anyone take the time to just look at the dictionary
... to discover that the Bush administration has
distorted one of the most sacred terms of the
political history of the world. Ph.D. dissertations
in Political Science have been written on "Sovereignty"
and is at the core of the subject itself, but
I can not believe that the concept has been so
distorted, bent, and raped by an administration
trying to distort a pullout...yes "pullout"...from
an Iraq quagmire no less a failure than our rooftop
withdrawal from Vietnam.
means total contol, not a little control. It would
be like the British leaving troops on our American
soil after we beat them. Like a woman in a modern
society who does not have "sovereign" control
over her body...not to have her sacred place mutilated
in some primitive ritual, or a husband who purchased
her from her father. You are sovereign when you
have total control over your self and your space.
At the time of our constitutional convention in
l987, would we have been sovereign if we had 130,000
British troops roaming America?
have always believed at the invasion of Iraq was
dumb, and my heart bleeds for every American family
who has lost a precious family member. It was
not a miscalculation. It was a calculated personal,
very psychic, attempt by our President to right
a personal wrong...Saddam's attempt to assassinate
to say that we are turning over "Sovereignty"
is a personal affront to every intelligent, thinking
person in America. The mission has failed. To
rationalize that the violence has increased in
proportion to the days left to turnover on June
30th is not only a rationalization of the failure,
but an out and out lie. The Bush administration,
and those close in like the vice-president, defense,
advisors etcŠ have put such a spin on this failure
that most of the public are buying it, including
the media (most likely why this essay will not
be published...until I publish it on the net).
have not only failed in creating a democratic
Iraq, but the violence created now has a life
of its own that will come to haunt not just us,
but our grandchildren for decades to come. When
President Bush and his administration talk about
turning over "sovereignty," what they are really
talking about is running away from the worst violence
imaginable in the most volatile region of the
has put our young men and women in the most indefensible
and horrible conflict of any American president
in our history. They are more exposed to death
than the crusaders of ancient history, for even
then the notorious "fedeyeen" did not have such
easy targets. The distortion of the English language
by calling our withdrawl and retreat the turnover
of "sovereignty" will not make our young men and
women any safer, but perhaps put then in an ever
more dangerous zone, a killing zone.
Ted Gladue, a novelist and freelance journalist
with an office in Gloucester City.
Posted: August 14, 2004