December 2, 2003
It's the Incompetence, Stupid!
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
Take Bush at his word.
There are terrorists in the world, and many of them want to kill Americans.
The most basic human instinct -- indeed the most fundamental instinct in the animal world -- is survival.
So, as humans, as Americans, we all want to do the best we can to assure that terrorists don't kill us.
Then think of a more chilling thought: Bush is in charge.
If Bush wants the next election to be fought on the battleground of competence in combating terror, BuzzFlash says, "Bring it on, George."
The books are closed on November in Iraq, and we lost more soldiers than in any other month, including the invasion. Not only Americans were killed, but Spanish, Korean and Japanese were also shot dead by insurgents. It was a record-setting month.
But what does that mean to the Bush administration? It means, in their deadly Orwellian illogic, that we are "winning" the war, because the "Saddam followers" (or is it Al-Qaeda, or is it Syrians -- who knows?) are getting more "desperate."
This type of tortured excuse isn't worthy of a retarded thief, let alone the White House and Pentagon.
From shortly after September 11th, BuzzFlash asserted that the political debate in this nation should not be about whether or not we as a nation will do every thing possible to protect ourselves from terrorism. That is a given, after all. BuzzFlash declared that all our lives are at stake, so we have a stake in how the war on terrorism is conducted. The conduct of the war on terrorism IS the issue.
And this administration has conducted a war on terrorism that is as inept as it is obtuse: it is a colossal failure and unnecessary loss of life. When GOP apparatchiks and the GOP media-baron controlled press keep talking about Bush as a bold, brave decision maker and his opponents as enablers of the terrorists, just remember: the only thing that they are trying to do is protect their investment, literally. They don't really give a hoot about OUR lives.
And it is OUR lives that are at stake.
George W. Bush came of age with the likes of Ken Lay and other CEOs who got shoveled more and more money as they drove their companies into the ground. Bush's CEO style is the one where the head of the company gets rewarded for how well he doles out cash to the men at the top, while the stockholders get left holding the bag.
Bush's war on terrorism is all image on the surface; and all incompetence, deception and profiteering on the inside. Add to that a heavy scoop of ideological political and religious extremism and you have the so-called Bush war on terrorism.
The Bush "war on terrorism" is so out of whack with the reality of what is needed to protect us that it perpetuates its own self-fulfilling prophecy of terrorism.
Everyday, our lives become LESS safe with Bush at the helm.
The Bush cartel continues to be successful at maintaining Bush's credibility with half the population by defining the issue as you're either for the terrorists or you're for us.
Unfortunately for all of us, it is the very Bush administration that is fostering the conditions for more terrorism. It is the very Bush administration that blithely stumbles along as we set a record for military deaths in Iraq. It is the very Bush administration that outs a CIA operative who specializes in tracking weapons of mass destruction, thereby weakening our national security. It is the very Bush administration who then has its own slobberingly loyal Attorney General ensure that no administration staff members will be held responsible for this treason.
This is not about whether or not we will fight a war on terrorism. This is about tolerating incompetence and deception.
America should not be run like Enron.
So, the next time a Dittohead or GOP bully tells you that you are unpatriotic for not supporting Bush, you tell him or her this: "Listen, buddy, this is my life at stake -- the lives of my family and friends. You can support an incompetent blunderer if you want, but I'm going to put my family and friends before my political party."
Bush, the rich kid who couldn't succeed at anything on his own, has been bailed out his whole life by enablers.
Let the next election be fought on the question of competence.
Our lives depend upon it.
A BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL
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