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Bush just spoke before a cheering American Legion.

He “will not rest until freedom reaches everywhere.” I guess that means we’re really going to tackle Iran and North Korea next, the two members of the “axis of evil” we haven’t blown to smithereens. This will have to be done with aerial bombardment since our military is stretched and tattered. But death, after all, is the ultimate freedom.

“Iraq is inspiring millions around the world—the rise of a new generation in the Middle East.” I’d agree with that. Iraq is inspiring a new generation of terrorists—millions. Bush is right-on with this one.

“Under Saddam, dissent was crushed.” We, here at home, know something about this. Ask Cindy Sheehan. She was removed from the State of the Union Address and jailed for wearing a shirt with the number of American dead, killed in Iraq, and the words, “How many more?”

“The path to freedom may be long.” We were told it would be a cakewalk, taking about three days. But what about the path to tyranny? For us, that began when Bush assumed the presidency and began his illegal wiretapping. I guess the path to tyranny is swift—much faster than the path to freedom.

“Free elections are exhilarating events.” I remember free elections. We don’t have those in the United States anymore. Electronic voting has eliminated them.

“We’re carrying out a clear strategy of victory in Iraq.” Come on, George. We know that if the MSM is telling us the country is on the “brink” of civil war, then civil war is up and running. A curfew has been imposed to quell the violence. The only thing clear about this occupation is that it is a colossal failure forever changing the lives of families like mine who’ve lost someone they love.

 

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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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