Buying love in all the wrong places

Mr President,
When plane-loads of cash, bombs and soldiers didn’t produce a democracy in Iraq why do you think they will buy you allies you can trust?
The writing is on the wall America is going to reduce its military footprint in Iraq sooner or later, so besides having the largest private army in the world in Iraq already, you have wisely chosen to pay and arm Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and boosted Israel’s yearly financial aid by several billion dollars.

Pakistan gets $750 million
The United States is planning to pour
$750 million in aid into Pakistan's tribal areas over the next five years as part of implementing a new and better "hearts and minds" campaign to win over the lawless region from Al Qaeda and Taliban militants. I know Karen Hughes has to be involved somewhere behind this one, It has that “too little too late” component to it like your “surge.”

Bush to offer $190 million in aid to Palestinians
After Hamas took over the Gaza strip, you panicked and suddenly decided to help Mahmoud Abbas and his corrupt Fatah party after ignoring Palestinian issue for six years. Valving off all money to the West Bank and providing $190 million in new funding will only exacerbate the situation, but you were never very good at understanding the Mid East to begin with.

Saudi Arabia gets weapons and money
Your administration also plans to supply state-of-the-art weapons to Riyadh to a counter the growing Iranian influence in the area, thanks to your ill-advised war.
If this request is passed it will
provide Saudi Arabia with advanced weapons known as Joint Direct Attack Munitions, or JDAMs. which convert simple regular “dumb” bombs into "smart" weapons.
A total of $20 billion will be awarded to the Saudis over the next decade at a time when it was recently disclosed that the majority of foreign fighters in Iraq are Saudis.

Egypt will continue to get paid as well.
Senior administration officials said Friday that you will also seek congressional approval for additional military aid to Egypt, which currently gets $1.3 billion of our tax money every year. I don’t remember hearing about any egyptian troops mentioned in your “coalition of the willing.”
President Bush and Rice have both criticized the lack of democracy in Egypt, but that never stopped the United States from funding countries in the past. I still have that picture of Rumsfield shaking hands with Saddam Heussein just before we helped supply him chemical weapons to kill Iranians and Kurds.

Israel is assuaged with a 43% bump.
I would have thought that Israel would be fairly upset that you are arming the Saudis to this extent but fortunately you have allied their fears by giving them a 43 percent bump in U.S. military aid to help replace a lot of the equipment they spent destroying Lebanon’s airports, electric grid and other civilian utilities as Israel’s military battled Hezbollah in a loosing effort last year, They will get over $3 billion a year and it is to be guaranteed for 10 years for a whopping $30 billion. Millions of Lebanese people still remember when you refused to intervene on their behalf to get Israel to quit targeting civilian targets.
According to a piece in the Seattle Intelligencer, the United States has not historically provided satellite-guided munitions to Arab countries in the past, although Israel has been getting them from us since the mid-1990s to make sure that Israel keeps a military edge over its regional enemies.

Most of the foreign fighters in Iraq come from Saudi Arabia
Fighters from Saudi Arabia are reported to have carried out more suicide bombings than those of any other nationality, said a senior U.S. officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity. That is just a detail, like the fact that the majority of attackers on 9/11 were Saudi nationals. And besides, Saudi Arabia needs the money, they can barely get by with the paltry sum they get for the oil they sell to the world. And where else can they get sophisticated weapons, we are the only nation that can make precise bombs; besides China and Russia and South Korea and Taiwan, and Spain and Britain, and Germany and Italy and France and Sweden, and; then there is Pakistan, and perhaps India, but that’s all.

Billions of dollars couldn’t buy you a democracy in Iraq.
Despite the billions of dollars you sent to Iraq it didn’t seem to help you very much so far.
Today we hear that
Maliki’s government is not only going on vacation while American soldiers continue to fight and die in a useless war.
Prime Minister Maliki has taken a page from your page on hubris and also purported to say that he will be asking for you to replace General Patreaus as well because he disapproves of the general’s arming of Sunni tribesmen to help fight “al quaeda” fighters in Anbar and Diyala provinces.

