Sunday, March 27, 2005

Connect the Dots

Item: Bin Laden escaped from Tora Bora, the mountain hideaway of the Al Qaida leader. Item: Both Bush and Cheney both lied about it, flatly denying the military knew of bin Laden’s presence there. Item: John Kerry blamed Bush and Cheney for allowing bin Laden’s escape in the run-up to the 2004 election and Kerry was castigated as a scoundrel.

We can all remember as kids playing the game called connect the dots. So today we learn, from a declassified government document obtained by the Associated Press via a Freedom of Information Act request, that Osama bin Laden was indeed cornered at Tora Bora in Afghanistan and surrounded by the world’s finest military fighting force on all sides (that’s what surrounded means) and still he escaped. The U.S. military also revealed today that they’re holding an unidentified man who helped bin Laden escape. This proves again that the President is and has been lying about his knowledge of what’s going on in the hunt for bin Laden. This time there is a key difference, however. It can no longer be said that Bush and his handlers are lying about bin Laden for the sake of national security. At this point knowledge of bin Laden’s presence at Tora Bora wouldn’t affect national security in the slightest—Bush’s people simply won’t admit to any of this because of sheer embarrassment. It’s understandable that they’d be embarrassed by such a huge blunder. The Commander in Chief, after all his gleeful cowboy image mongering, has the perpetrator behind the horrific events of Sept. 11 completely surrounded and bin Laden escapes. To top that off, Bush and Cheney lie about it and then attempt to cover it up with the help of a news media that seems to think that quite a few other events are more important than national security. Namely, by bringing the tragedy of Terry Schiavo into the headlights of America the Bush people (you can thank Karl Rove) are leaving America’s front door wide open while we’re still vulnerable to another terrorist attack. Oh, and also so that the judges can be called activists for merely doing their job. If Terry Schiavo’s parents bring their case before every court in the land 1,000 times the outcome will still be the same. No matter how much neo-conservatives may try to deny it, in this instance they are the ones being disrespectful of the sanctity of marriage and the family by bringing their political circus into Terry Schiavo’s hospice room for their own sordid political gain. With the added irony that Bush, as governor of Texas, signed legislation that gave Texas doctors the right to pull the plug on patients who can’t pay (yep, that’s as hypocritical as it gets), we’re set for a long ride with these neo-cons who claim to be conservative but would like nothing better than to have the authority to meddle into every aspect of our personal lives. The sooner that the American people connect the dots and see the pattern of irresponsible and selfish behavior disguised as compassion that Bush is practicing the better. I just hope we'll still have some of our civil rights left when that finally happens.


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