Mark Smith June
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Thank you Fundies for 8 years of hell. Your ignorance elected this
(& # of dead)
Click on the finger to play the video. Opens in its
own separate window.
"I will set a different tone. I will
restore civility and respect to our national politics. ...
I will work with Republicans and reach out to Democrats ... I will treat
the other party with respect, and when we make progress, I will share
the credit. ... I will unite our nation, not divide it. I will
bring Americans together."
George Bush, April 2000
Tee Shirt (no longer)
Due to the dismal lack of sales on this item, I have decided
to pull it from the market. There weren't enough sales to
make it profitable, only irritating.
Rhetoric -vs- Reality: we've heard the rhetoric, and now we've lived
thru the reality. See for yourself with the video above exactly how Bush
is "restoring civility and respect" in the post-Clinton era. As for
Christian presidents, Bush isn't worthy to even wash the feet of Jimmy
Carter. Can you even IMAGINE Carter doing something like flipping off
America? Regardless, you Fundies are all thinking:
Thank goodness we have such a good and devout Christians leading our
country!!! Bush & Cheney are such better moral examples to our
young people than that... BILL CLINTON, who had- gasp! SEX outside of
marriage. Who did he think he was anyway, a man of the cloth such as
Rev. Jimmy Swaggart or Rev. Jim Bakker, carrying on that way?
Doonesbury, for Sunday, July 24, 2005. We can only
John Bolton- Bush's latest turd
tossed into the international punch bowl.
WWIII here we come!!!
Sheep (by Mark Smith)
Bush, Bushites, & Their Damn Crusade in Iraq
'We Will, In Fact, Be
Greeted As Liberators'
Pre-War Prediction of Dick Cheney, Meet The Press, March 16,
Hitler & Bush
"The most brilliant
propagandist technique will yield no success unless
one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly and
with unflagging attention. It must confine itself to a few
points and repeat
them over and over. Here, as so often in this world,
persistence is the first and most important requirement for
success." (Mein Kampf, vol. 1, chapter 6)
|"See, in my line of work you got to
things over and over and over again for the truth to
sink in, to kind of catapult the
(George W. Bush, at the Athena
Performing Arts Center at Greece Athena Middle and High
School, Tuesday, May 24, 2005 in Rochester, NY. Click on
Bush's nose above to see the actual video.)
Flown Out of Iraq Each Month
750 Per Month, Thanks
to George Bush
This is the average
number of American soldiers that are injured so severely that they are flown
out of Iraq on hospital flights to Germany, month in and month out, last
month, this month, and every month to come, thanks to George Bush- and those
genius Christian Fundies that re-elected him. Bush has these Americans
driving around Baghdad etc. just to provide target practice for Islamic
snipers and bombers. And let me remind the gung-ho pro-any-war types;
there's no "glory" in coming back from a war with a life-long brain injury,
wearing a dirty diaper and drooling on yourself for the rest of your life.
Just one out of 750 every month
Marine Sgt. Ty Ziegel
Supporting the troops should mean keeping them out of
harms way unless the mission is absolutely necessary.
Iraq never was, nor now is, a mission that is absolutely
necessary. And the fact is, nobody even knows what the
hell the mission is anymore. Iraq is not worth to
the United States the horrible price that is being
extracted from our soldiers. You want to support the
troops? Get them the hell out of Iraq- now. Tell Mr Bush
to stop pissing away our military in this bullshit war
"Support The Troops"
"Support The Troops" to Fundy word twisters means sending even
more of them into the meatgrinder of Iraq to die or get maimed.
Democrats: "Support The Troops"
means keeping them OUT OF Iraq in the first place to prevent
their being killed or maimed.
Who REALLY "supports the troops"????
Commenting on George Bush
commenting on George Bush
man, come on, let’s get real. Joe Scarborough did a whole week
of panel discussions on whether he was an
And when you’ve lost Scarborough Country… And I think the science is in on
this question, I think he is, the people who were defending him were saying,
well, he’s just
But inarticulate doesn’t explain foreign policy. I mean it’s not that
complicated. The man is a
he is a
he is a
on the world stage, he is a
who cannot find his own ass with his own two hands. He is a
who interrupts one incoherent sentence with another incoherent
sentence. …The alternatives (Gore and Kerry) would have actually been
better presidents both times. Al Gore would have been a better president;
John Kerry would have been a better president; NOT because they’re democrats
but because they READ. They’re READERS- wow, what a concept. The republicans
are the party of ideas. Big, stupid ideas. … The surge means more of
what’s not working now. And this is an amazing situation, cause here��s
George Bush, the decider, deciding all on his own that this was a good idea.
This was not a recommendation from our commanders on the ground. This was
not a recommendation from the Iraq Study Group, as you know. It’s not
supported by the American people. It’s not supported by the Iraqi people.
It’s just President “Charles in Charge” spit-balling, thinking outside the
bun, and saying to himself, “EVERYBODY else is wrong. I ALONE know what the
right answer is. I got everybody else’s recommendations, and then I, you
know, I talk to The Big Guy.” Even the Pope admitted being wrong about that
thing he said about the Muslims. But this
recovering alcoholic from Midland Texas,
HE cannot be wrong at ANY point. (The Tonight Show, 2/20/07
Emboldening The Terrorists
Barney Fife says: "Bush can do no wrong! So, whatEVER
Bush did, even break the law and bragging about it, well, it
must have been the right thing to do, 'cause Bush can do no wrong!"
"I believe the government that governs best is
the government that governs least,
and by these standards we have set up a fabulous government in
-Steven Colbert 4/29/06 White House Correspondents
I really do believe this man will go down
as the worst president this country has ever had.
(Senator Harry Reid, Nevada. The New York Times National Edition,
3/17/06 p. A19)
"Bush Mourns the Fallen, Vows to Create More" -Mark
"Let Iraqis stand up for Iraq." -Senator John Kerry, 11/18/05
"You don't call
Murtha a coward. … I mean, Dick Cheney had five deferments in
a row in Vietnam, when John Murtha went to serve."
-Senator John Kerry, 11/18/05
"Let me tell you what is
endangering our troops: Sending our troops to war with
inadequate armor is endangering our troops. Not guarding the
ammo dumps is endangering our troops. What endangers our
troops is sending them to war without adequate numbers to do
the job." -Senator John Kerry, 11/18/05
"I like guys who've never been (to war) that criticize us who've
been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments
(i.e. Vice President Dick Cheney) and never been there and send
people to war, and then don't like to hear suggestions about what
needs to be done." -Congressman John Murtha 11/16/05
Encouraging The Terrorists"
"Bring it on!!!"
Thanks to George W. Bush's childish taunt inviting
Terrorists world-wide to come to Iraq and kill Americans, they have
been doing so now by the thousands. Brave but inept George is good
at starting fights that others have to finish, while he himself, Mr.
"Avoid Vietnam via National Guard" sits backs and enjoys the mayhem
from his easy chair safe in the White House. No one- I repeat: NO
ONE has "emboldened" or "encouraged" the terrorists
more than George himself with this stupid and
totally irresponsible taunt. Has any, ANYone, in this country, made
a personal and VERY public invitation to all the Terrorists of the
world to come and kill American soldiers in Iraq? Has Cindy Sheehan?
John Kerry? Michael Moore? If anyone is looking for grounds for
impeachment, here it is, for thanks to George's personal invitation,
terrorists from throughout the entire world have flocked to Iraq and
put over 2,125 Americans into body bags and blown arms and legs and
other body parts (think tits & dicks) off another 15,000 sons &
daughters. "Emboldening The Terrorists"??? That's you, George, you
fucking dumbass. Some of the other stupid things George has
done that have aided, abetted and "emboldened" the enemy (aren't
those crimes???) are the following}
Disbanding the Iraqi army and stiffing them on
their pensions. RESULTS:
400,000 pissed-off well-armed & trained "I hate Americans!"
Allowing unrestrained looting to go on for a
month after our invasion. RESULTS: All
criminal records & government organization were destroyed.
Allowing Terrorists to empty out Saddam's
arsenals and ammo dumps. RESULTS: That
ammunition is now used in over 700 attacks PER DAY in Iraq.
Not ever putting enough American troops in to
get the job done. RESULTS: Always having to
go back and recapture the same areas: Fallujah- 4 times already.
Torture of prisoners, and desecration of the
Koran. RESULTS: Terrorists count this
as their #1 recruiting tool to sign people up worldwide to fight
Forcing American troops to drive around Iraq in
under-armored Humvees and totally UN-armored trucks rather than
using helicopters. RESULTS: Lots
of target practice for the bad guys, and 15,000 fucked-up
The One Who's Really
"Emboldening & Encouraging the Terrorists"
Has Been Our Own President.
I say "Impeachment? Bring It On!"
Bush Must Go
Brokeback Mountain II
Watch the love story of all time- how a tough go-it-alone Texan
cowboy stands up to flag-waving yahoo's and sells our national ports
(and sells out our national security) to his middle eastern lover,
and also allows the price of gasoline to double and triple, making
his rich Arabian lover even richer. And watch how he continues to
fool the yokels into thinking he's still a macho American cowboy
with only their best interests at heart, yet gasoline stays above $3
a gallon. See "Brokeback Mountain II" playing in real life (or a gas
station) near you!
AN APOLOGY FROM A BUSH VOTER
Monday, May 8th, 2006
By Doug McIntyre / Host, McIntyre in the Morning Talk Radio 790 KABC
There’s nothing harder in public life than admitting you’re wrong. By the
way, admitting you’re wrong can be even tougher in private life. If you don’t
believe me, just ask Bill Clinton or Charlie Sheen. But when you go out on the
limb in public, it’s out there where everyone can see it, or in my case, hear
So, I’m saying today, I was wrong to have voted for George W. Bush. In
historic terms, I believe George W. Bush is the worst two-term President in the
history of the country. Worse than Grant. I also believe a case can be made that
he’s the worst President, period.
In 2000, I was a McCain guy. I wasn’t sure about the Texas Governor. He had
name recognition and a lot of money behind him, but other than that? What?
Still, I was sick of all the Clinton shenanigans and the thought of President
Gore was… unthinkable. So, GWB became my guy.
For the first few months he was just flubbing along like most new Presidents,
no great shakes, but no disasters either. He cut taxes and I like tax cuts.
Then September 11th happened. September 11th changed everything for me, like
it did for so many of you. After September 11th, all the intramural idiocy of
American politics stopped being funny. We had been attacked by a vicious and
determined enemy and it was time for all of us to row in the same direction.
And we did for the blink of an eye. I believed the President when he said we
were going to hunt down Bin Laden and all those responsible for the 9-11
murders. I believed President Bush when he said we would go after the terrorists
and the nations that harbored them.
I supported the President when he sent our troops into Afghanistan, after
all, that’s where the Taliban was, that’s where al-Qaida trained the killers,
that’s where Bin Laden was.
And I cheered when we quickly toppled the Taliban government, but winced when
we let Bin Laden escape from Tora-Bora.
Then, the talk turned to Iraq and I winced again.
I thought the connection to 9-11 was sketchy at best. But Colin Powell
impressed me at the UN, and Tony Blair was in, and after all, he was a Clinton
guy, not a Bush guy, so I thought the case had to be strong. I was worried
though, because I had read the Wolfowitz paper, “The Project for the New
American Century.” It’s been around since ‘92, and it raised alarm bells because
it was based on a theory, “Democratizing the Middle East” and I prefer
pragmatism over theory. I was worried because Iraq was being justified on a
radical new basis, “pre-emptive war.” Any time we do something without
historical precedent I get nervous.
But the President shifted the argument to WMDs and the urgent threat of Iraq
getting atomic weapons. The debate turned to Saddam passing nukes on to terror
groups. After 9-11, the risk was too great. As the President said, “The next
smoking gun might be a mushroom cloud.” At least that’s what I thought at the
I grew up in New York and watched them build the World Trade Center. I worked
with a guy, Frank O’Brien, who put the elevators in both towers. I lost a very
close friend on September 11th. 103 floor, tower one, Cantor Fitzgerald. Tim
Coughlin was his name. If we had to take out Iraq to make sure something like
that, or worse, never happened again, so be it. I knew the consequences. We have
a soldier in our house. None of this was theoretical in my house.
But in the months and years since shock and awe I have been shocked
repeatedly by a consistent litany of excuses, alibis, double-talk, inaccuracies,
bogus predictions, and flat out lies. I have watched as the President and his
administration changed the goals, redefined the reasons for going into Iraq, and
fumbled the good will of the world and the focus necessary to catch the real
killers of September 11th.
I have watched the President say the commanders on the ground will make the
battlefield decisions, and the war won’t be run from Washington. Yet, politics
has consistently determined what the troops can and can’t do on the ground and
any commander who did not go along with the administration was sacked, and in
some cases, maligned.
I watched and tried to justify the looting in Iraq after the fall of Saddam.
I watched and tried to justify the dismantling of the entire Iraqi army. I tired
to explain the complexities of building a functional new Iraqi army. I urged
patience when no WMDs were found. Then the Vice President told us we were in the
“waning days of the insurgency.” And I started wincing again. The President says
we have to stay the course but what if it’s the wrong course?
It was the wrong course. All of it was wrong. We are not on the road to
victory. We’re about to slink home with our tail between our legs, leaving civil
war in Iraq and a nuclear armed Iran in our wake. Bali was bombed. Madrid was
bombed. London was bombed. And Bin Laden is still making tapes. It’s
unspeakable. The liberal media didn’t create this reality, bad policy did.
Most historians believe it takes 30-50 years before we get a reasonably
accurate take on a President’s place in history. So, maybe 50 years from now
Iraq will be a peaceful member of the brotherhood of nations and George W. Bush
will be celebrated as a visionary genius.
But we don’t live fifty years in the future. We live now. We have to make
public policy decisions now. We have to live with the consequences of the votes
we cast and the leaders we chose now.
After five years of carefully watching George W. Bush I’ve reached the
conclusion he’s either grossly incompetent, or a hand puppet for a gaggle of
detached theorists with their own private view of how the world works. Or both.
Presidential failures. James Buchanan, Franklin Pierce, Jimmy Carter, Warren
Harding — the competition is fierce for the worst of the worst. Still, the
damage this President has done is enormous. It will take decades to undo, and
that’s assuming we do everything right from now on. His mistakes have global
implications, while the other failed Presidents mostly authored domestic
And speaking of domestic embarrassments, let’s talk for a minute about
President Bush’s domestic record. Yes, he cut taxes. But tax cuts combined with
reckless spending and borrowing is criminal mismanagement of the public’s money.
We’re drunk at the mall with our great grandchildren’s credit cards. Whatever
happened to the party of fiscal responsibility?
Bush created a giant new entitlement, the prescription drug plan. He lied to
his own party to get it passed. He lied to the country about its true cost. It
was written by and for the pharmaceutical industry. It helps nobody except the
multinationals that lobbied for it. So much for smaller government. In fact,
virtually every tentacle of government has grown exponentially under Bush.
Unless, of course, it was an agency to look after the public interest, or
environmental protection, and/or worker’s rights.
I’ve talked so often about the border issue, I won’t bore you with a rehash.
It’s enough to say this President has been a catastrophe for the wages of
working people; he’s debased the work ethic itself. “Jobs Americans won’t do!”
He doesn’t believe in the sovereign borders of the country he’s sworn to protect
and defend. And his devotion to cheap labor for his corporate benefactors, along
with his worship of multinational trade deals, makes an utter mockery of
homeland security in a post 9-11 world. The President’s January 7th, 2004 speech
on immigration, his first trial balloon on his guest worker scheme, was a deal
breaker for me. I couldn’t and didn’t vote for him in 2004. And I’m glad I
Katrina, Harriet Myers, The Dubai Port Deal, skyrocketing gas prices,
shrinking wages for working people, staggering debt, astronomical foreign debt,
outsourcing, open borders, contempt for the opinion of the American people, the
war on science, media manipulation, faith based initives, a cavalier attitude
toward fundamental freedoms-- this President has run the most arrogant and
out-of-touch administration in my lifetime, perhaps, in any American’s lifetime.
You can make a case that Abraham Lincoln did what he had to do, the public be
damned. If you roll the dice on your gut and you’re right, history remembers you
well. But, when your gut led you from one business failure to another, when your
gut told you to trade Sammy Sosa to the Cubs, and you use the same gut to send
our sons and daughters to fight and die in a distraction from the real war on
terror, then history will and should be unapologetic in its condemnation.
None of this, by the way, should be interpreted as an endorsement of the
opposition party. The Democrats are equally bankrupt. This is the second crime
of our age. Again, historically speaking, its times like these when America
needs a vibrant opposition to check the power of a run-amuck majority party. It
requires it. It doesn’t work without one. Like the high and low tides keep the
oceans alive, a healthy, positive opposition offers a path back to the center
where all healthy societies live.
Tragically, the Democrats have allowed crackpots, leftists and demagogic
cowards to snipe from the sidelines while taking no responsibility for anything.
In fairness, I don’t believe a Democrat president would have gone into Iraq.
Unfortunately, I don’t know if President Gore would have gone into Afghanistan.
And that’s one of the many problems with the Democrats.
The two party system has always been clumsy and imperfect, but it has only
collapsed once, in the 1850s, and the result was civil war.
I believe, as I have said countless times, the two party system is on the
brink of a second collapsed. It’s currently running on spin, anger, revenge, and
pots and pots and pots of money.
We’re being governed by paper-mache patriots; brightly painted red, white and
blue, but hollow to the core. Both parties have mastered the cynical arts of
media manipulation and fund raising. They’ve learned the lessons of Watergate
and burn the tapes. They have learned to divide the nation for their own gain.
They have demonstrated the willingness to exploit any tragedy for personal
advantage. The contempt they have for the American people is without parallel.
This is painful to say, and I’m sure for many of you, painful to read. But
it’s impossible to heal the country until we’re willing to acknowledge the truth
no matter how painful. We have to wean ourselves off sugar coated partisan lies.
With a belated tip of the cap to Ralph Nader, the system is broken, so
broken, it’s almost inevitable it pukes up the Al Gores and George W. Bushes.
Where are the Trumans and the Eisenhowers? Where are the men and women of vision
and accomplishment? Why do we have to settle for recycled hacks and malleable
ciphers? Greatness is always rare, but is basic competence and simple honesty
too much to ask?
It may be decades before we have the full picture of how paranoid and
contemptuous this administration has been. And I am open to the possibility that
I’m all wet about everything I’ve just said. But I’m putting it out there,
because I have to call it as I see it, and this is how I see it today. I don’t
say any of this lightly. I’ve thought about this for months and months. But
eventually, the weight of evidence takes on a gravitational force of its own.
I believe that George W. Bush has taken us down a terrible road. I don’t
believe the Democrats are offering an alternative. That means we’re on our own
to save this magnificent country. The United States of America is a gift to the
world, but it has been badly abused and it’s rightful owners, We the People, had
better step up to the plate and reclaim it before the damage becomes
So, accept my apology for allowing partisanship to blind me to an obvious
truth; our President is incapable of the tasks he is charged with. I almost feel
sorry for him. He is clearly in over his head. Yet, he doesn’t generate the
sympathy Warren Harding earned. Harding, a spectacular mediocrity, had the
self-knowledge to tell any and all he shouldn’t be President. George W. Bush
continues to act the part, but at this point whose buying the act?
Does this make me a waffler? A flip-flopper? Maybe, although I prefer to call
it realism. And, for those of you who never supported Bush, its also fair to
accuse me of kicking Bush while he’s down. After all, you were kicking him while
he was up.
You were right, I was wrong.
Sen. Bill Frist, Nov 1, 2005
Sound familiar to all you Atheists out there? It
should. You hear these lies and slander all the time from good and
holy Christians, who have decided that lying and slandering are no
longer sins like Paul said. Yes, the usual smears and LIES
that Fundy Christians used to reserve only for us
Atheists are now being re-tooled for use against half of the
entire county- the Democrats. Yes, now for anyone to
have morals and goodness and convictions and principles you must
first of all be a ReFundican!!! ReFundicans are now the ONLY good
people left in the world. If you're NOT a ReFundican, then
you're an Attila the Hun "without convictions" and "without
principles" burning and raping as you rampage down the boulevard.
Hypocritical Republican Fundy Senator Frist bemoans the fact that
Democrats "have no convictions", unlike his own party and himself,
which, with the indictments and charges handed down, will soon have
lots of convictions! Enjoy jail, Mr. Frist!!!
Thought Question: If Christians were really defending the
truth, would the truth use lies and deceptions to defend itself
Garbage In, Garbage Out
Pres. Bush is accusing the Demoncrats with a, "They wanted the
war too!!!" whine. What he's failing to mention is that the
reasons congress wanted the war had all been supplied
by Bush & Co, and were all deliberate lies at worse, or "cherry
picked", that is, taken out of context, at best. In other words,
garbage. And Bush knew they were garbage, but fed it to congress
anyway. So don't blame congress. All they knew was what Bush
told them, and if they are guilty, they're only guilty of
trusting Pres. Bush. Like I said, Garbage In, Garbage Out.
The Bush Regime
Your government, on the basis of outrageous lies, is waging
a murderous and utterly illegitimate war in Iraq, with other countries in their
Your government is openly torturing people, and justifying
Your government puts people in jail on the merest suspicion,
refusing them lawyers, and either holding them indefinitely or deporting them in
the dead of night.
Your government is moving each day closer to a theocracy,
where a narrow and hateful brand of Christian fundamentalism will rule.
Your government suppresses the science that doesn't fit its
religious, political and economic agenda, forcing present and future generations
to pay a terrible price.
Your government is moving to deny women here, and all over
the world, the right to birth control and abortion.
Your government enforces a culture of greed, bigotry,
intolerance and ignorance.
People look at all this and think of Hitler — and they are right to do so.
The Bush regime is setting out to radically remake society very quickly, in a
fascist way, and for generations to come. We must act now; the future is in the
"Lied Into War"
"Why doesn't someone ask Bush why the story line
for why we invaded Iraq has changed so many times?"
Endless "Whack The
Gopher" Arcade Game
There are NOT enough American troops to hold the territory they
fight and die for. They invade a city, chase the Islamic Party
Poopers out of the city, then leave the city after a week or so,
and the bad guys move right back in. From the L.A. Times
(10/5/05 p. A3) "The offensive... brought Marines BACK to
Haditha... two months AFTER driving insurgents out of the area.
US forces suffered heavy looses in that early August assault: 14
Marines died when an armored vehicle hit a landmine. DAYS AFTER
American forces left, however, militants were BACK IN CONTROL,
dominating a region of 100,000 people with no... police force."
So tell me, Bushies, just WHAT THE FUCK did those 14 Marines die
for back in August, when you GAVE THE CITY BACK to the bad guys
just to be RE-taken by us in October??? Are you going to tell
their grieving families that, "yes, your only son died so that
Haditha could be free of terrorists... for a whole 3 days."
Those 14 Marines THREW THEIR LIVES AWAY FOR N-O-T-H-I-N-G.
Nothing. A total and complete WASTE OF HUMAN LIFE, thanks
to George Bush's lack of planning and stubborness.
Do The Math:
We'll Be There Forever
On "Meet The Press" today (Oct 2, 2005) it was mentioned that
the Iraqi battalions that are able to stand on their own-
without U.S. forces- has decreased from three in July to
just one now. And as it will take about 140 of these
battalions of Iraqis to replace the U.S. forces there, and as
its taken (so far) two and one half YEARS just to end up with
ONE (which may or may not "disappear"), doing the math... that
means that America will have thousands of soldiers dying each
year in Iraq for another 347
years, up into the year 2352 AD. But
Bush calls for "patience". Patience, my ass!
Going Backwards =
"Moving Forward!" Also
mentioned on Meet The Press (Oct 2, 2005), but with no apparent
outrage, is just WHAT THE FUCK HAPPENED TO 2/3rds OF
THE IRAQI BATTALIONS SINCE THE MIDDLE OF SUMMER??? This is what
Bush called "progress" in his national radio address yesterday-
progress to him is 2/3rds of Iraqi battalions
"disappearing" into thin air, and this moving BACKWARDS
Bush calls "moving forward"!!! Is Bush at ALL in
touch with reality, or has drinking got him living in la la
500 Attacks EVERY DAY
Meet The Press, (Oct 2,
2005), also mentioned the number of daily attacks by the Muslim
party poopers is averaging FIVE HUNDRED- that's right,
500, each and
every day. Compare this number to the two
or three a day acknowledged on FOX or CBS etc news. Yeah,
George, that's REAL progress- IF you're an insurgent!
Honor The Dead With
Even More Dead? Bush
says the reason he can't pull out of Iraq is "to honor the
soldiers who have already died". Let me translate that into
plain English, so all can see the absurdity of it: he want
to "honor the soldiers who have already died" with even more
dead soldiers, as the only way to properly honor a mistake of
this magnitude... is by increasing the magnitude of the mistake!
As there will never come a time when he WON'T want to "honor the
soldiers who have already died" there will therefore also never
come a time when he can pull the troops out. Therefore, to the
already huge stack of dead rotting American corpses he intends
to keep adding even more dead rotting American corpses, world
How Many Dead So Far?
Imagine a typical bedroom 10' x
10' with an 8' ceiling. Now imagine it jam packed with dead
stinking rotting American corpses sent home from Iraq, crammed
in from floor to ceiling. It can hold about 90 bodies. Now
imagine 21 of these bedrooms stacked up vertically- to the
height of a 21 story building. That's how many he's gotten
killed so far, as of Sept 2005. And he wants it even higher, to
"honor those who have already died". This from the man who broke
the record for death row inmates executed while he was governor
of Texas. Pro-life my ass!
Just Like Our War With
Japan? San Diego, CA}
In a speech Tuesday, August 30, 2005, Presidunce Bush, according
to news sources, "sought to cast the conflict [in Iraq] as
the modern day equivalent of America's World War Two struggle
against Japan, which ended 60 years ago this month." What
Presidunce Bush conveniently left out were THE two glaring giant
humongous differences, the differences that makes ALL the
difference: JAPAN ATTACKED US, IRAQ DID NOT.
And that Japan was the aggressor then, WE are the
NOW. And therefore, whatever moral guilt Japan is
painted with for STARTING that war, we are ourselves JUST AS
GUILTY NOW. (NOTE: While Bush was giving this speech to his rich
friends to drum up $$$ for the Republican party, thousands of
poor blacks were drowning in New Orleans for lack of being
Dying for WHAT Country?
American soldiers in Iraq aren't
"dying for their country" or "defending America"; they're dying
for Iraq, and who, deep down inside, really gives a shit about
Iraq- enough to die or get maimed for it, except maybe the
people stuck living there, and alot of them don't seem too crazy
about it either. Do YOU, my reader, give enough of a shit about,
say, Outer Slobovia, enough to go DIE or get MAIMED FOR LIFE
trying to improve it? Is THEIR happiness worth YOUR misery? How
about Timbuktu? Would you sacrifice your son's life if it
improved Baghdad's sewer system? Is THIS the new American
foreign policy, to sacrifice endless quantities of American
troops in every fucked up place in the world trying to unfuck
them until we go broke and/or bleed ourselves to death? Is
a fucking SEWER SYSTEM the "noble cause" Bush keeps saying our
troops are dying for?
Terrorists" What a STUPID
dittohead "talking point". How is announcing a time schedule
supposed to "Embolden the terrorists"??? They're already
"embolden enough" to blow themselves up to kingdom come. Maybe
Bush would like to explain just what the hell can possibly be
more bold than
that? You really want to "embolden the
terrorists"??? How about having the President of the United
States swagger up to the microphone and challenge all the
terrorists of the world to "Bring it on!!!" How's THAT for
"emboldening the terrorists"? As for setting a date, IF John Doe
Terrorist knew that America was going to withdraw, say,
tomorrow, do you think he'd blow himself up TODAY to make
America withdraw? If anything, setting a date would cause LESS
terrorism, NOT more.
"Aiding & Helping the
Terrorists" Another stupid
dittohead slogan. Let me show you why it's soooo damn stupid}
The terrorists have moved TO Iraq
BECAUSE President Chickenhawk INVITED THEM THERE, and
not because of Cindy Sheehan or any anti-war movement!!! It was
Bush, not Cindy, who issued the insane "Bring it on!!!"
challenge to terrorists worldwide. Well, they HAVE "brought it
on", just like our idiot President wanted. Now once all
these terrorists get to Iraq (because, after all, they were
INVITED there, remember?) they then STAY IN IRAQ because it
gives them opportunity to practice target shooting, with your
sons and daughters being the sitting ducks. Therefore, if and
when the Americans LEAVE Iraq, the terrorists will ALSO leave
Iraq, as they'll no longer have a reason to BE in Iraq, the same
as if you removed all the deer from a forest, the deer hunters
will also leave. Therefore all you pro-war people, you want to
"aid and help the terrorists"??? Keep the troops in.
As Moral as Hitler
What is the big moral difference between Bush taking over Iraq
based on a bunch of lies, and Hitler taking over Poland based on
a bunch of lies?
Secret Memo from Karl Rove to all Republican Lapdogs}
"Attack Cindy Sheehan! Kill the
messenger! Attack the messenger! Attack! Attack! Attack! Drown
out what she's trying to say and just attack her personally.
Make fun of her, mock her, insult her, SWIFT BOAT HER ASS!!! Do
whatever you WANT with her, even run over her crosses, scream at
her or shoot her- just for God's sake don't LISTEN to her or try
to answer her questions. Remember, she is ANTI-War and a
peacemaker and it's a lie that Jesus ever said "Blessed are the
peacemakers". We Republicans are PRO-War, PRO-Jesus, Go Jesus,
Rah! In Jesus' blessed name, Karl"
Don't be fooled- Rove is the one hiding backstage pulling the
strings of Limbaugh, Hannity, and all the rest of the right-wing
puppets, to "swift boat" Cindy with a smear campaign via all
these ad hominem attacks. Ad hominem attacks "are a
fallacy in which a claim is rejected on the basis of some
irrelevant fact about the the person presenting the claim."
This means, all the personal attacks they are making against her
carry as much intellectual weight as "Of course Cindy is wrong!
After all, she's got blond hair!" After all the Christian
slandering and gossip is done, this fact remains steadfast and
unmoved: Cindy's son DIED FOR A LIE, a lie that originated from
the good Christian LIAR George W. Bush, and she just wants
that good Christian to grow enough BALLS to fess up to it!
What's so fucking out of line about THAT??? Bush has the
"swagger", now let the spoiled rich kid grow the BALLS to match
that fake ass swagger and for the first time since he was
elected President face something other than a hand-picked
censored "We love you George!" kiss-ass Fundy Christian
audience. Can "macho" George face-off with an angry mom? I doubt
it. George has always been a pussy, from skipping out on
finishing his National Guard duty, to having a total melt-down
during the debates with Kerry, and to only appearing before
audiences who have to sign a fucking LOYALTY OATH just to get in
the door. Pussy. Big time pussy. Bush is to macho as Henry
Winkler is to Fonzy on Happy Days.
"Stay the Course"
Over 50,000 American lives were totally wasted in Vietnam
"staying the course" before we finally got the hell out. Now,
how many American lives will be flushed down the Iraqi toilet by
recycling that same stupid 1960's "stay the course" slogan?
Vietnam went communist, and Iraq is already falling apart in
bloody civil war, so what lasting good will our having "stayed
the course" in either hell-hole have done? Let me repeat myself:
50,000 Americans paid the ultimate price in Vietnam because of a
mule-headed stubborn-ass president. What good lasting thing was
bought with all those lives spent? NOTHING. Vietnam is today the
same as if we had never gone in, except that 50,000 Americans
came home in body bags. Likewise in Iraq, all that's going to
happen is to have gotten a whole lot of Americans killed and
fucked up for life for no good reason and the country will end
up as it was before we got there: fucked up, and probably worse
so. Thank you George, you fucking moron. Only a stubborn fool
would "stay the course" when said "course" is taking him
straight into a brick wall at 100 mph.
"Stay, uhhh, the course! And, uhhh, icknore that wall
uphead! Jezzus talks 2 me so me perfek- no musteaks- ebber!"
Read all about the melt down at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenne}
Crusade in Iraq
Blown-Apart Blood & Guts
scrapped off the ground & funneled into a body bag
Bush Must Go
President Chickenhawk continues the pissing
of our military with his
crappy crusade in Iraq.
How many is enough? How many dead Americans is
Iraq worth? As Jesus said, the WISE man counts the cost before
he sets off to build a house. What's the COST in American lives to
enable Iraq to limp along a few months more before disintegrating in
a massive civil war? 10,000? 100,000? 1,000,000? 250 million?
Every man, woman and child in America? What's the COST, Fundies- how
much- what's your limit in human blood Fundies, or don't you have a
limit? Give me a NUMBER for how many American lives Iraqi
"democracy" is worth? George has always had a problem with knowing
when to say when, but it's sober common sense. When do we say when-
what's the number?
What number are you comfortable with? One was
too much for me. --Cindy Sheehan
--Bush Family Values--
We've Heard the Rhetoric, Bring
On The Reality!!!
"A good tree
*cannot produce bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce
good fruit. You can tell what a tree is like by the fruit it
produces. You cannot pick figs or grapes from thornBUSHes.
Good people do good things because of the good in their hearts.
Bad people do bad things because of the
evil in their hearts."
(Jesus Christ, The Gospel of Luke 6:43-45 Contemporary English
*Christians- what part of "CANNOT" don't you understand???
