Elaine Meinel Supkis
I thought this letter to the editor was particularily pathetic as well as funny. The childish attitude the GOP has encouraged is totally out of hand. Like children blaming mom for them not doing their homework, the entire Republican party loves to shove blame onto servants or assistants. This effort to shove blame off is infecting adult minds.
Card's calmness hurt USA
President Bush might have praised Andy Card's "calm in crisis," but I will never forgive the outgoing White House chief of staff for his inappropriate calmness, lack of guts and failure to use strong words or actions with Bush when the president appeared to freeze up during a key moment of crisis early on Sept. 11, 2001.
Card whispered into the president's ear about 9:05 a.m. that horrible morning, telling him that a second plane had crashed into the World Trade Center and saying to him, "America is under attack." I wish Card had been more aggressive about getting the president's attention. But Card let our commander in chief continue to sit in that classroom for seven more long, crucial minutes - as American Airlines Flight 77 continued its hijacked path toward the Pentagon. It did not reach its target for more than half an hour, enough time for Bush to have given orders to have it shot down.
So I'm not sorry to see Card go.
Dear Mr. Siegelman,
Should Card have seized Bush, shook him hard, shrieking in his ear? If someone told me "America is under attack," would I have smiled, picked up a children's book and merrily read on? Then goofed off, talking to the teachers? Then mosey on over to see what was going on? We have photos of Bush, with magic marker in hand, correcting a speech while the WTC collapsed. We know that not only he but the entire leadership of our military was equally clueless, seemingly.
Rumsfeld didn't bother to terminate a meeting about totally unrelated topics. When the jet hit the Pentagon, he was at his desk probably playing solitaire on his computer, no, he is too computer-illiterate for that!
Then he immediately called for a meeting at 1:30 pm that day to plan an attack on...IRAQ!
No, Andrew Card wasn't alarmed, Bush was happy, Rummy was pleased, these guys were cool as cucumbers because the long awaited attacks were succeeding. This obviously pleased them so immensely, it became a big joke with Bush. "I won the Trifecta!" he crowed later. He laughed when he stood on the smoking ruins of the WTC, too. Hahahaha.
So this goes on my comix page. It is all one, big joke. The joke is on America. The adults are in charge now, as Cheney snarled years ago...too bad the adults are junvenile delinquents.