CONT'D - Most people you talk to are not aware....
Sun Jan 4 18:30:36 2004
Most people you talk to are not aware of the cuts or double standards Bush is
going by. I have had people tell me there is no way Bush would do this to
America's soldiers and veterans. When presented with the facts on paper it is
still hard to get them to believe it. I have the facts in black and white from
several sources including the VA and even then I am called a liar when I show
them to people. The story of the cuts to benefits has never really hit the
mainstream press in any large scale coverage, and I meet hundreds of people a
week who are outraged and shocked when they find out.
If you want a true record of all the various veterans health care cuts, take a
look at the record the DNC has complied on Bush's policies.
Even though this record is kept on the Democratic Committee website, I could not
find a better source that had such meticulous facts so thoroughly
Going into the validity of the Iraq war is a battle for rational thought that I
rarely win with the "Patriotic", "right thinking " Americans. I have been spit
on, had things thrown at me, been called every name in the book and then some,
and had my life threatened on many occasions. The ones who are convinced that
the Iraq war is justified simply refuse to hear any facts to the contrary. You
can tell just by the opening comments from some people that they are diehard,
dedicated FOX (FAUX) NEWS viewers.
President Bush admitted that Iraq had no connection to the 9/11 attacks on
national television on September 17th 2003. Just six days after the remembrance
of this country's biggest, but also most misused and misappropriated tragedy, G.
W. admitted that the claims of Saddam's involvement were not true.
If you are one of the many Americans who did not hear this, and are among the
over 60% that still believe Iraq was involved in 9/11, here is a quote directly
from Bush. "
We have no evidence that Saddam Hussein was involved with the 11 September
attacks " President George W. Bush 9/17/03
US President George Bush has said there is no evidence that Saddam Hussein was
involved in the 11 September attacks.
Bush wasn't the only government official to retract the false statements about
9/11. Paul Wolfowitz, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, also admitted he did not
feel Iraq had any connection to 9/11. Wolfowitz made his statement on August
1st, well over a month before Bush came clean. While Wolfie did not say outright
that the claims were false, he did make it obvious that the connection was just
another smoke and mirrors game to make the drive to invade Iraq easier.
Many Americans were never even aware of the statements retracting claims to the
9/11 connection. Those that did see it in the news did not ever see it on
primetime US news. I have tried to find one US television station that did any
real coverage of the statements Bush made. I searched over 20,000 pages of
information on Google and found not one link to a major US media installation
that did any kind of coverage. The story is on many progressive and left wing
web sites, but Reuters, The Guardian UK, and the BBC were the only major news
outlets I could find that covered it with any detail.
I won't even go into the inability to find any weapons of mass destruction in
Iraq. Just a few weeks ago when Bush was interviewed by Diane Sawyer on ABC, he
still stuck to the claim that there will be WMDs found in Iraq. They will likely
turn up somehow, by whatever miracle, in the weeks before the Presidential
election. I see it coming and so do a lot of other people whose job is to
analyze the current events of the US. I have been called a conspiracy nut when I
bring this up to most people.
When you get into discussing the Iraq war, the death toll of US troops is one
subject that is sure to hotly debated. We lose an average of one soldier a day
and at least 5-10 soldiers are wounded each day. There is no end in sight to the
loss of US and Coalition forces lives, and the resistance attacks are getting
more sophisticated and increasing every day.
For a list of all killed and wounded soldiers in Iraq, see here.
I have had many arguments where the supporter of war makes a really terrible
statement about the military deaths. "It's their job to die for this country,
that's what we're paying them for." This statement has been repeated over and
over in the many discussions I have had with pro war Americans. It is such a
tragedy that the lives of our troops have come to mean so little to so many
In the midst of holiday shopping I brought up the topic of all the recent US
casualties and the truly blind and crass nature of most Americans became all too
clear. I had three or four people agreeing with me on what a waste of life the
war was. That made my day until the other forty or fifty people in the store
started loudly pronouncing our lack of pride and lack of support for the troops.
It almost turned into a violent confrontation, and security had to step in to
stop a veteran from punching out one of the "let em die" crowd. The four of us
that had been talking peacefully were escorted from the store and told to stay
off mall property.
One security guard was a Vietnam vet, and he was definitely not in agreement
with the pro war crowd. He quietly gave us some words of support and
encouragement, and then played the role of a pro war man when his boss showed
up. He explained that he couldn't afford to lose his job, and that his company
had a policy against hiring anyone opposed to the war. He said that one of his
friends had been fired from the company after putting an anti-war sticker on his
One man who had been in the store came out while we were walking over to a
nearby restaurant. The four of us were going to get some coffee and talk about
issues for a bit. Suddenly we were being charged by a huge, very angry man who
made his threats to hurt us quite plain. He kept screaming that we should go
back to Iraq if we thought the US was so bad. This is a commonly made statement,
but the idiocy of it still confuses me. It makes no sense for someone to scream
this out, but it is one of the most often heard taunts at any protest or rally.
Once again security saved the day and I got another lesson in how blind and
oblivious mainstream Americans can truly be.
I don't know what it will take to wake up the sheep, or even if it is possible
after so many years of brainwashing. I lose more hope every day, and my faith in
the future getting better is at an all time low.
Something needs to happen in America soon. I hope it's not going to be four more
years of Bush, and long years of war and occupation. This country has not been
able to take the first four years of Bush. Four more years would definitely
spell the end of any chance to pull this crumbling nation back from the brink of
Is today the day you wake up and try to stop the madness? Is today the day you
say NO MORE? I hope so, for all of our sakes.
Here's one more thing to wake you up if you are sleeping. This is our current
national debt- $6,937,966,948,177.28. Yes that is $7 TRILLION, or will be by the
time you read this. Your eyes do not deceive you, although the government wishes
If you are already wide awake and smelling the stench of corruption, please try
to wake up your fellow Americans. You are not alone, it just feels that way
*Jay Shaft is the Editor of Coalition For Free Thought In Media. Reprint
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