June 30, 2005
The BuzzFlash Mailbag
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Subject: Bush and 9-11
Everyone realizes that Bush is trying to hide once again behind the skirts of 9-11 and terrorism to shore up his falling poll numbers.
However, I think there's something even more insidious than the conflation of Iraq and 9-11, and the need to justify going to war.
Instead, I think that we should realize that the new focus on 9-11 by Bush, Cheney, Scott McCelllan, Rumsfeld, Condoleezza, and Rove--an unending, repetitive drumbeat, really--is more a sophisticated attempt to once again instill an atmosphere of fear and anxiety in the American culture. It happens on a subconscious level, but it is very very powerful, and very very debilitating.
Think about it. If you were told every day to watch out for sharks in the ocean, would you be afraid to swim, even though you logically knew your chances of getting bitten were very small? Would you count more and more on the benevolence of an authoritarian lifeguard?
Just like the defunct Orange Alerts, the continual mention of 9-11, terrorism, and terrorists, even for those who know what the Bushies are doing, breeds an uneasiness, a lack a mental clarity, an anxiety, and an inability to sleep well at night.
These guys can only win on fear, and now that they are losing, they are trying to stir that fear up once again. Unfortunately, progressives are helping them every time we bring up the words 9-11.
Tell me, have you slept well since Bush's speech?
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: The Speech
President Bush's argument is that the reason we must stay in Iraq is because the terrorists have gathered in Iraq because that's where we are. Did I get that right? Aside from the logical fallacies and the shifting rationalizations, isn't the President challenging the terrorists to try to strike in places other than Iraq? We're in Iraq, but we're here, too. He just dared them to prove that they can fight on more than one front. The question is: Can we fight on more than one front? I, for one, am not anxious to find out. This speech is another "Bring them on" moment.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: NEMstrodamus Says ...
NEM is my screen name on message boards ... and the NEMstrodamus Crystal Ball says ...
That, in time, George W. Bush will be tried for International crimes against humanity, when it is discovered that his attack on Iraq was done, mainly, to fulfill his personal grudge, and vendetta, against Saddam Hussein. And, tens of thousands of innocent people lay dead, or maimed, because of it. He will be convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.
While at the same time, Saddam Hussein is acquitted of charges due to lack of evidence, gets out of prison, runs for President of Iraq and WINS. He will send Bush a bag of Doritos.
And, BTW, PEACE will come to the middle east once Bush is out of the picture.
That's what the NEMstrodamus crystal ball says.
The Dems missed a golden opportunity to win some points with the American people, particularly moderate Republicans and Independents, when they voted themselves a COLA increase. Yes, I understand it is expensive to live in the D.C. area, but how better to demonstrate personal sacrifice in a time of war than by foregoing an increase? If the president doesn't ask the American people for sacrifice, the Dems could have shown them the way, don't you think? It would certainly separate the Dems from the Republicans in the public's mind, particularly so since the public is keenly aware of how large the deficits have grown in the past four years. Symbolism sells. I do believe it was a missed opportunity.
Subject: Here we go ...
Here we go ... favorable numbers dropping ... Rove is at work ... CNN is reporting that the capitol is to be evacuated ... It just slays me how you guys at BuzzFlash can predict this misadministration ... Don't you think they would be embarrassed to know that millions are on to them? Thanks for all you do,
You got XXX or XXL T-shirts yet? I will contribute $100 if you do. I wore my old one everywhere, and had people ask me what BuzzFlash was. It is gone, worn to a frazzle.
I think the worm is turning; H.L. Mencken and Mark Twain were right, American voters are less than bright, but you (cliche to come) can't fool all of the people all of the time.
A BuzzFlash Reader
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Subject: Bush's Place in History Is Assured
In the pantheon of political leaders he will be compared with the great psychopaths of history. His unique position will be distinguished by the fact that he has accomplished his dubious purposes with a minimum of personal skills. Being possessed of a dull intellect and having neither personal charm nor even adequate oratorical skills he is an exemplar of the power of the skillful use of propaganda
Like Mussolini he affects the manner of a vain strutting peacock determined to lead a society under the control of wealthy corporate interests; Il Duce referred to his brand of fascism as state corporatism. In this view of society, education, culture and news serve the purposes of the corporate managers. People have little value except insofar as they may be useful to the corporate elite in amassing ever more wealth or to serve as cannon fodder for a burgeoning war machine.
