Here at the Curmudgeon, we try not to get angry. Curmudgeonly, yes; snippy, true. But not angry, if we can help it.
As we approach the fifth anniversary of 9/11, however, we are mad as hell.
It's been five years now, and this moronic incompetent Bush Lite administration continues to bungle the response to 9/11.
We know this: the attack was set in motion by Osama Bin Laden from Afghanistan. Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with it.
So what did the assholes at the White House do? They mounted a nominal response to Osama in Afghanistan, which resulted in temporarily setting back the Taliban and driving Bin Laden into hiding in remote areas of Pakistan. We installed a friendly new government in Kabul and we've kept something less than 25,000 troops in the country. Today, the Taliban is resurgent and Osama continues to direct his terror operation.
Meanwhile, Bush, Cheney and their ilk used 9/11 and the country's outrage as an EXCUSE to start a war they were planning long before 9/11, which they KNEW had nothing to do with 9/11, and which ultimately has created more terrorists than it has destroyed. As a consequence, we have 125,000 of our best troops tied up in Iraq fighting an insurgency we created--it didn't exist before we got there. At the same time, we are powerless against Iran and North Korea as they develop REAL weapons of mass destruction.
Osama must be laughing in his cave.
If anyone would've been able to look into a crystal ball on 9/12 and report that, five years later, we still wouldn't have caught the guy responsible, a crowd would've lynched W on the spot when he gave his speech at ground zero.
But what's really galling is that we're not even trying to get Bin Laden--if we were, we'd have 125,000 troops in Afghanistan, we'd tell Pakistan to take a hike if they didn't like us going across the border, and we'd choke down until we captured this criminal.
Occasionally, like this morning, I'll see someone sporting a "W '04" or "Re-elect Bush Cheney" bumper sticker on their car (usually a gas-guzzling SUV) and I'll wonder: don't these people have any self-respect? Are they idiots? Aren't they the least bit sorry they put these guys back for four more years?
We hope the American people are smart enough to see through the Bush-Rove-Cheney axis's current public relations offensive to convince people they are doing a good job. As a patriot and a Democrat who believes terrorism is a real problem, it makes me mad that these numbskulls are going around suggesting that Democrats would make us less safe. THEY haven't done shit--in fact, THEY have increased our risk by starting a war we didn't need while letting Osama go.
Wake up people!