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The Administration Needs Only Our Children and Money for More War

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Our increasingly unpopular president recently resorted to the "T" word. This is a man incapable of self-examination and truthful speech. "Our military has brought down two regimes that supported terror," Bush bragged.

His speechwriter might as well advise him to wheedle, "Open your mouths for another dose of propaganda."

Because what the commander-in-chief of our military has achieved in two wars which he now calls one""the global war on terrorism""is the birth of more terrorists. Afghanistan is a mess because Bush abandoned it in his fervor to invade Iraq, chase down Saddam, and search for WMD, even though experts attempted the impossible""to reason with this president who is always right. And, of course, Bush pulled Condoleezza Rice from his tool belt to pound into our brains that an invasion of Iraq was necessary to our survival. Please recall her warnings of "mushroom clouds over our cities." Especially remember her words when she announces her candidacy for the highest office in our country.

Let's face it; the government that supports terror, torture, unconstitutional war, and WMD is the regime of George W. Bush.

I've heard the pleas of Iraqi women""the delegation who just spoke in New York City and then traveled to Washington to tell their stories that we are destroying their culture, leveling their cities, scarring the psyches of their children, and using weapons banned by international law. If this is democracy, they want no part of it. They even said that their lives are worse under our occupation than under the rule of Saddam Hussein. For this, so many lives have been lost, coalition as well as Iraqi. Our military has been distended so badly that more than 70 percent of our ground troops in Iraq want to be brought home.

And now, Rice has announced that, actually, there's another hotspot needing our attention. "No other country poses a greater threat to the United States than Iran." Doesn't she understand that Iran accelerated its nuclear program after George W. Bush upped the ante with the loaded words "axis of evil?" Certainly, Iran and North Korea are more dangerous today as a result of the president's aggressive posturing. And so is Iraq. A negotiator he isn't. But that's the point. Imperialists aren't interested in conciliation""not when there's the Project for a New American Century to impose on country after country until the US controls the world's resources.

Rice and Rumsfeld have asked Congress for an additional 65 billion for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Condoleezza also requested 75 million "for United States cultural outreach to Iranian citizens," continuing with: "We don't have a problem with the Iranian people." No, her "problem" is with the "Iranian government." This expensive mission will probably have about as much success as Karen Hughes' "outreach" to bond with Muslim women.

And keep in mind, we didn't have a problem with the Iraqi people either. It was Saddam and his supporters this administration wanted gone. The rest would be liberated and democratized, their gratitude expressed with flowers for our troops. My nephew, Marine Lance Cpl. Chase Comley didn't receive a bouquet. Rather, the insurgents drove an explosives-loaded SUV into his vehicle, blowing off his face. No, there were no flowers for Chase, Ms. Rice. And there won't be any flowers if we invade Iran.

So allow me, a person who lost a loved one in this Iraq tragedy of errors, to translate Rice's carefully couched words into their true meaning: We don't have a problem with you people of Iran, but if you resist the resolve of George and the demands of the PNAC, we'll get medieval on you. We'll level your cities, your culture, your children's mental and physical health""we'll maim and kill and do everything within our means to break your will.

You'd think this administration would have learned something from the invasion of Iraq. Again, it's that damn PNAC.

So, Iranians, listen up. "Shock and Awe" may be opening soon in a city near you. Don't take this personally though. As we're dropping white phosphorous, just remember that Condi says we like you, we really like you. None of this is personal. As your skin is melting, just remember how much we like you. We really, really like you.
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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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