Friday, April 27, 2007

Friday April 27, 2007 Veto? Okay!

So what happens if Bush remains stubborn and won't sign the funding bill that covers the expenses of the occupation of Iraq? What happens if the Congress says okay and refuses to send through another funding bill? Does that mean that we won't have the funds to maintain the occupation and will be forced to send our troops home? That way George can say “We had to bring the boys home, I didn't want to but was forced to.” and Congress can say “The people wanted this to end and now it has.”.

Not a bad outcome if you think about it. It's turned out to be a civil war over there between two different sects of the same religion who have been warring for a thousand years and who are likely to keep it up for many more. We somehow got stuck in the middle (mainly because of the oil). How does it hurt us if we just walk away and let them settle their own religious differences?

How did we become the police force for the world? We don't have unlimited resources. We are losing our manufacturing to other countries and we owe just about everybody in the world with our extreme national debt and yet some of us feel like we have to be the world referee. Perhaps we need to give up our imperial thinking and pull back to look our for ourselves. Here is our chance to start that process.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Wednesday April 25, 2007 You can fool some of the voters all of the time.

Some people have a high opionion of Dick. Others don't.
Some people think of leaders as gods. Others don't.
Some people can be fooled by false images. Others can't.
Some people see our leaders as intelligent and fearless. Others don't.
Don't be fooled by the rhetoric. Don't be fooled by the sound bites.
Weigh the person by his actions and the results not by the words or the images.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Monday April 9, 2007 QUOTES

Were we misled?


"F**k Saddam, we're taking him out." –President Bush to three U.S. Senators in March 2002, a full year before the Iraq invasion

"My belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators." –Vice President Dick Cheney, "Meet the Press," March 16, 2003
"Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties." —President Bush, discussing the Iraq war with Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson, after Robertson told him he should prepare the American people for casualties

"Ladies and gentlemen, these are not assertions. These are facts, corroborated by many sources, some of them sources of the intelligence services of other countries." –Secretary of State Colin Powell, testifying about Iraq's chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons capabilities before the United Nations Security Council, Feb. 5, 2003
"We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud." –National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, on Iraq's nuclear capabilities and the Bush administration's case for war, Sept. 8, 2002
"We know he's been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons." –Vice President Dick Cheney, "Meet The Press" March 16, 2003
"I don't know anybody that I can think of who has contended that the Iraqis had nuclear weapons." –Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, June 24, 2003

BAGHDAD April, 2007(AP) - Tens of thousands of Shiites - a sea of women in black abayas and men waving Iraqi flags - marched from Kufa to Najaf on Monday, demanding U.S. forces leave their country on the fourth anniversary of fall of Baghdad. Streets in the capital were silent and empty under a hastily imposed 24-hour driving ban.
Demonstrators ripped apart American flags and tromped across a Stars and Stripes rug flung on the road between the two holy cities for the huge march, ordered up by radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr as a show of strength not only to Washington but to Iraq's establishment Shiite ayatollahs as well.
Al-Sadr, who disappointed followers hoping he might appear after months in seclusion, has pounded his anti-American theme in a series of written statements, the most recent on Sunday when he called on his Mahdi Army militia to redouble efforts to expel American forces and for the police and army to join the struggle against "your archenemy."

The Mahdi Army may now be "several hundred thousand strong", per British intelligence. Even if that estimate vastly overstates his troop strength, it reflects the sense that he has the strongest political-military force in the country -- because of the loyalty that so many Shiites have to him.

They call us occupiers, not liberators. We are not welcome, and yet we keep dying. Why?

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Sunday April 1, 2007 Their Day?

Today is their day and we need to salute them.

Send your accolades to all those fools who somehow ended up in Washington. No matter how good they look in their 30 second sound bytes on TV, we learn later that we have indeed sent another goshdurn fool to represent us. The trouble is that they in turn choose as their lieutenants and advisors other fools. We end up with one fool taking another fool's advice and it turns out to be an Abbot and Costello tragedy – or perhaps a version of the Three Stooges. Even when we prosecute them for their mistakes, they don't seem to fathom what they have done. They revel in their foolishness and we might get a kick out of watching their antics if it didn't affect so many of us negatively.

So today is their day – a Fool's day. Unfortunately they will reign on many more.