"Who will now stand up for our military? Who will speak for our
1,600 dead, our 15,000 wounded, and over 100,000 plus innocent Iraqis
who were horribly murdered with napalm and by carpet bombing? Who will
punish the conspirators for disgracing our military and using it to
torture, maim and kill defenseless people in captivity? Who ordered
Bush Angles and Tangles
ACUTE AND OBTUSE
Posted May 26, 2005
By: Ted Lang
Remembering your basic geometry, complimentary angles total 90 degrees. An angle
of more than 90 degrees and less than 180 degrees is an obtuse angle. An
“angle” of 180 degrees is a straight line. If a second straight line
intersects the horizontally drawn straight line at its center, assuming a
beginning and an end for the base line, it takes on the appearance of a
speedometer needle. The horizontal line can be thought of as the diameter of a
circle. When so imagined, the top of the perfectly curved line does indeed give
the appearance of the upper half of a circle that can simulate a speedometer, or
for that matter, any gauge displaying gradations, such as a voltmeter, pressure
gauge or even a thermometer.
Clearly, the angles created by the slanted straight line intersecting the
straight base line are those of an obtuse angle and an acute angle, unless we
have right angles created by a perpendicular line to the base each composing 90
degrees and totaling 180 degrees. The purpose of this simple and clumsy
explanation of a basic principle of geometry is to help explain my frightening
progress in understanding both the magnitude of deception and secrecy
necessitated by the unsavory and immoral activities of the Bush
For the most part, these can only be speculated upon precisely because of the
unprecedented secrecy redolent of this administration by its almost total
dependency on the complimentary divide of facts and the truth on the one hand
[the acute], and secrecy and deception on the other [the obtuse]. Said another
way, truth and knowledge are pitted against falsehood and ignorance. It is the
case of the acute angle looking to grow itself ever increasingly to a perfect
right angle, challenged by the greater magnitude of the obtuse tending towards
The Bush administration wallows in secrecy and deception; it has to! All we are
allowed to see are the end products of these immoral activities and
manipulations: abolition of habeas corpus; abolition of the entire Bill of
Rights; torture and murder of both civilian and military prisoners, many of whom
were totally innocent; abolition of the Geneva Conventions and a total disregard
for international law and the conduct of a God-fearing moral nation. Add to this
the complicity of the establishment corporate media, and it’s obvious were in
a lot of trouble.
Think of the growth of the tiny acute angle of knowledge and truth. First, it
was that Saddam and Iraq were the center of terrorist activities; no direct
proof was needed of involvement in the 9-11 terrorist attacks. We were told that
our government had irrefutable evidence, provided by our incomparable, laudable
intelligence operations, proving that not only did Saddam have weapons of mass
destruction, and even nuclear ones, but that there was an intent on his part to
use them in his newly-identified role as the world’s number one criminal
Please recall precisely those vignettes of that so-called evidence: aerial
photos of weapons installations; photos of mobile missile launchers; photos of
flying drones; and an aerial photo of an airliner fuselage purportedly used to
train terrorists in air hijackings, and so on. All these are now proven to be
part of a deliberate, massive, and conspiratorially-arranged effort to fool the
American people and its Congress.
President Bush, in giving the constitutionally-mandated State of the Union
message to Congress and the people, stated very emphatically that Saddam had the
weapons, the motivation, and the ability to harm US, thereby establishing the
legitimacy of his request to Congress for war-making powers to justify
preemptive attacks on any and all terrorist nations deemed as such by him alone.
And when it was disclosed that Saddam did not have WMD, did not intend to attack
US, was not the center of terrorist training as the complicit media offered,
what was the excuse? Bad intelligence! But that didn’t matter – we needed
regime change anyway. Bush doesn’t like Saddam.
But now we have the London Sunday Times report of the leaked British memo,
stating unequivocally that the Bush administration tailored those “mistaken”
intelligence reports in advance of even making his war powers request to
Congress! Then the Bush administration followed up this conspiratorial effort
with after-the-fact false evidence and doctored photos! Secretary of State Colin
Powell presented this false evidence to the United Nations. Where, by the way,
is Colin Powell today?
Consider the outrage when WMD weren’t found, when it turned out that the
French, the Germans, and the entire UN were right for not buying into the Bush
administration’s fraud justifying invasion. Where’s the outrage now? As FAIR
has noted, where are The New York Times and the Washington Post?
Congressman John Conyers and 89 other Democrats have signed a letter of inquiry
demanding that the Bush administration explain its actions. Obviously, since the
Republican Party is in the majority, the criminal Bush administration will now
blow them off. What are they going to do about it if there’s no press coverage
and therefore no public outcry?
The complicity of the two largest political events-oriented newspapers in the
United States in precluding public notification and outcry is despicable! It
smacks of police state fascism and communism in blatantly manipulating and
spiking important events absolutely necessary to maintain a democracy, let alone
a constitutionally-limited republican form of government.
But the largest newspaper in New Jersey, The Star-Ledger, with a daily
circulation of over 400,000, did run the story, thereby providing the foundation
and basis of evidence necessary to launch public support of Congressman
Conyers’ inquiry. Perhaps we can now grow the acute angle of knowledge and
truth to shed a greater degree of the light of awareness upon the obtuse.
I was at an Armed Forces Day event for which New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg
appeared and at which he recited a solemn speech commending our dead and wounded
war veterans. Indeed, it was fitting and proper to do so. But what of his
outrage on the floor of the Senate a while back, when he attacked the Bush
administration citing the neocon PNAC cabal as “chickenhawks?” Obviously,
even then, he suspected that we were manipulated into war. What about now?
To be certain, we must attest to the valor, the bravery, the dedication of those
who gave their all for “duty, honor and country.” But where is the “duty,
honor and country” reciprocity of the United States Congress? How are they
honoring and celebrating the sacrifice of the fallen and the wounded, whose only
intention was the protection of, and service to, the American people? According
to the London Times, America didn’t need protecting from Saddam and Iraq –
we now need protection from the Bush administration! And so does the whole
world! When will Congress assume its role?!
Who will now stand up for our military? Who will speak for our 1,600 dead, our
15,000 wounded, and over 100,000 plus innocent Iraqis who were horribly murdered
with napalm and by carpet bombing? Who will punish the conspirators for
disgracing our military and using it to torture, maim and kill defenseless
people in captivity? Who ordered this? If we wanted regime change, well, we now
have it! What are we accomplishing by continuing military operations there? Is
it our new strategy to bring about population change?
The service provided by The Newark Star-Ledger and the London Times is this: the
families of our military and the families of the 9-11 “terrorist act”
victims can be given this information in black and white, and perhaps a momentum
can be started to bring this evil, immoral and deadly regime to justice!
© THEODORE E. LANG 5/21/05 All rights reserved.
Ted Lang is a political analyst and a freelance writer.