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It Was the Oil, Stupid


By Cindy Sheehan
Day 25
The Peaceful Occupation of Crawford

"If Zarqawi and bin Laden gain control of Iraq, they would create a new training ground for future terrorist attacks," Bush said. "They'd seize oil fields to fund their ambitions. They could recruit more terrorists by claiming a historic victory over the United States and our coalition."(George Bush, August 30, 2005 in San Diego.)

So it is official, Casey had his blood shed in Iraq for OIL. He died so we could pay over 3.00/gallon for gas. Like I suspected all along, my dear, sweet son: almost 1900 others; and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis died so the oil fields wouldn't "fall into the hands of terrorists" and so George and his immoral band of greedy robber barons could become wealthier. Like I have said all along: how can these people sleep at night and how can they choke down their food knowing it is purchased off of the flesh and blood of others? We have found our "Noble Cause." And it is OIL. This man and his handlers need to be stopped.

Well, George and I are leaving Crawford today. George is finished playing golf and telling his fables in San Diego , so he will be heading to Louisiana to see the devastation that his environmental policies and his killing policies have caused. Recovery would be easier and much quicker if almost ½ of the three states involved National Guard were not in Iraq. All of the National Guard's equipment is in Iraq also. Plus, with the 2 billion dollars a week that the private contractors are siphoning from our treasury, how are we going to pay for helping our own citizens in Louisiana , Mississippi, and Alabama? And, should I dare say "global warming?" and be branded as a "conspiracy theorist" on top of everything else the reich-wingers say about me.

We are now packing up Camp Casey and leaving Crawford and heading to George's place of employment. He wouldn't talk to us, his employers, while we were here to give him his "job evaluation," so we must go to him to have our little chat.

I just want to thank a few people and groups for their support, help, and love while we have been here in Crawford. So many people made the Camp Casey experience possible and so successful. If I miss someone, I am so sorry: that is the difficult thing about thanking people. I love you all, even if I don't remember to thank you!!

My sister: Dede Miller: My kids' second mom who is always by my side and supports me 100% in whatever I do. My cause is her cause, and I couldn't do what I do without her.

Carly, Andy, and Janey: Who would love to see more of their mom, but who understand that we are trying to save their future by what we do. I love you guys, and I will see you very, very soon (yea!!) I couldn't do what I do without their love and support.

The Crawford Peace House: I got an email from Hadi Jawad the day that I decided to come and camp in Crawford and he pledged the help and support of the Peace House. At that time, they only had a few bucks in their checking account and the phone was turned off. Now, thanks to America, they have been able to keep Camp Casey going and they will be able to continue their good works indefinitely. Thanks to John Wolf who had the vision for peace in Crawford and I think that Camp Casey was a fulfillment of his vision. They are going to make a garden and call it "The Casey Sheehan Memorial Peace Garden." What a tribute to my son.

Code Pink: Jodie Evans and Tiffany and Alicia were the first ones here on Monday 08/08 to jump in and save me from going crazy and hopping on one of the trains that runs past the Peace House and pulling an "Agatha Christie." Code Pink also worked tirelessly (and I mean tirelessly) outside of Camp Casey.

MoveOn: For organizing the highly successful candlelight vigils.

Lisa Fithian: For all the organizing work she did behind the scenes.

GSFP, IVAW, MFSO, AND VFP: Our organizations with "skin in the game" for all of their support, presence, love, and help.

Bill Mitchell: Bill's son Mike, was KIA in the same battle as Casey and he was the first GSFP member to come to Camp Casey and take some of the heat off of me. He found a new love at Camp Casey (one of our miracles) and I am sooo happy about that. Plus, Bill is one of my most ardent supporters and he just gets in the middle of things, digs in, and helps wherever. I love him and he and his family will be parts of our family forever.

Fred Mattlage: For donating the amazing piece of land for our use that allowed Camp Casey to expand to include thousands.

Air America: The Morning Sedition, Randi Rhodes, Mike Malloy, and Laura Flanders. Thank you for your support . Ed Schultz belongs there, too, although he is not affiliated with Air America Radio. Amy Goodman was here, too!

The bloggers on The Daily Kos (and most bloggers in general): I would read their comments everyday after I posted my diary and I was always heartened and encouraged by their remarks. After all of the negativity, their positivity gave me strength to go on. In addition, the first night we were in Crawford, and being harassed by the SS, they were posting things and getting the word out that we were there alone and defenseless, which may have saved our lives, or saved us from being injured, or harassed out of there.

