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Bush's deceptions far exceed Clinton's
Kennebec Journal (Maine)
It is amazing to me that the Bush war supporters are so worried about Cindy Sheehan when there is much more to worry about.
How is it possible that former President Clinton was tried for impeachment after deceiving (lying to) the American people about an affair with one of the women with whom he worked?
Bush deceived (lied to) the American people by telling them that Iraq was making a nuclear weapon and was ready to attack the United States with an atomic bomb.
He then landed on an aircraft carrier in California and deceived the American people by telling us that the war was won.
It seems to me that Clinton's deceit about an affair with a worker from his office is minuscule compared to more than 1,800 American soldiers and at least 30,000 Iraqis dying so far.
Is it possible that the American people think that Clinton's deceit about an affair was more offensive than killing soldiers and civilians?
Mothers of soldiers beseeching Bush
In his column -- "War -- plain and simple" (Aug. 21) -- Michael Babcock, a Virginia professor of history, encourages America to "accept and defend our imperialism."
He cites the Roman Empire and pontificates that "empires can stand for things that make the world a better place."
He also attempts to comfort us by writing, "President Bush has embraced a transcendent view (of history) and a clear-cut vocabulary of war that goes with it," and continues with, "We are fighting a war over things that matter -- for ideals that transcend race, culture and religion: Ideals of freedom and dignity."
Bush started a war but is not fighting one. Our troops are.
Bush is clearing brush, embracing nothing but a pitchfork.
He is vacationing over things that matter to him -- biking and barbecuing.
Our troops are heading to Iraqi hot spots in hastily armored Humvee's trying to avoid roadside IEDs -- improvised explosive devices.
Bush is driving around to Texas fundraisers in a heavily armored limousine trying to avoid roadside GEMs -- galvanized explosive moms.
IEDs in Iraq are getting larger, bolder and more frequent.
GEMs in America are getting larger, bolder and more eloquent. Take heed: They are beseeching Bush, not impeaching him. Not yet, anyway.
My letter is not an endorsement or a condemnation of Cindy Sheehan or others. It is an observation and a question, believing that letters to the editor, like a juicy Sunday column, should seek to provoke thought, not ire.
Ergo, what if "Camp Casey" swells to empire status? Will it then -- or does it today -- stand for things that will make this world a better place?
Americans must reclaim their country
Define morality. President Bill Clinton causes an uproar and is impeached for a sexual indiscretion, yet, sheeplike, we follow the vulgar travesty that is George W. Bush as he siphons billions of dollars and the National Guard away from our country.
Social, health and educational programs are compromised -- a national disgrace.
I am betting a dozen crullers that the people of Louisiana and Mississippi would rather that Dubya had directed excess testosterone toward an extramarital fling rather than his ridiculous muscle flexing made manifest in an unnecessary war.
I shudder to think of the cost, in terms of fuel as well as propaganda, as the Blue Angels "entertain" at the Brunswick Naval Air Station on Sept. 10 and 11.
I do not wish to detract form the skill and courage of these pilots, but, to paraphrase one of our greatest patriots, Pete Seeger, if you love our troops, bring them home ... if you love our country, stop the war.
Cindy Sheehan, like Pete Seeger, understands the grassroots of America. We must reclaim our country. If you go to Brunswick, please support Sheehan rather than the Bush government.
Government does not seem to be the right word, but I hesitate to use the alternative.