Dead Americans, Dead Russians, And You
Are we, as a nation, better off today than we were four years ago? There are real issues that need to be discussed - but Dick Cheney would prefer continuing on the path of fear-mongering rather than discussing what his administration has done and will do. Dick does this because WE as Americans accept it.
Are Dick and George talking about...
- ...Education? NOPE. Don't even start me on that "No Child Left Behind" thing they dreamed up but failed to fund.
- ...Health Care? NOPE. Costs are skyrocketing with no end in sight and nothing being done about it - because we wouldn't want to upset our friends at big-pharmaceuticals.
- ...National Security? NOPE. This week marks three years since 9/11, and yet we're only inspecting 06% of the containers that arrive in our nations ports. That means a terrorist could guess correctly 94% of the time. Way to go Tom Ridge. He was a moron when he was Pennsylvania governor (I lived there dammit), and he's still a moron now...
So, on this week of the anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on our nation, we have a few reminders to think about. Three immediately come to mind:
- A video tape was released today showing footage of Chechen rebels as they held nearly a thousand Russian children and teachers hostage. The current death toll is around 335, but many are still missing [code word for 'dead']. Oh, and we have given support to the Chechens in the recent past. How pathetic is THAT? Russian President Vladimir Putin warned us to no longer do so.
U.S. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said: "The United States has met with people from Chechnya who had differing points of view, including points of view that differ from the Russian government.."
So much for our global fight on terrorism. Are masked men who shoot children not terrorists? Their goal was indeed terror.
- The number of Americans killed during the war in Iraq reached 1,000 today. Remember the mission accomplished banner? ...right. Weapons of Mass Destruction? ...right. And the Republican manta about how the United States shouldn't be involved in "nation-building" ...right.
So much for any of that. But Americans seem to accept being lied to so long as it comes with a catchy slogan.
- Dick Cheney tells people that voting for someone other than Bush equals voting for terrorism.
Quote: "If we make the wrong choice, then the danger is that we'll get hit again -- that we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States, and then we'll fall back into the pre-9/11 mindset, if you will, that in fact these terrorist attacks are just criminal acts and that we're not really at war. I think that would be a terrible mistake for us."
Does he not realize how much more terrorism exists in the world today verses 2000? Or even as recently as 2002? I don't blame Bush for 9/11... but attacking Iraq rather than Al Qaeda is 100% Bush agenda. Bush 43 wants to finish the job of Bush 41.
Way to go sonny! Good fucking job. 1,000 Americans dead as of today, and there's more terrorism today than before the war - both in Iraq and worldwide.. Good fucking job.
So, while Cheney tries to convince lesser intelligent Americans that "Voting" is un-American or unpatriotic, here's the George W quote of the day
. Click it - it's a beauty.
In the end, the presidential election should boil down to this:
- Is there less terrorism in the world today than four years ago?
- Is the U.S. economy better than it was four years ago?
- Is health care in the U.S. more affordable than it was four years ago?
- Are there more jobs here verses the ones we're outsourcing?
And yet - Americans appear to be falling for whatever lies they're told.
Maybe, after the next terrorist attack HERE, we'll notice that there really IS more terrorism these days. Maybe, then, we'll seek change. I sure hope so.
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