Like Tojo he assumes the role of a warlord determined to wield control over the world’s economy and leave behind a legacy as a conqueror in the mold of Alexander (recall his televised interview by Tim Russert when the words "I’m a war President" spilled from his lips with obvious delight.)
Like these despots, his statements and actions demonstrate that he fancies himself as especially chosen by God for a special mission. On July 9, 2004 he said to an Amish group, "I trust God speaks through me. Without that, I couldn't do my job." His delusional state is his personal misfortune - that so many among us are duped by his grotesque distortions of reality is a national tragedy.
Subject: Bush's Balderdash
I watched bush perform last night. He did his chimpanzee act rather well - even to repeating the same lies that we have heard from the past. It was rather like a miniature Nuremberg rally in the 30's. Even down to the lapel pin (the members of the Nazi party wore swastika badges just as the repugs wear the Flag). The performance was in front of an audience that had no choice - our brave Airborne' Green Berets and Special Ops people. They must have been impressed. There is only one talking chimp in the land. And he left his Wash. DC cage to utter this puffery, which did little to change the opinion of the people. How I long for the day when the Congress will pluck up its dismal courage and impeach this miserable chimp together with all those minders who surround and feed him with all those bananas
You know we will never leave this benighted land of Mesopotamia - 17 permanent bases with an Embassy of 5000-the largest in the world. All the while we are disappearing in the slough of despond.
The British stayed from 1920 to 1958. With 2000 killed and nothing to show. I guess it is too difficult to train chimpanzees that history does indeed repeat.
A. Leslie Palmer
I knew Bush wasn't going to say anything new last night, but I really did expect it to be another pep rally with lots of cheers and applause from his captive audience. I was wrong about the audience but I was right about the speech, he didn't say anything new. I had another thought. I watched him get into and exit from Air Force One, a Boeing 747. Fort Bragg is 400 or 500 air miles from Washington. The question: why did he need to travel in that airplane rather than a smaller airplane of the White House fleet? The other question. Did he travel to all the organized social security pep rallies in the 747? Perhaps a member of the investigative press could find out how many trips he has taken in the 747, distances traveled, and total costs, when a smaller airplane would have sufficed.
Subject: Cheney's EKG a Payoff to McCain????
I think that this might be the beginning of the payoff to John McCain.
During the presidential campaign, I had a hard time trying to figure out why John McCain was bending over backwards to travel with Bush and to support him, especially in light of the fact that Bush lied about him, scandalized him, and told vicious falsehoods about him during the 2000 presidential primaries.
I figured that there had to be a reason, and I posted, and wrote, the following opinion.
I believe that Bush, and the administration, told McCain that when Bush gets elected to his second term, that Cheney will suddenly get sick and have to resign as VP. Bush will then name McCain as VP and that will give McCain the inside track for the Republican candidacy for President in 2008.
Now, let's see what happens.
Subject: Like Mother Like Son
Now you can see why Bush is the jerk that he is ... Here's a quote ... from his MOTHER. This had gotten lost in the shuffle and is now being brought forth, again. This is disgusting and it tells you just what kind of a family George W. Bush was brought up in.
Here's the quote ... and the source.
This is one disgusting lady and mother of a disgusting man.
Subject: When Is George P Bush Enlisting in the Army?
I want George W Bush to put his money where his mouth is. If he really wants young people to die for Halliburton, then he better set the example and send his nephew off to war. If George W won't send George P, then George W needs to shut up.
Subject: My Senator -- a Fool or Republican Lite?
WYDEN STATEMENT ON GUANTANAMO BAY DETENTION FACILITY June 27, 2005
Washington, DC – At a press conference today, U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) issued the following statement regarding his recent trip to Cuba and his visit to the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay: Senator [Ben] Nelson [D-Neb.] and I spent three days in Cuba and returned last evening. We spent all of yesterday touring Camp Delta, exploring past practices and observing current ones in dealing with so-called “detainees,” and discussing the challenges faced by our military personnel. It is my opinion that closing the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay would result in less accountability in the treatment of those prisoners, not more. The question we have to ask is whom do we trust most to treat these prisoners humanely – Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, and Egypt, or the United States?
Lone Vet’s answer:
The question is not who we trust, we have a responsibility dictated by international treaties to treat prisoners with the agreed upon level of dignity. Using countries like Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Egypt is outrageous and Sen. Wyden should be run out of office for even using the comparison. This is not rocket science senator, we tortured prisoners and have suffered dearly for it in the eyes of the international community.