So many other people: The Camp Casey volunteers…literally hundreds. The more than 10,000 people who came through CC. Ann Wright who kept CC going. Arianna Huffington for her advice and support. Joan Baez who kept CC's spirits alive while I was in California attending to my sick mother. George Bush for not meeting with me on August 6th. Martin Sheen for his support and presence. A.I.M for Dennis Banks and Russell Means. Gary Hart, John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Sheila Jackson Lee, Jan Schakowsky, Dennis Kucinich, Frank Pallone, Lynn Woolsey, Chuck Hagel, Ralph Nader, Jim McDermott, Walter Jones, Charlie Rangel and the other politicos who either came to CC, or called me to offer their support and love. I know I am forgetting some, but thanks to you all. Joe Wilson and his family for paving the way for me to be able to ignore and dismiss the reich-wing smear machine who always tried to marginalize and discredit me by exaggerating or twisting my words and lying about me. The clergy who were there with their love and support: Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Rabbi Dennis Shulman; Rev. Al Sharpton, Rev. Bob Edgars, Rev. Jesse Jackson (who prayed bed time prayers with me), Rita Brock, etc.

There were so many good people who donated money, goods, or services who want to be kept anonymous.

But especially to Americans who resonated with Camp Casey and gave us prayers, support, money, love and most of all hope for the future.

We will take our country back. And it will be a country that we want back.

God Bless America!!!!

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Sir, we are NOT gutless. We are in shock and simply cannot believe the sheer audacity, lawlessness, disregard for fully half the American population's wishes, the rampant pilfering of our pockets, the ruination of years and years of environmental laws arrived through tortuous process of compromise, rash and foolish behavior to our global neighbors, comtempt with which this contry treats all who disagree with it (Freedom Fries, indeed...)...
Sir, we are not gutless. We are in shock. We absolutely can't believe the ravaging of anything resembling decency which your leader is engaging in DAILY.
Gutless?
Gutted.
Disembowelled.
Bush has murdered any semblance of decency left in America's reputation.

HEAR! HEAR! I counldn't have said it better. But I might add many Democrats folded-too many voted with the right and did not stand together to fight the REICH- WING of the new re-thug-lie-con party!

I do believe that some Democrats voted for bush, but I also know personally of some Republicans that deserted bush in 2004 because he was just a lousy prez from 2000-2004.
So I don't think that was it...
The numbers "defecting" were electronically fabricated.
For instance, the very small county in Ohio where there were only something like 650 registered voters, and yet they posted 4500 VOTES FOR BUSH.
Yes, something smells in Denmark

Chalk up the city of New Orleans as a cost of Bush's Iraq war.

There were not enough helicopters to repair the breached levees and rescue people trapped by rising water. Nor are there enough Louisiana National Guardsmen available to help with rescue efforts and to patrol against looting.

The situation is the same in Mississippi.

The National Guard and helicopters are off on a fool's mission in Iraq.

The National Guard is in Iraq because fanatical neoconservatives in the Bush administration were determined to invade the Middle East and because incompetent Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld refused to listen to the generals, who told him there were not enough regular troops available to do the job.

After the invasion, the arrogant Rumsfeld found out that the generals were right. The National Guard was called up to fill in the gaping gaps.

Now the Guardsmen, trapped in the Iraqi quagmire, are watching on TV the families they left behind trapped by rising waters and wondering if the floating bodies are family members. None know where their dislocated families are, but, shades of Fallujah, they do see their destroyed homes.

The mayor of New Orleans was counting on helicopters to put in place massive sandbags to repair the levee. However, someone called the few helicopters away to rescue people from rooftops. The rising water overwhelmed the massive pumping stations, and New Orleans disappeared under deep water.

What a terrible casualty of the Iraqi war – one of our oldest and most beautiful cities, a famous city, a historic city.

Distracted by its phony war on terrorism, the U.S. government had made no preparations in the event Hurricane Katrina brought catastrophe to New Orleans. No contingency plan existed. Only now after the disaster are FEMA and the Corps of Engineers trying to assemble the material and equipment to save New Orleans from the fate of Atlantis.

Even worse, articles in the New Orleans Times-Picayune and public statements by emergency management chiefs in New Orleans make it clear that the Bush administration slashed the funding for the Corps of Engineers' projects to strengthen and raise the New Orleans levees and diverted the money to the Iraq war.

Walter Maestri, emergency management chief for Jefferson Parish, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune (June 8, 2004): "It appears that the money has been moved in the president's budget to handle homeland security and the war in Iraq, and I suppose that's the price we pay. Nobody locally is happy that the levees can't be finished, and we are doing everything we can to make the case that this is a security issue for us."

Why can't the U.S. government focus on America's needs and leave other countries alone? Why are American troops in Iraq instead of protecting our own borders from a mass invasion by illegal immigrants? Why are American helicopters blowing up Iraqi homes instead of saving American homes in New Orleans?

