Feminist Latina Poetry by Maria Enriquez
By Lyn Jensen
Regular contributor ("Carson City Limits" and other content) for Random Lengths (circulation 56,000) in San Pedro, CA, 2001-present. Manga reviewer: LA Alternative (circulation 150,000), 2005-2006. Some manga reviews also ran in NY Press around this time. Entertainment reporting: Music Connection (circulation 75,000), 1983-1906. Travel writing: Oakland Tribune (1998) and Life After 50 (2006). Other bylines: Goldmine, Star Hits, Los Angeles Reader, Los Angeles Times, Long Beach Press Telegram, Blade, BAM, Daily Breeze, LA Weekly. Specializations include community news reporting, writing reviews (book, theater, concert, film, music), copywriting, resumes, editing, travel writing, publicity, screenwriting, lecturing, and content development. Education: B. A. Theater Arts, UCLA. Post-grad work, Education, Chapman University.
When is war murder?With the recent release of the senate torture report, the discussion of enormities the George W. Bush administration committed has been reopened. An earlier account of their wrongdoing was undertaken by eminent prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi who, in his 2008 book, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, charged that America’s invasion of Iraq wasn’t war, it was mass murder.
To be murder, unlawful killing cannot be self-defense. Bugliosi debunks as “preposterous” Bush’s lies that Iraq was an imminent threat. Bush didn’t invade Iraq in self-defense. The intention was to kill, not defend.
Bugliosi argues it isn’t necessary to establish a true motive for the invasion—only to prove that the publicly stated motive, that Iraq was an imminent threat, was a lie. Bugliosi does a masterful job of proving the lie.
Footage of a reporter asking Bush “What did Saddam Hussein have to with 9/11?” and Bush’s nonchalant answer (“Nothing!”) is missing completely. Also absent is any discussion of how pro-invasion propaganda was eerily similar to Nazi Germany’s Big Lie.
As for Democrats, Bugliosi argues Obama’s refusal to prosecute constitutes dereliction of duty and a violation of his presidential oath. After Democrats took control of Congress, Bugliosi pleaded with the House Judiciary Committee in 2008 to make a criminal complaint to the Department of Justice. They didn’t.