Location: Granite Falls, North Carolina, United States

I'm an ordained United Methodist minister no longer pastoring churches, a former media producer with skills ten years out of date, a writer trying to sell my first novel, and a sales associate keeping body and soul together working for the People's Republic of Corporate America. I'm married to the most wonderful woman in the world, who was my best friend for 17 years before we married.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Connecting Dots

I don't like cliches, but I can't think of a better way of expressing my thoughts of late than "connecting the dots."

I've been connecting some dots lately, and I don't like the picture that is emerging.

Dot 1: George W. Bush made his first million in the Carlyle Group, in business with the brother of Osama bin Laden.

Dot 2: After Al Qaeda started terrorist attacks on U. S. Embassies and other sites, President Clinton placed a bounty on Osama bin Laden's head. Al Qaeda attacked the U. S. S. Cole in October of 2000, and it was not determined until December of that year that it was Bin Laden's al Qaeda.

Dot 3: After Bush moved into the Oval Office one month later, the first thing he did was take the bounty off Osama bin Laden's head.

Dot 4: During the Clinton Administration the CIA had Osama bin Laden in its sights, but the Royal Family of Dubai protected him.

Dot 5: Bush tried to allow this same Royal Family of Dubai to own American ports.

Dot 6: Bush was warned, early in his administration that "al Qaeda [was] determined to attack inside U. S." He ignored it, and told the staffer who brought it to his attention, "Okay, you've covered your ass. Now get out."

Dot 7: Al Qaeda operatives flew planes into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and would have done more damage in Washington but for the brave passengers of Flight 93, while Bush sat and read, "My Pet Goat," AFTER having been told the attacks were in progress.

Dot 8: A day or so after 9/11, when all air traffic was prohibited in the U. S., Bush allowed the bin Laden family to fly out of the U. S. without asking any of them for information about their relative Osama.

Dot 9: Bush declared, in the greatest speech of his presidency, that al Qaeda was the enemy and declared of Osama bin Laden that he was "wanted: dead or alive."

Dot 10: When American forces had Osama bin Laden surrounded at Tora Bora, he cut and ran to go invade Iraq. He used lies to justify a war against Osama bin Laden's mortal enemy, Saddam Hussein.

Dot 11: Repeatedly, in press conferences, Bush has admitted that Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, but he refuses to stop linking the two in speeches by himself and his vice-president. Even now, he continually portrays the fight in Iraq as a fight against al Qaeda.

Dot 12: Al Qaeda in Iraq is NOT Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda, and even so it comprises at most 5% of the opposition the American troops are facing in Iraq.

Dot 13: Al Qaeda is a creature of and supported by the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia.

Dot 14: Bush is close to the Saudi Royal Family, and was photographed walking through the Rose Garden holding hands with the prince who is the head of the Saudi Royal Family, the major factor in support of al Qaeda and the hateful Wahabi movement that feeds it.

Dot 15: Osama bin Laden is still making videos taunting us, and Bush brushes them off.

I don't like the pattern here. What do you see?


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