*Underage Drinking &
Buying Booze as a Kid
A real "chip off the old block". Party on Jenna Bush! Who
knows? Maybe if you follow in your dad's footsteps- avoid
going to combat and don't stop drinking until you hit 40- you too
can become President! So "bring it on!!!" (more booze that is)
*12/31/97, 4/27/01, 5/31/01
...and now thanks to
driving our country!!!
Sept. 4, 1976
For more on Bush's re-addiction to alcohol see:
The Rant by Doug Thompson
*Trying to Buy Booze as a Kid
Party on Barbara Bush! Party on with your two good legs and
arms! Don't let your father getting 14,000+ of your fellow Americans
maimed for life in Iraq slow you down none. Yeee-haaa!
Just another apple falling not far from the tree.
(Christians- do you remember something about Jesus saying "By their
fruits ye shall know them... a good tree (or Bush) can
not produce bad fruit."??? Is that still valid, or has Pope Pat
Robertson removed it from the Bible???
Party-Hardy Noelle was arrested for trying to obtain Xanax, a
"parachute drug" used by druggies trying to "get down" from the
highs of the club drug ecstasy.
IF the Bush "Tree" were truly good
THEN it wouldn't be producing all this BAD fruit.
Either Bush & Clan are real STINKERS -or- Jesus LIED about good
trees and their fruit.
(Wednesday, Oct 26, 2005 @ 7:30 PST) As I write this,
the Indictments in the CIA leak/treason investigation case have yet
to be released. They are expected shortly. But based upon past
behavior of the rich spoiled brat occupying the White House, this is
what I predict will follow the release:
Within days a much publicized "Terror Alert" will be
issued. Of course, there will be no REAL terror threat. This
will merely be partisan politics using the whole alert system to
distract people from bad news about Bush. In debate circles it's
called a "red herring".
Within a week, stories will surface attempting to make the
prosecutor look like Satan himself. He wet his bed till he was
eight; he played hooky in 9th grade, whatever. It will be Karl
Adolf Rove attacking- attacking & destroying being the only
strategy he seems to know.
Will I be right, or will I be wrong? We shall
UPDATE: The indictments came out Friday. The countdown
BZZZT!!! Right on the money... A new
TERROR ALERT came out Tuesday, Nov. 1st, but was
mostly IGNORED by the media because the lying sacks of shit (all
good Christians, by the way)
running ruining this
government have too often cried "The sky is falling!!!" for anybody
to take these bullshit "Terror Alerts" serious anymore.
Set Free... of George Bush
"Ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall set you free"
Bush & Co. lied us into a frivolous war
"What the White House has to fear is a trial... where all the
what was done to stampede us into war come spilling
out. This case...
could also become about whether we were
lied into a war General Odom
in the history
of the United States.'"
*Pat Buchanan 10/20/05
Bush & Co. attack Americans for telling the truth about their
"When Joe Wilson told the truth, the
Administration's reaction was to attack him,
attack his wife, and attack Iraq. That's
the real crime here, whether (or not)
Rove, Libby, or anyone else is indicted."
*Bob Shrum, 10/17/05
Starting frivolous wars is a crime against humanity
Former dictator Saddam Hussein is currently on trial for his
life, in a Baghdad courtroom. He is on trial for horrendous crimes.
One of those crimes he is accused of, and may pay with his life for,
EXACTLY the same thing George W. Bush did: starting
frivolous wars for no good reason in which hundreds and hundreds of
his own soldiers have died. What I want to know is this: if it is a
crime- a horrific crime- a crime beyond the pale- for Saddam Hussein
to have done this, why is not similarly a crime for the drunk from
Texas? What hypocritical double standard has Saddam on trial for his
life while our own version of Saddam struts around free???
"The chief prosecutor, Jaafar Mousawi... gave
an overview of... Hussein's horrific
Two million Iraqis,
he said, were killed in
against Iran and Kuwait" **
Other than the
numbers, what's the damn difference???
Starting frivolous wars is a crime
WHY ISN'T BUSH IN JAIL
"Americans are tired of investigations
and scandal, and the best way to get rid of
them is to elect a new president who will
bring a new administration, who will restore
honor and dignity to the White House."
[Then-Governor George Bush on CNN's "Burden
of Proof," 9/15/00]
** L.A. Times, 10/10/05 p. A-11
Whether you love or hate
him, this is one shirt that really advertises his "I
don't give a crap what anybody thinks" attitude. And the
best part is, you can safely wear it anywhere! After all,
what can they say about it- it's the friggin' President,
for Christ sake! YOU'RE not doing it, you're just the
Tee Shirt: $20
Expect a Stupid President to do Stupid Things
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who was Colin Powell's right-hand man
for 16 years, and the former director of the U.S. Marine Corp War College at
Quantico, had these comments at a policy forum at The New America Foundation on
Cheney & Bush Are In It For The Money:
The "Cheney-Rumsfeld cabal" is influenced by the business world and that
Cheney was a member of the "military industrial complex." "How much
influence on their decisions? I think a lot -- in how much the decisions reflect
their connections with the cartels and the corporations and so forth, I think a
lot. I think the president, too....Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, from the
business world – how much influence on their decisions? I think a lot – in how
much the decisions reflect their connections with the cartels and the
corporations and so forth, I think a lot. I think the president, too. You bring
this sort of idea that the bottom line is everything.
Bush is Ignorant & Apathetic of Foreign Affairs:
"You've got a president who is not versed in international relations and
not too much interested in them either."
Disaster in Iraq / Idiots Running the Government
And I would say that we have courted disaster in Iraq, in North Korea, in
Iran. Generally with regard to domestic crises like Katrina, Rita –
and I could go on back – we haven’t done very well on anything like that in a
long time. And if something comes along that is truly serious, truly serious,
something like a nuclear weapon going off in a major American city, or something
like a major pandemic, you are going to see the ineptitude
of this government in a way that will take you back to the Declaration of
Independence. Read it sometimes again. I just use it for a tutoring class for my
students down in the District of Columbia. It forced me to read it really
closely because we’re doing metaphors and similes and antonyms and synonyms and
so forth, and read in there what the founders say in a very different language
than we use today. Read in there what they say about the necessity of the people
to throw off tyranny or to throw off ineptitude or to throw off that which is
not doing what the people want it to do. And you’re talking about the potential
for, I think, real dangerous times if we don’t get our act together.
Stupid People Put In Charge
Undersecretary of Defense Douglas Feith, whom most of you probably know
Tommy Franks said was the stupidest
blankety, blank man in the world. He was. (Laughter.) Let me testify to
that. He was. Seldom in my life have I met a dumber man.
(Laughter.) And yet – and yet – and yet, after the secretary of State agrees to
a $40 billion department rather than a $30 billion department having control, at
least in the immediate post-war period in Iraq, this man is put in charge.
Not only is he put in charge, he is given carte blanche to tell the State
Department to go screw itself in a closet somewhere.
Bush is Destroying The U.S. Army
We may have to do that anyway because my army right now is truly in bad shape
– truly in bad shape. And I’m not talking about the billions and billions
of dollars of equipment it’s burning up in Iraq at a rate 10 or 15 times the
rate its life cycle said it should be burned up at, but I’m also talking
about when you have officers who have to hedge the truth, NCOs who have
to hedge the truth. They start voting with their feet, as they did in
Vietnam, my war. They come home and they tell their wife they’ve got to go back
for the third tour and the fourth tour and
the wife says, uh-uh, or the husband says, uh-uh,
and all of a sudden your military begins to
unravel. And the signs are very
concrete right now that the Army and the Marine Corps – to a lesser extent the
other services because they’re not quite as involved in the deployments that
we’re talking about here and the frequency thereof, the op tempo as we say it –
problems are brewing. Problems are brewing.
Bush is Basically Brainless
Kim Campbell, the former prime minister (of Canada), at the panel we had, she
said, we’re not anti-American, we’re scared; we’re
scared to death the giant has no head. You’re in the world
and you have no head.
Bush is an Undiplomatic Brute & Bully
I like to use the world gracelessness, and I use that word because grace is
something we have lost in the modern world. It’s a very important product. It’s
very different, for example, to walk in with a foreign leader and find something
you can be magnanimous about. You don’t have to win everything. You don’t
have to be the big bully on the block. Find something you can be magnanimous
about, that you can give him, that you can say he gets credit for, or she gets
credit for. That’s diplomacy. That’s diplomacy. You don’t walk in and say,
I’m the big mother on the block and if everybody’s not with me, they’re against
me, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. The difference between father and son,
in my mind, sort of comes from that attitudinal approach to the world.
Bush Has Destroyed 50 Years of Diplomacy
So if you’re unilaterally declaring Kyoto dead, if you’re declaring
the Geneva Convention is not operative, if you’re doing a host of things
that the world doesn’t agree with you on and you’re doing them blatantly
and in their face – as I said before, without grace – then you’ve got to
pay the consequences, and the consequences are your public diplomacy people have
a really tough job. And is Karen Hughes going to turn it around? I pray for her
For a transcript of his entire speech, go to}
A Letter to All Who Voted for George W. Bush
Michael Moore, Sunday, September 11th,
To All My Fellow Americans Who Voted for George W. Bush:
On this, the fourth anniversary of 9/11, I'm just curious, how does it feel?
How does it feel to know that the man you elected to lead us after we were
attacked went ahead and put a guy in charge of FEMA whose main qualification was
that he ran horse shows?
That's right. Horse shows.
I really want to know -- and I ask you this in all sincerity and with all due
respect -- how do you feel about the utter contempt Mr. Bush has shown for your
safety? C'mon, give me just a moment of honesty. Don't start ranting on about
how this disaster in New Orleans was the fault of one of the poorest cities in
America. Put aside your hatred of Democrats and liberals and anyone with the
last name of Clinton. Just look me in the eye and tell me our President did the
right thing after 9/11 by naming a horse show runner as the top man to protect
us in case of an emergency or catastrophe.
I want you to put aside your self-affixed label of
Republican/conservative/born-again/capitalist/ditto-head/right-winger and just
talk to me as an American, on the common ground we both call America.
Are we safer now than before 9/11? When you learn that behind the horse show
runner, the #2 and #3 men in charge of emergency preparedness have zero
experience in emergency preparedness, do you think we are safer?
When you look at Michael Chertoff, the head of Homeland Security, a man with
little experience in national security, do you feel secure?
When men who never served in the military and have never seen young men die in
battle send our young people off to war, do you think they know how to conduct a
war? Do they know what it means to have your legs blown off for a threat that
was never there?
Do you really believe that turning over important government services to private
corporations has resulted in better services for the people?
Why do you hate our federal government so much? You have voted for politicians
for the past 25 years whose main goal has been to de-fund the federal
government. Do you think that cutting federal programs like FEMA and the Army
Corps of Engineers has been good or bad for America? GOOD OR BAD?
With the nation's debt at an all-time high, do you think tax cuts for the rich
are still a good idea? Will you give yours back so hundreds of thousands of
homeless in New Orleans can have a home?
Do you believe in Jesus? Really? Didn't he say that we would be judged by how we
treat the least among us? Hurricane Katrina came in and blew off the facade that
we were a nation with liberty and justice for all. The wind howled and the water
rose and what was revealed was that the poor in America shall be left to suffer
and die while the President of the United States fiddles and tells them to eat
That's not a joke. The day the hurricane hit and the levees broke, Mr. Bush,
John McCain and their rich pals were stuffing themselves with cake. A full day
after the levees broke (the same levees whose repair funding he had cut), Mr.
Bush was playing a guitar some country singer gave him. All this while New
Orleans sank under water.
It would take ANOTHER day before the President would do a flyover in his jumbo
jet, peeking out the window at the misery 2500 feet below him as he flew back to
his second home in DC. It would then be TWO MORE DAYS before a trickle of
federal aid and troops would arrive. This was no seven minutes in a sitting
trance while children read "My Pet Goat" to him. This was FOUR DAYS of doing
nothing other than saying "Brownie (FEMA director Michael Brown), you're doing a
heck of a job!"
My Republican friends, does it bother you that we are the laughing stock of the
And on this sacred day of remembrance, do you think we honor or shame those who
died on 9/11/01? If we learned nothing and find ourselves today every bit as
vulnerable and unprepared as we were on that bright sunny morning, then did the
3,000 die in vain?
Our vulnerability is not just about dealing with terrorists or natural
disasters. We are vulnerable and unsafe because we allow one in eight Americans
to live in horrible poverty. We accept an education system where one in six
children never graduate and most of those who do can't string a coherent
sentence together. The middle class can't pay the mortgage or the hospital bills
and 45 million have no health coverage whatsoever.
Are we safe? Do you really feel safe? You can only move so far out and build so
many gated communities before the fruit of what you've sown will be crashing
through your walls and demanding retribution. Do you really want to wait until
that happens? Or is it your hope that if they are left alone long enough to soil
themselves and shoot themselves and drown in the filth that fills the street
that maybe the problem will somehow go away?
I know you know better. You gave the country and the world a man who wasn't up
for the job and all he does is hire people who aren't up for the job. You did
this to us, to the world, to the people of New Orleans. Please fix it. Bush is
yours. And you know, for our peace and safety and security, this has to be
fixed. What do you propose?
I have an idea, and it isn't a horse show.
From the website:
The Ever-Changing Storyline of WHY We Invaded Iraq
"Why doesn't someone ask Bush why the story line
for why we invaded Iraq has changed so many times?"
To take over the oil fields so the Terrorists couldn't. (2)
To put "Freedom on the march!" Iraq's democracy will
shine like a beacon of hope in the Middle East and thus inspire Muslims
elsewhere in the region to do likewise.
To allow the provisional constitution to be completed.
To allow Iraq the joy of having an American election.
To save the world from Iraqi nuclear warheads on missiles.
(And who can forget THIS classic fear-mongering line? "We
don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud")
To save the world from Iraqi biological attacks.
To fight terrorists "over there" so we don't have to fight
them elsewhere, like say, in London subways.
To save us from all those weapons of mass destruction.
To attack all those hundreds of al Qaeda bases and
terrorists camps in Iraq.
To save Israel from all those hundreds of SCUD missles
hiding in Western Iraq.
Because it would be such a "cake-walk" and the Iraqi's would
welcome us with open arms.
Because of George Bush's deep respect for the United
Nations, he just couldn't stand it anymore to see Saddam ignoring U.N.
To save the Iraqi people from that awful despot.
To punish Iraq for flying those planes into the World Trade
Center on September 11, 2001 (1)
1) President Bush said:
"the battle of Iraq is one
victory in a war on terror that began on September the 11th, 2001. With those
attacks, the terrorists and their supporters declared war on the United States.
And war is what they got."
2) President Bush in a speech at Mira Loma Naval Air Station,
California, August 30, 2005
Iraqiization of the War a Total Failure
August 26th, 2005 5:38 pm
Iraqi forces may need years of preparation
By Tom Lasseter / Knight Ridder Newspapers
HIT, Iraq - (KRT) - American Sgt. LaDaunte Strickland, sweat pouring down his
face, stared at the four Iraqi soldiers sitting in the shade of a truck.
They were supposed to be helping Strickland and a group of U.S. Marines man a
vehicle-control point, a basic operation in which troops hope to catch
insurgents at traffic stops they set up quickly on the roadsides.
"Come on. Come on! Get up," said Strickland, 30, of Cleveland, stabbing a cigar
in the air to make his point. "Damn, will you PLEASE get up!"
The Iraqis didn't stir. Without an interpreter - a common occurrence - the
Iraqis didn't understand Strickland, no matter how loud he got.
Three weeks of patrols and interviews in restive Anbar province suggested that
Iraqi security forces will need years of preparation before they're ready to
take charge of the complex and violent tribal areas of western Iraq. President
Bush has said repeatedly that U.S. troops will withdraw only when Iraqi troops
are ready to take over.
Many of the Iraqi troops were in poor condition, unable or unwilling to complete
long foot patrols without frequent breaks. They often didn't know what to do in
complicated situations, standing back and letting American Marines and soldiers
take the lead.
Most of the Iraqi troops interviewed were Shiite Muslims - the majority
religious group in Iraq - who were long oppressed by Sunni Muslims, Anbar's
predominant ethnic group but a minority across Iraq. That history creates
obstacles to establishing trust with the locals.
In Fallujah, after a U.S. assault last November routed the insurgency that had
demolished the town's police force, the Interior Ministry sent in its Public
Order Battalion. Residents accuse the battalion of being a de facto Shiite
Marine Maj. Shaun Fitzpatrick, 36, of San Antonio said the Marines were aware of
the sectarian problems and were hoping to put a predominantly Sunni police force
on the streets in coming months. Until then, he said of the public-order troops,
"Basically, they're Shiite and they're from Baghdad or Basra (a Shiite town).
We've had problems. There are inevitable cultural clashes."
In the meantime, insurgents are attacking new police stations and intimidating
The Iraqi National Guard, heralded last year as the answer to security in the
area, has been disbanded because morale was low and insurgents had infiltrated
it. The old national guard trucks, with their blue emblems, now sit rusting. As
with the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps, the predecessor to the national guard,
American officials say the new Iraqi army and police will establish security in
places such as Anbar.
However, the police force has collapsed in Ramadi, the provincial capital. Two
divisions of Iraqi soldiers - a total of 12,000 men - are to establish security,
but so far only 2,000 are available, and half of them lack basic training.
Hit, a city of 130,000, has no police force. North of Hit, in Haditha - near the
site of attacks that killed 20 Marines this month - the police chief handed over
all the patrol cars to the Marines in January.
"He said, "We can't protect these anymore,'" said Maj. Plauche St. Romain, the
head intelligence officer for the Marine battalion that oversees Haditha,
Haqlaniya and Hit. "He turned in the uniforms and (armor) vests, too."
That police chief was assassinated in April.
"It was pretty obvious what happened with the police. Their police stations got
blown up and a lot of them were murdered," said Army Maj. William Fall, 48, of
Cresson, Pa., who oversees Iraqi security-force operations in Ramadi.
Marine Capt. John LaJeunesse, who works with the police in Ramadi, said it
wasn't fair to put too much blame on the police. Those who've remained to get
trained and be part of the new force haven't been paid in two and a half months,
So far, a little more than 5,900 police officers have been screened for all of
Anbar, about half the number needed. Most of those still must be trained, said
LaJeunesse, 30, of Boise, Idaho.
"The ones that stay are working without pay, and the insurgents are threatening
their families," he said.
During a recent operation in Haqlaniya, a squad from the Iraqi Intervention
Force, one of the more seasoned units in Iraq's army, swept through
neighborhoods looking for insurgents. One of the soldiers was so overweight that
he had trouble putting on his flak vest.
During a raid on a suspected insurgent hideout, the Iraqis discovered they'd
forgotten their bolt cutters. Instead of sending someone back to get them, they
tried breaking a lock off an outside gate with the butts of their AK-47s. By the
time they were through, they'd made so much noise that everyone in the
neighborhood was aware of their presence on what was supposed to be a stealth
When they arrived at their second objective, still without bolt cutters, the men
wanted to use grenades to breach the door.
Their supervisor, U.S. Army Capt. Terrence Sommers, stepped in and said they'd
risk hurting themselves and would give away their position to insurgents.
"They've still got a ways to go," said Sommers, 34, of Trenton, N.J.
One of the Iraqi officers, Maj. Ahmed, said his men were less than motivated
because they didn't understand why the Americans kept sweeping through towns and
moving on without leaving troops behind to secure them.
"The people are scared to give us information about the terrorists because there
are many terrorists here. And when we leave, the terrorists will come back and
kill them," said Ahmed, who gave only his first name out of fear of retribution
from the insurgents. "The army has to stay in these cities; that way we would
have control. But this way, no, it doesn't make any sense."
On a nighttime raid in Ramadi this month, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Chris Chapin,
a military adviser to the Iraqi army, said he hadn't been able to get the Iraqi
troops to mount a platoon-sized operation. Chapin had no interpreter with him,
and none of the Iraqis could speak English.
"We definitely need to do something about this interpreter thing," said Sgt. 1st
Class Anthony James, 33, of Vicksburg, Miss. "I don't see things changing here.
We're not reaching the people."
Because the Iraqis and Americans couldn't communicate with one another, they
frequently ended up wandering in the middle of the street, yelling commands in
English and Arabic and heading in opposite directions.
Chapin, 39, of Proctor, Vt., walked around at one point, yelling, "Lieutenant,
where is my lieutenant?" Two of the target houses were within a block of each
other, and the entire neighborhood was probably aware of the soldiers' presence,
blowing any chance of making a quiet entrance.
"They're always getting bunched into a gaggle, especially at night. I think it's
because they're scared," said Sgt. Adam Detato, 24, of Montoursville, Pa.
"Between the language barrier and a lot of them having a fifth-grade education,
it's hard to teach them our tactics."
In Hit, Strickland finally managed to get three of the Iraqi soldiers to help
him with the checkpoint. The fourth remained in the shade, making hand gestures
indicating that he needed a light for his cigarette. Within five minutes the
other three were making frequent motions toward the sun and then in the
direction of the base. "Finish?" they asked. "We finish?"
A Marine standing nearby suggested to Stickland that maybe the answer was to
train Iraqis as traffic police, give them orange vests and have them do traffic
stops on their own.
Strickland laughed. "Yeah, until the muj finds out the Americans gave them the
vests; then they'll kill `em," he said, referring to the insurgents by the
Arabic word for "holy warrior," mujahedeen. "When they have problems, these guys
will just leave their uniforms and walk off."
Republicans and Lynching- Hand in Hand
Senator Lamar Alexander (Republican-TN)
Senator Thad Cochran (Republican-MS)
Senator John Cornyn (Republican-TX)
Senator Michael Enzi (Republican-WY)
Senator Chuck Grassley (Republican-IA)
Senator Judd Gregg (Republican-NH)
Senator Orrin Hatch (Republican-UT)
**Senator Trent Lott (Republican-MS)
Senator John Sununu (Republican-NH)
Above is a list of the good Christian white
Senators who declined a chance on June 13, 2005 to publicly
to the world for the 4,742+ blacks and others lynched by
fellow good Christian whites in this country. Up until 1960 over 200
anti-lynching bills were introduced into congress, only to be shot
down by- you guessed it- good Christian whites in Congress.
Regarding the list of Senators above, connect these dots: each and
every one is WHITE and REPUBLICAN and a
*FUNDY CHRISTIAN. If you are a black
African-American, never forget this: regardless of their hype to the
contrary, ***Christianity and the Republican Party are NOT
now and never WERE your friends.
*All listed as 100% ok by the rabidly Fundy group Christian
Coalition. **Sen. Trent Lott got caught singing the praises of
white supremacy groups in 1998. ***The Bible is quite vocal in its
support of slavery.
A Typical Lynching
Click on the photo to see a website with about 100 more. Learn
what the good Christians in this country used to REALLY do in the
so-called "good old days" they long for all the time.
Worse- Clinton or Bush?
by Mark Smith
One lie got himself out of an embarrassing situation
President Bush: A whole pack of lies got
the entire country
into a war where thousands have died.
(by Mark Smith) Mr. Bush's policies have had
two years to back up his boast of being a great "war president", but
instead Iraq is worse than ever. Now he's asking for these same
failed policies to be continued indefinitely, maybe even 12 or more
years (Rumsfeld, 6/26/05). This means a preschooler when Bush
started his stupid crusade might die in it when he turns 18- shades
of Vietnam. All this leaves me with a sinking feeling and a few
questions. For example, if the best fighting force in the world, the
U.S. army, led by "God's chosen man" himself, has proven incapable
of solving the problem, how will handing off the problem to an
untested Iraqi army get any better results? And since when is
handing off a problem, rather than solving it, the best choice?
Seems more like an immature evasion of responsibility- we screwed up
their country, we could at least give it back to them in the same or
better condition we found it. And if the Iraqi's will solve it due
to (eventually) having double the American troop strength, will that
be proof that Bush knowingly fielded only enough troops to bleed and
die, but never enough to get the job done right? And if a Muslim
leader ends up solving what stumped our Christian president, should
George trade in Jesus for Mohammad?
Save America from Saddam!!!
(by Mark Smith) Picture this: a recruiter runs up to a jock
graduating High School , "Hey, would you be willing to lose a leg to
save America from Saddam's nukes?" The jock says "I'm not sure man.
I love America, but I also love having both legs." The recruiter
then says "I'll let you wear this cool uniform!!" To which the jock
replies "Sure then!" As soon as he gets the uniform on, he's thrown
in a plane to Iraq, gets his leg blown off, then flown back. At the
secluded airport where the Army hides it arriving dead and wounded
two MP's strip off his uniform, leaving him in his underwear on the
dark runway hopping on his one remaining leg. "Hey you bastards!"
the jock yells "You already took my leg to save America from
getting nuked, but now my uniform too?" They yell back to him as
they're leaving, "There never were
any nukes you sucker- Bush just wanted himself a war, and the Army
sure as hell don't want no cripples, so you're fired! Now hop the
hell out of here."
(by Mark Smith) Not since *Lincoln freed the slaves in 1863 have
American Christian businessmen been able to make such a profit off
the slave labor of others. According to recent news, the rich are
getting even richer even faster than before. This is all thanks to
places like China, allowing US retailers like Wal-Mart (owned and
run by hyper-Fundies) to pay next to nothing for merchandise
produced by slave labor, resulting in insane profits. And though
paying 10 cents per hour to eight year olds working 12 hour shifts
is illegal in America, it's all perfectly ok if done by American
companies by proxy in China. Of course, they're not exactly slaves-
after all, they have a choice: they can work (for 10 cents an hour),
or they can get a bullet in their head (which their family has to
pay for). When American Christians get caught traveling overseas to
obtain what's illegal and/or immoral here (hookers, drugs, underage
girls, pedophilia) the churches rightly condemn them. What then of
American Christian businessmen who fire their American workers, then
travel overseas to get cheap slave labor replacements? Is slavery
now alright, as long as it's done outside the borders of the USA?
*Speaking of Lincoln, it appears he had more sense than most
Fundies do today. "Lincoln had doubted the divinity of Christ and
the infallibility of the Bible." (TIME magazine, July 4, 2005, p.
Constitution! (by Mark Smith) Seeing how the
evil Demon-crats may try to impeach our good & godly president for
his war crimes regarding his invasion and conquest of Iraq upon
false pretenses, we should amend the constitution so that such
immoral and unchristian actions will be perfectly legal in the
future. We propose the following:
Whatsoever a Republican
president says, be it true or false, becomes the official true truth
upon which our government shall act. Therefore, if a Republican
president claims (with or without manufactured false evidence) that
Canada or Mexico or England or Russia or China or France or the
all of them put together have secret weapons of mass destruction,
that becomes the truth- the true truth- and we as self-declared
global defenders of freedom and all that's good in the world- we are
free to declare war on those godless heathens, take them over, for
their own good of course, and Halliburton gets to make vast profits
off of rebuilding them as just compensation for everyone else's time
and trouble. And we get to set up whatever type of government we
want, again, for their own good. And any who oppose us in these
countries or at home will automatically be labeled as "terrorist
combatants" under the Patriot Act, and get locked away in Gitmo
without trial for life.
Amen and Amend the constitution now!
Galloway- Iraq War Based on Pack of Lies
It took a foreigner,
George Galloway, a member of Britain's
Parliament, to break thru Bush's gag on the U.S. media to expose the
Bushit (Bush + Bullshit = Bushit) on Iraq for what it is. Too
bad he can't run for president, but he is scheduled to be on a
speaking tour in the USA, summer of 2005. You can read below what he
said in testimony before a Senate sub-committee (3-17-05), or click
his photo and hear for yourself.
"I gave my heart and soul to stop you
committing the disaster that you did commit in invading Iraq.
And I told the world that your case for the war was a
PACK OF LIES. I told the world
that Iraq, contrary to your claims, did not have weapons of
mass destruction. I told the world, contrary to your claims, that
Iraq had no connection to al-Qaida. I told the world,
contrary to your claims, that Iraq had no connection
to the atrocity on 9-11, 2001. I told the world, contrary to your
claims, that the Iraqi people would resist a British and
American invasion of their country, and that the fall of
Baghdad would not be the beginning of the end, but merely the end of
the beginning. Senator [Coleman], in
everything I said about Iraq I turned out to be right and you
turned out to be wrong, and 100,000 people have paid with
their lives, 1,600 of them American soldiers, sent to their deaths
on a pack of lies. 15,000 of them wounded, many of
them disabled forever, on a PACK OF LIES. If the world
had listened... to me, we would not be in the disaster we are in
today. Senator, this (hearing) is the mother of all smokescreens.
You are trying to divert attention from the crimes that you
supported, from the theft of billions of dollars of Iraq's
wealth. Have a look at the real "oil for food" scandal, have a look
at the 14 months you were in charge of Baghdad, the first 14 months,
when $8.8 BILLION dollars of Iraq's wealth
missing, on your watch. Have a look at Halliburton and the other
American corporations, that stole not only Iraq's money, but also
the money of the American tax payer. Have a look at the oil that you
didn't even meter, that you were shipping out of the country, the
proceeds of which went who knows where. Have a look at the $800
million dollars to gave to American military commanders to hand out
around the country, without even counting it or weighing it. Have a
look at the real scandal breaking in the newspapers today, that the
biggest sanction busters... were your own companies, with the
connivance of your own government."
For audio clips of their blatant lies, listen to:
Pack of Lies.
For more information about the man behind "the pack of
lies", see my page:
Bush Must Go
Support The Troops:
How? By not using them as human targets for
Muslim nutcases invited to Iraq by Bush himself via his insane "Bring
It On!!!" challenge. Bring them home NOW to prevent any
further wasted death or dismemberment. Bush started this war as a
family grudge match against Saddam- that being the case, let Bush or
his daughters go over and fight it, and this time no chicken-shit
hiding out in the Texas Air National Guard.
Whether you love or hate
him, this is one shirt that really advertises his "I
don't give a crap what anybody thinks" attitude. And the
best part is, you can safely wear it anywhere! After all,
what can they say about it- it's the friggin' President,
for Christ sake! YOU'RE not doing it, you're just the
Tee Shirt: $20
Strikes for Rumsfeld
"In baseball, it's three strikes,
What is it for the secretary of defense?"*
**WASHINGTON — When the white-maned lion of the
Senate engaged the steely-eyed defense chief in verbal combat over
the war in Iraq this past week, Americans saw the terms of our
dilemma in sharp relief.
Usually, hearings on Capitol Hill are
decorous and, not infrequently, boring. Not this one before the
Senate Armed Services Committee. Everyone in the room tensed as Sen.
Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., glared at Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
"Mr. Secretary," he said, "this war has been seriously and
grossly mismanaged." He called it a "quagmire." He
said, "Our troops are dying, and there is no end in sight."
He then listed mistakes he said
Rumsfeld had made —
Insisting Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
Sending in too few troops.
Sending soldiers to urban warfare without proper
armor and equipment
Expecting occupying soldiers to be greeted with
flowers as liberators.
Having no plan to stop the looting.
Disbanding Iraq's army and police forces instead
of using them.
"Isn't it time for you to resign?" Kennedy asked.
**June 26, 2005}
*(Senator Kennedy to Rumsfeld,
Senate Armed Services Committee, June 23, 2005)
To Honor the Dead
by Mark Smith
The Best Way to Honor The Dead:
"Some of America's finest men and women have given their lives in
the war on terror, and we remember them on Independence Day. We pray
for the families who have lost a loved one in freedom's cause. And
we know that the best way to honor the lives that have been given in
this struggle is to complete the mission, so we will stay in the
fight until the fight is won."
(President Bush, July 2, 2005 Weekly Radio Address,
For the sake of red state republicans let me
translate what Bush is actually saying here:
know the best way to honor the 1,800 plus
lives that have already been wasted in this
crusade of mine... is to waste even more lives,
cause I'm a WAR president, and I need a war, damn it! So I'll
keep this war going until the mission (whatever it was- I can't
remember- it keeps changing every week) is complete, or until I get
impeached or run out of Americans, whichever comes first. Now out of
my way- this WAR PRESIDENT is late for his next vacation!!!
Bush the Good
by Mark Smith
"More than 1,700 Americans have died (in Iraq) because of a
(Congressman John Conyers of Michigan,
letter to the Washington Post, 6/17/05)
Question for Fundies About Liars: Since Bush is
super-Christian, when did it become morally alright for any
Christian (even Bush) to tell lie after lie after lie for the
express purpose of provoking a war, a war in which now more than
1,758 American men and women have died? When did lying, fabricating
evidence, breaking promises, punishing people for speaking the truth
& rewarding people for lying- when did all these become "OK" in the
Christian world view? You Fundies that were responsible for voting
this idiot back into office- please answer my question. I really
want to know.
Specific Example of a LIE}
Back in 2003 Bush was such a tough talker about firing ANYONE in
the White House who got caught leaking information to the press.
However, since the leaker turned out to be his best bud Karl Rove,
hey now, let's not rush to judgment! Bush the "straight shooter" has
changed his tune from "anyone leaking" to "anyone committing a
crime" which means it could drag on for
another 10 years. If this is not a broken promise, if this is
not a man going back on his word, then what the hell is???
Bush Originally Said: "Anyone
involved in leaking the name of covert
CIA operative would be fired"*
Now He's Flip-Flopped: "If somebody
committed a crime, they will no longer work in my
2003 via Scott McClellan, Bush's official Spokeshole **July
2005, Bush himself.
