Four years after "The Day Everything Changed" and we *still* haven't caught Osama bin'Laden. That's criminal.
A tragedy that will, even with the lesser body count, dwarf 9/11 is unfolding in the Mississippi Delta. However, new facts are starting to emerge now that we are getting a little distance from the events. The horror stories of rapes and murders in NOLA are turning out to be rumors blown up by Fox News Network.
After Hurricane Dubya, the hurricane's namesake is at 38% popularity. The wisdom of the sign on Pres. Harry S. Truman's desk remains after all these years:
Yes, Mr. "President." Learn from your predecessor. The buck indeed stops here, with you. No matter how you spin it, no matter how you dissemble it, no matter how you parse it or deconstruct it, you set the tone and you have the responsibility. The public isn't buying what you are selling about the problem being the state and local officials, especially those with (D) after their name. The buck stops here, with you, and you can't pass it anywhere else.
I said it before, I'll say it again: unless our electoral system is completely compromised by black box voting machines, pre-Voting Rights Act shenanigans designed to prevent racial minorities from voting and good ole fashioned ballot stuffing, 2006 will finally be our chance for an "accountability moment" for the G. W. Bush administration. If 2006 ends with the House and the Senate in Democratic control, we'll know the system still works. If 2006 ends with the House and Senate still as they are, in the hands of the Repugnicans, then the electoral system is broken and our only hope for change will be non-violent resistance activities throughout the nation ala Gandhi and Vaclav Havel and the Solidarnosc movement of Poland.
I am holding on to what I hope is not a vain hope: 2006 will be the real year "everything changes." This is the midterm grade that will hopefully "flunk" this obvious miserable failure currently stinking up the White House. However, he's got very powerful buddies and they are not below dirty tricks to keep their man in office and out of impeachment trial scrutiny. :P
Oh yeah: remember the 3,000 people who lost their lives on 9/11/2001. Don't sully their deaths by linking the wrong perpetrator to the crime. Saddam Hussain had zip, zilch, nada to do with 9/11. Osama bin'Laden is still a free man somewhere in Pakistan. Saddam was a bastard but he's in jail now. He will likely be tried in a show trial by the Islamic Republic of Iraq and Iran, a new member of the Axis of Evil, brought to you by the G. W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Halliburton, and the usual gang of idiots. Saddam should have been brought to trial at the World Court for his many crimes against humanity, but that is about as likely as someone doing the same for Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld et alia. To link 9/11 to the Iraq War is wrong, bad, and downright evil. Shame on the Bush Administration for continuing to make the link. Again and again.