New York City is the party site for the proud pachyderm.
Republicans of all shapes and sizes have spoken, and will speak,
attempting to convince us voters they should lead the country in
these historic times.
The nation’s heartstrings have been tugged. Former New York City
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani already reminded us about the president’s
steadfast leadership after terrorists gave America its first bloody
nose on home soil since Pearl Harbor.
Basically, so says Giuliani, Bush and his pachyderm cohorts have
made this country safer, and we need his vision and strong
leadership as we face continued threats from the “evildoers.”
“(Bush) sees world terrorism for the evil that it is,” Giuliani
said. “John Kerry has no such clear, precise and consistent
Giuliani also said, “We need George Bush more than ever.”
Undoubtedly the War on Terror demands swift and effective
action. We cannot afford to let the terrorists destroy our way of
life through fear and violence. Sorry to point out the obvious, but
I speaking about the nuts and bolts of the Republican platform.
What has Bush – or whom I like to call G-Dubbs – done? He has
led this country to two wars. Afghanistan was a no-brainer.
Obviously we needed to rid the world of that parasitic government,
especially since it harbored the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001,
USS Cole and the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings.
Iraq has been a complete mess. Yes. We freed a people terrorized
by their government. Yes. We needed to rid the area of a brutal
tyrant who would, if given the chance, destroy the United States
and most of Western Civilization.
But look at what we inherited.
I get the feeling Bush and his legion of pachyderms thought we
would go into Iraq, take out Saddam and the people of Iraq would
sing great songs praising the great pachyderm president. We had an
ill-conceived post-Iraq non-plan, and many soldiers and have had to
pay the ultimate price.
We had a right to go into Iraq. Saddam had biological and
chemical weapons as late as 1998, proved he would use them, and was
violating the resolution that spared the tyrant’s reign by not
cooperating with U.N. weapons inspectors.
But the president burned the world community by not exhausting
all diplomatic efforts. Even Secretary of State Colin Powell, one
of the few noble pachyderms, thought more could have been done to
So now we are left to pick up the pieces and rebuild Iraq with a
teeny weenie coalition comprised of some nations’ minimal
contributions. I hate to belittle South Korea’s contributions, but
a hesitant Great Britain and the United States are essentially the
only countries rebuilding Iraq and fighting this war.
Oh, and did I mention our price tag? The Web site
www.costofwar.com has an ever-increasing cost ticker. At last check
it was higher than $130 billion.
This price tag comes amid cuts in social programs caused by cuts
in taxes that overwhelmingly support the rich. Combine that with
economic policy favorable to over-sea job loss and Bush has pretty
much slapped the working class in the face to fight this war.
I understand people are afraid. The world is an evil and
dangerous place. We need strong leadership. Is candidate Kerry the
answer? I am not sure.
But Bush has to go. We simply cannot afford four more years of
this sort of reckless leadership.
Vince Adams is a graduate student studying English education. He
was the Collegian opinion editor during the 2002-2003 school year.
His column will run weekly on Wednesday.