Those who expose
intelligence assets are "the most insidious of traitors."
President Bush the 1st
Cromwell & The Air Force Academy
by Mark Smith
Since Bush can't run again, how about you Fundies resurrect
Cromwell? If you liked Bush, you'll looooove Cromwell. Oliver
Cromwell would take what's been happening at the Air Force
Academy (see below) and multiply it all across the country. Yes,
if you liked Bush pushing religion down everyone's
throat, you'll just looooove Cromwell shoving it up
everyone's ass. Of course, if and when it's not YOUR religion
getting shoved up YOUR ass, Mr or Mrs Fundy, then maybe you'll
understand why "Separation of Church and State" in the USA is in
your best interests too.
"For months now, unsavory stories have
circulated... of cadets at the academy... being
bullied and discriminated against by
evangelical Christians... Mikey Weinstein, a graduate of the
academy who served in the Reagan White House, said his son had
complained of being called an 'f-ing Jew' and was told
Jews were responsible for "executing Jesus. Mr
117 people had given him
abuse. Only eight of them were
Jewish, he said - the rest were Catholics,
Baptist, Lutheran, Episcopal,
Methodist. .. Examples include placing "Passion of the
Christ" flyers on every place-setting in the mess hall to
frogmarching cadets who fail to attend chapel into their
barracks." From the BBC,
"I thought, is this the Air Force Academy or
Rocky Mountain Bible College?" (Retired Air Force
Colonel David Antoon, Time magazine, June 27, 2005, p. 61)
"The commandant of cadets at the Academy, Brig.
Gen. Johnny Weida... invented a call and response chant with the
cadets that went 'Jesus Rocks!'... Long time football coach
Fisher DeBerry posted a banner (in the locker room) emblazoned with
(Orange County Register, 6/23/05, p. News 13)
Perhaps if the next commandant of the Air Force
Academy were Pagan and
had banners hung up all over the school emblazoned with
and demanded all the cadets- Fundies included- do a response of "Baal
Rocks!!!", perhaps then the Fundies would comprehend
the seriousness of how badly as Americans they've screwed up here.
Of course, they shouldn't mind getting what they've dished out to
others- after all, I'm sure as good non-hypocritical Christians they
were operating upon the principle of "do unto others what
you would have others do unto you" so payback shouldn't be too
much of a bitch. But bitch they will, for with Fundies we already
know the script they'll be reading from, and it won't be the
American constitution. For with Fundies, the only "Freedom of
Religion" they respect is the freedom to take
THEIR religion and shove it down YOUR throat.
by Mark Smith
It appears that some Fundies in Congress are upset NOT
by what's happening at the Air Force Academy (see "Oliver
Cromwell..." above), but rather at others in Congress who have dared to
object to what's happening at the Air Force Academy.
Apparently, even objecting to when Fundies persecute Jews
or Baptists is now construed to be persecution of Fundies! Don't
you just loooove Fundy logic!!! From Jon Stewart of The Daily
Show for Wednesday, June 22, 2005} "(This)
came from Indiana Republican John Hostettler." (shows a video clip of
Hostettler speaking to Congress) "Mr. Chairman,
the long war on Christianity in America continues today on the floor of
the House of Representatives..." Jon Stewart (in a very
sanctimoniously loud voice): "Yes, the
looooong war on Christianity. I PRAY that one day WE may live in an America
where Christians can worship freely, in broad daylight! Openly wearing the
symbols of their religion, perhaps around their necks? And maybe, dare I dream
it, maybe one day, there could be an openly Christian president, OR,
perhaps, 43 of them- consecutively!" Rightfully so Jon
Stewart mocks the persecution complex the 900 pound gorilla of Fundamentalism
has saddled itself with. A few days later he went on to add: "Does
anyone know- does the Christian persecution complex has an expiration date?
Because, ahhh, you've all been in charge pretty much since, ahhh, what was that
guy's name- Constantine? And he converted in, ahhh, what was it, 312 AD? I'm
just saying, enjoy your success."
Blood on Fundy
by Mark Smith
Blood On Fundy Hands
What Goes Around Comes Around: The above blood
lies on the hands of all the Fundies who voted the ChickenHawk back
into office. See the blood and misery your vote has cost this
country, as you were too ignorant to think for yourselves. You
gullible Fundies never stopped to question the orders from your
ministers and reverends to "Vote for Bush!". You mindless Christian
dolts were so paranoid of aborted gay fetuses getting
married that you just had to re-elect that wolf in sheep's clothing,
that false Christian Bush, who flips people off (run your
cursor over the above photo), cusses, and lies- and all this in
public view- Biblegod only knows what he does in private! If there
were a hell for dumb decisions, you all deserve to burn in it,
especially those of you in Ohio
who recently had a SECOND chance to "cast a vote against Bush" by
voting for Paul Hackett, a veteran of Bush's Iraqi crusade who's
actually been there and seen the mismanagement of the Bush people.
Instead, you Ohioans picked a dried up "save America from gay
marriage!!!" prunefaced BushAssKissingClone. Could it be "cosmic
karma" then that 20+ soldiers from Ohio have just now been killed
within a few days of your August 2005 state election? Could it be
the same "cosmic karma" that has punished
Florida with unprecedented hurricanes since they rigged
the first Bush election? Seems like your gods are trying to tell you
guys something- this time will you be listening???
Invasion & Occupation of Iraq
by Mark Smith
ChickenHawk: His Latest Excuse
Like an irresponsible little kid, Bush is in the habit of blaming
everyone except himself as for why his crusade is doing so crappy in
Iraq, and these excuses change almost every other week. Excuses for
the never-ending attacks on American soldiers (60 explosions
average) and Iraqi civilians have gone from "dead-enders from the
previous regime are attacking in hopes of Saddam coming out of
hiding" to "they're just trying to prevent the upcoming
election" to "once the Iraqi's are in charge and Paul
Bremmer's out these attacks will cease" to "once the
elections take place these attacks will cease" to "once we
seal off the Syrian border these attacks will cease" to "once
we destroy the rebel stronghold in Fallujah these attacks will cease"
to "once the
provisional constitution is written these attacks will
surely cease" to "once the permanent
constitution, due August 15 2005 is completed, these attacks will
cease." Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld says this about the
"it could well turn out to be one of
the most powerful weapons to be deployed against the terrorists
(who are) determined to stop the constitutional process through
terror and intimidation."****
Does Rumsfeld really believe a piece of paper will somehow
magically stop what 138,000 American soldiers have been unable to?
What are they going to do- roll it up and beat "insurgents" over the
head with this new constitution until they surrender? Just how
retarded IS this administration and how retarded do they think WE
are? As for why these attacks might be happening in the first
place, never have I heard an administration spokeshole blame their
own piss-poor planning which allowed HUNDREDS of massive ammo dumps
in Iraq to go unguarded month after month after their
If You're Going to Do It, Do It Right
A really stupid excuse for under-manning the United
States military there, (which, according to the experts, allows
these attacks to continue), is that "we
don't want the Iraqis thinking we're occupying their country."
But what else should Iraqis call it when over 100,000 foreign troops
march in and take over their country? And since we're already
there, is their country being car-bombed back to the stone age a
better option than bad PR for the USA? And as far as their excuses
go, the Bushites are really scrapping the bottom of the (oil) barrel
for this one. The
previous reason for not having enough troops to get the job done
("the commanders on the ground have not requested more troops")
which, by the way, is 100% pure horseshit#,
being phased out in favor of this latest Republican talking
point. So as the U.S. military prepares to again re-take Fallujah
for what- the 3rd or 4th friggin time- I've lost count- just keep in
mind they still don't have enough troops to actually secure
Fallujah once it's taken. This means that no matter how many
American soldiers die or become crippled for life in this latest
attempt to "liberate Fallujah from terrorists", it will all be a
total and complete waste, for as soon as the American commanders
move their under-staffed armies elsewhere** to hammer down the
latest insurgent popping its head up in this never-ending
Whack-A-Mole arcade game that Bush is playing, the bad guys will
just stream right back into Fallujah AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE, starting
the whole endless cycle over again, and thus revealing Generalismo
Bush's grand strategy: never provide enough soldiers to actually
win the damn war or secure the areas already taken, but
just enough to keep the human hamburger grinder grinding away.
"Bush Saved Us from
the Terrorists in Iraq" Believe it
or not, a LOT of misinformed Americans believe this, just about the
same percentage as voted for George Bush, in fact. These Republican
Fundamentalists only listen to their ministers or Fox news, so you
might need to educated them when the opportunity arises. Anyone
who's been paying attention (i.e. hasn't had their head up Jesus'
ass for the last 3 years) knows that the terrorists didn't show up
in Iraq until that idiot President of ours personally INVITED
THEM THERE with his
challenge, and now there are an estimated 20,000+ terrorists there,
from all over the world, killing our soldiers, all because of Bush's
big mouth. That runt Bush is just like a big mouthed chicken-shit
friend that you go to the bar with, who walks up to the biggest bad
ass there and gets YOU into a fight as he runs out the back door
with that insane little chuckle he seems unable to control anymore.
Yeah, nice going, dumbass, inviting all the terrorists in the whole
friggin world to come to Iraq for the "open season" on our soldiers
you yourself set up, knowing full well that you'd always be safe
behind the bomb-proof walls of the White House. It must amuse Bush
all to hell to get others into fights he himself is 100% safe from.
The war in Iraq is "unnecessary
and unjust" so says
President Jimmy Carter, staunch Southern Baptist, and the
only living president who actually
tries to be a real Christian (unlike that blatant
hypocrite Bush, flipping people off and cussing all the time), at a
Baptist church conference in Great Britain, July 30, 2005. What he
said means that all the deaths and injuries due to Bush's war were
unnecessary, and in pursuit of an unjust war. So put that in your
pipe and smoke it, Fundies.
Car Bombed -vs- Public Relations
Sunday, four suicide car bombers in Baghdad attacked
security patrols and offices of Iraq's electoral commission,
killing at least 22 people. On Friday, there were at least
seven suicide attacks throughout the country that killed
some 30 people. This all came on the heels of last week's
suicide bombing that took the lives of some 50 people,
including more than two-dozen children*."
Bush's latest excuse for not adding sufficient troops to solve the
above problem is that if we did that, public relations might suffer
as the Iraqi's might get the impression we are "occupying their
country." Rampant car bombings & IED's- averaging 60 per DAY,
lack of drinking water, public mayhem- all this and more is
preferable to the Iraqis thinking we're occupying their country. But
the fact is- and the whole world except
Bush seems to know this- we already ARE
"occupying their country" and have been for several YEARS now
(maybe somebody should tell Bush?)- we just haven't been doing a
very good job of it, which is why the Iraqi's are all mad at us. We
stole the country from Saddam, promising Iraq protection and better
times ahead, and we've done nothing but muck it up ever since. Under
Bush's direct management, Iraq is ready to go the way of every other
entity Bush has ever managed: straight into the sewer.
Iraq: On-The-Ground Truth -vs- Republican
Talking Points "Talking to a truckload
of troops before dawn, Sgt Marcio Vargas Estrada made the point in
plain language. 'If somebody shoots at you, you waste the
m----------r,' said Estrada, 32, of Kearny, N.J. 'When
you go back to Camp Lejeune (in North Carolina), these will be the
good old days, when you brought death and destruction to- what the
f--k is this place called?' A Marine answered in the
darkness, 'Haqlaniyah.' Estrada continued: 'Haqlaniyah,
yeah, that. And then we will take death and destruction to Haditha.
Hopefully, we'll stay until December so we can bring death and
destruction to half of f------ Iraq.' The flatbed truck
erupted in a storm of 'hoo-ahs.'" *** For more on how out of
touch Bush & Co. are about the war in Iraq, check out the video
--Video from MoveOn.org--
*Christian-Science Monitor for July 18,
**U.S. officials have long complained
that American forces seize Sunni areas only to have Iraqi
authorities lose them again to the insurgents once American
troops leave. Despite those complaints, the Bush administration
is talking about handing more security responsibility to the Iraqis
and drawing down forces next year. (Associated Press, 8/3/05)
***The Orange County Register, 8/6/05 p. 6
****Pentagon Press Conf, Aug 9, 2005
#Army Chief of Staff
General Eric Shinseki told Congress in hearings before the war even
started that the
occupation (his words) would require "several hundred thousand troops."
But Rumsfeld and Bush didn't want to hear any disagreement so they
plugged their ears and they fired him. As the old saying goes, "my
mind's already made up- don't confuse me with the facts!!!"
Supporter of The Year Award
by Mark Smith
Nice going, Larry the Redneck! On August 15, 2005,
at 8:00 PM, you raced your pickup truck (what else!) from Waco
to Cindy Sheehan's peaceful little camp, to run over a bunch of
American flags & plow thru about 1,000 crosses honoring our murdered
soldiers, thus giving a good visual of just what your President
Dumbass really thinks of our country and our troops,
once you get past his canned rhetoric. Apparently, you and your
buddy don't really give a rats ass about how many have died or are
yet to die. Thanks for making that plain to the world you dumbass,
and by the way genius- I think it's REALLY funny that the
reason you got caught is... one of the crosses gave your redneck
mobile a FLAT TIRE!!!! Ha ha ha ha ha....
(The Rolling Stones)
The Rolling Stones, from their album
"A Bigger Bang"
You call yourself a
I call you a hypocrite
You call yourself a patriot
Well I think you're full of shit.
Whether you love or hate
him, this is one shirt that really advertises his "I
don't give a crap what anybody thinks" attitude. And the
best part is, you can safely wear it anywhere! After all,
what can they say about it- it's the friggin' President,
for Christ sake! YOU'RE not doing it, you're just the
Tee Shirt: $20
Quotes & Thoughts
I really do believe this man will go down
as the worst president this country has ever had.
(Senator Harry Reid, of Nevada. The New York Times National
Edition, 3/17/06 p. A19)
"George W. Bush is not Lord."
Christianity Today, July 2005, page 22
61% of All Americans Now Disapprove of
President Bush (August 7, 2005)
Question: What kind of Christianity
rewards those who lie and punishes those that don't?
Answer: George W. Bush's Christianity!
I sometimes feel that Alfred E. Neuman is
in charge in Washington. (Senator Hillary Clinton)
The whole aim of practical politics is to
keep the populace alarmed by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins,
all of them imaginary.
(H. L. Mencken)
Most combat vets pick their fights
carefully. They look at their scars, remember the madness and are always mindful
of the fallout. That's not the case in Washington,
where the White House and the Pentagon are run by
civilians who have never sweated it out on a battlefield.
(Col. David Hackworth, O.C. Register, p. News 18, 5/7/05)
must one man's record at home and abroad be for you to reject him?
(Headline in The Mirror, UK, after Bush won reelection.)
In addition, the origins of the false
contention that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction remain a serious and
lingering question about the lead up to the war. There is an ongoing debate
about whether this was the result of a "massive intelligence failure," in other
words a mistake, or the result of intentional and
deliberate manipulation of intelligence to justify the case for war.
(Rep. John Conyers, Jr, Letter to President Bush, May 5, 2005)
What good fortune for governments that
the people do not think.
(Adolf Hitler, Germany)
"The real question ought to be: 'Are we
better off with a foreign policy that promotes regime change
while justifying war with false
(Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Republican,
Bush is too busy lobbing turds like John
Bolton and Paul Wolfowitz into the international punch bowl.
(Jim Washburn" OC Weekly 5-20-05)
While Rome Burned
(Bush and Nero the same)
What's The Difference??? While Rome Burned...
by Mark Smith
Nero Kept Fiddling
Bush Kept Reading "My Pet Goat"
Update: May 2005}
"Well, the big non-story this week is the plane that wandered near
the White House- and did nothing! Bush wasn't even there. But when
he heard that there was a plane that was nearing an important
building, he was immediately rushed to a middle school so he could
sit there like a lump!"
(Bill Maher, HBO's "Real Time With Bill Maher", May 13, 2005)
Both have that "deer caught in the headlights"
look in their eyes- both haven't the slightest idea of how to lead
during a crisis- both are in WAY over their heads- and both ran
their countries into the ground. One of Bush's campaign slogans was
"Not on my watch!" but it was precisely "on his
watch" that 9-11 happened in the first place, or did his alcohol
damaged brain forget that piece of information?
Emperor Bush not only kept on reading "My Pet
Goat" for SEVEN minutes AFTER having been told the SECOND plane had
hit, he then went on for the next TWENTY MINUTES wasting time
socializing and doing a political photo op with the school staff. If
even Osama Bin Laden can see that was nuts (video of Oct. 29, 2004)
why can't you Fundys???
Bush obviously choked under pressure- he had no clue what to
do, so he did nothing. He choked. He froze. He fucked up- big time.
Picture the captain of the Titanic having been told the ship had
just hit a massive iceberg and was taking on water- now picture him
GOOFING OFF for the next 27 (TWENTY SEVEN!!!) minutes before taking
ANY action whatsoever, and then when he DID act, that action
consisted of hopping on a private jet and hiding out in fear for the
entire day, leaving no one in charge. Now, with that picture in
mind, think of Bush. Why would anyone ever want to rehire that
imbecile, Christian or not, as captain of the "ship of state"???
Don't you Christians have ANY standards or morals??? How dare that
you re-hired him as Captain of the Ship of State- what were you,
A Piece of Work- Just How Low Can Bush Go
by Mark Smith
On the 20th of June, 2005, in a nationally televised press
conference held outdoors, our president publicly insulted the Prime
Minister of Luxembourg (standing directly to his right), by calling
him "a piece of work". The really sad part is, the Washington press
corp has gotten so used to this kind of irrational behavior that
barely a peep was raised. Here is a transcript from The Washington
(BUSH) And that's because of
mutual respect and the desire for people to get to know
the world better.
And, in terms of your prime minister, he's an
(BUSH) He's a lot of fun
to be around. He promotes serious business in a way that
endears himself to people. And so I think his presidency
has been an important presidency during difficult times.
And he's handled it well.
And I was going to say
he's a piece of work, but that might not
translate too well.
Is that all right, if I call
you a piece of work?
For those of you who may not be
familiar with the phrase "he's a piece of work" here are some
examples of its use found from a quick Google search which should
give you a feeling for what it means. And as for Bush's concern that
"it might not translate too well", oh no Mr. Bush- it translates
juuuuuust fine: you just called the most important man in
Europe (current head of the European Union) a piece of shit, a dumb
fuckup, a sleazebag, a wack job. And, like alot of the crap you say,
the media once again let you get away with it- just like polite
company would do to the rantings of a retarded man.
Examples of the Phrase "Piece
of Work" So You Can Get a Feeling for What It Means}}}
one of the book's brighter spots. You've seen his type before, in the
writings of Jimmy Breslin and Michael Daly. He's a
piece of work, a
sleazebag who's proud of it.
[2003, Book Review
I'm sure I've heard "he's a wack
job" before, somewhere, sometime. It's like "he's
a piece of work" [September 2004, discussion board
piece of work, but
ya'll step right up an defend this POS's (translation:
Piece of Shit) right of free speech
Qualen: I must say, you're a real
piece of work.
Gabe: I must say, you're a real piece of
[From the script for the movie "Cliff Hanger",
He is a real piece
of work and his wife is worse.
are a real piece of work. His
father (Jim Backus) is a wimp,
ineffectual and completely overshadowed by his domineering wife. [http://hometheaterinfo.com/rebel.htm
It's obvious George and Abdulla really enjoy kissing and
strolling hand in hand at the Crawford "ranch" (4/25/05), but I
wonder if they knew Texas had just outlawed same-sex marriage?
US Soldiers Wasted in A-Wreck
U.S. Soldiers Wasted in A-Wreck
by Mark Smith
Since Bush is so hot for
this crusade, why hasn't he encouraged his own two daughters to join the
Army and go to Iraq??? Instead, while he is mountain biking or partying in
the White House YOUR children (not his, of course) are being
shot up like sitting ducks, driving around what's left of Baghdad providing
target practice for Muslim fanatics, getting maimed and murdered (I dare you
to look at these graphic photos and tell me their
sacrifice is worth it:
http://www.thememoryhole.org/war/wounded/gallery.htm ) by
the hundreds every month in an unnecessary and contrived war started FOR
NO GOOD REASON based on TOTAL LIES AND FABRICATIONS
and which will accomplish NOTHING OF LASTING VALUE. But you
Fundies are all ok with Bush lying to start a war and getting thousands upon
thousands of your kids maimed for life in the process, all because you read
the book "The Faith of George W. Bush" and bought into it hook, line,
and sinker. The idea that Bush just
might be a hypocritical lying con man never
crossed your mind, did it? The scripture Matthew 7:15, where Jesus warns his
followers of wolves disguising themselves as sheep, that scripture must have
been left out of your Bible, right?
A recent story in
Newsweek inadvertently leads to the deaths of about 20 people in Pakistan
via a single unknowingly false (and since retracted) story regarding the
Koran. Bush, on the other hand, with deliberate premeditation, strung
together an entire pack of lies and sold it to the world for the sole
purpose of starting a war, and over 100,000 Iraqis and Americans have been
killed so far. Yet Bush, typical Fundy hypocrite that he is, is demanding
(!!!) an apology NOT from himself, but from Newsweek! 20 -vs- 100,000, you
do the math. You can almost imagine the president yelling to reporters "The
shame of it all- the moral outrage! Look at all those deaths resulting from
a lie! No, not
my lie in Iraq, Newsweek's lie in Jalalabad, look there!"
But Bush lying to start a war- that's perfectly ok with you Fundies isn't
it, for after all, he said he's GOD'S man therefore he can't
lie so therefore he must be GOD'S man, so this must all be
GOD'S plan, and when your children die they go to heaven anyway, right?
Besides, you HAD to vote for George, because your Pastor said to, and, even
if George did lie, he can just ask JeJuice to forgive him for lying, right?
After all, you Fundies have a blank check from Joe Hovah that allows you to
commit any wrongdoing and get instant forgiveness, and thus you have no
reason whatsoever to be moral, so why shouldn't Bush lie, eh?
You Fundiots (Fundy + Idiot = Fundiot) also buy into
Bush's constant optimistic bushit drivel how things are getting
better in Iraq when for the past two years things have been
getting consistently worse. How much worse? As of May
11, 2005, over 400 Iraqis have been blown up just in the last two
weeks, and over 70 bombings and/or machine gun attacks PER DAY are
currently taking place. (Fallujah, one of the LARGEST cities in the
nation, was LEVELED. Picture Chicago getting reduced to rubble &
Bush saying things are getting better). Month by month we see
more bombings, more
shootings, more kidnappings than before, yet you
geniuses continue to blind yourself to the fact that Bush is LYING
when he says things are getting better *(see section below for
proof). Everybody's who's been to I-Wreck admits this- but off the
record, of course, in fear of Bush's petty wrath towards anyone for
telling the truth. At this rate if things get any MORE
"better" there won't be any Iraqis left to lie about!
And as to WHY the Iraqis may be getting ANGRY at the United
States for this mess, ask yourself: if some men from half a world away took
it upon themselves to take over your neighborhood without
asking, saying they were here to save you from a few bad guys, then invited
("Bring it On!") thousands of other bad guys to move in and
empty out ammunition dumps and your neighborhood got much much worse rather
than better, how would YOU feel? Under King George's God-inspired "I'm a
WAR president" leadership, Iraq has lost most of its electricity, fresh
water, jobs, oil income, educational systems, and its safety. Given all
that, they have reasons- MANY reasons- to be pissed.
The United States, using a pack of lies as their
"evidence", under no provocation or threat whatsoever, illegally
conquered a sovereign county with no more moral justification than
when Hitler conquered Poland and France, and promised protection;
but instead of protection, Iraqis by the hundreds are getting blown
into human hamburger all across their county by ammunition WE failed
to secure used by terrorists WE goaded into Iraq by George "Bring
it on!" Bush himself.
So after more than two years of following Bush's
understaffed "strategy" as things continue to go from bad to worse,
we see Iraq spiraling out of control. Under Bush's leadership, the
USA has shown itself incapable of even protecting the leaders of
Iraq from bombs and bullets. Given these FACTS which fly in the face
of Bush's LIES, maybe it's time Bush, Rove, and their buddy Jesus
step down and put the Generals in the Pentagon back in charge (who
want to double or triple the troop strength) or better yet, just get
the hell out of Iraq.
*Below is a transcript of the daily White House press briefing for Thursday,
June 16 2005. Notice how the reporter
Terry Moran keeps trying to get a straight answer out of Bush's
spokeshole McClellan regarding the White House claim that the insurgency is
in it's "last throes" and will soon fade away.
|June 16th, 2005 7:10
Terry Moran vs. Scott
McClellan on 'Last Throes' of Insurgency in Iraq
from the website:
By E&P Staff /
Editor & Publisher
NEW YORK With polls showing rising
public concerns about the war in Iraq, and even some
Republicans calling for a withdrawal timetable,
White House correspondents and White House Press
Secretary Scott McClellan responded in their
separate ways today. At his daily briefing,
McClellan announced that the President was going to
bring a “sharper focus” to the issue in new
discussions with the public, while reporters seemed
respond not only to that but to rising criticism of
their performance in holding the administration's
feet to the fire.
After McClellan outlined the president's
plans, leading up to a key June 28th speech, ABC
correspondent Terry Moran asked a pointed question,
which referred back to an assessment recently made
by Vice President Dick Cheney.
Q Scott, is the insurgency
in Iraq in its 'last throes'?
McCLELLAN: Terry, you have a desperate group of
terrorists in Iraq that are doing everything they
can to try to derail the transition to democracy.
The Iraqi people have made it clear that they want a
free and democratic and peaceful future. And that's
why we're doing everything we can, along with other
countries, to support the Iraqi people as they move
Mark Smith here}
Notice the weasel totally ducked the question.
Q But the insurgency is in
its last throes?
McCLELLAN: The Vice President talked about that
the other day -- you have a desperate group of
terrorists who recognize how high the stakes are in
Iraq. A free Iraq will be a significant blow to
Mark Smith here}
Again asked a point-blank question, and again he
weasels out of giving an answer.
Q But they're killing
more Americans, they're killing
more Iraqis. That's the last
McCLELLAN: Innocent -- I say innocent civilians.
And it doesn't take a lot of people to cause mass
damage when you're willing to strap a bomb onto
yourself, get in a car and go and attack innocent
civilians. That's the kind of people that we're
dealing with. That's what I say when we're talking
about a determined enemy.
Mark Smith here}
That doesn't bear even a slight resemblance to
being an answer! Fundy Christians, please think
back to how pissed off you were when Clinton was
dodging direct questions with his "is..is"
bullshit. Now examine what's going on here-
there is not a lick of difference! IF Clinton
proved himself a dishonest scumbag with weasel
tactics, then you MUST acknowledge that Bush
also is a dishonest scumbag, and certainly not
the "good Fundy Christian" that he passed
himself off to be just to win your vote.
Q Right. What is the
evidence that the insurgency is in its last
McCLELLAN: I think I just explained to you the
desperation of terrorists and their tactics.
Mark Smith here}
Good work Terry- don't give up trying to get a
straight answer out of this lying political
prick. Don't let this spokeshole for Bush get
away with ignoring a point-blank straight
question. He's just trying to tire you out till
you give up asking. Keep it up!
Q What's the evidence
on the ground that it's being extinguished?
McCLELLAN: Terry, we're making great progress to
defeat the terrorist and regime elements. You're
seeing Iraqis now playing more of a role in
addressing the security threats that they face.
They're working side by side with our coalition
forces. They're working on their own. There are a
lot of special forces in Iraq that are taking the
battle to the enemy in Iraq. And so this is a period
when they are in a desperate mode.
Mark Smith here}
Again, a total and complete dishonest evasion of
a simple question! How much MORE evidence of
lying do you Fundies have to see until you
acknowledge that Bush & Company are a pack of
liars specializing in packaging lies????
Q Well, I'm just wondering
what the metric is for measuring the defeat of the
McCLELLAN: Well, you can go back and look at the
Vice President's remarks. I think he talked about
Q Yes. Is there any idea
how long a 'last throe' lasts for?
McCLELLAN: Go ahead, Steve....
Mark Smith here}
The spokeshole here can't take it any more and
moves the Q&A on to someone else. And Fundies,
please remember: this is the SAME spokeshole
who, for months on end, had their own secret
plant in these breifings masquerading as a
reporter until someone caught him advertising
gay sex for sale on the internet. Tell me, WHERE
is the moral quality and dignity of the White
House with Bush in there, if not in the gutter?
THESE are the Christians you voted for???
by Mark Smith
Christians oft times speak of their "inner moral
compass" and how it guides them. Some have even bragged that, with
such a "compass" President Bush doesn't have to take time to think a
matter through: he instantly knows which way to go on an issue. They
actually see this lack of thinking, these snap judgments, to be a
GOOD thing, not a bad thing.
Such Christians need to be reminded of the
shortcomings of compasses. Compasses do NOT point to true
north- never have, never will. Compasses also point in different
directions depending on where you're at in the world. For example, a
compass in Saudi Arabia will indicate north to be in a different
direction than say a compass in Rome, Washington DC, or Salt Lake
City. Also, a compass can be easily influenced to point in a totally
wrong direction if some metallic coins were pocketed nearby.
In short, an "inner moral compass" is not to be
trusted, as it may say "blow yourself up" in the Middle East, or
"it's ok to lie to get elected" in Crawford, Texas.
Per Person: The Cost of Bush's Crusade (so far)
by Mark Smith
This is how much George Bush's unprovoked, unjust, unnecessary war is costing
every single American, as of May 2005. $300 billion divided by 300 million
Americans = $1,000 that is coming out of the pocket of every American. You good
Christian Republicans don't seem to give a damn about Bush crippling for life
more than 10,000 of your kids. Neither do you seem to care about the more than
1,500 human sacrifices to Moloch that Bush has extracted from you. You're more
than happy to offer your kids up as human sacrifices upon the altar of Bush's
supposed "War on Terror." You seem willing to even pour 10 or even 100 million
more American lives down this Iraqi sewer- your beloved dictator has never said
what this limit would be, has he? Hell then, why not the entire friggin country
save for the "Chickenshit in Chief"? Would THAT be a "price too high"? Of course
not- after all, George was anointed by God himself, wasn't he? So anything and
everything this dumbass does is just fine with you, even walking hand in hand
(4/25/05 at the Crawford "ranch") with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah, who just
days before had 40 Christians thrown in jail for the crime of going to church.
After all, you geniuses voted him back in office, didn't you? I just thought you
might like to know, because you ARE Republicans and you seem to care not for
lives but only about money and how to make the rich even *richer, I thought you
might like to know just how much richer you might have been... if not for this
*(CEO pay up 12.6% in 2004, L.A. Times 4/25/05 p. C2. Thank you,
The Christian Reich
At least that's what you'd be living in if you attended the East
Wayneville Baptist Church in Waynesville, North Carolina. Back in
October of 2004 their pastor, Rev. Chan Chandler commanded his flock
of 100: "If you vote for John Kerry this year you need to repent
or resign" and being the good Christian that he is, he later
lied in denying ever saying it, but too bad for him- it was caught
on tape! Ha ha ha. To enforce his word, on Monday, May 2, 2005 he
booted out nine members who were pro-Satan, er, Kerry. So much for
the separation of church and state! And thank you to the forty
members who have since resigned in protest.
the Christian Hypocrite
by Mark Smith
(Feb. 20, 2005) Doug Wead, a former Assemblies
of God minister and close personal friend of George W., has
come out with the revelation that he secretly taped conversations
with the shrub before his first run for the presidency. Read the
following from the AOL news report}
Preparing to meet Christian leaders in
September 1998, Mr. Bush told Mr. Wead, "As you said, there
code words. There are some proper ways to say
things, and some
improper ways." He added, "I am going to say
that I've accepted Christ into my life. And that's a true
If a man has to take lessons in how to ACT like a Fundy-
learn the "buzz words", rehearse, and practice them- he is no
more a Fundy
than Charlton Heston was Moses- both took ACTING LESSONS
to play their roles. It's now painfully obvious that Bush was merely
PRETENDING to be a Fundy so he'd get the vote of
gullible Fundies. AND IT WORKED! I'm an Atheist, but I
saw thru him a long time ago- why didn't you Fundies?? Jesus said, "not
everyone who says 'Lord, Lord' will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven",
but apparently it's enough to get you into the White House. The AOL
article goes on to say:
Preparing to meet with influential Christian
conservatives, Mr. Bush tested his lines with Mr. Wead.
"I'm going to tell them the five turning points in my life,"
he said. "Accepting Christ. Marrying my wife. Having
children. Running for governor. And listening to my mother."
...He said he learned "a couple of
really good lines" from Mr.
Robison, the Texas pastor... he also saw Mr. (John) Ashcroft as
an ally because
he would draw evangelical voters into the race.
He learned "a couple of really good lines"??? I can just see him, "Hey
Doug, do these lines make me sound like a Fundy? I heard some
preacher saying them, and the Fundies really ate it up! I don't
really know what they mean, but who cares, as long as it gets me
elected, eh Here, check em out- do they sound stupid and corny
enough for you?" The article went on to say how when Karl
Rove had invited a group of Fundy ministers to meet with Bush, and
when Bush found out about it, he went ballistic, screaming at Rove
in anger, "What the
is THIS all about!!!???" Tell me, is THAT something ANY of you
"REAL" Christians would do if your wife told you Rev. Jones from
your church was coming over for dinner???