Glowing September Reports look a little dim right now.
Can’t wait until September when we hear the glowing remarks about progress in Iraq. But since refusing to divulge iraqi deaths you have also
suspended a past metric which tallied the number of hours of electricity Bagdad has.
Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the availability of electricity for Baghdad residents decreased from five to six hours a day earlier this year, down to one to two hours worth of electricity per day. So, in keeping with your policy of eliminating bad news by not reporting it, Congress has not been receiving any more reports on hours of electricity available per day in Bagdad.

It may not matter to you but it matters to the average Iraqi, who may still have a place to live in. There is nothing like a little electricity when temperatures are over 110 degrees.

Money Money Money!
Money can’t buy you love, win you a war or buy reliable allies. you have to earn trust to have trustworthy allies otherwise you just have yes men. mercenaries and prostitutes.

The love affair has to end sometime.
Wait a minute I think I just described your cabinet except for Alberto Gonzalez who is just a submissive that loves you.

Did you find him at an S&M club? I can see him in a red ball gag, a spiked neck collar, trussed up on a rack. The man loves to be degraded.

Did you ever hear the story about the octopus who is given a sealed bottle with a fish in it? After a while the octopus manages to open the bottle and eats the fish. Gonzalez is the fish, the bottle is the White House and the Democrats are the Octopus. Like most of your appointees Gonzo is loyal but inept. Sooner or later the Democrats are going to get him.

Your best hope is to pat Gonzalez on the head, tell him you still love him and fire him. Then make a recess appointment. Place another loyal Bushie in place to keep the Democrats from filling the position with anyone who will actually investigate the many illegal activities you and Cheney perpetrated.

Coffee break
Well, that’s all for now. I have to take out the money I have left in my IRA and buy a cup of coffee.

Date: July 31, 2007 2:04:34 AM CDT

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The country's "Belief in Bush" has done wonders...for Bin Laden.

Mr. President,
Once upon a time I heard you say Al Qaeda hates our freedom. After six years of watching you dismantle our bill of rights and our constitution, I would say Bin Laden doesn't hate America and our freedoms as much as you do.
During the Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People you gave right after the towers fell, you said "Americans are asking, why do they hate us? They hate what we see right here in this chamber -- a democratically elected government. Their leaders are self-appointed. They hate our freedoms -- our freedom of religion, our freedom of speech, our freedom to vote and assemble and disagree with each other."
These last six years have been a blur of lies, misdirection, distractions, and deceptiveness, Most of the activities you have initiated crippled america as we once knew it.
These last six years have been filled with dozens of phony politicized terror alerts, millions of shoeless travelers queuing up at airport scanners, thousands of water bottles removed from thirsty travelers, truckloads of confiscated nail files,  and multiple error-filled secret no-fly lists that kept terrorists like Cat Stevens from passing through our borders.

Although not a single real terrorist has been snared by these methods. many people were detained and often removed from planes for wearing the wrong shirt, flying while brown, or for praying in the terminal before their flight. Real terrorists like Bin laden are smart enough not to board any american flights with or without these procedures. But you were not smart enough to realize that. You are obviously not smart enough to catch Osama either.

Despite your famous comment to get Bin Laden dead or alive and billions of dollars dedicated to "fighting terror", Bin Laden is still around and al quaeda is as strong as ever, according to the latest
National Intelligence Estimate.
The cost to the American people was more than just in dollars; we have lost critical freedoms long associated with democracy, like habeas corpus and many other privacy rights, leaving us with a government foreign to anything our founders envisioned and more like what King George III had in mind back in 1775.

Have you been channeling King George? Because it would answer a lot of questions.

I bet George III didn't have access to as many spy agencies as you do.

And yet they have not helped you very much. They recently issued the National Intelligence Estimate or NIE which strongly suggests that the net result from your Iraq war has been a boon for radical islamist recruiters around the world and Iraq itself has become an invaluable training ground for future terrorists that want to kill us.

Believe me when I say this junior, you have truly outdone your father and changed America in ways Bin Laden could only have dreamt about.
The constant drone of fear mongering is becoming a self-full filling prophecy.

