sugar daddy?

O'Reilly entitled it "The Iraqi Elections and Your Family" and it goes like this:

O'Reilly: The election in Iraq and your family, that is the subject of this evening's Talking Points Memo.

Sunday's vote is a defining moment for America. If the Iraqi people step up and embrace the chance to vanquish terror, the world will be much safer. If they do not, the war on terror will get worse.

Take a look at this map of the Middle East. When Saddam was in power, there were three large countries -- Syria, Iraq and Iran, that were friendly to terrorists. As we know, Saddam supported or tolerated just about every Muslim terror outfit around, including Ansar al-Islam, an Al Qaeda group that operated in northern Iraq during his regime.

Syria openly supports Hezbollah and Hamas. Iran harbors Al Qaeda leaders and funds Hezbollah. So the Medi - from the Mediterranean Sea to the Afghan border, you had free reign for terrorism.

Now, if the Ba'athists and Zarqawi are successful in imposing totalitarianism on Iraq, the situation will get even worse. Al Qaeda will have another safe haven in a diff - addition - to Iran and will grow in power and ferocity, threatening all of us in the USA. Have I made the picture clear enough? I hope so.

Again, if the US does not succeed in Iraq, worldwide terror will dramatically increase in power. Enter Senator Edward Kennedy, who today gave a speech demanding a timetable for American withdrawal from Iraq. While the senator is right in saying things aren't going well in the war right now, his solution is to systematically pull American troops out and let the Iraqis pretty much fend for themselves. Whatever happens, happens.

The question is, is Kennedy willing to accept a terror state in Iraq, if the forces of evil win? It is a simple question, Senator. Talking Points awaits your answer. If you go to Kennedy's website, it emphasizes the need to involve other nations in the fight against terror. Of course, this is a pipe dream.

Here is a vivid example. Italy is one of America's strongest allies in the terror war. The Berlusconi government has helped us immensely. Recently five Muslims were arrested and charged with recruiting homicide bombers inside Italy to be sent to Iraq. This week those charges were dismissed by Judge Clementina Forleo, who said the men were not terrorists, they were guerrillas, therefore had committed no crime.

The Italian government is outraged, but what that judge did is not unusual. There is sympathy for the terrorist devil all over the world.

Senator Kennedy and other internationalists have a completely unris - unrealistic view of the world. We are fighting for OUR [his emphasis] lives in Iraq. And most Americans don't even know it. The election on Sunday is vital to our safety. I will say it again. If Syria, Iraq and Iran are allowed to support and protect terrorists, there will be a world war in the future that will dwarf anything this planet has ever seen.

And that's The Memo.

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