Simply put, a family intervention is necessary. Rumors abound that Poppy Bush is horrified by his son's policies.
Further, a reduction of the military budget is essential if we are to find solutions to our many problems, one of which is hatred of the United States by so many all over the world. Howard Zinn in A People's History of the United States quotes a former lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Robert Bowman, who had flown combat missions in Viet Nam and, later, became a Catholic bishop:
Instead of sending our sons and daughters around the world to kill Arabs so we can have the oil under their sand, we should send them to rebuild their infrastructure, supply clean water, and feed starving children...In short, we should do good instead of evil. Who would try to stop us? Who would hate us? Who would want to bomb us? That is the truth the American people need to hear.
This wisdom is unprocessed (perhaps, it's beyond his capacity) by George Bush as he struts his 'Freedom Agenda.' The truth is that Iraqis have less freedom today than they had under Saddam Hussein--except those whom we've liberated to eternity. To the tens of thousands of civilians who have been killed in this illegal invasion, Bush has delivered freedom. Their families aren't grateful though.
Working for peace is not an attempt to appease the enemy. It is conduct to end violence. When you use aerial bombardment and white phosphorous (both are acts of terrorism), killing or maiming thousands of civilians, you create a cycle of tragedy that continues its inexorable assault and can be broken only when enough people of conscience step forward and elect leaders with consciences.
That begs the question: Do we have any leaders of conscience or have they become extinct?