Newly minted terrorists swayed by your violent and destructive occupation of an Arabic country has either reinforced or convinced many Muslims that you have waged a jihad against them and their religion. Violence to reluctant Mid East allies like Pakistan, Egypt, and Jordan will pay for their indescretion. Saudi Arabia will also pay for their support as well and Turkey may even start their own war against the Kurds to keep them from establishing their own state.

Enough about our foreign policy fiascos; you have earned kudos from your efforts in Louisiana and New York as well. The Katrina story is one big blot on your record junior, the recovery effort in New York is proving to be another one for the books.

Six years after 9/11 the firemen and police departments still can't communicate effectively if another attack occurs. And many of those brave men and women who scrambled over the smoking pile of Twin Tower debris are now suffering debilitating lung disorders which your administration could have prevented.

Judge Deborah Batts made a
ruling in a 83 page decision that the EPA purposefully misled people about the air quality around the Twin Towers after they fell and denied Whitman any immunity from a class action lawsuit.

Thousands of ground zero workers were told at the time that the air was safe to breath. I am sure many would have worked on "The Pile" regardless, but many would have worn protective equipment if they knew the truth. The air was toxic and your EPA director Christine Whitman knew it was toxic.

As a result, tens of thousands of people are in danger of the aptly-named World Trade Center Cough or WTC cough. WTC cough is characterized by a diminished lung capacity painful breathing and chronic coughing which have disabled and killed several people. The firemen who spent the most time there were immediately affected other victims soon followed.

According to a recent
Mount Sinai study:
• Almost 70 percent of World Trade Center responders had new or worsened lung symptoms after the attacks.
• Among responders who had no health symptoms before the attacks, 61 percent developed lung symptoms while working on the toxic pile.
• One-third of those tested had abnormal
lung function tests.

Several news sources claim or at least strongly suspect that you told Whitman to withhold all information which would delay the reopening the New York Stock exchange.

So six years later tens of thousands of workers who helped our nation at a time of national emergency are either dead, dying, disabled or waiting for the full effect of WTC to hit home. Were those lives worth your rushing the reopening of the financial district?

How do you square all of this? What can you say to answer for all of these world class disasters?

Eric Edelman, the Defense Department's undersecretary for policy gave us a glimpse of one method you might plan to use to answer these issues, you step back and bravely blame the critics.

Yesterday, Senator Clinton had asked the Pentagon to detail how it is planning for the eventual withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq. As she once stated in May it would not be an easy logistical task to remove our equipment out of Iraq. To everyone's surprise
Edleman  responded her thusly, "Premature and public discussion of the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq reinforces enemy propaganda that the United States will abandon its allies in Iraq, much as we are perceived to have done in Vietnam, Lebanon and Somalia," Edelman wrote.

I can see you using this type of assertion plus shaving down the repeatedly moved goalposts as a model to fashion answers for six years of ineptness, cronyism, hubris, and disregard for our constitution;  you blame everyone who questions your decisions for all your failures, because the buck never stops at the oval office, especially when you are desperately want to leave a legacy greater than daddy's.

How about this for a legacy?
  • Al quaeda is as strong as ever.
  • Bin Laden is still alive.
  • Our democracy is now "quaint."
  • Republican obstructionists and mythical executive powers have reduced Congress to nothing more than a fancy focus group, a toothless tiger.
  • The Justice department and every other major government organization have been co-opted by political concerns.
  • Cheney outed a CIA spy without any consequences.
  • The spigot on trickle down economics has been turned off before the riches borne from unfettered government constraints on big business reached the middle and lower economic class resulting in more people living on the edge of poverty than ever before.
  • More Americans than ever have no health insurance.
  • Katrina destroyed a large american city and you were unable to help rescue thousands of poor people from its aftermath.
  • Racism has increased against immigrants.
  • Violence in America is at an all-time high.
  • The dollar is at all time low.
  • The twin tower attack, thanks to your administration, is still claiming more victims.
  • More soldiers are killed and maimed every day in a lost war.
  • And the country is more polarized than ever.

Did I forget anything? I am sure I have; each week the lead curtain surrounding your administration melts a little more under the glaring heat of an admonished press, to expose a new outrageous executive misadventure.

Have a happy colonoscopy junior, while the doctor is in there removing polyps tell him or her to leave all your talking points in there for future availability.

