“It’s unacceptable to think there’s any kind of comparison between the behavior of the United States of America and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to achieve an objective,” said Bush, growing animated as he spoke.
Dissent has always been one of the things that has made this country what it is. Despotism cannot flourish in a system in which ordinary men and women can speak their minds, especially when it runs counter to the prevailing philosophy in power. Post-9.11, Our Glorious and Benevolent Leader and his neocon apologists have endeavored to enforce a particularly virulent strain of Groupthink upon the American sheeple. Dissent is no longer seen as the cornerstone of patriotism. Instead, this Administration views dissent as the very breeding ground of terrorism, because only when all of us march in ideological lockstep and willingly hew to the predominant ideology can Republicans adequately prevent another 9.11.
It hardly matters that the path Our Glorious and Benevolent Leader has chosen to follow can really only be accurately described as “killing the patient in order to save it”. When a government deems it necessary to curtail personal liberties and human rights in order to protect personal liberties and human rights, how far along the path to despotism and dictatrship have we travelled? Possibly farther than any of us realize or have been willing to admit.
When a President can stand in front of the entire nation and with a straight face brand ANY sort of thinking as “unacceptable”, something has gone horribly awry. Sadly, most of the American sheeple are still unwilling to accept the reality that the dimwit they so willingly and thoughtlessly voted for twice has in fact become one of the most ignorant, corrupt, venal, and inept Presidents in our nation’s history.
Remember…loose lips sink ships….
The session with reporters comes one day after Republicans led the Senate Armed Services Committee in rejecting Bush’s proposal for interrogating and prosecuting terrorism suspects. The dissident group, led by Sen. John Warner, R-Va., said Bush’s approach would jeopardize the safety of U.S. troops….
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell joined with McCain’s group. Powell said Bush’s proposal to redefine the Geneva Conventions would encourage the world to “doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism” and “put our own troops at risk.”
I couldn’t agree more. When we assume that we can and will hold others to a standard that we ourselves refuse to adhere to, we reveal ourselves to be little more than hypocritical thugs of the first order. The Geneva Conventions are not a guideline-they are the definitive internationally-recognized treaty regarding the laws of war. In the unconventional and ever more politicized war on terror, we should not expect to be able to ignore the Geneva Conventions without repercussions. The day will come when our soldiers will suffer for the arrogance and ineptitude of their leaders, most of whom have, and will, never come any closer to combat than a fight with their spouse.
It was Bush’s first news conference since Aug. 21, when he said the Iraq war was “straining the psyche of our country” but that leaving now would be a disaster. Bush has made the struggle against terrorism and the war in Iraq the top issues in the November elections, hoping to persuade voters that Republicans are better than Democrats at protecting the country.
Yeah, and he’s still trying to convince us that Saddam Hussein was involved in and responsible for 9.11. I suppose when you have nothing, you’d best hope you can quickly and thoroughly propagandize the American sheeple.
THIS is leadership?
WE DESERVE BETTER.