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George W. is descending on my neighborhood.

Traffic is jammed. Ubiquitous police officers are receiving overtime pay. A police cruiser with flashing light and a small American flag mounted on the back drives past as I stand on the corner. Sandwiched between it and another cruiser with flashing light is a large flat-bed, hauling concrete barriers. Black sport utility vehicles, driven by broad-shouldered men with crew cuts, are in abundance, hovering within blocks of the Waldorf-Astoria. Other Terminator-like men, dressed in black and packing heat and sophisticated looking equipment, move with an intimidating might-makes-right attitude. If my children were with me, they'd say, "Small penises."

Truth is that this show, a drama in search of reality, a character in search of an author, is costing the tax payers a fortune.

George Bush is coming to town.

Dubya is arriving and he's going to travel to Ground Zero to politicize 9/11. Moving to the scenes (the three acts) of the atrocity, he'll pitch his party and its platform and hope to secure his agenda.

I remember another Bush trip to the neighborhood. I was walking, exercising, when, suddenly, an officer said, "Stop, you can't enter this street."

"But I live down the block," I said.

"You'll have to go up a couple of streets and make a turn..."
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"Why?"

"The president is arriving."

I glanced over my shoulder at the Waldorf. In front of the hotel and around the perimeter as far as I could see were dump trucks, filled with sand, barricades against anyone who might have a notion to harm George W. Bush.

Imagine the waste of money. I can't help but think of Donald Rumsfeld and Condoleezza Rice, traveling to The Green Zone in vehicles impenetrable by explosive devices. Protection our troops don't have.

George Bush is in my neighborhood. He will visit hallowed ground. Someone has written a speech for him and it may bring tears to many eyes. I'm sure he'll link Iraq to that day five years ago when our towers were brought down. He'll say Iraq is the "central front in the war on terra."
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Certainly, by now, more and more Americans will respond with a resounding, "Bullshit!"

 

Missy Beattie lives in New York City. She's written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. An outspoken critic of the Bush Administration and the war in Iraq, she's a member of Gold Star Families for Peace. She completed a (more...)
 

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