A bumper sticker on a car outside a coffee shop in the tiny Southwestern Virginia mountain town of Floyd, Virginia, says it all:
“We’re making enemies faster than we can kill them.”
You didn’t used to see such bumper stickers in a conservative town like Floyd where American flags fly from every light pole on holidays and adorn most pickup trucks on the road.
Now they seem to pop up everywhere.
“These colors don’t run…the rest of the world” proclaims another. My wife is fond of one that says “Born just fine the first time.”
At the town’s Friday Night Jamboree, a weekly gathering of bluegrass fans from all over the world, a 70-ish fiddle player opened his set with “let’s have a moment of silence for all the Americans who have died in George W. Bush’s illegal war.” Nobody booed or got upset. They stood silent for 60 seconds and then cheered and clapped wildly when the music started.
If opposition to Bush’s lies-backed invasion of Iraq can appear openly in a traditional, flag-waving Blue Ridge mountain community like Floyd, you can be sure it runs rampant in other, larger places in America.
Polls show Bush’s job approval rating dropping faster than General Motors stock while American opposition to his war climbs. Most Americans now oppose the war in Iraq and question both Bush’s honesty and his reasons for invading another country.
And the numbers of brain-dead, partisan lemmings who continue to support Dubya’s madness decline daily. Only those who continue to think, in some barbaric way, that war solves problems back this madman’s actions. They’re mostly partisan political hacks or those who cling to the outdated notion that American should impose its will throughout a world that neither embraces, or needs, our way of life.
Sadly, the idiots who continue to embrace Bush’s Armageddon-driven policies are inane political polemics who find political lies justified, torture of suspects acceptable and the rights of the Constitution expendable in an over hyped “war against terrorism.”
One of these numb nuts tried the other day to convince me that Bush’s illegal war is part of that war against terrorism but all he succeeded in doing was showcasing his ignorance of both facts and politics. Like too many of the warmongering partisans who back Bush’s dirty little war he is driven by the insane notion that American imperialism is the answer to the world’s woes.
It is not. Bush lied to the American people, to Congress and to the world to justify his war and now his lies have come back to haunt him. He has the blood of 1,700 plus Americans on his hands and, at the rate he is going, his war will too soon have killed more Americans than the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Yet those Americans in Iraq died for nothing, in a war that had nothing to do with payback for 9/11. As the proof increases that Bush planned this war before the first plane slammed into the first tower of the World Trade Center, only those who checked their brains at the door continue to support his lies.
Osama bin Laden remains at large because American troops are too busy with a war in Iraq that has nothing to do with tracking down the mastermind of 9/11. He and his henchmen are free to plan more attacks because while Bush continues to lie, Americans continue to die and the President’s reckless actions continue to create more enemies of, and hatred for, America.
As the bumper sticker says, “we’re creating enemies faster than we can kill them.” And those we haven’t killed are killing us – more than 1,700 in Iraq in a war based on lies and driven by deceit.
And the blood of every single one of those Americans stains not only the hands of George W. Bush but the hands of any fool who supports him and his insane war.