LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bush must be defeated!
Bush Must Be Defeated!
by Hugh Kelley
edited by Jim Young
Nobel Laureate economist George Akerlof rates the Bush administration the worst in the U.S.A. in over two hundred years. In agreement the following very specific categories of policies harmful to the U.S.A. add up to an egregious record unmatched by any other administration in U.S. history. They follow a consistent pattern of benefiting large corporations, energy companies and rich people.
1. IRAQ WAR
Bush fraudulently dragged us into a pre-emptive war against Iraq which posed no terrorist threat whatsoever to the U. S. It was not authorized by the U. N. Who is next - anybody we don’t like? No weapons of mass destruction have been found, nor any working arrangement with Al Qaeda (per CIA, FBI, and Colin Powell). The Administration misled Congress and the American public. This personal vendetta-inspired quagmire has now become a magnet in Iraq for Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Almost daily our brave soldiers are sacrificed. None of the top administration officials has ever served in the military except for Collin Powell. They send other people’s kids to fight and die.
Bush’s avoidance of military service in Vietnam, sheltered in the Texas National Guard was unbecoming. His “heroic” landing on the aircraft carrier in full military regalia was disgusting.
Bush bans the press from covering the return of dead soldiers’ coffins to the U. S. Jim Lehrer on the PBS News Hour shows and honors in silence the names and photos of our military killed every day.
Bush wraps himself in a cloak of pseudo-patriotism. According to the World Book Encyclopedia, exaggerated patriotism imperils world order and peace, and is a cloak for unscrupulous demagogues. Samuel Johnson said, “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.”
Vice-President Cheney sent envoy Joseph Wilson to Niger in 2002 to investigate if Iraq was trying to acquire uranium yellow cake for nuclear bombs. Wilson found no basis for this story. Cheney, the CIA, State Department, and National Security Council were all informed that the story was phony. Incredibly, Bush (almost a year later in his 2003 State of the Union speech) invoked the false Iraq-Niger connection as a major justification for attacking Iraq. He quoted British intelligence which Wilson had already debunked. Wilson publicly announced that there was no Niger-Iraq uranium connection. In retaliation, a high level official in the administration “outed” Wilson’s wife, an undercover CIA agent. (This is now under Congressional investigation.)
The capture of the tyrant Saddam Hussein has not made America safer from terrorism, since Iraq was never involved in terrorism against the USA. Paul O’Neill, Bush’s former Secretary of Treasury, revealed that only ten days after his inauguration, Bush held a high level meeting to plot how to get rid of Saddam Hussein and take over Iraq. This was long before 9/11 and is well documented. Bush’s rather lame response was that US policy had favored regime change, even during the Clinton years.
The British, much experienced in colonial management, occupied Iraq from 1920 to 1932. They set up a puppet government and were hated as occupiers. Fierce fighting continued for years until the British were literally driven out in 1932 (Smithsonian Magazine, May, 2003). Bush and Blair are repeating this sad history. They have not learned from history.
An Army War College report says the administration is biting off more than it can chew (as was Hitler’s over-reach in WWII). It recommends increasing the size of the Army and Marine Corps to cope with our many worldwide military commitments.
Hugh Kelley is a wise and prosperous octogenarian +. His life experiences have given rise to great concern about the future of the Republic and contemporary understanding Christian morale thinking, especially the liberal Christian tradition, because of the actions and pronouncements of George W. Bush and his administration in Washington DC. Hugh approached the Board of Missions and Social Justice at Arlington Community Church for assistance in, “…getting this piece on the internet.” Noting that Part II will shortly follow, we apologize to Hugh for the delay in its posting and hope that the rest of the community, that may not have the benefit of 80+ years of experience, considers his observations seriously. JSY.
Run dates: 2004-02-22 - 2004-03-07