Please read the editor profile,Â guidelines and disclaimer and objectiveÂ for this web log by clicking on these sections under “Pages” on the right side.Â I encourage you to check out the web site http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=04/11/09/1526251 with information on John Perkins, author of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.”Â His guidance in the epilogue of that book, that we can change our situation with “words,” was the inspiration for this web log site.
Note: Some of you will have read the following material in one of my emails, so you can “speed read” through it or just ignore it 🙂
Recent opinions regarding the presidentâ€™s power in reference to protecting national security are split, primarily because few people understand the workings of government, our numerous agencies and the administration in particular.
Some key things to remember: the attacks on Americans at home and abroad are based on U.S. policies going back many years, particularly our need for control in the oil rich Mid-East and South America, our ignorance of human cultures, our arrogance in thinking that we have the â€œrightâ€ cause, â€œGod is on our side,â€ etc.; and a thought process that war rather than diplomacy and tact is the approach to solving problems.
George Bush has bad advisors, for sure; but he also closes the doors to information that would be helpful to decision-making and uses events for his best interests and those of his cronies, his â€œbase of support.â€Â The 9/11 attack was used to bring the country together, for a short time, in a common cause against a common, albeit, foggy enemy, â€œterrorism,â€ which would not be a problem if we would change our global policies.Â Â The war on Iraq was completely unnecessary, brought the deaths of thousands of innocent people, and has made our situation less safe than before 9/11.Â Bush became the â€œposter-boyâ€ for Al-Qaida recruiters.Â Our troops should never have been required in Iraq and when they were brought in, they were ill-equipped and insufficient in numbers.Â They are there because of deceit.Â They must get out of Iraq; but now in order to cover for our error, their return must be tempered by the needs of the situation.
We do not need a president and national leadership team who put personal interests above those of our country. Reviewing the political history of the United States, we know that our current administration does not stand alone in its arrogance, greed and ignorance.Â But we can hope that the situation will inevitably be seen clearly by an independent media and an educated, enlightened population, and that our leadership will soon revert to someone with intelligence, courage, common sense, responsibility, honesty and integrity -Â qualities that will once again elevate America to a position of honor at home and in the world.
The full solution would be for our country to eliminate a two-party controlled system and become an actual democracy in which anyone, regardless of wealth and â€œconnectionsâ€ could rise to become our leader.Â How that would happen is a puzzle to me.Â Perhaps we need a version of â€œAmerican Presidentâ€ in the format of â€œAmerican Idolâ€ to develop some qualified candidates for whom we all would feel good about voting.