Monday, August 27, 2007

Bush Not Terrorists Created The real Dangers At Home

Alberto Gonzales resigned his position as US Attorney General August 27, 2007 effective September 17, 2007. The news shows / pundits are full of the typical analysis. Almost to a person the administration spokespersons defended Gonzales as person faced with a new set of circumstances brought-on by 9/11, because of that Bush supporters believe Gonzales was correct in erring on the extreme side to protect the country.
There is nothing new about terrorism in the United States. There are no new circumstances. We only have to go back to 1991 and 1995 to find terrorist events that shook the confidence of the American public.
There were similarities between September 11, and Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building destruction by American terrorist Timothy McVeigh in 1995. There were similarities between the original World Trade Center explosion in 1991 by Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and 9/11. The similarities were that in each case each person involved was a terrorist. All of the terrorist planned to blow up large buildings to maximize death and destruction to make a sick statement. The WTC was targeted twice.
McVeigh was arrested and executed while others like Rahman are serving a life sentence in Colorado. We did not have to resort to extraordinary measures in 91, and 95 like legalizing torture, eliminating Habeas Corpus, spying on all Americans, invading other countries enduring unprecedented secrecy and going to the brink of a constitutional crisis.
The Bush administration that failed to protect the American people on Sept.11, 2001 continues to use the 9/11 tragedy as an excuse to change the nature of the government to one of a unitary presidency, advocating premptive military strikes, eliminating congressional checks and balances and declairing everything a secret. GWB, with the help of Gonzales, has convinced Americans that because we are at war, just about anything GWB does is in the name of National Security. Bush started the war by going to Afghanistan to kill or capture Osama Bin Laden / Al Qeada. Through a series of lies, exagerations, missrepresentations and the lack of a press corp with gumption, GWB was able to invade Iraq, the eternal qugmire. Everything is framed in the "war on terror" paradigm.
Truthout's William Fisher writes in: "Bushes War On Terror Makes America Less Safe and Less Free". if we are to be safe in the twenty-first century, we need to be smart about counterterrorism, not just act tough. The Bush administration's 'war on terror,' by adopting coercive preventive measures, has not only sacrificed some of the deepest commitments of our democracy, but has garnered few terrorists and actually made us less safe. We need to treat the rule of law as an asset, not an obstacle, if we are to avoid creating a problem even bigger than the one we faced on 9/11."
There will always be McVeighs, Rahmans, and Bin Ladens; there have always been violent nutcases throughout history. They do not have the power to invade and defeat states. In-fact, Bin Laden has failed to foment a single rebellion in an Islamic country to overthrow any government. The only people who can bring down the USA are its citizens who allow people like Gonzales under the direction of Cheney, Bush to systematically eliminate our freedoms in the name of National security. Bush, Cheney and Gonzales not terrorists created the real dangers at home. The real danger is that they misuse the law to take away our hard fought freedoms.

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Friday, August 24, 2007

The Iraqis can't fix the mess we made so they are ungrateful

Can anyone in the "main stream media" remember any facts about Iraq for more than one news cycle? I think not. Before the US attacked Iraq was it ungovernable? Was there any Al Qaeda in Iraq? Were there endless car bombings? Were there IED attacks on Saddam's army everyday? The answer to all of the questions above is, no. Did Saddam let in the inspectors before the 2003 attack? Yes he did. Were the inspectors granted access to any and all locations? Yes they were. Was documentation turned over to the inspectors? Yes it was. Did the inspectors find any WMD? The answer to the last question is no. Who kicked out he inspectors after they asked for more time because they were not finding any weapons or traces of weapons in the most highly suspect areas? The answer is, George W Bush, the guy who wanted a war with Iraq. Has any reporter ever asked George W Bush why he insists that we invaded Iraq because Saddam would not let in the WMD inspectors? No, not one of you sniveling cowards ever dared to challenge the president on this obvious lie.

Who broke Iraq by bombing it to dust? Who leveled Faluja? Who killed over 1,000,000 Iraqis during the four-year occupation? The answer is the invading armies. We broke Iraq beyond all recognition. We unleashed the Tribal hatreds between Sunny, Kurd and Shia. Who set up the "democratic" election? The answer is the invading armies. What side wins most elections? The one with the most votes wins. Who would that be in Iraq? The answer is the Shia. What did we think the Kurds and the Sunni were going to think about a Shia majority running the country? They were not, are not going to cooperate.

Let's review: We invaded, bombed, killed civilians and kicked out the ruling structure that maintained order. We set up a series of governments who, like us, are incapable of maintaining security, much less law and order. We cannot control the country and we have all the guns and money at our disposal to do the job. If we cannot control Iraq then why do we think the Iraqis Shia should be able to control Iraq?
The Bush administration has lit a fire in the Mid East that is burning out of control and will continue unless the administration are removed from power. Normally, the fire alarm is sounded by the fourth estate, but since the news organizations are nothing more than a flock of corporate sheep we cannot expect them to sound the alarm much less ask any pertinent questions. We have to pick up the phone, and call or send an email or letter to our Senators and Congressmen and tell them that Bush is dangerous and they need to act accordingly. Stop Bush / Cheny before they destroy our country any more than they have.