Sen. Wyden says:
“Despite multiple instances of unacceptable practices in the past by U.S. personnel at Guantanamo, based on what I learned and observed I strongly prefer the improved procedures and conditions at Camp Delta to the outsourcing of prisoner interrogation to countries with a far less firm commitment to human rights. I feel very good about Kristan Seymour from Portland, Oregon, now a guard at Camp Delta, or Michael Edmondson from Medford, or Nathan Blair from Vancouver, Washington, and I’m not convinced that their counterparts in the countries I just mentioned share the values of these wonderful young people I met with yesterday.”
Lone Vet’s answer:
What you learned and observed---------are you serious or just a fool?
I spent nine years in the Navy, (1962-71) and know anytime a VIP came for a visit or inspection, what they got was the best we could show them. Our ships were cleaned, painted, and spotless before they showed up----we hated VIP visits because we would have to “Spit-shine everything.” What you and your foolish colleagues got senator was the dog and pony show, or the Washington two-step. YUCK. Our troops are wonderful, and I am sure the Oregon National Guard is full of wonderful human beings who follow orders and do the best they can under miserable circumstances. That is not the question you should be asking-----How about why the International Red Cross is not given free access to the prisoners, as you were not allowed to talk to the prisoners at will. The UN has been trying to talk to the prisoners for years, why do you not talk about that Mr. Senator!
The Senator says:
“There are many things that need to occur to further ensure the proper administration of the men who are being held there, including vigorous and concerted congressional oversight of practices at Guantanamo and other U.S. facilities where similar prisoners are housed.”
Lone Vet Says:
Did you bother to ask someone in authority how many prisons we are maintaining ----nobody knows, they are secret. I hate to break the news to you but, “…..Vigorous and Concerted congressional oversight….,” does not exist. We cannot get sanctions against Tom DeLay; how in God’s name are you going to get this congress to investigate anything of importance?
Sen. Wyden’s conclusion:
Finally, I want to stress that we should recognize the very hard work being done by thousands of dedicated servicemen and servicewomen at our base in Guantanamo. In addition to those who operate at Camp Delta, there are thousands of personnel working in a large variety of capacities at the Guantanamo base to keep our nation secure. Base Commander McCoy and the officers at Guantanamo do an excellent job working to improve the quality of life and maintain morale at the base. Now Congress needs to do its part by remembering the considerable sacrifice made under difficult conditions by these sailors and soldiers, and by stepping in to address the issues regarding the treatment and status of foreign prisoners so that our service men and women are not unfairly associated with the errors of their government.
Lone Vet Says:
This is flag waving at its worst. We all share in honoring our troops, but you see it takes more than a flag on you jacket lapel, it take honesty with the American people and you sir have not been honest this day. You should tell the Bush Administration to open this facility and every place that we are holding prisoners to open the gates to any legitimate inspection and that would include the United Nations Commission on the treatment of civilians, the International Red Cross unannounced inspections and Amnesty International again unannounced inspection---just like we demanded from the tyrant Saddam Hussein.
JOSEPH WALSH, USN 1962-71
Subject: The Draft
It's rolling the dice to find out who is and who is not going to be sent off to die in some faraway place. Thus the arrival of a draft notice is a much dreaded omen. What will come next? The draftee returning home in a body bag? Oh no, you can't take my child. Lose the war, then? Couldn't care less! Besides, Mr. President, you're under arrest for lying to us about the whys and wherefores of this war and, incidentally, from this moment on by popular demand, it's to be of, for and by the people. Thanks for being who you are, Mr. President, you played your part to perfection. As for your punishment. The people will decide.
A BuzzFlash Reader
[BuzzFlash Note: "of the people, by the people, for the people" ... has a nice ring to it. Do you think Lincoln would like to see us reinstate that kind of a government?]
Subject: Believe Me, Please!!
President in a Bubble held a news conference yesterday regarding his low ratings and more released British classified documents showing a preconceived Iraqi war. We pick up where PIB (President in a Bubble) is speaking from the White House press room podium:
PIB: Well, good morning. I am the President, you aren’t, accept and believe it. There has been some question recently about my effectiveness as President and Commander-In-Thief, uhhhh Chief. Remember this, I ask the questions and give omnipotent answers; the Lord deemed my being your leader. In fact, I was talking with him just last night and he told me those papers were forged by the devil. Please let the American People know this President is constantly fighting evil after permitting it to create!
