Today we are going to talk numbers. The first numbers we are going to talk about are the ones being counted in Iraq. Today, the number of United States military soldiers killed in that invasion stand at 1,002. Almost 4,000 (3,840 admitted injuries) have had their lives and their bodies changed forever. Most of these soldiers were in Iraq when Bush declared, “Mission Accomplished” way back in May 2003.
I’m sure they would like to know why they were still there getting wounded and killed in September 2004.
We don’t know how many of these soldiers left a limb on the battlefield, how many will carry the scars or a piece of shrapnel for the rest of their lives. But we do know that somewhere in Bush’s government, a group of “Swift boat-like” critics are judging whether they have spilled enough blood to receive a Purple Heart or just a purple heart band aid. And somewhere, other groups will be judging the veterans’ criticism of Bush’s invasion and storing it for future retrieval should it be necessary.
Bush was number 1 in demanding that we “support the troops” when he told us that capturing bin Laden wasn’t necessary, that it was important to the safety of the United States that we invade Iraq. Here we are, two months from the end of his “tour of duty” as “commander in chief”, no closer to a conclusion of his Iraq Invasion as we were when he declared war against the wishes of We, the People, in March 2003!
IF, by some miracle he is elected in November (as opposed to being reappointed) and leaves our troops in Iraq, we could see an additional 2,700 dead soldiers. In four years almost 10,000 soldiers will be eligible for that Purple Heart Republicans so despise. But, considering the rising death toll in Iraq, if September 2004 is the new “number” we will see an increase of 7,600 lives lost. Shades of VietNam...
For the constantly campaigning or vacationing Bush, these numbers are probably never seen. I doubt he gets a daily briefing on those killed in Iraq, we know he never attends memorial services -- unless it can contribute to his poll numbers. His hospital visits to the wounded are timed to the amount of criticism he receives for his neglect.
If Bush is elected, it is as inevitable as taxes that your son or daughter will be drafted to swell the ranks of Bush’s army. If Bush is elected you will have four more years to look upon the face of your child and wonder if he will be added to the list of Iraq casualties. If Bush is elected, you will have four more years to watch and wait and worry about where Bush’s lust for conquest will snatch your child’s life away.
Zell Miller, a Georgia Democratic who gave the keynote address at the Republican convention, says of Bush, “...a God-fearing man...with a spine of tempered steel, the man I trust to protect my most precious possession: my family.” But he doesn’t address why Bush, with his tempered steel spine, could not pull himself from a classroom chair to take action against the most notorious terrorist attack in history. While Senator Miller’s family may be safe, thousands of broken families bear witness to Bush’s “spine of steel’s” inability to keep their families safe.
On September 1, 2004, Bush told us, “I believe it is our duty to lead the world.” During his acceptance speech, he stated, “Nothing will hold us back.” Grandiose ideas for such small accomplishments.
“The great masses of a population are more amenable to the appeal of rhetoric than to any other force.”
“I am running with a compassionate conservative philosophy.”
•Constitutional Amendment defining the marriage contract.
•No government programs assist the 35.5 million hungry citizens.
•No government intervention to stop job losses. •Dismantling environmental protection legislation.
“America’s schools are getting better...”
•Schools forced to close for the summer early
•Schools cutting classes and teachers
•Schools cutting back school hours and afterschool programs
•Studies in science and math below other civilized countries and fewer and fewer graduates attending colleges.
“...soon every senior will be able to get prescription dug coverage...”
•17% increase in medicare costs deducted from Social Security.
•Loss of three trillion dollar surplus to repay moneys borrowed from Federal Insurance CONTRIBUTION Act (commonly known as Social Security)
•Plans to “outsource” federal PENSION (FICA) fund to private sources instead of maintaining the federally protected SOCIAL SECURITY PENSION FUND.
“...the largest tax relief in a generation...”
•IRS reports loss of tax revenue due to tax cut to the wealthy.
•IRS reports loss of tax revenue due to reduced income of middle class taxpayers due to job loss or lower paying jobs.
“...our economy is growing again and creating jobs...”
•Net job losses produced between 8 to 12 million long term unemployed.
•Middle class workers can no longer afford health care and do not have funds to pay for medical care without the employer subsidized benefits.
•Billions of tax free dollars held off-shore by American companies operating businesses in foreign countries.
•Census bureau statistics show a sharp increase in poverty for every year since George W. Bush was installed in office. It now stands at 35.5 million people and will continue to rise without government intervention.
“Since that day, (September 11, 2001) I wake up every morning thinking about how to better protect our country... I will never relent in defending America...”
•bin Laden’s family was allowed to depart the United States before American citizens, who had been grounded by the ban on flights, were allowed to return to their homes.
•A full month after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon NATO threatened action against al Qaida on their own if Bush did not do something.
•Bush said the capture of bin Laden wasn’t important, that invading Iraq had a higher priority for our safety.
•The only persons caught from the government’s “terrorist flight list” have been nuns, anti-war demonstrators, Senators and members of the House of Representatives -- all Democrats.
“We are staying on the offensive -- striking terrorists abroad --”
•Analysis revealed that approximately 2,929 terrorist related deaths around the world have occurred since September 11, 2001.
•1,709 have occurred this year. In fact, during the last ten days, and while Bush was making his speech, 142 people died.
•The level of sophistication is increasing.
•al Qaida is considered as strong, or stronger, than it was after Bush went into Afghanistan.
•al Qaida is now assisting rebel groups in Iraq.
•The Bush administration is so fearful of an attack that they are drawing up plans to suspend our national election.
“We will prevail.”
“The great masses of the people will more easily fall victims to a big lie than to a small one.”
These are very big lies¡!