I am shaking my head right now as I contemplate our idiot president. What a fuck up this guy is. How did we get fooled by this clown twice? What is wrong with the American people that we re-elected someone so obviously incompetent and deceitful? I can't even blame him because we elected and then re-elected him despite one bad decision after another.
Right after 9/11 the world waited with baited breath to see how America would respond. Americans waited to see how Bush would respond. We identified Bin Laden as the perpetrator of this terrible attack and then set out to bring him to justice. Troops went into Afghanistan and after several months of searching they came out empty-handed. Bush continued making fiery speeches predicting swift retribution but they were beginning to wear thin. The man who'd orchestrated the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor was not only still free but still freely preaching anti-American propaganda via videotapes and radio broadcasts. Bush was starting to look bad. So what did he do? He turned his sights towards an easier more accessible target, the once defeated Saddam Hussein. He demanded that Iraq get rid of all of their weapons of mass-destruction. They claimed that they had none. So Bush demanded that they allow UN observers to see for themselves. After much threatening and posturing Saddam finally relented and allowed UN observers in to poke around. They were no more successful at finding chemical/biological weaponry than our troops were at finding Bin Laden, which was unfortunate for Bush because he needed his sacrificial lamb to appease the American people who were still hungry for revenge after 9/11. Bush knew that it wouldn't matter to us that Saddam had nothing to do with the trade center bombing. Americans wanted blood and one Arab was as good as the next and once his spin-doctors got a hold of the story they'd have everyone believing that Saddam was Bin Laden's alter ego. So he changed his speeches to include Saddam's name almost every time he mentioned Bin Laden. It was a small subliminal trick but it worked. With no physical evidence linking the two of them, not so much as a grainy photograph of them passing each other in the street, Bush had managed to link the two names in the minds of the American people. Then he began inferring that Saddam harbored terrorists and that this allowed for 9/11 to happen and that those weapon's of mass-destruction that nobody could seem to find would be heading our way next if he wasn't stopped. He might even have nuclear capabilities. The UN didn't buy it and refused to participate in Bush's charade. The American people, perhaps blinded by their rage, perhaps just blindly patriot and willing to believe whatever bullshit Bush told them out of some misguided sense of duty, bought the whole thing lock, stock, and barrel. If you disagreed with the president's decision at this time in the eyes of most American's you as good as supported terrorism.
I was on a mailing list discussing all of this right when Bush declared war on Iraq. I pointed out that there was not a single shred of evidence supporting the idea that Iraq had any weapon's of mass-destruction or that they had anything to do with 9/11 and I suggested that it was all just a way to divert America's attention away from Bin Laden who was proving difficult to locate. I also suggested another reason for the war. No president in history has ever failed to be re-elected when the country was at war. Reagan knew this and so did George Sr. Now his son was following in the same footsteps. Find some nearly defenseless country and bomb the hell out of it and soon every American will be waving the flag and singing your praises. It was a tried and true formula. I was shouted down then by the blindly patrioted who insisted that there was evidence of bio-chemical weapons and that I just had not been paying attention. So, I watched the news, read the news, and web-searched the news everyday. Still, no word of any empirical evidence, just rumor and innuendo and our young soldiers who had joined the armed forces to get jobs and paid college tuition being sent to their deaths on foreign soil.
Am I being cynical? Perhaps. But here are the facts. There was not a single satellite photo of a bio-chemical or nuclear weapons plant, no wire-tapped conversations of Saddam discussing the building of any weapons of mass destruction, no witnesses claiming to have seen them, and even the UN thought that there was not enough evidence to warrant military action. Meanwhile North Korea was openly building bombs and refusing to stop. But of course North Korea had already kicked our asses once and losing a war is bad politics. Bush needed a war he could win and we had already proven that we could kick Iraq's ass. Americans don't like big wars. They like nice neat little wars. Give us Granada or Libya or Iraq, a country we can defeat with a few strategic bombing missions and as few American casualties as possible. Give us some minor despot like Mommar Khadaffi (remember him?) or Saddam Hussein, build him up into the next anti-christ, and then bomb him to hell and America will love you. Another nice tidy war like The Gulf War and Bush would be the darling of the media once again and everyone would forget about all that unfortunate 9/11 business. But it didn't go that way. This was no easy war.
Our troops stormed in. They kicked a lot of ass and killed a lot of innocent citizens of Iraq and found no secret weapons base, no "Weapons of Mass Destruction", and no terrorists hidden in Saddam's basement. American soldiers started dying and kept dying months after the war was reported to have been won. We watched on the news as body bags and coffins draped with American flags were shipped home to America by the dozens and we still had no clear idea of what the hell we were doing over there in the first place. So then they had to re-spin the whole thing. "We bombed the shit out of that country because there were human rights injustices taking place and we had to make it safe for Democracy. Fuck Rwanda though. Those niggers can fend for themselves. Let's help those poor Arabs since we've already destroyed their country." So now we had to stay to make sure Democracy reigned or else this new rationalization would be revealed as just that, a weak justification for another presidential fuck-up. Now we have been over there for more than three years and the body count keeps rising and Bin Laden keeps making his video tapes and no one sees anything wrong with this.
Then there's a hurricane. Bush keeps staring overseas wondering how the hell he's going to get himself out of Iraq while meanwhile people are drowning and starving to death here in America. A day goes by. Nothing from Bush. Two days go by. Nothing. Three days. Nothing. Four days go by. America starts screaming for him to do something and so Bush takes his eyes off of Iraq long enough to realize that his own people are dying here in America. But Whew! Luckily it's only a bunch of poor Black folks. He'll just mosey on down there, make a speech with his shirt-sleeves rolled up like he's really doing something, kiss a few babies and be back to Washington in time for dinner. That'll fix everything. Only this time America wasn't buying it. Kanye West said that Bush didn't care about Black people. I don't think Bush cares about any of us. I don't think he knows what the fuck he's doing. I don't think he cares how many American lives are lost while he tries to figure it out. In my opinion he is dangerously incompetent and needs to be removed from office before he gets any more Americans killed.
In my opinion, Bush has one chance to turn all of this around. It is too late to save face on any of this. He needs to pull all of our troops out of Iraq before this idiotic war kills another soul. He needs to rebuild Mississippi and Louisiana and offer aid, of the same economic magnitude as that he commited to first destroy and then rebuild Iraq, to his own people right here in America and he needs to apologize. If he can be man enough to apologize for all of his idiotic decisions then perhaps history would be kind to him. Right now only the most cowardly misguided delusionary historians will paint Bush as anything but the biggest fuck up in American history.