The Written Peace:
Open Forum of April 30, 2005
As food for thought, the President of the United States this past week held one of his rare, prime time news conferences. Some might say that none of the questions put to him addressed the core criticisms of his Administration, so perhaps it would do well to humbly offer the White House Press Corps some zingers for the next press conference he holds in a year or so.
Mr. President! Are you working on any initiatives to protect us from attacks by terrorists, other than ones like the Patriot Act and Patriot Act II that fundamentally compromise our civil rights and liberties? If so, can you outline some of those initiatives, focusing on the ones that have to do with firing your employees who failed so miserably in the days and months leading up to September 11, 2001?
Mr. President! Will you be testifying under oath to a grand jury regarding the nature and details of your relationship with a person who posed as a journalist here in this room?
Mr. President! Will you be submitting a bill to Congress to forbid the United States from rendering prisoners to third nations for the purpose of having them tortured?
Mr. President! Speaking of federal prosecutors, Patrick Fitzgerald claims to have hit a dead end in his investigation of who in your Administration outed CIA operative Valerie Plame. Do you plan to have him re-assigned to make an example for other prosecutors that you want results, not excuses?
Mr. President! Do you have some estimates of how much your family's friends in the House of Saud have realized in additional profits from the recent run-up in oil prices?
Mr. President! Virtually every major stock index is lower now than it was when you first took office more than four years ago. Do you have an explanation for this? As a follow-up, will you endorse a rule that stockbrokers involved in privatized Social Security accounts management disclose this fact to their clients?
Mr. President! During your Presidency, two of the world's most dangerous countries to American interestsIran and North Koreahave come to the verge of being nuclear states. What are you going to do about these two menaces, given that most countries have no intention of letting the United States lead them into war, and given that the United States can't afford a real war now, anyway, since we've driven our armed forces into the ground with a war in Iraq started on false pretext?
Mr. President! Why are you just standing there smirking at us as we ask you one question after another that should have been asked from the get-go of your Presidency?
Thank you, Mr. President.
The Dark Wraith encourages your comments on these and other importantor perhaps not-so-importantquestions of the day.