Sunday, March 19, 2006

The Ongoing "Accomplished" Mission in Iraq

Marking the third anniversary of the War in Iraq, I watched the CNN documentary on the war yesterday while cleaning my house. The night before I'd watched my identical cousin do his thing at No Shame Theatre. I wanted to reprint his script here.

I think its brilliant, but then I also think brilliance runs in the family.

I'm THIS (3) many!
by Todd Wm. Ristau (and some of the words Bush gave us on the last three March 19ths)

(Lights at full. Todd sits at a table with a three layer cake covered in white and red frosting. He has three candels and a box of kitchen matches. If possible a giant video screen above would show George Bush speaking, and freeze frame when Todd speaks. If not, Todd will speak Bush's lines and attempt to make it clear those are words he is repeating, not speaking for himself.)

BUSH: We come to Iraq with respect for its citizens, for their great civilization and for the religious faiths they practice. We have no ambition in Iraq, except to remove a threat and restore control of that country to its own people.

(Todd picks up a candle, places it in the cake.)

BUSH: Now that conflict has come, the only way to limit its duration is to apply decisive force. And I assure you, this will not be a campaign of half measures, and we will accept no outcome but victory.

(Todd strikes the match. The image of Bush shifts to the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln.)

TODD: Mission accomplished.

(Todd lights the candle. Lights down to 2/3rds brightness.)

TODD: Today, you are this many.


BUSH: The war on terror is not a figure of speech. It is an inescapable calling of our generation. The terrorists are offended not merely by our policies -- they are offended by our existence as free nations. No concession will appease their hatred. No accommodation will satisfy their endless demands.


TODD: In addition to US Military war dead, there are now 6,331 civilian casualties....more than twice the number killed on September 11th.

(Todd picks up another candle, places it in the cake.)

TODD: Today, you are this many.

(Pause as Todd lights the candle. Lights down to 1/3rd.)

BUSH: We launched Operation Iraqi Freedom in order to disarm a brutal regime, free its people, and defend the world from a grave danger. We knew of Saddam Hussein's record of aggression and support for terror. We knew of his long history of pursuing, even using, weapons of mass destruction, and we know that September the 11th requires our country to think differently...We must, and we will, confront threats to America before they fully materialize.

(pause, the image of the president from the last speech fades slowly away)

TODD: In addition to the US Military casualties, the war has cost 11,312 civilian casualties. Nearly four times the number killed on September 11th.

(Todd picks up another candle, places it in the cake.)

TODD: Today, you are this many.

(Pause, as Todd lights the third candle, lights out so that he is lit only by the candles.)

2,300 US Military Dead, 700 short of the number killed on September 11th.

Somewhere between 30,000 and 100,000 civilians have been deprived of least ten, perhaps thirty three times the number killed on September 11th.

When do the original 3,000 no longer justify the blood we are spilling? (pause) The day will come when not a single member of an American high school graduating class will have lived in a pre-September 11th world.

What do you want that world to look like? And are you willing to see it only by the light of the candles you are adding to this cake?

How long before you realize the light from these fires makes you blind?

(Todd blows out the candles in a single breath. End of piece)


For extensive reading on 9-11, please visit this site:
Cooperative Research 9-11 Timeline

That last one is very interesting....I was particularly frustrated by the following passage from that site, which is indicative of how this whole mess landed in our lap in the first place and the leadership from which the entire world has been made to suffer. But, you get what you pay for, even if you don't get to make the decisions on how your tax dollars are spent.

1984-1994: US Supports Militant Textbooks for Afghanistan
The US, through USAID and the University of Nebraska, spends millions of dollars developing and printing textbooks for Afghan schoolchildren. The textbooks are filled with violent images and militant Islamic teachings, part of covert attempts to spur resistance to the Soviet occupation. For instance, children are taught to count with illustrations showing tanks, missiles, and land mines. Lacking any alternative, millions of these textbooks are used long after 1994; the Taliban are still using them in 2001. In 2002, the US will start producing less violent versions of the same books, which President Bush says will have “respect for human dignity, instead of indoctrinating students with fanaticism and bigotry.”

