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This is What Democracy Looks Like
Friday-Sunday, March 24-26, 2006
Today's "Maybe You're Being Bugged" Quote of the Day
"They want to do just as they please, for as long as they can get away with it. I think what is going on now without congressional intervention or judicial intervention is just plain wrong."
-Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) to the Associated Press
Arlen Specter is really big on speeches but does he ever get anything done? His party is in power and can stop the illegal wiretapping. On this issue, the Republicans will find ample bipartisan support. The real issue is that the Republicans are still afraid to take His Lordship Dumb-Ya on. It's the Republicans that need to get some spine.
The Great Troop Withdrawal Flip-Flop
(also known as "If's", Maybe's" and "Duh's")
It's official. I'm getting dizzy. They have no idea which side of this to be on, so why not take both sides.
"that will be decided by future presidents and future governments of Iraq."
-President "G"lobal "W"arming Bush regarding the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, just a few days ago during one of his all-too-infrequent press conferences
That sounds like our troops could be in Iraq for the next twelve years and beyond, doesn't it? And if one of those presidens also happens to be named Bush, you can bet your bottom dollar that it'll be a lot longer than twelve years. This will certainly be "a multi-generational war".
"I think it's entirely probable that we will see a significant drawdown of American forces over the next year."
-Condoleezza Rice on Meet the Press
Huh? What? Do these people even speak to each other?
"During that period, armed forces -- total, everybody's, coalition and Iraqi -- will undoubtedly bulge somewhat during those key election periods,"
-Donald Rumsfeld, before the last round of Iraqi elections
And if our "coalition partners" decide that they don't want to keep being our "coalition partners", like so many have done already, then it will be left to our troops to fill the void. I can hear it now: "Since only Great Britain and the US are left to help the Iraqi people, we have to increase our presence there to make sure the terrorists don't invade Anytown, USA."
And in some cases, it doesn't even take a whole paragraph to have a Bushite contradict him- or herself:
"So if things go the way we expect them to, as more Iraqi units stand up, we'll be able to bring our troops down and turn over that territory to the Iraqis. But on the other hand, the enemy has a vote in this, and if they were to cause some kind of problems that required more troops, then we would do exactly what we've done in the past, which is give the commanders on the ground what they need. And in that case, you could see troop level go up a little bit to handle that problem."
-U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Peter Pace, late December, 2005
"We've already begun a gradual reduction in the coalition presence here. With an assumption that the political process continues on the track that it's on and we continue to have the success that we're having with the development of the Iraqi security forces, I would expect that process of gradual coalition reductions to continue through 2006 and 2007."
-General George W. Casey Jr., the top American commander in Iraq
"I think we may well have some kind of presence there over a period of time. The level of activity that we see today from a military standpoint, I think, will clearly decline. I think they're in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency."
-Vice President Dick "Go <F---> Yourself" Cheney, May, 2005
Yeah... Whatever happened to the "last throes" thing anyway? If you examine that statement by "the Lawyer Hunter", you'll notice that it's not unlike General Pace's statement.
By now we're all used to the Bush Administration talking out of both sides of their collective mouths, but can't they at least wait a couple of days before they do it?
Here's what it ends up sounding like:
"We'll withdraw the troops because the insurgency is almost over, but...
"If the insurgency isn't almost over, we'll increase the troop levels, however...
"We'll reduce the troop levels as soon as the Iraqi police and army can take care of themselves. Right now there are one hundred batallions aiding US troops in the largest air assault of the war, but...
"The only battle-ready Iraqi battalion has been downgraded to 'not ready' and, as of today, there are no battle-ready Iraqi battalions that can fight on their own. On the other hand...
"We have to increase the troop level during elections, however...
"We could decrease the troop level by the end of the year."
Iraq is falling into a "full-blown civil war" (not to be confused with their ongoing "little civil war"). President Bush is trying to fool the American people about the situation in Iraq, and it is no accident. Every time that something happens, the Bushites claim that it was "unexpected" and will be "temporary". By his own statements, Bush has already given up on Iraq and is laying it off on "future presidents".
This is the administration of no accountability. And we, the Average American, will have to pay for its legacy in money as well as blood for generations(?) to come.
Impeachment: 'tis a far better thing we do. . .
