I was one of the people that saw yesterday's "The View" when Rosie O´Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck had a heated argument over the Iraq War. I decided to post this defense of Rosie because I have seen her words so twisted by the media that it makes me sick.
What she originally said was how we are perceived by the Iraqi people. Never once did she call our troops terrorists and Elisabeth Hasselbeck knew that. She also knew of Rosie's financial support of a new hospital for wounded veterans in San Antonio. What Rosie was asking her was very clear. Did she think that Rosie thought our troops were terrorists. It was a simple yes or no answer that Elisabeth refused to give. The original statement of how the US is perceived by the Iraqi people is a correct one. We are viewed as terrorists. What is the definition of terrorism? According to the US Dept. of Defense it is "the unlawful use of -- or threatened use of -- force or violence against individuals or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives.". If the Iraq War does not fit that description then would someone please tell me what doews. Here are some facts about Iraq since the invasion:
655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred.
Less electricity than before the war.
35% Increase in Poverty Since the Invasion
70% Rate of Inflation from 2005 to 2006
Women in Iraq are more unsafe than ever
A refugee crisis that is spiraling out of control
Production Sharing Agreements that will take most of Iraq's Oil Wealth for a generation and give it to big oil.
Now you tell me how the average Iraqi sees America. Their country is in shambles and they can barely leave their homes. Death and destruction is everywhere. Yes I would say the Iraqi people see us as terrorists. That is what Rosie was saying and she is correct. Never did she suggest that the troops were terrorists but that those who sent them are. That is a fact that is hard to deny.
Please someone pass these facts onto Elisabeth Hasselbeck. She said she deals in facts. I hate to tell her but Fox News is not facts and those that listen to Fox are being lied to plain and simple. Also someone should suggest to her that her third string quarterback husband should enlist. If she believes in this war so much let her have some "skin in the game".
Rosie O'Donnell gave both her money and her time for wounded troops. What exactly has Elisabeth given? Put up or shut up!!!!
The fact is that the Iraqi people were better off under a brutal dictator then they are now and that should make every single American sick to their stomach. Osama Bin Laden is still on the loose and plotting and scheming as we speak. When Elisabeth says how we are safer now because there was no attack since 911 I would ask her to remember that we were not attacked from February 1993 to September 2001. Bush has two years to go before he matches that record.
One other thought for Mrs. Hasselbeck: Waiting seven minutes during a nuclear attack could have meant the lives of countless thousands. If you truly believe that sitting in a classroom for seven minutes while the country was under attack was the best use of his time, then the hair dye has damaged your brain.
If our media would spend as much time examining the war and Bush policies as they do on Rosie maybe the American people would truly understand what is happening and demand change.