TITLE

A Negligent President

PUB. DATE
October 2005
SOURCE
Commonweal;10/21/2005, Vol. 132 Issue 18, p5
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
The article criticizes U.S. President George W. Bush's campaign to defeat Islamic terrorism by invading Iraq. The President's administration has disgraced itself, and tarnished the nation's reputation, by the systematic encouragement of the torture, and inevitably the murder of prisoners. Commonwealth published Peter Dula's report on the situation in Iraq and his critique of the support of the Iraq invasion among some conservative Catholic theologians. Dula, a member of the Mennonite Central Committee, has spent ten months amid the bombings, kidnappings, murders, and chaos of American-occupied Baghdad. His judgment about the progress being made toward establishing a democracy was blunt: Iraq is a catastrophe on all accounts. Negligence has put hundreds of thousands of Americans and Iraqis in harm's way. It is the negligence of a president who didn't bother to fully grasp the difficulty or costs --in lives and in nation's moral prestige--of achieving his goals.
ACCESSION #
18773250

 

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