Wednesday, September 06, 2006

"Previously Unreported Documents"

WASHINGTON - AP - Quoting repeatedly from Osama bin Laden, President Bush said Tuesday that pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq would fulfill the terrorist leader's wishes and propel him into a more powerful global threat in the mold of Hitler. With two months until an Election Day that hinges largely on national security, Bush laid out bin Laden's vision in detail, including new revelations from previously unreported documents. Voters were never more united behind the president than in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, and his speech was designed to convince Americans that the threat has not faded five years later. Democrats have been increasing their criticism of the president's policies in Iraq as the congressional elections approach. To make the administration's strategy more clear, the White House on Tuesday published a 23-page booklet called "National Strategy for Combating Terrorism," which Bush described as an unclassified version of the strategy he's been pursuing since Sept. 11, 2001. The booklet's conclusion: "Since the Sept. 11 attacks, America is safer, but we are not yet safe."

Yep… here it comes. Right on cue. With two months to go before mid-term elections, the Drumbeat of Fear is intensifying. Is this a surprise to anyone who is not brain-dead? Suddenly we have “previously unreported documents.” Will these ever be released? Will there ever be public authentication of them? Hardly! That would be a “breach of national security” wouldn’t it? So, we, the fear-riddled American people, must take President Bush’s word for it.
And with those massive stockpiles of WMD we’ve uncovered in Iraq, why shouldn’t we?

And then, here comes the “bottom line” claim that “America is safer.” Why? Because, of course, destabilizing Afghanistan and destroying Iraq “must” have made us safer. Right? I mean, we all know the Afghans and Iraqis were poised and ready to attack the USA any moment, weren’t they? And then, the inevitable second part… “but we are not yet safe!” Of course not, we must stay afraid, and we must trust the Administration, and we must vote for them and their friends - or else!

What could be more despicable than taking a specific Criminal Act (9/11/01) and turning it into a mythical “war” in order to keep the American People scared enough to re-elect a little group of hideously arrogant, obscenely powerful, and grotesquely wealthy men? When I think of the humble, devout, and sincere people who have worked so hard and given so much over the past 230 years to make America a beacon of hope for the poor, needy, and dispossessed all over the world - the hubris of the Bush Inner Circle makes me cry in embarrassment.

So, will the American People choose to stare down this illusion, get a gripe on all this pathetic fearmongering, and vote for sanity, REAL security, and leadership that will prioritize a cooperative attitude for our role in the world that will minimize the passionate global resentment of America currently so widespread?