Monday, September 26, 2005

'Bush couldn't have done any worse'

Bush couldn't have done any worse
If George W. Bush had sat down and deliberately planned to endanger the future security of the nation, to diminish our standing in the world, to empty the national coffers, to raise oil prices, and to imperil the lives of all Americans, both at home and abroad, for generations to come, he couldn't succeeded more completely. The simple fact is this: short of doing something completely unimaginable, like starting a nuclear war or invading Mecca, George W. Bush COULD NOT HAVE DONE ANY WORSE for the United States.
I couldn't agree more. This article lays it out beautifully.
Think about it: When Bush started his presidency, Iraq was a stable secular Sunni nation that posed no threat to the security of the United States. It even supplied America with 712,000 barrels per day of oil, which the United States purchased via third-party countries like Russia and China. And when this Iraq debacle is finally over, what will be left? At best, Iraq will be a fundamentalist Shiite theocracy that will quickly ally itself with neighboring Shiite Iran, and almost certainly become an enemy of the United States. At worst, it will become a failed state, something like Afghanistan after the Russians left, an open sore in the Middle East, where America's enemies come from all over the world to train in Al Qaeda-run terrorist training camps.

This should be obvious to anyone who has been watching the situation in Iraq. As Larry C. Johnson, a former Deputy Director of the U.S. State Department's Office of Counter Terrorism, pointed out in an article on recently, victory for the Bushies now entails suppressing the Sunni-led insurgency long enough so that the Shiite-dominated parliament can form something like a stable government. Put more simply, the United States is spending hundreds of billions of dollars, and wasting thousands of young American lives, so that it can construct another fundamentalist Islamic state in the heart of the Middle East.

Do you see what this means for the country? If Bush 'succeeds,' he will have constructed a future enemy state. If he fails, he will have constructed the world's largest terrorist training camp. Is this not a tragicomic spectacle of truly historic proportions? Can you not hear the derisive laughter howling from all corners of the world, as the enemies and critics of the United States savor the spectacle of this ignorant boy-king single-handedly reversing the fortunes of this great country?

And, as Johnson pointed out, the Bushies cannot and will not commit sufficient resources to defeat the Sunni-led insurgency. Thus, it seems that the second of the two alternatives is the inevitable outcome: Bush will have spent close to a trillion dollars to create another failed state in the Middle East ˆ a terrorist training camp for decades to come.

And, more importantly, in the process, he will have provided the rationale for generations of future terrorists to train there and to commit untold atrocities against Western targets. For you would have to be comatose to miss the truly historic implications of the pictures which surfaced from Abu Ghraib, and the stories of desecration of the Koran in Guantanamo Bay (both of which were caused directly by Bush's actions and words). George W. Bush HAS LITERALLY SIGNED THE DEATH WARRANTS OF THOUSANDS, EVEN HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF WESTERNERS OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL DECADES. He has plunged the West into a permanent state of war with Islam from which it cannot escape, however hard future politicians may try.

This truly historic blunder (although this seems like a far too mild word) might be excusable if there was some acceptable rationale for invading Iraq. But, there was none. The Bushies only ever had one goal in invading Iraq: OIL. That is, Oil, Israel and Land (as in bases). This was all clearly spelled out in The Project for the New American Century's manifesto titled 'Rebuilding America's Defenses,' published in 2000 (and signed by the chief architects of the invasion: Cheney, Wolfowitz, and Rumsfeld). Thus, the entire invasion was based on lies and deceit. This catapults the blunder to an entirely different level. It was a disastrous and COMPLETELY UNNECESSARY blunder. English lacks the proper word to describe a failure of this nature and magnitude.

If you subscribe to an apocalyptic version of Christianity, in which you believe that the end is near, and may even be hastened by bringing to pass Armageddon, then perhaps this is not such an alarming prospect. For everyone else, this is the worst possible news. For Bush has Israelized the entire West: We will now live in a world where crossing every border is a humiliating ordeal of searches and interrogation; where our public places are patrolled with men bearing machine guns; and where hundreds or thousands of us are subject to instant death at a moment's notice.

