06 May 2007
START Treaty

What me worry, where do I start?

Mr. President,
I have a question buddy. I don't know if I should worry more about the international or national threats you allowed happen on your watch.

Inattention to the rise of China’s military, Russia’s shadowy accumulation of energy resources, North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons, and the rise of South America’s anti-American, left leaning governments have made the world a much more interesting and dangerous place without even counting what you did to the Mid East.

None of these developments seemed important enough to keep you from taking over 365 days of vacation during your presidency at your ranch in Crawford, Texas as of August 19, 2005. You have taken more vacation than any other president in the past 36 years," Dale McFeatters
wrote August 8, 2006, in a ScrippsNews editorial. It’s not like there is a war or if the country is facing any danger.


Lets start with your recent announcement to let a landmark nuclear arms reduction treaty
START, with Russia expire in 2009 and replace it with a less formal agreement that eliminates strict verification requirements and weapons limits.



Russia has since asked for an emergency meeting next month to discuss the impending arms race in Europe as Russia has now decided to disregard a Soviet-era
arms control treaty and called a moratorium on the treaty which limits the number of aircraft, tanks and other non-nuclear weapons around Europe.


While you busied yourself with justifying Iraq's occupation, defending Wofowitz, and Gonzalez while trying to keep Cheney and Rove out of jail, China has pushed ahead and expanded her satellite program. China is also providing funding and then
building communications satellites for third world nations like Nigeria, Venezuela, Bangladesh, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan Peru, and Thailand. To be sure, they have scored many points with these countries, which are rich in natural resources which China needs to keep her economy growing This is while China has increased their military budget; by 17.8 percent in 2007.

China has also shot one of their own satellites out of its orbit, just because they could. They did this after they “
painted” one of our satellites several weeks before.

Back In 2005, China joined Russia in a first ever
joint exercises involving army, navy, air force units, and submarines. They said it was an exercise to help fight "terrorism" in their sphere of the world. How do they plan on using submarines and heavy artillery to fight the war on terrorism? Perhaps they have a different enemy in mind; I wonder who that might be? That phrase "War on terrorism" seems to mask a number of sins doesn't in junior?


Despite these foreign affairs, debacles I am not sure the National issues may not even be scarier.

Recently, you issued something called The National Security and Homeland Security Presidential
Directive without much fanfare on May 9th. It states that when you determine a catastrophic emergency has occurred you can take over all government functions and direct all private sector activities to ensure we will survive what ever catastrophe we have with an “enduring constitutional government.”


Here's the quote right from the White House website:
(b) "Catastrophic Emergency" means any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions.

The Daily Kos had a recent diary which asked the question, what kind of event would trigger this directive to be enacted? Would something like an attack on a Saudi oil field fulfill the definition of severely disrupting our economy and allow you to “bogart” the entire government and put us under your military rule.

The
Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 expressly forbids you from directly commanding the military to execute any laws within the United States.

SEC. 15. From and after the passage of this act it shall not be lawful to employ any part of the Army of the United States, as a posse comitatus, or otherwise, for the purpose of executing the laws, except in such cases, and under such circumstances as such employment of said force may be expressly authorized by the Constitution or by act of Congress; and no money appropriated by this act shall be used to pay any of the expenses incurred in the employment of any troops in violation of this section And any person willfully violating the provisions of this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction thereof shall be punished by fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars or imprisonment not exceeding two years or by both such fine and imprisonment.


Given your penchant to consistently overreach the limits of the executive branch beyond the founder’s wildest dreams while undermining Congress's inability to countering your unconstitutional power grab, and securing further favorable treatment by Gonzo in the Justice Department, I would say this is a done deal.
Left unopposed, this new directive has all but assured your dictatorship of the United States when you choose to take it.

So tell me junior, should I worry about Russia and China's resurgence as world military powers or do I look closer to home and wonder when you will decide to choose your coronation?

From: comments@whitehouse.gov
Date: May 31, 2007 2:09:45 AM CDT
To: robertg6@earthlink.net

On behalf of President Bush, thank you for your correspondence.

We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.

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