Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Error...Error...does not compute...(followed by brain exploding)

Ok, here are some of the things that make my brain hurt.

1) That we happily dump $300 billion dollars into the shocking and awesome destruction and occupation of a country and call it Liberation and Winning the Hearts and Minds of people who are, in many ways, pre-disposed to hating us....but we bitch and complain about being asked to cough up even a paltry $10 Million to help the earthquake ravaged people of Pakistan, one of our "allies" in "spreading democracy" (So long as Parvez--the general who took control of that country in a military coup--is not ousted by the vast majority of his people who...you guessed it...are pre-disposed to hating us). Seems to me my tax dollars would be better spent getting the people of muslim countries to love us rather than hate us....by helping them instead of killing them.

2) How on the same day that Iraq ratifies its constitution, we mark the death of our 2,000th American soldier in Iraq and Bush warns of "self-defeating pessimism." If we are defeated in this adventure, I postulate that it has much more to do with self-defeating optimism on the part of the Bush Administration than on self-defeating pessimism of those who cautioned against this invasion and who did not make delusional claims that the war would be over in less than six months, that we'd be greeted as liberators with open arms and rose petals, that the war would cost $1.7 billion dollars, and that the Iraqi reconstruction would be paid for by opening up one of the largest oil reserves in the world to the market place by removing Saddam from power.

3) That George Bush campaigned in 2000 on being the man to usher in a new era of personal responsibility and accountability, and to bring dignity back to the White House after Clinton's escapades which resulted in his impeachment on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. The very charges with which Cheney, Libby, and/or Rove may be indicted on. Supporters of this Republican Administration are now doing exactly what they said they didn't want Clinton to do...try to weasle out of the charges by too narrowly defining the technical parameters defining "perjury" and "obstruction" as crimes. And they said irony was dead.....

Will George Bush fire those in his administration responsible for the leak, as he promised without qualification? Don't hold your breath. There is dignity and then there is what this president calls dignity.

While we're on the subject of dignity and comparisons with Clinton...if you really wanted to end corruption, why repeal the Clinton-era rule that prevents the government from awarding federal contracts to businesses that have broken environmental, labor, tax, civil rights or other laws? I know, I didn't believe you when you said it, so why should I be surprised when your mispresentations are exposed? I guess I'm not. I'm surprised by the people who just refuse to accept that you are lying to them when the proof is so obvious.

4) That George Bush claims that we are winning the War on Terror when terrorist attacks have risen sharply since he took office. He also claims that the war in Iraq has not caused the rise in terrorism. In addition, he cautions that the war in Iraq will not end the threat from violent extremeists. Yesterday, to a gathering of grieving spouses of dead servicemen and women, he said that radicals were spreading their ideology before the March 2003 invasion and will "exist after Iraq is no longer an excuse." Hang on here. We're winning the war on terror, but terror is on the rise...We are fighting in Iraq, and these peoples 2,000 family members died there, so that we can have a total victory against terror...but Iraq doesn't matter because the terrorist ideology existed before we invaded and we acknolwedge that it will exist after Iraq is no longer an excuse. So what the hell is our excuse for going there?

He addressed the people who say the invasion has made terrorism worse...by "reminding" us that we were not in Iraq in 2001. So....first, George, what do you think is making it worse? How do we adress that problem in some way other than moving rapidly toward losing as many soldier's lives as we lost civilian lives on September 11th? And, given that none of the 9-11 hijackers were Iraqis, and that Iraq had no connection to Al Qaida...what does your comment have to do with anything? Show me a pair of graphs...terrorist acts against the United States by Iraqis before and after the invasion....and then convince me that the invasion has done nothing to increase acts of terrorism perpetrated by Iraqis against the United States, its soldiers, and its allies.

5) How before the Miers nomination the GOP was in lock step behind those who said that any criticism of the President was tantamount to treason. But now, just when the administration is struggling in a political quagmire of indictments and investigations the President nominates his own lawyer to the nation's highest court and the GOP finally scratches its head and wonders what the hell is going on?

It takes this to finally get Republican members of congress to consider the matter of competence when deciding to confirm a presidential appointment?

8) That if polling data shows that Bush would lose an election this year, how in God's name did he manage to win one last year? (Aside from the obviously unusual fact that polling data predicting a Kerry win was only wildly inaccruate in polling places where there was no paper verification of the votes tallied...Thank you Diebold for fulfilling your promise to give Ohio to Bush...and the rest of us to the devil.)

7)That I could go on and on and on....but nobody seems to care....nobody wants to know....because nobody wants to take personal responsibility for their role in allowing all this to happen in the first place.

"See in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda." --George W. Bush, May 2005

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4 Comments:

Blogger R said...

That is not true Archie. Seems like more and more people are standing up and taking notice. Like I've always said...when the middle class start getting screwed directly..they will take a big interest in things they previously went all Scarlett O'Hara on. Notice how fast Bush reinstated the prevailing wages laws for rebuilding after Katrina. Notice how angry people are that the oil companies are posting record profits while poor mouthing and raising our natural gas bills. Some people need to feel the burn before they learn. The rest of us just sit back and sigh and say "I told you so, dumbass"

4:03 PM  
Blogger R said...

Oh and Archie, let me know if you ever go to www.cafepress.com and make those "Who would Jesus torture" t-shirts and the other brilliant slogans you came up with. I'd buy 'em. Christmas is upon us they would be perfect to send to my relatives in West Virginia.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Archie Levine said...

Rhonda,

Although I'd thought it, the first time I saw it the WWJT was put up as the title to an article at Democratic Underground--a great website:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/articles/04/07/17_wwjt.html

Christians against Jesus and Americans for Torture are all mine, though...as well as Stop the Theocratic Elite. Cafe Press....hmmmm....be careful what you wish for!

5:54 AM  
Blogger R said...

I'm dying to wear "Christians agains Jesus" to the Super Walmart deep in the burbs of Red Country. Hilareous. Even more funny if I don't get picked on. A local cop is in trouble here for harrassing and threatening to arrest a woman. For? Having a "When Clinton lied no one died" bumper sticker. Yeah..it's like that here. Which makes me want to wear it more.

10:02 AM  

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