Remembering Harry Truman
In 1941, an obscure senator from the state of Missouri by the name of Harry S Truman, sitting at the head of a senate investigating committee, equated war profiteering with treason. It is estimated that the work of the "Truman Committee", as it came to be known, saved many thousands of allied lives and over a billion in 1940's dollars. A good many corrupt contractors, not to mention a number of military personnel, went to prison. The nation was so impressed by the dedication and integrity of this gutsy little son-of-a-bitch from the Midwest that in the summer of 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt dropped his popular vice-president, Henry Wallace, from the ticket and made Truman his running mate. Eighty-two days into his fourth term, a tired and ailing FDR died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage at his summer White House in Warm Springs, Georgia. Harry Truman was now the president of the United States.
Is there not a member of congress out there with the courage to investigate the obvious corruption and profiteering that is taking place today in Iraq? The duplicity that took occurred all those decades ago in what was yet to be called the "Military Industrial Complex", happened behind the back of a man (Roosevelt) who is now viewed by historians to be one of the greatest presidents in American history. Are these democratic and republican fools in the House and Senate naive enough to doubt that the problem today is much worse under the direction of the most criminal administration since the invention of dirt?
Harry Truman is dead and he's not coming back.
Pray for peace.