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Sunday, October 17, 2004


What a great metaphor for the entire Bush administration’s record. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

By now, we all know about the several soldiers in Iraq who refused what they called a “suicide mission,” who, after their fuel was refused at the first stop they made because it was tainted, were then ordered to take this same tainted fuel to a second location, over dangerous terrain, in unarmored vehicles, and with no accompaniment. Apparently, when they have traveled this dangerous road in the past, they have had military escorts, and even warplanes to travel with them. This time no such luck. So they refused.

Common sense is sometimes the most courageous path to take.

Like these soldiers, the American people should use their common sense: don’t vote for Bush. It’s a suicide mission.

Homeland security is pitiful: it’s well known that 95% of shipping containers are uninspected, as are the vast majority of aircraft cargo. The borders are porous. First responders don’t have the equipment they need. Public health is in no shape to respond to a massive attack. All these were forgone in favor of tax cuts.

Bush opposed the 9/11 commission, played hide-and-seek with the facts, and had his administration stonewall and filibuster during their testimonies. The 9/11 commission results have, though not damning, certainly shown that he at least dropped the ball on terror.

Over 3 million jobs were lost during the Bush administration; nearly a million were created by increasing the size of the government both in areas of “Homeland Security” and others, and about a million have returned in the private sector, which pay approximately $9,000 a year less than the jobs lost. Net loss? About 1 million jobs during the administration.

Health care costs have increased tremendously, insurance costs have skyrocketed, drug costs have skyrocketed, and the administration more or less forced through a Medicare “reform” bill that does very little for most people on Medicare but does a lot for large pharmaceutical companies.

The opium growing and trade has taken over most of Afghanistan again, and though there were seemingly uneventful elections for the first time in that country, warlords still control most of the areas outside of the capitol. The Taliban and Al Qaeda have been regrouping there.

Iraq is a mess. Over 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives; 20,000 have been injured, almost 8,000 of those in combat. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, probably hundreds of thousands injured, and over $160 billion which could be spent to straighten out America has been sent there via huge multinational corporations that pay no taxes.

Rape and torture of Iraqi prisoners under internationally illegal conditions; hiding prisoners from the Red Cross, failure to recognize the systemic disregard for human rights that started from the top and trickled down to the individual soldiers. It’s the trickle down theory of torture.

“We are all Americans,” was the sentiment September 2001. Now it is “fuck America,” worldwide. Our popularity and influence, the trust of our allies, our international respect, has never been lower.

And all this with no accountability, no acknowledgement of responsibility, or even the one or two times that some accountability was acknowledged, no consequences. And his supporters making excuses for any mistake, no matter how egregious.

Tell me, what kind of job could YOU get that you wouldn’t be fired for making mistakes of this magnitude? I want that job, don’t you?

America: get some common sense. Don’t go on a suicide mission. Elect Kerry instead.


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