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Bush has been asleep at the switch as North Korea has just recently proven

Bush has been asleep at the switch as North Korea has just recently proven
October 5, 2006 vheadline

VHeadline.com’s special New York columnist Mary MacElveen writes: In Latin America: the nuclear backyard that worries Bush, it was the ending paragraph that caught my attention: “Chavez’s friendship with Iran is giving Washington cause for concern.

The mere thought of the nuclear growth of Brazil and Argentina — led by leftist governments — and the chance that they might export nuclear know-how to Venezuela, is likely to cause sleepless nights.”

No, Bush has not had sleepless nights … if anything Bush has been asleep at the switch as North Korea has just recently proven … he has been asleep at the switch as Russia has gone on to rebuild the arms race.

We have nothing to fear coming from these Latin American countries especially Venezuela since that country is a pacifist one.  When was the last time you heard of Venezuela illegally invading another country or the other Latin American countries mentioned?

In a previous Christian Science Monitor article, as Bush made his way to the Americas Summit last year, the official stance from Washington, D.C. was that it was “not at the top of our list of priorities.”

  • For one thing, Venezuela is only at the talking stage with Argentina. If one believes in preventative measures and expressing their concerns it must be handled immediately instead of being ignored.

I want all to remember what Bush later said of Osama bin Laden that his capture was “not our priority”

Are you beginning to get the picture? 

This is why I think that Washington, D.C. is scared: “Chavez is serious about pursuing nuclear technology, in particular as a component of a long-range plan for energy cooperation among South American countries. And behind the idea of energy cooperation is energy independence, he adds — which could be a means of building the continent’s political independence.”

  • I want everyone to remember how well received Bush was at the America’s Summit as he tried to promote CAFTA (Central American Free Trade Agreement) … he was met with violence and the targets of that violence were American businesses.

The Bush administration is deathly afraid of other countries exhibiting their independence from us. 

If you do not believe me, then believe the words of Noam Chomsky who states that “America is terrified” of this independence. He even states that democracy is taken “more seriously than in North America” As a US American, I can testify to that since voter apathy continues to sink and many do not believe that they are truly being represented in Washington, D.C.

I also want you to take notice of what he says of Argentina which once followed the rules of the IMF (International Monetary Fund).  It strangled that country economically, but once freed, they gained economic strength.  Also take notice when he states of the polls taken in approval of the Venezuelan government “shot up.”

Recently any poll taken here in the United States has plummeted to all time lows where most US Americans do not support Bush and have a negative reaction to the United States Congress.

Gee, I wonder why?

The first article mentioned is one that is supposed to scare the reader that we have something to fear from Latin America, and Venezuela in particular.  It often connects Venezuela to Iran and even states the US has its “eye on Iran just now.”

Speaking of Iran “The Nation has learned that the Bush administration and the Pentagon have moved up the deployment of a major “strike group” of ships, including the nuclear aircraft carrier Eisenhower as well as a cruiser, destroyer, frigate, submarine escort and supply ship, to head for the Persian Gulf, just off Iran’s western coast.”

Can anyone say a Karl Rove October surprise?

Not only is the United States fearful of a Latin American independence from us, the GOP is deathly afraid of losing control of both houses of congress.  Bush always pulls out the terror and fear card when he is fearful of losing further control.  They (Bush and the GOP) will stop at nothing to cower the electorate in this country as we head into our midterm elections.  This is where the electorate needs to wise up, pay attention and do not let them get away with it.

I want to reach out and grab the electorate here in the United States with this as the Time cover story (What Would War Look Like?) reports “evidence of the forward deployment of minesweepers and word that the chief of naval operations had asked for a reworking of old plans for mining Iranian harbors “suggest that a much discussed — but until now largely theoretical — prospect has become real: that the U.S. may be preparing for war with Iran.”

Okay, I want you to wrap your brain around this fact: We are already in an illegal war in Iraq as well as having forces within Afghanistan and now we are preparing for war in Iran?  America, just how many wars are you going to allow this GOP led government to get away with before stopping it?  This is pure insanity.

As President Chavez faces his re-election come December, the United States faces an all important midterm elections as previously mentioned and you as the voter must NOT give into fear, but a return to rationality.  What that means is returning control of both the Senate and the House to Democratic control.

I normally do not take a partisan stand in my columns, but as a US American citizen, the one thing that I do fear is the Bush/GOP stranglehold upon this country and its foreign policy that will affect the world.

Another prime example of how Bush and the GOP have been asleep at the switch was reported by  AP “Staffing at the Supermax prison has gotten so low that job hazards have increased for correctional officers watching over the nation’s worst terrorists”

Let me remind readers that many of these terrorists were caught by the Clinton administration.  This one prison in particular was built during the Clinton administration and is falling through the cracks under the Bush administration.

The Bush administration, who loves to puff its chest at fighting terrorism, is that this prison which houses these terrorists is degrading before our eyes.  The reason for this degradation is lack of funding coming from the GOP led congress.

If one truly wishes to be frightened “Housing units at Supermax require three officers per shift, but entire units were sometimes left unstaffed, and cells were not being searched regularly”

Now wrap your brain around a terrorist cell not being searched on a regular basis.  These are some of the most dangerous people on Earth and entire units left unstaffed? 

As this prison has degraded one can find solace in the fact that a $592 million dollar embassy is being built in Iraq. While the bid was granted to a Kuwait-based construction firm the reason for it was “Kuwait’s support of the invasion and occupation of Iraq.”

…that is your government hard at work.

To readers in the United States, should you see the Rove machine come into play as we head towards our elections, it’s your patriotic duty to stop them.  Should you hear that we have now attacked Iran, it was not done to protect you, but the GOP and Bush.

The late President Franklin D. Roosevelt once said “We have nothing to fear, but fear itself’.”

Follow his words and not the Karl Rove production

Mary MacElveen

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