On top of all that, now you Christians also have the deeds (not the mere
words) of Bush's "Culture of Life" he claimed he was for. And guess
what? He let them pull the feeding tubes on Terri Schiavo so she could
starve to death!!! He could have sent in the National Guard, the FBI,
even the Secret Service- hell, he himself could have flown down there
and put the tubes back in- who would have stopped him??? Did he? Hell
no, because his whole "Culture of Life" shtick was only a ploy to get
you to re-elect him- which you did, and he was probably laughing at all
of you suckers behind his tinted bullet-proof limo windows in his
inaugural parade. Now that he can't run for office anymore, he doesn't
need you people: "Thank you, good bye, go away".
Fundies, YOU'VE BEEN SUCKERED, and now all of us, thanks to your
ignorant gullibility, are stuck with this hypocrite.
GOD HELP AMERICA
The Mirror, United Kingdom
Nov 4 2004
THEY say that in life you get what you deserve. Well, today America has
deservedly got a lawless cowboy to lead them further into carnage and isolation
and the unreserved contempt of most of the rest of the world.
This once-great country has pulled up its drawbridge for another four years and
stuck a finger up to the billions of us forced to share the same air. And in
doing so, it has shown itself to be a fearful, backward-looking and very small
This should have been the day when Americans finally answered their critics by
raising their eyes from their own sidewalks and looking outward towards the rest
And for a few hours early yesterday, when the exit polls predicted a John Kerry
victory, it seemed they had.
But then the horrible, inevitable truth hit home. They had somehow managed to
re-elect the most devious, blinkered and reckless leader ever put before them.
The Yellow Rogue of Texas.
A self-serving, dim-witted,
draft-dodging, gung-ho little rich boy, whose idea of courage is to yell: "I
feel good," as he unleashes an awesome fury which slaughters 100,000 innocents
for no other reason than greed and vanity.
A dangerous chameleon, his charming exterior provides cover for a power-crazed
clique of Doctor Strangeloves whose goal is to increase America's grip on the
world's economies and natural resources.
And in foolishly backing him, Americans have given the go-ahead for more
unilateral pre-emptive strikes, more world instability and most probably another
Why else do you think bin Laden was so happy to scare them to the polls, then
made no attempt to scupper the outcome?
There's only one headline in town today, folks: "It Was Osama Wot Won It."
And soon he'll expect pay-back. Well, he can't allow Bush to have his folks
whoopin' and a-hollerin' without his own getting a share of the fun, can he?
Heck, guys, I hope you're feeling proud today.
To the tens of millions who voted for John Kerry, my commiserations.
To the overwhelming majority of you who didn't, I simply ask: Have you learnt
nothing? Do you despise your own image that much?
Do you care so little about the world beyond your shores? How could you do this
How appalling must one man's record at home
and abroad be for you to reject him?
Kerry wasn't the best presidential candidate the Democrats have ever fielded
(and he did deserve a kicking for that "reporting for doo-dee" moment), but at
least he understood the complexity of the world outside America, and domestic
disgraces like the 45 million of his fellow citizens without health cover.
He would have done something to make that country fairer and re-connected it
with the wider world.
Instead America chose a man without morals or vision. An economic incompetent
who inherited a $2billion surplus from Clinton, gave it in tax cuts to the rich
and turned the US into the world's largest debtor nation.
A man who sneers at the rights of other nations. Who has withdrawn from
international treaties on the environment and chemical weapons.
A man who flattens sovereign states then hands the rebuilding contracts to his
own billionaire party backers.
A man who promotes trade protectionism and backs an Israeli government which
continually flouts UN resolutions.
America has chosen a menacingly immature buffoon who likened the pursuit of the
9/11 terrorists to a Wild West, Wanted Dead or Alive man-hunt and, during the
Afghanistan war, kept a baseball scorecard in his drawer, notching up hits when
news came through of enemy deaths.
A RADICAL Christian fanatic who decided the world was made up of the forces of
good and evil, who invented a war on terror, and thus as author of it, believed
he had the right to set the rules of engagement.
Which translates to telling his troops to do what the hell they want to the bad
guys. As he has at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and countless towns across Iraq.
You have to feel sorry for the millions of Yanks in the big cities like New
York, Washington, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco who voted to
kick him out.
These are the sophisticated side of the electorate who recognise a gibbon when
they see one.
As for the ones who put him in, across the Bible Belt and the South, us
outsiders can only feel pity.
Were I a Kerry voter, though, I'd feel deep anger, not only at them returning
Bush to power, but for allowing the outside world to lump us all into the same
category of moronic muppets.
The self-righteous, gun-totin', military lovin', sister marryin',
abortion-hatin', gay-loathin', foreigner-despisin', non-passport ownin'
red-necks, who believe God gave America the biggest dick in the world so it
could urinate on the rest of us and make their land "free and strong".
You probably won't be surprised to learn of would-be Oklahoma Republican Senator
Tom Coburn who, on Tuesday, promised to ban abortion and execute any doctors who
carried them out.
He also told voters that lesbianism is so rampant in the state's schools that
girls were being sent to toilets on their own. Not that any principal could be
found to back him up.
These are the people who hijack the word patriot and liken compassion to
child-molesting. And they are unknowingly bin Laden's chief recruiting officers.
Al-Qaeda's existence is fuelled by the outpourings of America's Christian right.
Bush is its commander-in-chief. And he and bin Laden need each other to survive.
Both need to play Lex Luther to each others' Superman with their own fanatical
people. Maybe that's why the mightiest military machine ever assembled has
failed to catch the world's most wanted man.
Or is the reason simply that America is incompetent? That behind the bluff they
are frightened and clueless, which is why they've stayed with the devil they
VISITORS from another planet watching this election would surely not credit the
The queues for hours to register a tick; the 17,000 lawyers needed to ensure
there was no cheating; the $1.2bn wasted by parties trying to discredit the
enemy; the allegations of fraud, intimidation and dirty tricks; the exit polls
which were so wildly inaccurate; an Electoral College voting system that makes
the Eurovision Song Contest look like a beacon of democracy and efficiency; and
the delays and the legal wrangles in announcing the victor.
Yet America would have us believe theirs is the finest democracy in the world.
Well, that fine democracy has got the man it deserved. George W Bush.
But is America safer today without Kerry in charge? A man who overnight would
have given back to the UN some credibility and authority. Who would have worked
out the best way to undo the Iraq mess without fear of losing face.
Instead, the questions facing America today are - how many more thousands of
their sons will die as Iraq descends into a new Vietnam? And how many more
Vietnams are on the horizon now they have given Bush the mandate to go after
Iran, Syria, North Korea or Cuba...?
Today is a sad day for the world, but it's even sadder for the millions of
intelligent Americans embarrassed by a gung-ho leader and backed by a banal
electorate, half of whom still believe Saddam Hussein was behind 9/11.
Yanks had the chance to show the world a better way this week, instead they made
a thuggish cowboy ride off into the sunset bathed in glory.
And in doing so it brought Armageddon that little bit closer and re-christened
their beloved nation The Home Of The Knave and the Land Of The Freak.
God Help America.
by Mark Smith, January 2005
I think I've finally gotten over my anger regarding the
re-election of Bush. The anger has been replaced by understanding. Once you
understand that people act according to their nature, it's hard to be angry at
them for being what they are. In this case, sheep.
Sheepness is often mistaken for dumbness. The Daily Mirror
(England) had a front page headline after the election, "How Can 59,000,000
People Be So Dumb?". But as much as I enjoyed that cover when I first saw it, I
now realize it's shortcomings. Sheep can be dumb. Sheep can be smart. Sheep can
be Christians and sheep can be Atheists. Whichever, sheep are still sheep. They
can't HELP being sheep, and couldn't be anything else even if they tried. They
were born that way, and it is not wrong for us non-sheep to recognize that fact.
We CAN feel superior to the sheep because we ARE superior to the
sheep. We can think for ourselves. They can't. They're sheep. But it is only by
accident of birth that it is this way. We too could have been born as sheep. No
one chose to be a "block-headed Fundy" or an "open minded free thinker", and no
amount of talking can change one into the other. As Popeye used to say, "I yam
what I yam". You are what you are, sheep or non-sheep.
Don't get mad at a sheep for acting stupid, for being (and thus
acting) as a sheep- to do so is stupid itself. It's like getting mad at a shark
for being a shark. And what are some of the characteristics of sheep?
Require someone else to direct their life- tell them what to
think, where to go and not go, what to do etc.
Herd mentality- uncomfortable on their own- gotta feel a
part of the herd.
Lack and/or fear of new ideas.
Take orders well
Sheep can no more help being sheep than gays can help being
gays, or you can help being you. Understand them. The way they act is no act, it
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The Wailing Right Wing
I read daily the poisonous wails and barbs of the angry right wing in the
Opinion section. And as I read these seething diatribes I wonder what they have
to be angry about. They control all three branches of the federal government,
the majority of state legislatures and a majority of the media.
One would think such power and success would drive a person or
party celebrating into the streets and yet all the Republican Party and many of
its constituents can do is hiss, spit and honk at some eleitist, liberal bastion
that exists only in their imaginations and hate-filled rhetoric.
---Sean Sagan's letter to the Editor, Orange County Register, 2/16/05
by Mark Smith
INTRODUCTION: Normally I
don't bother writing about politics. It's too transitory (what I write today
will be irrelevant a year from now), and it's normally not related much to my
topic of choice: Christianity. But in the case of George W. Bush, there's just
too much to ignore any longer, and if super Christian George W. Bush doesn't get
evicted from the White House this next election, he'll mess up the country and
the world even more than he already has.
What are the main problems I have with President George? I think President
Ronald Reagan's son said it best, the year before King George ascended the
throne. Way back in August of 2000, before Bush even ascended the throne, when
asked his opinion of George W. Bush, he said the following:
- The man is incompetent for the job of
- The man's greatest accomplishment in
his life so far seems to be that, at age 40, he stopped being an obnoxious
I believe Bush's first term in office has more than proved the correctness of
what Ron Reagan said. Bush needs to be retired before he can cause any more
damage. And lest anyone forget who exactly was piloting our ship of state when
it ran into the iceberg of 9/11, his name was Bush.
Reasons Bush Must Go
by Mark Smith
||George Lies, People Die:
George Bush straight faced LIED
in order to drag the USA and as many countries as he could into an
unnecessary and unprovoked war of aggression that has (so far to
date) maimed over 7,000 Americans for life and killed over 1,065
Americans- and for what? The official reasons get changed more often
than Bush's underware. What about the REAL reasons? Revenge? A
personal grudge against the way Saddam treated his daddy? Biblegod
told him to? Regardless of the bullshit official reasons or the real
reasons, as Michael Moore asked, is Fallujah worth even
one American soldier dying for?
For you Christian knuckle heads that can't see it, picture it this
You've got a friend
in the Special Olympics named George. Your not-too-bright friend
George comes running over to your house one evening. Out of breath
he manages to say to you, "I just found out... the damn bikers
are going to come over here tonight while you're asleep and burn
down your house! They're over at the bar right now filling up
Molotov cocktails with gasoline. Quick! If we surprise them now, we
can beat them!" So you call up your brothers, your cousins, all
your friends, your whole posse and you all (except George, of
course) meet down at the bar in an hour. In an adrenalin rush you
burst in, shooting stabbing and punching. They shoot back- you see
your best friend's head exploding as you are slipping and falling on
your cousin John's guts spread out on the floor. The fight goes on.
Finally you win- the Hells Angels give up. You then tear the place
apart, looking for the Molotov cocktails... and find N-O-T-H-I-N-G.
You go to the video surveillance tapes for that evening, play them
back- no one is making fire bombs. They're just all drinking and
playing pool. By this time things are starting to smell pretty
fishy. You call your not-too-bright friend George and say what the
fuck is going on here? George tries to bullshit his way out of it,
but finally admits his daddy had been there the other night and had
lost some money in a pool game with the bikers. Not only that, they
had called his daddy names. So George lied to start the fight.
George lied, and people died. As I
write, HUNDREDS of people have died so far. For what? A total
FUCKING LIE. For this, if nothing else, he deserves
impeachment and prison time. And for you Fundies out there, because
George W. Bush did it, has lying ceased to be a sin??? Where are
man is incompetent to manage anything larger than a 7-11 store. He
is in way over his head.
has ZERO qualifications for the job of president, unless you count
making Texas #1 in the nation for executions some sort of
||Getting His Story
Straight: All parents know that to get the truth out of two
kids over what happened, you interview them apart- not together.
Bush refused to be interviewed by the 9/11 commission alone- had to
have his "partner in crime" Cheney with him. Call a spade a spade-
this clearly shows they were planning to tell lies, not the truth.
He tried to get the wife of a CIA agent killed by blowing her cover,
as revenge for her husband's blowing the whistle on just one of his
lies which got the USA into the Iraq war.
He has, in less than four years, managed to break treaties and
destroy good relationships with other countries that took decades or
centuries to forge.
||Blind to Israeli
Atrocities: He is devoutly BLIND to any wrong-doing of
Israel. Israel could do ANY atrocity, and he'd support them, because
that's what his religious beliefs demand, re the Old Testament's "I
will bless those that bless thee" crap. Israel has machine gunned
dozens of kids in the street, bulldozed hundreds of houses, and via
American helicopters and American missiles blown the living crap out
of a handicapped old man in a wheelchair and Bush STILL refuses to
even say "naughty naughty!" to Israel. I respect Israel as the
"lesser of evils" in that entire fucked-up part of the world; but
when they DO fuck up, the USA needs to be up front and honest about
He is running world politics based on his wacko Fundy Christian
theories and religious beliefs- one example being his blind support
of Israel, another his modern crusade against Muslim countries.
||Ken Lay's Best Buddy:
Within weeks of becoming president the electric bills for the entire
western United States were allowed to double and for some even
triple. What the hell was happening? This: Bush was "paying back"
his bestest buddy Ken Lay- head of
Enron- for Ken's $800,000 help
over the years in getting Bush elected first as governor, then as
president. People that were already struggling to pay high electric
bills of $100 a month were
now facing bills of $200 or $300 a month. Even more shocking were
the actual phone recordings that surfaced in June 2004, showing
Electric Brokers joking about how much they've SCREWED (their words)
retired people. Thank you, George Asshole Bush- I remember you every
month when I pay my electric bill, and I hope all the retired people
remember you too.
For the depth of their friendship, check out
these letters between Ken Lay and George Bush:
Drug Card SCAM: He has fucked over all the old people in
this country- rammed a wacky, confusing, and expensive Medicare
Prescription Drug Discount Card scam thru congress with LIES and
strong arm threats. Thank you, George, for fucking over our parents
and grandparents. We won't forget.
||Bankrupted the Country:
He has bankrupted the country- and this trend started six MONTHS
before 9/11, so don't blame this one on the terrorists. He inherited
a surplus of money when he took charge, and thru his ignorant and
reckless SPENDING has ran the USA into the biggest fiscal hole in
recorded history. Whatever happened to Republicans being the
"fiscally responsible" ones???
||Outsourcing US Jobs to
India a GOOD Thing: He has endorsed as a "GOOD thing" the
exporting of jobs overseas. I say, given that, let's outsource
his damn job. I'm sure we can find for half the wage some
experienced foreign dictator that will be willing to wreck our
country like George has.
During his watch at the helm of state this country has seen MILLIONS
of jobs vaporize, thus swelling the ranks of the poor and
overloading food banks nationwide. Poverty levels have gone thru the
ROOF while the rich have gotten even vastly richer.
||Destroying the Bill of
Rights: Him and his Darth Vader (John Ashcroft) have done
more to rob Americans of their liberty than all the Nazi's and
Communists throughout history. They have in effect taken WhiteOut to
our Bill of Rights, and are in the process of turning this country
into their own private dictatorship. Via the "Patriot" Act, they can
now read ANY letter or email you send, tap into ANY phone call you
make, even keep track of ALL the books you check out from the
library. Would someone PLEASE explain to me how DESTROYING Free
Speech, destroying the Bill of Rights, is in any way at all
"patriotic"??? If what they have done to our freedoms is not
anti-American, then just what the hell is??? Haven't countless of
our soldiers died over the past 200 years to defend these very
freedoms that Bush & Co. are now so greedily dissolving before our
eyes?? Were all their deaths in vain?
Dodger: This *draft-dodging AWOL rich kid has the GALL to
question John Kerry's military record. Have the Republican no shame,
no sense of decency at all? Has JESUS hardened their hearts THAT
much??? *(NOTE: Back in the Viet Nam War, if you were rich or had
connections [Bush scored 100% on those] you could join the National
Guard, and thus dodge the draft. If your daddy wasn't
rich or connected, fleeing to Canada was your only option.)
||Torture OK: He
has approved a worldwide policy of torture for prisoners that is
guaranteed to get out own soldiers, when taken as
POW's in future wars, tortured. Thanks, George, thanks- good
short-sighted solution that will cause a really NASTY far-sighted
problem. Really good thinking there, bub.
||Just Plain Stupid:
The man is stupid, ignorant, inarticulate. I wouldn't even put him
in charge of a local 7-11 store, much less an entire country! As the
chairman of the Democratic Party said, The man is President of
the United States, and has trouble putting a sentence together.
The ONLY time he sounds even half-way intelligent is if he's reading
one of his professionally prepared canned speeches. All these years,
the man wasn't just pretending to be dumb (as some
hoped)- he really IS that dumb! And he's the captain of our ship as
it's heading for the rocks! As Gore Vidal said,
We have a deranged president...
He's made every error you can. He's wrecked the economy.
Unemployment is up. People can't find jobs. Poverty is up. It's a
total mess. How does he make such a mess? Well, he is plainly
very stupid. But the people around him are not. They want to
stay in power.
||Fucking AWOL Coward:
After the World Trade Centers were attacked, rather than bravely
"take charge" in that time of crisis, he disappeared out of sight,
aimlessly flying around hour after hour over the midwest in Air
Force One, looking for a place to hide his cowardly ass, out of
touch with even his Vice President. It has also come to light that
during that crucial day, when American needed a leader most, no one
was clearly in charge! Bush was out of touch, the White House was in
confusion. Vice President Dick Cheney stepped forward to assume the
post our fucking PRESIDENT ran away from. Dick had the balls to
assume command as his boss BUSH WAS AWOL FROM HIS STATION and out of
touch!!! It was Cheney that had to give the "authorization to shoot
down" order for the hijacked jet heading straight for the White
House. Where was our "leader"? AWOL, just like when he was in the
||Stem Cell Research:
George Bush uses his religion to limit and regulate scientific
research, and because of these personal religious beliefs millions
of handicapped people worldwide will remain enslaved to their
wheelchairs to the day they die. I guess the option Bush favors is
for these poor people is to pray for a miraculous healing. Like I
said, millions enslaved to their wheelchair for the rest of their
Unemployment Statistics: "Official" unemployment statistics
are WORTHLESS. As I've known for a long time, and as the Michael
Moore movie "Fahrenheit 911" pointed out, once someone maxes
out their unemployment insurance, or if they're laid off before the
benefits are allowed to kick in (a common tactic at some companies),
or if after YEARS of fruitless job hunting they finally loose hope
and just give up, those MILLIONS AND MILLIONS of people are no
longer counted when they tally up the number of jobless Americans!
So presto-chango, cities like Flint, Michigan, with an "official"
government unemployment rate of around 10% ACTUALLY has OVER HALF of
its people OUT OF WORK.
||Even Generals Want Him
the Hell Out: Admiral William J. Crowe, chairman of
the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Marine Gen. Joseph P. Hoar
have SIGNED PETITIONS to de-Bush the White House! How often in
history has THAT ever happened??? And these men are not just "run of
the mill" Generals- Crowe was the
CHAIRMAN of the JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF
for Chrissakes, and Hoar was commandant of the Marine Corp, and
appointed by Bush senior to lead the forces in the Middle East.
These men are NOT flaming liberals- they just know what's good for
the country, and what's good right NOW is to get that clown out of
the White House!
Hoar: "The idea that this is going to go the way these guys
ludicrous. There are no good options. We're
conducting a campaign as though it were being conducted in Iowa,
no sense of the realities on the ground. It's so unrealistic for
anyone who knows that part of the world. The priorities are just all
||Guess Who Else Wants Him
Out: If the below list of people coming out in public to say
that Bush has got to go is not enough for you, then just what the
hell is??? Does Biblegod HIMSELF have to come down, slap you upside
the face and scream at you "He's an idiot! Fire him!!!"??? These
people, unlike that mental midget Bush, know what they're talking
about, and they are saying fire the moron.
- The *Director of the C.I.A.
- TWO *Ambassadors to
- The *Ambassador to Saudi Arabia
- The *Director of the State
Department's Intelligence Office
- The U.S. Air Force *Chief of Staff
- The *Ambassador to the United
- The *Ambassador to the Soviet Union
- The *Ambassador to Pakistan
||Forced To Lie by Bush:
When Bush rammed thru Congress the Medicare Prescription Drug Card
crap, Bush LIED about the REAL amount it would cost the
nation- one hundred to two hundred BILLION
more than what he claimed. On top of that, the man in charge of
officially telling Congress what it could cost was FORCED TO LIE
as well about the numbers- upon threat of being FIRED from his job.
The Medicare director at the time, Thomas Scully, silenced Medicare
financial expert Richard Foster about revealing the true cost of the
program. If Foster told the truth to Congress he would be "shown the
door out" by Foster. Foster has since quit his government position
and now works for a large... drug company. What a surprise! And just
what kind of CHRISTIANITY is being practiced here? This sure ain't
the type of Christianity that I used to be a part of. Aren't ANY of
Bush's Fundy supporters mad at him for lying and fostering an
atmosphere where lying is not only ok, but required???
||Wrecking The National
Park Service: When Bush first ran for President, he promised
to unleash $4.9 billion dollars for park maintenance that had been
held back previously. However, since becoming President, rather than
allowing the money he promised, he even cut MORE money out of the
maintenance budget- anywhere from 30% to 60%. Only 15 cents of every
dollar Bush said was needed has been released. National parks are
literally falling apart at the seems. AND- to top this off, the Park
employees are forbidden by the Bushites to even complain about this-
as the head of the National Park Police just found out this month
(July 2004) when she got fired for doing so.
||Truth Sacrificed to
Maintain War Experts in the intelligence community have been
forbidden by the Bushites to reveal the true source and magnitude of
the "insurgent" bombings in Iraq: that is, rather than being caused
by a few thousand non-Iraqi foreign "terrorists" it's actually being
done by over 20,000 Iraqi citizens who just want their country back
from the Americans. It has also been calculated that it is
IMPOSSIBLE for the Americans to ever control this. Intelligence
experts have had to sneak around behind the backs of Bush hacks to
get this message out. (Orange County Register, News p. 5, 7/10/04)
||Potty Mouthed Hypocrites
Super-Christian George Bush called a reporter a "*major asshole"
and Vice President Dick Cheney told a Senator- in the Senate, mind
you- to "Go fuck yourself!" and not one word from the Fundy
Christians about this! Does their "absolute morality" only apply to
Democrats? On top of being potty mouths, are these the same bozos
that got their panties in a bind when rock star Bono said the F
word, demanding MILLIONS in fines to "save American from
degeneration", and aren't these the same bozos that got all upset
when Kerry said Bush's Iraq policy (or lack thereof) was "fucked
up"??? Once again, hypocrisy, thy name is Christian. *(Houston
Chronicle, 9/5/00) (Of course, all Cheney was doing was vocalizing
what his and George's attitude toward America has been all these
For a good animation on Republican hypocrisy regarding
||Middle East Weapons of
Mass Destruction & Racism If Bush were REALLY concerned
about eliminating weapons of mass destruction from the Middle East,
then he should do something about the ONLY country in the Middle
East that absolutely positively has been shown to HAVE weapons of
mass destruction: Israel. The fact that he is 100% silent on this
shows his blatant racism: when it comes to "the bomb", it's OK for
non-Arabs but not for Arabs or Persians.
||Defend America Against
Godzilla Next??? It's July 13, 2004, and Bush has finally
admitted in public that there were no Iraqi weapons of mass
destruction. He went on to basically say that it was "right" to
start a war over things that didn't even exist. This is what he
''Although we have not found stockpiles of weapons of mass
destruction, we were right to go into Iraq,"
So as long as Bush is defending us against non-existent threats,
what other fictions will pop up in this man's alcohol befuddled
skull that America must be defended against: a Klingon invasion?
Zombies? Godzilla? Will he go nuke Japan in a preventive war to stop
Godzilla from attacking us?? Is THIS the type of mentality we
want running the country???
||"BRING IT ON" my ass!
Thanks to Bush's bravado, over 800 American soldiers have been
killed by Muslims answering Bush's invitation. Of course, he knew
that he'd be safe hiding in the White House from anyone "bringing it
on". He just wanted to stir things up a bit in Iraq, make sure the
fighting and dying would continue. Must be nice to walk into a bar,
start a fight with your big mouth, then run outside into your
waiting presidential limo protected by the Secret Service. Yeah,
Bush, he's a REAL tough guy! "Bring it on!" and they have. And when
they start their shit here in the US because of this arrogant
challenge, what will Bush give us to protect ourselves? Duct Tape
and plastic sheeting!!! Thanks for inviting them, asshole.
Cherry-Picked Intelligence It has by now become obvious that
Bush & Co. "cherry-picked" the intelligence they knew they could
start a war with. They wanted a war, and by golly they were going to
arrange the evidence so they could HAVE their war. Michael Moore was
correct in his Oscar speech of 2003: This war was a fabrication.
They LIED, and people DIED. Why aren't Republicans upset about
||One Billion VERY
Pissed Off "Willing to Die for Allah" Muslims An interviewer
asked author Gore Vidal the following question:
How do you think the current war in
Iraq is going to play out? Vidal answered:
I think we will go down the
tubes right with it. With each action Bush ever more enrages the
Muslims. And there are a billion of them. And sooner or later
they will have a Saladin who will pull them together, and they
will come after us. And it won't be pretty.
L.A. Weekly interview, Nov 14-20
||The "Patriot" Act
Author Gore Vidal had this to say about the so-called "Patriot"
We are talking about despotism. I have read not only
the first PATRIOT Act but also the second one, which has not yet
been totally made public nor approved by Congress and to which
there is already great resistance. An American citizen can be
fingered as a terrorist, and with what proof? No proof.
All you need is the word of the attorney general or maybe
the president himself. You can then be locked up without
access to a lawyer, and then tried by military tribunal and
even executed. Or, in a brand-new wrinkle, you can be
exiled, stripped of your citizenship and packed off to another
place not even organized as a country - like Tierra del Fuego or
some rock in the Pacific. All of this is in the USA PATRIOT Act.
The Founding Fathers would have found this to be despotism in
spades. And they would have hanged anybody who
tried to get this through the Constitutional Convention in
L.A. Weekly interview, Nov 14-20 2003 issue,
||Ruining Science in
America Bush is jeopardizing the future of science in this
country by packing institutions such as the National Institute of
Health etc. not with the best qualified, but with "yes men". The new
hiring qualifications seem to be more concerned with finding men
loyal to the Republican party than to science. As reported in
Aljazeera, the scientific community is up in arms over this barbaric
politicization and censorship of truth:
The administration's policies could take years to undo
and in the meantime the best and the brightest would be
frightened away from jobs in the National Institutes of
Health and other government institutions. Dr Kurt Gottfried,
emeritus professor of physics at Cornell University, said more
than 4000 scientists, including 48 Nobel laureates
and members of both political parties, had joined the call for
"restoration of scientific integrity in federal policymaking.
(Teams have been) warned by the government to remove facts
that undermined (Bush) policy. "We were told to strip
out specific scientific recommendations or see our report
end up in a drawer,"
July 9, 2004
||Bush WAVED to Blind
Stevie Wonder In a concert, while taking his seat, Bush
waved to Stevie Wonder from a distance. There's only a few ways to
look at this. If Bush is THAT stupid as to wave to a BLIND MAN, he
is certainly too stupid to be at the helm of this country. If Bush
is that MEAN and CRUEL, he's got no business watching out for all of
For actual video of incident, see:
||Cheney is a L-I-A-R
(On the Daily Show) Jon Stewart played Cheney's outright denial
that he had ever said that representatives of al Qaeda and
Iraqi intelligence met in Prague, and then Stewart froze Cheney's
image and played the exact video clip when Cheney had
indeed said exactly that in exactly the words he had denied,
catching him on videotape in a lie.
||Not My Kids!!!
Bush is more than willing to have YOUR sons and daughters go to Iraq
and get turned into human hamburger to advance his agenda- so why
not his own daughters??? They're of prime military age- I don't see
THEM in Iraq! (And we won't- if there's a draft they'll join the
Texas National Guard like their daddy!)
Override Objective Science Having passed all of its tests,
when it came time for the FDA to give its "seal of approval" to the
emergency contraceptive "Plan B", the approval was overridden by
Bushites for very stupid and unfounded reasons- reasons top FDA
scientists had already shot down earlier. The Fundies at the FDA
can't come out and just say their REAL reason for pulling the
approval ("it goes against the Bible!!!) so they had to spruce up
the reason to sound less religious.
||Protest Bush = Go To
Jail On the birthday of our great country, July 4 2004, at a
rally to see George Bush in Charleston, West Virginia...
Nicole and Jeff Rank of Corpus Christi, Texas, were
removed from the event in restraints after taking off an outer
layer of clothes to reveal homemade T-shirts that had President
Bush’s name with a slash through it and the words "Love
America, Hate Bush" on the back.
Freedom of Speech? Not if you DARE to criticize this President!
And who will get cuffed and arrested next: Jehovah Witnesses for
going door to door? Mormons on their bicycles? Michael Moore??? WHY
CAN'T THE FUNDIES SEE THAT WHAT HAPPENS TO OTHERS WILL
EVENTUALLY HAPPEN TO THEM???
||Hiding The Bodies
Bush has enforced a stupid policy that hides the bodies HE is
responsible for creating in the first place. He doesn't mind having
your sons and daughters being used for Muslim target practice in
Iraq- but he DOES mind having pictures of their coffins being made
public in an election year. What an ASSHOLE.
||Hiding the Wounded
The ratio given in Iraq is about seven soldiers wounded for every
soldier killed. Seeing how the current number of killed has past
1,000 (Sept. 9, 2004), that would make for 7,000 Americans that may
live the rest of their lives minus a body part like a leg, an arm, a
penis, a vagina, an eye, a kidney, a foot, a breast, a face, a nose,
an ear, a jaw etc. Seeing how the evening news just skips right over
any details on these
if-it-weren't-for-Bush-they-wouldn't-be-crippled veterans, follow
the link to read about maybe a hundred of these victims of George
Bush's unneeded war.
||Hurting Cancer Patients
It was announced on the news today (July 29, 2004) that Bush is
going to CUT IN HALF the amount of Medicaid that cancer patients
currently get. Does a compassionate Christian republican heart know
no bounds when it comes to new and creative ways to FUCK PEOPLE
OVER??? People dying of cancer can't even get a break from Bush's
||Making America More, Not
Less, Dangerous Regarding Bush's plan to pull 70,000 US
troops out of their foreign bases, General Wesley Clark said
it made "no strategic sense" and went on to say that "it
won't improve our national security. It will HARM our national
security... They are using troops from South Korea to feed the war
in Iraq" (Orange County Register, p. News 8, 8/18/04)
General Wesley Clark
||Misled Us Into Two Wars
Admiral Stansfield Turner, former CIA director and Admiral of the
Navy, said that "It is ironic we are up here comparing the
military records of George W. Bush and John Kerry. Who is the better
commander in chief? Somebody who has been there in combat or someone
who has misled us into two wars? ...I would be terrified to have to
serve under George W. Bush." (Orange County Register, p. News
Admiral Stansfield Turner
||Bush was AWOL
Lawrence Korb, who was Assistant Secretary of
Defense in the Reagan administration (so he certainly knows what
he's talking about on this topic), and now a member of the Council
on Foreign Relations, came out and said the obvious: "If you
don't show up, you're
absent without leave, by definition,"
and see also
Military Record What is Bush hiding? From the USA TODAY:
Burkett says that the state Guard commander, Maj. Gen. Daniel James
III, discussed "cleansing" Bush's military files of
embarrassing or incriminating
documents in the summer of 1997. At the time, Burkett was a
lieutenant colonel and a chief adviser to James. He says he was just
outside James' open office door when his boss discussed the records
on a speakerphone with Joe Allbaugh, who was then Gov. Bush's chief
of staff. In an interview, Burkett said he recalled Allbaugh's
words: "We certainly don't want anything that is embarrassing in
there." Burkett said he immediately told two other officers about
the conversation and noted it in a daily journal he kept. The two
officers, George Conn and Dennis Adams, confirmed to USA TODAY in
2002 that Burkett told them of the conversation within days.
||Falling Off The Wagon
Remember the time in January 2002 when Bush supposedly "choked on a
pretzel", and fell off his couch, and bruised and cut his face???
