All we heard were lies
By John David Rose
Friday, January 31, 2003
John David Rose is a long-time Hilton Head Islander and political
G.W. Bush's State of the Union speech put me in mind of: "I want to die
like my grandfather, peacefully asleep, not like his passengers,
screaming and crying."
Bush is asleep at the wheel of state, and taking the rest of us into the
abyss with him.
Do you want proof that Saddam is a threat? There is no proof. Bush was
blowing smoke. Saddam poses less threat than the flu.
Political Svengali Karl Rove, who thought up this mess to disguise the
economic disaster of Bush's first two years, has boxed his boy into a
If Bush lets the United Nations inspections continue, spring turns into
summer, 90-day tours melt into nine months of desert duty. Our troops
will wilt from heat, boredom and homesickness.
If he finally gets enough sense to back away from a shooting war, he's a
bigger wimp than his father to his ultra-right conservative base.
Disappointed, they might just take a little pre-emptive action of their
On the other hand, if he attacks Iraq without U.N. approval, he loses the
support of 70-plus percent of the American people. Every military death
will come home to roost in the next election.
Thanks to Bush's barroom bravado, Saddam has nothing to lose by using
every nasty weapon at his disposal. What few missiles he may have will
target Israel. Bush has given him no reason to hold back.
War, and Bush is toast. But the Democrats have one potential problem. If
Hussein capitulates and accepts exile, Bush's swagger will have won the
day and another four years. Makes it hard to know what to pray for.
For us the fallout of even a short war will descend like the plague for
the next 200 years. Every American overseas will wear a Muslim target on
his/her chest. And angry Muslims are everywhere.
Bush still has two more years to exceed by double the enormous deficits
his father left to the Clinton administration. Two more years to slime
the environment, take billions out of middle-class taxpayer pockets and
pour them into fat cat overseas tax-free bank accounts.
The puppets on the GOP side of the aisle loved it. Their dream of world
domination by the moneyed aristocracy, plus the secret desire of every
conservative to destroy Social Security and Medicare, seems within their
Every creditable economist and financial guru in the country is yelling
"stupid" to Bush's tax plan, but that won't stop the steamroller. Bush II
wants to finish what Ronald Reagan set out to do, bankrupt the country,
make it impossible to continue welfare, aid to starving children, etc.
The Democratic side of the aisle showed some displeasure, but I've been
spoiled by Sunday night C-Span airings of the British Parliament. I
wanted to hear raucous disapproval from the loyal opposition. Bush's
scare tactics on behalf of war deserved some Bronx cheers.
Lies, lies, lies. All we heard were lies.
Too many Democrats gave Bush polite applause. Some sat on their hands to
make their dissent obvious. But America needed some good old-fashioned
snorts of disbelief and derision when he talked about opening ANWAR for
oil and a rousing "Hell no, we won't go" chant when he talked about his