BuzzFlash Reader Commentary
September 20, 2002
Congress Won't Ask Rumsfeld Tough Questions
by Richard Newton
Capitol Hill Protestor Medea Benjamin only got it partially right when she said:
These comments came in the wake of Ms. Benjamin's being removed from the Capitol on Sept 18 for demonstrating during Donald Chickenhawk Rumsfeld's testifying before a House Committee on why the U.S. was justified in waging a "first strike war" against Iraq. Of course, Ms. Benjamin only got it part-way right -- it's not just Congress that knows only how to lightly toss fluffy, softball questions at Rumsfeld and his smirking minions, but it's also the (so-called liberal -- ha!) media as well.
Of course, what such a war is really about is (1) taking voters' minds off the quagmire that is Afghanistan; (2) taking the voters' minds off the fact that OBL's not been taken dead or alive, yet; (3) taking the voters' minds off the corporate scandals perpetrated mostly by W. Bush cronies and/or supporters (where-oh-where has WorldCom's Bernie Ebers' name gone from Trent Lott's Mississippi "Wall of Fame" website?); (4) taking the voters' minds off the fact that, like moron - like moron's son, W has no domestic agenda other than giving more money to the same people who need it the least (Republican Econ 101: all social ills can be traced to the fact that the wealthy have too little, needy have too much); and (5) simply not giving a damn that a massive, unilateral, first-strike war on Iraq will only intensify the very Arab and Muslim feelings of hatred and political impotence that -- along with W's taking a month-long vacation in Texas instead of doing something about all the warnings of an impending, probably airliner-related, attack on the U.S. by Al Queda operatives -- lead to September 11. Oh, and oil.
But neither Congress nor the media will talk, ask or think about such things, so a patriotic and peaceful duo felt compelled to raise some of these issues in front of a Congressional Conglomeration of Bobble-head Yes-men for President Dumb and Dangerous. God bless Diane Wilson and Medea Benjiman.
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