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Congressional Monkeys See no Evil
By Bob Fantina
It appears that the Congressional Democrats have decided not to put on blinders, but blindfolds. One is reminded of the three monkeys Mizaru, Kikazaru and Iwazaru who see, hear and speak no evil. Unfortunately, comparing Congressional Democrats to monkeys is probably more insulting to the monkeys.
A decade ago, the Republican Congress was rabid to impeach President Clinton for lying about a sexual affair. One might ask oneself: as a result of Mr. Clinton’s actions, did anyone die? Did a volatile part of the world become dangerously unstable? Did the threat of terrorism around the world, including within the United States, increase? Were hundreds of billions of dollars spent, plunging the United States into record-breaking debt? Did hostility toward the U.S. increase in every corner of the world?
In case anyone is wondering, the answer to all those questions is ‘no.’ Yet an over-zealous prosecutor spent $40,000,000 investigating Mr. Clinton’s sex life.
Now one might fast forward to 2007. President Bush is not under Congressional investigation, despite the fact that he is a Republican and the Democrats control both houses of Congress. One might ask the very same questions about Mr. Bush’s actions.
Did anyone die? Yes, nearly 4,000 Americans and approximately 1,000,000 Iraqis.
Did a volatile part of the world become dangerously unstable? Yes, countries throughout the Middle East, though hardly paradises, at least provided their citizens with electricity and running water, and a modicum of security. Now with Iraq in the flames of civil war, Iran being threatened by the U.S. and not appearing willing to sit back and wait to be invaded, the entire area has been destabilized.
Did the threat of terrorism around the world, including within the United States, increase? Yes, statistics indicate that terrorist activity has skyrocketed since the U.S. invaded Iraq.
Were hundreds of billions of dollars spent, plunging the United States into record-breaking debt? Yes. The national debt is $9,064,141,735,960, an almost unfathomable number except for the learned members of Congress who can spend freely without ever having to pay the piper. Thus far the war has cost in excess of $450,000,000.000. This could have provided health care for more than 270,000,000 children for one year.
Did hostility toward the U.S. increase in every corner of the world? A recent international poll showed that Mr. Bush is considered the second most dangerous man in the world, after Osama bin Laden; in addition, tourism and business travel to the U.S. have decreased since Mr. Bush’s reign of terror began.
One might ask why Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has said that impeachment is ‘off the table.’ One might further wonder what it would take for Congress to pick it up off the floor and put it back on the table. One might ask why Congressional leadership is so hesitant to do so. If they don’t know the questions to ask, perhaps the following list will assist them.
How was the information Mr. Bush used to justify the war obtained?
What information provided to Mr. Bush was omitted from his war justifications?
What did the CIA know about the information Mr. Bush was selectively using?
How is U.S. intelligence so flawed that it determined Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when it had none?
How is U.S. intelligence so flawed that it determined Iraq was developing nuclear weapons, when this was not the case?
What, exactly, is the U.S. position on torture?
Do universally accepted definitions of torture cease to be valid if Mr. Bush chooses to call it by another name? Is it not torture if the U.S. does it?
What role did Mr. Bush play in former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’s shocking attempt to force his predecessor, John Ashcroft, to approve illegal governmental activities?
If, as the Democrats seem to believe, these are not valid questions, one can ask them why actions perpetrated by the U.S. president that have brought the world to the brink of disaster are not worth exploring, but the personal sex life of a president is. Why is it worth spending tens of millions of dollars to determine if Mr. Clinton had sex with Ms. Lewinsky and then lied about it, but it is not worth spending a dime to determine if Mr. Bush lied about Iraq’s weapons programs and invaded under false pretexts at the cost of over 1,000,000 lives? Why, one might ask, although the very fact that the question must be asked at all is ludicrous, was Mr. Clinton’s sex life of greater importance than Mr. Bush’s war?
One hears, occasionally, a person who pins their hope for change on the 2008 presidential election. These appear to be people who have not been completely disillusioned by the actions of the Democratic Congress elected in 2006. Had Congress fulfilled its responsibilities, and the mandate which it was given, U.S. troops would be home now, and Mr. Bush and his assorted cohorts would be on their way to an early retirement, preparing to slink out of the nation’s capital in disgrace. That this is not happening puts Congress in a worse light than Mr. Bush. One apologizes to the monkeys for comparing them to Congress.