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February 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Cranky about Krauthammer

Transparent intentions

Charles Krauthammer, yet again, blatantly demonstrates a primary function of the Republican agenda [“A so-called ‘fiasco’ embraces democracy,” Syndicated column, Feb. 15].

To be sure, there were positive successes for democracy resulting from the Iraq elections.

Descriptions, however, like “smashing victory,” “devastated,” “losing badly” and”wiped out” illustrate his attempt to exaggerate a meager turnout, which was largely manipulated by U.S. choreographers.

He embarrasses himself with false sincerity when he bleeds his concern and speaks for the Iraqi people and their attempts at tribal representation.

With the tenacity of a loyal pit bull, Krauthammer steadfastly attempts to rewrite history and justify an illegal, misrepresented and corrupt invasion of a country with which our interests were (and are) oil control.

Krauthammer proclaims the “sinews of civil society” and “the plethora of parties” resulting from the nurturing hand of the Bush administration. He then pins the problematic Iraqi future squarely on the Obama administration — “the custodian of that miracle” — to be held responsible when (if?) the U.S. leaves Iraq and the actual strength of the democracy is tested.

All progress in Iraq is supported and welcome, but do not forget the insidious motivation for our occupation, nor the costs in massive lost lives and dollars.

Krauthammer’s intentions are as deceptively transparent as the folly of Bush’s Iraq.

— Jeffrey A. Burke, Edmonds

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