10 reasons to redefeat Bush this fall
Whatever George Bush does, he makes a mess.
Whether it’s a college career or military service, the environment in Texas, a professional baseball team, an oil company, a national economy, or a foreign war, George has made a mess. It’s been the same since he was officially declared president by the U.S. Supreme Court after a hopeless recount battle in 2000.
Here are 10 reasons why George Bush should be redefeated this year.
‘ The 9/11 Commission Report said that in 1998, Osama bin Laden declared war on all Americans, civilians and military, anywhere in the world. On Sept. 11, 2001, 18 al Qaeda terrorists hand-picked by bin Laden destroyed the World Trade Center and attacked the Pentagon. They had wanted to hit the White House and the Capitol, too. President Bush declared that he wanted Osama bin Laden dead or alive. On March 2003, Bush and his White House team decided to invade … Iraq. Go figure.
‘ The Bush Administration, in its illogical rush to justify an invasion of Iraq, misled our country and the world by insisting that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction and was tied into terrorists. Saddam Hussein had an appalling, demonic history of murdering his own people and making life miserable for Iraq’s neighbors, but he had no weapons of mass destruction and Iraq’s ties with al Qaeda were practically non-existant.
‘ Our superior military easily destroyed Saddam’s regime in Baghdad. The tyrant was eventually flushed out of his personal rat hole, and everyone cheered. He is now imprisoned somewhere, and someday he may be brought to trial, but the war has thrown Iraq into chaos, and the killing continues to this day with no end in sight. Thousands of Iraqi soldiers and citizens plus insurgents are imprisoned, but no one knows what will become of them. We have lost our way with prisoners of war and justice, and the abhorrent Abu Ghraib prison scandal is just one manifestation of that. There seems to be no plan to help Iraq ‘ and our forces ‘ to emerge from this desperate situation.
‘ We are spending billions of dollars in Iraq, but no one knows how we can finance this war indefinitely. It doesn’t seem to be a top priority in the Bush Administration. Republicans used to worry about revenue and spending. No more. One thing is for sure: The conglomerate that Vice President Cheney used to lead, Halliburton, has many U.S. contracts worth billions of dollars.
‘ Some people say civilian casualties in Iraq now total 10,000. To date, more than 1,000 American soldiers have been killed, thousands wounded, lives ruined. The Bush-Cheney Administration planned well for a war on the cheap, and planned not at all for after the war. Post-war planning was wishful thinking.
‘ Bush says repeatedly that his chief concern is the safety of America, and that we are much safer now. That’s hard to believe. America has become an armed fortress, but when the electricity goes off or you hear an explosion in your community, Americans think of terrorism. Att. Gen. John Ashcroft and Homeland security officials raise ‘alert levels’ periodically, which keeps our fear and anxiety levels up. We hope that elaborate al Qaeda plots are consistently being foiled. Al Qaeda leaders have been captured throughout the world, but if you ask the people in Afghanistan, Spain, Russia, Israel, Indonesia, the Philippines, Chechnya, Kenya, Kashmir, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere, they’ll say it’s a more dangerous world.
And where is bin Laden?
‘ Bush has presided over a federal budget that went, in four years, from the largest surplus to the largest deficit in U.S. history. No one in the White House seems to be concerned. It’s not voodoo economics, it’s fiscal insanity. Our children and grandchildren will have to pay this bill.
‘ Bush’s opponent, Democrat John Kerry, had an enviable war record in Vietnam. He served bravely in battle and was awarded several high commendations by his superior officers. But he came home from the war disillusioned and spoke out against it. If he and other good people hadn’t spoken out against the war, there’s no telling how long the killing would have gone on.
But Kerry made the mistake of bragging about his wartime experiences at the Democratic Convention, setting himself up as a brave, wartime leader, in contrast to Bush’s meager and mysterious service record. Incredibly, no one seems to know for sure what Bush did during the war in Vietnam. You’d think he could set the record straight, but he waffles. His flacks say he ‘fulfilled his obligation.’ (One columnist said he chose to ‘defend Alabama against the Vietcong.’)
In a scurrilous TV ad, the ‘Swift Boat Veterans for Truth,’ who have ties to the Bush campaign, tried to discredit Kerry’s war record. Sen. John McCain knows the ads are a crock and asked Bush to pull the ads, but he declined. Incredibly, when Bush ran against Sen. John McCain four years ago, similar efforts were made to despoil McCain’s heroic war record. This is how Bush and his political guru, Karl Rove, operate. How McCain can support Bush is a mystery.
‘ It’s the economy, stupid. The economy doesn’t get much better. Jobs continue to go overseas, corporations get tax breaks for leaving the country, and the Bush Administration seems not to be concerned. Bush wants to make tax cuts for the wealthy permanent. It makes no sense.
‘ It’s health care, stupid. While American drug companies make incredible profits, many elderly Americans feel the need to go to Canada to buy their drugs. Millions of Americans cannot afford health care.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: the Bush-Cheney Administration is a national disaster.