Idiots Abounding

We The People must be a nation of idiots, because we elected a president who either is an idiot himself or thinks that we are. You can tell in his few unscripted appearances on television or taking questions from the press corp – those rare occasions when his audience is not carefully restricted to folks supportive of his policies.

Here's just one example from his press conference earlier this week:

George Bush:"You know, we used to think we were secure because of oceans and previous diplomacy. But we realized on September the 11th, 2001, that killers could destroy innocent life..."

Is he really that naive? Or does he think that we are? The World Trade Center was bombed once before by Islamic extremists; does he think we all had forgotten that? Does he really expect us to forgive him for having forgotten that important bit of recent history?

That incredible comment came during the middle part Bush's reply to a question from Helen Thomas, the senior AP correspondent and Washington reporter for more than 40 years. This was the first time Bush had called on her for a question in more than four years, because she asks hard questions – like "Why did you want to go to war in Iraq?" Here is more of Bush's reply, picking up from where it left off above:

George Bush: "...and that's why I went into Iraq - hold on for a second -"

Helen Thomas: "They didn't do anything to you, or to our country."

George Bush: "Look - excuse me for a second, please. Excuse me for a second. They did. The Taliban provided safe haven for al Qaeda. That's where al Qaeda trained -"

Helen Thomas: "I'm talking about Iraq -"

George Bush: "Helen, excuse me. That's where - Afghanistan provided safe haven for al Qaeda. That's where they trained. That's where they plotted. That's where they planned the attacks that killed thousands of innocent Americans. I also saw a threat in Iraq."

That's our President, babbling away to cover his mistake until he can verbally close the loop that links Iraq and al-Queda – a link that never existed before the US invasion of Iraq. The neocon's illegal war in Iraq has created the very danger that they now try to use to justify the invasion, having run out of all other possible justifications.

How did we sink so low as a body politic that this man could front for a pack of moral and intellectual dinosaurs and earn enough legitimate votes – twice – to win the election by stealing the necessary few more?

Why aren't people howling in the streets for his impeachment? Is it for fear of unleashing Dick Cheney, who wouldn't hesitate to declare martial law and imprison all dissenters if he had the chance?

Well, Cheney can be impeached, too. Who will run the country, you say? Well, Congress could do it, like they are supposed to, instead of kneeling in submission to the figurehead of a cabal whose visions of Imperial Destiny are fogging their brains.

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