Friday, September 17, 2004

America is in Deep Deep Trouble

And this is why. William Webb is a very bright guy and does a lot of thinking. However, like most of the right wing today, he is so upset by a host of distractions and wedge issues, that he will cheerfully scream for Dan Rather's head while his country becomes the world's most despised regime with a 10 trillion dollar deficit his children will have to deal with. But his petty and vindictive issues will get center stage.

First of all, don't get the wrong idea--I am not in favor of journalistic dishonesty nor the forging of documents. Not at all. But a political party and a so-called "conservative" philosophy that has as its most prominent spokesmen paragons of truth and integrity like Bill O'Reilly and Rush Limbaugh and whose favored-son president wouldn't know truth or integrity if it hit him in the face, looks more than just foolish when trying to be indignant about the truth. Even in the face of overwhelming evidence and an intelligence estimate that shows that the entire Iraq adventure is in deep trouble, GW is going around telling everyone just how well things are going. What is he--confused and completely out of touch or a liar? You tell me.

We now have well over 1000 dead and over 7000 wounded in Iraq. The premise for the war was a LIE. Not poor intelligence (unless you equate stupidity with 'poor intelligence'). Millions of us in this country and many millions more all over the world knew that George Bush and Dick Cheney and Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Pearle and Condi Rice and Colin Powell were not embellishing the truth--it was obvious they were LYING! Get it? Knowingly portraying something to be true when you know it isn't.

Now let's dicuss why America is doomed. About 50% of "likely voters" (or less than 20% of the population--more on this another time) seems to staunchly support the Bush Administration. The list of bold-faced, arrogant LIES told, starting in the 2000 campaign and continuing to this very day, is astonishing. The fact that 20% (NOT HALF THE COUNTRY) is willing to accept these lies as truth or overlook mendacity in general, is troubling. But what concerns me are the otherwise bright people on the right who don't seem to notice that not all lies are equal. And that 20% acts as if they have a mandate from heaven to run roughshod over the world.

Invading another country based upon lies has serious, REAL consequences. We have spent billions of dollars. More than 1000 people have been killed on our side alone. More than 7000 have been maimed or wounded. Many thousands more Iraqis have died. But, then, I forgot. To the right wingers who deplore being sensitive, Iraqis aren't human and their deaths are just collateral damage.

The right has told so many lies and is so steeped in obvious and arrogant hypocrisy that no one in his right mind would believe this sudden indignance over CBS News. I am waiting to see the outrage the next time Dick Cheney or Colin Powell announces to the entire world that we "know where" non-existent weapons of mass destruction are. That's right, we "know", not "think", not "have reason to believe", we "know". They could launch chemical and biological attacks within 45 MINUTES--remember? We KNEW that too.

Nope. Until you start insisting that your own appointed "leaders" start telling the truth, you have no ground to stand on. Besides, as I pointed out before, everybody who has ever been in uniform knows full well that p0litically connected children of the wealthy DO get special treatment, they don't have to meet their obligations, they just get away with it. So howl and scream about forged memos and superscript "th"s. But don't hold anyone accountable for poor intelligence, poor analysis, poor planning, worse execution, constant misrepresentation, etc., etc. Just pretend that the truth is important to you when the "other" side says something you don't like.

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