A threat greater than terrorism

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, December 15, 2004

In Bush's first year in office, he lowered taxes for the rich because he said it would stimulate the economy. That was 2001 and the economy is still slow. Increased federal spending (Iraq mainly) and decreased tax collection have rocketed U.S. debt into the stratosphere. The dollar is losing value and may not remain one of the strongest currencies in the world much longer. Bush has stuck a smiley face on this by rationalizing that a weak dollar will stimulate exports from the U.S. He fails to mention that a weaker dollar will equal higher prices for imported goods and we are the biggest importer in the world. You may also have noticed that, since congressional Republicans have taken a fiscal responsibility holiday, interest rates are rising.

On March 19, 2003, George W. Bush started a war with Iraq to get rid of their weapons of mass destruction. Since no weapons of mass destruction were found, Bush changed the justification for his war by claiming it was to liberate the Iraqi people. Yet, since Jan. 30, 2001, (10 days after Bush's inauguration, eight months before 9/11/01, and 18 months before the invasion of Iraq) "hard-liners like Rumsfeld, Cheney, and Wolfowitz, were already planning the next war in Iraq and the shape of a post-Saddam country."

"Documents were being prepared by the Defense Intelligence Agency, Rumsfeld's intelligence arm, mapping Iraq's oil fields and exploration areas and listing companies that might be interested in leveraging the precious asset." - page 96, The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill, by Ron Suskind.

So far we have helped "liberate" around 100,000 Iraqis (Lancet Medical Journal) from their lives.

Vice President Cheney still insists Saddam was connected to al-Qaida though, as usual, he has no evidence to back him up. A large number of Americans also believe it. Another example of how this administration's philosophy is "It's not what is. It's what you believe is."

Fifty-nine million-plus American voters approved of George W. Bush on Election Day, 2004.

I'm very afraid for our country when our leaders and the majority of voters display such a disregard for facts. This domestic disconnect with reality is more threatening to America than terrorism.

Lisle Hebert

Juneau



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