Maybe, just maybe, at some other time in our history (but probably not), I could have laughed at Bushs ineptitude. I watched the news the day he attempted to deliver the old saw, Fool me once, shame on uh, uh, uh, uhwell, they wont fool us again. Remember, Michael Moore used the footage in Fahrenheit 9/11. Ive heard the President during a live presentation make mistakes that made me wince and, then, later when his words were reported by our not unbiased, television, entertainment/news anchors, the editors tidied up all the misspeak.
Too bad they cant tidy up Bushs egregious actions. Nobody can. Certainly, not Cheney and Rice, who, along with the rest of the conspirators, convinced our representatives and senators that Saddam posed an imminent threat. Bush is proud to say we wont cut and run, but when it came to presenting evidence to congress and the public that WMD were being stockpiled in Iraq, George and Dick used cut and paste to present evidence for the invasion.
Furthermore, theres now some chatter about withdrawing since the war has become overwhelmingly unpopular with the American public. Bush has always maintained he doesnt pay attention to polls and reiterates his stay the course. Nevertheless, those puppeteers who orchestrate his moves are looking at the graffiti on the walls.
Finally and mercifully, its losing the congregation.
Now, John Warner is suggesting that George W. hold fireside chats to reconnect with the people. Its too late, Johnnot only because the majority of Americans think we never should have gone to war in Iraq, but also because a large percentage of us dont trust Bush to tell the truth about anything. Probably not even what he ate for his Thanksgiving feast in Crawford.
For one, hes paid our military personnel so poorly while spending their lives so frivolously. War MUST be the decision made after every other effort has failed. This is the caveatthat we use the lives of our soldiers only to protect our countrys security. The invasion of Iraq did not meet this qualification. We know that now. Bush Inc. knew it then.
Tragically, we are trapped for three more years with a man whose limited knowledge diminishes his willingness to examine his character and admit his mistakes to those he represents. Some say many of the Presidents pals realize weve lost the war and are suggesting that he declare victory and bring the troops home after the December election in Iraq. They understand that our occupation is energizing the insurgency. Bush knows it too, but its more important for him to save face than to save lives.
Which came firstthe dumbing down of the Presidency or the dumbing down of the United States electorate? Throw in the main-stream media, owned by corporations that profit when someone like Bush is steering the ship, and theres a truly terrifying picture presented to the world. In fact, eight years of George Bush makes me think of the William Butler Yeats poem, The Second Coming. Especially the lines:
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
The time for good intentions is long overdue. Those of us who strive for peace must fill ourselves with passionate intensity and work to elect only those candidates who would reject empire building and NEVER be profligate with our soldiers lives. That means a lot of our congressmen and women will be slouching towards the private sector.
Missy Comley Beattie lives in NY city and recently lost a nephew to the Iraq war.