Can things in America get much more painful? Yesterday, Mary Tillman, mother of patriot, and soldier, Pat Tillman, who was killed by "friendly fire" in Afghanistan, accused President Bush of knowingly and willfully, using her son's death to promote the war. Of suppressing evidence that one high-ranking general said might, "embarrass," the president. The warning to the president came just one week after the "friendly fire," incident that killed Tillman. Of course the White House denies ever having been warned about the circumstances of Tillman's death, but that isn't any big surprise. It seems that the inner circle of the Bush administration is never involved in the scandals that have emerged in the years George Bush as been president. It's ironic, that Bush knows so little about so much.
Pat Tillman had a bright future, just as all the men and women who signed up to serve in the military did. He, and in fact all of them, deserved better than they got. Our men and women were mislead, just as the American people were, about why we were going to war. There's evidence that Halliburton was feeding our soldiers, sometimes spoiled and outdated food. No investigations into that by the president. And don't you just love Cheney, spouting that the congress and senate are letting down the troops by setting a timetable to leave Iraq? It was six weeks ago, that the story broke in the media regarding the shabby conditions at Walter Reed Hospital. Six weeks! Bush is just now paying a visit there and apologizing for it? True, he has been to Walter Reed many times to visit soldiers who were recovering from their wartime injuries, yet his visit last Friday, was the first visit since the story broke. Strange timing don't you think? Just as the truth was coming out about Pat Tillman, and the possible cover-up of what actually killed that young man.
Are you like me? When you think about the scandals, and the shame that has poured out from this administration, do you feel sick to your stomach? Do you go to bed at night, and pray you will wake up on September 10th, 2001? Sometimes when I think about how ill I was back then, how detached I was from everything, it seems like it was someone elses life. But no, it was mine. As sad as I was, and as detached as I was, the kind of evil that would take place, was never something I could have imagined. Do you ever wish you could wake up and find that the Twin Towers never fell? That there isn't a president in office who cared so little about the country he was trusted to serve, that he would have been on vacation 55% of the first 8 months he was in office? That he would ignore reports and memos regarding plans to attack America? When I think of all September 11th means right at this moment, I see that Osama Bin Laden won so much more then he set out to accomplish. Hell, Bush has handed it him on a silver platter.
Nearly every single scandal to come out of the Bush administration, can be linked back to the events of September 11th, 2001 and it's aftermath, with the exception of the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, that's a heartache of another story. Do you ever wish that we could go back to September 10th, 2001, and hug our loved ones, smile at strangers, let someone cut in front of us in traffic, cuddle our pets, feel that late summer sun, hear planes flying over our heads, smell a beautiful flower, photograph a perfect moment, brush the hair from our lovers eyes, and then kiss them like there is no tomorrow. Sometimes it feels like we will never have honesty in this country again.
Hope is certainly fleeting, unless you are one of the hopelessly ignorant like Bill O' Reilly. Shame on you Bill O' Reilly, calling for the firing of Rosie O' Donnell, all because she is asking the question about how and why Tower 7 of the World Trade Center fell.You have some nerve, considering you once said that Al-Qaeda should blow up Coit Tower, in San Francisco, because you didn't like that the citizens of San Francisco voted to officially state their opposition to military recruiting on campuses. Strange what constitutes a patriot anymore, or rather what doesn't constitute treason. Sigh. I am not much for conspiracy theories, but I have some questions about how and why Tower 7 fell, don't you? Come on Bill... not even one question for the sake of the truth?
In some ways I feel sorry for Bill O' Reilly, and folks like him, because they are the ones who will be hurt the most when they finally wake up and see things for what they are. We have in office, the most corrupt, ignorant, selfish, irrational administration in history. I will ask the same question Rosie asked a couple weeks ago on The View, "What does it take to get impeached in this country?" It has to be more than lying about a blow job...right? And now I will ask that certain question one more time, the one I will keep asking until I get THE answer we are all waiting for and deserve, "where is Osama Bin Laden? Now excuse me while I go have a deep cleansing cry, a sob really, and try my best to remember September 10th, 2001, when I felt nothing.
As of yesterday, Saturday March 31, 2007...
American Soldiers Killed in Iraq = 3245
American Soldiers Wounded in Iraq = 24, 314
Iraq 101 - Mother Jones (Very detailed article about Iraq, and the true cost of this war).