I was quite astonished to read the editorial by Mr. Dolph Tillotson, your publisher, entitled, "History will look fondly on Bush, war." Oh yeah...
Galveston County The Daily News
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To the Editor:
This morning I received my first Sunday edition of your paper (March 21st) via the U. S. mail (very slow Postal Service delivery: about eight miles per hour, I reckon). I was quite astonished to read the editorial by Mr. Dolph Tillotson, your publisher, entitled, "History will look fondly on Bush, war." Oh yeah, I have fond memories of the many repeated Bush lies about Iraq, its supposed weapons of mass destruction and their immediate threat to the United States. I have fond memories of Cheney's lies about Iraq's alleged nuclear program and the supposed purchase of enriched uranium from Niger. I have fond memories of Powell lying to the United Nations about supposed vast stocks of chemical weapons and of supposed pilotless drones that could fly five thousand miles across the Atlantic Ocean and hit us. I have fond memories of Rumsfeld lying about alleged Iraqi stocks of chemical and biological weapons, " Yes, we have their exact locations..." I have fond memories of Wolfowitz telling us about the coming cakewalk in Iraq, with flowers to be strewn in the path of the triumphant invaders. I have fond memories of how Bush & Co. kept artfully repeating the lie that "Saddam" and "9-11" were connected.
I have fond memories of when Bush started his illegal criminal assault on Iraq a year ago. I have fond memories of Bush using cluster bombs on the Iraqi people, with each one containing hundreds of steel slivers designed to cut into human flesh, maim, wound and kill. I have fond memories of reading about the thousands of Iraqis wounded and killed in the Bush invasion.
I have fond memories of Bush in the flight suit playing dress-up on the deck of an aircraft carrier, safely moored off the coast of San Diego, California, and speaking with the now infamous "Mission Accomplished" banner behind him as he told us that "major combat in Iraq was over."
I have fond memories of Bush with his playground "Bring 'em on" taunt to the Iraqi resistance to his invasion of their country. Well, they're bringing it on now.
Before Bush began his war on Iraq a year ago, there were no terrorists in that country. Dictators like Saddam just don't put up with armed terrorists. Bush's war on Iraq was all a massive act of terrorism against the Iraqi people.
As to terrorists in Iraq these days, there are undoubtedly a few from nearby Muslim countries who have moved to Iraq to help the Iraqis rid their country of the American invaders. Bush & Co. have smeared and demonized the Iraqi resistance to the American invasion of their country with many different names: Saddam loyalists, Baath party loyalists, dead-enders, murders, thugs, fanatics and terrorists. Of course, Bush, with his imperial arrogance and his unilateral foreign policy, manages to create terrorists where there were none before. All in all, a truly brilliant performance by Bush & Company; thanks for the fond memories.
James K. Sayre
13 April 2004