Wednesday, May 19, 2004

For Bush Incorporated, Anything Goes

A recent editorial in the Army News said the message to American prison guards in Iraq was clear: “Anything goes.” But the Bush administration hasn’t limited this approach to just Iraq. Channeling government contracts to corporate cronies? Anything goes. Rolling back environmental protections? Anything goes. Smearing political opponents? Anything goes. Fabricating reasons for war? Anything goes. Anything goes in George Bush’s attempt to consolidate power, crush opponents, and reward contributors. That is why Bush must go.

The Theoretical Presidency

In theory, Bush was going to be a uniter. In reality, he has divided this nation more bitterly than ever. In theory, the Bush tax cut was supposed to help the economy. In reality, it has crippled our nation with record deficits. In theory, the Iraqis would greet us with flowers. In reality, our soldiers were greeted with RPG’s. In theory, the administration could be trusted to observe human rights in it’s secret prisons. In reality, they have overseen some of the worst violations of human rights in US history. To some, George Bush may have sounded like a good president in theory. In reality, it’s time for John Kerry.

Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Corporate Warriors are Classic Bush

It’s no secret George W. Bush is a corporate crony. Time and again his administration has allowed companies to act with little oversight and even less regulation. This policy has now turned into travesty as we learn of the role corporate military contractors played in the Iraqi torture scandal. Bush incorporated brought in over 20,000 hired guns to Iraq. They gave them lucrative salaries with our tax dollars. And, as with all Bush corporate relationships, they gave them the greenlight to run roughshod over the usual regulations by providing no established oversight or accountability. Bush’s hired guns have turned out to be loose cannons, committing and condoning some of the worst human rights violations in Iraq. Now, once again, the rest of us are paying the price for Bush’s corporate coziness.

Torturing the Innocent

In the uproar over the revelation that America has carried out widespread torture in Iraq, another, even more disturbing fact is being overlooked. According to the same Red Cross reports that first brought the torture to light, American intelligence sources admitted over 90% of the detainees had been arrested by mistake. They were innocent. This means the US, the world beacon of human rights and freedom, was arresting, indefinitely detaining, and torturing innocent men. It is horrifying. But sadly not surprising from an administration whose policy, even in America, has been to arrest first, ask questions later, and allow judicial oversight never.

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

The Iraq Torture Scandal: Why Bush is to Blame

President Bush may not have had direct knowledge of Iraqi prisoner abuse. But make no mistake, he is to blame. George W. Bush created an environment for abuse in the War on Terror right from the start. By proclaiming his right to detain citizens indefinitely without judicial oversight or even access to an attorney, he sent the message that the normal standards of justice no longer apply. When his administration dismissed the Geneva Convention with regard to Camp X-ray, it sent the message human rights were not a concern. And when Bush shrugs off missing WMD’s by saying it’s good Saddam is gone, he is arguing that the ends justify the means. When the Commander in Chief makes it clear that the rules no longer apply, human rights don’t matter, and the ends justify the means, he opens the door for abuse. George W. Bush may not have held the leash, but he created the culture that made it possible for the horrific conduct and explosive scandal we’re witnessing now.

Monday, May 10, 2004

The Double Talk Express

In the 2000 election, the campaign of John McCain, George W. Bush’s chief rival, was called the Straight Talk Express. Since taking office, the Bush Administration has run the Double Talk Express. They talked about respecting civil liberties after 9/11, then rammed through the Patriot Act. They talked about changing the tone in Washington, then ran ads comparing Tom Daschle to Saddam Hussein. They talked about No Child Left Behind, then underfunded the program. As a supposed straight talking Texan, George W. Bush should know that actions speak louder than words. George W. Bush may say one thing, but his actions say something far grimmer, grimier, and radically conservative than America can accept.