PRESS: Mr. President, the recently released Downing Street Memo and subsequent documents seem to indicate you and your administration were planning to engage Iraq militarily long before it occurred. Could you comment on this?
PIB: Yes, I can, but won't…..next!!!!
PRESS: Uhhhh, I mean can you please provide some comments on these documents and what is alleged?
PIB: Yes, but first let me look up that word, alleged, in my pocket size dictionary. Hmmmmm, good word, I need to remember that. The recently unveiled British documents have no bearing whatsoever on my marriage to the First Lady nor my abbreviated National Guard duty. Those people tried to kill my Daddy and I decided Hussein was evil-case closed!
PRESS: Mr. President, were the documents an accurate reflection?
PIB: I seldom look in water or a mirror since no one dare call me Narcissus. Those documents probably aren’t real since my Daddy and his people haven’t had a chance to replace them yet. Either way, you know how much I dislike reading.
PRESS: What progress can you see in Iraq?
PIB: My preference is not to look at Iraq and instead dwell instead on how I want it to be. You see, the Bible says you have to have faith and I do so with the idea everything done in Iraq is sanctioned by the deity and right, of course. Therefore, I don’t have to keep tabs on that situation since everything is fine and dandy in my view and that’s the only thing that counts with the exception of the oil flowing under the midnight moon. Scuse me, again, yah, uhhuuhhh, okay...Press Boys, message from above to forget that oil flowing under the midnight moon. Didn't happen, never will happen, and isn't happening cept I am making millions.
PRESS: Uhhhh, well, interesting, but you are the Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces and have an obligation, a mandated constitutional duty, to lead.
PIB: If that’s so, then why in the hell do we need generals or the Joint Chiefs of Staff? It just burns my jowls to think of all the waste in government that could be diverted to private outsourcing for benefit of the economy. Leadership is something I do when it is felt and then find someone to blame if the poo poo hits the fan. I fully accept the mantle of responsibility when necessary for publicity, but not the blame since it needs to be fixed on someone else.
PRESS: So, you lead when you feel like it?
PIB: Correct down to the hog in the wallow. This Iraq problem would not exist if all those people would roll over and accept our good Christian rule and corporate development of all natural resources. Just isn’t American not to do so!!
My kind of leadership can be called detached by example. It may seem my good hand isn’t there, but it's omnipresent just like the Almighty. And secondly, good people always know what needs to be done without me leading. It’s remarkable how people adapt to detachment by example. Makes me proud to have gone to Alabama after being thrown off National Guard flight status, but I led the way to avoid personal humiliation by not showing my face after being bounced from pilot duty. Whatttttttt, oh, okay, sorry Press Guys, my earphone said I shouldn’t have mentioned that. Disregard the statement about Alabama and being booted from flight status. As you were and never mind!!
PRESS: Mr. President, I, personally, am having a difficult time following your logic in much of what has been said. What is your actual objective for this nation and in Iraq?
PIB: America is a country of beliefs and what I believe is good enough for everyone. It’s important to mix government and religion, my religious beliefs only, to expand democracy across the globe. Why, greenback dollars can provide freedom to anyone, except if they don’t have any, and then it indicates only bum status. Tis better to rule by compassionate force and corporate expansion not only to insure my retirement bennies, but to give future freedom loving people the right to accept or face utter futility if denied. Do you all understand that?
PRESS: Yes, either do it my way or the highway.
PIB: I did not cut federal highway funding…..it was merely a miscalculation by errant clerks who didn’t transpose correctly. I remember the time in Houston with some buddies who were drinking while driving, but I refrained from that evil activity, but anyway we picked up some women walking along the street, except only I realized their true evil intent, and then went to an apartment where I uttered biblical phrases freely after refusing to participate in or say begat, you know the horizontal tango. That’s the kind of guy I am except for the weekdays. I can't really remember.
No abortion funding; no evil money; no making fun of Karl Rove; nothing that could be considered blamable on my watch….and that’s the way it is. If I say it, then it is right and probably law. Have to check on that with Alberto!! Good idea, though.
Has anyone seen my pep-up medicine? It’s in a bottle; you know, the round glass thing which holds pills. Gosh, what kind of medical system do we have when even the President can’t find his own pep pills? Time for another meaningless investigation on something……I don’t know Valerie Pflame. Doesn’t potato end with an e?
