Yes, Lee, exactly.
I don't care at all about the Doug Wead tapes. I don't care that he probably smoked marijuana and cocaine. I find it a bit absurd why Bush would candidly and sharply bash Gore for doing the same, but I wouldn't care less what drugs or booze he took. This is simply a distraction, a red herring, from the far more important issues regarding character in our leaders.
Anyway, those few Amazon reviewers have every right to their opinion. I personally find that opinion that Bush actually and intentionally helped design the blueprint for a 9/11 disaster that claimed thousands of lives extreme, and if anyone is actually that heartless anywhere in the world, that's just disgusting beyond all means.
You'll need an extreme amount of feasible evidence to back up some accusation like that. And I don't think it's there. It's similar to that idea a Democratic congressman has right now that Karl Rove was behind the scheme of the CBS memos to discredit and bring down a news network. I was flipping between channels and noticed that on Hannity & Colmes yesterday and quickly I saw that segment, and obviously that guy had nothing to back up his argument. And it's absolutely clear that Karl Rove has been behind so many dirty tricks throughout his career, but the greatest folly of all behind journalism is coming in and making your thesis without a case.
There's plenty of things I find absolutely reasonable to accuse Bush of. But the only thing I consider him guilty of before 9/11 was simply the irresponsibility in not taking the threats as seriously as he could perhaps. And indeed I can understand how few, if no one, could have ever anticipated such a tragic day like this abruptly happening to our nation, and that those 56 memos were just another round of scare-tactics, spam or bluffing. Before September 11th, when I was outside the political circle, whenever I saw him on the news, I didn't see him as anyone special, but I had nothing against him. I was actually supporting Bush in the days following 9/11 (About 9 in 10 Americans were) until I learned of how he was going to respond to the tragedy. It was all just wishful thinking I suppose that the lesson we would have all learned from that was to walk out into the sun through the settling dust, ash and fog united for a peaceful cause, so indeed I may have been naive to believe that. But then again when I see where his approval used to peak and how it has skimmed virtually in half since then, that also tells me something. I was only one of many who had those sentiments.
And when you shove all those away with the "Either you're with us or against us" rhetoric, that's not the true spirit of democracy and America. The colors are interwoven together on the flag, and are symbolic of the need for those from all corners to have a voice in the same forum. This just isn't the case right now and that's where much of my negative perspective towards Bush is generated, sided with my anti-war philosophy. Unilateral aims and missions to the world only widen the problems and relations domestically. And I criticize him for the irresponsibility in acknowledging the issue of our polarized nation, as well as not committing himself to bring that "forum" together.
It's the post-911 climate, not the pre-911 climate, where I am critical of Bush. Simple as that. And I can tell you anyone who dares to challenge Bush in a pre-911 climate is marching through marshy waters.
"If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other"