Thursday, October 20, 2005

Ten Questions

While it gave us chills of pleasure to watch intrepid octogenarian Helen Thomas rip holes in the Rove sock puppet called Scott McClellan, there are still a few more salient questions we would love to pose to it during its next press "briefing":

1. Dick's Halliburton stock options rose 3,281% last year, even while the company was feeding US troops rotten food, contaminated water, using virtual slave labor and repeatedly commiting massive fraud -- does Bush see a conflict of interest? And if so, would he support contract suspensions and/or the revocation of Halliburton's corporate charter?

2. When the vast majority of Iraqis see us as occupiers and Iraq's parliament has repeatedly called for US withdrawal (which Colin Powell clearly announced we would do if asked), why are we still there?

3. Bush announced plans to veto Senator McCain's anti-torture amendment; does this mean torture is now official US state policy? If so, how are our policies distinguishable from those of the regime we claimed moral authority to topple?

4. The Pentagon has admitted using napalm, cluster bombs (both banned by the Geneva Convention) and massive amounts of depleted uranium, a known cause of cancer and the most horrific of birth defects (VERY disturbing images -- you've been warned); is their use now officially sanctioned by the White House?

5. Now that the Iraqis are enjoying their newfound freedoms, can we have ours back?

6. Why are we spending American taxpayer money on Iraq's education system while 24 million Americans still can't read?

7. How does Bush justify spending half of the national budget on the Pentagon while 2.3 million Americans, dubbed "America's army of the homeless", go without adequate food, shelter, education and medical care?

8. Now that we have imprisoned tens of thousands of Iraqis, torturing, raping and murdering scores of them in captivity, including children (as documented by General Tsuguba on behalf of the Pentagon), installed armed checkpoints, instituted curfews, closed down news agencies, introduced massive amounts of toxins into their environment and destroyed much of their infrastructure, at which point does Bush think we have given them sufficient freedom?

9. Now that Baghdad's governor, deputy governor, mayor, the leader of the Iraqi national accord, a number of judges, police chiefs and cabinet ministers have been assassinated, the Green Zone repeatedly compromised, control of al-Anbar province, Ramadi and al-Qaim seized by Iraqi insurgents, and even our allies are saying Bush's "flypaper theory" of how we're making the world safer is a (and I quote) "fairy tale", can we finally declare "Bungling Accomplished" and get our people back home?

10. At long last, sir, have you left no sense of decency?"

Quote of the Day: "Of all the enemies to public liberty war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes...known instruments for bringing the many under the domination of the few. ... No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare."
— President James Madison

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