Who’s Steering This Ship?
By Bridget Gibson
07/14/03: The news is all about how “accepting” the blame for the
botched speech is okay with George W. Bush. It is so nice to realize
that words can be “blamed” on someone, anyone, but the one who uses
Following the logic of the “blame” routine leads me down an
If all George W. Bush does, is read prepared speeches written by others,
vetted by others, put onto ready to read scrolling devices for the lips
of the President, does that make the one that utters the words a puppet?
A void and vacuous being whose only purpose is to mouth the threats
and words of others.
If our illustrious President will not take the responsibility for the
content and context in which his words are spoken - and spoken in a
Constitutionally proscribed duty - then this person does not deserve to
be called the “leader of the free world.”
As of July 11, 2003, we had, as a nation, sustained the loss of two
hundred and twelve men and women in the act of war -- a war that was
whipped into being by the words of George W. Bush and his
Descriptions of “mushroom clouds” within the borders of the United
States, descriptions of tons of weaponized biological and bacterial
materials, descriptions of unending horror at the hands of Saddam
Hussein have been placed in the psyche of each and every citizen by the
members of George W. Bush’s cabinet and crew.
If George Tenet was responsible for standing in front of the Congress
and the public on January 28, 2003, and uttering words of terror, then a
“I accept the blame” statement is not enough.
If, eight days later, Colin Powell decided that those words should not
be used by him in his testimony before the United Nations, was it
because Colin Powell understood the gravity of lying under oath? Did
George W. Bush not understand that by using those words in a
Constitutionally mandated speech before Congress that he, too, was under
This lie had been exposed - this forged document regarding uranium from
Niger - long before January 28, 2003. This lie was further exposed
before March 20, 2003 – the date that George W. Bush launched “shock
and awe” on the Iraqi nation.
This administration has ignored the truth at each and every turn and has
stolen the sons, husbands, brothers, fathers, daughters, wives, sisters
and mothers of our fellow citizens. There will be children that will
grow up without fathers or mothers.
Donald Rumsfeld has said that the losses since May 1, 2003, (the day
that George W. Bush declared “Mission Accomplished” from the deck of
the USS Abraham Lincoln) are militarily insignificant. Each and every
day, we have lost at least one more of our service men or women. I am
certain that their families do not view their loss as
George Bush and Tommy Franks have called for those that attack us to
“Bring ‘em on.” How easy and safe it must be for all of us here in
our “secured” borders to just wait for the days numbers to be
announced. Two die in landmine accidents, three die of complications
from wounds, five die in an exchange of gunfire. My heart aches for each
and every loss. Temperatures ranging from 100 to 110 degrees cannot bode
well for an entire population who cannot depend on electricity to keep
their food from spoiling and their waters from being polluted.
We are now told that the cost of the “war” will be Four Billion
Dollars ($4,000,000,000) each and every month and that we will be there
for at least four years. My calculations come to One Hundred ninety-two
Billion Dollars ($192,000,000,000), not counting the loss of life for
the American people and others.
We have someone in our highest office who will not take responsibility
for his words. Do you think that George W. Bush will take responsibility
for the rest of what he has created? George W. Bush demanded that our
Congress give him the power to decide who, where and when our military
would make this “pre-emptive” attack. George W. Bush demanded that
we ignore the reservations of other nations on the United Nations
Security Council. George W. Bush ordered the attacks. George W. Bush is
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