How can the Bush administration be so incompetent as to expose Americans at home to dire risks by exhausting American resources in foolish foreign adventures? What kind of "homeland security" is this?

All Bush has achieved by invading Iraq is to kill and wound thousands of people while destroying America's reputation. The only beneficiaries are oil companies capitalizing on a good excuse to jack up the price of gasoline and Osama bin Laden's recruitment.

What we have is a Republican war for oil company profits while New Orleans sinks beneath the waters.

Your comments are poignant and well-thought out. I couldn't agree with you more!

Bush cut millions of dollars to secure the levees that broke in New Orleans. He was warned of the danger. By not giving repair money to New Orleans he IS directly responsible along with the Senators and Reps from Louisiana . The money New Orleans was suppose to get went to the WAR in Iraq and into Halliburtons pocket. The country has the republicans to thank for this mess. Yes we can blame the Democrats too for giving in to easily and not taking a stand and fighting. To many Dems have thrown in the towel and voted with whatever the republicans wanted. OFF WITH THEIR HEADS, I can hardly wait for the '06 '08 elections. OFF WITH ALL THEIR HEADS!!! Lets put THINKING! people on the HILL that will vote for us not the Corporations!

I couldn't have said it better myself! thank you!

In the past when the presidents thought with their brains and not their pom-poms, whenever the price of gas would get too high they would confer with the Saudi's to produce more oil which would flood the market with excess, and sign a bill or two bringing the speed limit on our nations highways to 55 mph, and finally release some of our nations oil reserves.

If this ever occurs with this moron in charge he would deserve a round of applause, and for one day he does not have to wear the dunce hat while sitting in the corner.

Most likely this will never occur because he needs to line his pockets, the v.p's pockets, and halliburtons before leaving office.

On a side note.. people should be investigating why, how, etc.. Halliburton became the sole heir to the throne of pumpin oil in Iraq.

political raspberry

Still cannot figure out if Cindy Shehan is an anarchist, a socialist, a radical or just a plain and simple moron.

It fascinates me that she has allowed herself to be taken over and duped by lunatic fringe groups such as MoveOn, Gold Star Families for Peace, etc.

Her son did not die for "oil." He and the others, proud volunteers all, died so that the blood of Cindy Shehan and all the rest of us won't run in American streets taken over by Muslim terrorists who can't wait to slit our throats or behead us.

you say things about cindy that you should really be saying about bush.
it facinates me that HE has allowedhimself to be taken over by halliburton(cheney), exxon-mobil enron and several more.
your comments make no sense to anyone who bothers at all to read or do any amount of research. it`s obvious you don`t waste your time

The gutless moron who posted the above should be forcibly removed from the gene pool. Casey Sheehan died for one reason and one reason alone: his president is an idiot who didn't even have the brain or moral resolve to capture a lone Saudi in the lonely wilds of Afghanistan. And by the way "Anonymous" -- Bush allowed bin Laden to attack us as well as get away with it.

You're an idiot.

Another blind Bush follower!!
This was never about America being free from attack. If that were true, we would have stayed the course in Afganistan until the real culprit of 9/11 was captured.
No, it was always so that the neocons could clean up with fat no-bid contracts in Iraq! To hell with Bin Laden!
The two men in the White House are loving $3 a gal. gas! Can you say
'oilmen'?
I would love to be around when history writes that W was the worst president ever, but being a Korean vet - I doubt seriously I will see it. I just hope now that I live long enough to see this murderer of innocent American's sons and daughters and who knows how many innocent Iraqis, just so we could make a big profit for the greedy wealthiest among George Bush's supporters, friends and the blind 'sheep' who follow this fascist!

AMEN BROTHER!!
Loved your comments.
I think maybe you WILL be around to see history portraying bush as the monster he is. And I have every faith that he will be prosecuted as the criminal he is when the dirt finally comes out about his camp's stealing the 2004 election through electronic manipulation.
No, this is not a "conspiracy theory"...
IT HAPPENED TO ME!!!
Something happened at the machine where I voted, my vote was NOT counted, I got no satisfaction or explanation when I complained about it.
He did NOT win the election, and he WILL be found out.

