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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

It's our SYSTEM, stupid...!

yes, i'll admit it... i regularly fall into the trap of thinking, damn...! if we could just get rid of bush, rove, delay, frist and the whole criminal gang...! but, sadly, in my heart of hearts, i know better... individuals are merely symptoms of the systemic illness that pervades our nation... all the weeping and gnashing of teeth over the horror of the r's and the passivity of the dems fails to take into account that they are both part of the larger system... to quote pogo's famous line, "we have met the enemy and he is us..."
What if, magically, we were able to investigate and prosecute George Bush for lying us into Iraq, as many have called for? Not only do the congressional Republicans who abetted him deserve investigation, so do the Democrats and previous White House administrations, which are complicit in this too. We've been driving Iraq into the ground for 14 years. Bush's Iraq policies picked up the torch from the Clinton foreign policy team, which in turn took its pointers from the staff of George H.W. Bush.


[The death totals in Iraq since Bush's invasion] are dwarfed by the number of dead -- by some estimates over a million -- caused by the U.N sanctions that started with Bush I, and continued under President Bill Clinton.


Scott Ritter, former U.N. weapons inspector for Iraq's weapons programs, recently spoke in a public forum about the U.S. crimes done to Iraq: "This is about a failure of not only the Bush Administration but of the United States of America, and we have to look in the mirror and recognize that, well, all the Bush Administration did is take advantage of a systemic failure on the part of the United States as a whole, a failure that not only involves the executive, but it involves the legislative branch, Congress."

and us, scott... and us... the article opens with this quote from hunter thompson...
By the time Richard Milhous Nixon goes on trial in the Senate, the only real reason for trying him will be to understand how he ever became president of the United States at all ... and the real defendant, at that point, will be the American Political System.

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