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2004-10-22 - 8:34 a.m.

A Prediction - I like it!

I keep coming back to read this “prediction” time and time again…thought you might like to read it again, too. Charley Reese is BRILLIANT! – ‘cause 1) he agrees with me; 2) he remembers the invasion of Poland; 3) I think he’s got Bush’s number!

If you believe the president's own words, he has not the foggiest idea of what the war on terrorism is all about. His repeated claim that terrorists hate us because we are rich and free is so patently absurd as to be laughable. Osama bin Laden probably has a higher net worth than Bush, if not Dick Cheney, and what the terrorists object to is not us but our foreign policy, part of which is to turn the U.S. armed forces into a corporate oil-protective service.

His belief that you can fight a war and cut taxes at the same time is reckless. The record deficit he has created is a most dangerous situation for the economy. For one thing, it means trillions of dollars of American debt paper are in the hands of the Japanese, the Chinese, the Malaysians and the Koreans. That gives them influence over U.S. policy they should not have. …

What is the difference between Adolf Hitler's invasion ofPoland and Bush's invasion of Iraq?

…Both were blatant attempts to achieve political objectives by force – in Hitler's case, the annexation of Poland; in Bush's case, regime change. Morally, there is not a thread's difference between the bombing of Warsaw and the bombing of Baghdad.

That's the single most important thing to learn about the Iraq War. If every other nation adopts the same policy of "pre-emptive" wars, the world will be right back in the jungle that cost the lives of hundreds of millions of people in the last century – by far the bloodiest in human history.

Bush has a dangerous mind-set. He appears to actually believe that he is an agent of God. He said as much. That puts him in the same mind-set as bin Laden. I much prefer the saner notion of a president who believes that the God of the universe has better things to do than manage the day-to-day affairs of the U.S. government. I prefer an emotionally mature person who can admit mistakes as opposed to a self-righteous rooster who gets defensive and resentful when someone disagrees with him.

I told you…he’s got Bush’s number – a dangerous mind-set. How he thinks he can continue with all of these “pork” give-aways designed to help get the Republicans back in office, lower taxes and fight the war, I just don’t know. And then, he’s gonna fix Social Security and health care, too. What I DO know is that the best way to judge future behavior is on PAST behavior. In his past four years, he lowered some people’s taxes by a whole lot – not ours! And he sure is fighting a war in sort of a haphazard way. No, he’s not fighting a war – he’s sending our young men to do his fighting for him. I noticed that the Bush or Cheney daughters are not stepping up to the plate! But then, of course, it’s an all-volunteer army – at least for now.

I’ve done enough ranting – I’m off to the gym! Keep the faith! Let’s hope Charley is right: Kerry will win by a big margin. We won’t have to fret about recounting and going to Supreme Court to appoint our next President.

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