(He will fail to mention who created those earlier books)

[Canadian Broadcasting Corp., 5/6/02; Washington Post, 3/23/02]

Friday, March 17, 2006

Bush is a moron, and he thinks you're the stupid one.

"The Terrorists Are Turning To A Weapon Of Fear Because They Know They Cannot Defeat Us Militarily."

He actually said that on March 13th.

Dumb ass, terrorists employ weapons of fear by definition.

They have no military.

If, after three years of leading the Global War on Terror, you still have so little grasp of the basic concepts involved...Jesus Christ! Why is this guy still in office? Why does anyone take him serously?

Should we just surrender now?

Somebody give him a blow job so we can impeach him already.

Don't just take my word for it, check it out on the idiot-in-chief's website:

Thursday, March 16, 2006

An Elephant Never Forgets

One thing that drives me nuts about the Radical Right Wing is their insistance that they are the only ones who get to define what "Christian" is. That and their rampant hypocrisy.

You know what hypocrisy is? It is that thing that really ticked the Jesus off....The original Jesus, not the one on your dashboard or bumper sticker. Not Republican Jesus.

The Theocratic Elite talk a big game about following the example of Christ, but forgiveness isn't a very big part of their philosophy (never mind that stuff about charity and non-violence).

A pretty good example is what just happened to poor Hanoi Jane in Georgia.

The Georgia Senate on Thursday nearly unanimously defeated a resolution that would have honored the actress' charity work in the state.

Criticizing the government and trying to end a war...advocating peace...that will forever trump any acts of charity which come after. Not that criticizing the goverment or trying to end a war because you are an ardent peace activist seem that bad when we live in a country in which the ability to criticize the government is supposed to be a defining virtue and peace is a Christian ideal...but these Republicans...not so big on the logic front...only the vengeance front.

They like the revenge a lot.

Or take Missouri. They are trying to pass a resolution naming Christianity the official religion of the majority of Missourians.

When you have a lock on all three branches of government, why not go whole hog? Trying to get Judge Roy Moore's special statue of the 2nd draft of the Ten Commandments seems like small potatoes.

The thing is, they have a much more radical agenda than the gays they pretend to be afraid of. They actually want a theocracy. They are making bold strides and are getting away with it because they've got you afraid to question their motives.

Criticize the government, and you are are an enemy of the state.
Criticize Christianity and you are persecuting Christians and an enemy of God.

Two great things that get greater together. That's the plan.

I say we call them on it and make these people wrapped in the flag act like Americans.

I say we make these Christians act in a Christ-like way and stop using their religion to justify hatred.

That's what I say.

What do you say?

(Remember....the elephants are listening and just waiting to trample longer how long they have to wait, they are not going to forget. Martyrdom is easier to venerate than contemplate, though, ain't it?)

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Tell Congress to vote for Censure

President Bush swore an oath to defend the Constitution, not circumvent it.

President Bush has broken the law and done everything he could to place himself above the law.

President Bush has taken bold steps to destroy the separation of powers and render Congress as irrelevant as he has said the United Nations has become.

Stop the President, send a clear message to Congress that we are a nation of law, that no one is above the law, and that when the President does something that is a crime, it is still illegal.

Please, for the love of our Constitution, and the sake of our nation, tell Congress to vote for the censure the President.

Take back your country.

On Monday, Senator Russ Feingold introduced a resolution to censure President Bush for breaking the law by illegally wiretapping American citizens.

When the president misleads the public and the Congress and willfully and repeatedly breaks the law, there need to be some consequences --that's how the law works for everybody else.

Censuring the president is a reasonable first step in condemning the president's actions. Now it's up to us to show broad public support for Senator Feingold's resolution.

Can you sign this petition asking Congress to join the call for censure?