I was thinking as I sat in my car driving past gas stations with over two dollar per gallon fuel prices, about George Bush. George and his friends are so tied up with the oil industry, why can’t he get some relief for us? He’s our president, right? I am not sure I’ve ever heard him say too much really about gas prices, he doesn’t pay anything for gas, why should he care? He certainly has time to worry about gays getting married though. Why doesn’t he take a few minutes to think this one out and do the right thing for the whole country?
Regardless of when the president and his cabinet knew about the torture of prisoners going on in Iraqi prisons that was conducted by our military and our mercenaries, there should have been some disclosure immediately. The worst part of any bad news like this is always the failure to disclose this information promptly. Had the secretary of defense admitted that the administration knew something about what was going on in the prisons in January when he said he first heard about it, the political damage could have been lessened. But that would have sounded like they were admitting that they were doing something wrong. We all know that they haven’t done anything wrong at all. The president could not think of anything that they had done wrong at an April 13th news conference, remember?
The Iraqi conflict has created more terrorists than it has eliminated. Now Iraq has become an anti-American focal point that never existed before now. It truly is a danger that will last our whole lifetime now that we have stirred “The Hornets Nest”. Will democracy survive or will religious and political oppression be the chosen way to eliminate terrorism?
Can you eliminate terrorism without dealing with the issues that spawned it? Our political leaders pretend that you can’t give in to terrorists for fear of being seen as soft on terror. I think you have to take the approach of looking at the behavior that caused the terrorism to start with. Is it right or wrong? The response should be to make the right moral decision. If there are people being oppressed, our country should be on the side of the oppressed, rather than those oppressors that are our current financial and religious partners.
Some say that it is un-American to criticize the president. I say it’s un-American for someone to say that we can’t. “They” say that about religion too. More and more, our country seems more like a theocracy rather than a real democracy.
We are fighting in Iraq over religion and oil. I would say that’s un-American. We’ve killed over 100,000 Afghans and Iraqis because a bunch of Saudi Arabians killed about 3,000 Americans. Is that what Jesus would do? Would Abraham Lincoln have turned the other cheek?
We’re spending billions of dollars rebuilding the Iraqi oil business and infrastructure while our schools have been in dire straits for years and could be fixed by using just a portion of money being wasted in Iraq. How American is that?