In short, if Bush had purposely set out to do as badly as possible for United States and the world, he simply could not have done any worse.

Mission accomplished indeed.

When Former Presidents Attack

Clinton, who even with all his faults was still a far better president than Bush, offered a few critiques:

Clinton said the Bush administration had decided to invade Iraq "virtually alone and before UN inspections were completed, with no real urgency, no evidence that there were weapons of mass destruction."

The Iraq war diverted US attention from the war on terrorism "and undermined the support that we might have had," Clinton said in an interview with an ABC's "This Week" programme.

On the US budget, Clinton warned that the federal deficit may be coming untenable, driven by foreign wars, the post-hurricane recovery programme and tax cuts that benefitted just the richest one percent of the US population, himself included.

"What Americans need to understand is that ... every single day of the year, our government goes into the market and borrows money from other countries to finance Iraq, Afghanistan, Katrina, and our tax cuts," he said.

"We have never done this before. Never in the history of our republic have we ever financed a conflict, military conflict, by borrowing money from somewhere else."

Clinton added: "We depend on Japan, China, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and Korea primarily to basically loan us money every day of the year to cover my tax cut and these conflicts and Katrina. I don't think it makes any sense."

Not Only does the Emperor Have No Clothes, His Followers are Butt Nekkid

Where does following party line stop?

"Seldom has the intellectual bankruptcy, situational outrage and robotic partisanship of that stratum of the electorate been more apparent. I swear, if Bush blew up the White House, they'd praise him for creating construction jobs."

Make the Fortunate Fight!

Either the Bush Kids Put Their Lives on the Line for George's "Noble War" or the Troops Come Home. Now, that's my kind of ultimatum!

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Poor Planning

Patients Euthanized: wait and see how many "pro-life" Terry Schiavo-style apologists turn out in support of this.

Just in Case You Thought I Forgot that the Republican Congress is as Corrupt as the Republican Administration

"Most corrupt" in Congress listed: A bipartisan effort, 11 out of 13 are republicans. Go figure.

Republican House and Senate leaders are under investigation for ethics violations. Of course. They have the ethics of a trap-door spider.

Wake me up? Or not...

This proves that we are existing in some bizarre twilight-zone cartoon version of reality: Bush plea for cash to rebuild Iraq raises $600.
It is understood to be the first time that a US government has made an appeal to taxpayers for foreign aid money. Contributors have no way of knowing who will receive their donations or even where they may go, after officials said details had be kept secret for security reasons.
Okay, we are already borrowing money from China and whoever else to fund the war because Bush's "base", the mega-rich, received tax cuts up the wazoo, and now they have the nads to ask us to pay more, voluntarily? With no accountability at all? Ha ha ha! That is so totally Bush!

Well, let's hope that did some good...

Do you think anyone listened? Anyone heard? Will anything change? Anything?

Friday, September 23, 2005

Bush's Obscene Tirades Rattle White House Aides

From an article published August 25: Bush's Obscene Tirades Rattle White House Aides:
While President George W. Bush travels around the country in a last-ditch effort to sell his Iraq war, White House aides scramble frantically behind the scenes to hide the dark mood of an increasingly angry leader who unleashes obscenity-filled outbursts at anyone who dares disagree with him.

Bush, administration aides confide, frequently explodes into tirades over those who protest the war, calling them “motherfucking traitors.” He reportedly was so upset over Veterans of Foreign Wars members who wore “bullshit protectors” over their ears during his speech to their annual convention that he told aides to “tell those VFW assholes that I’ll never speak to them again is they can’t keep their members under control.”

White House insiders say Bush is growing increasingly bitter over mounting opposition to his war in Iraq. Polls show a vast majority of Americans now believe the war was a mistake and most doubt the President’s honesty.

“Who gives a flying fuck what the polls say,” he screamed at a recent strategy meeting. “I’m the President and I’ll do whatever I goddamned please. They don’t know shit.”

