Bush's ill-conceived adventure in Iraq has proved to be yet another case of adolescent patriotism, driven by testosterone and greed more than by sound policy or by any informed sense of global political realities. Unfortunately, the attack on Iraq also was carried out by a military establishment that has been perverted since the 1980s by a flood of fascist and racist ideologies inculcated by right-wing officers who are the darlings of the Republican Party and a disgrace to this country.
Hatred of Islam is now instilled in American soldiers as a standard part of boot camp training. The training of our military, in fact, very closely mirrors the training of Hitler's military.
The whole system is a disgrace to democracy and to American ideals and needs to be purged. The first person to go should be the arch-imperialist, arch-racist, and arch-idiot Rumsfeld, who has lied to our representatives and possibly to the president, has compromised our national interests, and, like Bush, has made this country an international laughingstock.