Cheney is at it again with the “you’re with us or with the terrorists” line
Appearing on Fox News this morning, VicePresident Dick Cheney said that attempts to stem President Bush’s new Iraq plan, announced this week, were undercutting U.S. troops in Iraq. Cheney brought Osama bin Laden in to the argument, saying that attempts to reverse U.S. policy on Iraq was exactly “what he wants.” Cheney also defended the domestic spying program, involving the CIA and the Pentagon, revealed this weekend by The New York Times.
I think Americans are sick of this divisive hate speech from the Bush administration. He’s undercutting the electorate. And how stupid are these guys anyway? They’re now insulting 70% of the voters, accusing them of “undercutting the troops.”
Bush/Cheney’s rhetoric has been used to terrorize us all and drive us to surrender our civil rights, a half trillion dollars and 3,000 Americans lives, plus tens of thousands injured. Osama must be pleased. He could never have brought so much fear, hatred and division to the West without Bush and Cheney. Driven by these two fearmongers, we blithely toss out habeas corpus, we kidnap and torture, we surrender to big government our medical, banking and even NetFlix records, all our emails and phone calls, all our privacy and the cherished rights of the Constitution. For what?
Our sacrifice of our values, rights and ideals is supposed to be necessary because of the open-ended “war on terror.” I make the point repeatedly that we are not “at war.” We were not attacked by any sovereign nation and there is no foreign leader to surrender to us. We were victims of a huge case of arson. We learned to lock the cockpit door. The arsonists should have been hunted down. This should have been handled with good police work, in cooperation with the global community, all of whom were on our side, including those who we have now insulted, alienated and dismissed, and we’re fighting this alone.
We have spent $70,000 per Iraqi family trying to kill the people the Bushies so fear. Put away the boy toys and the bluster and we could have bought every weapon in Iraq, hired every resident, fixed the infrastructure and bought everyone there a better life. Let me be clear. That’s more than a lifetime income for all but the richest Iraqis. Yes, folks, we could have employed them for life with what we’ve spent. The whole country. Now that’s winning hearts and minds. Look at the mess now. Destroyed infrastructure, no sanitation, electricity, water, roads, sewers or jobs.
There are many ways, with our vast resources, that we could be resourceful. Conflict resolution, diplomacy and poverty alleviation are just three of dozens of tools our brain dead leaders don’t have the vision to use, or even try. The only resources they seem to recognize is military resources. It’s the worst possible option.