Tuesday, May 23, 2006


What says more: the now record-low approval ratings for Blair and Bush or their victories after 9-11? The fact that they were re-elected, in Bush's case with a greater number of ballots, shows that the general public was duped by their rhetoric. Next time they should listen to Scott Ritter, read Rebuilding America's Defenses: Strategy, Forces and Resources For a New Century and use some common sense. Saddam had no relationship with terrorists at the time and the sources above show that it was Bush Sr.'s goal to topple Iraq that was really fulfilled. Saddam was lead-on by Bush Sr. until his sudden abhorrence at the invasion of Kuwait, so Saddam is not entirely to blame. I guess it should be no surprise that Invasion Iraq was in the works for years, given that Ford and Kissenger approved the invasion of East Timor. At least the approval ratings show that common sense and truth prevailed to some extent, as opposed to being covered up for twenty-five years (the case with East Timor).
Unfortunately, policies are on the table that suggest that we are not out of the woods yet. There are some that see through the fear: "Are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with al-Qaeda?" Patrick Leahy, U.S. Democratic Senator from Vermont, on reports that the National Security Agency has amassed the phone records of millions of U.S. homes and businesses since 9/11, in search of patterns that might lead to terrorist networks. Both the image and quote are from the May 22, 2006 issue of time on pages 9 and 13 respectively. Overall, I can't believe that the warning sirens surrounding Hayden are not loud enough to be heard, never mind the fact that Rumsfeld still has a position.

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