Bush's Divorce from Reality
Impeachment or Resignation: Pick Your Poison
By Ralph Nader
-- -- Attention please, good people!
Adjust your routines and come to the aid of your country, and
your children with your thoughtful patriotism. Don't just hope
for impeachment, demand the resignation now of the mad hatters
in the White House--George W. Bush and Richard Cheney.
Already, a large majority of you do not consider this shifty duo
trustworthy. By more than two to one you disapprove of Bush's
war in Iraq. Similar majorities believe this is also a President
whose administrative incompetence--note the post-Katrina
debacles compared to his promises last September in that
devastated New Orleans--nearly matches his penchant for daily
The precipitous drop in Bush's polls (Cheney's are even lower)
is not coming from liberals who long ago registered negative in
these national surveys. The drop is coming from millions of
erstwhile Bush supporters, Bush voters, Bush-loving
Why? Just look at or read the news every day. There goes Bush
and Cheney insisting that conditions in Iraq are getting better
and better, when they are getting worse and worse. And Americans
also know this because hundreds of thousands of soldiers and
other personnel are rotating from Iraq back into every state and
community and telling millions of people the truth.
Repeated reports from diverse official, media and eyewitness
accounts say that there is less electricity, more disease, less
drinkable water, less housing, far less street security, less
health care, less gasoline, fewer jobs and far more violence
against civilians after the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld invasion in
March 2003 than before the sanctioned, tottering, besieged
dictator, Saddam Hussein, was toppled.
With Bush's own ambassador to Iraq warning of a possible civil
war and Bush's handpicked interim Iraqi prime minister, Ayad
Allawi saying "We are in a terrible civil conflict now," the
serial delusionists, Bush and Cheney, having lied five ways into
their war, go around daily as smarmy pollyannas spouting what
Bush calls "a strategy that will lead to victory in Iraq".
Why, didn't you know about all the progress in Iraq? If only the
media would report it, they both say again and again. Really!
What about all the corruption by the many contractors, all the
brutal militias that now often do their work wearing Iraqi
soldier or police uniforms, all the bogus reconstruction, paid
with billions of American taxpayer money? What about the
spreading chaos that Bush has no intention of confronting, as
international law requires invading occupiers to remedy.
Remember Colin Powell's tight phrase, "We broke it, we own it,"
that sums up the global law on this subject.
Massive separation from reality frequently involves ordinary
personalities with psychotherapy. Read the words of the The
Washington Post's respected columnist, Eugene Robinson:
The people running this country sound convinced that reality is
whatever they say it is. And if they've actually strayed into
the realm of genuine self-delusion--if they actually believe the
fantasies they're spinning about the bloody mess they made in
Iraq over the past three years--then things are even worse than
He described Bush as "divorced from reality".
Worse still is the delusion that claims the Bush-Cheney War is
not generating more terrorists. Mr. Bush doesn't listen to
intelligence, military and diplomatic officials, or even to his
CIA Director Porter Goss. Mr. Goss has testified that the U.S.
occupation is a magnet and a training ground for even more
terrorists from outside and inside Iraq. Thereby, setting up a
boomerang against our national security in the future.
One area, however, in Iraq is proceeding on schedule--the
building of four massive, permanent super-bases, complete with
American suburban amenities such as Pizza Hut, Burger King,
miniature golf courses, theaters, swimming pools and even a
football field. There is almost a news blackout about Balad Air
Base, al-Asad Airbase and others, thought not quite the blockage
that the two White House draft-dodgers have placed on reporters
trying to cover the return of the fallen soldiers to Dover,
Senator Joe Biden (D-Delaware) spoke about the growing
opposition by both Republican and Democratic Senators, to what
can deliberately be called disinformation coming out of the Bush
administration. Not to mention the refusal to respond at all to
serious inquiries by members of Congress.
Unlike the Presidential ordering of military invasions that
violate our domestic laws, our Constitution and international
treaties to which the U.S. is a signatory, massive delusion in
the White House is not an impeachable offense. But it should be
a cause for resignation driven by popular bipartisan demand.
Bush and Cheney have arrayed their no-fault power, their
political egos against the interests of our country. They are
Bush recently traveled to West Virginia and did not speak to the
poverty among some of the hardest workers in America. He went to
Ohio on Air Force One and ignored the huge loss of manufacturing
jobs there to Mexico, China and other authoritarian nations. No,
instead, he brings his gigantic sign, "Plan for Victory", stands
in front of it and, as befits the Mayor of Baghdad, talks about
his delusions in that oil-rich, devastated country.
Reality, good citizens, can fairly describe the dictatorial Bush
and Cheney as psychiatrically challenged. Send them to the
unemployment lines, where Halliburton and Exxon will certainly
pick them up.