supah with the chutzpah
(or The boss at a loss)
all his follies Yours Truly has nothing but praise for George
'Warmonger' Bush for the pluck he has shown by facing Live
on television John Kerry in the first 2003 US presidential
he could easily have feigned a tummy ache (you need to have
a head to have a headache) for having too much of condoleezza
rice. Or, more convincingly, as the supreme commander, he
could have excused himself to bomb yet another Muslim country
in search of wee pawns of much distraction, often referred
to as WMD.
fearless man that he is (no president has ever died in a war),
the man who uninvited and uninvitingly launched terrorism
on terrorism, effective enough to isolate the USA from the
rest of the world, has lived up to his unenviable reputation,
that of defender of a pack of lies.
after the first shot was fired in Afghanistan, as dress rehearsal
for the inhuman attack on neighbouring Iraq with the lame
excuse of humanising a nation that has a history and culture
richer than that of Bushland, our brave warrior had the chutzpah
to stand behind a lectern in full view of millions. He was
not shaking, the world was; in fear and anger.
if I had killed or maimed innocent men, women and children,
was laden with the guilt of bombing a whole country in search
of a Laden, lied to my voters to justify a predetermined war,
endangered by own troops, saw coffins reaching my shore from
a distant land, I would not have shown up at the debate with
Kerry. But our man is more defiant than a mortal being. More
importantly, I am not American.
first presidential debate on 30 September several statements
made by the US president can be dubbed as misleading, as analysed
against his previous declarations. Here follows a sextet (nothing
to get excited about) picked from the net.
said: "My opponent looked at the same intelligence I
looked at and declared in 2002 that Saddam Hussein was a grave
White House manipulated Public Iraq Threat Assessment to mislead
the USA into war. "The 90-page, classified [National
Intelligence Estimate -- NIE] was deemed insufficient for
a Congress deliberating on war or peace. Legislators needed
to refer to a public document [called a White Paper], one
that the American people themselves could read in order to
decide whether Saddam posed an imminent threat. Unfortunately,
the White Paper not only condensed but also distorted and
manipulated the intelligence in the NIE to paint an even worse
threat. Cautious evaluations were converted into assertions
of fact, and conclusions were revised, not merely abridged,
in order to make the strongest possible case for war."
[Vanity Fair, 5/2004, p. 281]
said: "We'll give you all the equipment you need, and
we'll get you home as soon as the mission's done, because
this is a vital mission."
US Soldiers lacked armoured vehicles. In late March 2004,
"Soldiers headed for Iraq are still buying their own
body armour - and in many cases, their families are buying
it for them - despite assurances from the military that the
gear will be in hand before they're in harm's way. The Portland
Press Herald wrote that "In early March, Sen. Susan Collins,
Republican-Maine, questioned Acting Secretary of the Army
Les Brownlee about the shortage of body armour and fortified
Humvees for troops serving in Iraq. Sen. Tom Daschle, Democrat-S.D.,
said after a visit to Iraq in mid-June that U.S. forces still
need better armoured equipment. Of the 15,000 Humvees in Iraq,
about 1,500 to 2,000 are armoured, according to the Army."
[Associated Press, 3/26/04)
said: "NATO is helping now [in Iraq]."
Today there are only 40 NATO trainers in Iraq. [AP, 9/22/04]
said: "We've allocated $7 billion over the next months
for reconstruction efforts. And we're making progress there."
Iraqis won't see reconstruction money for at least a year.
"Despite President Bush's promise to spend $9 billion
on reconstruction contracts in Iraq in coming months, administration
and congressional officials said on Thursday it could take
more than a year to pay out that much money." [Reuters,
said: "There will be elections in January."
Rumsfeld said elections will be denied to some Iraqis. Rumsfeld:
"If there were to be an area where the extremists focused
during the election period, and an election was not possible
in that area at that time, so be it. You have the rest of
the election and you go on. Life's not perfect," Rumsfeld
told the Senate Armed Services Committee. [AP, 9/23/04]
"It doesn't mean that everybody got to vote on that particular
day. What's our turnout on any particular day for a variety
of reasons? So, we don't need a 100-percent turnout of every
single citizen." [Fox News Sunday, 9/26/04]
said: "We've also changed the culture of the FBI to have
counterterrorism as its number one priority. We're communicating
Many Al Qaeda recordings not being transcribed. "Audio
recordings that relate to Al Qaeda investigations are supposed
to be reviewed within 12 hours of interception under F.B.I.
policy. But the report found that deadline was missed in 36
percent of nearly 900 cases that the inspector general reviewed.
In 50 Al Qaeda cases, it took at least a month for the F.B.I.
to translate material. The F.B.I. 'has not prioritized its
workload nationwide to ensure a zero backlog in the F.B.I.'s
highest priority cases - counterterrorism cases and, in particular,
Al Qaeda cases,' the report found." [NYT, 9/28/04]
disloyal, friendless, deceitful, partially democratic and
inefficient these are virtues not palatable to voters even
in the most despicable of places on earth. The world has more
trust in the American people than that. The time is nearing
for them to establish that they are as human as the Iraqi
child bathed in blood.
(R) thedailystar.net 2004