I've Been Published!!!
I wrote the article below in response to an article by our local congressman. Our local newspaper carried it on page 2 , today. It's offical, I've been published!
In a recent article Congressman Everett made the comment "After hearing Richard Clarke's (inconsistent) testimoney before the 9/11 Commission, I am inclinde to agree that the administration made one mistake--they didn't fire him".
I'd like to address that comment.
If we are going to start firing people for being inconsitant, then may I suggest we start at the top? Because if there is one thing the Bush administration has been it's inconsistant. Well except about lying.
Lets start with the lying about the reasons for going to war with Iraq. What happened to those Weapons of Mass Destruction that Saddam 'definitely' had? What happened to the chemical and biological weapons he had? Oh, wait, they didn't actually say he had them (or did they) , they said he might have them (not). Is that your idea of being 'consistant'?
"So what" you say. Saddam was a cruel, saddistic, brutal, dictator, and he had to be removed. Life for the Iraqi people was a living hell. Yes, it was, as opposed to the joy it is now.
Next lets talk about the new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan. Did someone forget to get all their facts straight (consistant)? If not, then can you explain why "House Republicans on Thursday shut down an inquiry by Democrats into whether the Bush administration acted illegally or inapprooraitely last year when it withheld from Congress its estimates of the true cost of the Medicade prescription drug bill." (source : artcile by Vicki Kemper, staff reporter for the Los Angeles Times, April 2, 2004 edition). More inconsistancies by the Bush administration.
Okay, now lets talk about those 308,000 jobs that were created last quater. That's a lot of jobs. How many of those did you procure for us here in South Alabama? Or for that matter the entire state of Alabama?
Incidently, 47, 000 of those jobs were not newly created jobs. They were the result of a striking grocery workers returning to work after the strike was settled. The construction industry, which lost 21,000 workers in February, gained 71,000 last month thanks to the balmier climate, most of these are seasonal jobs. Many more of those 308,000 jobs were temp workers, again, not long term employment. Many of them without benifits.
Speaking of employment, how is it that despite these job gains the unemployment rate edged up from 5.6% to 5.7%? That does not even include the growing number of Americans despairing of ever finding a job that have dropped out of the workforce altogether in recent months. More inconsistantcies.
Finally lets talk about the main players in the Bush administration. On one hand Condolezza Rice says that "Richard Clarke was an integral part of their counterterrorism team..." and that " President Bush did almost everything Clarke suggested, he do." Vice President Cheney contradicts that with the statement "He (Clarke) wasn't in the loop frankly on a lot of this stuff..." Talk about inconsistant.
So, again I suggest if we are going to talk about firing people for being inconsistant (which I'm all for) then lets start at the top. Because frankly, there are quite a few people up there that need to be fired.
Granted this is not my best work, I wrote it in all of 20 minutes. I assumed that the editors (fact checkers) at the paper would 'edit' it and strike any incorrect information. Much to my surprise they printed it just as I submitted it. I can see how Jayson Blair got so far in the newspaper business. ***smile***
"If we had known..."
Warning or not? You decide.
"Rice read the commission some of the intelligence "chatter"
reports U.S. agencies picked up: "Unbelievable news in coming weeks; Big event ... there will be a very, very, very, very big uproar ... There will be attacks in the near future."
There was no real
I guess they were waiting for something more concrete, something really big. Or were they waiting for something they could link to Saddam Hussein/Iraq
Then came September 11th, 2001.
Of course there was still no link to Saddam, or Iraq, but it gave them the excuse they needed to do what they wanted to from day one.
'Flip Flops' Not Just Summer Sandles Anymore!
Flip-flopping, it turns out, is the final stage of trusting George W. Bush.
Thanks to Reality Check over at Greene Thoughts
for the link to this enlighting and insightful article.
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