"President Bush says America has caused an incredible transformation in Afghanistan. He said everything's being rebuilt, people are getting jobs, kids are going back to school. He said it works so well that he's thinking of trying it in New Orleans."
On the sober side. Bush is doing his version of a tour de force in meetings around the country in support of the war. He says in his smirk-wink buddy-the-president delivery that things are "lookin' up in Iraq."
Yet Tim Russert said on the Don Imus show this morning that when you try to make a hotel reservation in southern Iraq the phones are answered in Persian, the language of Iran.....and that Iran is financing the building of an airport in Najaf which is 90 miles south of Baghdad.
As reported in the Washington Post last year, Iran is providing the estimated $20 to $25 million low-interest loan to build the airport which will serve religious pilgrims traveling to and from Iran. Najaf is a holy center for Shiite Muslims.
So the U.S. projected $1 trillion cost of the war in Iraq has been a lavish gift to Iran. Iran is now accomplishing in a war-weakened Iraq what they couldn't after years of warfare between the two countries.......a foothold in Iraq from which to pursue their religious and political aspirations.
We now have the terrorist organization of Hamas running Palestine and the Iranian ayatollahs planted in southern Iraq.
Ask yourself this, are you and the world safer now than you were before the Bush neo-cons took over U.S. foreign policy?