War is dirty. It’s supposed to be, so we don’t forget – EVER – the high cost of waging military action.
But thanks to the well-oiled (no pun intended) machinery that keeps the Bush administration churning, most Americans see only a sanitized version of war in Iraq. Unlike Vietnam, Korea, WWII or any other conflict, there are no flag-draped coffins, no dead bodies, no mess, no fuss. Our lives go on unaffected.
The hearts and minds of the American people are engaged elsewhere. Our highways are clogged with holiday and weekend travelers who, while grumpy about the cost of gas, seem unmotivated to relinquish their SUV’s, snowmobiles, ATV’s and all the other mindless power toys they rely upon to liven-up their same-old, same-old days.
The copious and conspicuous consumption of unneccessary goods is unabated. Shopping is a “hobby,” considered worthy for its own sake, not as a means to an end. We spend hours each week watching “reality” television, but few question why we can’t view the reality of the war in which we are currently engaged.
Meanwhile, a failing president sets the agenda for discussion. Lays out the rules. Defines the language. Just yesterday:
President Bush issued a stark warning to Democrats on Tuesday about how to conduct the debate on Iraq as midterm elections approach, declaring that Americans know the difference between “honest critics” and those “who claim that we acted in Iraq because of oil, or because of Israel, or because we misled the American people.”
Are there no dirty minds up to the task of engaging the American public in meaningful debate? No one to lift the curtain of deception? The Dems are useless. They remind me of a carload of circus clowns roaring into the ring with a bit of distraction from time to time, then disappearing into the wings.
It’s long past the time to ditch the “moderate” fright wigs and get down to business. Too many lives are at stake. We need a unified message on Iraq. A point by point strategy for mending our image with the rest of the world. Clear policies on domestic issues like health care, education and environmental standards. Unwavering support for the reproductive rights of women.
Can anybody hear me?