Unfairnotright 911

This is a sad time for America. We have a political party trying to transform some of America’s worst days into political gain. 

They are inflicting emotional pain and promoting unprecedented dissent among its citizens.

Every day these people try to take something as devastating as war and manipulate it for their own gains with no regard for the truth they claim to represent. The goal is one thing as always – power.

These people believe all of us are naive enough to consume any freshly baked plate of partisan rhetoric, as long as it’s said with enough venom or repeated enough times. A good rumor recipe calls for 12 cups of baseless attack and zero ounces of verifiable fact.

I’m nauseous as a result of this daily forced feeding and find myself unable to stomach one more spoonful of the Kerry Casserole.

Let me summarize – I am tired of hearing the lie that George W. Bush lied! – It’s a lie!

This Is Not What You’re Thinking

I know what half of you are thinking right now! – “Here we go again with some conservative loudmouth making excuses and covering for his cowpoke-slow-drawled-dim-witted-election-stealing-hem-hawing-mastermind that high jacked the presidency and manipulated a country into a war so he could benefit from the oil. When will these ditto-heads learn? What sheep! They’ll believe anything Limbaugh says or O’Riley reports!”

The other half of you are the sheep they are referring to. This article is not intended for you. It is not intended to elicit head nods and amens from the right-wing choir of the First Church of George W. No, my goal is much more unlikely to be accomplished. I don’t want to hear “I’m with you” from the right. I want to hear answers (not popular accusations) from the left, from all those who are baffled by my inability to recognize George W. Bush for the brilliant manipulator he is or for the mental dwarf he’s also accused of being (by the way I’ll never understand how one man can be labeled both a evil-genius dictator and a pea-brained puppet so often by the same people).

Let’s start by analyzing the alleged “lie.”

George W. Bush used the “defending America from weapons of mass destruction” line as a main motivator for invading Iraq. It turns out not as many WMDs have been discovered as promised (though even the U.N. has confirmed some and the materials to make them). It also turns out that some of the information presented may not have been accurate. Conclusion – George W. Bush lied! Wow. Now that is one major leap in logic.

Consider

1. Quite a bit of technological paraphernalia used in the creation and use of WMDs has been discovered. Seriously – Someone give me a logical explanation for the discovery of a canister of Saran Gas. Is it plausible that Sadaam instructed his scientist to create 1 canister and only one? Or is it it more likely that 1 canister of a much more frightful number was misplaced by the former regime and discovered by the coalition?

Also discovered were hundreds of suits used to protect his troops from biological weapons. Why do they exist? Does Israel launch chemical weapons often? Ever? There were directions which explained how to deploy such chemical weapons as well. Give me a good reason for this? The coalition also discovered a science lab built on a train car which was used to stay mobile and escape the detection of that crack inspection team sent by the U.N. Explain to me the thinking behind the construction of such a lab? One good possibility will suffice. Also, satellite photos show very heavy traffic- trucks, semi-trucks, and other large vehicles crossing over the border into Iraq days before the start of the invasion. Is is even possible, some of these were transporting WMDs? Just possible?

2. George W. Bush presented information presented to him, not evidence he presented to the CIA, which they in turn re-presented to him. How is that his fault? Was he seriously expected break out the presidential camouflage and do a night-drop over Iraq to verify everything for himself?

John Kerry has admitted that Congress have access to all of this “evidence” just like George W. Why are they not being held responsible for their vote? John Kerry voted for the invasion – was he just another sheep following the rest into a baseless war? If he did, how does that qualify him as a “strong leader” or a worthy president? Seems like if he fell for the same groundless proof that George W. fell for he has no right to cast for the first stone, unless he’s throwing it into a mirror.

3. Having been presented with this evidence which may or may not be true, what was a good president to do. Should he have demanded we hold off for %100 confirmation? Should he have demanded more intelligence before action? Isn’t that exactly what he did on September 11, 2001? Isn’t he getting grilled right now for not acting sooner and doing more based on even less information from that tragic day? What if all of that evidence had been right? What would have been the cost? How many would have been lost? What other calendar days would have forever been bookmarks to tragedies? What if George W. Bush simply decided it wasn’t worth the risk? Is that possible? Would that make him a liar? What if September 11th haunted and burdened him to the point that he believed, like many Americans at the time including Bill Clinton, the United Nations, John Kerry, John Edwards, Ted Kennedy and most of the rest of the world that Iraq was indeed a threat.

4. Even the harshest critics of Bush admit that there is no doubt concerning connection between the Iraqi government and high ranking Al Quada officials. They admit this. It’s a known fact that meetings took place in the months leading up to 9/11. However they are quick to point out that there is no “absolute proof” that Iraq specifically played any role in the September 11th attacks. What exactly are we to believe was the topic of conversation when this meeting took place? Did Osama send his boys over to find out where Sadaam gets those really kickin’ berets he wears so often? Did he just want some good old fashioned “evil mad-man advice”? I hate to sound judgmental  but the fact that an evil dictator who hates America was meeting with an evil terrorist who hates America is enough of a connection for me. Plus Sadaam had a gigantic mural of airliners exploding into the side of the World Trade Towers painted in one of his buildings. You think Sadaam was just happy for Osama or is it even possible he wanted a reminder of an attack he had helped pull off?

Are all of you who despise George W. Bush claiming you KNOW he lied? Do you despise him enough to convince yourself that it wasn’t even possible he was telling the truth, or even what he and many others believed to be the truth? If you admit it is possible, how can you justify finding him guilty of such a reprehensible crime against humanity without being certain of his guilt? Would you feel justly convicted if you were held responsible for such things based purely on assumptions and repeated accusations?