Now that G. W. Bush has officially and publicly announced that future presidents will have to decide whether or not to get the troops out if Iraq and Afganistan, it might be time for the people of America to ask themselves, what have we got to lose by impeaching this administration?
Perhaps we could save some very valuable lives, the lives of our military, reserve and national guard units, if we get the next president, sooner rather than later.
Bush and Cheney have harped incessantly that to pull troops out is to 'cut and run,' that 'terrorism' is just waiting to pounce on us in the United States, as soon as 'our will is broken.'
I would like to say something about that. Before President Bush, in his infinite lack of wisdom, launched the US military at 'terrorism' the people who perpetrate the acts called terrorism were considered to be criminals. As soon as our military was ordered to invade first Afghanistan and then Iraq, 'terrorists' were elevated in their own minds about their own importance in the world.
This is the way criminals think, and this is the way terrorists think because they are criminals.
We Americans have two major problems today. Bin Laden, a criminal, is still free and unaccounted for. He is an international felon and has funded and engineered horrible crimes in almost all countries. Until he is caught and either prosecuted or just caught and offed by a steady hand (I'm sure hunting, hope the rest of you out there are too) no military action in Afghanistan or Iraq is going to do diddly sqaut about the potential terrorist threat in the US.
The other problem is more complicated. China has moved 700 missiles to their southeast border, and pointed them at Taiwan. Taiwan is our ally. We not only have trade agreements, we have protection agreements. North Korea has, as of today, informed the United States that pre-emptive nuclear strike is a choice not limited to the US only.
Well, well, well.
When Bush launched the military into Afghanistan, our entire military was comprised of a total of 800,000 persons including officers, regular troops, supply personnel, secretaries, food preparers, etc. Everyone. 800,000.
Since then a full Army division (15,000) is gone, either dead or injured beyond possible active duty status. Enlistment is running at 30% of normal. Almost 8,000 are AWOL, refusing to leave their families for meaningless death in Iraq. (Ah, wisdom at last)
(Most of us know by now that there can be no democracy in an Islamic nation. Did you know that today, it is illegal for a woman to eat ice cream in Afghanistan, and that the crime is punishable by death? Did you know that in Afghanistan, it is a crime, punishable by death to convert from Islam to any other religion? These are examples of the reason that Bush's rosy dream of democracy in an Islamic nation is impossible)
Somewhere between 130,000 and 180,000 troops are in Iraq. The press claims about 20,000 are in Afganistan but that number is actually closer to 180,000. It would take a minimum of two weeks to redeploy these exhausted men and women to the Pacific, specifically Guam, where most of those we have left, are gone, and will be going.
The Navy is headed in great number for Guam, which is THE launching base for military operations in the orient.
Can anyone out there do some math?
The military of China number in the millions. They have over 2 trained, and well equipped soldiers for every single human in the United States. Ten years ago, that didn't mean much because transport was impossible. Not today. They can literally man three global fronts with more troops than the US could have put on one front, before the Afghanistan/Iraq folly of Bush.
There is more very uncomfortable math. Our trade deficit is in the bazillions and rising every day. Guess who holds the mortgage on the US now, due to trade deficit? Yes. China.
Of course, if they attack Taiwan, we won't pay. That is, we won't pay off that deficit.
If they attack, we will pay more than we can afford in money and loss of life of a military beaten down with gangland special ops in Afghanistan and Iraq, (would someone please throw Rummy in a nursing home) neither of which has people who can find their own assholes with two hands and flashlight, much less organize a government, or a military which might fight alongside us against superpower, China.
They are far too busy organizing into gangs called Sunni and Shiite, and killing off each other.
Bush likes to brag that he takes care of the problems that can be addressed.
His performance so far has been to maybe operate criminally with his buddies the Saudi's to break Congressional resistance to his agenda, and pull off 9/11, maybe just be stupid enough to have let it happen, lie to the American people almost every time he opens his mouth, create a national debt amounting to $30,000 per person in the US, fail to secure our borders, allowing over 11 million illegals to have jobs in the US, establish free trade agreements and outsourcing of engineering jobs, IT jobs, management jobs, so Americans can't even understand who they are talking to when they get a corporate someone on the phone, who could be in India, or Bangladesh or Outer Mongolia. Bush has managed to bring back nuclear proliferation with his deal in India. He has trillonized the pharmaceutical companies with Medicare Plan D. He tried to hand over operation of six major seaports to Dubai Ports World, owned by the sheik of the UAE, and authorized NSA wiretapping in America without warrant, and without notice, which has been ongoing for four years, authorized torture. . . . . . and there is much much more.
