Tuesday, June 10, 2008

War Criminals & Voters Who Deserve Freedom

Voters! You have, to your credit, endured months of public debate by our eager candidates, and it is to be hoped that you have learned much. Now that you have successfully completed your training, the time has come for you to pass the final exam and become official participants in the electoral process. Your exam, an open-book, pass-fail essay exam, follows.

[Directions: Read the paragraph and answer the questions that follow,
giving the reasoning behind your responses.]

Senator John D. Rockefeller, presenting the findings of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence concerning intelligence leading up to the Iraq war, stated:

In making the case for war, the Administration repeatedly presented intelligence as fact when in reality it was unsubstantiated, contradicted, or even non-existent. As a result, the American people were led to believe that the threat from Iraq was much greater than actually existed.

It is my belief that the Bush Administration was fixated on Iraq, and used the 9/11 attacks by al Qa’ida as justification for overthrowing Saddam Hussein. To accomplish this, top Administration officials made repeated statements that falsely linked Iraq and al Qa’ida as a single threat and insinuated that Iraq played a role in 9/11. Sadly, the Bush Administration led the nation into war under false pretenses.

Is there any form of behavior by a public servant more inexcusable, more immoral than starting a war under false pretenses?

Is it illegal?

Should it be illegal?

Should the government of a democracy have any standards at all...or should presidents be four-year dictators?

[You have six months to complete this test; all who turn in thoughtful responses will pass...and will be encouraged to vote. Those of you who fail will receive a $100 coupon redeemable at your local mall on election day.]

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