"Islamofascists." We are hearing a lot about them from the right.
I hate that word. It is used by the right to lump together terrorist groups like al Qaeda and dictatorships such as Iraq while Saddam was in power. While both may be evil, these are two different problems which required different solutions.
Lumping these groups together just acts to make people more willing to accept the Republican line that the invasion of Iraq was related to 9/11. These are quite different groups which see each other as enemies, with Iraq having had nothing to do with the terrorist attacks on the United States.
Destruction of secular dictatorships was one of Bin Laden's goals. In attacking Iraq and turning it into a terrorist training camp we just wound up assisting those who attacked us on 9/11.
I suppose "Islamofascists" was made up by the same sort of person who uses words like "FemiNazi." Despite all the uproar from the right after Durbin used a Nazi analogy, the conservatives love to use such comparisons.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Iraq exit strategies
... troopships (preferred), aircraft carriers, helicopters, passenger jets (preferred), trains (if any are available), bradley fighting vehicles, humvees, cruisers, submarines, jeeps, tanks, buses (preferred), taxis, semis, hondas, fords, dodges, gmcs, toyotas, mercedes, bmws, etc., rafts down the tigris, bicycles (both environmentally preferred), hot air balloons, blimps, any and all other winged, wheeled or floating (air or water) modes of transportation not mentioned above, and, finally, on foot, which also has the blessing of the dedicated ecologist.
Subject: Reference in LA Times to applause being spurred by aide
"There was one round of applause in the middle of the speech, apparently sparked by a White House aide."
Bush Defends Iraq Policy (Paul Richter and Edwin Chen, LA Times)
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: American death tolls in Iraq
I occasionally check into smaller newspapers around the country via the internet and think I may be on to something, although there is no way to prove it. A week goes by and national news reports 1 to 3 of our soldiers killed in Iraq/Afghanistan. I’ve noticed through reading smaller newspapers, that as many as 10 soldiers are being mourned by just a few cities/towns in one region.
Perusing two Kentucky news sites today, I found one region in the state reporting 3 GI deaths. Over the weekend, I saw reports of an additional 3 deaths in Southeastern Indiana. Now if you look at every home town newspaper in the country and each one reports 2 to 3 local soldiers killed in Iraq, do the math and I am seriously thinking there could be more deaths than we are told about nationally. I wonder if there is a way to watchdog smaller newspapers for soldier deaths.
I’ll just come right out and say it. I’m suspicious that we are getting an under-reporting of the American death toll in Iraq on national news. Then I think of how the Bushites control the mainstream media and a chills go up my spine.
Subject: Hunting Down Liberals????
Oh, that's just so "Christian" of some of these people. I swear they won't rest until anyone who doesn't agree with their world view is wiped off the planet. Nice little trick these folks are playing: get the general public, who more than likely doesn't have really passionate opinions (but still wishes we were not at war, regardless of the reason) to foam at the mouth and growl out, "Kill every liberal out there! They're nothing but traitorous bastards!!"
Subject: Bush's Manipulative Use of 'terrorists' - More Ideas
After listening to Bush's speech, and reading Dan Froomkin's piece in the Washington Post that BuzzFlash has linked to, one might wonder where the White House speechwriters come up with their rhetoric.
Here's a good quote they might have considered to help enflame the nation's passions against their 'islamo-fascist' enemy in Iraq.
"the fascist-rebellion, espionage, defeatism, diversion and terrorist activity..."
Or how about these?
"poisonous weeds" "parasites" "harmful insects."
Anne Applebaum, another Post writer, has a nice discussion of these techniques on her web site.
The first, longer quote was used by Stalin's chief of security in 1937 to help stir up support for their government's actions. They also put out posters showing the chief of security killing snakes. This is another missed opportunity for Scott McClellan and company. Maybe they could use snakes behind McClellan (or Bush) when he speaks.
There is a rich trove of devices for manipulating the public that Bush/Cheney/Rove, and Fox, and the right-wing radio really should exploit.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Rove's 9/11 Comment Re Democrats
Had it been the good fortune of the United States, and the world, to have a Democrat deal with the aftermath of 9/11, the actions would have been implemented with discretion and diplomacy. Few Republicans are capable of either of these disciplines. Hence we have mayhem, chaos. Maxwell Smart, anyone?
