William Rivers Pitt: We the People will have the last word…


Richard Moore

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    The Bush Administration in One Sentence
    By William Rivers Pitt
    t r u t h o u t | Columnist
    Wednesday 28 February 2007
History is bunk.
- Henry Ford

Just because the Supreme Court set that poison precedent and anointed Bush, who 
brought in a crowd of neocon yahoos which earned no attention before the 2000 
campaign, just because we 'Muricans vote for the man and not the mob, which in 
this case turned into the mob that ruined the country, you know, Cheney and 
Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz and Perle and Feith and Ledeen and Negroponte ...

... just because unreasonably massive tax cuts were combined in 2001 with the 
economic depth-charge that was the Enron/Arthur Andersen/inflated 
revenues/overstated tax earnings scandal, which was umbilically connected to the
White House, just because the economy (not to mention our whole psyche) absorbed
another blow when four commercial airplanes somehow managed to pierce the most 
impenetrable air defense system in the history of the universe, fooling the 
entire intelligence community as well, if you believe what you hear...

... just because this happened despite a blizzard of warnings delivered in the 
weeks and months beforehand, along with a raft of information gathered by the 
previous administration, just because a bunch of anthrax got mailed to Democrats
by the Ashcroft wing of the Republican Party in what were obvious assassination 
attempts and yet nothing but nothing has been done about it, just because the 
9/11 attack was immediately - and I mean the day after immediately - grasped as 
an excuse to invade Iraq, just because virtually everyone in the administration 
lied with their bare faces hanging out about weapons of mass destruction in 
Iraq, terrorism ties in Iraq, so break out the plastic sheeting and duct tape 
because we're all gonna die ...

... just because they did this in no small part to win the 2002 midterms by any 
means necessary, just because they have used that day against us with 
deliberation and intent, just because 3,160 American soldiers have been killed 
looking for 26,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin, 500 tons
(which is one million pounds) of sarin and mustard and VX nerve agent, 30,000 
munitions to deliver the stuff, mobile biological weapons labs, aerial drones to
spray the aforementioned stuff, and let's not forget the uranium from Niger for 
use in Iraq's robust "nukular" program, all of which was described to the letter
by Bush in his 2003 State of the Union address, claims that still remain today 
on the White House web site, on a page titled 'Disarm Saddam Hussein' ...

... just because the medical journal Lancet estimated that as many as 198,000 
Iraqi citizens have been killed as well in the war to get at this stuff, and 
that was a while ago and a whole slew of bombings ago, just because none of the 
stuff was there, and by the way none of the stuff was there, and did I mention 
that none of the stuff was there, just because the idea that Hussein was allied 
with bin Laden was laughable because Osama has wanted Saddam's head on his 
battle standard for decades, just because the true source of world terrorism, 
which is Sunni Wahabbist extremism out of Saudi Arabia, goes completely 
unaddressed because the Houses of Bush and Saud have been partnered for decades 

... just because the lie that says the GOP is strong on national defense still 
permeates everything, though the loss of those 3,160 soldiers combined with the 
grievous wounding of between 47,000 and 53,000 other soldiers amounts to the 
evisceration of between a fourth and a third of our entire active fighting 
force, which makes us safer in no way that can be fathomed, and never mind the 
soldiers living in filth and among rats and roaches because they have been 
deliberately shafted so the Bush boys can squeeze a few more pennies into the 
coffers of folks like Halliburton and Exxon...

... just because so much of 9/11 and this 'War on Terra' has to do with business
arrangements going awry between these two Houses, just because a deep-cover CIA 
agent who was working to track any person or nation or group that would give 
weapons of mass destruction to terrorists got her cover and her network blown by
administration officials who wanted to shut her husband and any other potential 
whistleblowers the hell up, just because the front company she was working out 
of called Brewster Jennings and Associates was likewise blown, thus torpedoing 
other agents and their networks, just because absolutely all of this went 
virtually unreported by the mainstream media until it was too late, if it was 
reported at all ...

... just because dangerous spies like Ahmad Chalabi used Judy Miller and the New
York Times to disseminate the lie that Iraq was riddled with weapons, thus 
opening the floodgates for the rest of the media to repeat the lie, because once
the Times says it, it must be true, just because this lack of reporting combined
with an astounding level of cheerleading from the aforementioned media combined 
with some good old-fashioned vote fraud in places like Ohio, Florida and New 
Mexico gave the aforementioned group of yahoos four more years in 2004 ...

... just because this means the Iraq war will continue and Iran will probably be
next, despite the fact that we basically gave the Iraqi government to Iran when 
we invaded and handed the Shi'ite majority control over the place, a majority 
that is ideologically and religiously allied with Iran, a majority controlled by
two Shi'ite factions called Dawa and SCIRI, which have been creatures of Iran 
since the early 1980s, which were centrally involved in the 1983 Beirut bombing 
that killed more than 200 American Marines, just because we knew this going in 
but it happened anyway, and even though we know Iran is running Iraq, we still 
have to hear all this blather about Iran "interfering" in Iraq ...

... just because our phones are tapped and our homes are no longer protected 
from unreasonable searches, just because we torture at will, just because we 
detain forever and use habeas corpus like so much toilet paper, just because 
signing statements have dismantled the separation of powers one brick at a time,
just because no page is safe in a Republican Congress, just because no bribe is 
too small in a Republican Congress, just because a Democratic resurgence in 2006
is only a tiny beginning and not any kind of an end, because these Bush boys 
have no intention of slowing down or backing off ...

... just because our national reputation is ravaged and our future has been sold
out from under us, just because Truman's wartime economic footing has morphed 
into a machine that Eisenhower would recognize in horror as the very thing he 
warned us about before he left, just because the whole system now requires us to
manufacture wars if none are available because the system itself has been wired 
to feed the beast no matter the consequences, just because television tells you 
not to worry, look at these breasts or this shaved starlet's head, or this shiny
thing, look here, shhh, be silent, be still, sleep ...

... doesn't mean We The People are finished, because all of this is why "We The 
People" was written down in the first place, and though the day is late and the 
road is long and the chances for success are slim, We The People are here to 
stay, so strap in and look out, because we are just getting started, and the 
next sentence will be ours to write.

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