Monday, April 19, 2004

Comments on Counter-Rants

I don’t get that much feedback from this website, which is fine by me. I don’t always have a lot of time to write detailed responses to wordy diatribes. As some of you may have noticed, I hadn’t even posted anything to this blog in over a month. I have been very busy. I do indeed have a life beyond the blog.

On Wednesday, March 17, 2004, at 12:04 PM, a misguided individual wrote:

I hope you don't mind me sending another email to you. I am concerned about all the propaganda condemning our President. I agree some things seem fishy about things in the White house. I am concerned about the lack of WMD discovered in Iraq. I feel many peoples comments and ideas are just a build up of assumptions. I am curious as to how other Presidents would have handle the situations currently undertaking the world.

Other world leaders are likely to have two-way conversations, as opposed to the way Bush is operating. Bush operates on the principles of lies and deception.

The Bush administration is more likely to prosecute Martha Stewart over a $45K deal than they are to go after Enron, which lost 500,000 jobs, and cost America billions of dollars. Why? Martha was a democrat, and Ken Lay was a big Bush supporter.

The Bush administration is more likely to make a major case with Janet Jackson over a stupid "wardrobe malfunction" rather than investigate something with real relevance, such as finding the identity of the traitor that endangered the security of an important CIA operative. They have their priorities, and anyone that can't see the hypocrisy of their actions is either blind or in complete denial.

I'll say it again. Bush operates on the principles of lies and deception.

The U.S. is ridiculed by all kinds of Nations that sit back and do nothing to help other countries. People are screaming peace, and have no clue how to achieve peace. I will be the first to say the peace will not come from us disarming, closing our borders, and praying terrorists don't attack us anymore.

I don't who you talked to about disarming, closing the borders, or simply “praying” to achieve peace. I don't know anyone that follows such a simplistic view. The USA should never hesitate to fight back when we are attacked, or when our allies are attacked. Bush did not make an effective case for why Iraq was endangering the security of the USA, so they lied about weapons of mass destruction.

Iraq was NOT a serious threat to the USA. There's other countries that were far more dangerous. This was a complete waste of $160 billion and 9,000 lives.

There comes a time when one must take action. Many in the Middle East are raised to hate America, that is something I don't think we can change.

WRONG. We can start by making stronger demands on Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia is paying for a lot of anti-American education with our money. Saudi Arabia wants American forces for protection, but continues to fund the legacy of hate. The terrorists that attacked on 9/11 were not from Iraq. They were from Saudi Arabia.

As USA rebuilds the countries it attacked (Iraq, Afghanistan), there must be a budget for proper education programs in those countries.. If you want a more detailed analysis of the effective programs that could make a real difference in the Middle East, read "A Democratic World" by George Packer in the New Yorker, dated Feb 16, 2004.

Our soldiers go out of their way to save lives, while being killed by suicide bombers. Too many people are making calls from the back seat. They are screaming about the President's foreign policy and many don't even know what it is. We can't run, we are a world power and we get ridiculed for taking action and we'd get ridiculed for not taking action.

I am in favor of better education in both the USA and the Middle East. There's a lot of misguided people that have been fed some blatant lies by their governments. When someone has been accepting things by a deceptive government at face value, then there's some serious re-education that must take place.

If the USA is being ridiculed, it's because we've got the worst president to ever hold office. He lied, and thousands of people died as a direct result of his actions. He inherited a record surplus, but transformed it into a record deficit.

Like many others, I simply want a more accountable government.

E.P. Monday, April 19, 2004