Bush, while setting up for a photo op for signing the recent CAFTA bill, flipped an extended middle finger to reporters. Aides say the President often “flips the bird” to show his displeasure and tells aides who disagree with him to “go to hell” or to “go fuck yourself.” His habit of giving people the finger goes back to his days as Texas governor, aides admit, and videos of him doing so before press conferences were widely circulated among TV stations during those days. A recent video showing him shooting the finger to reporters while walking also recently surfaced.

Last year, Capitol Hill Blue learned the White House physician prescribed anti-depressant drugs for the President to control what aides called “violent mood swings.”
This MATTERS: because this is the president who campaigned specifically on the promise that he was morally superior. He promised to "restore honor and dignity to the White House." The descriptions above are the result of that promise. From its beginning, Bush's presidency has reached apalling new levels of deceipt, corruption, incompetance, and a treasonous disregard for the country; instead placing greater priority on seizing money and power for himself and his associates.

Yet this vile administration is embraced by the so-called "religious right," and a host of others who call themselves conservative. How sad for them; to have chosen as their favorite son this sneering, incoherent, crude, obnoxious, lying little punk. And, how sad for the rest of us, for we are subject to their mistakes. As far as I am concerned, it can't be over too soon.

A Conservative asks, "What might have been?"

I always enjoy conservatives' critiques of the Bush II presidency: What might have been
It's time for us conservatives to face facts. George W. Bush has pissed away the conservative moment by pursuing a war of choice via policies that border on the criminally incompetent. We control the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives, and (more-or-less) the judiciary for one of the few times in my nearly 5 decades, but what have we really accomplished? Is government smaller? Have we hacked away at the nanny state? Are the unborn any more protected? Have we really set the stage for a durable conservative majority?
...and so on. He goes into more detail. It's worth checking out.

Friday, September 16, 2005

America's Fun-est Family

Apparently, Jeb Bush's son was arrested for public intoxication and resisting arrest. Thank goodness! That means he is well-qualified to follow in the grand, time-honored traditions of the Bush Crime Family: Look at the shoes he's got to fill. Everything from run-of-the-mill white collar crime to full-blown treason. Hoo, boy! That's a tall legacy to follow! Why, even the other Bush kids are already accomplished criminals! He's got a lot of catching up to do! Go get 'em, Johnny!

Told you so!

Remember when I posted "The war is over; time to blame the liberals"?

Well, Guess what?

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Back with a Vengeance

Okay, I admit it: I have been in a hell of a slump for weeks. I've hardly written anything, and hardly done any commenting on your fine blogs... what the hell is wrong with me?

Well, for one thing, this stuff, current events and all that, is just so overwhelmingly depressing. I live in a world dominated by heartless, murderous liars. They control it, and they're going to keep on controlling it. Republicans. Democrats. Corporate whores at every level. Completely immoral and unethical. Their only goal is to obtain more money and power for themselves. They lie, cheat, steal, and kill to achieve their goals.

Honestly, I don't know which is worse: The devils I've just described, or the blind fools who sustain them. Case in point: the news medias' constant chatter about Bush's popularity dropping in the polls. What!? Since when does popular opinion matter to Bush and the neocons? They do whatever they want, and when election time comes, no matter what the polls say, no matter who votes for whom, they install themselves in office through litigation and vote fraud. Polls? Fuck the goddamn polls! How about writing about the fucking fraudulent elections that have demolished the last vestiges of democracy from this country!?

I swear, the supporters of these world leaders remind me of the poor, sick, sad souls who fall in love with incarcerated serial killers and send marriage proposals to them. If my own eyes and ears are to be believed, then most people in the world want to be abused; physically, psychologically, morally, everything; horribly. Those of us who don't want to abuse or be abused are taunted and subjected to derision, and told we are ignorant, and crazy. "Tin foil hat." "Take your meds." The same old tired taunts are dragged out time and again. We are the misfits because we can see that the emperor wears no clothes, while the supporters of these monsters revel in their Freudian orgy of appeasement of their masters.

As I said, I just became overwhelmed, for the last few weeks, with the madness of it all. Madness that would not be believed if it were portrayed as a story; it is so outrageous. Yet it happens. Again and again and again. And almost everyone loves it. And I go a little more mad each day.

