the Bush Administration Covertly Pro-Saddam?
May 8, 2003
Covert pro-Saddam sentiments are sweeping Washington, DC.
Of course one could never expect that the Bush administration
would openly praise Hussein - after all, he was an evildoer,
a threat to our national security, an urgent reason for our
waging a calculated pre-emptive strike, even if it meant acting
outside UN sanction, and even if it meant damaging our own
foreign policy by placing our international reputation as
being peacekeepers on the line.
Hussein was quite obviously viewed by many in DC as being
the most dangerous enemy to America.
As a leader, Hussein manipulated the media. He squelched
dissent by orchestrating his public events to make sure that
only his supporters were around him - squelching dissent is
necessary if one is to rule unilaterally, after all. His ego
was so in need of stroking, that he erected statues of himself
all over Iraq.
We're told that he stockpiled chemical and biological warfare
components, that he wasn't a 'safe' neighbor, and that he's
been known to mislead the UN about the weapons. He lived in
splendor while his people lived in poverty. He loved propaganda.
And... he loved oil, because oil is powerful, international
His regime has been toppled now, and we're told that it's
a wonderful thing, because the entire world is safer for it.
Amazing, then, that this same administration seems to be mirroring
the evildoer Hussein's leadership qualities - and that America
seems to love it.
As a leader, Bush manipulates the media. From campaigning
year-round to get his agenda pushed through Congress, to flying
by plane rather than helicopter to the deck of a carrier which
was only 30 miles offshore, he manipulates what appears to
be a most willing media.
He squelches dissent by making sure only well-wishers attend
his events. Sharpshooters are placed atop buildings, and "First
Amendment Zones" have been moved back a comfortable pace.
He rules unilaterally, telling the world that "you're either
with us, or you're against us," his party's grassroots calling
any American who disagrees with Bush, "un-American;" and one
of his media stiffs telling a 9/11 victim's family member
to "shut up" on the air. Bush gave Congress one reason for
attacking Iraq, but he boasts of another. He's President Feel
His media continually strokes his fragile ego. Before totally
ignoring the Democratic presidential debates in South Carolina,
the media aired hours of coverage of Bush on the deck of a
carrier, wearing a flight suit for imagery... complete with
his glorious name emblazoned on the airplane, when a helicopter
could have transported him there. This is the same media which
totally failed to mention his absence from the Texas Air National
Guard - and a media which didn't tell the American people
that his ego had kept the Abraham Lincoln's troops from their
families for another day after a 10-month deployment.
America stockpiles chemical and biological weapons components,
having sold some of them to Iraq in the past - but that was
when Rumsfeld referred to Hussein as our ally. America is
viewed as being no longer a safe neighbor, this administration
having pre-emptively attacked another country. The Bush administration
misled the UN by offering them forged documentation, and it
apparently doesn't place much significance in proving that
the reason given for attacking Iraq was justified, in the
first place. There is a marked rise in anti-American sentiment
overseas, and other countries have stepped up their weapons
Bush lives in splendor, as citizens have lost their jobs
under his economy; veteran's benefits are cut back; added
financial burden is placed on the states to enforce Homeland
Security mandates; corporate interests are protected while
senior citizens battle for affordable prescription drugs while
the disabled fight for the right to live at home and retain
adequate health care, instead of being forced into nursing
homes, sometimes by the youthful age of 21.
And Bush loves propaganda. His party sold pictures of himself
on Air Force One on 9/11, making him appear as if he was in
charge - even though he was flying all over the US, hiding
out in bunkers, while governors dealt with the mayhem resulting
from the worst terrorist attack on American soil in history.
Moreover, he loves having his picture taken in bomber jackets
and flight suits while he's speaking to a group of military
personnel - it makes him look good. It's as if his Republican
Guard media has rallied around him to protect him from anything
But most of all, he loves oil. Oil means international leverage.
We may never know the depth of how much he loves oil, because
his administration doesn't allow access to Cheney's energy
panel records, but he loves it enough to mislead both Congress
and the UN, to pre-emptively attack Iraq, and protect Iraq's
oil ministry buildings while museums and hospitals were being
Yes, it's a wonderful thing that Hussein's regime has been
overthrown. He was an evil, evil man. It would just be really,
really, nice if the Bush administration weren't attempting
to clone his leadership "qualities" while members of his party
are calling those who protested against a war in Iraq "pro-Saddam."
It's a certainty that Saddam didn't care much for protestors,
but he certainly loved a lot of the same things Bush does
- and that's scary.