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Today's Note From a Madman

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

 

President Waldo

 

So President Bush is spending his days now in Estonia and Latvia, restating alliances and praising Estonia for their part in fighting terrorism. And all of this just after his ground-breaking sojourn to Vietnam to compliment the Communist regime on their efforts in creating the perfect sneaker.

 

And today, Bush cancelled talks with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki... or was it the other way around? After a classified memo to National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley somehow made its way into the New York Times, questioning the Iraqi leader's effectiveness (among other things), the REAL leaders of Iraq, Muqtadr al-Sadr's Shiites, represented by 30 or so ministers, said they would leave the government if al-Maliki were to meet with Bush.

 

Imagine that any world leader should shun an American President for any reason, let alone this guy, al-Maliki. Wasn't it the actions of President Bush that ousted Saddam Hussein, which paved the way for the new PM and his cabinet?

 

Well, maybe Bush has better things to do anyway. After all, it's not like he went to Jordan just to solve the Iraqi problem.

 

So where's Bush going next? Maybe to the North Pole to thank Santa Claus for that pony he received in 1959.

 

Yeah, yeah. Creating allies and keeping them are important steps for the leader of the free world to be taking at any giving point in time, but aren't there some other issues on the table which need to be addressed?

 

Iraq (Still)

Iran

Israel and the Palestinians

Lebanon, Syria and Hezbollah

 

 

And how about the home front?

 

Health care for all Americans

Lobby reform (or annihilation)

Civil Rights

Voting Rights

 

Where is Waldo (Busho) now anyway?

 

This is the president who refuses to meet with our enemies in attempts to broker peace. This is a president who will call a sovereign nation a member of the “axis of evil”, then turn his back on them when they ask for a meeting to create peace. This is a president who will only meet with his friends while he shuns nations who are creating nuclear weapons out of "principle".

 

And what's worse is that this is also a president who takes advice only from a small kabal of advisors with dubious goals and questionable intentions.

 

Just what is Waldo thinking?

 

After making some really nice statements about the new Democratic leadership in both the House and the Senate; and while making the photo-op appearances with the likes of Senators Harry Reid (D-NV), Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Speaker-to-be Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the president appears to be looking at the same ol', same ol' as it pertains to his plans for our nation:

 

Iraq=Stay the Course

Iran=Still a member of the Axis of Evil

Israel and the Palestinians=”Duh…”

Lebanon, Syria and Hezbollah=”I dunno”

Health care for all Americans= HSA's (“if y’all can afford them”)

Lobby reform="I got to start building my library"

Civil Rights=bad judges

Voting Rights=See brother Jeb, Katherine Harris and J. Kenneth Blackwell

 

What gets done in the next two years FOR the American people will get done despite President Waldo, wherever he is. The new Democratic majority, working and compromising with the large GOP minority, who all want to be re-elected come 2008, will have to pass real laws and real reform that benefit the majority of Americans, not just Bush's "base" of "haves and have mores". And it will be the leaders of both parties that will make the difference.

 

The Bush-to-Hadley memo asked a very important question:

"Do we and Prime Minister (al-)Maliki share the same vision for Iraq?"

-the memo

 

I ask a similar question:

Does President Bush and his “band of have-mores” have the best interests of the United States at heart?

 

If you have to ask either of those questions, their answers are a resounding "No".

 

-Noah Greenberg

 

In response to, "Whatever happened to 'If we fight them over there we won't have to fight them over here'? Wasn't this his plan all along?" Robert Scardapane writes:

 

It never has been about "terrists".  It never has been about "demo-cracy".

 

It's all about the oil.  Bush admitted it on the 2006 campaign trail:

 

"You can imagine a world in which these extremists and radicals got control of energy resources," he said at a rally here Saturday for Rep. Marilyn Musgrave (R-CO).

 

So, what's the mission all about?  Establishing bases in Iraq to control the oil supply in the Middle East.


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