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Thursday, April 27, 2006
Our Most Dangerous President
Stuck With Bush
By BOB HERBERT
The major task of Congress and the voters for the remainder
of the Bush presidency is to curtail the destructive
impulses of this administration.
(Available only to TimesSelect subscribers)
One does not have to read Bob Herbert's column to get the drift here. If one does a quick world survey, what do we discover that Bush and the neocons have brought us?
On 9/11 these guys were asleep at the stick, obsessed with launching a war on Iraq to dominate oil in the Middle East. This scenario they carried out with the result that we are now distrusted as a nation rather than admired on every continent. The sympathy engendered by our loss of innocent lives back in 2001 has been converted to contempt for a national bully. We now face economic sanctions rather than an assured oil supply:
Russia is directing two natural gas lines and one oil line into China.
China is now negotiating a $4 billion oil deal with Nigeria.
Iraq is in disarray. Iranians are threatening oil sanctions and other reactions to any attacks on them. The Saudis -- source of bin Laden and 15 of the 9/11 attackers -- is running scared.
Hugo Chavez, whom Bush tried to force out of office, is supplying oil to needy neighbors -- and low income neighborhoods in the Bronx. Brazil now has a net surplus so that it can export oil.
Europe is all too aware of where its oil bread is buttered -- Russia is more important now to them than supporting American corporate exploitation of this or that neo-colonial outreach.
And at the gas tank hard-pressed Americans are watching their food budgets being consumed by their energy needs for transportation here and there -- I know too many friends and family myself who are at the economic brink, not to be worried by our over stretched national economy as a whole.
Be braced -- there are hard times lying ahead. The dollar is going down and with it decades of assumed American prosperity.
Yes, Bush is the most incompetent and, thus, dangerous president that we have perhaps had in our national history -- with 2 and 1/2 years to go!
"A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope." (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
Ed Kent 718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]
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posted by Ed Kent at 5:06 AM
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