EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK
Scott McClellan, former press secretary of President Bush is now being bashed by the right wing press for disloyalty because he revealed his thoughts and experiences serving in an administration that lied to the American people. Is one disloyal for bashing a former employer? Scott McClellan was a member of the government of the United States of America, not a men’s club in which what happens in the locker room should be kept secret. He was privy to important information about the his nation and thus was honor bound to reveal what he had learned being in that position. An individual who enters the armed forces of the United States of America takes a solemn oath to uphold the Constitution and place its interests before any others, including orders from his superiors. We believe a similar obligation must be upheld by any member of the United
It is ironic the Rush Limbaughs or New York Post reporters who wallowed in the slime and fillth associated with the Bill Clinton impeachment have now become supporters of silence. Have we forgotten demands that every single piece of evidence connected with actions of President Clinton had to be revealed? However, now the clone of silence is demanded and McClellan is being crucified for daring to reveal what happened in a corrupt and lying administration that betrayed the American people. No member of the American government owes “loyalty” to those who betray the Constitution and the people of this nation.
The ironic aspect of this situation is the revelations of Scott McClellan are already known, he is merely confirming what anyone following the lies and distortions of the Bush administration has been aware of for years. Exactly what is “new” regarding the revelations of the former press secretary? The difference is evidence is now being presented by an insider who, of course, according to the right wing media, never really was on the inside. Rush and Ann Coulter and the others who prefer believing in lies have been disloyal to the American people for years. Just imagine what they would be saying if we had the revelations of a former press secretary to Bill Clinton!
The tragedy of this entire episode is Mr. McClellan will now have his reputation dragged through the mud of slander by those who enjoy tearing to pieces anyone who is disloyal to truth. There is nothing new about what George Bush did in lying than the reactions of the right wing media which has blocked out the truth from their minds and the American people.
In her autobiography, Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, said her hsuband watched in horror as George W. Bush became president of the United States in 2000. “I think it’s fair to say that our hearts sank when the result was finally ratified.” However, after the Blairs got a chance to become more friendly with George Bush, their attitude changed into one of sharing a warm friendship with the man from Texas. “George is actually a very funny, charming man with a quirky sense of humour, the reason he gets a bad press is because he talks Texan.” Mrs. Blair became very fond of Laura Bush who she terms a “very warm, genuine person.”
It undoubtedly was a pleasant relationship for the Blairs but he was also prime minister of Great Britain which meant friendship had to be placed aside when interests of the British people were at hand. Unfortunately, Tony Blair allowed his personal feelings to get in the way of deciding what was best for his nation, and invading Iraq certainly was not beneficial to the people of Great Britain.
George Bush has many enemies throughout the world, but he got an additional one when a federal judge ordered him to stop stalling on whether to designate the polar bear as a species endangered by global warming. If they are so designated, it would impact Bush policies on global warming since the federal government would have to avoid doing anything that would “jeopardize the continued existence” of polar bears. Judge Claludia Wilken told him to cease the stalling tactics that have been going on for months about this issue and make a decision by next week.
Polar bears depend on sea ice for hunting, mating and moving aroound, but the ice is rapidly melting. The Bush administration sold off prime areas where polar bears live to ol companies for about $2.6 billion.
It seems these days, George Bush is getting attacked from all sides and from all areas of the world. He couldn’t even spend a pleasant weekend marrying off his daughter without some judge coming down hard on his incompetence. One can assume he looks forward fondly to being an ex-president so his turmoil can come to an end.