Cindy is none of the things you are wondering about. Cindy Shehan is a mother who lost a human being that she had carried in her womb probably for 9 months, labored in pain to deliver for probably hours, stayed up many, many nights trying to console while he cried, nursed and worried over him many times while sick (sometimes she being sick as well), fed him his first bites of food, helped him take his first steps, encouraged him to speak his first words, saw him off to school the first day of many, cleaned up after him and provided him with food, shelter, clothing, toys, supplies, insurance, etc., for many years, celebrated many years of Christmas, Halloween, Easter, July 4, birthdays, picnics, swimming -- well, hopefully you can get your head out of your ass long enough to understand my point here. Have you lost anyone over there? Have you volunteered to be in the middle of it all? Which one of Bush's lies are you clinging to just to be able to have a cause? We are in more danger now than ever before because of all of this. We didn't have to go to war -- all we had to do was put into action the things we're doing now with airport security only unlike we're doing now we should have had border security as well. Hussein and Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11 -- the hijackers were Saudis. If Hussein had something to do with 9-11 please let me know the connection -- you would be the first to come up with one and then you could be in the news. You really should listen to the review of the 9-11 Commission's report by the families of the victims led by Cynthia McKinney -- it's an eye opener and I assure you that you would learn a lot that you obviously don't know at this point. In the meantime, don't be so eager to make a fool of yourself by showing just how ignorant and gullible you've been by believing the Bush bunch's lies.

Your an idot. If you opened your eyes you may see the truth. What are you one of the rich that Bush has protected? You are the true meaning of moron.

DUDE! You could NOT be more wrong! MoveOn is most certainly not a "lunatic fringe group" and I just thought you should know that. They speak for me, for my brothers and sisters, for my mom, for my landlord,for my neighbors, for everyone I know and associate with.
They are the mainstream of America who have NO voice anymore, since bush decided to turn his back on any and all Americans who do not believe as he does.
And I am sad to see you choose to deny REALITY.
The ware is, was, and always SHALL be about OIL.
Blood running in the streets? What a reactionary you are.
You have just described we WE are doing to innocent citizens in Iraq.
In case you don't read, our military over there is really just killing people like playing video games.
Shame to us all.

What is President Bush thinking...or is he ..how can he possibly think by honoring our men and women who have been killed in a war we should not be in, stay the course and have more of our loved ones killed ? What is he planning on doing when the numbers of troops we have there amount to more and more casualties.. replace them ? How many of our loved ones do we have to sacrifice before President Bush says thats enough ? Does he think his own countries people are that dispensable ? Doesn't he know they have families that love them ? It's all well and good to send our people to help another country, but these people our killing our loved ones.
And another thing about this war...why in the world do we want to train another countries troops to fight as well as our country...That is idiotic ...what happens when the US soldiers leave and the insurgents take over ( which will happen ) and force their people to attack the US...and thanks to "OUR LEADER PRESIDENT BUSH", they now can fight as well as the US troops.
Does President Bush know what this war we should not be in is doing to "his people" ? I myself have a son who is in the reserves and was deployed to Iraq. I am normally a calm easy going person..all that's gone. I now am obsessed with the news I surf all the news channels trying to find out about whats going on in Iraq, plus if I'm not glued to the TV I am on the Internet. And I know that any mother that has a son or daughter in harms way is probably doing the same thing. I have no life anymore thanks to "Our President". What's going to happen to me if my son doesn't make it back alive, is President Bush going to take care of me financially because I no longer can work because I only have my income to take care of me.
The President needs to bring our troops home NOW and beef up his own country. He says we should fight over there rather than over here, if those people want to come over here ...they will. If he wants to do something right that will benefit us right here, stop all these people from coming in to our country to live that are not US citizens. I personally know a man that lives in Egypt , that for that past 20 years comes over to the US in the summer time and works, doesn't pay a bit of taxes and goes back to Egypt in the winter. Whats up with that ? They are taking our jobs...People like the President that doesn't have any financial problems might not have to worry about that. But there are plenty of people in the USA that could use these jobs that foreign people are taking.
WAKE UP PRESIDENT BUSH and BRING OUR TROOPS HOME before we loose anymore of our loved ones.

Evelyn

You seriously need a reality check! This country has never been nor will it ever be in danger of a violent take over by any terrorist period. We havehad only two serious attacks in 200 years, once by he Japanese and 9-11. Niether was a serious attempt to invade our country. Instead they were both 100% sucessful in their intention....to bring us to war. Hell, Bush hasn't even gone after the people that caused 9-11. Instead he started a war having nothing to do with 9-11. He opted to let Bin laddin go!!! What the *&^*& is that all about?

Do you HONESTLY think we could be taken over by a few thousand muslin freaks? Get a friggin grip!!!!!!

What? Muslim terrorists taking over the USA!
And you think Cindy is crazy?
If you believe that, you need some medication and a strait-jacket.

Yes they do want to slit our throats......but why...why????? Why do they want to do this...........cause and effect......yes I know this is a very old truth............action/reaction....we've heard that before...............just for once step in someone else's shoes...........and think....think about what they have gone through.....the lives they live.................dirt poor,no running water, no toliets.........POOR PEOPLE

To anonymous,
Cindy is an individual, not an 'ist. She is a real woman, she stands for peace and for the majority of this world. She is 'awake', intelligent, non-confrontational, powerful . . . and there's a lot more like her, you'll see.
You're in the minority now, so go back to sleep!