The Truth

Here’s the truth. Political loyalties aside, I remember George W. Bush standing before the world after September 11, 2001 and vowing that America would no longer ignore the threat of terrorism. I remember him standing there with a look of hurt and anger and vowing that as long as he was President, he would work to prevent the fight from being brought to our doorstep. He declared a new strategy, one that would bring the fight to whatever dark hole or cave our enemies called home. I remember him stating very clearly that we were facing a new kind of enemy, in a new kind of war, and that in this war there would be NO QUICK VICTORIES! He promised us a long and hard fight with only one guarantee – that at the end of it all, America would be on the side that endured.

He vowed that any nation sponsoring or sheltering terror could no longer feel safe, that from that moment on they would be our enemies. And the unbelievable part of it is this -AMERICA STOOD AND APPLAUDED HIM WHEN HE SAID IT! Over 80% of the country agreed and echoed his words. They stood beside him. They cast Congressional votes and answered political polls as a way of saying that America stood as one. We were ready then. At least we thought we were.

Now a couple years later – we are facing the cost of what we decided. We are facing the consequences of our promised allegiance. We are witnessing the death toll that was predicted, and learning first hand that not all victories are as complete or as quick as we had hoped, despite the fact that we were warned up front. We are living the hardships that were mentioned between standing ovations and we have decided we were misled. We are deciding that whatever holocaust we have avoided, it wasn’t worth the price we are now paying. We don’t like long fights, deep scars, or mounting losses; We’re not used to them. We want out. The bumper stickers have worn out and lost their stick-to-itiveness, and so have we.

We know there’s a problem though, even as we have packed away our determination with our patriotic car-flags, we need something before we can move on with our self-respect intact. We want a reason for our short lived resoluteness. We want justification, something that can explain our knee-jerk courage that made war seem acceptable in the beginning. Even as we slowly, subtly stop applauding the president’s words from that night and meekly lower ourselves back into our cushioned chairs we want a scapegoat for our timidity. We are facing a cowardly, evil enemy that beheads innocents and terrorizes anyone not as determined to destroy their enemies. We are learning we are not as determined to fight their evil as they are to terrorize. We need a reason for that…or at least someone to pin it on.

It turns out that the night George W. Bush addressed the world and felt the support of a nation, it wasn’t real support. It wasn’t real courage. It wasn’t the kind of deep down determination and bravery that allowed our country to wage war with the Nazis. It was more like the courage of a seventh grader watching the movie “Rocky” for the first time. It’s emotional, it’s heart-pounding, and it’s inspirational… and it also disappears at recess the second a bigger seventh grader shows up.

Most of us have left George W. Bush standing alone at the playground.

Not only have most of us abandoned him to his convictions, but now we have to slander and ridicule him for having the will power to keep standing up to the kid we had promised to help confront. But that was when the band was playing and the pride was swelling. Those things evaporate with a small amount of time or some pain.

But it hasn’t disappeared from everyone. There are still those who are fighting right now and have somehow held onto the belief that what they started fighting for is still worth it, despite the fact that many of there own countrymen consider their sacrifices useless. I suppose they have to be considered sheep as well for finding reason to believe in the words President Bush spoke on that day less than two years ago. Though it seems like ages ago.

He said, “Now, this war will not be like the war against Iraq a decade ago, with a decisive liberation of territory and a swift conclusion. It will not look like the air war above Kosovo two years ago, where no ground troops were used and not a single American was lost in combat.

Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle, but a lengthy campaign unlike any other we have ever seen. It may include dramatic strikes visible on TV and covert operations secret even in success.

We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place until there is no refuge or no rest.

And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation in every region now has a decision to make: Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists. ”

and

“Our nation, this generation, will lift the dark threat of violence from our people and our future. We will rally the world to this cause by our efforts, by our courage. We will not tire, we will not falter and we will not fail.”

(APPLAUSE)

“It is my hope that in the months and years ahead life will return almost to normal. We’ll go back to our lives and routines and that is good.

Even grief recedes with time and grace.

But our resolve must not pass. Each of us will remember what happened that day and to whom it happened. We will remember the moment the news came, where we were and what we were doing.

Some will remember an image of a fire or story or rescue. Some will carry memories of a face and a voice gone forever.

And I will carry this. It is the police shield of a man named George Howard who died at the World Trade Center trying to save others.

It was given to me by his mom, Arlene, as a proud memorial to her son. It is my reminder of lives that ended and a task that does not end.

I will not forget the wound to our country and those who inflicted it. I will not yield, I will not rest, I will not relent in waging this struggle for freedom and security for the American people. The course of this conflict is not known, yet its outcome is certain. Freedom and fear, justice and cruelty, have always been at war, and we know that God is not neutral between them.”

(APPLAUSE)

“Fellow citizens, we’ll meet violence with patient justice, assured of the rightness of our cause and confident of the victories to come.

In all that lies before us, may God grant us wisdom and may he watch over the United States of America. Thank you. ”

(APPLAUSE) End of transcript.

It’s strange to me that this is the man that many now consider to be the liar. This is the man who didn’t mean what he said. Someone needs to explain things to me, because when I look back at what President Bush promised everyone on that night almost 3 years ago, it seems to me that he’s the only one who told the truth.

*for full transcript see http://archives.cnn.com/2001/US/09/20/gen.bush.transcript/

Ken Fox