Yesterday, Mister Bush equated the war in Iraq with World War II. Shortly afterward, Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld denied (once again) any similarity between Iraq and Vietnam.
Our leaders tell us we're fighting a war against religious extremists. On Monday, one of America's leading religious extremists called for the assassination of a South American president.
A CBS affiliate in Idaho refused to air Cindy Sheehan's ad because there is no "proof" that Mister Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. To date, the administration has yet to provide a shred of evidence that Mister Bush told the truth--and I'm quite confident that the CBS affiliate in question had no qualms about running the Swift Boat ads during the '04 campaign.
The "best trained, best equipped" military in history is fighting a desperate "generational" war against an enemy that possesses no helmets, no body armor, no humvees, no fighters, no bombers, no nuclear submarines, no aircraft carriers; heck, they don't even have a country.
Mister Bush and his echo chamber maids maintain we must "stay the course" military even though they admit there is no military solution to the War on Terror.
As our national debt and trade deficit spurt through the roof, we continue to spend as much on our military as the rest of the world combined. Secretary Rumsfeld tells us this spending is necessary, and American can afford it.
Bush supporters honor our war dead by destroying a memorial dedicated to them. Mister Bush asks us to honor our war dead by adding to their number.
Americans sacrifice for the War on Terror by paying record prices at the gas pumps. Record profits go to Iran and Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporters and funders of Islamic terrorism.
Record profits also go to Messrs Bush and Cheney's cronies in the U.S. oil companies who helped Dick and Dubya formulate the energy policy behind closed doors.
Mister Bush claims that anti-war protestors who call for withdrawal from Iraq are "advocating a policy that would weaken the United States. Mister Bush's policies--especially his Iraq policy--have left the United States weaker and more vulnerable than at any time since the Berlin Wall came down.
We're fighting them "over there" so we don't have to fight them "over here," yet...
--The Homeland Security threat level remains at "elevated."
--We have given state and local governments over $81 billion to protect the homeland.
--We've made homeland security the FBI's number one priority and increased its funding by sixty percent.
--We established a four-star military combatant command to fight terrorism in the continental United States.
--We formed a National Counterterrorism Center, a Terrorist Threat Integration Center, and a Terrorist Screening Center.
--We suspended portions of the Bill of Rights without so much as a whisper about amending the Constitution for the sake of being better "protected."
But in spite of all that and more...
Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, has told us repeatedly that it's just a matter of time before we have another 9-11 style terrorist attack on American soil.
Mister Bush and the Rovewellian chorus insist that the terrorists keep fighting because they're losing, and that the harder they fight, the worse they're losing.
So the faster they beat the hell out of us, the sooner we'll win?
Call me paranoid, but if I didn't know any better, I'd think maybe somebody in our government is pulling a number on us.