I looked down at the calendar to check the date and, lo and behold, it’s September 11th, the 34th anniversary of the US-backed coup that toppled President Salvador Allende and brought Pinochet to power in Chile. That act of terrorism resulted in thousands of deaths and made political prisoners of thousands more.
Of course, 6 years ago a more famous act of terrorism had worse results: tens of thousands dead in New York, Afghanistan, and Iraq and hundreds of political prisoners at Guantanamo. The toll of the attack didn’t have to be this severe, but we let it get out of control — we let a horrible tragedy become a coup.
6 years ago we had a moderate, incompetent president who couldn’t move conservative legislation and compromised with liberal institutions like Ted Kennedy to pass education ‘reform.’ Then: the September 11th attacks, and everything changed. Ever since, our country has been ruled by an extremist, incompetent president who steamrolls bills past weak, assenting legislators.
Maybe this will change now that Democrats are starting to put the “fuck you” back in “opposition party” with their wonderful investigations. Maybe they’re ready to end the coup. But first they have to realize that this man is just as much a hack as this man turned out to be, and call him on it. Military uniforms are not inoculations against becoming Bush cronies; this war remains past its sell-by date, no matter who is trotted out to ask for another six months.
Bring the troops home now.