Mission Accomplished Day
By Cindy Sheehan
05/01/06 -- "ICH
-- May 1st, 2006 will be the 3rd Anniversary of the end of
"major combat" in Iraq. It was a glorious day when George Bush
flew onto the deck of the Abraham Lincoln and was hailed by the
rapturous throngs of toadie "news" persons such as Chris
Matthews ("And that's the president looking very much like a
jet, you know, a high-flying jet star," Hardball, May 1, 2003)
and Bob Schieffer ("As far as I'm concerned, that was one of the
great pictures of all time. And if you're a political
consultant, you can just see campaign commercial written all
over the pictures of George Bush." Meet the Press, May 4, 2003).
What a fast and clean war! G. Gordon Liddy was enthralled with
the president's package ("all those women who say size doesn't
count -- they're all liars." Hardball, May 7, 2003) and a new
era free from terrorism was ushered in.
This is the faith based fable of what happened almost exactly
three years ago. The reality based scenario goes something like
- Over 2400 American soldiers (including my son who was
killed almost a year after Mission Accomplished Day) have
come home in cardboard boxes in cargo areas of planes in the
secrecy of the night.
- Thousands of our young people wounded, many grievously
also bused into Walter Reed and other hospitals in the dark
of the night.
- Tons of rubble upon rubble in Iraq with inconsistent
electrical power still and not much clean water or chance of
future power and clean water.
- Hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi civilians are
dead, being punished for the sins of a leader who was
propped up, armed and supported by many US Regimes.
The Mission Accomplished Day (or, Operation Codpiece) public
relations' dream for the presidential pelvic zone has turned
into a frighteningly real nightmare for so many people around
the world who have had sons, daughters, mothers, fathers,
sisters, brothers, and oftentimes entire families wiped out and
devastated by the strutting and smirking terrorist who was
feeling mighty "chipper" last night at the Washington
Correspondent's annual dinner as the 2400 th soldier was being
killed and as the 2400th Gold Star Mother was falling on the
floor screaming for her child. There are hundreds of thousands
of people on our planet who will have a hard time ever feeling
chipper again because of George Bush, no matter how good he
looks in a flight suit.
Now that BushCo has done such a fantastic job with the
invasion and occupation of Iraq that never should have happened,
but now that it has happened is extraordinarily evil in its
scope and tactics, he is warning Iran that if it doesn't shape
up the US is going to come and impose freedom and democracy on
that country. The rah-rah, "yes, sir" Congress who has an easy
job of approving everything that George Bush does, thereby
eliminating critical thinking, debate, or any semblance of
rational discussion has voted for sanctions that will lead to an
attack on Iran which will be devastating for our troops in Iraq
and for that poor region that had the unfortunate luck to be
built upon tremendous oil and natural gas reserves.
Only 21 Congress people voted "nay" on the Iran Freedom
Support Act which is incredible considering what happened when
they voted "yea" to give George Bush the green light for every
sanction against Iraq and to invade it. I ran into one of the
"yea" voters on the Iran Freedom Support Act, Rep. Major Owens,
and I asked him why he voted that way. He said it was because he
hated the "evil" regime of Iran. I asked him about our own evil,
irresponsible regime! The radical President of Iran says very
irresponsible and inflammatory things, but by all accounts is
over a decade away from a nuclear weapon and is reigned in by
the mullahs and the young population of Iran that is very
westernized. We are in trouble with our one party system of
government, which is the War Party.
Before we the people need to be subjected to another
swaggering spectacle from George after he has bombed Iran back
into the stone ages and has made we the people of the United
States of America even more hated around the world, it is time
to rein him in ourselves. Congress won't do it and the media is
falling into lockstep behind the murder again.
It is time to fire the warniks whose bloodlust cannot be
slated and hire people who will finally use their wisdom,
integrity, and non-violence to solve problems, and won't create
imaginary problems out of smoke and mirrors. We need a Congress
that will hold George accountable not one that is complicit in
the war crimes.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said: "We must live together as
brothers, or perish together as fools." God protect us from the
fools that we elected to protect us!
Cindy Sheehan is the mother of American war victim, Casey
Sheehan who was killed on 04/04/04. She founded
Gold Star Families
for Peace and is the author of
Not One More Mother's Child
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