This is what was claimed at the time:
President George Bush choked on a pretzel and fainted onto
the floor. He cut his face and bruised his lip in
the fall, but the White House doctor, Richard Tubb, said he was
Bush admits he was a party-hardy alcoholic for many years, but
now via Jesus has put all that behind him. However, me being a
skeptic, I have my doubts, the main doubt being this: for all of you
who've had experience with friends or family members who are
alcoholics, how many times has the alcoholic gotten totally shit
faced, fallen down, bruised up, and you told all the non-family
members some bullshit story to cover up the incident? And when you
factor in the incidents of his falling off his mountain bike and
AGAIN banging up his face (was he driving while drunk? wouldn't have
been the first time!) and the falling off the Segway (drunk
again??? He got on it without starting it up)- what makes more
sense: Bush is hitting the bottle again, getting drunk, and falling
down, or that a person could actually even FALL off a couch and bang
up one's face to THAT extent??? The more reasonable explanation is
this: Bush is having alcoholic relapses in spite of Jesus (more than
one, mind you), and the family is covering up that fact. Boris
Yeltsin ran Russia while being a an alcoholic- why can't Bush run
OUR country (into the ground) while being drunk too?
||Avoided Vietnam via
Special "Rich-Boy" Treatment Ben Barnes, who was the Lt.
Governor of Texas who got Bush into the Texas National Guard ahead
of HUNDREDS of other better qualified applicants, is now admitting
in a video what happened- and he's apologizing. Of course, after
getting INTO the National Guard way ahead of everyone else, you'd
think that Bush would at least be appreciative enough to have stuck
it out- but as we all know, he skipped the last year, technically
going AWOL, which after a month or two turns into DESERTION, making
Bush a DESERTER.
||Record Deficit- Bush Has
Run Up the National Credit Card to Record Levels The
deficit- the amount Bush has borrowed to pay for his tax cuts for
the rich and his war- has been run up past 422 BILLION
dollars. These are all dollars that will HAVE to be repayed with
interest, but not by Bush- he'll be long gone by then.
||Stay The Course... Over
Niagara Falls? From 1997 to 2000, four star General Zinni
was commander-in-chief of the United States Central Command, in
charge of all American troops in the Middle East. That was the same
job held by Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf before him, and Gen. Tommy
Franks after. Zinni said of the war in Iraq:
“There has been poor strategic thinking in this,” says
Zinni. “There has been poor operational planning and execution
on the ground. And to think that we are going to ‘stay the
course,’ the course is headed over Niagara Falls. I think
it's time to change course a little bit, or at least hold
somebody responsible for putting you on this course. Because
it's been a failure....In the lead up to the Iraq war
and its later conduct, I saw at a minimum, true dereliction,
negligence and irresponsibility, at worse,
lying, incompetence and corruption... As best
I could see, I saw a pickup team, very small, insufficient in
the Pentagon with no detailed plans that walked onto the
battlefield after the major fighting stopped and tried to work
it out in the huddle -- in effect to create a
seat-of-the-pants operation on reconstructing a country...
Look, there is
one statement that bothers me more than anything else. And
that's the idea that when the troops are in combat, everybody
has to shut up. Imagine if we put troops in combat with a faulty
rifle, and that rifle was malfunctioning, and troops were dying
as a result”
General Anthony C. Zinni
||Even Republicans Say
Bush is a Dumbass
Senators slam administration on
By Barbara Slavin, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON - Senators from both parties accused the Bush
administration Wednesday of incompetence in its efforts to
rebuild Iraq and said the United States could unless it improves security and gets
more money into the Iraqi economy. Among those harshly criticizing
the White House at a hearing were the two top Republicans on
the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: Chairman Richard Lugar of
Indiana and Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.
Note by Mark Smith} Add Senator John McCain- he also said
Bush is messing up in Iraq.
Of the $18.4 billion Congress approved last year for Iraqi
reconstruction, only $1.1 billion has been spent because of violence
and other problems. Hagel called that record "beyond pitiful and
embarrassing; it is now in the zone of dangerous."
Even Lugar, who is not usually given to strong rhetoric, said the
failure to inject funds into the Iraqi economy quickly was "exasperating
for anybody looking at this from any vantage point." Hagel told two
State Department officials they had "inherited a mess" from a year
of Pentagon-supervised government in Iraq and expressed doubt
that the United States was winning the war. "It's not a pretty
picture," he said.
||The War is Helping Bin
Retired General William Odom, former head of the National
Security Agency [under President Reagan and Bush Sr.]: "Bush
hasn't found the WMD. Al Qaeda, it's worse, he's lost on that
front. That he's going to achieve a democracy there? That
goal is lost, too. It's lost." He adds: "Right now, the
course we're on, we're achieving Bin Laden's ends."
And in answer to the question should the troops be pulled out of
Iraq, he said, "Yes. Because I don't think they're serving
any U.S. interests there. I don't think that the war serves U.S.
interests. I think Osama bin Laden's interests and the Iranian
interests are very much served by it, and it's becoming a huge
drain on our resources both material and political."
||President Bush... You
Killed My Son The Bush clan does not like free speech, and
have been busy arresting ANYONE who dares practice it at their Nazi
rallies. For example, "sweet and kind" Laura Bush had this woman,
thrown in jail for the CRIME of OBJECTING to having her son KILLED
in Bush's war. It seems she was wearing a tee shirt that Mrs. Bush
objected to. The tee shirt said, "President Bush: You Killed My
||Bush Planning to Take
Over the World Next???
"You've got to be
able to speak clearly in order to make this world a safer place.
You cannot expect to
lead this world
if you take both sides of an issue,"
||Bush Lies About Troop
Request Bush has always claimed he sent the right number of
troops into Iraq to "get the job done", but as the nightly news
attests almost every night, the job ain't
gettin' done- the war is NOT over, and the country is MORE out of
control now than before Bush bashed it. Bush has also always claimed
that IF his people in Iraq requested more troops, by gum he'd give
them more troops! Well, guess what? Paul Bremer- who was Bush's man
IN CHARGE OF IRAQ says he requested more troops time and again- only
to be continually turned down! From ABC news}
In an earlier speech Sept. 17 at DePauw University, Bremer
said he frequently raised the issue of too few
troops within the Bush administration and "should have
been even more insistent" when his advice was rejected. "The
single most important change the one thing that would have
improved the situation would have been having more troops in
Iraq at the beginning and throughout" the occupation, Bremer
said, according to the Banner-Graphic in Greencastle, Ind.
||Rumsfeld: No Terror Link
US Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld was forced to go into damage control mode Monday hours
after a statement he made began to spread through the media.
Mr. Rumsfeld "attempted
to distance himself from his earlier comments that there
were no links between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda," reports
In a statement issued several hours after he had told the
Council on Foreign Relations in New York that "to
my knowledge, I have not seen any strong, hard evidence that
links the two",
[Rumsfeld] claimed he had been "misunderstood".
were no weapons of mass destruction." Charles Duelfer, Chief
U.S. Arms Inspector in Iraq, in his final report.
||Anti-Free Speech: Poor
Bushy Can't Handle Criticism!
On October 15, 2004 three Medford schoolteachers were ejected by
State Police and Secret Service from a Bush rally in Central Point,
Oregon for wearing these shirts, which Bush event staff called “obscene."
Thursday’s event in Oregon sets a new bar for a Bush/Cheney campaign
that has taken extraordinary measures to screen the opinions of
those who attend Bush and Cheney speeches. For months, the
Bush/Cheney campaign has limited event access to those willing to
volunteer in Bush/Cheney campaign offices. In recent weeks, the
Bush/Cheney campaign has gone so far as to have those who voice
dissenting viewpoints at their events arrested and charged as
Oprah Slaps Bush
With 30 states poised to smack down women's rights again, the one true savior
By Mark Morford, SF Gate Columnist
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
So there she was, the nation's most powerful and popular public
female, kicking butt on a recent installment of her insanely beloved TV show
with the help of celeb guests (Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, P. Diddy, Christina
Aguilera) and galvanizing stunned women across the nation to participate in this
election, or else.
There was Oprah, doing what she does so freakishly well, cheerleading and
extolling and impressing upon, getting women up and getting them angry and
demanding that they exercise their hard-won right to vote and demanding that
they quit dissing their feminist ancestors, the ones who worked so damn hard for
suffrage and for freedom of choice and for the right to tell powerful sexist
Republican men where they can shove their repressive sexist antichoice bigotry.
This was her fabulous, much-needed message: Take your rights for granted at your
peril, ladies. Move, or else. Choose how you want the laws to treat and
respect you and your body -- or someone else, someone who hasn't touched a
vagina for 30 years and who thinks sex is only tolerable in the dark, fully
clothed and with a respectable prostitute, will choose for you.
Sound like a cliché? Same ol' quasi-feminist rally message? Not exactly. Not
this time. Just imagine this:
Imagine Bush filches another election in November. Nations mourn, black clouds
gather, children cry, colons spasm, the remaining shreds of the American
experiment wither and die.
And within a very short time, as many as 30 U.S. states have recriminalized
abortion and made repressing women and hating sex fun again, as young
American females everywhere who thought their right to choose was pretty much
incontrovertible and indisputable and unfailing and who therefore didn't bother
to vote in '00 or '04 suddenly go, oh holy freaking hell.
Hello, 1950s. Hello, coat-hanger surgery. Hello, millions of despondent
daughters of uptight parents. Hello, dead or mutilated teenage girls who suffer
botched procedures. Hello, a fresh national nightmare, revisited, regurgitated,
reborn. And hello again to smug right-wing males who've wanted to put women back
in their place for the past 50 years. Check that: 200 years. Check that:
Just a silly nightmare? Utterly impossible? A ridiculous liberal daydream? Not
even close, sweetheart.
It's all about the Supreme Court, of course. Fact is, our next president will
almost surely get to appoint a number of new high-court justices to replace
those who will likely retire after enduring Bush's toxic first term. They hung
in there, these few -- especially stalwarts Sandra Day O'Connor and moderate,
pro-choice John Paul Stevens -- hoping to disallow the nation's highest
judiciary from becoming overly stacked with homophobic self-righteous right-wing
neocon wingnuts (hi, Justice Scalia!) who would have us revert -- morally,
sexually, spiritually, misogynistically -- to 1953. Check that: 1853. Check
With the exception of nearly useless neoconservative sycophant Clarence Thomas,
not a single justice now serving on the court is under 65. Many insiders say
Stevens, O'Connor and bitter old man William Rehnquist (almost 80) are all
likely to retire before 2008. BushCo's chosen replacements could easily tip the
scales of the court the other direction, from its very precarious 5-4
progressive tilt to a very sneering 6-3 conservative one, a court that would
then very easily overturn parts or even all of Roe v. Wade. Talk about a
It gets worse. It gets nastier, more widespread. Because should Shrub swipe
another term, he will also be on his way to naming more federal trial and
appeals judges -- hundreds, by most counts -- than either Clinton or Reagan, the
last two-term presidents. Bush could, in short and for all intents and purposes,
stack the nation's courts with enough neoconservative, antichoice, antiwomen
crusaders to make Strom Thurmond giggle in his grave.
Which brings us straight back to Oprah. Say what you will about the often
weirdly effusive and overtly gushy and often slightly smarmy woman who just gave
away 276 Pontiacs to her entire studio audience (hard to tell if that was an act
of astounding generosity and beneficence, or some sort of weird punishment -- I
mean, they were Pontiacs), but the woman can electrify and inspire and educate
her millions of devoted viewers like nobody's business.
And if there's one famously disenfranchised and alienated and apathetic voting
bloc that needs to get off its collective yoga butt and stand up and make itself
known this election lest it lose an even larger chunk of its basic human rights
than it even realizes, it's youngish women.
This is, after all, what so many women don't seem to know. That the Bush
administration has already, in just a few short years, managed to roll back a
truly astounding number of their basic rights, making it more difficult, for
example, for doctors to perform abortions, or making it illegal for schools to
discuss contraception or for hospitals to discuss pregnancy-termination options.
From demeaning and ineffectual abstinence-only programs to biased counseling to
cutting all funding for international women's health organizations that
provide care to poor women in third-world nations (hell, Bush hacked that
one away in his first month in office), Dubya has done more than any president
in the last 100 years to smack women upside their sexually empowered heads.
Oh and by the way, that suggestion currently being floated by some in Congress
that the Iraq war has become so nasty and desperate that we might very well
need to reinstate the military draft? That draft includes young women. And
oh yes, Bush has already upheld the ban on abortions for servicewomen
stationed overseas, even if they pay for it themselves. Feeling patriotic yet?
This has been the GOP's message to women since, well, forever: Be like Laura
Bush -- submissive, matronly, heavily shellacked and ever flashing a disquieting
mannequin grin, off in the corner reading stories to the kids and cutting lots
of pretty ceremonial ribbons and keeping quiet about the Important Stuff and
never having sex and always be standing just out of the spotlight, secondary and
inferior and in the background. You know, right where you belong.
Truly and sadly, few indeed are the powerful and articulate public female voices
in our major media to counter this ideological poison. Who, Barbara Walters? Not
exactly hotly connected to youth and issues of the day. Katie Couric? About as
female empowering as a terrier. Martha Stewart? Busy designing barbell cozies
for the prison gym. The wholly queasy pseudo-feminists on the wholly awful "The
And while plethoric are the powerful women working behind the media scenes,
execs and pundits and writers, senators and world leaders and even forthright,
independent wives, and while there are plenty of strong-willed, outspoken female
celebs making their voices known, in terms of visibility and raw power and sheer
reach, nobody can touch Oprah. Which is exactly why her message was so
Here's the bottom line: 50 million eligible women didn't vote in 2000, and 22
million of them were single and nearly every one of them probably thought their
vote doesn't matter and it isn't really worth it and who cares anyway because no
matter who wins, everything's still pretty much run by rich powerful men anyway.
Which is, you know, sort of true. But not quite.
Because as Oprah knows, there are powerful men who get it and who love women and
who understand their issues and who have cool articulate daughters and
opinionated self-defined multilingual firebrand wives (Hi, Teresa), and there
are aww-shucks antichoice Texans with lifeless token wives who think your body
is government property and you should just pipe down and keep your damn legs
closed and go pray to an angry Republican God to forgive your plentiful
Hey, it's your choice. But not for long.
Paper of Bush Endorses Kerry
Note: So far this is the BEST editorial against Bush that
I have seen, even better than big city newspapers.
Kerry Will Restore American Dignity
2004 Iconoclast Presidential Endorsement
Few Americans would have voted for George W. Bush four years ago if he had
promised that, as President, he would:
• Empty the Social Security trust fund by $507 billion to
help offset fiscal irresponsibility and at the same time slash Social
• Cut Medicare by 17 percent and reduce veterans’ benefits and military pay.
• Eliminate overtime pay for millions of Americans and raise oil prices by
• Give tax cuts to businesses that sent American jobs overseas, and, in
fact, by policy encourage their departure.
• Give away billions of tax dollars in government contracts without
• Involve this country in a deadly and highly questionable war, and
• Take a budget surplus and turn it into the worst deficit in the history of
the United States, creating a debt in just four years that will take
generations to repay.
These were elements of a hidden agenda that surfaced only after he took office.
The publishers of The Iconoclast endorsed Bush four years ago, based on the
things he promised, not on this smoke-screened agenda.
Today, we are endorsing his opponent, John Kerry, based not only on the things
that Bush has delivered, but also on the vision of a return to normality that
Kerry says our country needs.
Four items trouble us the most about the Bush administration:
His initiatives to disable the Social Security system,
The deteriorating state of the American economy,
A dangerous shift away from the basic freedoms
established by our founding fathers, and
His continuous mistakes regarding terrorism and Iraq.
President Bush has announced plans to change the Social Security
system as we know it by privatizing it, which when considering all the tangents
related to such a change, would put the entire economy in a dramatic tailspin.
The Social Security Trust Fund actually lends money to the rest
of the government in exchange for government bonds, which is how the system must
work by law, but how do you later repay Social Security while you are running a
huge deficit? It’s impossible, without raising taxes sometime in the future or
becoming fiscally responsible now. Social Security money is being used to
escalate our deficit and, at the same time, mask a much larger government
deficit, instead of paying down the national debt, which would be a proper use,
to guarantee a future gain.
Privatization is problematic in that it would subject Social
Security to the ups, downs, and outright crashes of the Stock Market. It would
take millions in brokerage fees and commissions out of the system, and, unless
we have assurance that the Ivan Boeskys and Ken Lays of the world will be caught
and punished as a deterrent, subject both the Market and the Social Security
Fund to fraud and market manipulation, not to mention devastate and ruin
multitudes of American families that would find their lives lost to starvation,
shame, and isolation.
Kerry wants to keep Social Security, which each of us already owns. He says that
the program is manageable, since it is projected to be solvent through 2042,
with use of its trust funds. This would give ample time to strengthen the
economy, reduce the budget deficit the Bush administration has created, and,
therefore, bolster the program as needed to fit ever-changing demographics.
Our senior citizens depend upon Social Security. Bush’s answer is radical and
uncalled for, and would result in chaos as Americans have never experienced. Do
we really want to risk the future of Social Security on Bush by spinning the
wheel of uncertainty?
In those dark hours after the World Trade Center attacks, Americans rallied
together with a new sense of patriotism. We were ready to follow Bush’s lead
through any travail.
He let us down.
When he finally emerged from his
hide-outs on remote military bases well after the first crucial hours following
the attack, he gave sound-bytes instead of solutions.
He did not trust us to be ready to sacrifice, build up our public and private
security infrastructure, or cut down on our energy use to put economic pressure
on the enemy in all the nations where he hides. He merely told us to shop,
spend, and pretend nothing was wrong.
Rather than using the billions of dollars expended on the invasion of Iraq to
shore up our boundaries and go after Osama bin Laden and the Saudi Arabian
terrorists, the funds were used to initiate a war with what Bush called a more
immediate menace, Saddam Hussein, in oil-rich Iraq. After all, Bush said Iraq
had weapons of mass destruction trained on America. We believed him, just as we
believed it when he reported that Iraq was the heart of terrorism. We trusted
The Iconoclast, the President’s hometown newspaper, took Bush on his word and
editorialized in favor of the invasion. The newspaper’s publisher promoted Bush
and the invasion of Iraq to Londoners in a BBC interview during the time that
the administration was wooing the support of Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Again, he let us down.
We presumed the President had solid proof of the existence of these weapons,
what and where they were, even as the search continued. Otherwise, our troops
would be in much greater danger and the premise for a hurried-up invasion would
be moot, allowing more time to solicit assistance from our allies.
Instead we were duped into following yet another privileged agenda.
Now he argues unconvincingly that Iraq was providing safe harbor to terrorists,
his new key justification for the invasion. It is like arguing that America
provided safe harbor to terrorists leading to 9/11.
Once and for all, George Bush was President of the United States on that day. No
one else. He had been President nine months, he had been officially warned of
just such an attack a full month before it happened. As President, ultimately he
and only he was responsible for our failure to avert those attacks.
We should expect that a sitting President would vacation less, if at all, and
instead tend to the business of running the country, especially if he is, as he
likes to boast, a “wartime president.” America is in service 365 days a year. We
don’t need a part-time President who does not show up for duty as
Commander-In-Chief until he is forced to, and who is in a constant state of
blameless denial when things don’t get done.
What has evolved from the virtual
go-it-alone conquest of Iraq is more gruesome than a stain on a White House
intern’s dress. America’s reputation and influence in the world has diminished,
leaving us with brute force as our most persuasive voice.
Iraq is now a quagmire: no WMDs, no substantive link between Saddam and Osama,
and no workable plan for the withdrawal of our troops. We are asked to go along
on faith. But remember, blind patriotism can be a dangerous thing and “spin”
will not bring back to life a dead soldier; certainly not a thousand of them.
Kerry has remained true to his vote granting the President the authority to use
the threat of war to intimidate Saddam Hussein into allowing weapons
inspections. He believes President Bush rushed into war before the inspectors
finished their jobs.
Kerry also voted against President Bush’s $87 billion for troop funding because
the bill promoted poor policy in Iraq, privileged Halliburton and other
corporate friends of the Bush administration to profiteer from the war, and
forced debt upon future generations of Americans.
Kerry’s four-point plan for Iraq is realistic, wise, strong, and correct. With
the help from our European and Middle Eastern allies, his plan is to train Iraqi
security forces, involve Iraqis in their rebuilding and constitution-writing
processes, forgive Iraq’s multi-billion dollar debts, and convene a regional
conference with Iraq’s neighbors in order to secure a pledge of respect for
Iraq’s borders and non-interference in Iraq’s internal affairs.
The publishers of the Iconoclast differ with Bush on other issues, including the
denial of stem cell research, shortchanging veterans’ entitlements, cutting
school programs and grants, dictating what our children learn through a
thought-controlling “test” from Washington rather than allowing local school
boards and parents to decide how young people should be taught, ignoring the
environment, and creating extraneous language in the Patriot Act that removes
some of the very freedoms that our founding fathers and generations of soldiers
fought so hard to preserve.
We are concerned about the vast exportation of jobs to other countries, due in
large part to policies carried out by Bush appointees. Funds previously geared
at retention of small companies are being given to larger concerns, such as
Halliburton — companies with strong ties to oil and gas. Job training has been
cut every year that Bush has resided at the White House.
Then there is his resolve to inadequately finance Homeland Security and to cut
the Community Oriented Policing Program (COPS) by 94 percent, to reduce money
for rural development, to slash appropriations for the Small Business
Administration, and to under-fund veterans’ programs.
Likewise troubling is that President Bush fought against the creation of the
9/11 Commission and is yet to embrace its recommendations.
Vice President Cheney’s Halliburton has been awarded multi-billion-dollar
contracts without undergoing any meaningful bid process — an enormous conflict
of interest — plus the company has been significantly raiding the funds of
Export-Import Bank of America, reducing investment that could have gone toward
small business trade.
When examined based on all the facts, Kerry’s voting record is enviable and
echoes that of many Bush allies who are aghast at how the Bush administration
has destroyed the American economy. Compared to Bush on economic issues, Kerry
would be an arch-conservative, providing for Americans first. He has what it
takes to right our wronged economy.
The re-election of George W. Bush would be a mandate to continue on our present
course of chaos. We cannot afford to double the debt that we already have. We
need to be moving in the opposite direction.
John Kerry has 30 years of experience looking out for the American people and
can navigate our country back to prosperity and re-instill in America the
dignity she so craves and deserves. He has served us well as a highly decorated
Vietnam veteran and has had a successful career as a district attorney,
lieutenant governor, and senator.
Kerry has a positive vision for America, plus the proven intelligence, good
sense, and guts to make it happen.
That’s why The Iconoclast urges Texans not to rate the candidate by his hometown
or even his political party, but instead by where he intends to take the
The Iconoclast wholeheartedly endorses John Kerry.
Bush Bored With Fighting Terrorism
by Mark Smith
used to be concerned about terrorism, but he got
bored with it after six months- read his own words}
"The most important thing is for us to find
Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we
will not rest until we find him!"
(George W. Bush, September 13, 2001)
"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no
idea and I really don't
care. It's not that important.
(George W. Bush, March 13, 2002)
NOTE: Reread the bottom quote
above, but this time put yourself in the shoes of one of the
thousands who lost a loved one in the World Trade Center
attack. Osama is the biggest mass murderer in American
history, and our idiot president just publicly confessed his
real feelings: he doesn't give a rat's ass where Osama's
at, or about catching Osama. In other words, he's got other
priorities on his mind. I wonder what they are???
For more of "Get Your War On" cartoons go to:
Bushisms- Stupidities or
Freudian Slips ???
"Too many OBGYN's are not able to practice their love of
women all across America." George Bush 9/7/04
Here is a link to a video that shows the idiot in all his glory,
trying to bullshit his way out of a question regarding Indian tribes in the
The Bush Monkey
And THIS man is in charge of the largest arsenal in
the world???? Holy Shit!!!
Bush Seeks Church Membership Data
By David Morgan, Reuters
WASHINGTON (July 1) - President Bush, seeking to mobilize
religious conservatives for his reelection campaign, has asked church-going
volunteers to turn over church
membership directories, campaign officials said on Thursday.
In a move sharply criticized both by religious leaders
and civil libertarians, the Bush-Cheney campaign has issued a guide listing
about two-dozen "duties" and a series of deadlines for organizing support among
conservative church congregations.
A copy of the guide directs religious volunteers to
send church directories to state
campaign committees, identify new churches that can be organized by the
Bush campaign and talk to clergy about holding voter registration drives.
The document, distributed to campaign coordinators across
the country earlier this year, also recommends that volunteers distribute voter
guides in church and use Sunday service programs for get-out-the-vote drives.
"We expect this election to be potentially as close as 2000, so every vote
counts and it's important to reach out to every single supporter of President
Bush," campaign spokesman Scott Stanzel said.
But the Rev. Richard Land, who
deals with ethics and religious liberty issues for the Southern Baptist
Convention, a key Bush constituency, said he was "appalled."
"First of all, I would not want my church directories
being used that way," he said, predicting failure for the Bush plan.
The conservative Protestant denomination, whose 16
million members strongly backed Bush in 2000, held regular drives that
encouraged church-goers to "vote their values," said Land.
"But it's one thing for us to do that. It's a totally
different thing for a partisan campaign to come in and try to organize a church.
A lot of pastors are going to say: 'Wait
a minute, bub'," he added.
The guide surfaced as a spate of opinion polls showed
Bush's reelection campaign facing a tough battle.
A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll showed Bush running
neck-and-neck with Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry among registered
voters, 47 percent of whom said they now believed
the president had misled Americans about
the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq.
The Bush campaign has also been spending heavily on
television ads, only to see the president's approval ratings slump to new lows.
Stanzel said the campaign ended the month of June with
$64 million on hand. He had no figures on how much Bush has raised in June. At
the end of May, Bush had raised $213.4 million and spent all but $63 million.
The latest effort to marshal religious support also drew
fire from civil liberties activists concerned about the constitutional
separation of church and state.
"Any coordination between the Bush campaign and church
leaders would clearly be illegal," said a statement from the activist group
Americans United for Separation of Church and State.
07/01/04 19:30 ET
Quotes and Snippets
by the rock group "Rush" from the "Moving Pictures" album
The night is black
Without a moon.
The air is thick and still.
The vigilantes gather on
The lonely torchlit hill.
Features distorted in the flickering light,
The faces are twisted and grotesque.
Silent and stern in the sweltering night,
The mob moves like demons possesed.
Quiet in conscience, calm in their right,
Confident their ways are best.
The righteous rise
With burning eyes
Of hatred and ill-will.
Madmen fed on fear and lies
To beat and burn and kill.
They say there are strangers who threaten us,
In our immigrants and infidels.
They say there is strangeness too dangerous
In our theaters and bookstore shelves.
That those who know what's best for us
Must rise and save us from ourselves.
Quick to judge,
Quick to anger,
Slow to understand
Ignorance and prejudice
And fear walk hand in hand...
(author unknown...but keep scrolling down)
Its sad and confusing for me to see the Christian subculture which I was
introduced to in the early 70's to have mutated from the gentle spiritual
"Jesus Movement" to the angry, warmongering, hostile, oppressive,
self-righteous, narrow minded, in-your-face creeps they have evolved into.
Now all they need is a Messiah to lead them to glorious Victory over the
"infidels"! For the Bible doesnt speak of an "anti-Jesus" but of an
"anti-Christ". The antichrist wont claim to be Jesus, but will claim
to be Christ/Messiah. Both Christ and Messiah simply mean one
annointed by God to carry out God's will. Dubya claims to be anointed
by God and led by God and on a Mission From God. God help us all.
If he is not "the" Anti-Christ, he is "an" Anti-Christ, or false
I hear the storm troopers coming, marching in lockstep, waving their King
James Bibles overhead.
Long live Amerika.
Jon Stewart, The Daily Show Jon
Stewart, via Bush's own words, truly shows what a hypocritical lying scumbag Mr.
Bush really is. Follow this link and see for yourself, then use your Return
arrow to come back here.
Bushites are Blinded The
University of Maryland conducted a survey and found just how out of touch with
reality the Bushites really are. Of course myself, knowing that most of these
knuckleheads are also Fundy Christians, the results of the survey don't surprise
me. The survey found that Bush supporters have a "resistance
to information", which is a nice way of saying they are out of touch
with reality, and in order to STAY out of touch with realities they don't like
they censor what they let into their brains, or as the article puts it, "to
avoid this cognitive dissonance, Bush supporters suppress awareness of
unsettling information." Some of the things they have blinded themselves
to are Bush's policies. If they won't allow themselves to see anything bad about
Bush, well gosh then, Bush will look pretty darn good! The survey found that
most Bush supporters have "numerous misperceptions" about the president's
positions. They incorrectly think that Bush backs the Kyoto Global Warming
Treaty, the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the International Criminal Court, and
the treaty banning land mines. They also somehow think that most people in the
world LIKE Bush and want him reelected! (The truth is, in international survey
after survey, the VAST majority of the world hates Bush with a passion.).
(survey results from The Orange County Register, Friday Oct. 22, 2004 p. News 7)
Bushaholics This brief analysis
is based on several years of chatting with Christian Fundies in AOL chatrooms,
reading their rantings on message boards, and emailing with them.
Christian Fundies see President Dubya as "God's anointed man of the hour" so to
speak. They believe that he is the one whom God will use to usher in the Battle
of Armageddon, and hence the Second Coming of Christ! In the fundy mental
universe, everything revolves around end-time prophecy (because a literal second
coming of Christ is their central Hope), and end-time prophecy revolves around
the so-called State of Israel. At least in their narrow and oddball
This parallels, somewhat, the situation in first century Palestine, where
various revolutionary groups (the Zealots and Sicarri to name just two) were
staging guerilla attacks on the occupying Roman forces in a heartfelt
faith-filled belief they could thereby "force Yahweh's hand" into delivering
them miraculously from their enemies via a Messiah. What they got, of course,
was a final invasion of Palestine by the Roman general Titus who finally
defeated, slaughtered, and dispersed them in 70 AD.
Today, we have Fundies anxious to see a literal second coming of Christ in their
lifetime (so the Baby Boomers wont have to grow old and die I suppose), and they
see the terrible situation in the Middle East as signaling the End Draweth Nigh.
George Bush and his lunatic activities are seen as fulfillment of Bible
prophecy, and that Bush will be the one to "force Yahweh's hand" in ushering in
the Battle of Armageddon (to take place in the Middle East), and then the
glorious literal Second Coming of Christ.
Yes, these people are bizarrely and dangerously deluded. Religion will do that
to you. Religion is a mental virus, a meme, and can afflict and delude even
otherwise intelligent adults into believing fantastic nonsense. (Do you think
ALL the terrorist bombers who blow themsleves up are stupid?)
Hold onto your hats folks. It's going to get much worse here on in if Dubya is
Marshal Mathers, aka Eminem: "He
(Bush) has been painted to be this hero and he's got our troops over there dying
for no reason. I haven't heard an explanation yet that I can understand. Explain
to us why we have troops over there dying... I think he started a mess. He
fucked up so bad he doesn't know what to do right now. Bin Laden attacked us and
we attack Saddam. We ain't heard from Saddam for ten years, but we go attack
Saddam. Explain why that is. Give us some answers." Rolling Stone magazine, Nov
Jon Stewart of The Daily Show:
While saying that President Bush is a "decent" man, Stewart lampooned him for
saying during a presidential debate that he couldn't name one of his mistakes.
"He can't think of one?" Stewart asked. "I got a list." New
York, Oct. 15, 2004
Michael Moore: "How about that
debate Thursday?" Moore asked, proceeding to mimic the president's facial
expressions and emphasis on the "hard work" involved in fighting the war on
terrorism. "We know it's hard work. That's why we want you out of there. You've
been on vacation 40% of the time."
George Soros on FlipFlops:
The number of flipflops and missteps committed by the Bush administration in
Iraq far exceeds anything John Kerry can be accused of. First we dissolved
the Iraqi army, then we tried to reconstitute it. First we tried to
eliminate the Baathists, then we turned to them for help. First we installed
General Jay Garner to run the country, then we gave it to Paul Bremer and
when the insurgency became intractable, we installed an Iraqi government.
The man we chose was a protégé of the CIA with the reputation of a strong
man - a far cry from democracy. First we attacked Falluja over the
objections of the Marine commander on the ground, then pulled them out when
the assault was half-way through, again over his objections. "Once you
commit, you got to stay committed," he said publicly. More recently, we
started bombing Falluja again.
on The War:
Whether you like the Michael Moore film or not, a big part of its
value was that it showed how sanitized the war that we received on
television at night is. The fact that the administration refused to allow
photographs of the flag-draped coffins of returning dead, that the president
hasn't shown up at a single military funeral for the young people who gave
their lives for his policies, is disgraceful.
--Bruce Springstreen, Rolling Stone interview
Senator John Kerry on Iraq: Iraq
is now what it was not before the war: a haven for
Time magazine Editorial "The
neoconservatives had ulterior motives; almost all were fervent believers in the
state of Israel and, as a prominent Turkish official told me last week, 'They
didn't want Saddam's rockets falling on Tel Aviv'". (Editorial by Joe
Klein 5/17/04, page 25)
Orange County Register (a VERY Republican newspaper): Lead
Editorial from Sept. 10 2004
"That (Iraq) war bids to continue for years, diverting
precious attention and resources from the stateless terrorist who may well
be planning the next attack even now... It was not an abstraction called
'terrorism' that attacked America, but a specific group of terrorists.
Instead of engaging in a vague crusade to reshape the world, why not renew
America's resolve to inflict damage on those who inflicted damage on us?"
Gore Vidal, Author
No. We are talking about despotism.