Subject: Back To Square One
The original sin and primary justification for everything the Bush Regime has inflicted on us, including Iraq, was September 11, 2001. Bush trotted it out again on Tuesday--a chestnut pulled out of the smoldering ruins of the WTC.
We as a nation have individually and collectively been in thrall of the real evil-doers. Four years later, we have not had a criminal investigation into the deaths of almost 3,000 civilians. The forensic evidence has been removed, destroyed or kept off limits. Witnesses have disappeared. News stories contradicting the official story line have long disappeared down the memory hole.
I am not a conspiracy nut and neither is anyone else for being very upset to this day about the lack of a thorough criminal investigation. To add insult to injury, the only reason Bush has a shred of street credibility is that there hasn't been another "terrorist attack" since the anthrax "attack." Think about that.
A BuzzFlash Reader
Subject: Who are these men who are saying that the new leader of Iran ... is the Hostage taker?
I am hearing a perfect set-up for bombing Iran. The new leader is the man who took the American hostages back in 1979? I am also hearing that only 4 ... or so ... say this ... and all the others questioned say it is not so. We have a hostage living in this town ... and I would think he is one of the dissenters. Who are these men ... are they part of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth crowd? Anyone have any more news ... it is fairly new! Thank you BuzzFlash!
Subject: Bank Monopolies
With the virtual elimination of bankruptcy as a ligitimate means of wiping out one's debt and the rise of monolithic banking institutions, it seems we can look forward to a flood of new credit card offers -- especially to people who can least afford to pay them off in a timely manner. Thanks, George ...
A BuzzFlash Reader
OK, I love you Buzz, but now you're really scaring me! I was reading the reader comments after the article and notice that a whole lot of liberals are talking about buying guns now to protect themselves. What have we become? I know these nut jobs have always been around, but now we have people like Rove, DeLay, Santorum, etc. validating them. So it's very dangerous. And Rove & Co. know exactly how dangerous it is. Sorry rethugs, I know you're very sensitive about the N word, but you can't get much closer to the Nazis than this.
Barbara in NYC
Subject: Why I Do Not Subscribe To The Washington Post
To The Editor,
If you are "wondering" why I will never subscribe to The Washington Post, The LA Times, The NY Times or The Washington Times, and others, simply look no further than all of your "in-depth coverage" of The Downing Street Memo (or lack there of). And now you also know why I DO Subscribe to the online editions of The Times and The Sunday Times of London, along with paying for their archives. At least I know they have reporters in that newspaper, who are not wrapped around the pinky finger of George W Bush and his Advisers. I guess the killing of close to 1800 American Soldiers and Thousands of Soldiers Disabled for Life - on a lie - does not warrant the coverage in your papers like some "sexcapade" that occurred a few years ago. I seem to remember reporters drooling on that story, which did not kill any soldiers.
Subject: First Letter To Newspapers, Ever...
Now is the time for our administration to face up to their mistakes and begin to provide retribution for the grievances they have made against not only the Iraqi people, but against the world at large. Our government has long been standing behind and supporting injustice and, as such, has fostered ill will throughout the world.
The truth is simple...we entered into a war with another country based on mis-representation, allegations, and under the cover of a web of deceit. The American citizens were treated as if we were in the land of Oz and not supposed to pay attention to the man behind the curtain. We were led to believe that Iraq was a direct threat to our safety and our way of life. That there were WMDs and direct ties to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
I, for one, am tired of letting the Bush administration continue to use the fear that most Americans have of being on the receiving end of another terrorist attack against us. It is time for the American people to remember what it was that allowed our nation to become free-willed and separate from our British oppressors 200 years ago. Everyday people were able to see what it was that was going on around them, recognize the inconsistencies, and stand up for the freedoms that they believed were rightly theirs.
Our forefathers would be appalled at what our nation and our government has turned into. We can only begin to right the wrongs and turn ourselves around by forcing the current administration to begin ending this unecessary and unprovoked war in the Middle East before we can't turn back.
When I saw your headline "What is the definition of silence? - That would be Vice President Dick Cheney, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich getting together to swap war stories, or simply to reminisce about their military service" - I thought it was one of your witty, made-up headlines. Well, by golly, let's give a couple of points to CNN.com. They must be reading BuzzFlash. Too bad it's too long to fit on a bumper sticker.
Barbara in NYC