THOSE UNFIT TO RULE
"Knowing what I knew then and knowing what I know today, America did the right thing in Iraq." President George "Bring it On" Bush, February 5, 2004.
First of all, this was an undeclared war that George Bush started. So to pin this on "America" is grossly inaccurate (no big surprise there) and unfair. Sure, we are all stuck with cleaning up the mess he made, but had we not been repeatedly lied to during the invasion buildup, America would have "done the right thing in Iraq" and let the Iraqis overthrow their own government.
We can only hope the President did not actually read that ridiculous statement before it appeared on his teleprompter. Because if he really believes what he said, and he would have invaded Iraq even with "what he knows today," then our President could well be the most dangerous man ever to have his finger on "the button" and is completely unfit to be our President.
It would have been somewhat more comforting if Bush had said, "Unknown forces and mysterious powers directed me to launch a war against Iraq." That way, we could understand his problem a little better in order to get him the help he needs. But to say that he would invade Iraq all over again, even after knowing the WMD and imminent danger claims were completely bogus, means we have one very self-absorbed and delusional man on our hands.
The same day our President was making excuses to justify his failure in Iraq, CIA Director George Tenet was dispatched to Georgetown University in an attempt to rationalize his own miserable job performance and that of his "intelligence" agency. While Tenet did confirm what most of us have suspected all along - that the CIA uses a dartboard to determine threat levels - he seemed unable to make a single statement that was not wrapped in weasel words like, "my provisional bottom line."
The summary of his speech went something like this, "We still think Saddam might have WMD, we just aren't sure. But even if he does not have WMD, he could have gotten some. And if he ever did get WMD, he might have used it himself or he could have given it to someone else who might. We just don't know. Which of course justifies an attack on a sovereign nation that did not threaten to harm us."
Mr. Tenet had a duty to alert the American people about the dubious nature of the Iraqi threat - before we destroyed their country! Are we supposed to let him just walk away from this intelligence disaster without any consequences? No, the only appropriate response to such sheer incompetence is, "Sorry Mr. Tenet, you screwed up. You're fired!" Why is that man still on our payroll?
Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell are in the same boat as Tenet. Those guys had the world's most formidable fighting machine available at their beck and call, and they abused their responsibility to use that power wisely. Even after all that has happened, they are still unable to comprehend just how badly they have behaved. For the protection of our Republic, if not the entire planet, every one of the people in the chain of command should be fired.
We also need to make sure such a small handful of men will never again have the power to bring carnage down on a hapless third world country without a formal declaration of war by the US Congress, even a country with a dictator as brutal as (our former friend and ally) Saddam Hussein.
Despite attempts to paint George Bush as the innocent victim of his incompetent underlings, he is the one who bears the ultimate responsibility for their behavior. He is the one who hired them. He is the one who let them stay on the job even after the truth about the Iraqi threat was revealed. And he is the one who had the responsibility to keep us out of a no-win, undeclared and immoral war.
Bush is also the one who, despite all the evidence to the contrary, still thinks invading a country that posed no danger to us was a good thing. Which means he is probably going to drag us into another war just as bad as the one we are stuck in now.
Does President Bush have the courage to admit his mistake and take responsibility for his actions - by offering to pay the Iraqis for all the things we broke and all the people we killed - and then resign his Presidency? Not a chance. Jetting around to $1000-a-plate fundraisers in a private 747 has a way of clouding a man's vision.
Since the Republicans in Congress have refused to do the right thing and impeach the President themselves, it is up to you and I to show this unfit ruler the door in November. While we're at it, let's kick the rest of them off their high horses as well.
Does that mean we should vote for whichever brain-dead candidate the Democrats will offer up? No way! While the Democrats may have become the new "lesser of two evils" party, they have the same inability to obey the law that has been shown by the Republicans.
It is time to give a "second party" the chance to prove themselves. And the party we should look to is the Constitution Party. You can learn more about them at www.constitutionparty.com. They have an awesome platform, which their candidates adhere to with more than lip service. Please don't throw your vote away on another useless, law breaking candidate the "two party" charade wants you to vote for.
It is time for a regime change in Washington. Those who are unfit to rule should not be allowed to rule.
© 2004 David Brownlow
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Dave Brownlow, an engineer, has been designing and selling industrial automation control systems since 1979. He lives in Clackamas OR with his wife Suzanne and their four children. Active in the pro-life movement and conservative politics for over 20 years, David ran for US Congress in the 3rd District of Oregon in 2002 on the Constitution Party ticket. He has announced his plans to run again in 2004. His Web-Site www.davebrownlow.com E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
"The same day our President was making excuses to justify his failure in Iraq, CIA Director George Tenet was dispatched to Georgetown University in an attempt to rationalize his own miserable job performance and that of his "intelligence" agency."