You need to sign up and fight. Get all your friends who feel like you do and sign up and fight the war you believe in...We are fed up on a war based on lies.

Do you realy think that if we did not go to war in Iraq that muslim terrorists would be running around our streets sliting our throats and beheading us? What the Hell is wrong with you? There was no connection between Iraq and the terrorist of 9/11. its a bullshit war and was a way for GWB and Dick Chenny to go in and get the oil. Wake up and smell the coffee.

Why has no effort been made to impeach Bush? There is a ton of talk about how poor of a job this guy is doing, yet no action. WHY NOT? He has chagned his spin regarding his rationale for invading Iraq numerous times (and he called Kerry a flip-flopper), our Naiton is in the tiolet and Bush has LIED many times. There must be action and Bush must be held accountable.

You ask why President Bush hasn't been impeached?

I wonder how the guy has lived so long? President Kennedy was taken down for the Cuba problem, Dr. Martin Luther King was taken down for promotion of civil rights. Black Panters invented school breakfast programs for poor inner city children of color and were exterminated. All these assasinations effectively stopped the movement towards health and, and civil rights equality.

President Bush has not only taken away the civil rights advancements, he is adversely affecting the health of every living and non-living thing on earth. Additionally, he has flagrantly no regard for our Constitution esentially voiding the contract,and dismantled the Bill of Rights. With his advent of Home Land Security no America is safe in their own homes from policing mandates, and you have to take your shoes off in airports to abide security mandates! Such a disappointing paradox I have witnessed in my country.

I ask where is the crazy guy with the gun?

I hear you brother!
the only problem is that "crazy guys with guns" are all registered republicans.....

If someone takes out George, look who the people next in line for the seat are. I don't know which would be more dangerous, the puppet or his puppeteers.

Not ALL of them.....

calling for assassination? Didn't you guys just get all over Pat Robertson for that? You liberals are ridiculous.

We're not ridiculous, we're FED UP.
And poor frustrated taxpayers typing away at a keyboard is HARDLY COMPARABLE TO A MINISTER OF GOD CALLING FOR THE DEATH OF ANOTHER HUMAN BEING.
Moron.

"Why hasn't Bush been impeached?" Well, unlike previous presidents, he has not been guilty of the requisite "high crimes and misdemeanors" (e.g. lying under oath before a Grand Jury). The majority of Americans do not consider disagreement with liberal dogma a crime (most of us actually regard it as a virtue) -- hence, no impeachment.
New Orleans. Why is it the job of taxpayers in the rest of the country to insure the ability of those who choose to live below sea level to do so risk-free? If I lived in such a place, I'd sure as heck have a personal evacuation plan; so, if I were a public official there and knew that my levee system was inadequate? Yet the Mayor of N.O. had no plans in place to accomodate the masses of people in his city who could not have complied with an evacuation order if they wanted to.
Oh well -- easier to just leave them to die and blame Bush. (BTW, No levee system is bomb proof -- if it'd been blown by terrorists instead a hurricane, you'd be griping about the inadequacy of Homeland Security!)
If you'd rather help than rant, Glenn Reynolds has a huge list of links to useful donation sites.

I am right there with you, I think about that very necessity each and every time I see the rearing of The Village Idiot, I just do not understand WHY he is still there.. I reallt can't see our nation as being full of assinine fools. I would do ANYTHING to see him awaken from his peaceful slumber in the White House. How can EVERYONE NOT see..How is that possible, was ther some kind of brainwashing seminar. He must be held accountable you are so right, but when?? My fear is that he will continue to live the rest of his little posh existence without a worry.. because there will always be somebody there to Take care of little george . . Once a liar ALWAYS a Liar . .I vote to IMPEACH HIM TODAY.. Let's begin the impeaching process..

Bush will never be impeached because the (we're fucked again's) a.k.a republicans own the house.

HOW MUCH MORE CAN THIS COUNTRY STAND BEFORE WE FILE FOR BANKRUPTECY. IT IS LOOKING TO ME AS THIS FATAL DAY IS FAST APPROCHING. GOD HELP USBEFORE IT IS TOO LATE. HE IS THE ONLY CHANCH LEFT THE WAY IT LOOKS TO ME.