Date: July 20, 2007 9:09:29 PM CDT

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

We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.

Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message.

Thank you again for taking the time to write.

I'm here for the party, but it maybe a third party.

Mr. President,
You must be getting very lonely as one advisor after another leaves the ship. But you will not let the U.S.S. Bush go down alone; you have successfully snared our Congress as you circle the drain.

The long overdue investigations of your illegal politicization of our government using among others, Alberto Gonzalez's department, plus the threatened contempt of congress citation by Senator Pat Leahy are just this week's White House disasters.

Disheartened and demoralized minority Republican legislators pushed by your small but powerful group of right-wing white evangelicals and xenophobic conservatives are willing to stagnate Congress. Republicans willing to pick up the right-wing baton are able and willing to kill off almost any legislative activity sponsored by Democrats.

Subsequently, the dead locked Congress has joined you in your downward plunge in the polls.

Besides Laura and Barney, the fanatics who comprise your base are all you have left.
Your last affront to America and her law was your commutation of Libby’s sentence.

After Scooter received his federal inmate number by the Bureau of Prisons (28301-016), and a
federal appeals panel of judges unanimously ruled that Libby was out of legal options, you had to do something to assuage the only supporters you had. You had to commute his sentence. You tempered it somewhat by not completely absolving him; yet anyway.

The comparison which many Americans can understand, is that Paris Hilton can go to jail for a minor parole violation, but someone who was found guilty of obstructing justice in a federal investigation about outing a CIA spy is not a big deal and should not go to jail. Anyone who now believes Scooter did not have your prior promise not to go to jail before lying to the Grand Jury or to FBI agents is delusional.

You made Cheney and company happy but between this ruling and the republican sabotage of the immigration bill, you and your Republican buddies have almost guaranteed that a Democrat will win the presidency in 08’.

Timing is everything. You wanted to wait to absolve Scooter as you left office, but even you can't control the entire judicial system. So you were forced to make good on your promise and overturn the court's decision. At least you are consistent. This is just like the signing statements you add to every decision made by Congress. You and Cheney have made it clear you are above the law.

This will prove to be more disastrous to the GOP, than firing Rumsfield after the November election in 2006.

It’s not as though you weren’t unpopular enough with your poor performance on national issues, global warming and the Iraq war. Are you trying to purposely set a record for the lowest approval for Presidents since polls were started or have you calmly accepted the fact that your presidency is beyond redemption?

If Democrats take this latest affront lying down, the nation may begin to consider the unthinkable; a third party.

The lackluster performance of the new Congress and the prior lack of serious contention ny many Democrats, of any of your flawed programs not only decreases faith in government officials but short of leaving the country, many people may begin to think about a third political option.

Is Bloomberg watching? Although he may be a dark horse, he would still take votes away from both Republicans and Democrats.

Obama and Clinton are still the leading contenders. Obama’s record setting fund raising effort should be a clue about where America’s heart seems to be right now.

Is it any wonder, young discouraged voters are scurrying away from traditional candidates and to Obama, a new face, someone who has not been tainted by beltway shenanigans, or machine politics?

Of the remaining leading Democrat contenders, Clinton has her work cut out for her. Edwards, although very appealing and progressive enough for many Democrats, has not hit a rich vein of donors, although he is still keeping up. The long race to the finish line may prove to be too debilitating if he does not get a surge in campaign donations.

So, the beat goes on. Your base keeps clamoring for more and more as they see the door closing on their world and our soldiers keep dying in your failed invasion of Iraq. The average American keeps getting poorer while your rich friends keep reinvesting their tax-exempt stock dividends.

I wonder what it may take for Americans to rebel against both parties if citizens continue feeling their votes can only continue to go to the worst of two options?

Just because most voters know our political parties are flawed, it does not mean they will always keep putting up with the status quo. The key to keeping a third party out of the picture may be to make sure most Americans are not seriously outraged or inconvenienced. Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and other distractions may be critical to both parties.

Hell, soon it may even be considered un-American to ignore Paris.

Date: July 2, 2007 10:35:08 PM CDT

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

We appreciate hearing your views and welcome your suggestions.

Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message.

Thank you again for taking the time to write.