Five Years of “War at Home” is Enough


Five years after Bush invaded Iraq, it is important to take stock of his “war at home,” which could take generations to repair.A quick snap shot of the Administration’s hubris, incompetence and undemocratic corporatist tendencies reveals all voters need to know to help make sure the “war at home” doesn’t continue another four or eight years.Here is just a quick look at one week (or so) of the war at home.By “war at home” i mean deliberate efforts to weaken the the constitution, civil liberties and the democratic spirit of the american people.The “war at home” starts with hubris. Consider the Administration just this week– and by Administration i include John Mccain who is running for the third Bush term– saying f*#k you to 66% of the American people who oppose the war in Iraq. When reminded of the public’s antipathy to war, the vice president said, “so”? According to him, public opinion can only thwart the administration’s mission.It continues with deliberate deception by Senator McCain (and Dick Cheney also in Iraq) who repeatedly said, over the last 48 hours, that Iran is shipping al-quaeda into Iraq. Even a stage whisper correction by Joe Lieberman in front of the cameras yesterday didn’t stop McCain from repeating the lie today. The only truth this lie reveals has to do with the administration’s intent to go after Iran.Third, is the continuing attack on civil liberties, even more dangerous because it has been done by proxy: Verizon and AT&T assumed illegal powers in the government’s name (and at the government’s behest), spying against every day citizens and residents. Telecom immunity is really a red herring because these companies would not have signed on if they were not already indemnified. Basically, Bush’ telecom immunity ploy is a symbolic f*#k you against the Constitution.Finally, although the telecom immunity scandal shows the administation’s real constituency are corporate cronies not people, this excludes the cronies’ own employees, who are as invisible and worthless to the administration as anybody else. $ is the administrations only real ally. Consider the 1,123 private contractors who fought and died in Iraq (likely undercount), but whose deaths are not counted in the official body count. (Labor department stats recorded as result of family’s insurance claims, accoding to FAIR–fairness and accuracy in reporting) As if they never fought and died for Bush’s privatized war.As for incompetence, please see all of the above, and lots, lots more.& all this in the last week!Just one week of this war is too much. Five Years?!

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