I want to thank you all, your message to bring the troops home is being heard all over this great country. My son is a soldier who has not been deployed yet. I am so very grateful your trying to stop this madness Bush and Dick and their thugs have created. I'll keep you in my prayers as you travel to Washington. May the wind be at your back-God speed to you Cindy Sheehan. You are a true heroine and patriot.
Thank-You you friend,
Tamara

I totally agree with Cindy about her son and our boys getting killed because of the oil. George Bush would rather have the oil then having our boys safe and sound at home. He is a murderer and a criminal. He doesn't care if our boys get killed. He started this war, why don't he go to Iraq and fight? He is a big coward and I feel he doesn't do a great job anyway. Always vacationing at his Texas ranch, when does he do his job and do it the right way. I feel for you Cindy and may God Bless You in what you are doing to make sure that none of our boys get killed and get answers from George as to why he let your son be killed.

Blood for oil has been official for some time. Republican Congressman Dan Lungren, CA, wrote a letter dated April 4, 2005, in which he stated: "I feel quite strongly that as long as we have our military in the Middle East fighting so that we can continue to purchase oil from that region, we have an obligation to find alternatives to foreign oil." If you wonder what his "alternative" source is, he wrote: "It is difficult to justify the death of even one soldier when we are not doing everything in our power to explore options for oil within our own country." Amazing. There isn't enough oil in the US to make up for the 60% we import but his view is limited to more drilling. We taxpayers pay for it three ways: first, tax money to fund the war, second in the blood of our children to steal the oil, and third, at the gas pump. Go Cindy! Help stop the madness!

"Why hasn't Bush been impeached?" Well, unlike previous presidents, he has not been guilty of the requisite "high crimes and misdemeanors" (e.g. lying under oath before a Grand Jury). The majority of Americans do not consider disagreement with liberal dogma a crime (most of us actually regard it as a virtue) -- hence, no impeachment.
New Orleans. Why is it the job of taxpayers in the rest of the country to insure the ability of those who choose to live below sea level to do so risk-free? If I lived in such a place, I'd sure as heck have a personal evacuation plan; so, if I were a public official there and knew that my levee system was inadequate? Yet the Mayor of N.O. had no plans in place to accomodate the masses of people in his city who could not have complied with an evacuation order if they wanted to.
Oh well -- easier to just leave them to die and blame Bush. (BTW, No levee system is bomb proof -- if it'd been blown by terrorists instead a hurricane, you'd be griping about the inadequacy of Homeland Security!)
If you'd rather help than rant, Glenn Reynolds has a huge list of links to useful donation sites.

You poor brainwashed right-wingers really need some new material. Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath about cheating on his wife. George Bush lied to congress to get teir support to invade another country. Last time I checked, lying to congress is a high crime.

HELLO?
Not guilty of "high crimes and misdemeanors"???
Please, don't make me laugh.
He LIED to Congress to get permission to go to war.
How much more of a "high crime" can you get than that?
Also, since MY VOTE WAS NOT COUNTED on the machine where I votes, I cannot help but wonder how many OTHER "irregularies" occurred across this great nation of ours.
Believe this, friend, somebody, somewhere will PROVE the bush empire was responsible for electronically manipulating the 2004 election.
Bet the farm on it.

First of all a crime was committed. The Bush abused the powers to enact warand killed our sons and daughters.!! Thus he should be impeached, but more importantly....

With a passion I hope that your house is hit next by a horriffic natural disaster!!!! Moreover I hope it happens while your car is on the blink and you haven't had a job for months!!! All the while hopefully your neighbors will have similar circumstances and will be either unable or more likely unwilling to help you and your family evacuate!!!!! I hope with a passion that circumstances whatever they may be prevent you from leaving and your family is ripped from your arms as the disaster peaks in all its terror!!!!! I will be the first one to say "Too bad... he/she should have been smarter and picked a better place to live." Then when you cry and weap about how much you need help, I would take great pleasure in telling you that nobody is comming to help you. Instead they are too busy dying themselves for the presidents oil. Damn I'd love that!!!!!

People like you ought to be shot!!! Between the eyes!!! I would add that your brains should be splattered but you don't have any!!!! Ass!

BTW Homeland security means "Security" NOT "Homeland defense against terrorists", thus it is responsible to make our homeland secure against all possible disasters, terrrorists or otherwise!!! Jerk!

How very Christian of you.

I WROTE THIS LETTER TO CONGRESS ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO. NOTHING HAS GOTTEN ANY BETTER, IN FACT THINGS HAVE GOTTEN A WHOLE LOT WORSE.

REVISED
LETTER To CONGRESS

My name is George Thomas Grover and I am a United States citizen. I write this letter because I am totally fed up with the circus like goings’ on by the very elected officials we the people have voted for and put into office to govern and represent what I believe is the greatest nation on earth. I fault the entire House of Representatives and the Senate for the total injustice that has been perpetrated against the American people. Yes I am referring to the 108th Congress. All of you should hang your heads in disgrace for allowing yourselves to be hoodwinked into following this current Administration down the pathway to International segregation and disgrace.

