An anonymous reader writes "As I write this, I am reading that our leadership in Washington D.C. has made the decision to "launch a significant escalation" of covert operations in Iran. This operation has been authorized by congress with a "credit limit" of $400 million dollars. Apparently, "President" George W. Bush isn't done aggravating the Middle East and it's surrounding nations.
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad that our great country has the ability to protect and promote freedom to the impoverished and persecuted. I also believe that we have the right AND responsibility to intervene when necessary to protect humanity and our own security. However, I believe in the democratic process to decide when such intervention is necessary.
Did you or I give authorization for such military operation to take place? Did the people whom I elected to make decisions for me make thisdecision? Or did George W. Bush's "goons" make this decision. Perhaps they've been misled, again...
My fellow Americans, world citizens, world governments, and world leaders; I want to deeply express my apologies for my President's and Vice-President's ignorant attempt to fight fire with iron and for my own allowance of them to do so. Though, some of you I greatly dislike, I cannot express how much my fellow citizens and I dissent with our leadership's disrespect to you.
To those who would consider Americans fat, lazy, or just plain dumb — please understand that the President does not accurately describe my own personality and beliefs. To those who would consider Americans disrespectful or hostile — we are a people who have distanced ourselves from our founding beliefs. To those who would consider us "heathens" — as citizens, we actually do respect your beliefs and value your expressions of religion.
The President and Vice President have resiliently and erroneously developed their own agendas for worldwide leadership and proliferation while they have forgotten about those whom they are supposed to represent. You'll find that many Americans dislike our leadership as much as you might.
In our world of open source software, free communication, and ever-proliferating democracy there are times when the true voices of a nation are not vividly represented; These are times when people like George Bush and Richard Cheney gain a voice that shouldn't have been. For this I am sorry...
Anonymous 19-year-old American Citizen"