Friday, August 20, 2004

Bush Policies: Making the Nation Safer?

Between March 1 and April 6, airline agents tried to block Senator Ted Kennedy from boarding airplanes on five occasions because his name resembled an alias used by a suspected terrorist who had been barred from flying on airlines in the United States.
Instead of acknowledging Kennedy as the Congressional leader whose face has flashed across the nation's television sets for decades, the airline agents acted as if they had stumbled across a fanatic who might blow up an American airplane.
Kennedy said they refused to give him his ticket.
"He said, 'We can't give it to you'," Kennedy said, describing an encounter with a US AIR agent.
" 'You can't buy a ticket to go on the airline to Boston.' I said, 'Well, why not?' He said, 'We can't tell you.' "

Umm, call me a curmudgeon, but when Senator Ted Kennedy has to face bullshit like this, how can anyone say with a straight face that the Bush administration has even a clue about what it's doing?
Instead of spending the money he should have spent to authorize all domestic airports be retrofitted with state of the art screening devices and specially trained agents, Bush said we couldn't afford the $10 billion that would cost.
Yet we can afford the $100 billion and 1,000 American lives it's cost us (so far) to invade Iraq and capture Saddam Hussein, who had nothing to do with 9/11 except for sharing the terrorists' hatred of our government?

I feel safer now that Ted al Mohammed Kennedy is being watched by a crack team of minimum wage ticket sellers at US Air. Whew.

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