captain does not answer, his lips are pale and
still; My father does not feel my arm, he has
no pulse or will; The ship is anchor'd safe and
sound, its voyage closed and done; From fearful
trip the victor ship comes in with object won"
--Walt Whitman (from O Captain! My Captain!)
news is all about how "accepting" the blame for
the botched speech is okay with George W. Bush.
It is so nice to realize that words can be "blamed"
on someone -anyone- but the one who uses the words.
Following the logic of the "blame" routine leads
me down an interesting path.
all George W. Bush does, is read prepared speeches
written by others, vetted by others, put onto
ready to read scrolling devices for the lips of
the President, does that make the one that utters
the words a puppet -a void and vacuous being whose
only purpose is to mouth the threats and words
our illustrious President will not take the responsibility
for the content and context in which his words
are spoken -and spoken in a Constitutionally proscribed
duty- then this person does not deserve to be
called the "leader of the free world."
of July 11, 2003, we had, as a nation, sustained
the loss of two hundred and twelve men and women
in the act of war -a war that was whipped into
being by the words of George W. Bush and his administration.
of "mushroom clouds" within the borders of the
United States, descriptions of tons of weaponized
biological and bacterial materials, descriptions
of unending horror at the hands of Saddam Hussein
have been placed in the psyche of each and every
citizen by the members of George W. Bush's cabinet
George Tenet was responsible for standing in front
of the Congress and the public on January 28,
2003, and uttering words of terror, then a "I
accept the blame" statement is not enough.
eight days later, Colin Powell decided that those
words should not be used by him in his testimony
before the United Nations, was it because Colin
Powell understood the gravity of lying under oath?
Did George W. Bush not understand that by using
those words in a Constitutionally mandated speech
before Congress that he, too, was under oath?
lie had been exposed -this forged document regarding
uranium from Niger- long before January 28, 2003.
This lie was further exposed before March 20,
2003 -the date that George W. Bush launched "shock
and awe" on the Iraqi nation.
administration has ignored the truth at each and
every turn and has stolen the sons, husbands,
brothers, fathers, daughters, wives, sisters and
mothers of our fellow citizens. There will be
children that will grow up without fathers or
Rumsfeld has said that the losses since May 1,
2003, (the day that George W. Bush declared "mission
accomplished" from the deck of the USS Abraham
Lincoln) are militarily insignificant. Each and
every day, we have lost at least one more of our
service men or women. I am certain that their
families do not view their loss as "insignificant."
Bush and Tommy Franks have called for those that
attack us to "bring 'em on." How easy and safe
it must be for all of us here in our 'secured'
borders to just wait for the day's numbers to
be announced. Two die in landmine accidents, three
die of complications from wounds, five die in
an exchange of gunfire. My heart aches for each
and every loss. Temperatures ranging from 100
to 110 degrees cannot bode well for an entire
population who cannot depend on electricity to
keep their food from spoiling and their waters
from being polluted.
are now told that the cost of the war will be
Four Billion Dollars ($4,000,000,000) each and
every month and that we will be there for at least
four years. My calculations come to one hundred
ninety-two billion dollars ($192,000,000,000),
not counting the loss of life for the American
people and others.
have someone in our highest office who will not
take responsibility for his words. Do you think
that George W. Bush will take responsibility for
the rest of what he has created? George W. Bush
demanded that our Congress give him the power
to decide who, where and when our military would
make this "pre-emptive" attack. George W. Bush
demanded that we ignore the reservations of other
nations on the United Nations Security Council.
George W. Bush ordered the attacks. George W.
Bush is responsible.
(c) 2003 by the News Insider and Bridget Gibson
Gibson, a regularly published columnist in her
hometown paper in Missouri, has long been an activist
and champion of civil liberties. She successfully
sued the City of OKC, OK for violating its City
Charter by allowing oil well drilling in residential
neighborhoods in 1983. She worked as a portfolio
analyst for the FDIC during the S&L scandals of
the 1980's to save the taxpayers' money which
was being swindled by corporations. For the past
two years, she has written extensively for online
publications regarding the current administration's
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