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October 18, 2004

No more misadventures

(LA Times, 10/18/2004)

To the Editors:

The two events costing the most American lives since Vietnam occurred on Bush's watch: 9/11 and the Iraq war.

Could 9/11 have been prevented?  No one knows, but they weren't even trying!  They kept America's counter-terrorism chief, Richard Clarke "out of the loop" and wouldn't listen to his warnings and advice because he was not part of the Bush inner circle.  But he was right.

In Iraq:  Then-Army Chief of Staff Gen. Shinseki advised that a much larger force would be needed.  He was retired early.  But he was right: we were unable to secure the borders, stop the looting, and safeguard the reconstruction effort.

Paul O'Neill, warned the Bush tax cuts would create huge deficits -- he had to resign as Secretary of the Treasury.  Richard S. Foster, Medicare's Chief Actuary, had his job threatened after warning that the Bush medicare bill was going to cost an extra $100B.  Scientists at EPA and elsewhere have their findings overridden by political appointees.  But they are right.

We don't know what events will come in the next four years, but Bush would repeat his error: cutting out key people that don't agree with his preconceived notions.

Electing Bush assures some new misadventures -- we just don't know if it will be in Iran, North Korea, Homeland security, our children's health or their opportunity for advancement.


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