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Ted Springer

Bravo for Alan Braunholtz’ commentary (Aug. 9) detailing the failings of the Bush administration. It was insightful, documented and respectfully argued. And, well, courageous in a newspaper with an unbalanced rightist leaning. Interestingly, in the same issue, a similarly tilted writer-in claimed administration innocence in misleading the public about the causes for the United States’ unilateral war in Iraq. Nice try. Truth, of course, is that the president and his attendant hawks did, in fact, mislead the American public. Dick Cheney, for instance, insisted that the U.N. inspectors after Desert Storm were completely ineffectual at best when he knew full well that they were responsible for destroying 95 percent (it turned out to be 100 percent) of Iraq’s WMD capability. And Donald Rumsfeld claimed not to know that the U.S. had provided Iraq with anthrax under the first Bush’s watch (during the Iraq-Iran war, when we supported Hussein) as had been reported by the Government Accounting Office, subsequently re-named Government Accountability Office, a non-partisan branch of the government.Our current president has repeatedly shaded the truth (lied, actually). In Bob Woodward’s book “Plan of Attack,” it was shown that prior to our war on Iraq, Bush disclaimed on several occasions that there was any plan for such a war on his desk. (Rumsfeld and Franks were deep into the planning with full knowledge of Bush and after numbers of briefings for Bush. The plans were thus on Rumsfeld and Franks’ desks). Bush’s statement was technically true, wink wink, but obviously a knowing distortion (writer-in phrasing) of the truth.Again searching for confirmation of his WMD reason for going to war, he announced, “We have found the weapons of mass destruction.” This was on the occasion of the discovery of mobile trailers which even the CIA could not confirm had anything to do with chemical-biological weapons (and later doubted any such connection). Yet searching for evidence, Bush claimed the aluminum rods discovered were to be used for uranium enrichment when the experts had not reached any such conclusion. Knowing distortion. Prior to the war, Bush repeatedly talked of Saddam Hussein and al Qaida in the same context (read “American Dynasty,” by Kevin Phillips, for a complete and accurate chronicling of his statements) with the result that over half of Americans believed that Saddam was part of the 9/11 attack. So who’s kidding whom? If the intended result of a series of statements framing Hussein and al Qaida in the same context leads to a false conclusion, it is a lie, pure and simple. A knowing falsehood. A knowing distortion. The above are but a few of Dubya’s deceptions. On the campaign trail in his talks to the throngs of listeners at public rallies, George W. claims that Kerry “wants to raise your taxes!” Untrue, of course. Kerry has repeatedly said he will not raise taxes on the middle and lower income Americans, only on the wealthiest 2 percent (not those gullible throngs listening to Dubya’s hype). Knowing distortion. So, good for you, Alan Braunholtz. Millions of Americans have been and continue to be duped by George W. and, happily, you are not one of them. You speak truth, and I for one appreciate it.P.S. As for the Republicans not being the ones to enter our private lives, as the writer-in would have us believe, consider:– They would spend your tax dollars on a program to encourage men to marry welfare women. Ashcroft’s proposal to have neighbors snoop on neighbors (defeated, thankfully, but it illustrates a mindset) smacks of a police state.– The government can now go to your library and ask the librarian (unbeknownst to you) what books you are reading. Big brother!– The government would intrude itself into how a woman chooses to make birthing decisions.– The government has now made obesity its problem. And we thought conservatives were for personal responsibility. It’s called social engineering. Sound familiar? Ted SpringerAvonVail, Colorado

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