July 20, 2006
-- by Dave Johnson
Bush greenlights Israeli bombing of Lebanon with 25,000 Americans in-country and no plan for evacuation. Just like what happened when Katrina struck New Orleans, once again Amercans are left on their own while Republican government pursues a hidden ideological agenda and protects the interests of a select few.
This contrast between right-wing and public interest was also clear in 2003, when Bush interrupted his vacation to fly overnight to Washington to sign "emergency" legislation keeping brain-dead Terri Schiavo alive against her and her husband's wishes. This from the same President who two years before had received the August, 2001 intelligence warning titled "Bin Ladin Determined to Strike in US" and left FOR vacation.
And this time it's the same, with the Middle East in crisis Bush acts -- not to protect living Americans, but by vetoing the only bill he has vetoed, refusing to allow stem cell research because the discarded, frozen embyos must stay frozen. But Bush refuses to act to try to ease this crisis or to protect the 25,000 Americans trapped in Lebanon. Instead, surrogates smear them, just like how they smeared the victims of Katrina, in an attempt to provide PR cover and distract Americans.
The great Bob Geiger said to me this is like a TV show, "Survivor Lebanon," so I'm stealing the line. Because so-called "conservatives" believe in a philosophy of "you're on your own" and "everyone out for themselves," Americans are left trapped in a war zone while Bush vetoes stem cell legislation instead of working for peace.
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Are they still making Americans trapped in Lebanon SIGN AN AGREEMENT to pay back the cost of evacuating them? Are you aware that Congress passed a bill allowing this in 2003? This is the most outrageous, uncivilized, and immoral thing I've heard in years. Never before in the history of mankind has a government felt it has no responsibility for evacuating its citizens from a war zone in another country. Or, in fact, in any kind of emergency situation in which its citizens can't protect themselves. And what's totally weird is that these guys mean it! The message from our government: You're on your own, folks! No matter what the situation.
Seems to me the first duty of government, or why have government at all, is to protect its citizens.
Finally! You are getting the point. Government is not there to babysit you. Oh, by the way, how many Americans died in Lebanon? Come on! You must know the numbers. And who did cruise ships bring to Cyprus? Not Americans? No? Oh, I was misinformed then.
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