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Bush team has lost credibility

I wonder if the conservative Supreme Court realized the tempest they created when they decided to elect George W. Bush President. They could have returned the problem to the Florida Supreme Court and insisted that Florida clean up its electoral a...

I wonder if the conservative Supreme Court realized the tempest they created when they decided to elect George W. Bush President. They could have returned the problem to the Florida Supreme Court and insisted that Florida clean up its electoral act without intrusions from Jeb Bush and Kathryn Harris, the Republican Secretary of State. This action by the court will live in infamy.

As a result, we now have a president who is using "evil" strategies and lies in order to convince the world that it is essential to attack Iraq in order to depose Saddam Hussein. Bush's spokes-persons have lost their credibility. Even Colin Powell lied before the United Nations regarding the sighting of a weapon production site in Iraq and quoted material in his speech that had been plagiarized by Tony Blair in his earlier speech before the British parliament.

For a while, Bush was getting away with attacking the credibility of both the United Nations and the NATO members for their unwillingness to accede to war with Iraq. Now it appears that Bush has backed himself and his administration into a corner with no credible spokesperson to represent them.

It is clear that the world no longer supports this absolute insanity proposed by Bush. What kind of presidential leadership do we have in a George Bush who is proposing the killing of thousands of Iraqi citizens.

Under his leadership, the United States has become the rogue nation in the world; a position occupied at one time by Nazi Germany and the USSR. We are the unpredictable "bully on the block" that our former allies fear and mistrust. Such hubris by Bush suggesting that the United States would "go it alone" irrespective of the actions of the United Nations and our former NATO allies.

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It is not accidental that the US recently had a "code orange"alert which coincided with Ashcroft's introduction of Patriot Act II. The Bush administration is deliberately creating a milieu of fear so that we will more readily accept these intrusions on our lives and civil liberties and the taking of property without due process under the guise of protecting us. People were even conned into purchasing useless plastic and duct tape for their windows in order to supposedly reduce the effects of a terrorist attack. All of this was sheer hype so that we would acquiesce to the multiple intrusions on our civil liberties and accede to Bush's megalomania.

On Feb. 7, two speakers talked of their experiences in Iraq at First Lutheran Church. They put faces on the Iraqi people whom they had met.

They recounted intimate details of visiting an orphanage and trying to imagine that these same children might well be killed by American bombs -- done by our tax dollars and therefore in our names.

Only sociopaths would try to find justification for this killling.These are live sentient human beings and not Bush's "collateral damage." It is an interesting paradox that Bush will deify the embryo or fetus in utero by making abortions illegal in the U.S., and yet will engineer the killing of alive productive human beings without any apologies. He even asks for the blessings of his right-wing, born-again deity for our boys who are to kill these Iraqi people -- children, men and women, college professors, plumbers, doctors, carpenters, farmers and, yes, fetuses in utero.

Bush says that he is saving the world from a possible nuclear or biological attack by Iraq. The truth is that he wants to invade this oil rich country in order to guarantee that U.S. oil companies will own most of the world's supply of fossil fuel in the future. As one of the political signs at the recent Washington, D.C., demonstration asked, "What is our oil doing under Iraqi sand?"

Furthermore, he is having his way with billions of our tax dollars to fight a war that will be only self serving for the energy corporations and his wealthy associates who supported his election.

We are not safer with this increased sophisticated weaponry. If Bush's war goes forward, he is literally inviting retaliation by terrorist acts to our shores. We would do better to spend our tax dollars in support of the world's poor and taking care of and nurturing our only home, our planet. Is it any wonder that former attorney general Ramsey Clark is calling for the impeachment of George W. Bush?

Iver Bogen is professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the UMD Faculty Against the War in Iraq.

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