They say the letters to the editor section of daily newspapers is the section read most often by readers. Well . . .
My letter to the Austin American-Statesman editor published today:
To all the Republicans who are calling for U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan’s resignation over his son’s involvement in the oil-for-food scandal, go take a long walk off a short dock. You’ve got to be kidding me.
You guys support a Secretary of Defense who oversees a conflict in which American troops (and the new attorney general) were implicated in torturing prisoners. Look, money and oil are one thing, torturing people is another. If you want credibility, call for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation — he knew as much about the torture going on at Abu Ghraib as Annan knew of his son’s financial transactions (that is, if we take Rumsfeld’s word for it). Talk about moral relativism.
WILLIAM PATE II
And the two responses it received:
Don Scott <email@example.com>
Thu, Dec 9, 2004 at 7:59AM
Let’s see here. Kofi Annan oversaw the biggest financial scandal in world history, with $21 billion being diverted from starving and sick children and used to pay the families of Palestinian terrorists, to build up Sadaam’s military, to build Sadaam’s palaces, and to bribe hundreds of politicians across the globe in a largely successful effort to get the sanctions lifted. Not only was world diplomacy utterly corrupted, but thousands of Iraqis died from lack of food and medicine. And Kofi was partially aware of the ongoing scandal. The proof of that is the current cover-up. He hires Paul Volker then denies him access to financial records of the Oil for Food program. Kofi’s son is small potatoes, and nobody is calling for Annan’s resignation simply because of that connection. They want him out because he must be removed before the full truth can be known because he is covering it up.
And you compare this enormously damaging scandal to a few terrorists/insurgents/thugs being forced to lie naked in a pile? And you call it torture? And you claim Rumsfeld knew about it? Your positions are LOL stupid. Talk about moral relativism!!!
The reason the Dems got stomped in the last election is because the party is populated by people like you. You are eager to believe the worst about the US and it’s politicians, and the best about the real scum of the world, like Kofi Annan and Jacques Chirac.
Enjoy the next four years. Make sure you have plenty of Kool-Aid on hand.
From: Bob Bender <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2004 08:38:36 -0600
Don Rumsfeld is a great man and a superb leader of our Nation’s defenses. Thank God President Bush was overwhelmingly re-elected and can continue to ensure Secretary Rumsfeld will continue on the job!!!!! All of my friends, family, and “clear thinking” Americans agree with this. It is only the extremely biased liberal media and individuals who fail to study the facts that disagree. Willy, you seem fairly bright – suggest you read and study much more deeply and I am certain you will realize his greatness as well.
Robert A. Bender
Smug Republican assholes, aren’t they?