|America's Best Interest
||[Jun. 25th, 2005|05:21 pm]
Freedom Watch Teem
"When war is declared, truth is the first casualty." ~Arthur Ponsonby, Falsehood in Wartime, 1928 |
Before I get started, I would like to point something out. We desperately need a celebrity to screw up, so that the mainstream media will not be forced to cover something important.
Now, on with the subject. ;)
On Friday June 24, 2005 President Bush had a little trouble hiding his frustration with questions about the war. I did watch the entire thing on the news, but it only served to make me even more angry. Of course he had Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jafari with him, so that we could hear an Iraqi praise American efforts. However, what was the biggest point made? Bush said to the American people, He will never set a timetable for pulling American forces out of Iraq. He went on telling how he understands it's hard. Told us how it is not as bad as it looks. He understands that American approval of the war is dropping. Bla bla bla. You can read some of it here.
One thing I noticed, not one reporter questioned any of the lies that got us there in the first place. Of course, I did not expect them to either. So here we are listening to our president tell us we are going to stay the course. Iraq needs our help, we can't just walk out on them now. We have to train their army how to fight. Another thing I noticed was the president and prime minister both picked which reporter was going to ask the questions. It is important for us to realize these people know who they do not want questioning them! Not one of these reporters asked anything important. Nobody asked why we are there in the first place. Not one of them asked about the "downing street memo". Nobody was brave enough to ask, where are the "weapons of mass destruction"? Not one reporter asked Bush, why we should be forced to obey his decision? That's ok though, we can all sit around and complain to each other, but we'll let the Bush administration decide what is best.
"The aim of military training is not just to prepare men for battle, but to make them long for it". ~Louis Simpson
The president also told us that we need to stay in Iraq to train their forces. What can we show them, that they don't already know? They know their people better than we do. We are going to train another country how to fight like our military? This will be good, this way they will know every move we would make, in the event of another conflict with Iraq. More importantly is the fact that you can not train somebody how to fight for their own freedom. We had to do it for ourselves, so should they. When they are ready to be free, we will know it by the way they start fighting. The only thing we are doing is training people how to hate America. What does he want us to show them, how to kill their kids and plant weapons beside them?
"The object of war is not to die for your country, but to make the other bastard die for his". ~George Patton
"I'm not giving up on the mission," said Bush. "We're doing the right thing, which is to set the foundation for peace and freedom." He is also pleading with Americans to be optimistic for what's taking place. President Bush also made it clear that we are going to stay because it is in America's best interest.
So you tell me how it is in our best interest? It's in Bush's best interest. It is in the best interest of the elite. It is certainly not in America's best interest! We are the people, and we have shown that the majority oppose the war. If the majority opposes the war, then why is the President not drafting a plan to withdraw the troops?
"The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic". ~Joe Stalin, comment to Churchill at Potsdam, 1945
It is time for me to get to the point. On Friday the president made it very clear to America that we will not draft a timetable to pullout. Maybe nobody caught that. President Bush said, We will not make a timetable to pullout! Period!
I guess America still can not grasp what he is saying to us. So, I will translate it for you.
President Bush is telling us all that we do what he says! The following is the translation.
"I said we will stay in Iraq, so we will. It doesn't matter what the majority wants, I will decide. You will have nothing to say about it. What are you going to do about it? You will do nothing about it. Just sit back like you always do" [smirk] "I have already lied to you hundreds of times, and you let me. I have already infringed on your freedoms, and you let me. This war is mine, and you don't have a say in it. Sure it's sad that over 1700 lives are lost, but thats the cost of my agenda. Besides, I'm the president! I will do what I want to. I do not have to listen to you. You have no say in this. Listen to me, I will not do what you want me to! I decide what is best, not you. What do you think this is, a democracy? It doesn't matter that we have no victory, we are going to stay the course. It doesn't matter that the Iraqi people are sick of us, again, we will stay the course. Guess what, there never were any "weapons of mass destruction", I lied. What are you going to do about it? I don't even care where bin Laden is, he is no longer the issue. I lied, I illegally went to war. So what! You are not going to do anything about it anyway! I am so much better than you anyway, so far you have bought everything that I have sold to you. Just shut up and let me do what I want. You can't do nothing about it, you will not do nothing about it."
- End translation.-
"Why do we kill people who are killing people to show that killing people is wrong?" ~Holly Near
The sad truth is, so far he is right. Every since 2001, America has seen itself crumble faster than anytime in history. We have watched countless bills get passed, and many other liberties trampled on, yet we do nothing. It doesn't matter that his approval rating is at an all time low, aproval ratings is not what impeaches a president. It doesn't matter that scores of petitions have been signed, petitions are just names on paper. None of this matters, because nobody has taken action. As long as nobody takes action, nothing happens.
There were a few problems with congressman Conyers' hearings on the Downing street memo. First, he submitted a petition of 500,000 names to the White House. Those names mean nothing, because nobody is planning on following through with action. Second, the only thing Democrats are asking for is a timetable to pullout of Iraq. What we should be demanding is the impeachment of the entire Bush administration. How do we expect any of this to stop if we just say, "you lied so we want to see a timetable".
We need to take action, now! As long as we keep asking, Bush will keep saying no.
"The pioneers of a warless world are the [youth] who refuse military service". ~Albert Einstein