Theater of the Absurd

Is this a bad dream?

No, Barack Obama has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Yet, three days after he took the oath of office, he droned Pakistan, killing civilians, including children. This continues.

Our country is engaged in three wars.

We have a huge mercenary army, unaccountable to military law.

Guantanamo is still up and running.

Torture, torture, torture. Extreme Rendition.

The US Senate just passed a $636 billion defense-spending bill, less than what the president requested.

Candidate Obama promised change–going outside the Beltway for fresh ideas from political appointees. But there is no business unusual.

Instead, we have Hillary War-Orgasmic Clinton as Secretary of State.

Richard Holier-Than-Thou-Holbrooke, United States Special Envoy to AFPAK.

Bush/Cheney’s Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense.

Gen. Stanley Cover-up-Pat-Tillman’s-Death McChrystal, US Commander in Afghanistan.

Vice President Joe Zionist Biden.

US Imperialism.

Multiple deployment for our troops who return with untreated Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

A growing number of troop suicides.

Unequivocal support for Israel and her war crimes against the Palestinians.

Perhap, the Nobel Peace Prize should be renamed the Nobel War Prize. Then, all of this would make sense.

MISSY BEATTIE lives in New York City. She’s written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. An outspoken critic of the Bush Administration and the war in Iraq, she’s a member of Gold Star Families for Peace. She completed a novel last year, but since the death of her nephew, Marine Lance Cpl. Chase J. Comley, in Iraq on August 6,’05, she has been writing political articles. She can be reached at:

Missy Beattie has written for National Public Radio and Nashville Life Magazine. She was an instructor of memoirs writing at Johns Hopkins’ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in BaltimoreEmail: