Monday, November 15, 2004

Monday, November 15

Well, Bush, we have news this morning that your Powell has resigned. I'm hoping you're as disappointed as I am, but if you plan to keep going with your Rumsfeld and your Rice (not to mention your Cheney,) I guess you're probably relieved to see him go. He must have been a bit of a thorn in the side of the Bush war program, even though his opposition seems to have been easily quashed by the louder voices of those others. I myself wish he could have followed his gut and spoken out more strongly: "You break it, you own it" was a caution that proved prophetic, though obviously not persuasive. While I have no idea, of course, what went on between the two of you, I wish he could have found a way to make the point more forcefully. On the other hand, to make a point, you need to be talking to someone who's prepared to listen, and I'm not at all sure that you, Bush, were ready to listen to contrarian views. According to everything I've learned, you had your mind made up, and heeded only the advice that supported your conclusion. More's the pity, given the terrible loss of life lost, the goodwill squandered, the monetary debt incurred.
I can see why you picked Powell in the first place. He has a vast army of admirers in the United States--and throughout the world. He projects the powerful image of an honorable and compassionate man, and has a general's leadership credentials: he led your father's Iraq war, and made it look like the slam-dunk that you were promised for yours. He added an image of distinction to your scrappy gang. As my wife said this morning when we heard about the resignation, he was the only man in your close entourage who seemed to possess a little sanity. Still, eventually he disappointed me, along with many others: from our vantage point, he did seem to capitulate too easily to the bellicose voices of your war promoters.
So I wonder, with some trepidation, who you'll chose to replace him? Please God it will not be another yes-man to the Bush agenda. They say there are more resignations due very soon. I suppose Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Ridge, and Wolfowitz would be too much to hope for?


InspectorCliche said...

Food for thought:

There were 39 combat related killings in Iraq during the month of
January.....In the fair city of Detroit there were 35 murders in the month of January. That's just one American City, about as deadly as the entire war torn country of Iraq.

When some claim President Bush shouldn't have started this war, state
The following:

FDR...led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us: Japan did.

From 1941 to 1945, 450,000 lives were lost, an average of 112,500 per

Truman...finished that war and started one in Korea, North Korea never
attacked us.

From 1950 to 1953, 55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,334 per

John F. Kennedy...started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never
attacked us.

Johnson...turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965 to 1975, 58,000
Lives were lost, an average of 5,800 per year.

Clinton...went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent, Bosnia
Never attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions.

In the two years since terrorists attacked us President Bush has
Liberated two countries, crushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Libya, Iran and North Korea without firing a shot, and captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people.

The Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking, but...It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation.

We've been looking for evidence of chemical weapons in Iraq for less
Time than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.

It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to
Destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Ted Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick.

It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in

Our Commander-In-Chief is doing a GREAT JOB! The Military morale is
high! The biased media hopes we are too ignorant to realize the facts.

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