The International Writers Magazine: Comment: USA Election 2004
THE BUSH TOO LONG
Rev. Dr. Antonio Hernández,
the moment they took over the White House, they have mislead,
lied, cheated, stolen'...,
We used to think
the presidential and vice presidential debates were a very good idea.
In my household, dialectical skills and rapid debating were a matter
of life or death. Seeing the candidates fielding questions and attacks,
one could get a good feel for their leadership ability. Now it seems
they score the high points just for looking avuncular while going for
What is sad and painful is that the Bush administration is full of lies
and deceit. From the moment they took over the White House, they have
mislead, lied, cheated, stolen, and I personally say they have murdered.
(They don't mind pointing fingers at pro-choice people.) Why are we
all so angry at Bush and Cheney?
On 11 September 2001, America was attacked by a faction of a cell group,
which group was an arm of the Taliban regime. Usama bin Laden planned
and staged the attack. So... did America go after his assets, his market
supply, his family? Did we even go after him? We finished off the Taliban
rule in Afghanistan, and having barely accomplished it, we ran off to
war on Iraq. The announcement was a slap in the face.
Did we finish the Taliban? Reports are constantly leaking to the press
that the Taliban is as strong as ever, slowly trickling its way back
into Afghani power. Come to think of it, did we ever see more than a
few Taliban leaders in American custody? Did we hear our Taliban body
count? What we didn't see: Usama bin Laden dead or in custody. A few
flunkies we caught here and there? The Muslim terrorists have told us
they can replace any fallen one with a fighting hundred. Unlike our
administration, they were not lying.
America is in a war taking thousands of casualties, with no clear results.
Its foundation was a complete lie. We were hornswaggled, as was Congress.
"Hussein is the threat", we were told. Bush openly stated
that he didn't care where bin Laden was. Cheney said Hussein was a viable
participant in the 9/11 attack. Today he strains at his fat, sweaty
self to deny that he ever said any such thing. As of this writing, intelligence
confirms that Hussein was anything but a threat. We were supposed to
be worried about our attackers and their forces. Yet bin Laden is yet
to be found, unless he wants to be seen and heard.
Intelligence has been consistent since the early 1990s: Hussein had
no materials, no means and no real will to try attacking America. He
may have succored those who attacked us- is that so big? Is that a weapon
of mass destruction? Is that somehow nuclear, or biologically threatening?
Is that more evil than bin Laden's actions? What about Korea, Pakistan,
Iran and India? These are places where powerful terrorists hide. In
the list of terrorist-affiliated countries, Iraq is absent! Hussein
was WHIPPED as of 1996, and we knew it!
Over 40% of America stupidly believes Hussein and the Iraqis attacked
us on 9/11. This is a fact that should make everyone cringe. Yet over
60% of us in America feel the war is wrong. Why are those numbers so
weird? Because we know it is the wrong thing. Proof: no bin Laden. Hussein
is a poor substitute. No one feels safe, and that odd 20% in the polls
Sure- the huge corporations (Halliburton, shall we say?) and the Texas
oil men are content. Bush and Company started a war to 'raise the rents
and finance a hunting expedition'. The middle American and the oil is
their prey. They said, "To hell with the enemy, let the enemy escape.
Get the oil." Now it is standard Republican party-line to spew
lies about the 'noble war' and relief for the working class.
I recall the day when one's party didn't matter. One's level of conservatism
is what mattered. Congressmen and citizens crossed the aisle thousands
of times a day. Now we face a new civil war: the War Between the Swing
States. But I try to see it more positively. The only terrorism I can
see here comes from this tyrannical Republican administration. The party
itself is dividing, many are defecting. They want Bush out as much as
How bad is a polecat that drives away all the other polecats? Bush the
Polecat. It fits nicely, doesn't it?
So, what now? Do we talk to the Iraqi people? Say we're so sorry? Sorry
for inflicting thousands of casualties on Iraqi innocents? Am I the
only poor bastard still choking on Dick Cheney's smokescreen? We must
understand: America started a war illegally, it remains an illegal war.
We've violated the Geneva Convention, with the Abu Ghraib Prison disgrace.
We've alienated our allies, and P.M. Tony Blair looks like... what's
the word? A RIGHT PRAT for going along with us. And none of us can pull
If the Constitution is toilet paper to Bush, which we know it is, what
about his early plan to "take out Hussein"? We are told -
only now - that Bush's urgent desire was to eliminate Hussein and take
over Iraq, well before 9/11. Turns out Bush does more than fiddle while
Washington burns. It turns out he fiddled while New York was burning,
Before I wrote this article, I was weeping. A friend, a great man, had
just died on 5 October: comedian Rodney Dangerfield, born Jacob Cohen
in 1921. I can never forget his line about the day of his birth: "The
doctor told my mother, 'We did everything we could, but he's gonna pull
In memoriam Rodney, from those who love you, maybe the doctors were
talking about George W. Bush.
© Rev Antonio Hernandez October 8th 2004
Whose new book 'My Kingdom for a Crown: The Religious
Skullcap' will be published soon!
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