George W. Bush’s absurd “War on Terror” (WOT) is arguably the third or second (time will tell) largest scam ever pulled on the American people in the brief history of this wonderful and gigantic nation. It’s time to put a stop to it.
Terror is a powerfully strong fear reaction to sudden, unexpected, life-threatening circumstances—an emotion, in other words.
Terror is what drove America’s wild over-reaction to to the bombing of the World Trade Center and led to the “Patriot Act” and the decimation of the Constitution and civil liberties and the balance of powers—and ultimately is playing a huge role in the falling apart of our System—financial and political.
Some guys from the Middle East stole some planes and provided the event. America, led by cheerleaders from the already-on-the-verge right, provided the terror. In Spades!
How fortunate that this occurred at a time when the previous excuse for the government to take all our tax dollars and give them to the war profiteers, The Cold War, was seriously losing its punch. And wasn’t it cool that good old Uncle Dick, was there to mentor his friend the President and take advantage of his simplistic world view and need to show Daddy, and to guide him into declaring war on an emotion!
Better ‘n the Cold War on account of there’s no foreseeable end. Ever!!! And Cheney and his Warbux cronies declared free champagne and caviar in the Winners’ Circle Clubhouse, and the party’s still going strong.
Back in 2008, candidate Obama sent me a letter in response to my comments about retroactive telecom immunity and presidential abuse of power (he was my Senator) in which he explained that because of the superamazinggeewhiz importance of the WOT to our nation’s security and our children’s futures, we must be careful in reprimanding the excesses of [the obviously deranged] Mr. Bush, that we not tie the hands of a future [fabulously sane and upright Democratic] president—or something very much to that effect.
(That letter, incidentally is the reason I am careful to explain to friends that I did not vote for Obama in 2008. It was only a matter of his name being next to the box the checking of which would be my best bet for voting No Effing Way McCain/Palin!)
And that’s the problem in a nutshell: The President of the United States (and who knows how many members of Congress) believes that sending our young men and women to fight and kill and be killed in a foreign country is an effective way to fight an emotion!
If you want to “fight” terror, Mr. President, here’s how to do it:
- Declare the WOT bogus and, as they say, walk the response to it all the way back. That’s “all”, which means absolutely everything from “enemy combatants” because you say so, to the Department of Homeland Security and the TSA—and even governmental use of the word “homeland.” And “back”, which means gone, repealed, dismantled, erased from existence.
- Bring the troops home. Now. All of them. Tell the Afghans and Pakistanis and Iraqis that if they’d like our non-military assistance in getting their acts together, we’ll be happy to sit down and explore ways that we can do that, but no assistance will involve the American military participation in combat or in aiding or assisting in combat.
- Open a national dialog on the subject of fear. You’re a tremendous communicator. It’s what you’re famous for, so do it. For 65 years, the oligarchy that owns America (the people George Carlin referred to as our Owners) have used fear to reinforce their ownership and keep the money flowing from our hands into their pockets. Let’s talk about that. Let’s talk about how it happened and make an honest appraisal of where we are today as a result of that fear. People fear what they don’t understand. Let’s talk about it until we do understand. And then let’s talk some more about what we can do to to set the country on a path to a real recovery—not just financial (although jobs would be a good place to start), but a recovery of national unity and spirit.
- Appoint a nonpartisan, professional-politician-free commission to examine the actions of the Bush administration and arm it with a special prosecutor to pursue prosecutions where applicable. That particular past is one that we cannot afford to turn the page on. Horrible crimes against humanity and against the US Constitution were committed in the name of “national security” and deregulation by the last administration (too many of which are being continued by yours) to simply turn the page and move on. The Bush years presented America with an open wound which cannot be healed by the application of a Band-Aid. It has infected the body politic and it will continue to fester under the surface until either it is excised in the light of day or its poisons take over our national bloodstream—unto death.
- Lead. So far, your “economic recovery” has had very little to do with our economic recovery. Wall Street is thriving(?). Main Street, not so much. Candidate Obama had some potentially very worthwhile ideas about turning things around: a national jobs corps, investment in infrastructure, small business investment and support, reinventing mass transit, restoring real regulation to the financial industry, investing heavily in education—mostly ideas that might have provided jobs and opportunities for real people. Unfortunately, we’ll never know whether they would have worked or not, because when candidate Obama became President Obama, the first thing you did was sit down with the Republicans (who, in case you have forgotten, lost the 2008 election, big time) and present your proposals to them. And when they said, “No, we wouldn’t like it if you did that.”, instead of taking names and kicking ass—going on TV and calling them out, saying “America, you elected me to fix this mess. Here are the people who are now standing in the way of doing that. Please replace them with people who are interested in fixing the mess we are in”, you responded to their “No” with an “Oh, OK. What would you like me to do?”
A very incomplete list, to be sure, but I can’t help but believe that it would be a good start on getting our nation back on track.
Feel free to discuss, add your own items to the list, or argue against it in Comments.