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3rd-Nov-2006 11:42 am
Animal2
Shouldn't do this because it is copywrited and exists in a for-paying section of the NY Times but since I will not partake in the elections since I am in the UK -



Thomas Friedman.
Talking World Affairs

George Bush, Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld think youre stupid. Yes, they do.

They think they can take a mangled quip about President Bush and Iraq by John Kerry a man who is not even running for office but who, unlike Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney, never ran away from combat service and get you to vote against all Democrats in this election.

Every time you hear Mr. Bush or Mr. Cheney lash out against Mr. Kerry, I hope you will say to yourself, They must think Im stupid. Because they surely do.

They think that they can get you to overlook all of the Bush teams real and deadly insults to the U.S. military over the past six years by hyping and exaggerating Mr. Kerrys mangled gibe at the president.

What could possibly be more injurious and insulting to the U.S. military than to send it into combat in Iraq without enough men to launch an invasion of a foreign country not by the Powell Doctrine of overwhelming force, but by the Rumsfeld Doctrine of just enough troops to lose? What could be a bigger insult than that?

What could possibly be more injurious and insulting to our men and women in uniform than sending them off to war without the proper equipment, so that some soldiers in the field were left to buy their own body armor and to retrofit their own jeeps with scrap metal so that roadside bombs in Iraq would only maim them for life and not kill them? And what could be more injurious and insulting than Don Rumsfelds response to criticism that he sent our troops off in haste and unprepared: Hey, you go to war with the army youve got get over it.

What could possibly be more injurious and insulting to our men and women in uniform than to send them off to war in Iraq without any coherent postwar plan for political reconstruction there, so that the U.S. military has had to assume not only security responsibilities for all of Iraq but the political rebuilding as well? The Bush team has created a veritable library of military histories from Cobra II to Fiasco to State of Denial all of which contain the same damning conclusion offered by the very soldiers and officers who fought this war: This administration never had a plan for the morning after, and weve been making it up and paying the price ever since.

And what could possibly be more injurious and insulting to our men and women in Iraq than to send them off to war and then go out and finance the very people theyre fighting against with our gluttonous consumption of oil? Sure, George Bush told us were addicted to oil, but he has not done one single significant thing demanded higher mileage standards from Detroit, imposed a gasoline tax or even used the bully pulpit of the White House to drive conservation to end that addiction. So we continue to finance the U.S. military with our tax dollars, while we finance Iran, Syria, Wahhabi mosques and Al Qaeda madrassas with our energy purchases.

Everyone says that Karl Rove is a genius. Yeah, right. So are cigarette companies. They get you to buy cigarettes even though we know they cause cancer. That is the kind of genius Karl Rove is. He is not a man who has designed a strategy to reunite our country around an agenda of renewal for the 21st century to bring out the best in us. His genius is taking some irrelevant aside by John Kerry and twisting it to bring out the worst in us, so you will ignore the mess that the Bush team has visited on this country.

And Karl Rove has succeeded at that in the past because he was sure that he could sell just enough Bush cigarettes, even though people knew they caused cancer. Please, please, for our countrys health, prove him wrong this time.

Let Karl know that youre not stupid. Let him know that you know that the most patriotic thing to do in this election is to vote against an administration that has through sheer incompetence brought us to a point in Iraq that was not inevitable but is now unwinnable.

Let Karl know that you think this is a critical election, because you know as a citizen that if the Bush team can behave with the level of deadly incompetence it has exhibited in Iraq and then get away with it by holding on to the House and the Senate it means our country has become a banana republic. It means our democracy is in tatters because it is so gerrymandered, so polluted by money, and so divided by professional political hacks that we can no longer hold the ruling party to account.

It means were as stupid as Karl thinks we are.

I, for one, dont think were that stupid. Next Tuesday well see.

- Thank you Mr. Friedman - I hope everyone shares this with everyone -The US is a joke internationally and this administration needs to be held accountable NOW!
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9th-Nov-2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
Wishing you a very happy birthday!

Susan
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