I have read not only the first PATRIOT Act but also the second one, which has
not yet been totally made public nor approved by Congress and to which there is
already great resistance. An American citizen can be fingered as a terrorist,
and with what proof? No proof. All you need is the word of the attorney general
or maybe the president himself. You can then be locked up without access to a
lawyer, and then tried by military tribunal and even executed. Or, in a
brand-new wrinkle, you can be exiled, stripped of your citizenship and packed
off to another place not even organized as a country - like Tierra del Fuego or
some rock in the Pacific. All of this is in the USA PATRIOT Act. The Founding
Fathers would have found this to be despotism in spades. And they would have
hanged anybody who tried to get this through the Constitutional Convention in
Do you not think of Bush and Ashcroft as Americans?
I think of them as an alien army. They have managed to take over
everything, and quite in the open. We have a deranged president. We have
despotism. We have no due process.
How do you think the current war in Iraq is going to play out?
I think we will go down the tubes right with it. With each action
Bush ever more enrages the Muslims. And there are a billion of them. And
sooner or later they will have a Saladin who will pull them together, and
they will come after us. And it won't be pretty.
L.A. Weekly interview, Nov 14-20 2003
A Quick Question for Bushmen:
Here is a quick way you can tell WHY a person supports Bush- one question that
will tell you if there's hope of changing his mind, or if the person "come hell
or high water" will STILL vote for Bush. Ask him this:
IF Bush came out on national TV tomorrow and admitted
that he's an Atheist, and has ALWAYS been an Atheist would you still vote
for him??? This one question will tell you if he's open
to reason and facts, or if his mind is hopelessly closed, for if the ONLY thing
that would change his mind is Bush's religiousness, then that is really the only
thing he's voting for. Facts and figures & reasons, 900 dead American soldiers,
stealing an election, destroying the Bill of Rights, and going AWOL from the
military- all these will be wasted on him, and taking him to see Moore's movie
"Fahrenheit 9-11" will only have value if the popcorn turns out good.
"I'm here tonight to talk about research into what may be the greatest medical
breakthrough in our lifetime- the use of embryonic stem cells... It may be
within our power to put an end to this suffering- we only need to try...
Now there are those who would stand in the way of this remarkable future, deny
funding for such crucial research... There are some whose belief is sincere, but
the theology of a few should not be allowed to
forestall the health and well being of the many. And how can
we "affirm life" if we abandon those whose own lives are so
desperately at risk? ...We can choose between true compassion, and mere
ideology." (July 27, 2004 @ The Democratic
|General Wesley K. Clark: "That flag is
our flag. We served under that flag. We've seen men die
for that flag. And no John Ashcroft or Tom DeLay or Dick Cheney is going
to take that flag away from us!" (Orange County Register,
July 27, 2004, p. News 7)
Barack Obama "When
we send our young men and women into harm's way, we have a solemn obligation not
to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they're going,
to care for their families while they're gone, to tend to the soldiers upon
their return, and to never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war,
secure the peace, and earn the respect of the world." (July 27,
2004 @ The Democratic National Convention)
Senator Ted Kennedy:
Despite the Kerry campaign's admonition to convention
speakers not to risk alienating undecided voters with red-meat attacks on
the president, Kennedy unleashed what amounted to the latest in a string of
flame-throwing verbal assaults on Bush. In recent months, for example,
he has called the war in Iraq a
fraud "made up in Texas," a political product "marketed"
by the Bush administration to win elections and ultimately Bush's
"More than 900 of our service men and women
have already paid the ultimate price," he said in his convention
address, his voice sometimes cracking. "The administration has alienated
longtime allies. Instead of making America more secure, they have
made us less so. If each of us cared about the
public interest, we wouldn’t have the excesses of Enron. We wouldn’t
have the abuses of Halliburton. And Vice President Cheney would be
retired to an undisclosed location."
Kennedy likened Bush to a "monarch named George who
inherited the crown" drawing laughs. And, invoking the memory of
Democratic icon Franklin D. Roosevelt, he told the crowd: "The only thing
we have to fear is four more years of George W. Bush."
(July 27, 2004 @ The Democratic Convention)
Bush Caused This War: "It is the
Bush administration... who spoke the words that have cost us more than 900 lives
and billions of dollars and have left our international reputation inn tatters."
Regarding Torture as Policy: "There's a reason why we sign
these treaties -- to protect my son in the military," Senator Biden growled at
Mr Ashcroft. "That's why we have these treaties. "So
when Americans are captured, they are not tortured. That's the reason, in case
anybody forgets it."2
Somewhere in Texas... a village is missing its idiot.
Dumbness: To someone dumber than Bush, he looks
Bushtianity and Bushtians- Fundy Christians LOVE Bush
by Mark Smith
For the fanatical Christian followers of George W, the ONLY
thing that would make them NOT vote for Bush is if he came out on national TV
and said he was really an Atheist- that he had lied about all that Jesus crap.
That's it. Baring that, they'll vote for him come hell or high water.
"I know Bush has done things that aren't perfect, but Bush said
that he's accepted Jesus Christ as his savior. I believe that the way he tries
to take the United States is more toward God." Kevin Patesel, Canton Ohio,
as quoted in the Orange County Register, 9/27/04 p. News 7
The Conservative Case for Kerry
As a former Reagan-administration official, registered Republican, born-again
Christian, and traditional conservative, I am going to vote for John Kerry. So
are many other old-line Republicans. Here's why.
While the Bush administration calls itself "conservative," its use of the term
is frankly Orwellian. It not only deprives the word of meaning, but also
presents the administration's philosophy as the opposite of what it actually is.
Conservatives have always believed in fiscal responsibility: in being
sure you could pay your way and in providing for the future. Conservatives pay
down debt, rather than adding to it. This doesn't necessarily mean balancing the
budget every year, but at a minimum it means striving toward balance as a top
The Bush approach is completely at odds with such thinking. If any proof were
needed, it was amply provided in the president's acceptance speech at the
Republican National Convention. With Congressional Budget Office projections
showing oceans of red ink for the indefinite future, President Bush promised
more tax cuts. His audience cheered.
Conservatives are often well off, but they understand that the best way to
preserve the society in which they are doing so well is to ensure that all its
members can survive at a reasonable standard of living. It was the conservative
Otto von Bismarck, after all, who first introduced social-security programs in
19th Century Germany for just that reason.
Conservatives do not loot the Treasury or bet the future health of their
society on the chance that the best-case scenario will actually materialize.
They provide for the worst case. So a conservative would have expected that the
president's tax cuts and promises of more to come would at least have been
accompanied by plans for cutting expenditures.
That expectation would have been disappointed, however, as the president
promised about $1 trillion of new spending programs that, given his tax cuts,
can be paid for only with red ink.
Which brings us to a second fundamental principle of conservatism: small
government. From the founding of the Republic until now, conservatives have
feared the threat to liberty posed by big government.
Conservative icon Ronald Reagan came to power primarily by focusing on big
government as the source of most of the country's problems. But the Bush
administration has presided over a steady increase in the size of government, as
federal expenditure has risen as a percentage of gross domestic product, after
declining in the late 1990s.
Conservatives have never been enthusiastic about foreign adventures or about
messianic undertakings. John Adams made the point early in our history when
he emphasized that "America does not go abroad to slay dragons."
It was the liberal Democrats Woodrow Wilson and John Kennedy who committed the
United States to making the world safe for democracy and to "bearing any burden
and paying any price to assure the success of liberty." These are fine-sounding
words, but they are not the words of conservatives. Thus, when President Bush
promises to democratize the Mideast, conservatives cringe. So much so, in fact,
that several former high-ranking officials of the Reagan and first Bush
administrations have told me that they are not supporting the president for
This is because they know that, administration rhetoric to the contrary
notwithstanding, we are not safer today than we were three years ago. Far from
destroying al-Qaida and cutting its alleged links with Saddam Hussein, we have
made Iraq into a magnet for terrorists. Worse, there is a real possibility that
Osama bin Laden could gain control of our ally Pakistan, with its nuclear
weapons and operational long-range missiles. Safe? Not on your life.
Nor are we freer. Conservatives are nothing if not steadfast defenders of
individual rights, rule of law, and due process. Yet the Patriot Act and the
procedures at Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere have visibly infringed on all of
these. It is ironic that even as it preaches about widening the circle of
freedom abroad, the administration is reducing it at home.
Before the current campaign, it might have been argued that at least in
affirming the importance of faith and respecting those who profess it the
administration had embraced traditional conservative views. But in the wake of
the Swift Boat ads attacking John Kerry, even this argument can no longer be
maintained. As an elder of the Presbyterian Church, I found that those ads were
not at all in the Christian tradition. John McCain rightly condemned them as
dishonest and dishonorable. The president should have, too. That he did not
undermines his credibility on questions of faith.
Some say it's just politics. But that's the whole point. More is expected of
people of faith than "just politics."
The fact is that the Bush administration might better be called radical or
romantic or adventurist than conservative. And that's why real conservatives are
leaning toward Kerry.
Manipulating The Data
by Mark Smith
The Bush administration has already been caught several times
manipulating the data to serve its own ends. In the latest fiasco (June
2004) Secretary of State Colin Powell had to publicly retract the previous
released "happy face" data on the number of terror incidents, and replace it
with data that shows things have gotten worse- WAY worse. Again, how lying
shenanigans like these fail to merit the disapproval of Fundy Christians...
all I can say is that back when I was a Christian, lying was still
considered a SIN. It looks like things have changed since then, for these
modern Fundies, if it's THEIR man doing the lying, lying is A-OK with them.
Other cases that may come to mind: cooking the books to get the Medicare
Insurance/Ripoff cards passed thru congress, doctoring the release of the
panel on greenhouse gases to show all is ok, and let us not forget:
arranging the data to show that Saddam was ready to nuke or poison the US.
As with all Fundy Christians, Bush & Co. seem to have no hesitation to
lie if and when it suits their purpose. After all, for them the END
justifies the MEANS, and if they lie, so what? A simple "sorry, Jesus" wipes
away all the sin while leaving all the benefits.
Retired Diplomats, Military Commanders Fault Bush's
Administration Unable to Handle Global Leadership, Former
Ambassadors, Generals Say
By Peter Slevin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, June 16, 2004; 3:32 PM
administration does not understand the world it faces and is unable to handle
"in either style or substance" the responsibilities of global leadership, an
eminent group of 27 retired diplomats and military commanders charged today.
"Our security has been weakened," the former ambassadors and four-star
commanders said in a statement read at a packed Washington news conference.
"Never in the two and a quarter centuries of our history has the
United States been so isolated among the nations, so broadly feared and
The statement fit onto a single page, but the
sharp public criticism of President Bush was striking, coming from a
bipartisan group of respected former officials united in anger about U.S.
The commentary emerges at a time when public doubt about the U.S.
invasion of Iraq and Bush's handling of national security has grown and
faith in Bush's leadership has fallen, as measured by opinion polls.
State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said the administration
"has a record that it's happy to stand on." He said United States fights
terrorism with "diplomatic, military, intelligence and law enforcement
As for the group of former government officials drafting a strong
statement, Boucher said it is "within their rights, within their freedom.
Well, it's a free country. They can do that if they want, just like any
other citizens. "
Also today, the panel investigating the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks said it found "no
evidence" that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein had worked with
al Qaeda on the Sept. 11 attacks or any other
missions in the United States.
Significant players in the Bush administration have worked to connect Hussein
in the public's mind with Sept. 11 and anti-American terrorism, an effort that
largely succeeded. As recently as this week, Vice President Cheney said Hussein
had "long-established ties" with al Qaeda.
"Why the vice president continues to make that claim beats me. I
have no idea," said Phyllis Oakley, a signatory of the anti-Bush statement
and a former director of the State
Department's intelligence office.
Oakley and the other 26 signatories described Bush administration
"manipulation of uncertain intelligence about weapons of mass destruction"
and "a cynical campaign to persuade the public that Saddam Hussein was
linked to al Qaeda and the attacks of Sept. 11."
The new group, which calls itself Diplomats and Military Commanders
for Change, believes
Bush must be replaced
for the United States to regain credibility and strengthen valuable foreign
They said they did not coordinate their message with the campaign
of Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry, but they made clear that
they support the Massachusetts senator's quest.
Gen. Merrill A. "Tony" McPeak, former
U.S. Air Force chief of staff,
said he was the Oregon chairman of Republican Robert J. Dole's presidential
campaign in 1996 and joined Veterans for Bush in 2000. Now he
is advising Kerry.
has gone away from me, not vice versa," McPeak told reporters.
A consistent theme of the statement and the news conference at the National
Press Club was that the Bush administration has taken steps that have
alienated allies and undermined U.S. interests -- ultimately making the
world a more dangerous place
Noting the arrests without trial of Muslims since Sept. 11 and the
abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq,
former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia
Chas Freeman criticized a "post 9/11 atmosphere of hysteria."
"I think we will in time come to be
very ashamed of this period in
history," Freeman said, "and of the role some people in the
administration played in setting the tone and setting the rules."
Donald McHenry, former
ambassador to the United Nations, answered a question about the
effectiveness of U.S. public diplomacy, a special focus of the Bush
administration, especially in the Muslim world.
"You can embark on all the public diplomacy you wish, but if there
is no substance to the policy, it's very difficult to sell," McHenry said. '
"You can't sell product no matter how extensive your P.R. efforts
are if the product is lousy," McHenry continued. "I think that,
unfortunately, is the situation in which the United States finds itself in
many parts of the world."
The former diplomats and military commanders said the United States
suffers from "close identification" with autocratic governments in the
Muslim world and "the perception of unquestioning
support for the policies and actions of the present Israeli
The group called for greater balance.
Among those who signed the statement are Adm. William J. Crowe,
chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
under Ronald Reagan, and Marine Gen. Joseph P. Hoar, appointed by
George H.W. Bush to lead U.S. forces
in the Middle East.
The participants include a pair of former
ambassadors to the Soviet Union,
ambassadors to Israel, two
ambassadors to Pakistan
and Adm. Stansfield Turner, onetime
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
Bush from the outset "adopted an overbearing approach to America's
role in the world, relying on military might and righteousness, insensitive
to the concerns of traditional friends and allies, and disdainful of the
United Nations," the statement says. "Motivated more by
than by reasoned analysis, it struck out on its own."
Humor- What is Funny About This
Letterman's Top Ten List: Top Ten George W. Bush Complaints About
10. That actor who played the President was totally unconvincing
9. It oversimplified the way I stole the election
8. Too many of them fancy college-boy words
7. If Michael Moore had waited a few months, he
could have included the part where I get him deported
6. Didn't have one of them hilarious monkeys who
smoke cigarettes and gives people the finger
5. Of all Michael Moore's accusations, only 97% are
4. Not sure - - I passed out after a piece of
popcorn lodged in my windpipe
3. Where the hell was Spider-man?
2. Couldn't hear most of the movie over Cheney's
1. I thought this was supposed to be about dodgeball
"Here's something shocking according to the latest issue of Newsweek magazine:
The Bush administration officials are reviewing a proposal that would allow for
the postponement of the presidential election in the event of a catastrophe. You
know, like Kerry winning." -Jay Leno
"I love that the Department of Homeland Security always tells Americans if you
don't fly commercial airlines, 'the terrorists have won.' If you don't
hold the Super Bowl or the World Series, 'the terrorists have won.' If you don't
get out to the mall and do your Christmas shopping, 'the terrorists have won.'
Comes time for the election, 'Oh, let the terrorists have that one."' -Jay
Fundy-Mental Christians Support Bush
Subject: Why Fundy Mental Christians Support Bush
Date: 11/1/2004 1:56:28 PM Pacific Standard Time
From: Mojave Nate
This brief analysis is based on several years of chatting with Christian Fundies
in AOL chatrooms, reading their rantings on message boards, and emailing with
Christian Fundies see President Dubya as "God's anointed man of the hour" so to
speak. They believe that he is the one whom God will use to usher in the Battle
of Armageddon, and hence the Second Coming of Christ! In the fundy mental
universe, everything revolves around end-time prophecy (because a literal second
coming of Christ is their central Hope), and end-time prophecy revolves around
the so-called State of Israel. At least in their narrow and oddball
This parallels, somewhat, the situation in first century Palestine, where
various revolutionary groups (the Zealots and Sicarii to name just two) were
staging guerilla attacks on the occupying Roman forces in a heartfelt
faith-filled belief they could thereby "force Yahweh's hand" into delivering
them miraculously from their enemies via a Messiah. What they got, of course,
was a final invasion of Palestine by the Roman general Titus who decisively
defeated, slaughtered, and dispersed them in 70 AD.
Today, we have Fundies anxious to see a literal second coming of Christ in their
lifetime (so the Baby Boomers wont have to grow old and die I suppose), and they
see the terrible situation in the Middle East as signaling The End Draweth Nigh.
George Bush and his lunatic activities are seen as fulfillment of Bible
prophecy, and that Bush will be the one to "force Yahweh's hand" in ushering in
the Battle of Armageddon (to take place in the Middle East), which will then
lead to the glorious literal Second Coming of Christ.
Yes, these people are bizarrely and dangerously deluded. Religion will do that
to you. Religion is a mental virus, a meme, and can afflict and delude even
otherwise intelligent adults into believing fantastic nonsense. (Do you think
ALL the terrorist bombers who blow themselves up are stupid?)
Hold onto your hats folks. It's going to get much worse here on in if Dubya is
People often wonder how Donald Rumsfeld plans to win the "hearts
and minds" of all the Muslim kids in the world. This is his
latest idea. He's been trying it out on George W.
It's a new action toy called "Jihad Joe" and in trials with
George W it certainly is keeping him occupied during those long
boring security meetings when all those adults are using those
big words he doesn't understand.
If it works well with keeping George amused, they'll try it out
on more sophisticated minds next: First Graders.
Graphical Representation- US Soldiers Killed in Iraq
by Mark Smith
(Wounded for Life: 17,000+)
As you look at the graphic below, please remember that each of these symbols
represents a human life. Each solider who has died leaves behind two parents
whose lives will never be the same, a family that will never fully
recover, girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands and wives, and orphans. This is the
human cost of this war that George Bush started FOR NO GOOD REASON, and this
cost will last decades. None of these soldier's lives were worth the ungrateful
response Iraq is showing the world for us having removed Saddam Hussein, nor a
penny of profit for Halliburton. If a magic wand were available I'd like to
bring all these soldiers back to life and put Saddam back in charge of Iraq-
they deserve him. We, however, don't deserve this carnage that Bush set up over
a bunch of lies and half-truths.
And please, don't expect real sympathy from a president who, while
governor of Texas, executed more prisoners than any other governor in American
history. Bush is on a crusade to save Israel from future scuds, and Christianize
the Middle East, and if it costs this country thousands upon thousands of more
lives, he doesn't care- for "God" told him to bring democracy to the world. Just
remember this: everyone of these dead Americans would have been alive today if
it weren't for the warmongering "God told me to do it" of George ChickenHawk
Deserter Bush, willing to be brave with other's lives in time of war, but not
Al Gore Rips Bush a New One
Al Gore, former Vice President of the United States
New York University, May 26, 2004
George W. Bush promised us a foreign policy with humility. Instead, he has
brought us humiliation in the eyes of the world.
He promised to "restore honor and integrity to the White House." Instead, he has
brought deep dishonor to our country and built a durable reputation as the most
dishonest President since Richard Nixon.
Honor? He decided not to honor the Geneva Convention. Just as he would not honor
the United Nations, international treaties, the opinions of our allies, the role
of Congress and the courts, or what Jefferson described as "a decent respect for
the opinion of mankind." He did not honor the advice, experience and judgment of
our military leaders in designing his invasion of Iraq. And now he will not
honor our fallen dead by attending any funerals or even by permitting photos of
their flag-draped coffins.
How did we get from September 12th , 2001, when a leading French newspaper ran a
giant headline with the words "We Are All Americans Now" and when we had the
good will and empathy of all the world -- to the horror that we all felt in
witnessing the pictures of torture in Abu Ghraib.
To begin with, from its earliest days in power, this administration sought to
radically destroy the foreign policy consensus that had guided America since the
end of World War II. The long successful strategy of containment was abandoned
in favor of the new strategy of "preemption." And what they meant by preemption
was not the inherent right of any nation to act preemptively against an imminent
threat to its national security, but rather an exotic new approach that asserted
a unique and unilateral U.S. right to ignore international law wherever it
wished to do so and take military action against any nation, even in
circumstances where there was no imminent threat. All that is required, in the
view of Bush's team is the mere assertion of a possible, future threat - and the
assertion need be made by only one person, the President.
More disturbing still was their frequent use of the word "dominance" to describe
their strategic goal, because an American policy of dominance is as repugnant to
the rest of the world as the ugly dominance of the helpless, naked Iraqi
prisoners has been to the American people. Dominance is as dominance does.
Dominance is not really a strategic policy or political philosophy at all. It is
a seductive illusion that tempts the powerful to satiate their hunger for more
power still by striking a Faustian bargain. And as always happens - sooner or
later - to those who shake hands with the devil, they find out too late that
what they have given up in the bargain is their soul.
One of the clearest indications of the impending loss of intimacy with one's
soul is the failure to recognize the existence of a soul in those over whom
power is exercised, especially if the helpless come to be treated as animals,
and degraded. We also know - and not just from De Sade and Freud - the
psychological proximity between sexual depravity and other people's pain. It has
been especially shocking and awful to see these paired evils perpetrated so
crudely and cruelly in the name of America.
Those pictures of torture and sexual abuse came to us embedded in a wave of news
about escalating casualties and growing chaos enveloping our entire policy in
Iraq. But in order understand the failure of our overall policy, it is important
to focus specifically on what happened in the Abu Ghraib prison, and ask whether
or not those actions were representative of who we are as Americans? Obviously
the quick answer is no, but unfortunately it's more complicated than that.
There is good and evil in every person. And what makes the United States special
in the history of nations is our commitment to the rule of law and our carefully
constructed system of checks and balances. Our natural distrust of concentrated
power and our devotion to openness and democracy are what have lead us as a
people to consistently choose good over evil in our collective aspirations more
than the people any other nation.
Our founders were insightful students of human nature. They feared the abuse of
power because they understood that every human being has not only "better
angels" in his nature, but also an innate vulnerability to temptation -
especially the temptation to abuse power over others.
Our founders understood full well that a system of checks and balances is needed
in our constitution because every human being lives with an internal system of
checks and balances that cannot be relied upon to produce virtue if they are
allowed to attain an unhealthy degree of power over their fellow citizens.
Listen then to the balance of internal impulses described by specialist Charles
Graner when confronted by one of his colleagues, Specialist Joseph M. Darby, who
later became a courageous whistleblower. When Darby asked him to explain his
actions documented in the photos, Graner replied: "The Christian in me says it's
wrong, but the Corrections Officer says, 'I love to make a groan man piss on
What happened at the prison, it is now clear, was not the result of random acts
by "a few bad apples," it was the natural consequence of the Bush Administration
policy that has dismantled those wise constraints and has made war on America's
checks and balances.
The abuse of the prisoners at Abu Ghraib flowed directly from the abuse of the
truth that characterized the Administration's march to war and the abuse of the
trust that had been placed in President Bush by the American people in the
aftermath of September 11th.
There was then, there is now and there would have been regardless of what Bush
did, a threat of terrorism that we would have to deal with. But instead of
making it better, he has made it infinitely worse. We are less safe because of
his policies. He has created more anger and righteous indignation against us as
Americans than any leader of our country in the 228 years of our existence as a
nation -- because of his attitude of contempt for any person, institution or
nation who disagrees with him.
He has exposed Americans abroad and Americans in every U.S. town and city to a
greater danger of attack by terrorists because of his arrogance, willfulness,
and bungling at stirring up hornet's nests that pose no threat whatsoever to us.
And by then insulting the religion and culture and tradition of people in other
countries. And by pursuing policies that have resulted in the deaths of
thousands of innocent men, women and children, all of it done in our name.
President Bush said in his speech Monday night that the war in Iraq is "the
central front in the war on terror." It's not the central front in the war on
terror, but it has unfortunately become the central recruiting office for
terrorists. [Dick Cheney said, "This war may last the rest of our lives.] The
unpleasant truth is that President Bush's utter incompetence has made the world
a far more dangerous place and dramatically increased the threat of terrorism
against the United States. Just yesterday, the International Institute of
Strategic Studies reported that the Iraq conflict " has arguable focused the
energies and resources of Al Qaeda and its followers while diluting those of the
global counterterrorism coalition." The ISS said that in the wake of the war in
Iraq Al Qaeda now has more than 18,000 potential terrorists scattered around the
world and the war in Iraq is swelling its ranks.
The war plan was incompetent in its rejection of the advice from military
professionals and the analysis of the intelligence was incompetent in its
conclusion that our soldiers would be welcomed with garlands of flowers and
cheering crowds. Thus we would not need to respect the so-called Powell doctrine
of overwhelming force.
There was also in Rumsfeld's planning a failure to provide security for nuclear
materials, and to prevent widespread lawlessness and looting.
Luckily, there was a high level of competence on the part of our soldiers even
though they were denied the tools and the numbers they needed for their mission.
What a disgrace that their families have to hold bake sales to buy discarded
Kevlar vests to stuff into the floorboards of the Humvees! Bake sales for body
And the worst still lies ahead. General Joseph Hoar, the former head of the
Marine Corps, said "I believe we are absolutely on the brink of failure. We are
looking into the abyss."
When a senior, respected military leader like Joe Hoar uses the word "abyss",
then the rest of us damn well better listen. Here is what he means: more
American soldiers dying, Iraq slipping into worse chaos and violence, no end in
sight, with our influence and moral authority seriously damaged.
Retired Marine Corps General Anthony Zinni, who headed Central Command before
becoming President Bush's personal emissary to the Middle East, said recently
that our nation's current course is "headed over Niagara Falls."
The Commander of the 82nd Airborne Division, Army Major General Charles H.
Swannack, Jr., asked by the Washington Post whether he believes the United
States is losing the war in Iraq, replied, "I think strategically, we are." Army
Colonel Paul Hughes, who directed strategic planning for the US occupation
authority in Baghdad, compared what he sees in Iraq to the Vietnam War, in which
he lost his brother: "I promised myself when I came on active duty that I would
do everything in my power to prevent that ... from happening again. " Noting
that Vietnam featured a pattern of winning battles while losing the war, Hughes
added "unless we ensure that we have coherence in our policy, we will lose
The White House spokesman, Dan Bartlett was asked on live television about these
scathing condemnations by Generals involved in the highest levels of Pentagon
planning and he replied, "Well they're retired, and we take our advice from
active duty officers."
But amazingly, even active duty military officers are speaking out against
President Bush. For example, the Washington Post quoted an unnamed senior
General at the Pentagon as saying, " the current OSD (Office of the Secretary of
Defense) refused to listen or adhere to military advice." Rarely if ever in
American history have uniformed commanders felt compelled to challenge their
commander in chief in public.
The Post also quoted an unnamed general as saying, "Like a lot of senior Army
guys I'm quite angry" with Rumsfeld and the rest of the Bush Administration. He
listed two reasons. "I think they are going to break the Army," he said, adding
that what really incites him is "I don't think they care."
In his upcoming book, Zinni blames the current catastrophe on the Bush team's
incompetence early on. "In the lead-up to the Iraq war, and its later conduct,"
he writes, "I saw at a minimum, true dereliction, negligence and
irresponsibility, at worst, lying, incompetence and corruption."
Zinni's book will join a growing library of volumes by former advisors to Bush
-- including his principal advisor on terrorism, Richard Clarke; his principal
economic policy advisor, former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, former
Ambassador Joe Wilson, who was honored by Bush's father for his service in Iraq,
and his former Domestic Adviser on faith-based organizations, John Dilulio, who
said, "There is no precedent in any modern White House for what is going on in
this one: a complete lack of a policy apparatus. What you've got is everything,
and I mean everything, run by the political arm. It's the reign of the Mayberry
Army Chief of Staff General Eric Shinseki told Congress in February that the
occupation could require "several hundred thousand troops." But because Rumsfeld
and Bush did not want to hear disagreement with their view that Iraq could be
invaded at a much lower cost, Shinseki was hushed and then forced out.
And as a direct result of this incompetent plan and inadequate troop strength,
young soldiers were put in an untenable position. For example, young reservists
assigned to the Iraqi prisons were called up without training or adequate
supervision, and were instructed by their superiors to "break down" prisoners in
order to prepare them for interrogation.
To make matters worse, they were placed in a confusing situation where the chain
of command was criss-crossed between intelligence gathering and prison
administration, and further confused by an unprecedented mixing of military and
civilian contractor authority.
The soldiers who are accused of committing these atrocities are, of course,
responsible for their own actions and if found guilty, must be severely and
appropriately punished. But they are not the ones primarily responsible for the
disgrace that has been brought upon the United States of America.
Private Lynndie England did not make the decision that the United States would
not observe the Geneva Convention. Specialist Charles Graner was not the one who
approved a policy of establishing an American Gulag of dark rooms with naked
prisoners to be "stressed" and even - we must use the word - tortured - to force
them to say things that legal procedures might not induce them to say.
These policies were designed and insisted upon by the Bush White House. Indeed,
the President's own legal counsel advised him specifically on the subject. His
secretary of defense and his assistants pushed these cruel departures from
historic American standards over the objections of the uniformed military, just
as the Judge Advocates General within the Defense Department were so upset and
opposed that they took the unprecedented step of seeking help from a private
lawyer in this city who specializes in human rights and said to him, "There is a
calculated effort to create an atmosphere of legal ambiguity" where the
mistreatment of prisoners is concerned."
Indeed, the secrecy of the program indicates an understanding that the regular
military culture and mores would not support these activities and neither would
the American public or the world community. Another implicit acknowledgement of
violations of accepted standards of behavior is the process of farming out
prisoners to countries less averse to torture and giving assignments to private
President Bush set the tone for our attitude for suspects in his State of the
Union address. He noted that more than 3,000 "suspected terrorists" had been
arrested in many countries and then he added, "and many others have met a
different fate. Let's put it this way: they are no longer a problem to the
United States and our allies."
George Bush promised to change the tone in Washington. And indeed he did. As
many as 37 prisoners may have been murdered while in captivity, though the
numbers are difficult to rely upon because in many cases involving violent
death, there were no autopsies.
How dare they blame their misdeeds on enlisted personnel from a Reserve unit in
upstate New York. President Bush owes more than one apology. On the list of
those he let down are the young soldiers who are themselves apparently culpable,
but who were clearly put into a moral cesspool. The perpetrators as well as the
victims were both placed in their relationship to one another by the policies of
George W. Bush.
How dare the incompetent and willful members of this Bush/Cheney Administration
humiliate our nation and our people in the eyes of the world and in the
conscience of our own people. How dare they subject us to such dishonor and
disgrace. How dare they drag the good name of the United States of America
through the mud of Saddam Hussein's torture prison.
David Kay concluded his search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq with the
famous verdict: "we were all wrong." And for many Americans, Kay's statement
seemed to symbolize the awful collision between Reality and all of the false and
fading impressions President Bush had fostered in building support for his
policy of going to war.
Now the White House has informed the American people that they were also "all
wrong" about their decision to place their faith in Ahmed Chalabi, even though
they have paid him 340,000 dollars per month. 33 million dollars (CHECK) and
placed him adjacent to Laura Bush at the State of the Union address. Chalabi had
been convicted of fraud and embezzling 70 million dollars in public funds from a
Jordanian bank, and escaped prison by fleeing the country. But in spite of that
record, he had become one of key advisors to the Bush Administration on planning
and promoting the War against Iraq.
And they repeatedly cited him as an authority, perhaps even a future president
of Iraq. Incredibly, they even ferried him and his private army into Baghdad in
advance of anyone else, and allowed him to seize control over Saddam's secret
Now they are telling the American people that he is a spy for Iran who has been
duping the President of the United States for all these years.
One of the Generals in charge of this war policy went on a speaking tour in his
spare time to declare before evangelical groups that the US is in a holy war as
"Christian Nation battling Satan." This same General Boykin was the person who
ordered the officer who was in charge of the detainees in Guantanamo Bay to
extend his methods to Iraq detainees, prisoners. ... The testimony from the
prisoners is that they were forced to curse their religion Bush used the word
"crusade" early on in the war against Iraq, and then commentators pointed out
that it was singularly inappropriate because of the history and sensitivity of
the Muslim world and then a few weeks later he used it again.
"We are now being viewed as the modern Crusaders, as the modern colonial power
in this part of the world," Zinni said.
What a terrible irony that our country, which was founded by refugees seeking
religious freedom - coming to America to escape domineering leaders who tried to
get them to renounce their religion - would now be responsible for this kind of
Ameen Saeed al-Sheikh told the Washington Post that he was tortured and ordered
to denounce Islam and after his leg was broken one of his torturers started
hitting it while ordering him to curse Islam and then, " they ordered me to
thank Jesus that I'm alive." Others reported that they were forced to eat pork
and drink alcohol.
In my religious tradition, I have been taught that "ye shall know them by their
fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so, every good
tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit...
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
The President convinced a majority of the country that Saddam Hussein was
responsible for attacking us on September 11th. But in truth he had nothing
whatsoever to do with it. The President convinced the country with a mixture of
forged documents and blatantly false assertions that Saddam was in league with
Al Qaeda, and that he was "indistinguishable" from Osama bin Laden.
He asked the nation , in his State of the Union address, to "imagine" how
terrified we should be that Saddam was about to give nuclear weapons to
terrorists and stated repeatedly that Iraq posed a grave and gathering threat to
our nation. He planted the seeds of war, and harvested a whirlwind. And now, the
"corrupt tree" of a war waged on false premises has brought us the "evil fruit"
of Americans torturing and humiliating prisoners.
