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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Conservatives Have Made Us Less Safe...


...and to obscure that fact they will once again scare the living daylights out of ordinary Americans (who have clearly forgotten the story of The Boy Who Cried Wolfowitz).

From Bernie Horn at Campaign For America's Future:

Since 2001, conservatives have devastated national security:

  • The Bush Administration’s utter contempt for our traditional allies, its violations of the Geneva Conventions, and its refusal to comply with important treaties have sacrificed America’s moral standing in international affairs. As a result, our nation is now far less able to protect Americans and American interests worldwide.
  • The neoconservative doctrine that justified preemptive war in Iraq has fractured our military forces and the cost of that war—$656 billion and counting—has devastated our economy.
  • The massive tax breaks for the wealthy enacted by a conservative-controlled Congress greatly inhibit our ability to deal with security issues, from international terrorism to emergency preparedness.

In every important way, the right wing has made our country less secure.

Read more of Horn's piece, and an excellent piece on the subject in today's Huffington Post that was posted this morning.

And let's not forget how Vice President Cheney runs into hiding in some "undisclosed location" every time someone in Washington D.C. sneezes. A profile in courage Tricky Dick is not. Cheney's personal fear and paranoia have tainted the nation, pushing us into a terrified, hair-trigger collective near-psychosis. That's why the RNC hit us over the head with those horrific 9/11 images -- to reawaken the fears that have taken a backseat to the pain caused by the conservatives' failed ownership society. People make baaaaad decisions when they are afraid -- just look at the 2004 presidential election results.

That's why there's going to be another pre-election Osama been Forgotten video hitting the airwaves soon. Remember the last one? On October 29th, 2004, a few days before the last presidential election, a video Rovemagically appeared in which the al Qaeda leader admitted responsibility for the first time for the 9/11 terror attacks and threatened new strikes against America. "Despite entering the fourth year after September 11, Bush is still deceiving you and hiding the truth from you, and therefore the reasons are still there to repeat what happened," he said. The right wing media, beginning of course with FAUX News, portrayed the tape as an endorsement of Democratic candidate John Kerry.