Friday, September 24, 2004

What about our elections?

"Nothing symbolizes freedom as much as an election, and with voting scheduled for January, many wonder: will the insurgents allow Iraqis to exercise their most basic of freedoms?" ~ NBC News

The Republicans have done everything they could to steal the upcoming elections here in the U.S. (insistance on electronic voting, voter purges,
etc.). Why is it that Iraqi freedom is more important than American freedom?

You can't speak of the spread freedom when you oppress your own people.

You can't speak of the spread democracy when you would rather be a dictator yourself.

"If this were a dictatorship, it would be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." ~ George W. Bush (post 2000 election)

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

CBS isn't the only media outlet that owes an apology!

Does anyone remember the drumbeat to war?
ABC, CBS, CNN, FoxNews, MSNBC, NBC, et al...
They are all just as responsible for the more than 1,000 dead Americans and more than 10,000 dead Iraqi civilians in Iraq. They are responsible because they all reported the misleading information from the Bush Administration as the truth. Most bloggers knew the information was cooked. The media never revisited quotes about Saddam Hussein from the Administration when they first took office.

Colin Powell and Dick Cheney both said that Saddam was contained. Had weapons inspectors been able to finish their job, those Americans and Iraqis might still be alive.

If Saddam Hussein had no WMD, he was not a threat.
If Saddam Hussein had no ties to al-Qaida and 9/11, he was not a threat.

We went to war in Iraq because the Bush Administration wanted to. And the administration lied to the American people to make them believe there was a threat when there really was none. Wasted lives and money because the Bush Adminstration wanted Iraq's oil... so Haliburton could profit and Dick Cheney could get one more bonus.

Tell me again why George W. Bush should be president. Oh yeah, the media tells me everyday how he's tough on terror.

Please!

Here's Bush right after 9/11:
“I want justice. And there's an old poster out West, I recall, that says, ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive.’” ~ George W. Bush about Osama bin Laden - Sept. 17, 2001

But 6 months later:
“I don't know where he is. I have no idea and I really don't care. It's not that important.” ~ George W. Bush about Osama bin Laden - March 13, 2002

The man responsible for the most horrific day in American existence is no longer public enemy number 1 because at this point Iraq needed to be invaded and plundered.

But it's so important to grill Dan Rather for publishing forged documents with ACCURATE information on them. Let's ignore the accuracy of the information and focs on the fact that these are not the actual documents they claimed to be.

Too bad the media failed to scrutinize the Bush Administration's march to war...
Maybe we wouldn't be in this mess!

Friday, September 17, 2004

George W. Bush: A Catastrophic Success Story

According to the Washington Post:
“Three years after the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon, the Central Intelligence Agency has fewer experienced case officers assigned to its headquarters unit dealing with Osama bin Laden than it did at the time of the attacks, despite repeated pleas from the unit's leaders for reinforcements, a senior C.I.A. officer with extensive counterterrorism experience has told Congress.”


Someone please tell me again why the media calls George W. Bush the “leader” in the war on terror without any contention.


The War on Terror might actually be close to being won already had President Bush not shifted the focus to the un-related war in Iraq. Now the Taliban is on the rise again and al-Qaida has swelled its ranks because of President Bush. The only thing the president has done successfully - catastrophically, I might add - is destroy two countries and alienate us from the rest of the planet.


President Bush used the phrase “catastrophic success” to describe the situation in Iraq. Which, to me, means he was successful at creating a catastrophe. Saddam Hussein was not a threat. If there were no WMD, how could have been? Meanwhile, Iran and North Korea, the real threats continue to grow.


President Bush himself has been a “catastrophic success” as president:


* Successfully allowed the catastrophe of 9/11.


* Successfully finished "My Pet Goat" while the 9/11 catastrophe was occurring.


* Successfully allowed Afghanistan to slide towards catastrophe as the Taliban and al-Qaida continue to regain their influence.


* Successfully turned Iraq into the catastrophe of 1980s Lebanon and 1960s and 70s Vietnam.


* Successfully pushed over 1,000 American families into emotional catastrophe as a result of the war of choice in Iraq.



But the successful tale of catastrophe can be traced back through George W. Bush’s life.


His father's name got him into Yale and his father’s connections successfully got him into the Texas ANG over several, more qualified candidates, many of whose names are on the Vietnam Memorial Wall. Their families would probably rather it was his name on the wall instead of their loved ones'. Then, he'd be a war hero, rather than an undeserving deserter with an honorable discharge.


He successfully turned nearly every business he was associated with into a catastrophe - and dad bailed him out each time. The man couldn’t even find oil in Texas. That should be the textbook definition of a catastrophic success. Come to think of it, America itself hasn't been positively successful at all under President Bush's watch. This time, America needs to be bailed out!


If on November 3, 2004 George W. Bush is reported to win the election, the United States of America will become another “catastrophic success” to add to his resume’. The Berlin Wall came down under the first President Bush. It is entirely possible Vladimir Putin will reconstruct it (figuratively speaking, of course) under the watch of a second term for George W. Bush.


We may have Bush jr.’s catastrophically successful doctrine of preemption to thank for that.


But hey, it’s not all bad. At least he’d be a nice guy to have a beer with! And that’s where we are today. The Bush team has successfully turned catastrophe into: “no matter how bad things are, the president is still a nice guy.”


You know? I don’t really need to have a beer with my president. What I need is for my president to care whether or not I can afford a beer if I want one.



Bush is a bratty rich kid.
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