In my opinion, John Kerry is dealing with this unfolding tragedy in an
impressive and extremely responsible way. Our nation's best interest lies in
having a new president who can turn a new page, sweep clean with a new broom,
and take office on January 20th of next year with the ability to make a fresh
assessment of exactly what our nation's strategic position is as of the time the
reigns of power are finally wrested from the group of incompetents that created
Kerry should not tie his own hands by offering overly specific, detailed
proposals concerning a situation that is rapidly changing and unfortunately,
rapidly deteriorating, but should rather preserve his, and our country's,
options, to retrieve our national honor as soon as this long national nightmare
Eisenhower did not propose a five-point plan for changing America's approach to
the Korean War when he was running for president in 1952.
When a business enterprise finds itself in deep trouble that is linked to the
failed policies of the current CEO the board of directors and stockholders
usually say to the failed CEO, "Thank you very much, but we're going to replace
you now with a new CEO -- one less vested in a stubborn insistence on staying
the course, even if that course is, in the words of General Zinni, "Headed over
One of the strengths of democracy is the ability of the people to regularly
demand changes in leadership and to fire a failing leader and hire a new one
with the promise of hopeful change. That is the real solution to America's
quagmire in Iraq. But, I am keenly aware that we have seven months and twenty
five days remaining in this president's current term of office and that
represents a time of dangerous vulnerability for our country because of the
demonstrated incompetence and recklessness of the current administration.
It is therefore essential that even as we focus on the fateful choice, the
voters must make this November that we simultaneously search for ways to sharply
reduce the extraordinary danger that we face with the current leadership team in
place. It is for that reason that I am calling today for Republicans as well as
Democrats to join me in asking for the immediate resignations of those
immediately below George Bush and Dick Cheney who are most responsible for
creating the catastrophe that we are facing in Iraq.
We desperately need a national security team with at least minimal competence
because the current team is making things worse with each passing day. They are
endangering the lives of our soldiers, and sharply increasing the danger faced
by American citizens everywhere in the world, including here at home. They are
enraging hundreds of millions of people and embittering an entire generation of
anti-Americans whose rage is already near the boiling point.
We simply cannot afford to further increase the risk to our country with more
blunders by this team. Donald Rumsfeld, as the chief architect of the war plan,
should resign today. His deputies Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith and his
intelligence chief Stephen Cambone should also resign. The nation is especially
at risk every single day that Rumsfeld remains as Secretary of Defense.
Condoleeza Rice, who has badly mishandled the coordination of national security
policy, should also resign immediately.
George Tenet should also resign. I want to offer a special word about George
Tenet, because he is a personal friend and I know him to be a good and decent
man. It is especially painful to call for his resignation, but I have
regretfully concluded that it is extremely important that our country have new
leadership at the CIA immediately.
As a nation, our greatest export has always been hope: hope that through the
rule of law people can be free to pursue their dreams, that democracy can
supplant repression and that justice, not power, will be the guiding force in
society. Our moral authority in the world derived from the hope anchored in the
rule of law. With this blatant failure of the rule of law from the very agents
of our government, we face a great challenge in restoring our moral authority in
the world and demonstrating our commitment to bringing a better life to our
During Ronald Reagan's Presidency, Secretary of Labor Ray Donovan was accused of
corruption, but eventually, after a lot of publicity, the indictment was thrown
out by the Judge. Donovan asked the question, "Where do I go to get my
reputation back?" President Bush has now placed the United States of America in
the same situation. Where do we go to get our good name back?
The answer is, we go where we always go when a dramatic change is needed. We go
to the ballot box, and we make it clear to the rest of the world that what's
been happening in America for the last four years, and what America has been
doing in Iraq for the last two years, really is not who we are. We, as a people,
at least the overwhelming majority of us, do not endorse the decision to
dishonor the Geneva Convention and the Bill of Rights....
Make no mistake, the damage done at Abu Ghraib is not only to America's
reputation and America's strategic interests, but also to America's spirit. It
is also crucial for our nation to recognize - and to recognize quickly - that
the damage our nation has suffered in the world is far, far more serious than
President Bush's belated and tepid response would lead people to believe.
Remember how shocked each of us, individually, was when we first saw those
hideous images. The natural tendency was to first recoil from the images, and
then to assume that they represented a strange and rare aberration that resulted
from a few twisted minds or, as the Pentagon assured us, "a few bad apples."
But as today's shocking news reaffirms yet again, this was not rare. It was not
an aberration. Today's New York Times reports that an Army survey of prisoner
deaths and mistreatment in Iraq and Afghanisatan "show a widespread pattern of
abuse involving more military units than previously known.'
Nor did these abuses spring from a few twisted minds at the lowest ranks of our
military enlisted personnel. No, it came from twisted values and atrocious
policies at the highest levels of our government. This was done in our name, by
These horrors were the predictable consequence of policy choices that flowed
directly from this administration's contempt for the rule of law. And the
dominance they have been seeking is truly not simply unworthy of America - it is
also an illusory goal in its own right.
Our world is unconquerable because the human spirit is unconquerable, and any
national strategy based on pursuing the goal of domination is doomed to fail
because it generates its own opposition, and in the process, creates enemies for
the would-be dominator.
A policy based on domination of the rest of the world not only creates enemies
for the United States and creates recruits for Al Qaeda, it also undermines the
international cooperation that is essential to defeating the efforts of
terrorists who wish harm and intimidate Americans.
Unilateralism, as we have painfully seen in Iraq, is its own reward. Going it
alone may satisfy a political instinct but it is dangerous to our military, even
without their Commander in Chief taunting terrorists to "bring it on."
Our troops are stretched thin and exhausted not only because Secretary Rumsfeld
contemptuously dismissed the advice of military leaders on the size of the
needed force - but also because President Bush's contempt for traditional allies
and international opinion left us without a real coalition to share the military
and financial burden of the war and the occupation. Our future is dependent upon
increasing cooperation and interdependence in a world tied ever more closely
together by technologies of communications and travel. The emergence of a truly
global civilization has been accompanied by the recognition of truly global
challenges that require global responses that, as often as not, can only be led
by the United States - and only if the United States restores and maintains its
moral authority to lead.
Make no mistake, it is precisely our moral authority that is our greatest source
of strength, and it is precisely our moral authority that has been recklessly
put at risk by the cheap calculations and mean compromises of conscience wagered
with history by this willful president.
Listen to the way Israel's highest court dealt with a similar question when, in
1999, it was asked to balance due process rights against dire threats to the
security of its people:
"This is the destiny of democracy, as not all means are acceptable to it, and
not all practices employed by its enemies are open before it. Although a
democracy must often fight with one hand tied behind its back, it nonetheless
has the upper hand. Preserving the Rule of Law and recognition of an
individual's liberty constitutes an important component in its understanding of
security. At the end of the day they (add to) its strength."
The last and best description of America's meaning in the world is still the
definitive formulation of Lincoln's annual message to Congress on December 1,
"The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise - with the
occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must
disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. Fellow citizens, we
cannot escape history...the fiery trial through which we pass will light us down
in honor or dishonor to the latest generation...We shall nobly save, or meanly
lose the last best hope of earth...The way is plain, peaceful, generous, just -
a way which, if followed, the world will forever applaud, and God must forever
It is now clear that their obscene abuses of the truth and their unforgivable
abuse of the trust placed in them after 9/11 by the American people led directly
to the abuses of the prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison and, we are now learning, in
many other similar facilities constructed as part of Bush's Gulag, in which,
according to the Red Cross, 70 to 90 percent of the victims are totally innocent
of any wrongdoing.
The same dark spirit of domination has led them to - for the first time in
American history - imprison American citizens with no charges, no right to see a
lawyer, no right to notify their family, no right to know of what they are
accused, and no right to gain access to any court to present an appeal of any
sort. The Bush Admistration has even acquired the power to compel librarians to
tell them what any American is reading, and to compel them to keep silent about
the request - or else the librarians themselves can also be imprisoned.
They have launched an unprecedented assault on civil liberties, on the right of
the courts to review their actions, on the right of the Congress to have
information to how they are spending the public's money and the right of the
news media to have information about the policies they are pursuing.
The same pattern characterizes virtually all of their policies. They resent any
constraint as an insult to their will to dominate and exercise power. Their
appetite for power is astonishing. It has led them to introduce a new level of
viciousness in partisan politics. It is that viciousness that led them to attack
as unpatriotic, Senator Max Cleland, who lost three limbs in combat during the
The president episodically poses as a healer and "uniter". If he president
really has any desire to play that role, then I call upon him to condemn Rush
Limbaugh - perhaps his strongest political supporter - who said that the torture
in Abu Ghraib was a "brilliant maneuver" and that the photos were "good old
American pornography," and that the actions portrayed were simply those of
"people having a good time and needing to blow off steam."
This new political viciousness by the President and his supporters is found not
only on the campaign trail, but in the daily operations of our democracy. They
have insisted that the leaders of their party in the Congress deny Democrats any
meaningful role whatsoever in shaping legislation, debating the choices before
us as a people, or even to attend the all-important conference committees that
reconcile the differences between actions by the Senate and House of
The same meanness of spirit shows up in domestic policies as well. Under the
Patriot Act, Muslims, innocent of any crime, were picked up, often physically
abused, and held incommunicado indefinitely. What happened in Abu Ghraib was
difference not of kind, but of degree.
Differences of degree are important when the subject is torture. The apologists
for what has happened do have points that should be heard and clearly
understood. It is a fact that every culture and every politics sometimes
expresses itself in cruelty. It is also undeniably true that other countries
have and do torture more routinely, and far more brutally, than ours has. George
Orwell once characterized life in Stalin's Russia as "a boot stamping on a human
face forever." That was the ultimate culture of cruelty, so ingrained, so
organic, so systematic that everyone in it lived in terror, even the
terrorizers. And that was the nature and degree of state cruelty in Saddam
We all know these things, and we need not reassure ourselves and should not
congratulate ourselves that our society is less cruel than some others, although
it is worth noting that there are many that are less cruel than ours. And this
searing revelation at Abu Ghraib should lead us to examine more thoroughly the
routine horrors in our domestic prison system.
But what we do now, in reaction to Abu Ghraib will determine a great deal about
who we are at the beginning of the 21st century. It is important to note that
just as the abuses of the prisoners flowed directly from the policies of the
Bush White House, those policies flowed not only from the instincts of the
president and his advisors, but found support in shifting attitudes on the part
of some in our country in response to the outrage and fear generated by the
attack of September 11th.
The president exploited and fanned those fears, but some otherwise sensible and
levelheaded Americans fed them as well. I remember reading genteel-sounding
essays asking publicly whether or not the prohibitions against torture were any
longer relevant or desirable. The same grotesque misunderstanding of what is
really involved was responsible for the tone in the memo from the president's
legal advisor, Alberto Gonzalez, who wrote on January 25, 2002, that 9/11
"renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners
and renders quaint some of its provisions."
We have seen the pictures. We have learned the news. We cannot unlearn it; it is
part of us. The important question now is, what will we do now about torture.
Stop it? Yes, of course. But that means demanding all of the facts, not covering
them up, as some now charge the administration is now doing. One of the
whistleblowers at Abu Ghraib, Sergeant Samuel Provance, told ABC News a few days
ago that he was being intimidated and punished for telling the truth. "There is
definitely a coverup," Provance said. "I feel like I am being punished for being
The abhorrent acts in the prison were a direct consequence of the culture of
impunity encouraged, authorized and instituted by Bush and Rumsfeld in their
statements that the Geneva Conventions did not apply. The apparent war crimes
that took place were the logical, inevitable outcome of policies and statements
from the administration.
To me, as glaring as the evidence of this in the pictures themselves was the
revelation that it was established practice for prisoners to be moved around
during ICRC visits so that they would not be available for visits. That, no one
can claim, was the act of individuals. That was policy set from above with the
direct intention to violate US values it was to be upholding. It was the kind of
policy we see - and criticize in places like China and Cuba.
Moreover, the administration has also set up the men and women of our own armed
forces for payback the next time they are held as prisoners. And for that, this
administration should pay a very high price. One of the most tragic consequences
of these official crimes is that it will be very hard for any of us as Americans
- at least for a very long time - to effectively stand up for human rights
elsewhere and criticize other governments, when our policies have resulted in
our soldiers behaving so monstrously. This administration has shamed America and
deeply damaged the cause of freedom and human rights everywhere, thus
undermining the core message of America to the world.
President Bush offered a brief and half-hearted apology to the Arab world - but
he should apologize to the American people for abandoning the Geneva
Conventions. He also owes an apology to the U.S. Army for cavalierly sending
them into harm's way while ignoring the best advice of their commanders. Perhaps
most importantly of all, he should apologize to all those men and women
throughout our world who have held the ideal of the United States of America as
a shining goal, to inspire their hopeful efforts to bring about justice under a
rule of law in their own lands. Of course, the problem with all these legitimate
requests is that a sincere apology requires an admission of error, a willingness
to accept responsibility and to hold people accountable. And President Bush is
not only unwilling to acknowledge error. He has thus far been unwilling to hold
anyone in his administration accountable for the worst strategic and military
miscalculations and mistakes in the history of the United States of America.
He is willing only to apologize for the alleged erratic behavior of a few
low-ranking enlisted people, who he is scapegoating for his policy fiasco.
In December of 2000, even though I strongly disagreed with the decision by the
U.S. Supreme Court to order a halt to the counting of legally cast ballots, I
saw it as my duty to reaffirm my own strong belief that we are a nation of laws
and not only accept the decision, but do what I could to prevent efforts to
delegitimize George Bush as he took the oath of office as president.
I did not at that moment imagine that Bush would, in the presidency that ensued,
demonstrate utter contempt for the rule of law and work at every turn to
So today, I want to speak on behalf of those Americans who feel that President
Bush has betrayed our nation's trust, those who are horrified at what has been
done in our name, and all those who want the rest of the world to know that we
Americans see the abuses that occurred in the prisons of Iraq, Afghanistan,
Guantanamo and secret locations as yet undisclosed as completely out of keeping
with the character and basic nature of the American people and at odds with the
principles on which America stands.
I believe we have a duty to hold President Bush accountable - and I believe we
will. As Lincoln said at our time of greatest trial, "We - even we here - hold
the power, and bear the responsibility."
Al Gore Speaks on Iraq
Oct. 18, 2004
I have made a series of speeches about the policies of the Bush-Cheney
administration – with regard to Iraq, the war on terror, civil liberties, the
environment and other issues – beginning more than two years ago with a speech
at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco prior to the administration’s decision
to invade Iraq. During this series of speeches, I have tried to understand what
it is that gives so many Americans the uneasy feeling that something very basic
has gone wrong with our democracy.
There are many people in both parties who have the uneasy feeling that there is
something deeply troubling about President Bush’s relationship to reason, his
disdain for facts, an incuriosity about new information that might produce a
deeper understanding of the problems and policies that he wrestles with on
behalf of the country. One group maligns the President as not being intelligent,
or at least, not being smart enough to have a normal curiosity about separating
fact from myth. A second group is convinced that his religious conversion
experience was so profound that he relies on religious faith in place of logical
analysis. But I disagree with both of those groups. I think he is plenty smart.
And while I have no doubt that his religious belief is genuine, and that it is
an important motivation for many things that he does in life, as it is for me
and for many of you, most of the President’s frequent departures from fact-based
analysis have much more to do with right-wing political and economic ideology
than with the Bible. But it is crucially important to be precise in describing
what it is he believes in so strongly and insulates from any logical challenge
or even debate. It is ideology – and not his religious faith – that is the
source of his inflexibility. Most of the problems he has caused for this country
stem not from his belief in God, but from his belief in the infallibility of the
right-wing Republican ideology that exalts the interests of the wealthy and of
large corporations over the interests of the American people. Love of power for
its own sake is the original sin of this presidency.
The surprising dominance of American politics by right-wing politicians whose
core beliefs are often wildly at odds with the opinions of the majority of
Americans has resulted from the careful building of a coalition of interests
that have little in common with each other besides a desire for power devoted to
the achievement of a narrow agenda. The two most important blocks of this
coalition are the economic royalists, those corporate leaders and high net worth
families with vast fortunes at their disposal who are primarily interested in an
economic agenda that eliminates as much of their own taxation as possible, and
an agenda that removes regulatory obstacles and competition in the marketplace.
They provide the bulk of the resources that have financed the now extensive
network of foundations, think tanks, political action committees, media
companies and front groups capable of simulating grassroots activism. The second
of the two pillars of this coalition are social conservatives who want to roll
back most of the progressive social changes of the 20 th century, including
women’s rights, social integration, the social safety net, the government social
programs of the progressive era, the New Deal, the Great Society and others.
Their coalition includes a number of powerful special interest groups such as
the National Rifle Association, the anti-abortion coalition, and other groups
that have agreed to support each other’s agendas in order to obtain their own.
You could call it the three hundred musketeers – one for all and all for one.
Those who raise more than one hundred thousand dollars are called not musketeers
His seeming immunity to doubt is often interpreted by people who see and hear
him on television as evidence of the strength of his conviction – when in fact
it is this very inflexibility, based on a willful refusal to even consider
alternative opinions or conflicting evidence, that poses the most serious danger
to the country. And by the same token, the simplicity of his pronouncements,
which are often misinterpreted as evidence that he has penetrated to the core of
a complex issue, are in fact exactly the opposite -- they mark his refusal to
even consider complexity. That is a particularly difficult problem in a world
where the challenges we face are often quite complex and require rigorous
The essential cruelty of Bush’s game is that he takes an astonishingly selfish
and greedy collection of economic and political proposals then cloaks it with a
phony moral authority, thus misleading many Americans who have a deep and
genuine desire to do good in the world. And in the process he convinces them to
lend unquestioning support for proposals that actually hurt their families and
their communities. Bush has stolen the symbolism and body language of religion
and used it to disguise the most radical effort in American history to take what
rightfully belongs to the citizenry of America and give as much as possible to
the already wealthy and privileged, who look at his agenda and say, as Dick
Cheney said to Paul O’Neill, “this is our due.”
The central elements of Bush’s political – as opposed to religious -- belief
system are plain to see: The “public interest” is a dangerous myth according to
Bush’s ideology – a fiction created by the hated “liberals” who use the notion
of “public interest” as an excuse to take away from the wealthy and powerful
what they believe is their due. Therefore, government of by and for the people,
is bad – except when government can help members of his coalition. Laws and
regulations are therefore bad – again, except when they can be used to help
members of his coalition. Therefore, whenever laws must be enforced and
regulations administered, it is important to assign those responsibilities to
individuals who can be depended upon not to fall prey to this dangerous illusion
that there is a public interest, and will instead reliably serve the narrow and
specific interests of industries or interest groups. This is the reason, for
example, that President Bush put the chairman of Enron, Ken Lay, in charge of
vetting any appointees to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Enron had
already helped the Bush team with such favors as ferrying their rent-a-mob to
Florida in 2000 to permanently halt the counting of legally cast ballots. And
then Enron went on to bilk the electric rate-payers of California, without the
inconvenience of federal regulators protecting citizens against their criminal
behavior. Or to take another example, this is why all of the important EPA
positions have been filled by lawyers and lobbyists representing the worst
polluters in their respective industries in order to make sure that they’re not
inconvenienced by the actual enforcement of the laws against excessive
pollution. In Bush’s ideology, there is an interweaving of the agendas of large
corporations that support him and his own ostensibly public agenda for the
government he leads. Their preferences become his policies, and his politics
become their business.
Any new taxes are of course bad – especially if they add anything to the already
unbearable burden placed on the wealthy and powerful. There are exceptions to
this rule, however, for new taxes that are paid by lower income Americans, which
have the redeeming virtue of simultaneously lifting the burden of paying for
government from the wealthy and potentially recruiting those presently
considered too poor to pay taxes into the anti-tax bandwagon.
In the international arena, treaties and international agreements are bad,
because they can interfere with the exercise of power, just as domestic laws
can. The Geneva Convention, for example, and the U.S. law prohibiting torture
were both described by Bush’s White House Counsel as “quaint.” And even though
new information has confirmed that Donald Rumsfeld was personally involved in
reviewing the specific extreme measures authorized to be used by military
interrogators, he has still not been held accountable for the most shameful and
humiliating violation of American principles in recent memory.
Most dangerous of all, this ideology promotes the making of policy in secret,
based on information that is not available to the public and insulated from any
meaningful participation by Congress. And when Congress’s approval is required
under our current constitution, it is given without meaningful debate. As Bush
said to one Republican Senator in a meeting described in Time magazine, “Look, I
want your vote. I’m not going to debate it with you.” At the urging of the Bush
White House, Republican leaders in Congress have taken the unprecedented step of
routinely barring Democrats from serving on important conference committees and
allowing lobbyists for special interests to actually draft new legislative
language for conference committees that has not been considered or voted upon in
either the House or Senate.
It appears to be an important element in Bush’s ideology to never admit a
mistake or even a doubt. It also has become common for Bush to rely on special
interests for information about the policies important to them and he trusts
what they tell him over any contrary view that emerges from public debate. He
has, in effect, outsourced the truth. Most disturbing of all, his contempt for
the rule of reason and his early successes in persuading the nation that his
ideologically based views accurately described the world have tempted him to the
hubristic and genuinely dangerous illusion that reality is itself a commodity
that can be created with clever public relations and propaganda skills, and
where specific controversies are concerned, simply purchased as a turnkey
operation from the industries most affected.
George Orwell said, “The point is that we are all capable of believing things
which we know to be untrue, and then, when we are finally proved wrong,
impudently twisting the facts so as to show that we were right. Intellectually,
it is possible to carry on this process for an indefinite time: the only check
on it is that sooner or later a false belief bumps up against solid reality,
usually on a battlefield."
And in one of the speeches a year ago last August, I proposed that one reason
why the normal processes of our democracy have seemed dysfunctional is that the
nation had a large number of false impressions about the choices before us,
including that Saddam Hussein was the person primarily responsible for attacking
us on September 11 th 2001 (according to Time magazine, 70 percent thought that
in November of 2002); an impression that there was a tight linkage and close
partnership and cooperation between Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, between
the terrorist group al Qaeda, which attacked us, and Iraq, which did not; the
impression that Saddam had a massive supply of weapons of mass destruction; that
he was on the verge of obtaining nuclear weapons, and that he was about to give
nuclear weapons to the al Qaeda terrorist group, which would then use them
against American cities; that the people of Iraq would welcome our invading army
with garlands of flowers; that even though the rest of the world opposed the
war, they would quickly fall in line after we won and contribute money and
soldiers so that there wasn’t a risk to our taxpayers of footing the whole bill,
that there would be more than enough money from the Iraqi oil supplies, which
would flow in abundance after the invasion and that we would use that money to
offset expenses and we wouldn’t have to pay anything at all; that the size of
the force required for this would be relatively small and wouldn’t put a strain
on our military or jeopardize other commitment around the world. Of course,
every single one of these impressions was wrong. And, unfortunately, the
consequences have been catastrophic for our country…
And the plague of false impressions seemed to settle on other policy debates as
well. For example in considering President Bush’s gigantic tax cut, the country
somehow got the impression that, one, the majority of it wouldn’t go
disproportionally to the wealthy but to the middle class; two, that it would not
lead to large deficits because it would stimulate the economy so much that it
would pay for itself; not only there would be no job losses but we would have
big increases in employment. But here too, every one of these impressions was
I did not accuse the president of intentionally deceiving the American people,
but rather, noted the remarkable coincidence that all of his arguments turned
out to be based on falsehoods. But since that time, we have learned that, in
virtually every case, the president chose to ignore and indeed often to
suppress, studies, reports and facts that were contrary to the false impressions
he was giving to the American people. In most every case he chose to reject
information that was prepared by objective analysts and rely instead on
information that was prepared by sources of questionable reliability who had a
private interest in the policy choice he was recommending that conflicted with
the public interest.
For example, when the President and his team were asserting that Saddam Hussein
had aluminum tubes that had been acquired in order to enrich Uranium for atomic
bombs, numerous experts at the Department of Energy and elsewhere in the
intelligence community were certain that the information being presented by the
President was completely wrong. The true experts on Uranium enrichment are at
Oak Ridge, in my home state of Tennessee. And they told me early on that in
their opinion there was virtually zero possibility whatsoever that the tubes in
question were for the purpose of enrichment – and yet they received a directive
forbidding them from making any public statement that disagreed with the
In another example, we now know that two months before the war began, Bush
received two detailed and comprehensive secret reports warning him that the
likely result of an American-led invasion of Iraq would be increased support for
Islamic fundamentalism, deep division of Iraqi society with high levels of
violent internal conflict and guerilla warfare aimed against U.S. forces. Yes,
in spite of these analyses, Bush chose to suppress the warnings and instead
convey to the American people the absurdly Polyanna-ish view of highly
questionable and obviously biased sources like Ahmad Chalabi, the convicted
felon and known swindler, who the Bush administration put on its payroll and
gave a seat adjacent to Laura Bush at the State of the Union address. They flew
him into Baghdad on a military jet with a private security force, but then
decided the following year he was actually a spy for Iran, who had been
hoodwinking President Bush all along with phony facts and false predictions.
There is a growing tension between President Bush’s portrait of the situation in
which we find ourselves and the real facts on the ground. In fact, his entire
agenda is collapsing around his ankles: Iraq is in flames, with a growing U.S.
casualty rate and a growing prospect of a civil war with the attendant chaos and
risk of an Islamic fundamentalist state. America’s moral authority in the world
has been severely damaged, and our ability to persuade others to follow our lead
has virtually disappeared. Our troops are stretched thin, are undersupplied and
are placed in intolerable situations without adequate training or equipment. In
the latest U.S.-sponsored public opinion survey of Iraqis only 2% say they view
our troops as liberators; more than 90% of Arab Iraqis have a hostile view of
what they see as an “occupation.” Our friends in the Middle East – including,
most prominently, Israel – have been placed in greater danger because of the
policy blunders and the sheer incompetence with which the civilian Pentagon
officials have conducted the war. The war in Iraq has become a recruiting
bonanza for terrorists who use it as their damning indictment of U.S. policy.
The massive casualties suffered by civilians in Iraq and the horrible TV footage
of women and children being pulled dead or injured from the rubble of their
homes has been a propaganda victory for Osama bin Laden beyond his wildest
dreams. America’s honor and reputation has been severely damaged by the
President’s decision to authorize policies and legal hair splitting that
resulted in widespread torture by U.S. soldiers and contractors of Iraqi
citizens and others in facilities stretching from Guantanamo to Afghanistan to
Iraq to secret locations in other countries. Astonishingly, and shamefully,
investigators also found that more than 90 percent of those tortured and abused
were innocent of any crime or wrongdoing whatsoever. The prestigious Jaffe think
tank in Israel released a devastating indictment just last week of how the
misadventure in Iraq has been a deadly distraction from the crucial war on
We now know from Paul Bremer, the person chosen to be in charge of U.S. policy
in Iraq immediately following the invasion, that he repeatedly told the White
House there were insufficient troops on the ground to make the policy a success.
Yet at that time, President Bush was repeatedly asserting to the American people
that he was relying on those Americans in Iraq for his confident opinion that we
had more than enough troops and no more were needed.
We now know from the Central Intelligence Agency that a detailed, comprehensive
and authoritative analysis of the likely consequences of an invasion accurately
predicted the chaos, popular resentment, and growing likelihood of civil war
that would follow a U.S. invasion and that this analysis was presented to the
President even as he confidently assured the nation that the aftermath of our
invasion would be the speedy establishment of representative democracy and
market capitalism by grateful Iraqis.
Most Americans have tended to give the Bush-Cheney administration the benefit of
the doubt when it comes to his failure to take any action in advance of 9/11 to
prepare the nation for attack. After all, hindsight always casts a harsh light
on mistakes that were not nearly as visible at the time they were made. And we
all know that. But with the benefit of all the new studies that have been made
public it is no longer clear that the administration deserves this act of
political grace by the American people. For example, we now know, from the 9/11
Commission that the chief law enforcement office appointed by President Bush to
be in charge of counter-terrorism, John Ashcroft, was repeatedly asked to pay
attention to the many warning signs being picked up by the FBI. Former FBI
acting director Thomas J. Pickard, the man in charge of presenting Ashcroft with
the warnings, testified under oath that Aschroft angrily told him “he did not
want to hear this information anymore.” That is an affirmative action by the
administration that is very different than simple negligence. That is an
extremely serious error in judgment that constitutes a reckless disregard for
the safety of the American people. It is worth remembering that among the
reports the FBI was receiving, that Ashcroft ordered them not to show him, was
an expression of alarm in one field office that the nation should immediately
check on the possibility that Osama bin Laden was having people trained in
commercial flight schools around the U.S. And another, from a separate field
office, that a potential terrorist was learning to fly commercial airliners and
made it clear he had no interest in learning how to land. It was in this period
of recklessly willful ignorance on the part of the Attorney General that the CIA
was also picking up unprecedented warnings that an attack on the United States
by al Qaeda was imminent. In his famous phrase, George Tenet wrote, the system
was blinking red. It was in this context that the President himself was
presented with a CIA report with the headline, more alarming and more pointed
than any I saw in eight years I saw of daily CIA briefings: “bin Laden
determined to strike in the U.S.���
The only warnings of this nature that remotely resembled the one given to George
Bush was about the so-called Millenium threats predicted for the end of the year
1999 and less-specific warnings about the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996. In both
cases these warnings in the President’s Daily Briefing were followed,
immediately, the same day – by the beginning of urgent daily meetings in the
White House of all of the agencies and offices involved in preparing our nation
to prevent the threatened attack.
By contrast, when President Bush received his fateful and historic warning of
9/11, he did not convene the National Security Council, did not bring together
the FBI and CIA and other agencies with responsibility to protect the nation,
and apparently did not even ask followup questions about the warning. The
bi-partisan 9/11 commission summarized what happened in its unanimous report:
“We have found no indication of any further discussion before September 11 th
between the President and his advisors about the possibility of a threat of al
Qaeda attack in the United States.” The commissioners went on to report that in
spite of all the warnings to different parts of the administration, the nation’s
“domestic agencies never mobilized in response to the threat. They did not have
direction and did not have a plan to institute. The borders were not hardened.
Transportation systems were not fortified. Electronic surveillance was not
targeted against a domestic threat. State and local law authorities were not
marshaled to augment the FBI’s efforts. The public was not warned.”
We know from the 9/11 commission that within hours of the attack, Secretary
Rumsfeld was attempting to find a way to link Saddam Hussein with 9/11. We know
the sworn testimony of the President’s White House head of counter-terrorism
Richard Clarke that on September 12 th – the day after the attack: "The
president dragged me into a room with a couple of other people, shut the door,
and said, 'I want you to find whether Iraq did this…I said, 'Mr.
President…There's no connection. He came back at me and said, "Iraq! Saddam!
Find out if there's a connection…We got together all the FBI experts, all the
CIA experts…They all cleared the report. And we sent it up to the president and
it got bounced by the National Security Advisor or Deputy. It got bounced and
sent back saying, 'Wrong answer. ... Do it again.' …I don't think he sees memos
that he doesn't-- wouldn't like the answer."
He did not ask about Osama bin Laden. He did not ask about al Qaeda. He did not
ask about Saudi Arabia or any country other than Iraq. When Clarke responded to
his question by saying that Iraq was not responsible for the attack and that al
Qaeda was, the President persisted in focusing on Iraq, and again, asked Clarke
to spend his time looking for information linking Saddam Hussein to the attack.
Again, this is not hindsight. This is how the President was thinking at the time
he was planning America’s response to the attack. This was not an unfortunate
misreading of the available evidence, causing a mistaken linkage between Iraq
and al Qaeda, this was something else; a willful choice to make the linkage,
whether evidence existed or not.
Earlier this month, Secretary Rumsfeld, who saw all of the intelligence
available to President Bush on the alleged connection between al Qaeda and
Saddam Hussein, finally admitted, under repeated questioning from reporters, “To
my knowledge, I have not seen any strong, hard evidence that links the two.”
This is not negligence, this is deception.
It is clear that President Bush has absolute faith in a rigid, right-wing
ideology. He ignores the warnings of his experts. He forbids any dissent and
never tests his assumptions against the best available evidence. He is
arrogantly out of touch with reality. He refuses to ever admit mistakes. Which
means that as long as he is our President, we are doomed to repeat them. It is
beyond incompetence. It is recklessness that risks the safety and security of
the American people.
We were told that our allies would join in a massive coalition so that we would
not bear the burden alone. But as is by now well known, more than 90 percent of
the non-Iraqi troops are American, and the second and third largest contingents
in the non American group have announced just within this last week their
decisions to begin withdrawing their troops soon after the U.S. election.
We were told by the President that war was his last choice. It is now clear from
the newly available evidence that it was always his first preference. His former
Secretary of the Treasury, Paul O’Neill, confirmed that Iraq was Topic A at the
very first meeting of the Bush National Security Council, just ten days after
the inauguration. “It was about finding a way to do it, that was the tone of the
President, saying, ‘Go find me a way to do this.’”
