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    Letter to the president II

    Monday, July 14th, 2008

    Dear President Bush,

    St. Louisans are sad today. Even I, an opportunistic West Coast transplant, feel stung by the news that Belgian brewer InBev will buy St. Louis’ 130-year-old golden child, Anheuser-Busch.

    It’s business, not personal.”

    Isn’t that how the slogan goes? But guess what, Mr. President? It’s personal for all Americans, not just us here in St. Louis, when hallmarks of this country — your country, “the land of opportunity” — are sold to foreign businesses and investors for cheap.

    And because you will fail to see your connection to this, let me reveal it for you: Your war claims lives overseas and lifestyles at home.

    You and your cronies, self-proclaimed pro-lifers, started a mission to kill people — Iraqis, Americans, Britons, Italians, Ukranians, Poles, Spaniards, Australians, Danes and more. Your funneling of absurd amounts of money into this five-year debacle has also put a high onus on Americans away from the battlefield: We can’t afford to drive our cars; we can’t afford keep our homes; we can’t even hold on to our jobs. And U.S. debt — a result of your war — has reached an astronomical level. Is that safe for our national security?

    Now the world is laughing at us, Mr. President, laughing and taking much like Carlos Brito, InBev’s CEO, just did. And I don’t blame the guy; it’s hard to pass up a bargain. If the U.S. dollar wasn’t so weak — again because of your war — then maybe Anheuser-Busch could’ve remained American.

    So much for defendingĀ  your country.


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