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This reflection is entitled...

The Big Picture

The big picture is that the Cheney/Bush administration has absolutely no interest in ending the Iraq quagmire ~ despite the fact that almost 1000 Americans have died and well over 12,000 have been seriously wounded.

The reason is strictly political ~ for as long as Cheney willfully lies about an Iraq/Al-Qaeda link ~ millions of Americans will continue to see our illegal and disastrous occupation of Iraq as part of the ' War on Terror '.

The table below shows data from the first Economist/yougov poll and proves my point .

The poll represents an online panel of 10,000 Americans which eventually will grow to 20,000 over the coming months. www.economist.com/yougov.

  1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way George Bush is handling his job as President ?
    • Approve 44 %
      Disapprove 51%
  2. In general, are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way things are going in the US at this time ?
    • Satisfied 38 %
      Dissatisfied 56 %
  3. Who would you prefer to be in control of Congress after the next election ?
    • Republicans 39 %
      Democrats 46 %
  4. Suppose the election were being held today ~ who would you vote for ?
    • Bush 44 %
      Kerry 43%
      Nader 3%
  5. How could Bush be ahead with the general dissatisfaction with his handling of the Presidency as well as the way things are going in our country ?

    The answer is in the following poll .

  6. How do you think George Bush or John Kerry would handle this issue over the next four years if elected in November
    ( Respondents answering Excellent/Good/Fair in % )
    • Bush :: Kerry
      The economy ~ 53 :: 57
      Health Insurance ~ 46 :: 59
      Public Education ~ 52 :: 58
      The environment ~ 52 :: 63
      Race relations ~ 57 :: 60
      Conduct of war in Iraq ~ 50 :: 40
      Conduct of war on terror ~ 54 :: 47
      Taxes ~ 52 :: 47
      Federal budget deficit ~ 43 :: 63
      Relations with allies ~ 52 :: 58
      Same sex marriage ~ 44 :: 44
      Crime ~ 56 :: 56

And there you have it. The only way George Bush can win in November is as the War President and continuing to award tax benefits to the rich ~ many of whom are getting wealthy at the expense of the Iraqis .

Thus , he has a vested interest in the turmoil in Iraq and the so called ' War on terror ' ~ which deceptively includes Iraq's fighting for their freedom from an unjust occupation.

As such, expect a gradually escalating terror alert as we get closer to November and continued cover up of the deterioration in Iraq reinforcing the need to maintain our military presence as well as the construction of dozens of military bases ~ despite the cost in human life.

There is only one way to defeat this blatant Cheney sponsored neo-conservative power grab and obvious manipulation by fear and that is the power of the people demanding social justice ~ similar to the people of Spain throwing out their government who misled and deceived them.

It's in our hands and only by raising our voices in unison will we be heard.

Get involved.

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