While illegal alien immigration is an issue this country will need to deal with, this Administration has brought the problem up from the basement to divert our attention from the grave reality that we are engaged in a war that we have lost. We are not losing, we have lost. It is not possible to win an immoral war. There will be no winner - as there is no honor. We are not defeating terrorism; we are manufacturing it. Make no mistake, the imminent threat to this country is the continuing and deliberate deception. We've been duped - that's the plain and painful truth.
Seven retired Generals (Christman, Eaton, Batiste, Zinni, Riggs, Newbold, and Swannack) have called for the resignation of Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. Active senior officers are required to "serve at the pleasure of the President - or else" - the or else being shamefully rebuked and de-valued. I reference the case of four star General Eric Shinseki who had the audacity to suggest (prior to the occupation of Iraq) that it would better to go in heavy and then draw down, than the reverse.
The White House responded to the Generals' "May Day" call with the statement, "The president believes Secretary Rumsfeld is doing a very fine job during a challenging period in our nation's history." I guess that's why there has been no investigation, indictment, and criminal prosecution for this Secretary as the architect of heinous torture. I have a very perplexing and pertinent question for Mr. Bush. You are a self - proclaimed born-again Christian, the acting leader of a predominantly Christian nation about to celebrate the resurrection of this Christ on Sunday. You clearly have no shame for torturing Iraqis (whether they be terrorist or civilian). My question is, "How do you justify the sentence of a life-time of nightmares for the returning American soldiers?" Folks, as a popular bumper sticker decries, "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention."
My fellow Americans, I besiege you to take a closer look at this situation of immigration. It came out of nowhere. It's been allowed (almost by invitation) for decades. What makes it okay for the Department of Defense to spend $27 million of its recruitment budget for Spanish-language ads (machismo) and bilingual personnel to find soldiers to fight our war, and at the same time have House Judiciary Committee chairman, James Sensenbrenner call for the felony prosecution of their familia? Could it be to rescue the free-fall of the President's approval rating? Perhaps an attempt to spin a new, improved and empathetic George? I'm sorry, the cloak does not fit; and I'll call it as it is, "This Emperor Has No Clothes."
Don't diminish this scenario as political spin, or dismiss it as partisan rhetoric. I am not un-patriotic, un-American, or un-Christian, I am a humanitarian. This is a trans-partisan travesty that we need to tackle as Americans. There is one potential positive outcome to their ploy, that being that we mimic the unity of the Mexican community. We take it to the streets and show the world that truly, we are, "One nation, under God, i-n-d-i-v-i-s-i-b-l-e, with liberty and justice for all."
By Jill Ferguson, author of TROOTH-Ache: A Global Pandemic -- Rising from Disconnection and Fear to Healing and Empowerment