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An open letter to George Walker Bush from Alan Hale

Alan Hale is an astronomer who resides in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. He is an
>alumnus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, and is co-discoverer
>of Comet Hale-Bopp.
>August 24, 2002
>An open letter to George Walker Bush:
>Dear Mr. Bush,
>You will have to forgive me, but there is simply no way that I can
>honestly address you as "President," since I believe that title should be
>reserved for those who are elected to that office - a statement that does
>not apply to you. I'll explain: as the son of a World War II veteran, the
>brother of a Vietnam veteran, and myself being a Naval Academy graduate and
>former Naval officer, I have a deep and abiding respect for the ideals upon
>which our nation was founded and which are contained within the
>I'm not sure you've ever read or understood the Constitution, but I have.
>There's plenty of language in there about the proper roles of the various
>branches of our government that you seem not to comprehend, but the most
>important words are the first three, "We the People." We the People did not
>consent to your "leadership" of this nation, but five of your friends on
>the Supreme Court said that that didn't matter, so I guess we're stuck with
>And what has your "leadership" brought us? I could spend time discussing
>your performance on the environment or on our nation's economy, but those
>are long subjects. I'll mention, however, the irony in your promise this
>past weekend to "balance the budget." Mr. Bush, you were handed a balanced
>budget nineteen months ago, but you immediately squandered it on tax cuts
>and giveaways to your campaign contributors. As a result, my sons and I,
>and our respective generations, will be forced to waste hundreds of
>billions of dollars every year for the foreseeable future paying the
>interest on the national debt that you are running up.
>What I'd really like to discuss is your performance as Commander in Chief
>of our nation's armed forces, which I believe has been abysmal, to the
>point of dereliction. As a point of reference, do you remember the USS
>Greenville, the submarine that collided with a Japanese fishing vessel a
>year and a half ago? Even though he was not personally culpable, the
>Commanding Officer of the Greenville - a fellow Naval Academy graduate, I
>might add - nevertheless accepted full responsibility for that tragic
>accident, because doing so is the very essence of what it means to assume
>You should be held to at least the same standard. It has become quite
>clear over the past few months that you had received numerous detailed
>warnings, from both domestic and foreign sources, that an attack upon the
>U.S. was imminent, yet you did nothing to prevent it.
>Then, instead of accepting responsibility for the consequences of your
>inaction, as a true "Commander" would have done, you have in fact evaded
>all responsibility, to the point of blaming things on your predecessor and
>anyone who disagrees with you. Even worse, you have gone so far as to
>repeat sick jokes about "hitting the trifecta" that disgrace the memories
>of the 3000 innocent people who were murdered on that horrible day.
>You have also completely squandered the goodwill and solidarity felt by
>the people of the world towards our nation after we were attacked. Because
>of your actions, people around the world now see the U.S. as, in the recent
>words of one British writer, "arrogant, hypocritical, self-absorbed,
>self-indulgent, and contemptuous of others." As one who has been proud to
>represent America when I've traveled abroad, these words sicken me, because
>I know that they don't represent the American people - but they do
>represent how you have portrayed us to the world.
>Your actions have affected me personally as well. I have had the privilege
>of leading two delegations of American scientists and students on "science
>diplomacy" visits to Iran during the past three years. As a result of these
>and other such visits, we were making slow and painstaking, but
>nevertheless genuine, progress toward establishing a peaceful dialogue with
>the people of that country. But because of your insulting and, frankly,
>asinine "axis of evil" rhetoric you have managed to wreck our efforts, and
>render worthless all the time, energy, and resources many people on both
>sides have invested in trying to get this process going.
>And now, of course, you are constantly beating the war drum about Iraq,
>even though that country has not attacked us and was not involved in last
>September's events, and even though you have offered nothing in the way of
>any hard evidence that that country poses a serious threat to us. You
>nevertheless seem intent on invading that country unilaterally and without
>provocation, apparently because, as your advisor Richard Perle put it, "the
>failure to take on Saddam after what said would produce such a collapse of
>confidence in that it would set back the war on terrorism."
>So if I'm to take that at face value, my sons are supposed to go get
>killed in a war that you will start just so you can maintain some semblance
>of credibility after all your reckless rhetoric. This is a family-oriented
>newspaper that will not print what I think about that. All I can do is
>humbly suggest that you go visit that black wall on the northwest corner of
>the Mall in Washington and read the names of the 58,000 Americans who died
>fighting in a war that you and Mr. Perle, among others in your
>administration who seem so intent on starting this new conflict, managed to
>wiggle out of.
>If this is the kind of "leadership" we can continue to expect from you,
>then I fear for my sons, for our nation, and for our planet. These are all
>far too precious to entrust to someone who apparently has little, if any,
>understanding of the consequences of his words and actions and who moreover
>refuses to accept the responsibility for these consequences. So you'll just
>have to excuse this native New Mexican for not being among your fawning
>admirers as you make your visit to the Land of Enchantment. Perhaps some
>other time, if and when you ever manage to learn that this nation and
>planet belongs to everyone, and not just to those who pander to your
>Alan Hale
> ----
>Alan Hale is an astronomer who resides in Cloudcroft, New Mexico. He is an
>alumnus of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, and is co-discoverer
>of Comet Hale-Bopp.
Right On 30.Aug.2002 00:16


