October 01, 2004
During the first so-called Presidential
debate Sen. Kerry was clearly better prepared and in command.
The President was defensive and clearly had little to say outside of a
few impotently repeated refrains. Limiting
their debate to Iraq and North Korea they both ignored areas of importance to
There was no mention of the 3,000 Haitians
who have been murdered by the thugs we installed after abducting the elected
President of Haiti. There was no
mention of the daily killings of Palestinians by Israelis; nor of the killing of
Israelis by Palestinians.
They both agreed that the greatest
threat to the U.S. is proliferation of nuclear weapons.
While I agree this is a grave threat, they might have mentioned the fact
that on September 20 a young mother in Thailand died from a virus (H5N1) which
she contracted from her dying child. H5N1
is the so-called “avian flu”. This
was the first human-to-human transmission of this particular virus.
This may be a serious threat because
the bird-to-human form has had a 70% lethality rate.
H1N1, which was the avian flu of the infamous 1918-19 pandemic had a
lethality rate of 5%. Between
50-100 million people died around the world from that virus.
It would seem that H5N1 might be considered a grave threat along with
stray nuclear materials. A
prototype H5N1 vaccine is being developed but won’t be available for public
use for some time.
But back to Iraq where the
President continues to claim steady progress.
Progress for who? Haliburton?
The recently released report from the Defense Science Board, a panel of
advisors to the Defense Secretary, states that the “inadequate total
numbers” of troops means that the U.S. can “not sustain our current and
projected global stabilization commitments”.
President Bush kept
saying that Sen. Kerry accuses him of being
in “the wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time”.
Sen. Kerry denied saying this but I think that it describes things
perfectly. We invaded a country 10%
our size which was no threat to us but which has huge oil reserves. We killed over 14,000 Iraqi civilians, imprisoned tens of
thousands, most without cause, and permitted a pattern of torture and abuse.
We took control of their oil, wrote their ‘new’ constitution,
appointed their leaders, allowed no opposing views and are in the process of
building several large permanent military occupation bases.
No wonder there were no flowers and candy to greet our troops.
The President claims a coalition of supportive nations but Costa Rica,
the Philippines, Spain, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Honduras, Norway,
Thailand and New Zealand troops have left or plan to leave Iraq soon.
Singapore has only 33 troops left and Moldovan forces have dwindled to
The 1197 U.S. and coalition troops who have
died thus far in Iraq may disagree with Mr. Bush’s assessment of progress.
I look forward to the next ‘debate’ when Mr. Bush will try to defend
his domestic programs.
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