You have allowed a LYING MEGALOMANIAC WITH A NAPOEONIC COMPLEX,(George W. Bush) paired with A PROFFITEERING LIER and COWARD (Richard Cheney) that hold the two highest positions, along with a WEAK MINDED RELIGEOUS ZEALOT(Attorney General John Ashcroft) and a handful of INTELECTUAL IDIOTS just to name a few, (Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Carl Rove, Condoleezza Rice,) to undermine the very foundation of this great country and what we as Americans have stood for and believed in since the inception of our independence. You the entire congress have allowed such egregious behavior as expounding a legitimate war on terrorism in Afghanistan to expand into Iraq for nothing more than personal retaliation, for previous acts against a former President, that just happens to be his daddy, all under the false pretext of WEAPONS of MASS DESTRUCTION, TIES to TERRORISTS, and of TYRANNY TO HIS PEOPLES, Saddam Hussein being a tyrant. Two examples of which have been found to be false, the third example being an internal problem for the citizens of Iraq. All Americans that aren’t afraid to view the facts know why the profiteer (Dick Cheney) is in the game. You the Congress have voted for and enacted PATRIOT ACT I (John Ashcroft) to flourish without even reading it, which makes me ask, didn’t anyone even think to test that act against the most important piece of documentation ever recorded for our great country, known as the CONSTITUTION of THE UNITED STATES? Congress should realize that act as unconstitutional. You the Congress have allowed someone with absolutely no prior military planning experience (Donald Rumsfeld) to put our troops into harms way because neither the President nor he would listen to the most experienced of our military tell them that Iraq was not feasible at the time, and trying to circumvent such treaties’ as the GENEVA CONVENTION, not to mention the sheer neglect of procurement of supplies’ such as armor, or even the psychological well being of those troops when required to overstay that soldier’s enlistment because there is no one to relieve them. You the Congress allowed our troops to be put into harms way by not asking for this administration’s war plan, (Carl Rove and Paul Wolfowitz) especially an exit strategy, because a couple of intellectuals said they had a plan, and you all bought it hook, line, and sinker. You the congress sat back while certain advisors (Condoleezza Rice) attempted to mislead Congress with misconstrued facts as well as an attempt to not testify under oath. You the Congress allowed the Secrecy Act to be used more by this administration than any other administration in this great country’s history and never even asked the question as to why.

These are just a few examples of neglect or sheer incompetence from both the Executive and Legislative branches’ and what I am interested in now is for you the 108th Congress to do your damn job. There is more than enough evidence to impeach that whole bunch of criminals and America is wondering, as do I, when are you going to do your job? Most of the evidence specifically shows that acts of treason have been committed upon our great country, but no one in Congress is doing anything to rectify the situation. Anyone who has read our Constitution knows that only the HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES can impeach anyone from the executive branch. Again I say, DO YOUR DAMN JOB

I also feel it my duty to inform this 108th Congress that I believe America is watching and waiting for Election Day. Not only will George W. Bush and his band of criminals be soundly defeated, I also believe that the time to change a lot of people in Congress could happen as well. America has had enough. If Congress does not take charge and start holding those that have perpetrated the horrific half truths, misrepresentations, and total lies to the American people accountable then certain members of Congress can and should be replaced as well. You the Congress are being put on notice. Remember the phrase, WE The People because that is exactly who will change this calamity. You work for us not the other way around and it is about damned time you all started to realize it. The internet is about the most powerful tool for the average citizen today and we have started to utilize it as such. There is a groundswell of very unhappy voters out here in the real world and again I say if you representatives do not start doing the job that you were sent to Washington D.C. for YOU WILL BE REPLACED.

Disrespectfully Yours

GEORGE T. GROVER
964 Azure St.# 2
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
(408) 732-2523
rovinggrover@yahoo.com

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Just read the facts.if you still want to follow your leader who by definition alone broke the most sacred laws a sitting president can break, then follow him and his entire bunch of criminals right over the cliff Mr. Lemming.

FACTS THAT CANNOT BE IGNORED

Afghanistan was a must, because the acting government at the time (THE TALIBAN) would not turn over the criminal terrorists (Al-Quaeda) hiding in their country. We have never captured or even come close to the #1 terrorist of the world (Osama Bin Laden)whom we were supposed to have gone to Afghanistan for in the first place.