Right On

touche' 30.Aug.2002 01:21


Very diplomatic.

Hey freepers 30.Aug.2002 07:41

I cant hear you

Hey freepers your typically ignorant comments are conspicuously absent here. This guy is obviously a liberal, terrorist loving, enemy combatant.
Come on now! Unload on this unpatriotic bastard. I challenge you to.

Bopp-aloop-bopp! 30.Aug.2002 11:48

Mad Republican madrepublican@hotmail.com

Hey Boppster..stick to looking in your lil' Telescope, dreaming about other worlds.....

Just cause' you co-discovered a ice-ball makes you a big expert bout' whats happening here?

Another Hate-American first wacko....has it ever occured to you that maybe...just maybe, Sadammn is the wrong one here....no I guess it wouldn't to you.

After all, it is ALWAYS America's fault...? right Boppster?

email me at:

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squandered and abused. 30.Aug.2002 14:07

this thing here

>You have also completely squandered the goodwill and solidarity felt by the people of the world towards our nation after we were attacked.<

this is increadibly accurate. and it sucks that it is so true. i will go further and say we didn't squander the goodwill, we abused it. we used it. wam, bam, thankyou world. the u.s. patriot act was ready to go. the u.s. military was ready to go. all we needed was a spark and some good will to set things in motion.

is this how america, how our nation, will honor the people who were murdered on september 11th? with more wars, offensive and "pre-emptive" wars at that? with more violence fueling more violence? reaction, response, reaction? by making enemies lists? it amazes me with all the power and resources america has that we cannot make friends, and work to ensure peace, and instead make war and animosity. utterly and purely insane. regressive. damaging. backward. pointless.

we squandered september 11th., and we abused it. we had an opportunity to do things as they had never been done before. we could've taken the deaths of 3000 people and turned it into something good. for us and for the world. and given the circumstances, it would have been appropriate and even beautiful. but all we did was the same old counter-productive shit, the bombs, the belligerant horseshit statements, the juvenile, little-boy lists of enemies, as if we didn't care or notice that september 11th. even happened.

maybe the world changed on september 11th. or maybe it didn't. but george bush, his administration, his party, the cabinet, the rhetoric, the actions and reactions, the ideas put forward, the laws passed, will make sure the world never changes for the better.

America Apologists 30.Aug.2002 14:38

Hate America; Love Humanity

Mad Republican is a typical AmeriNazi...er...Patriot. These clowns don't have any argument or points to make in rebutting their opponents' reasoned analysis. All they have are propaganda lines or catch-phrases like "Hate America First" they heard on Fox News. Whining about anti-Americanism is just a way to deflect attention and responsibility from all the well-documented crimes America has engaged in around the world.

This Nazi doesn't have the balls to consider the fact that maybe America deserves to hated for all the evil it has committed, past and present.

Advisory 30.Aug.2002 17:35


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Wow 01.Sep.2002 17:24

sneezy cell

What a great letter (Hale).

Thank you.