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June 27, 2002

A Road Map to Nowhere

James Goldsborough got it exactly right on the op-ed page in this morning's San Diego paper. Referring to Bush's big Middle East speech, he says "George W. Bush labored for weeks on his Middle East plan and produced a mouse, a "wee, sleekit, cow'rin, tim'rous beastie" that is an insult to America's influence, power and intelligence."

"The energy industry writes Bush's energy plan; the auto industry and Spencer Abraham pull us out of the Kyoto treaty on global warming; Florida's Cuban-Americans get a tougher Castro embargo; brother Jeb gets an offshore Florida oil drilling ban; the rust belt gets steel tariffs and farm belt gets record subsidies, wrecking hopes of a new new round of tariff reductions; the defense industry gets a missile defense system when any arms expert will tell you the last thing a terrorist needs or wants is a missile."

"Next comes a Middle East speech - billed as a "plan" - that has not one new idea in it. Dump democratically elected leader Yasser Arafat, says Bush, because Palestine needs democratically elected leaders. Say what? Stop terrorism, says Bush, and Israel will lead you to the promised land."

Little by little, I hope people are beginning to see the need for a change in our own elected leadership.