November 23, 2005
Thanksgiving should be a joyous holiday where we stop for a moment and count our blessings. This year will provide a challenge.
More than 2,100 dead soldiers in the misadventure we call Iraq. That's 2,100 families with at least one empty chair at Thanksgiving dinner asking, "Why?" For those of us untouched personally with a particular death, we will think about the human cost and think about the deception leading to this neocon dream of pre-emptive war. The cost has reached $221.5 billion. That is the equivalentof 10.7 million four-year scholarships at the UW.
Want to switch channels? I don't blame you. Then look at the channel beaming pictures of New Orleans where union workers have been cast aside for undocumented workers living in inhuman conditions. PBS's "NOW" exposed the fact that they are housed in truck trailers. Triple-bunked, 42 people to one trailer with no circulation. Why? So the Halliburtons of the world can make higher profits. (Check out "NOW." You will have trouble sleeping.)
But here is the good news. Colin Powell's former chief of staff claims on "Democracy Now!" that Cheney and Rumsfeld had a "cabal." They made decisions outside normal channels without the elected government knowing what was happening. Shinning light on Cheney and Rummy might save us another awful military adventure.
And, will Fitzgerald finally get to the bottom of the Plame scandal? It looks like the trail is warm.
Some things are worth celebrating. We may be on the road to recovery now that just about everyone agrees that this war is a lost cause. Time to get our troops home.
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