Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. We have the receipts. Please go to http://www.fas.org/irp/congress/2002_cr/s092002.html (Page S8987-S8998 of September 20, 2002 [Senate] Congressional Record). It would do well for you to memorize the respective symptomologies because privateers, like Bechtel, may have secretly recovered the remnant WMDs that Hussein used on Iranians and Iraqis opposed to his regime and put them back on the market.
The real reason for Gulf War II has always been obvious. We will "stay the course" until every drop of oil and blood is extracted. America is not wrongly perceived as a consumerist oil glutting "pre fab" and "throw away" society. Although qualified leadership talent like Dr. Aiham Al Sammarae ( See http://www.mideasti.org/articles/doc397.html ) and others were available we never pre fabricated an interim Iraqi government comprised of qualified Iraqi exiles before we took Saddam off the Board supports the growing view that the actual US mission was to become an occupying colonial force in the Middle East. While Saddam is safe performing in protective custody and bin Laden has free reign in drumming up business for the Military Industrial Complex, Bechtel ( and the bin Ladens ) have been given US contracts to rebuild Iraq ( see http://www.angelfire.com/zine2/DionysianUnderground/bechtel.htm ) .
IRONICALLY, IT WAS A REPUBLICAN THAT WARNED US.
"The conjunction of an immense military establishment and a huge arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence --economic, political, and even spiritual-- is felt in every city, every state house, and every office of the federal government . . . In the councils of government. We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex."
- President Dwight D. Eisenhower in his January 17, 1961 Farewell Address to the Nation
I served as a Navy Hospital Corpsman during the Vietnam War. After the war I found myself assisting psychologically & physically disabled Vietnam Vets. I am therefore aware of the real long term costs of our present "democratic experiment" in Iraq which will not be salved with the token "SUPPORT OUR TROOPS" red, white & blue and sometimes yellow conscience band-aid ribbons slapped on the back of gas guzzlers. ( I can't even begin to think about the Iraqis killed & mutilated in our democratization experiment that has done nothing more than create a permanent, unfixable power vacuum in Iraq. ) If Americans had any idea what democracy requires of it's citizens we would not have found ourselves in Vietnam or Iraq. We have squandered our democratic options in abdication to the Novus Ordo Seclorem ( See http://www.rense.com/general30/cart.htm ) which is a dictatorship comprised of 30 second sound bytes of greed, convenience, and expediency.
DEMOCRACY IS NOT A RIGHT OR A PRIVILEGE. IT IS A RESPONSIBILITY.
I am therefore very concerned about America's long term commitment toward disabled veterans especially in view of The Bush-Clinton Cartel ( See http://www.jfkmurdersolved.com/letters.htm ) corporate raiding and plundering of pensions and Social Security as well as an insurmountable National Deficit against future generations in order to pay for their wars and other shenanigans ( See http://www.tomflocco.com/fs/SecretServIntelSay.htm ) . I assure you that this scenario will not make the world a safer place for anyone... not even the very criminals that are creating it.
WRAP YOUR YELLOW RIBBONS AROUND THIS.
Administration officials said President Bush's budget will more than double veteran prescription co-payments and require some to pay a $250 annual fee for the privilege of using government health care. Richard B Fuller, Legislative (and National Service) Director of Paralyzed Veterans of America says that the proposed budget will not address the increasing numbers of participants or the burgeoning related health care costs. The enrollment fee is a health care tax designed to raise revenue and discourage veterans from enrolling. Mr. Fuller added that the budget would force veteran hospitals and clinics to limit services. "We are already seeing an increase in waiting lists, even for some Iraq veterans." In Michigan alone thousands of veterans are on waiting lists for medical services, and some reservists returning from Iraq have been unable to obtain the medical care they were promised. A veteran's clinic in Pontiac put a limit on new enrollment. Cutbacks at a veteran's hospital in Altoona, Pa., are forcing some veterans to seek treatment elsewhere. The budget would also close or scale back veterans hospitals. - From 2/7/05 New York Times
AND THIS... "The plan, clearly meant to generate revenues (at the expense of veterans)... This latest DoD Program Budget Decision [PBD] action is just another of a series of attacks by this Administration on retiree benefits. We have been able to thwart most of the attacks by convincing Congress to stop them. The new PBD pharmacy plan follows an unsuccessful attempt to charge most military retirees a $1,200 deductible for care at VA facilities..." - James D. Staton, Executive Director, Air Force Sergeants Association
GULF WAR I STATISTICS
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs' Veterans Benefit Administration Office report recognizes in the May 2002 report that a total of 262,586 individuals are "disabled veterans" due to duty in Gulf War I and that 10,617 veterans have died of combat related injuries or illnesses since the initiation of Gulf War I during August 1990. The VA still has claims from 23,612 individuals pending while they have denied benefits to 24,011 veterans. Since the cessation of Gulf War I an additional 8013 veterans have died from service connected injuries and exposures incurred during Operations Desert Shield & Desert Storm. Needless to say... Gulf War II promises to dwarf its predecessor.
