With all due respect to Colonel Moon and the 25,000 or so American families who awaken every day trying to convince themselves that their loved ones' sacrifices have been, in George Bush's words, "worth it," I must say I am one American who came perilously close to throwing a shoe through the TV screen last night. Word up, Mr. Bush, we can handle the truth - some of us knew it from the start. So quit lying and obfuscating and preying upon our instinctive patriotism while our nation's sons and daughters are killed and maimed trying to fight the illegal, immoral war which you and your axis of evangelical, neo-conservative sycophants have hung around our nation's neck like an albatross. You, in my opinion, are years past the time when you should have been impeached, put before an international war crimes tribunal, and put in prison.
And puhleeeez quit using 9/11 to sell the totally discredited line about how we had to invade and occupy a sovereign nation which had nothing to do with it, which posed no threat to us, which had no WMDs, and whose people were already on their knees from a decade of sanctions which conservative estimates say had killed nearly a million
innocents - most of them children. Word up, Mr. Bush, it is that for which history is going to demand that you, and we, render atonement. It is that which gives the lie to your overt religiosity. It is that which has made Iraq a hotbed of terrorism. It is that which fuels hatred of America among Islamic extremists - not "our freedoms" as you have so often misstated.
And just what "freedoms" are you talking about, Mr. Bush? The "freedom" to sic our "defense forces" on any country which we please while ignoring the protests of our allies and millions of people around the world? The "freedom" to hold our purposes and their
consequences above international law? The "freedom" to extract countries' resources to fuel our war machine? The "freedom" to enrich oppressive dictators while their people live in abject poverty and inescapable fear? The "freedom" to brand entire cultures as evil? The "freedom" to allow toady corporations to steal the tax money your henchmen blather on about being needed to rebuild the countries we have destroyed? The "freedom" to sell weapons of mass destruction to people like Saddam just ten years before we justify a shock and awe campaign on his purported possession of the same weapons?
Those, sir, are the sort of "freedoms" I would gladly give up. But, as the shadow of your knee-jerk USA Patriot Act hangs over our divided republic, I will fight to preserve my freedom from illegal search and seizure. I will fight to preserve my freedom of speech and association. I will fight to preserve my freedom to be secure in my papers and effects. I will fight to preserve the integrity of our open electoral process. I will fight to keep your theocratic zealots from establishing a Christian Taliban in America and stealing public education from the public. I will fight to protect the Bill of Rights and the freedoms it enshrines from you - because you have shown so little regard for them.
You will never, ever, be able to adequately explain why the billions you have spent exporting war were not spent improving our own transportation and border security. Just today, we hear of a plane being taken from one of several thousand unprotected private airports and flown about for three hours by a drunken joy rider. If he could do it, so could a sober extremist with a canister of nerve gas or a few hundred pounds of Simtex. No, it's not an adequate explanation to say we have to fight them there so we don't have to fight them here. I believe we will be fighting them here soon enough. 9/11 and its Saudi perpetrators set that precedent. I believe your ineptitude and susceptibility to blind ideology will one day come home to roost, just as Ward Churchill has warned. Sadly, when those days arrive, I am convinced you and your Republican neo-fascists will still point to the horizon and say it's them and their hatred of our freedoms, don't you see?
As your poll numbers plummet, George, I would suggest that more and more people are seeing more and more clearly every day. And somehow the barbecue will just never taste as good ever again.
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