Bill Sandt runs down the media. I noticed MDN ran his right-wing agenda letter twice (Feb 11 & 15). He said President George Bush is guided by Christian principles. Some of those should include the Ten Commandments, namely, "Thou shall not bear false witness (don’t lie)."
When the first three reasons we stated for war with Iraq failed, namely WMD, buying yellow cake for A-bombs and funding Al-Qaeda, suddenly they found a fourth reason – give the Iraqis democracy.
The last reason not voted on by Congress.
People who oppose the war are branded as cut and run cowards. What is the flip side of cut and run? We are doing something stupid – let’s do more!
The Bush people won’t talk to foreign governments but they can go halfway around the world to kill them. The right-wing Christians help put Bush in office and they claim to respect and protect human life from Terry Schivo down to the embryo. I have news: war kills people. Our country doesn’t torture people, we just fly them to countries that do.
Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and current World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz had their chance to serve in war and all opted out. Bush couldn’t even find time to attend his National Guard meetings. All the people who think war is the only answer should ask themselves, "Do you believe in this war so firmly that you would send your own son or daughter to fight? Or is it okay if they send someone else’s son or daughter?"
Most of the troops in our military come from poor and middle class families while the rich people hide their children in prep school. The Army recruiters promise sign on bonuses and college help to join and if the recruits survive services they can go to college and have a chance to compete with rich kids for the good jobs.
Most people say our troops shouldn’t complain because they joined a volunteer army, just do your duty. They didn’t sign on for a suicide mission or to be ducks in a shooting gallery in a civil war.
The Republicans say we are fighting a war. President Bush landed on the carrier, Abraham Lincoln, and declared the war was won. He was right. The Iraqi Army was defeated and disbanded.
When a war is over and you stay in that country, it is called occupation. Nobody wants to use this word. Our troops are caught between Sunni and Shiite who are fighting over division of Iraq’s oil, money and religious reasons since the death of the prophet Muhammad in the year 632, and both of them want American troops out of their country.
My grandson has done two turns in Iraq and is scheduled for a third. Have you not served your country until you return in a body bag or missing body parts? Sandt would have us click our heels and walk in lockstep with the White House like our congressman, Rep. Dave Camp. Letting people run wild without limits or accountability is part of the problem that got us into the Iraq mess. This kind of thinking got Germany in trouble in 1939 and then dragged the rest of the world into the conflict, They continue to say we are fighting a war on terror. Terror is a concept of a way to persuade people same as the Mafia, KKK and street gangs do.
You can’t defeat terror. However, you can defeat a terrorist.
How much war profit has been made by companies like Halliburton and defense contractors paid for by American blood? I think the god they talk about is Ben Bernanke from the Federal Reserve Board (Money god). The God most of us refer to must be Republican because they seem to think he gives sanction to all that they do and say. I believe they would like a government in Iraq who would work with us like the Shah of Iran did in the past for sweet oil deals.
There are other bad leaders in the world like Kim Jong Ill, but he doesn’t have oil. He needs some instead, hence, no invasion. President Bush said he is "the decider." I didn’t know we elected a one-person government. It sounds more like a dictatorship. Where was Bush and Cheney when the rehab center, Intrepid for Fallen Heroes, was dedicated, or didn’t they want to see what their handiwork caused?
It’s time more right-wing supporters take off their rose-colored glasses and see what is really going on in Iraq. They think if they get abortion stopped and the gays put back in the closet, the world problems will have been solved. We need the news media to keep the average person informed so devious people in high places can be held accountable.
When dictators take over a country, they grab the newspapers, radio and TV stations so the only message you get is their propaganda. The Patriot Act has nothing to do with patriotism. It should be called the Anti-terrorism Act, but then we would have to go after all terrorists such as the KKK, which the government turned a blind eye to since 1865, the end of the Civil War.
Our southern Christians push their Bibles and Ten Commandments in your face at the same time they belong to the KKK. The government of the people, for the people, and by the people has been sold to a shadow government controlled by lobbyists, corporations and some very rich people. Both parties spend millions of dollars to get elected and the people who give the money want influence so by the time they get elected they can’t make a decision for the people. Abe Lincoln couldn’t get elected in this crowd.
Mr. Bush spent years drunk and then found God and became president. Good for him. Mr. Sandt give me a call. I would like to discuss the Ten Commandments.
Charles E. Reid is a resident of Saginaw.