by Anatoly O. 04.06.2001
Bush and Cheney have talked down the American economy and triggered a recession. Markets crashed. Many people got laid off.
Bush and Cheney have bad-mouthed the American military. The crash of a V-22 Osprey aircraft killed four Marines in December. The terrorist bombing of the USS Cole, during it's refueling in Aden, Yemen, killed 17 sailors and wounded more than twice that number. The U.S. Navy EP-3 surveillance airplane was damaged and forced to make the emergency landing on a Chinese Island. 24 crew members, which includes three women, have been held by the Chinese.
Bush and Cheney have accused DOJ of corruption. Since then the Deputy Attorney General Department of Justice Eric Holder gave the green light to pardon one of the country's most wanted white-collar fugitives. Rick E. Yannuzzi, 46, a 24-year veteran of the CIA and a physicist, lawyer and specialist in weapons analysis, was found dead inside his home. Robert P. Hanssen, the veteran FBI agent, was accused of spying for Moscow.
Bush and Cheney have criticized the American education system. On March 5, 15-year-old boy opened fire in his high school, killing two teenagers and injuring 13 others. Days later there were shootings in other schools.
Bush and Cheney have trashed the previous administration's foreign policy. The violence, suffering, and destruction escalate in the Middle East. Israelis are being killed daily by the Palestinians. Israeli soldiers and settlers have killed more than 400 Palestinians. Since January, loyalist paramilitaries have tossed more than 50 crude pipe bombs at Catholic targets around Belfast. A bomb hidden in a London taxi exploded outside the BBC's Television Center in west London in March. Ethnic Albanian rebels slipped across the Kosovo border and engaged Macedonian troops in a firefight in March.
Instead of an optimistic team Gore-Liberman, the pessimistic team Bush-Cheney took over the White House. These are the consequences.