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June 3, 2008


Rice, Iran and the No-Talk Mantra

"WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Tuesday there's no point in talking to Iran unless the clerical regime changes its behavior and gives up its suspected nuclear weapons ambitions."
-The Associated Press (http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080603/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/us_israel)

In true Bushie fashion, Secretary of State Rice believes that speaking with our enemies while they're in the process of creating a nuclear arsenal should be considered a "no-go". The idea is that the people of the United States will look upon this act - or non-act - as a show of strength. But it isn't a show of strength, it's a show of stupidity and arrogance and we have seen it before from this administration.

It's simple - while Rice does nothing, Iran gets the time to get creative with nukes. And that's the Bush plan!

There may be time to talk to Iran, but "not while they continue to inch closer to a nuclear weapon under the cover of talk,"

So when is the right time? Is the right time after Iran's first successful nuclear weapon test? Or do we have to wait for that "mushroom cloud" over one of our major cities which Secretary Rice, President Bush and the entire Administration of Diminished Responsibility have been touting - and seemingly hoping for these past seven years?

"It's just hard to imagine that there are innocent answers to these questions,"
-Rice referring to U.N. nuclear watchdog Mohamed El Baradei's report and questions asked of Iran

And that's a major part of the problem: This administration has no imagination. It's always full steam ahead, damn the torpedoes and "shoot!" There is no way to speak to Iran because they just can't imagine a world where anyone would think differently from them.

The lack of "imagination" will, hopefully, end come this January with a new party in office and a new philosophy in our nation's capital. It scares me to think that a third term for Bush could be had with a President John McCain-McBush.

And it scares me to think of what our enemies can get away with while a third Bush term, in the guise of John McBush, gets into gear.

-Noah Greenberg

"Hi, I'm Dick Cheney and I'm an Alcoholic."

"I have Cheneys on both sides of the family, and we don't even live in West Virginia"
-Vice President Dick Cheney to a National Press Club audience

After a few seconds of genuine - yes, genuine - laughter from the "Compassionate Conservative" audience, the VP followed with this qualifying after-joke:

"You can say those things when you're not running for re-election."

And more laughter followed.

One day ago, the remark was a funny quip in the mind of Vice President Cheney, A day later, after the laughter died down, it became apparent that the joke wasn't as humorous as most Bushies might have thought. And that included at least one person in the Vice President's office:

"On reflection, (Cheney) concluded that it was an inappropriate attempt at humor that he should not have made. The vice president apologizes to the people of West Virginia for the inappropriate remark."
-Lea Anne McBride, a Cheney spokesperson

Cheney has shown nothing but contempt for the American people thus far, so why wouldn't he continue in that vein? Much like when President Bush talked to reporters about death and terrorism, then followed it up with "Now watch this drive," without missing a beat, Cheney is, seemingly, without a soul.

One has to think back to the "youthful" Cheney's multiple infractions for drunk driving. Did he learn a lesson then? Of course not. The proof is in the buckshot of his "friend", 78-year-old Harry Whittington's, face, chest and arms. Cheney refused to be interviewed by police directly following the incident with the speculation being that he had a too much to drink. And his spokesperson acknowledged that the Vice President did, in fact, have just "one beer" when his friend was mistaken for a quail.

Certainly he could use the "I'm a drunk" thing as an excuse once again, couldn't he? After all, at least he isn't driving.

I additionally find it funny that Cheney didn't offer the people of West Virginia an apology himself. However, I am not surprised. This administration, which I have labeled The Administration of Diminished Responsibility, has shown a knack for not ever admitting mistakes. So mocking the whole state of West Virginia, and not coming out and apologizing himself, should come as no surprise.

After all, being a Bushie means never having to say you're sorry.

Democratic and Republican leaders alike have come out to admonish Vice President Cheney for his off-hand remarks about West Virginia's citizens. However, missing from that chorus are anyone from the White House, including President Bush and GOP Presidential nominee Senator John McCain.

It appears that the Straight-Talk Express got derailed.

-Noah Greenberg

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