Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Friday, April 14, 2006

"Give'em Hell"

A Bush supporter in the Delhi area, has taken exception to my weekly letters in the Delaware County Times. Joel Canfield's letter began with: “After month upon month of Jim O’Leary’s leftwing non-stop anti-Bush editorials, I think it’s time your beleaguered readers are exposed to some meaningful opposing opinion.”

I completely agree, that the readers of our local paper should be exposed to some meaningful opposing opinions to balance my “leftwing non-stop anti-Bush editorials”. Writing letters provides a legitimate forum to channel anger and frustration into a creative, constructive endeavor and I urge those with opposing opinions to step forward. Letter writers have my respect, however making personal attacks diminishes the effectiveness of their opposing opinions.

My letters are not “leftwing”, because the leftwing of the Democratic Party sometimes sits back and watches Bush and Congressional Republicans prostitute themselves to the rich and powerful. I believe my letters are more accurately described as; Harry Truman editorials, because; “I don't give 'em Hell, I just tell the truth and they think it's Hell.”

Canfield expressed concern for my mental health, by writing: “Our economy is strong. Our nation is thriving and it’s driving the Jim O’Leary’s of the world crazy, because this is being accomplished by a Republican president and Congress, and not by John Kerry and his ilk.”

Sea needed to be reminded that our Constitution was established to: "promote the general welfare". Congressional Republicans have certainly promoted the welfare of the wealthy, but our economy is not thriving for middle class families. During the past five years, the average, middle class family has seen their real income go down and healthcare costs, education costs and energy costs go up. The disparity between the enormously wealthy and desperately poor has steadily increased.

Warren Buffett the second wealthiest man in the world said: “The rich people are doing so well in this country, I mean we never had it so good. It’s class warfare, my class is winning they shouldn’t be.”

Furthermore, Mr Canfield claimed that al Qaeda is determined to bring the Judeo-Christian world to its knees. According to experts; al Qaeda is in fact determined to drive corporate imperialist out of the Persian Gulf.

Former senior member of the U. S. intelligence community, Michael Scheuer has two decades of experience in national security issues. While with the CIA, he wrote "Imperial Hubris", in which he warns: "One of the greatest dangers for Americans in deciding how to confront the threat from al Qaeda lies in continuing to believe, Muslims hate us for what we think, rather than for what we do. We repeatedly hear: because they hate freedom from senior U.S. leaders. Such a conclusion is potentially fatal nonsense".

"Imperial Hubris" explores why they hate us and why our policies and actions are bin Laden's only indispensable allies. Scheuer emphasizes: "We must recognize that our invasion of Iraq was not preemptive; it was an avarice, premeditated, unprovoked war against a foe who posed no immediate threat but whose defeat did offer economic advantages." The economic advantage of controlling the world’s second largest oil reserve is the real reason we invaded Iraq. Iran could be next, because they have the world’s fourth largest oil reserve.

Anthony Cordesman is a former intelligence analyst with the State and Defense Department, who has specialized in Middle East issues. He believes Bush will refuse to give up on his effort to turn Iraq into a docile client state. Cordesman's "Inexcusable Failure" cautions: "all the training in the world will be for naught, if the Iraqi National Guard and Police are corrupt, or view their government as a puppet regime of American imperialist".

The Bush regime is giving aide and comfort to the enemy by neglecting to secure our borders and ports. They violated the Espionage Act by disclosing the identity of a covert CIA agent, thereby undermining our clandestine service. They have created the most successful terrorist recruitment campaign in history, while significantly diminishing recruitment to our own armed services. Indeed, the policies and actions of the Bush regime are bin Laden's only indispensable allies.

Mr. Canfield warned that our country could “be relegated to an ash heap of history.”  It’s highly unlikely that our entire nation will end up an ash heap, but it’s definitely possible that a major city like NYC might eventually be reduced to ashes by a nuclear weapon. We are safe in Delaware County, but my concern is for the safety of the millions of people, that live in large cities. Ironically, most large cities voted overwhelmingly for Kerry in the 2004 election, while rural areas, which are unlikely targets voted for Bush.

Our global force has 30,000 strategic and tactical nuclear weapons. Our navy’s firepower is greater than all the other navies in the world combined and patrol every ocean. Our bomber squadrons and long-range missiles can reach any target, delivering enough explosive force to mangle the infrastructures of entire countries. Our military is number one in kill capacity, and people throughout the world fear our unanswerable destructive capacity.

In 2003, an opinion survey found that people around the world viewed America as an imperial power that has defied world opinion through unjustified use of military force in order to control global oil supplies. It’s not surprising that an oil rich nation like Iran might want to develop a nuclear weapon to deter us from invading them for oil, as we did Iraq.

In 2001, bin Laden said: “This is a defensive Jihad. We want to defend our people and territory we control. This is why if we don’t get security, the Americans will not be secure either.” Michael Scheuer is certain that: "al Qaeda will attack the continental U. S. again, that its next strike will be more damaging than 9/11."

Critics of our foreign policy argue that our national security rests in a policy that stops making America the object of hatred throughout the world.