This is what should happen, were I directing things from some loftier position than even the presidency (excuse me, Lord, I'm not being smart aleck).
Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz, Karl Rove, Condoleezza Rice and Dick Cheney should immediately resign their positions. Military personnel beginning at a rank no lower than Brigadier General should be disciplined for the outrages we have witnessed in the Middle East. George W. Bush, right now, isn't in a position to resign but he may have to, leaving Dennis Hastert as another unqualified president. I'm not the least bit interested as to what that does to the Republican Party, but guaranteeing the election of a useless Democrat won't solve anything either. Thus I would thrust into the media spotlight a third party candidate who could be vetted and pass the highest tests for credibility and give the "never ending jackass and elephant circus" a run out of town without their tents.
The lack of credibility of our present leadership makes their apologies stink like raw sewage in a worldwide pollution outbreak. We know hot air comes out of Washington D.C. but in this case, the source seems to be the leadership's alimentary tract.
If the United States of America is to regain any credibility in a world with which we must share the planet with other nations (most of whose leaders probably realize that the majority of American people don't agree with such policies of horror as have been displayed on the media around the globe) then there is but one way to really regain credibility: the present leadership named above, along with their cohorts and benefactors, should resign immediately as a gesture of good faith in preserving America's heritage. Oh we aren't really as nice as we would like to think, but indeed we have been better toward our people in the past, and hopefully more humane in war (which is inhumane anyway) than what we have seen now, and hear about from Vietnam veterans. The fact that we have not been in truly conventional warfare since the end of the Korean Conflict is reason to train in guerilla warfare but not including brutality of the type seen on the internet and television.
But that's what the bruhaha over the former "School of the Americas" was all about. The US was training foreign troops, many of them from South American revolutionaries, in how to be inhumane in warfare. It was probably training many of our own. It surely wasn't a school for learning how to properly make a bunk or peel potatoes for KP. Oh sorry, that isn't done now. It's humiliating or something. Someone is "offended." Do we contract out potato peeling or use frozen ones? Sorry ... "outsource" is the proper term. It's difficult to write an article now without using a recently obsoleted vocabulary.
However, it is perhaps the sorry state of Washington, D.C. that most of the running of this nation's business could be outsourced to Libertarians or Constitutionalists who formed companies to take over the duties of the whole administration and all key departments until same could be adequately downsized and elections could be held in which the integrity of the election process was unquestionable. Use paper and ink.
Nothing, at this point, short of some act of divine intervention, could restore any credibility to one thing President Bush and his cabinet could do. Not even allowing Secretary of Colin Powell time on Sixty Minutes to yell for fifty-nine of them "I TOLD YOU SO." But then, Mr. Powell has been rather wishy-washy about catering to the leadership, so I am not certain he would be comfortable in that role.
The world is years too late in calling for the resignation of UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. He collects his salary and appears for photo ops while Rwandans invade the Congo. Apparently his fellow Africans do not matter as long as his own position is intact. Bloodshed doesn't affect many world leaders until it's their own that is possibly about to be spilt. Then they hide, as Yassir Arafat is presently doing, in bunkers and have flunkies face the dangers of going out and getting him his food and whatever he drinks.
Just watching the present Joint Chiefs of Staff ... I wondered if there is one of them who could ever live up to the warrior status of General George S. Patton. Yes, Patton was a mean sunnovabeach, but he did get out there where the war was. Former conquerors like Alexander the Great (Killer) at least rode their white horses into the battle. Our commanders stay safely bunkered away from danger and command others to kill and be killed. Even George Washington was at Valley Forge, not hiding in the Poconos relaying messages by runners. Our present-day leaders, for the most part, are foreigners to the wars they now command.
I have no illusions about human nature, even my own. As horrible as I believe killing is, if a crackpot bursts into my condo, boom-boom or slash-slash, apologies later, after the carpet is cleaned or replaced. That's known as self-defense. Most people would do the same. But I don't go invading other people's homes.
Well? What will the American public do? Hide their heads in the sand and say it was all staged to provide the US some kind of exit strategy without losing face, so we lose face to keep from losing face? Excuse me? If that is the level of thinking of the GOP loyalists, then God help us all, we would put up with martial law!
This is no pat on the back for the Democrats either, since it was during the Clinton years that the military was feminized, and females were masculinized. "Anything you can do I can do better" has been the feminazi theme song for way too long now. Okay, when a woman gets a man pregnant .. then I can begin agreeing with that. In the meantime, I will stick to the ancient theory that woman was created as the perfect complement to man, and motherhood is the highest of all occupations when done well. I believe in the old paths, not the brutal oppression of women but the highest respect for womanhood, which includes preferential treatment right down to opening doors for her.
Meantime, we have an administration in Washington and well over a hundred thousand troops in Iraq, more thousands in Afghanistan, no exit strategy, and a need for a regime change in the United States of America.
November is too late.
Let the resignations begin ... gentlemen, start your engines and leave!
copyright 2004 Dorothy Anne Seese
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