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George Gets On With His Life

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Osama who?

Anthrax what?

You are getting colder, colder.

Oops! Wrong house. Collateral damage. Eighteen civilians killed in Pakistan by a US air strike and the Pakistani people screamed for the heads of Americans. Who could blame them? Is there any intelligence in our Intelligence Agencies? Our government issued a statement: "We had credible evidence terrorists were there." This has happened again and again in Iraq where we've lost the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people.

Remember George Bush's ultimate moment when he was at the height of his popularity? The president said, "Wanted dead or alive." That was way back when--his promise was to catch the "killers." He had Saddam in his sights though, a man who had absolutely nothing to do with September 11, 2001 despite Bush and Cheney's attempts to link the two at every speaking engagement before a cheering, staged audience.

Perhaps, the CIA could seek the expertise of David Kaczinsky, brother of Ted-the-unabomber-Kaczinsky. The FBI would never have caught the domestic terrorist if his brother hadn't recognized his writing and turned him in.

And if David Kaczinsky is unavailable, there's always Murphy, North Carolina Police Officer Jeffrey Scott Postell. Joining the force at the age of 21, Postell had been on the job only two months when he spotted Eric Rudolph, foraging for food behind a grocery. Rudolph had eluded capture for five years after bombing two abortion clinics, a gay nightclub, and Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta. The target of a massive manhunt, he somehow outwitted the FBI's finest. Of course, we all know about the fumbling between the CIA and the FBI prior to 9/11. The two agencies simply didn't want to share information. What did it matter that student pilots were training to fly but not land airplanes?

Let's face it. The only thing we're going to catch is bird flu.

Because we are at the mercy of a government that's corrupt at every level. When someone steps up to challenge, he or she is undermined. Last week, John Dean told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the president has broken laws that Congress enacted to protect us, but what do Republican leaders say? That Dean is trying to promote his book. We've heard this before. Remember Richard Clarke? He revealed that Bush was determined to go to war in Iraq--that the president directed him to come up with a connection between Saddam and September 11. After Clarke stated this publicly, he was denounced for...can you guess? Yes, that's right--attempting to push his book.

It matters little to Congressional Republicans that Bush has lied time and again. It's unimportant that the lies are neither little nor white. So excited are they by their power, these perpetual campaigners continue to defend the president's actions even though the lies of George Bush have killed almost 2350 US troops and countless Iraqis. And most Congressional Democrats seem not to care about this either. They are still funding the war and refusing to censure Bush for his illegal spying.

Yesterday, it was announced that at least nine soldiers died in Iraq. Later, George W. threw the ceremonial first pitch in Cincinnati. Shame on him. He's the man who's reminded us that he has to get on with his life. Nine families probably had not yet received the words, "We regret to inform you," and thousands were praying that they wouldn't see the military messengers at their door. During this agony, George played. His lack of empathy is a national embarrassment. His interest is in the national pastime. How George must have loved being fawned over by athletes in uniform and managers, like Jerry Narron, talking about his character. Meanwhile, Bush ignores that more than 70 percent of our uniformed in Iraq want to return home.

So much in our government needs to be cleaned of the dirt and scrubbed of the grime. All those in Congress who refuse to hold George Bush accountable should make reservations at the nearest rehabs where they might identify with others who are powerless over something toxic. Certainly, our leaders have lost control of their egos. But after their heads have been shrunk to the size of lentils, maybe, they could begin anew and make conscience-based judgments on our behalf which is what we elected them to do.
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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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