Let's not even bring up Iran at this point, who publicly threaten to wipe Israel off the map, as well as thumb their noses at the US while continuing a nuclear arms program, in the face all Condoleeza Rice can do, between shopping trips to purchase extravagent shoes, proving she is 'all that', after all. To herself at least.
In short, Bush and his gang of thugs have done more to destabilize the United States in the past five years, than any team of terrorists could have done with all the manpower and funding in the world. ((Keeping in mind that terrorists are not only criminal but stupid.))
And destabilization continues every day.
Will the Democrats impeach if handed back the House and Senate at midterm elections?
That is the question. That is our only hope. That is our military's only hope. And who is the team to heal the US, without the mistakes all the Dems do regularly make? The team that will safeguard Constitutional rights and liberties in the US? The team that will have the nerve and class to apologize to those in the world who deserve it, while preparing to take on China if they attack Taiwan, in real war?
I do happen to remember that Feingold was the only dissenting vote when Bush bleated to Congress for permission (and funding) to launch our military at the criminal terrorists. He might be a good start.
National Health Care IS the Issue
U.S. citizens pay more for their drugs than people in any other developed nation in the world. This is not only because we do not have a national, single-payer system as these other countries do. It is also because the manufacturers are making US pay for the profits they cannot make in the other countries, which also have sensible price controls.
They have sensible price controls exactly because they have a National Health Care system - single payer or a variation on that theme. Regulation is the only way to get health care costs under control. America's health care is ranked by the World Health Organization as 37th out of 191 nations.
It's time for the American public to push the "free enterprisers" out of the way. Otherwise, our nation will continue it's decent into third world status.
-Forwarded and commented by Robert Scardapane
The Vanishing Middle Class
There is an alliance in the Bush-itas administration to import cheap labor and export jobs to cheap labor.
-paraphrasing Lou Dobbs
I couldn't have said it any better. The Republicans are no longer Republicans, they are corporatists. Many of our Democrats have played into this game as well - for different reasons but the end result is the same. Both parties stink on the twin populist issues of outsourcing (free trade) and illegal immigration. We need trade agreements that do not facilitate outsourcing of jobs. We need to enforce our immigration laws. We need stop repeating this mindless dribble that there are jobs Americans won't do. Americans will do any job as long as it pays fair wages.
Media Not Reporting Events In Iraq!
"The violence that claimed dozens of lives in Baghdad yesterday continued last night and into today, as a combination of car bombs and suicide attacks killed at least 35 people. Also today, authorities discovered the bodies of 15 more victims of apparent executions, bringing the total number of bodies found-almost all of them tied up and shot in the head or strangled-to at least 225 in less than 3 weeks. The ongoing violence continues to settle into a pattern of sectarian back-and-forth, as a Sunni mosque in the town of Khalis was also bombed today, timed to detonate just as worshippers left the building. The blast killed 5 and wounded at least 17."
-Air America Radio's web site
You might say - what's new? There isn't even one news article on this right now in Google news! Not one! Have the media already allowed themselves to be intimidated by Bush's allegation that they are the reason for the problems in Iraq? This is unbelievable.
Calling for Resignations
Dumb-Ya had the nerve to ask Americans to serve their country. That fool was AWOL. The Veep-Creep got four deferments for Vietnam (or was it five?).
Dumb-Ya then went on to attack the media for our failures in Iraq? Do these creeps think Americans are that stupid?
Dumb-Ya and bunch can serve their country real nicely - resign now!
In response to Rumsfled's quotes "I don't do... (numerous things)", Robert Scardapane writes:
Rummy has succeeded at making Robert McNamara, who lied incessantly about "progress" in the Vietnam War, look like a saint. I doubt that Rummy will ever write a book apologizing for his lies. There is one irrefutable "known known" - you KNOW Rummy is lying when he opens his mouth!
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