12 years of No Fly Zone, controlling approximately 70% of Iraq’s air space where for the entire time not one of our planes was shot down.
Bush allowed his entire EXECUTIVE ADMINISRTATION to concoct, obfuscate, and just plain lie to the American people and CONGRESS pertaining to all of the INTELLEGENCE INFORMATION, concerning Iraq, which we are still coming to find out wasn’t so off the mark anyway.

A whole year of SHOCK AND AWE, except now we find out that our Government started their illegal invasion with daily SORTIES for almost a full year before we even invaded.

An illegal invasion of a Sovereign Nation

No weapons of Mass Destruction.

No connection to terrorists.

Not enough weaponry, ammunitions, and/or armament to protect the very troops they have sent over to a foreign country and put into harms way

9 Billion dollars in cash embezzled from American Taxpayers, Straight out of Iraq, and still no CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS or INVESTIGATION.

Enlistments and re-enlistments down to an all time low for our Army and Marines, because everyone who just takes a look at the facts knows this is not only an illegal war, but an illegal invasion of a sovereign nation.

Our National Guard units being constantly abused, because they are being utilized incorrectly.

Hundreds of millions of American taxpayer dollars gone to NO BID CONTRACTS that can never be accomplished, to companies that are directly connected to the Whitehouse.

This administration has the blood on their hands of over 1850 soldiers as well as approximately 125,000 to 150,000 innocent Iraqi men, women and children that just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

I am a registered Independent and always have been. I am against TERRORISM in any form, however invading Iraq was not then and is still not the correct way to combat an IDEALOLOGY. Having prior military service in the Navy I will always HONOR and BACK our MILITARY, but SUPPORTING our MILITARY is the job of CONGRESS and they have failed miserably at that task. My hope is that America is finally waking up, and coming to the realization that KING GEORGE AND HIS ENTIRE EXECUTIVE ADMINISTATIONS, FROM BOTH TERMS,MUST BE REMOVED FROM POWER, TO BE IMPEACHED, AND TRIED FOR HIGH CRIMES INCLUDING TREASON, TO GIVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE JUSTICE, AS WELL AS keeping RECORDATIONS OF SUCH CRIMES SO AMERICA WILL NEVER BE SUBJECTED TO THESE MOST HEINAS ACTS of TREASON EVER AGAIN.

Wonderful commentary on the current administration and the control they apparently have over the people of the USA. I too am ex Navy and was a Republican for very many years the first George changed that and now I am an independant choosing to vote based on record not on party. The unfortunate part is not many people running for office have very good records. It is a dirty world and one gets slimy just withering around in it. Often one has to chose based on the lesser of two evils.

I would hope some action will be taken against the current administration but alas I fear that they have too much power and even Congress will not stand up to them, they also own the Supreme court. I fear the only way to get the country back is revolution!

Rupert Murdoch owns and controls 99% of the media in this country. Look it up. If the news the general public hears is screened according to the political ideology of the owner of that medium, then the general public is not REALLY seeing the world, events, opinions, current events as THEY REALLY ARE.
America is being fed right-wing propaganda on a 24/7 basis, and they do not even realize it.

If the funding to finish the Levee project was not withdrawn to support the war in Iraq, New Orleans would not be underwater! Do any of you people actually read about the wonderous budget cuts that the people of the US depend on?

I am a Republican and I am ashamed to be put in the same group of people that are running our Country. When are we going to start a new Party to uphold the ideals that our Country was founded upon?

You are so right. We do need a new party, because the rest are for sale to big coporate interest groups, mega-churches. People we are not free any longer. We are not a democracy either. The administration no longer listens to the people. Budget cuts have hurt us more than terrorism. Budget cuts to fund a war, for OIL, that many of you probably use in your big, gas guzzling SUV. Look back to how gas was handled in the 70s. Lower the speed limits again to 50-55, buy smaller cars that get more gas mileage, walk to the store sometimes instead of driving everywhere, ride a bike sometimes, but No. THE CARS are getting bigger and people are buying them. Get off of BUSH, a President, I didn't vote for and start thinking about what you are going to do next election and also what you can do now in your life to change some of it or at least become a small help with the problem of GAS consumption. Start thinking about our failing economy, job loss (outsourcing), failing schools here (while they are building new schools in Iraq). Why aren't our tax dollars serving us, other than increasing spending on this fool's (Bush's) war machine.

Right. The funding was not there. The Mayor knew the funding was not there. Instead of planning based on what resources were actually in place, the Mayor continued to place all his faith in what he knew full well was an inadequate levee system. No feasible evacuation plan. Nothing but a brilliant scheme to use a stadium that he knew would have neither air conditioning nor sanitation in the event of power failure. Children play with "What if": adults deal with what is!

Bush and his administration lied to trick Congress into the Iraq war. Lying to Congress is a crime. Let the impeachments begin.

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