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We can do better
We can do better
Just finished watching the presidents press conference. It is obvious he is trying to be more candid with the American people regarding issues of the past such as troop levels in Iraq,WMD's and bad intelligence.
The problem now as I see it is the ongoing lack of candor regarding the future that is going to increase the distrust and dissent in our nation. And this is not a good thing in a time of war. Mr.Bush repeatedly stated in his answers that the American people are in great danger. Coming again into a press conference to spread fear. He did much more to reaffirm us that we need to be afraid, then he did to establish hope and trust. He was asked as he put it "the ultimate bench line question". The reporter asked what he sees as the top three or five (his choice) things he sees improving in our nation. Without giving any details or a real answer he basically said that he HOPES we have a continuing strong economy, a better gulf coast, and better education. UMMM yea, well I see this answer as an administration that really has no plan for a domestic agenda. Put yourself in his shoes and answer that question. I bet you would answer it using facts not hopes of how you are going to improve our nation. You see folks this administration is really good about talking about the hard issues. They are really bad at tackling them and getting results. If you don't believe me all you need to do is ask yourself a few questions.
Our we safer as a nation? My admittedly liberal view is no and I need not look any further then the 9/11 commissions recent report card.
Is our economy stronger now then when the president took office? Nope, you can't pretend to have a strong economy and a growing trade deficit.
Are we winning the war on terror? NO and in my opinion we never will. The recent comments made by Iranian leader last week, Ahmadinejad called the Holocaust a "myth" and said if Europeans insist it did occur, then they should give some of their own land for a Jewish state, rather than the one in the Middle East. The comments came just two months after the hard-line president called for Israel to be "wiped off the map." This is not just a dream by this guy and he will do everything in his power to make this happen. Terror will live on until the hearts and minds of the terrorist change. One can only wonder if the new and improved Iraq will develop into a nation of terror or a "beacon of freedom" like Mr. Bush suggest. I truly want to be optimistic but honestly I think democracy will not work in this region.
In summary I feel that we will continue to be a strongly divided nation. United we stand divided we fall. Isn't it about time that this administration begin to listen to those on the other side of the aisle and compromise to get America more united?