I'm sorry it took me so long to get back in the saddle. But, as story came along that seemed like a good one to get back with, so I just had to write about it. It is the current goings on surrounding the ruling that the pledge of allegiance is unconstitutional.

Ha! Ha ha ha ha HA! Lets begin with a bit of history, shall we? Did you know that the pledge of allegiance was written by a socialist!? Hah! Is that a hoot or what? Dig this, truthseekers (the boldface emphasis is mine):
Francis Bellamy (1855 - 1931), a Baptist minister, wrote the original Pledge in August 1892. He was a Christian Socialist. In his Pledge, he is expressing the ideas of his first cousin, Edward Bellamy, author of the American socialist utopian novels, Looking Backward (1888) and Equality (1897).

Francis Bellamy in his sermons and lectures and Edward Bellamy in his novels and articles described in detail how the middle class could create a planned economy with political, social and economic equality for all. The government would run a peace time economy similar to our present military industrial complex.
The author of the pledge of allegiance was a proponent of a government-run planned economy, the very antithesis of the free market conservatives champion? Ha ha ha ha ha! There's more:
In 1954, Congress, after a campaign by the Knights of Columbus, added the words, 'under God,' to the Pledge. The Pledge was now both a patriotic oath and a public prayer.

Bellamy's granddaughter said he also would have resented this second change. He had been pressured into leaving his church in 1891 because of his socialist sermons. In his retirement in Florida, he stopped attending church because he disliked the racial bigotry he found there.
So, these holy-rolling (and holier-than-thou) religious fanatics who want to force little kids to pray in school want the pope to control the way Americans voice their support for their country!? That is what they consider true-blue American: Papal sanction of patriotic loyalty!

Henry VIII didn't like that sort of thing, and neither do I. I'm glad that judge ruled that the pledge of allegiance is unconstitutional. As long as "under God" remains in it, it is a prayer. Take it OUT of public schools!

Thursday, September 8, 2005

The war is over; time to blame the liberals

The war is over; time to blame the liberals - Of course it is. Isn't it always? For decades, so-called "conservative" media shills have shrieked and howled that liberals are responsible for absolutely everything bad in the universe, without exception. Millions lap up their bile and beg for more.

Everything will be blamed on the liberals. Just watch.

Saturday, September 3, 2005

Death by Homeland Insecurity

Death by Homeland Insecurity

This is the America that Bus, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, Norquist, Bolton, etc, want you to have. You are nothing but beasts of burden to them, to be used and discarded, not worth the effort to save.

Friday, September 2, 2005

What Else is Left..?

What else is left to say about the tragedy? It has illustrated our government's failure and ineptitude. They said they would protect us with the billions we gave them to use for homeland security. They lied. Again. Imagine if this had been a "terrorist attack" instead of a natural disaster. The country would still have been caught off-guard, because our government ignores warnings so that its members can enrich themselves with the money we thought was being used to protect us. Read Incompetence, Lying and the Betrayal of a Nation: It's Deja Vu All Over Again -- And More Death and Chaos from "The Master of Disaster," George W. Bush

When will These Truths be Accepted by the Idiot Right!?

We need to start talking seriously about getting out of Iraq
- There was no link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida.
- There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
- Thanks to a decade of sanctions and periodic bombings, Iraq posed no threat to any of its neighbors.
- Saudi Arabia, not Iraq, was the home of nearly all of the 9-11 hijackers and provided most of the men and money to fuel al-Qaida.
- You can't bring democracy to a country that is more comfortable with tribal culture and would rather have a Islamic theocracy.
- Having American troops in Iraq has created more terrorists and is al-Qaida's best recruiting tool.
- Our nation's reputation around the globe has never been lower.
- Oil prices have never been higher.
- And the human and monetary cost of this war to America - nearly 2,000 soldiers dead, 15,000 wounded and more than $250 billion squandered - has become unsustainable.

See Also: Twenty Things We Now Know
Four Years After 9/11