My Thoughts Today (Regarding Iraq and the Economy)
February 20, 2003, 1:00am

A few things caught my eye this past weekend…among them:

Meet the Press: Condoleezza Rice wants us to believe that one
of the reasons for invading Iraq is to save the poor Iraqi people
who are being persecuted by Saddam Hussein. But what about our own
soldiers and Iraqi civilians who will be killed in the process?

Ms. Rice knows the real reason we are invading Iraq right now, she
just doesn’t want to say it because it doesn’t sound quite as noble
as saving the Iraqi people. The real reasons are:

OIL: Ms. Rice used to have an oil tanker named after her. And she
used to be on the corporate board of Chevron…so she knows the
importance Iraq plays in terms of access to oil. And she knows what
the oil companies stand to gain if we get rid of Saddam.

2) DISTRACTION: The War on Terrorism has not been as successful
as President Bush has stated, and he is feeling pressure to do something,
even if that something has nothing to do with actually fighting
terrorism! The Bush administration thinks they can fool us into
thinking they have the terrorism situation under control by going
after Saddam, when all they are doing is exacerbating the problem
by creating more outrage against the United States from potential

The media made it look like Osama bin Laden’s most recent statement
showed proof of a link between al-Qaeda and Saddam Hussein…ignoring
the fact that in the statement, when bin Laden asked the Muslim people
to rise up against the United States, he also told the Iraqi people
to rise up against Saddam. In bin Laden’s statement, he expressed
solidarity with the Muslim civilians of Iraq and the Middle East,
not with Saddam Hussein.

President Bush’s “economic growth” idea (i.e. a tax cut for the rich)
has been widely panned. Most experts agree that it will do nothing
productive for the short-term and will only hurt us long term. Even
Alan Greenspan, who has thus far gone along with the Bush administration,
spoke out against the tax cut plan and its negative implications.

It used to be that the government got involved in job growth itself,
by creating jobs for the unemployed. Now, more than ever, our infrastructure
needs help. Nearly every bridge and many highways need work…homeland
security is also an enormous need. Rather than give rich people a
tax cut and hope they create new jobs and don’t just pocket the money,
why not spend that money employing out-of-work Americans by rebuilding
our infrastructure – that would kill two birds with one stone!


It seems that every week there is a new regulation or piece of legislation
that is being considered that would further impede on our right to
privacy and our civil rights. By continually lowering the threshold
to justify warrants, the FBI can now go after people based on little
more than rumor and suspicion – destroying innocent lives in the process.