WE HAVE SOWN THE WIND
As far as the war on terrorism is concerned... Unless you look upon the disfigured faces of the thousands of Iraqis and Iranians that survived the holocaust of chemical weapons provided to Saddam by the United States and it's partners you can never truly know the nature of real terror. It is this terror that will ultimately drive the Iranians and others to attempt to seek desperate and nuclear last-line defenses against the US and US supported aggressors who have stated their own nuclear options. Unless you look upon the disfigured faces of the thousands of Japanese that survived the holocaust of nuclear weapons dropped by the United States you can never truly know the nature of real terror.
WEAPONS USED AGAINST US
On April 19, 1995, around 9:03 a.m., just after parents dropped their children off at day care at the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, the unthinkable happened. Who was it that sponsored Gulf War I veteran Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols frequent trips to meet with Trade Center bombers in the Philippines and OK City ( See http://www.tomflocco.com/fs/SecretServIntelSay.htm )? Who picked up the motel tab where McVeigh, Nichols and Al-Hussaini were seen together & was later visited (pre-9/11) by Mohamed Atta, Zacharias Moussaouy and Marwan Al-Shehi ( The registered flight school students )? See http://www.jaynadavis.com/story.html ) . Perhaps McVeigh's death certificate reveals the answer ( See http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/mcveighcert1.html ) . His Occupation: "Soldier". His Employer: "US Army" ( Yet he supposedly left the US Army back in 1993 ) .
The Federation of American Scientists (F.A.S.) reports that for fiscal year 2001, the US government exported $12.2 billion in weapons and was awarded $13.1 billion in new foreign contracts through its Foreign Military Sales program. That excludes the $36 billion in direct commercial sales by US weapons manufacturers to foreign nations. F.A.S. indicates that the weapons industry is second only to the US agricultural industry in its receipt of US taxpayer subsidies. And the Center for Defense Information reports that "some countries receiving US weapons and/or training continue to recruit children for their official armed forces. Thus, the United States is supplying arms and military aid to countries where children are used as soldiers (or bombs)." (And including known terrorist supporting countries under the cloak of National Security.)
DOING THE RIGHT THING
The Bush Oiligarchy has shown us in the last 2 elections that REAL POWER IS TAKEN. Not given. Not voted. Only when Americans take back control of their government will the Iraqis know how it is done ( Or perhaps it is they who will teach us. In 1768 a small band of Boston "agitators" became part of a growing movement to drive out foreign occupiers. The rest is history. ) . Representave Murtha is calling for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq ( See http://democracyrising.us/content/view/368/151 ) . A protracted disengagement of our troops will not work because there are insidious feces that will cause remnant troop casualties so as to draw us back in. We must have the resolve to end the war that is equal to those who are raking in trillions of dollars to "STAY THE COURSE". Credit must be given the senators that opposed Bush's murderous agenda starting with Senator Paul Wellstone, the strongest, most persistent, most articulate and most vocal Senate opponent of the Bush administration. We need an independent investigation into the death of Paul Wellstone and family. ( See http://www.alternet.org/story/14399 ) . Other stout hearts were Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Robert Byrd (D-WV), Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), Kent Conrad (D-ND), Jon Corzine (D-NJ), Mark Dayton (D-MN), Richard Durbin (D-IL), Russell Feingold (D-WI), Robert Graham (D-FL), Daniel Inouye (D-HI), James Jeffords (I-VT), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Carl Levin (D-MI), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jack Reed (D-RI), Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Ron Wyden (D-OR) . The House of Representatives supported 'The Spiral of Violence' 420-1, with Barbara Lee being the lone voice of opposition. Contact federal representives and let them know your position on the war.