Indifference

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u201CFor
it is a privilege of power that you can ignore the people whom
you are driving mad.u201D

~

Paul Collins, from his book Sixpence
House

u201CEvil
men obsessed with ambition and unburdened by conscience must be
taken very seriously…u201D

~
President George W. Bush, October 6, 2005

That
master of guitar, satire and beer brewing, Tom Chartier, has coined
a new word: imPOTUS. He claims this word sums up the current resident
of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Esteem
him as I do, I must disagree with Mr. Chartier. For the word impotent
describes the American public, not President Bush.

According
to a
recent poll
, as many as u201Csixty-nine percent of Americans say
things in the United States are pretty seriously off on the wrong
track u2014 the highest number since CBS News started asking the question
in 1983. Today, just 26 percent say things are going in the right
direction." That's right, most Americans know Bush is a horror
yet we don't know how to get rid of him.

Ask
yourself:  What can you do to hold the man accountable? 
 

That
is the real issue: we can’t make the man stop what he is doing.  

It
is estimated that on
September 24th
, 100,000 participated u201Cin the largest anti-war
protest in the nation’s capital since the U.S. invasion.u201D

The
Bush people know the war is unpopular, they know the country is
broke, but what does Vice President Richard Cheney do?  He
promises u201Cdecades
of war.u201D 

What
did President
Bush tell us October 6th
? u201CWars are not won without sacrifice
and this war will require more sacrifice, more time and more resolve.u201D

According
to the October 3–5, 2005 CBS News Poll, 59% think that the
US troops should u201Cleave Iraq as soon as possible.u201D

Does
Bush care what you think? Doesn't sound like it. On October 4, the
president took questions from the press:

QUESTION:
Mr. President…

BUSH:
Yes?

QUESTION:
… in our latest poll…

BUSH:
The what?

QUESTION:
In our latest poll…

BUSH:
Latest poll?

QUESTION:
Yes. Our latest poll.

(LAUGHTER)

BUSH:
Gosh. OK.

QUESTION:
I know you don’t pay attention to polls. But anyway, in our latest
poll…

BUSH:
You run one every other day.

QUESTION:
I know.

(LAUGHTER)

BUSH:
You mean yesterday’s poll, as opposed to tomorrow’s poll?

Go
ahead. It’s a good way to fill space, Richard.

Bush
doesn't appear to care what the rest of the world thinks either.

Bush's
intentions toward Iran should come as no surprise.   Writing
in November of 2004, Steven
R. Weisman of the New York Times said
: u201CIn an eerie
repetition of the prelude to the Iraq war, hawks in the administration
and Congress are trumpeting ominous disclosures about Iran’s nuclear
capacities to make the case that Iran is a threat that must be confronted,
either by economic sanctions, military action, or u2018regime change.'

Writing
about the International Atomic Energy Agency work in Iran, Gordon
Prather wrote
last December that after an u201Cintrusive and exhaustiveu201D
two-year search in Iran, u201Cthe IAEA found no evidence whatsoever
of a nuke program.u201D

One
wonders, la u201Cfixing the facts,u201D has the Bush administration
pushed the
Brits into a slanging match with Iran
?

With
madder accusations and stronger threats, the Bush Administration
has so angered the Iranians that the right-wing group in that country
has become the driving force of the government and the nuclear facilities.

u201CLeaders
of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the force created
specifically to defend the 1979 Islamic revolution, now dominate
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, the country’s top foreign
policy-making body under the constitution.u201D And the new president
of Iran, u201CMr. Ahmadinejad, a little-known former mayor of Tehran
before his surprise election in July, is a former IRGC commander…u201D
The Washington Times story continues with a
quote from the chairman of the National Council of Resistance of
Iran
,

u201CThe military
under the new president is firmly in control of the nuclear program
and the nuclear negotiations with the United Nations and the West.”

When
nine months ago Peter
Disikes of SALON
did the digging and the math, he wrote that
there were u201C34 scandals from the first four years of George W. Bush’s
presidency – every one of them worse than Whitewater.”

Who
can keep up?  

The
American public is not properly informed. Desensitized by bombast
and delusion, Americans are too exhausted to care. So, we have mutual
indifference. 

Consequently,
the real perpetrators may get away with all of it.

Will
former Pentagon policy analyst Lawrence A. Franklin take the rap
for the Israeli Spy Scandal? During his plea hearing, Franklin
said
u201CIt was never my intent to harm the United States, not
even for a second.” Franklin has admitted that he u201Cleaked classified
information to two members of the American Israel Public Affairs
Committee.”

Perhaps
no one should be surprised that u201Cas
Franklin entered his plea
, he disclosed that some of the material
he gave the lobbyists related to Iran.u201D

All
right, someone has to be the fall guy.  Who will it
be for the Valerie Plame affair?  You tell me.

During
the
October 4 press conference
, one reporter questioned the president
about the Valerie Plame investigation which many people believe
is coming to a close.

u201CAs
you know, some top members of your administration have been named
as part of that investigation. Is it your intention if anybody in
your administration is indicted to you remove that person from your
administration?”

BUSH:
“I am mindful of the investigation. I will remind you what
I said last time I was asked about this – I’m not going till
the investigation is complete….u201D

Or,
as the Jane Austen heroine quipped, u201CI cannot speak well enough
to be unintelligible.”

October
10, 2005

Elizabeth
C. Gyllensvard [send her mail]
is the product of barbaric Swedish ancestry sharpened by two decades
in Washington DC. She has gone to earth in the foothills of Georgia.

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