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This is What Democracy Looks Like?
Today's Note From a Madman
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
"Ten movies streaming across that, that Internet, and what happens to your own personal Internet? I just the other day got... an Internet was sent by my staff at 10 o'clock in the morning on Friday, I got it yesterday. Why? Because it got tangled up with all these things going on the Internet commercially. [...] They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something you just dump something on. It's not a big truck. It's a series of tubes. And if you don't understand those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it's going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material,"
-Ted Stevens (REPUBLICAN-AK)
Stevens, one might remember, was the Chairman of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, SCIENCE and Transportation. Talk about weird science.
Ahh... the good ol' days of GOP majority rule in the Senate.
Bush's Mid-East Block Party
So President Bush is having a block party and he's inviting Iraq, Syria and Iran over for hot dogs and hamburgers (or maybe some middle eastern delicacies instead). Bush and Iraq are having a "neighbors meeting", according to our invisible Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
And, by the way, have we ever had such an ineffective Secretary of State as Condi Rice?
Wasn't this the government that never wanted to negotiate with their enemies? is it finally time that Bush and his Neo-Con army are smartening up? Or is it just that they had nowhere else to go?
Let's face it, the Bushies are finally on a path that actually might d some good. It was just a couple of weeks ago that we finalized a deal with North Korea that will (we hope) keep them from making "Boom-boom" with another "nukular" weapon. And now, Bush wants to begin talking to Iran.
members of the Axis of Evil line up to the Right.
"We hope that all governments seize this opportunity to improve their relations with Iraq and to work for peace and stability in the region,"
Yeah, about that... Isn't it too bad that those weren't the sentiments of the Bushies two or three years ago. And isn't it too bad that they didn't think of it before throwing us into a war that has turned into the "Iraq-It's-Our-Turn-To-Hate-America" sweepstakes. I remember asking "How many lives lost will it take before Bush realizes that he needs to negotiate with our enemies?" The answer is somewhere around 3,100 Americans and tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis.
If the Democratic victory of 2006 accomplished anything, it made George W. Bush think, maybe for the first time in his presidency.
-Bush had to start thinking about what the American people want
-Bush had to start thinking that, maybe, just maybe, what is best for his "base" of "haves and have mores" isn't necessarily what's best for our nation, and the world, as a whole
-Bush had to start thinking that maybe his advisors - especially those with ulterior motives like Halliburton's Dick Cheney and Chevron's Condi Rice, to name just two - might just have a conflict of interest on their hands
Maybe it's just that Bush had to start thinking. Only the negotiations and time will tell.
The funny (as in ironic, not as in Ha-Ha) thing about the new "Neighborly" approach by Bush is that it came after the United Nations IAEA (International Atomic Energy Association) came out and admonished Iran for their nuclear program. The old Georgie-Boy Bush would have said "See? I told you so. Now let's go git 'em!" This George Bush, without his 9/11 support, a congress which was merely a collection of "Yes-men" and "Yes-women" and an American public which wouldn't elect him dog catcher, has to do things differently.
maybe it's because the White House is trying to show the world that Iraq has leaders willing to take the initiative; maybe it's because Iraq's majority and leading Shi'ite population and government have already begun "talks" with Iran; but whatever the reasons, the Bushies are going to speak with Axis of Evil member three and Syria. Let's just hope that these are real negotiations without an end of invading Iran.
In the end, negotiating with an enemy will always be a good idea as a means to avoid war. Let's hope that this really is the end result.
In response to the Cheney-Musharraf meeting, Rhian writes:
To me this photo looks more like someone just handed Musharef, Cheney's testicles.
And Dorothy Schwartz writes:
And David McReynolds writes:
Loved it - no idea where you get the energy to put these together.
All I need is four hours sleep each night... and one whole day every 2 months. -NG
In response to Bush taxing health care, Billie M. Spaight writes:
If Bush taxes healthcare, then it's time for a tax revolt. We could do like Joan Baez and refuse the pay the amount that goes to tax healthcare.
Until we eliminate the insurance companies, anything else is tinkering around the edges of the basically flawed system--the main flaw of which IS the insurance companies.
And I believe that you can't lose the insurance companies until you lose the paid lobbyists. -NG
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