Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Now Is The Time

For all good men (and women) to come to the aid of their country.

Daniel Ellsberg sez it is time for moral courage, time for the world to get the full picture of what is happening in Iraq, and if it takes leaking secrets to boot Bush from office for his lies, then leak away, baby.
Understandably, the American people are reluctant to believe that their President has made errors of judgement that have cost American lives.

To convince them otherwise, there is no substitute for hard evidence: documents, photographs, transcripts. Often the only way for the public to get such evidence is if a dedicated public servant decides to release it without permission.


All administrations classify far more information than is justifiable in a democracy - and the Bush Administration has been especially secretive. Information should never be classified as secret merely because it is embarrassing or incriminating.

Surely there are officials in the Administration who recognise that America has been misled into a war in Iraq, but who have so far kept their silence.

To them I have a personal message: don't repeat my mistakes. Don't wait until more troops are sent, and thousands more have died, before telling truths that could end a war and save lives. Do what I wish I had done in 1964: go to the press, to the US Congress, and document your claims.

Technology may make it easier to tell your story, but the decision to do so will be no less difficult. The personal risks of making disclosures embarrassing to your superiors are real. If you are identified as the source, your career will be over; friendships will be lost; you may even be prosecuted.

But 140,000 Americans are risking their lives every day in Iraq. America is in urgent need of comparable moral courage from its public officials.

Exactly. Someone's gotta come clean and save the troops. If not those in the know, who? When? How many more people must die before someone lays bare for all to see Team Bush's lies and misdeads? YT's given up on the corporate media; they're nothing more than Bush apologists and cowardly incompetents who wouldn't know a spine or journalistic standards if both were to bitch-slap them across their smug, incurious faces. When it comes to Iraq, their hands are just as bloody as Bush's.

In 30 days there have been 2368 attacks attacks by insurgents that have been directed against civilians and military targets in Iraq, "in a pattern that sprawls over nearly every major population center outside the Kurdish north." Iraq is FUBAR and all We, the People of the world hear from Team Bush and the media who suck up to them is rah rah sisk boom bah happy talk and jokes about John Kerry's tan.

Wake up, America. Your house is on fire. Will you watch it burn to the ground or will you act to save it?


At 4:30 AM, Blogger tas said...

I have to wonder if a story similar to the Pentagon Papers being leaked would even make it in today's media climate. And it's unfortunate to think such a thing, but we live in a country where much of the populace will routinely ignore the basic facts ofr situation, no matter how much evidence there is to back those facts. Just look at the 2000 election and what happened in Florida. How could anybody believe that Bush is a legitimate president that *that* debacle? Yet, millions believe he actually won the election and Gore is the thief who tried stealing it.

How do we tell people the truth when they just won't believe it?

At 9:14 AM, Blogger Capitola said...

I have no fucking idea. Honestly. I see people wearing Bush/Cheney buttons and hear the Right defend Bush's indefensible policies and I shake my head in wonder and think W T F?

Out of curiousity yesterday I surfed to and read their disgusting, uninformed drivel about Bush protecting their family and how he's the only "Leader" who'll keep their kids safe, and today I gotta wonder how those same fucking bitches feel reading this morning's headlines announcing over 30 -- THIRTY!! -- Iraqi children had been slaughtered because of Bush's jihad.

The George W. Bush presidency boggles the mind. My, how far We, the People, have fallen.

Take care.


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