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Thursday, April 12, 2007


Bush's Iraq

"This is an unusual era in which we live, defined on September the 11th, 2001,"
"We thought that oceans and friendly neighbors could protect us from attack"
"I vowed that day that we would go on the offense against an enemy; that the best way to defeat this enemy is to find them overseas and bring them to justice so they will not hurt the folks here at home,"
President Bush to VFW post in Fairfax, VA

You mean they're still tying 911 to Iraq? Are there still some of us who actually believe this nonsense? Has President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the rest of the Neo-Cons who are still "Selling Iraq" gone completely off the deep end or is this their "end of career sale"?

And just when did Iraq get such a powerful Navy?

"when the President says something, he must mean it,"

Someone ought to remind President Bush about his promises to the victims of Hurricane Katrina, if they could have heard him from his ranch in Crawford, TX, John McCain's birthday party or from Air Force One as it did a fly-by over New Orleans.

And sometimes I do believe President Bush. For example: When he called the emergency war funding bill which Congress will send him soon enough, and its provision which would give New Orleans money to get them back on their feet "pork", I do believe that he feels funding the Crescent City is "Pork". After all, there are a lot of Bush's "base" of "haves and have mores" mouths to feed.

"That Taliban no longer is in power. And, in fact, there is a young, struggling democracy in Afghanistan. "

Good point there, GW. THAT Taliban is no longer in power, but a new, revamped Taliban, which now is back in control of much of the nation, is in power once again. It's a Taliban which President Bush failed to strike a killing blow when he had the chance. And this could also be said about al-Qaeda. Osama bin-Laden is still roaming free and his organization is still organizing terrorist activity like the train bombings in Spain and the Underground blasts in England.

Well, at least WE, here in the United States haven't had another terrorist attack on OUR soil. I guess our allies, the Brits and the Spaniards don't count.

"I made a decision to remove a dictator, a tyrant who was a threat to the United States, a threat to the free world, and a threat to the Iraq people -- and the world is better off without Saddam Hussein in power,"

Are we really better off? Asking me that question just after the invasion, when a window appeared for us to really make a difference in the hearts and minds of the people of Iraq, and the World, and I would have said "yes". Today, after the way the Bushies have blown it so badly, the answer is a definitive "No".

"if we were to have stepped back from Baghdad before the Iraqis were capable... a vacuum that could have easily been filled by Sunni and Shia extremists, radicals that would be bolstered by outside forces.
"In other words, the lack of security would have created an opportunity for extremists to move in."

Thanks for the clarification, GW. We didn't need "In other words" because when it comes to your Iraq policy, Plan "A" and your views on just about anything, we get it in the original words. In the case of Iraq, however, that vacuum was created when you didn't allow the likes of General David McKiernan, the leader of the troops on the ground in Iraq during the invasion; nor General Jay Garner, the ability to put into effect a plan that would have kept the country from falling into this disarray which you, and no one else, is responsible for.

Lost is the goodwill which we had from almost the entire world after the terrorist attacks of 911
Lost is the window of opportunity which we had in Iraq
Lost is the respect of our allies
And lost is the opportunity to finish what we had started in Afghanistan, permanently remove the Taliban and kill Osama bin-Laden

"I don't really think about him very much. I'm not that concerned,"
-Bush regarding his true feelings about bin-Laden

The Bushies are now going to force American soldiers to spend an extra three months in Iraq as their new tours will last 15 months, up from one year.

In Bush's crystal ball, he sees an Iraq, and the middle east, in turmoil fifty tears from now if our troops leave; and he sees a world where all are saying "Why didn't the US take care of this when they had the chance." Well, the world is saying that now. My own crystal ball sees a never-ending conflict with tens of thousands of US military men and women caught in the crossfire. and the only ones making a profit will be the Bush "base" of "haves and have mores".

-Noah Greenberg

Wolfie is Still Bad

"In hindsight I wish I had trusted my original instincts and kept myself out of the negotiations. I made a mistake, for which I am sorry."
-World Bank Chief and former Under deputy of State (to Donald Rumsfeld) Paul Wolfowitz

One wonders if those are the same instincts which had Wolfowitz tell us all that Iraq could pay for its own war and recovery.

“There’s a lot of money to pay for this that doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money, and it starts with the assets of the Iraqi people…and on a rough recollection, the oil revenues of that country could bring between $50 and $100 billion over the course of the next two or three years…We’re dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon.”
-Wolfowitz in 2003

Wolfie has admitted that he helped a "close female friend" get a high-paying job. Shaha Riza, Wolfie's girlfriend, was given that high paying job at the State Department just after he took over at the World bank. In case you all were wondering, that job is paid for by us, the US taxpayer.

Consider it tribute to the King's Court from his subjects.

The World Bank Group Staff Association wants Wolfowitz to step down. What will our nation's Republicans say? Well, let's remember that the GOP has been calling for an investigation of New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine (DEMOCRAT) for giving away his own money to a former girlfriend. Let the hypocrisy begin!

"Of course President Wolfowitz has our full confidence,"
-White House spokesman Tony Fratto

Well that settles that, doesn't it?

"The president (Wolfowitz) must acknowledge that his conduct has compromised the integrity and effectiveness of the World Bank Group and has destroyed the staff's trust in his leadership. He must act honorably and resign."
-the association

Wolfowitz, for his part had an excuse. It's too bad that it's the kind of excuse that a child might use:

"Not only was this a painful personal dilemma, but I also had to deal with it when I was new to this institution, and I was trying to navigate uncharted waters,"

I can hear the Eagles song (The New Kid in Town) now:
Wolfie come lately
The new kid in town
His girlfriend needs a new job
Lay our money down

I'm surprised he didn't say that the dog ate his homework.

-Noah Greenberg

Imus' Firing

While some of the students at Rutgers University, MP3 players blasting disgusting lyrics of rap and hip-hop in their ears, march for his ouster, Don Imus is in the middle of his annual fundraiser for SID's, The Sunshine Foundation, and the Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer. All of this while race baiting punks like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are scanning the horizon for their next target. Why don't they go to Duke and apologize to the three innocent young men of the Duke lacrosse team. The flap over the Rutgers women's basketball team amounts to nothing but ruffled feathers compared to what happened to three innocent young men in Raleigh-Durham.

-Bob Driscoll

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-Noah Greenberg