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Letting the Terrorists Win

I've been up to my neck in politics all day.  Still upset and crying over the ridiculous bailout that's going to cost all of us-- every person in the USA, adults and children, $2500.  I just watched Bill Maher and they discussed a point that I think has been sorely missed in all of the election nonsense and economic crisis and gloom and doom and fear and patriotism that's going around this year.

It all comes back to 9/11.  Really.

When the Islamic extremists wanted to hurt us they hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center towers in New York City, a symbol of the money and power in America, a physical manifestation of the strength of our economy.  Not the White House.  Not the Capitol Building.  Not the Empire State Building. Those towers were destroyed for what they represented.

The terrorist attacks on the Trade Center led directly to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  We bombed Afghanistan because that's where we're told Bin Laden is hiding.  Bush said we went to war against Iraq because Al Qaeda is there and because they had weapons of mass destruction.  He was wrong on both counts, but that's how he sold the war to the American people.  Iraq has the terrorists that hurt us and we have to go after them.  

So what's happened in that war?  We've lost the lives of more than 5000 American soldiers and we've destroyed our economy.  We've spent $585,000,000,000 so far on that war and in the process we've destroyed our economy and thrown our nation into the most serious debt we've ever had.  

$585,000,000,000.  Nine freaking zeros. 

Iraq itself has a budget surplus of $80,000,000,000 from selling us their oil.  We occupy their country and we're still paying them for oil, still paying for their civil war with the lives of American soldiers and destroying our financial future and security in the process.  They have a surplus in their economy and ours in tanking. What does that say? 

It all comes back to 9/11.  Do you think that the goal of Al Qaeda was to knock down a few buildings and kill 3,500 people?  No, their goal was and is to ruin the United States and they're succeeding.  By continuing this war of lies that is costing and costing and costing, we are SELF DESTRUCTING.  We're letting them win.  

Congress doesn't help when they sink $840 billion dollars into banks that are failing against the will of most of the people in America, the people who elected them, to represent them and their wishes in Washington!!!!  We pay their exhorbitant salaries and they aren't even doing right by us, what's right by the country. It's a sad day that actor Alec Baldwin has a better plan for all that money than all of the economists and finance experts in DC.  Baldwin says we should not give that money to Wall Street banks, but instead distribute it to local state banks to fix the mortgage crisis.

Nevermind that the original bill that failed was said to be too expensive at $700 billion and they passed the sucker at $840 billion with $140 billion of that in PORK!!!!

Back to the economy and the war and $585,000,000,000. 

How many college educations for Americans could have been paid for in full?  How many children and families would have health care?  How many people could have been treated for horrific diseases both here and abroad?  How much research could have been bought to work toward curing cancer, AIDS, diabetes, lupus?  How many good teachers could have been paid better wages?  How many roads and bridges rebuilt?  

How could we have made our own country better? 

Instead, we've let the terrorists do exactly what they intended when they took those planes and flew them into a couple of buildings in New York City.  They've crumbled our economy.  We let it happen.  We cheered for shock and awe.  The politicians are still touting that the surge worked even though it's known that it wasn't the surge but some new highly classified techniques that have improved the situation in Iraq.


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Oct. 4th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
Hmmmm, I do not think it is all so fire and brimstone.

We went to "war" because Dubya wanted to occupy Iraq for a myriad of reasons. It was convenient (and I refuse to give in to conspiracy theories) to be able to use the Trade Center attacks to lull the US into thinking there was another reason.

Our economy has always cycled. Being so in debt over the "war" doesn't help, of course...but it would cycle without it. The mortgage crisis would exist without it.

You are right that we let it happen, but it is us who crumbled the economy. We voted Bush in - twice. We did/do not try to bring him up on charges for his crimes.

But my question is really: how are we going to fix this mess we are in?
Oct. 4th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
I don't think we ever elected Bush. It's common knowledge that he lost the popular vote the first time. The second time, there was enough funny business with disenfranchisement and voter issues that I'm pretty sure he wasn't elected that time either.
Oct. 4th, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC)
Well, of course, but we never elect any president. But people still voted for him...and his dad. I really don't blame the state of today on terrorists
Oct. 4th, 2008 09:11 am (UTC)
The truly frustrating thing is that people like myself marched against that stupid war before it even started. Lots of us did in fact. Yet the anti-war movement was barely even covered in the media until, let's see, 2006 when the Democrats finally won back the House and Senate and the media got a damn clue that a big reason was due to most of us being against the war. As for the notion that Bush was voted in twice, well, the first time he stole it and I think it's possible (Ohio) he might have stolen it the second time as well. It also frustrates the hell out of me that in fact lots of us have been and continue to be behind the impeachment movement. Yet that pretty much never gets covered.

The thing that pisses me off even more is that Bush is so evil and/or stupid that he STILL can't admit the obvious; that we're IN a recession. That bill was not drafted to "avoid" a recession. It was drafted because we're IN one and don't want it to get any worse. Yet he had the nerve to get up and say it needed to be passed to "avoid a recession"! Is he high or something? Or how about McCain who insisted until fairly recently that the economy was "stable"? I'm sorry. I don't know about the rest of you, but I've felt the economy has been crap for the entire Bush administration which is pretty much most of my adulthood. I don't recall a time in my adulthood feeling the economy was strong. Yet any Republicans I heard or talked to (be it in real life or the pundits in the media) all insisted and insisted that the economy was "strong" and "booming"! What a joke! Maybe it was booming along for the extremely wealthy, thus the reason I never really noticed? Then again, all of my Democrat friends agreed with me, so apparently there were two Americas. The haves and the have nots. The Republicans and the Democrats.

So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that being someone who was completely against the war before it started, for impeachment before 2004 even, and knowing full well the economy was in the shitter since perhaps as early as 2000, well, it just pisses me off that not just the politicians, but also a great deal of Americans failed to see the obvious and now we all are getting duped. I do think SOMETHING had to be done, that apparently (from what I've heard) there ARE some good parts about the bill, that despite the higher amount of money I think (hope anyway) it helps PEOPLE more than the previous draft did. But, I am still pissed off that such a bill had to even be drafted in the first place as I place a LOT of blame on Bush (the man who can't even utter the word "recession" or take any blame) and I also place blame on anyone who was stupid enough to vote for him in the first place whether he stole elections or not.

Edited at 2008-10-04 09:23 am (UTC)
Oct. 13th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Funny what a week can do isn't it. The media is no longer talking "recession" and we've gone straight to using the word "depression" when talking about the collapse of our economy.

Remember the Clinton years? The balanced budgets. I really don't give a rat's ass who is blowing the president when our economy is stable and thriving. Seriously.

I was just thinking about all those "economic stimulus" checks that were sent out. Where would we be if the president hadn't felt it necessary to bribe the American people?

That John Titor stuff you sent me isn't looking so far fetched now, you know?
Oct. 4th, 2008 04:11 pm (UTC)
I love you for being upset enough to cry over this bailout. I'm mad and nauseated.
Oct. 13th, 2008 02:59 pm (UTC)
I'm absolutely terrified. Wondering how I can cut our budget. What can I do? I haven't been able to find a job. Feeling kinda screwed, you know?
Oct. 13th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
I know. :((((((

We are doing okay if I don't look at our debt load, but on the edge.
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