We were told that he would give the international system every opportunity to
function, but we now know that he allowed that system to operate only briefly,
as a sop to his Secretary of State and for cosmetic reasons. Bush promised that
if he took us to war it would be on the basis of the most carefully worked out
plans. Instead, we now know he went to war without thought or preparation for
the aftermath – an aftermath that has now claimed more than one thousand
American lives and many multiples of that among the Iraqis. He now claims that
we went to war for humanitarian reasons. But the record shows clearly that he
used that argument only after his first public rationale – that Saddam was
building weapons of mass destruction -- completely collapsed. He claimed that he
was going to war to deal with an imminent threat to the United States. The
evidence shows clearly that there was no such imminent threat and that Bush knew
that at the time he stated otherwise. He claimed that gaining dominance of Iraqi
oil fields for American producers was never part of his calculation. But we now
know, from a document uncovered by the New Yorker and dated just two weeks to
the day after Bush’s inauguration, that his National Security Counsel was
ordered to “meld” its review of “operational policies toward rogue states” with
the secretive Cheney Energy Task Force’s “actions regarding the capture of new
and existing oil and gas fields.”
We also know from documents obtained in discovery proceedings against that
Cheney Task Force by the odd combination of Judicial Watch and the Sierra Club
that one of the documents receiving scrutiny by the task force during the same
time period was a detailed map of Iraq showing none of the cities or places
where people live but showing in great detail the location of every single oil
deposit known to exist in the country, with dotted lines demarking blocks for
promising exploration – a map which, in the words of a Canadian newspaper,
resembled a butcher’s drawing of a steer, with the prime cuts delineated. We
know that Cheney himself, while heading Halliburton, did more business with Iraq
than any other nation, even though it was under U.N. sanctions, and that Cheney
stated in a public speech to the London Petroleum Institute in 1999 that, over
the coming decade, the world will need 50 million extra barrels of oil per day.
“Where is it going to come from?” Answering his own question, he said, “The
middle east, with two thirds of the world’s oil and the lowest cost is still
where the prize ultimately lies.”
In the spring of 2001, when Cheney issued the administration’s national energy
plan – the one devised in secret by corporations and lobbyist that he still
refuses to name – it included a declaration that “the [Persian] Gulf will be a
primary focus of U.S. international energy policy.”
Less than two months later, in one of the more bizarre parts of Bush’s policy
process, Richard Perle, before he was forced to resign on conflict of interest
charges as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, invited a presentation to the
Board by a RAND corporation analyst who recommended that the United States
consider militarily seizing Saudi Arabia’s oil fields.
The cynical belief by some that oil played an outsized role in Bush’s policy
toward Iraq was enhanced when it became clear that the Iraqi oil ministry was
the only facility in the country that was secured by American troops following
the invasion. The Iraqi national museum, with its priceless archeological
treasures depicting the origins of civilization, the electric, water and sewage
facilities so crucial to maintaining an acceptable standard of living for Iraqi
citizens during the American occupation, schools, hospitals, and ministries of
all kinds were left to the looters.
An extensive investigation published today in the Knight Ridder newspapers
uncovers the astonishing truth that even as the invasion began, there was, quite
literally, no plan at all for the post-war period. On the eve of war, when the
formal presentation of America’s plan neared its conclusion, the viewgraph
describing the Bush plan for the post-war phase was labeled, “to be provided.”
It simply did not exist.
We also have learned in today’s Washington Post that at the same time Bush was
falsely asserting to the American people that he was providing all the equipment
and supplies their commanders needed, the top military commander in Iraq was
pleading desperately for a response to his repeated request for more equipment,
such as body armor, to protect his troops. And that the Army units under his
command were “struggling just to maintain��relatively low readiness rates.”
Even as late as three months ago, when the growing chaos and violence in Iraq
was obvious to anyone watching the television news, Bush went out of his way to
demean the significance of a National Intelligence Estimate warning that his
policy in Iraq was failing and events were spinning out of control. Bush
described this rigorous and formal analysis as just guessing. If that’s all the
respect he has for reports given to him by the CIA, then perhaps it explains why
he completely ignored the warning he received on August 6 th, 2001, that bin
Laden was determined to attack our country. From all appearances, he never gave
a second thought on that report until he finished reading My Pet Goat on
September 11 th.
Iraq is not the only policy where the President has made bold assertions about
the need for a dramatic change in American policy, a change that he has said is
mandated by controversial assertions that differ radically from accepted views
of reality in that particular policy area. And as with Iraq, there are other
cases where subsequently available information shows that the President actually
had analyses that he was given from reputable sources that were directly
contrary what he told the American people. And, in virtually every case, the
President, it is now evident, rejected the information that later turned out to
be accurate and instead chose to rely upon, and to forcefully present to the
American people, information that subsequently turned out to be false. And in
every case, the flawed analysis was provided to him from sources that had a
direct interest, financial or otherwise, in the radically new policy that the
President adopted. And, in those cases where the policy has been implemented,
the consequences have been to detriment of the American people, often
catastrophically so. In other cases, the consequences still lie in the future
but are nonetheless perfectly predictably for anyone who is reasonable. In yet
other cases the policies have not yet been implemented but have been clearly
designated by the President as priorities for the second term he has asked for
from the American people. At the top of this list is the privatization of social
Indeed, Bush made it clear during his third debate with Senator Kerry that he
intends to make privatizing Social Security, a top priority in a second term
should he have one. In a lengthy profile of Bush published yesterday, the
President was quoted by several top Republican fundraisers as saying to them, in
a large but private meeting, that he intends to “come out strong after my
swearing in, with…privatizing Social Security.”
Bush asserts that – without any corroborating evidence – that the diversion of
two trillion dollars worth of payroll taxes presently paid by American working
people into the social security trust fund will not result in a need to make up
that two trillion dollars from some other source and will not result in cutting
Social Security benefits to current retirees. The bipartisan Congressional
Budget Office, run by a Republican appointee, is one of many respected
organizations that have concluded that the President is completely wrong in
making his assertion. The President has been given facts and figures clearly
demonstrating to any reasonable person that the assertion is wrong. And yet he
continues to make it. The proposal for diverting money out of the Social
Security trust fund into private accounts would generate large fees for
financial organizations that have advocated the radical new policy, have
provided Bush with the ideologically based arguments in its favor, and have made
massive campaign contributions to Bush and Cheney. One of the things willfully
ignored by Bush is the certainty of catastrophic consequences for the tens of
millions of retirees who depend on Social Security benefits and who might well
lose up to 40 percent of their benefits under his proposal. Their expectation
for a check each month that enables them to pay their bills is very real. The
President’s proposal is reckless.
Similarly, the President’s vigorous and relentless advocacy of “medical savings
accounts” as a radical change in the Medicare program would – according to all
reputable financial analysts – have the same effect on Medicare that his
privatization proposal would have on Social Security. It would deprive Medicare
of a massive amount of money that it must have in order to continue paying
medical bills for Medicare recipients. The President’s ideologically based
proposal originated with another large campaign contributor – called Golden Rule
-- that expects to make a huge amount of money from managing private medical
savings accounts. The President has also mangled the Medicare program with
another radical new policy, this one prepared for Bush by the major
pharmaceutical companies (also huge campaign contributors, of course) which was
presented to the country on the basis of information that, again, turns out to
have been completely and totally false. Indeed the Bush appointee in charge of
Medicare was secretly ordered – we now know �� to withhold the truth about the
proposal’s real cost from the Congress while they were considering it. Then,
when a number of Congressmen balked at supporting the proposal, the President’s
henchmen violated the rules of Congress by holding the 15 minute vote open for
more than two hours while they brazenly attempted to bribe and intimidate
members of Congress who had voted against the proposal to change their votes and
support it. The House Ethics Committee, in an all too rare slap on the wrist,
took formal action against Tom DeLay for his unethical behavior during this
episode. But for the Bush team, it is all part of the same pattern. Lie,
intimidate, bully, suppress the truth, present lobbyists memos as the gospel
truth and collect money for the next campaign.
In the case of the global climate crisis, Bush has publicly demeaned the authors
of official reports by scientists in his own administration that underscore the
extreme danger confronting the United States and the world and instead prefers a
crackpot analysis financed by the largest oil company on the planet, ExxonMobil.
He even went so far as to censor elements of an EPA report dealing with global
warming and substitute, in the official government report, language from the
crackpot ExxonMobil report. The consequences of accepting ExxonMobil’s advice –
to do nothing to counter global warming – are almost literally unthinkable. Just
in the last few weeks, scientists have reached a new, much stronger consensus
that global warming is increasing the destructive power of hurricanes by as much
as half of one full category on the one-to-five scale typically used by
forecasters. So that a hurricane hitting Florida in the future that would have
been a category three and a half, will on average become a category four
hurricane. Scientists around the world are also alarmed by what appears to be an
increase in the rate of CO2 buildup in the atmosphere – a development which, if
confirmed in subsequent years, might signal the beginning of an extremely
dangerous “runaway greenhouse” effect. Yet a third scientific group has just
reported that the melting of ice in Antarctica, where 95 percent of all the
earth’s ice is located, has dramatically accelerated. Yet Bush continues to
rely, for his scientific advice about global warming, on the one company that
most stands to benefit by delaying a recognition of reality.
The same dangerous dynamic has led Bush to reject the recommendations of
anti-terrorism experts to increase domestic security, which are opposed by large
contributors in the chemical industry, the hazardous materials industry and the
nuclear industry. Even though his own Coast Guard recommends increased port
security, he has chosen instead to rely on information provided to him by the
commercial interests managing the ports who do not want the expense and
inconvenience of implementing new security measures.
The same pattern that produced America’s catastrophe in Iraq has also produced a
catastrophe for our domestic economy. Bush’s distinctive approach and habit of
mind is clearly recognizable. He asserted over and over again that his massive
tax cut, which certainly appeared to be aimed at the wealthiest Americans,
actually would not go disproportionally to the wealthy but instead would
primarily benefit middle income Americans and “all tax payers.” He asserted that
under no circumstances would it lead to massive budget deficits even though
common sense led reasonable people to conclude that it would. Third, he asserted
– confidently of course – that it would not lead to job losses but would rather
create an unprecedented economic boom. The President relied on high net worth
individuals who stood to gain the most from his lopsided tax proposal and chose
their obviously biased analysis over that of respectable economists. And as was
the case with Iraq policy, his administration actively stopped the publication
of facts and figures from his own Treasury Department analysts that contained
inconvenient conclusions.” As a result of this pattern, the Congress adopted the
President’s tax plan and now the consequences are clear. We have completely
dissipated the 5 trillion dollar surplus that had been projected over the next
ten years (a surplus that was strategically invaluable to assist the nation in
dealing with the impending retirement of the enormous baby boom generation) and
instead has produced a projected deficit of three and one half over the same
period. Year after year we now have the largest budget deficits ever experienced
in America and they coincide with the largest annual trade deficits and
current-account deficits ever experienced in America – creating the certainty of
an extremely painful financial reckoning that is the financial equivalent for
the American economy and the dollar of the military quagmire in Iraq.
Indeed, after four years of this policy, which was, after all, implemented with
Bush in control of all three branches of government, we can already see the
consequences of their economic policy: for the first time since the four-year
presidency of Herbert Hoover 1928-1932, our nation has experienced a net loss of
jobs. It is true that 9/11 occurred during this period. But it is equally true
that reasonable economists quantify its negative economic impact as very small
compared with the negative impact compared with Bush’s. Under other Presidents
the nation has absorbed the impact of Pearl Harbor, World War II, Vietnam War,
Korean war, major financial corrections like that in 1987 and have ended up with
a net gain of jobs nonetheless. Only Bush ranks with Hoover. Confronted with
this devastating indictment, his treasury secretary, John Snow, said last week
in Ohio job loss was “a myth.” This is in keeping with the Bush team’s general
contempt for reality as a basis for policy. Unfortunately, the job loss is all
too real for the more than two hundred thousand people who lost their jobs in
the state where he called the job loss a myth.
In yesterday’s New York Times Magazine, Ron Suskind related a truly startling
conversation that he had with a Bush White House official who was angry that
Suskind had written an article in the summer of 2002 that the White House didn’t
like. This senior advisor to Bush told Suskind that reporters like him lived “in
what we call the reality-based community,” and denigrated such people for
believing that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernable
reality…that’s not the way the world really works anymore…when we act, we create
our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality, judiciously as you
will, we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too,
and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors, and you, all of
you, will be left to just study what we do.”
By failing to adjust their policies to unexpected realities, they have made it
difficult to carry out any of their policies competently. Indeed, this is the
answer to what some have regarded as a mystery: How could a team so skilled in
politics be so bumbling and incompetent when it comes to policy?
The same insularity and zeal that makes them effective at smashmouth politics
makes them terrible at governing. The Bush-Cheney administration is a rarity in
American history. It is simultaneously dishonest and incompetent.
Not coincidentally, the first audits of the massive sums flowing through the
Coalition Provisional Authority, including money appropriated by Congress and
funds and revenue from oil, now show that billions of dollars have disappeared
with absolutely no record of who they went to, or for what, or when, or why. And
charges of massive corruption are now widespread. Just as the appointment of
industry lobbyists to key positions in agencies that oversee their former
employers has resulted in institutionalized corruption in the abandonment of the
enforcement of laws and regulations at home, the outrageous decision to brazenly
violate the law in granting sole-source, no-bid contracts worth billions of
dollars to Vice President Cheney’s company, Halliburton, which still pays him
money every year, has convinced many observers that incompetence, cronyism and
corruption have played a significant role in undermining U.S. policy in Iraq.
The former four star general in charge of central command, Tony Zinni, who was
named by President Bush as his personal emissary to the middle east in 2001,
offered this view of the situation in a recent book: “In the lead up to the Iraq
war, and its later conduct, I saw, at a minimum, true dereliction, negligence
and irresponsibility; at worst lying, incompetence and corruption. False
rationales presented as a justification; a flawed strategy; lack of planning;
the unnecessary alienation of our allies; the underestimation of the task; the
unnecessary distraction from real threats; and the unbearable strain dumped on
our over-stretched military. All of these caused me to speak out...I was called
a traitor and a turncoat by Pentagon officials.”
Massive incompetence? Endemic corruption? Official justification for torture?
Wholesale abuse of civil liberties? Arrogance masquerading as principle? These
are new, unfamiliar and unpleasant realities for America. We hardly recognize
our country when we look in the mirror of what Jefferson called, “the opinion of
mankind.” How could we have come to this point?
America was founded on the principle that “all just power is derived from the
consent of the governed.” And our founders assumed that in the process of giving
their consent, the governed would be informed by free and open discussion of the
relevant facts in a healthy and robust public forum.
But for the Bush-Cheney administration, the will to power has become its own
justification. This explains Bush’s lack of reverence for democracy itself. The
widespread efforts by Bush’s political allies to suppress voting have reached
epidemic proportions. The scandals of Florida four years ago are being repeated
in broad daylight even as we meet here today. Harper’s magazine reports in an
article published today that tens of thousands of registered voters who were
unjustly denied their right to vote four year ago have still not been allowed
back on the rolls.
An increasing number of Republicans, including veterans of the Reagan White
House and even the father of the conservative movement, are now openly
expressing dismay over the epic failures of the Bush presidency. Doug Bandow, a
senior fellow at the Cato Institute and a veteran of both the Heritage
Foundation and the Reagan White House, wrote recently in Salon.com, “Serious
conservatives must fear for the country if Bush is re-elected…based on the
results of his presidency, a Bush presidency would be catastrophic.
Conservatives should choose principles over power.” Bandow seemed most concerned
about Bush’s unhealthy habits of mind, saying, “He doesn’t appear to reflect on
his actions and seems unable to concede even the slightest mistake. Nor is he
willing to hold anyone else responsible for anything. It is a damning
combination.” Bandow described Bush’s foreign policy as a “shambles, with Iraq
aflame and America increasingly reviled by friend and foe alike.”
The conservative co-host of Crossfire, Tucker Carlson, said about Bush’s Iraq
policy, “I think it’s a total nightmare and disaster, and I’m ashamed that I
went against my own instincts in supporting it.”
William F. Buckley, Jr., widely acknowledged as the founder of the modern
conservative movement in America, wrote of the Iraq war, “If I knew then, what I
know now about what kind of situation we would be in, I would have opposed the
A former Republican Governor of Minnesota, Elmer Andersen, announced in
Minneapolis that for the first time in his life he was abandoning the Republican
Party in this election because Bush and Cheney “believe their own spin. Both men
spew outright untruths with evangelistic fervor.” Andersen attributed his switch
to Bush’s “misguided and blatantly false misrepresentations of the threat of
weapons of mass destruction. The terror seat was Afghanistan. Iraq had no
connection to these acts of terror and was not a serious threat to the United
States as this President claimed, and there was no relation, it is now obvious,
to any serious weaponry.” Governor Andersen was also offended, he said, by
“Bush’s phony posturing as cocksure leader of the free world.”
Andersen and many other Republicans are joining with Democrats and millions of
Independents this year in proudly supporting the Kerry-Edwards ticket. In every
way, John Kerry and John Edwards represent an approach to governing that is the
opposite of the Bush-Cheney approach.
Where Bush remains out of touch, Kerry is a proud member of the “reality based”
community. Where Bush will bend to his corporate backers, Kerry stands strong
with the public interest.
There are now fifteen days left before our country makes this fateful choice –
for us and the whole world. And it is particularly crucial for one more reason:
T The final feature of Bush’s ideology involves ducking accountability for his
He has neutralized the Congress by intimidating the Republican leadership and
transforming them into a true rubber stamp, unlike any that has ever existed in
He has appointed right-wing judges who have helped to insulate him from
accountability in the courts. And if he wins again, he will likely get to
appoint up to four Supreme Court justices.
He has ducked accountability by the press with his obsessive secrecy and refusal
to conduct the public’s business openly. There is now only one center of power
left in our constitution capable of at long last holding George W. Bush
accountable, and it is the voters.
There are fifteen days left before our country makes this fateful choice – for
us and the whole world. Join me on November 2 nd in taking our country back.
Hersh's ACLU Keynote Speech Transcribed
July 15, 2004
… The truth is, it's so ironic… the best information we may get about this
election may come from a combination of The Control Room, Fahrenheit 9/11, John
Sayles, the nightly news from Jon Stewart if some of you watch that. At the
height of the prisoner abuse stories, [Jon Stewart] had one of his mock news
broadcasters say very seriously to the camera, on the Stewart show, he said,
"The important thing is not that we commit torture and abuses, it's that we're a
country that doesn't condone torture and abuses" [laughter] — that's a wonderful
And so, you start talking about failures of communication, I don't know where
we're going to go with this, I can't make you feel happy about where we are.
We've got a very important election coming up, probably the most important
since, what, 1860. I think it is, and there's nothing I can say to you about any
of that. …
So here we are. The bottom line is, by the way, I'm in a tough position because
I'm not done reporting on all of this. … It's a tough position because there is
more to the story. …
Standards for Government Ethics
I guess the way to describe how you look at things is, I don’t know about you,
but I have a wife and children, and one of the things that makes life livable is
trusting in my partner, never lying to my children and never wanting my children
— with the exception of teenage girls [laughter] — to lie to me about anything.
But basically you know what I’m talking about, the core of how we exist. The way
we live — not us, there’s nothing special about us, everybody in the world — we
all live, the most important thing in our life is our family structure and the
integrity with which we live, and the honesty with which we conduct our life,
and the trust with which we have people [sic].
And if you think about it, you begin to understand the bad bargain we have
[now]. It’s, it's, it's a condition, a requirement, one that we so desperately
live with our own families with that we don’t even begin to levy on the
President of the United States and the National Security Advisor. It’s not even
a requirement [for them]. We don’t even have any expectation that they’re going
to have the same trust and integrity in conducting their affairs as we do in our
own personal life.
It’s a bad bargain for us in the commonweal. We don’t even begin — we understand
what they are. You heard talking about Henry Kissinger, who, for all of his
genius, lied like most of us breathe. And when you’re in a situation like that —
is that partisan or non-partisan, I don't know [referring to the ACLU's need to
But it’s really a bad bargain. And we live with it pretty happily, we go along,
ok another President, another National Security Advisor, Condi Rice in this case
— and we know we don’t get the story, and what do they have the right to do?
They have the right to send our children, men and women now, in the name of
democracy to go kill people and be killed and torture and perhaps be tortured in
return, which is always going to be the end result of torture. And so, I think
there’s nothing wrong with holding these people to the highest possible
standards. It doesn’t happen enough. But that’s what we have to do.
Scope of the Crimes of Torture
We don’t know — I’ll tell you right now, the reason I’m saying all that — is
what happened at Abu Ghraib, I can just tell you this, and I have to do the
reporting on this and you have to wait for me to do it — but it’s not about an
academic debate in long essays between the Justice Department and the White
House, legal essays about where the Geneva Convention ends and the Presidential
What we had was a series of massive crimes, criminal activity by the President
and the Vice President, by this administration anyway, I can say that, I can’t
say who did it.
The only way to look at this is as war crimes. What happened are war crimes. I’m
not saying it’s there yet. It’s not there yet. But that’s where it has to go. We
have to stop looking at it as some sort of academic debate about Geneva
Conventions and really begin to look at it in terms of: Who did what? Who died?
Why did he die? Are there people missing? Are we doing what the Brazilians and
Argentineans did back two or three decades ago and actually into this decade?
Are we disappearing people? Are there people being tortured knowingly in advance
that the torture was going to put their lives in peril and is nothing being done
to relieve their suffering to the point that they die?
Is there mens rea? Is there guilty knowledge? Is it a crime? And we’re going to
get there, because I think that’s where it’s sort of ineluctably going, you can
just see on and on and on, and we’re not there yet. I’m not telling you I can
take it there, I’m just telling you that that’s the way you have to look at it.
Repercussions in the Arab World
I’ll tell you what an Israeli told me. And the Israelis as you know — a very
tough, hard-nosed Israeli told me at one point, about all this — he said, you
know, we hate the Arabs. This is a guy who spent his career in the intelligence
service and, you know, his hands are bloody. He said, we hate the Arabs, and the
Arabs hate us, and before 1948, we’ve been killing Arabs, and they’ve been
killing us. But I have to tell you something, he said. We know somewhere down
the line, we’re going to have to live with these people, much as we can’t stand
them, they’re going to have to be our neighbors. And if we had done in our
prisons to the Arabs what you have done to the Arabs in your prisons, we
couldn’t live that way.
And so the bottom line is we have started something that we don’t know [what]
the end, the bottom line, is of this treatment, as more details come out.
And I can tell you it was much worse, and the government knows it's much worse,
than they’ve even told you. There are worse photos, worse videotapes, worse
events. To The New Yorker’s credit we decided, not for censorship, but just how
much can you, how much can you levy on Arab manhood, in public?
But Arabs, I will tell you, it’s not just the radicals — and we all know how
this policy, this administration’s policies, in Afghanistan, too, and also of
course in Iraq, has really done exactly the contrary of what they said they were
going to do. They haven't ended the war of terrorism — they’ve expanded it —
that’s nothing obvious [sic], that’s totally clear.
But Arabs now, moderate Arabs, Arabs that normally would be doing the kind of —
as you know, the overwhelming, the vastly overwhelming percentage of moderate
Arabs deplored what happened to this country on 9/11, as much as anybody here —
but those Arabs we’ve lost. They see us as a sexually perverse society. The
sexual stuff we did to them is seen as just perversion. And I think we’re going
to have consequences for a long time to come. There’s an awful lot of respect in
the Arab world for Americans, I travel there all the time, and American Jews
even, it’s not, nobody’s going to — I wouldn’t walk around Baghdad — but most of
the world is very safe. We have a lot of problems.
The Neocon Cult
So, rather than deal with the obvious stuff about Bush and this election and
what it means, I think the real question we have to answer, and this is the
question I'm inchoate about, I don't have an answer …
The question we have to say to ourselves is, ok, so here’s what happens, a bunch
of guys, 8 or 9 neoconservatives, cultists — not Charles Manson cultists, but
cultists — get in and it's not, with all due respect to Michael Moore, and
you’ll read it, his movie’s fine, but it’s not about oil, it’s not even about
protecting Israel, it’s about a Utopia
they have, it’s about an idea they have. Not only about — democracy can
be spread — in a sense, I would say Paul Wolfowitz is the greatest Trotskyite of
our time, he believes in permanent revolution, and in the Middle East to begin,
needless to say.
And so you have a bunch of people who've been for 10, 12 years have been
fantasizing since the 1991 Gulf War on the way to resolve problems. And of
course Israel will be a beneficiary and etc. etc., but the world in their eyes —
this was Utopia. And so they got together, this small group of cultists, and how
did they do it? They did do it. They’ve
taken the government over. And what’s amazing to me, and what really is
troubling, is how fragile our democracy is. Look what happened to us.
[In the press, there is] self-censorship, which is the beacon word for me, you
know I always think it comes more, you know there is a corporate mentality out
there, but there’s also a tremendous amount of self-censorship among the press.
It’s like a disease.
But also — they not only — they took away the edge from the press, they also
muzzled the bureaucracy, they muzzled the military, they muzzled the Congress,
and it’s an amazing feat. We’re supposed to be a democratic society, and all of
those areas of our democracy bowed and scraped to this group of neocons who
advocated a policy.
You know, we all know the story of how mad they got at General Shinseki, who I
think is going to run for the Senate in Hawaii and should, for Inouye’s seat,
he’s a great general. The important thing about Shinseki for me, and this is
just heuristic, I don’t know this, the important thing about Shinseki is this.
He testifies before the Gulf War we’re going to need a couple hundred thousand
troops and everybody, Wolfowitz and the others — I count Wolfowitz, I lead with
him, because he’s sort of the, he’s the genius in the background, he’s the man,
very articulate, very persuasive — and so Shinseki testifies we need a couple
hundred thousand and everybody’s mad at him, it's about two weeks before the
war, and it made sense, everybody said, they were mad because he's talking about
numbers these guys say you won’t need. They're going to go invade Iraq and you
know the story, they were going to be greeted with flowers and all that stuff,
we all know that story.
But it wasn’t that. Their complaint with Shinseki was really much more
interesting. It was: didn’t he get it? Didn�����t he know what we’ve been talking
about, in the tank with the JCS and the generals — didn’t he get it? We could do
it with five thousand troops, we have to make these bargains with these crazy
Clinton-ized generals — I’m talking like Rummy, like Rumsfeld would talk —
literally, unfortunately — these soft generals, these Clinton-ized generals —
didn’t Shinseki get it? Didn’t he understand what we’re doing here? We did it in
Afghanistan, we’re going to do it in Iraq. Some Special Forces, some bombing,
we’re going to take it over. It’s going to be like this. He didn’t get it, that
was the problem, that’s why they had to read him out. He wasn’t on the team.
And so you have a government that basically has been operating since 9/11 very
successfully on the principle that if you’re with us you’re a genius,
if you’re against us you’re not just
somebody [in the] loyal opposition, you’re a traitor. They can’t deal
with you. I’m exaggerating very slightly.
Pentagon in Disarray
So what does that mean? That means no dissent. Somebody I know recently was
working with the Joint Chiefs of Staff on a budget issue. The budget’s in
incredible chaos, the Defense Department budget. Don’t hold me to this, because,
you know The New Yorker has this great fact-checking system, this is just
something I’ve heard, but among the problems they have, they can’t find
something like one billion dollars in cash that was known to be in Iraq, they
just can’t find it. And you know we’re talking with the b-word there, you known
And so they’ve got huge problems that they’re spending and the Joint Chiefs,
this was in big league meetings, and then this gentleman has to go and brief his
findings. He’s an outside expert, he’s done an investigation, he has to brief
Rumsfeld, and one of the senior generals who happens to be a very good guy — not
General Myers, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, who’s know to many generals as
“hear no evil, see no evil”, you know we have that incredible sort of problem —
I wish, this is a digression, I wish they had more guts, the two, three, and
four stars. I shouldn’t say that because I’m obviously a beneficiary, you know,
indirectly, I’m the beneficiary for their thoughts in some cases, but it is sort
of sad that none of them have come forward and really blasted away, because I
can tell you right now, the disaffection inside the Pentagon is really extremely
acute, there’s never been anything like it, and they feel that this government
doesn’t care about — you know a good officer, and I could tell you right now,
don’t make the mistake of thinking that they’re not good people, they are, and
in the intelligence service too, they’re people like everybody else. They want
to do their job right, they want to do it with as much honor as they can. And
this is something that I feel — I know these guys, and they do care. But they
also, the good ones, also they’re in loco parentis. One of the things they take
very seriously, particularly, you known I'm a Marine, you know what I’m talking
about, you give your children to them, they take of you. They can’t do that now
in Iraq. They really don’t think we care, and they don' think, they certainly
don’t think people in the White House care. …
Rumsfeld Refuses to Listen
So one of the good generals, one of the good guys goes in for a meeting with
Rumsfeld, and the person I’m talking about is describing the condition that he’s
discovered of the budget planning. We’re talking about lots of billions of
dollars, this war is going to probably end up being the trillion dollar war that
nobody — you can’t even begin to estimate the cost.
When you see the Moore movie, and in [The] Control Room, when you see those
movies, the photographs that are the most gripping are the photographs of
Baghdad before the war. And look, I know he's a bad guy, etc., etc., etc.,
Saddam, but still, and the rebuilding —
Anyway, the point is that my friend, this person told Rumsfeld how bad things
are, and Rumsfeld of course said, oh my God, that’s absolutely wrong, he said,
there’s nothing like that, there’s no problem with the budget and he turned to
this ranking general and said, isn’t that right? And this general, in front of
this outsider, said yes sir, you’re right. And that’s what happens, that’s what
you have now, and to me, there’s nothing more scary. That the Secretary of
Defense is simply incapable of hearing what he doesn’t want to hear. And he’s
not the ideologue that Wolfowitz is. You couple that with an ideologue, and I
don’t know what we can do. I don’t know what any of us can do to stop it.
Transfer of Iraqi “Sovereignty”
I think what’s going to happen is the President’s — my guess is, first of all,
again, the idea that three networks — or at least two of them — I think all
three sent their anchormen through Baghdad on the 30th for this transfer of
sovereignty and I just wonder, I mean, how out of touch are they? What
sovereignty? What sovereignty do we have to give? There’s no phones, there’s no
electricity [laughter] — no, this is a sad fact. There is no sovereignty,
there’s no army. It’s a Potemkin village maybe, yes, so they’re going to go
inside the CPA where the grass is green and the air-conditioning works and
they’re going to have a change of command with the press monitoring it and they
had all three anchors there. I thought to myself, wow, it’s really scary. We���re
getting into — we’re making the pictures and we’re believing them now, more than
ever. So it doesn’t have much reality.
So the President’s, I would guess the President’s policy is — he’s got no, he
doesn’t have a policy behind the new government, the Allawi government, which is
basically a bunch of outsiders taking control, and everybody’s got their hands
in certain — there’s no way this government’s going to be acceptable to anybody
except a very small minority of people. It’s not going to work, it’s not going
to stop the insurgency.
What’s Next in Iraq
I think you’re going to see a lot of efforts to try to paint the insurgency in
the next month as increasingly being outsiders. I’ve seen already the first
“showdown” between al Qaeda and the United States. “Al Qaeda’s taken over the
insurgency” — I don���t think that’s true at all. And I can tell you right now —
this I'm telling you I know — a year ago, a year and a half ago, there was total
panic inside, because the opposition, the insurgency, was operating in 1, 2, and
3 man cells and we knew nothing about them. I can tell you right now, they're
operating in 10 and 15 man cells right now and we still know nothing about them.
The interrogations haven’t worked, no matter how much pressure they put on
people. We have no tactical information of any use whatsoever.
And if you go to Europe and talk to some of the intelligence people there and
some of the people in the Middle East who are our friends — we have many
friends, who are very sad about what’s happened to America, are praying for the
next election — they will tell you even the stuff you’re hearing about Zarqawi —
Zarqawi, excuse me, Zarqawi is mister everybody, he’s never liked bin Laden, and
it’s not clear that the person that we claim responsible for all those acts is
he. Some of the people who know the Arab world very well and very carefully and
listen to his statements. He’s a Jordanian, and many of the comments that have
been alleged to have been in his name are not made by him. In other words, the
suggestion is that he’s a composite figure. He’s very convenient.
I don’t want to suggest to you that we’ve ever been propagandized by our
government [laughter], but it’s very convenient. It’s very convenient to keep on
telling the press that Zarqawi’s — my favorite one is that nice kid that was
beheaded, remember. The guy that beheaded him had a hood over him. He was
described very confidently by the American establishment government as Zarqawi.
Well, if they can see through hoods. Anyway —
So, I think the policy’s going to be, we’ve got this guy Allawi and this
government, let’s stand him up and see if he can past the election, and let’s
just escalate, and bomb, and bomb, and bomb. And the only answer for these guys
is going to be more pressure, more military force. We accept as commonplace,
every day now, we’re emulating Israel in [their] missile attacks, and it’s a
daily occurrence. We keep on bombing places in Fallujah, claiming we’ve gotten
rid of Zarqawi, who keeps on not showing up anyway, whoever he is.
We don’t have much intelligence, and we’re escalating a war. Bombing, missile
attacks, much more violence, it’s come, crept up on us, you know little cat paw,
and we’re there. We’re there in a full-scale, increasingly intense military
activity, more bombing, more air force planes, more ordnance, more shelling,
what we call force protection — that is, you’re not going to send troops
somewhere where you can just fire a lot of missiles [instead], which means of
course more collateral damage, more civilians, which means of course more
opposition, more insurgency.
Torture: Worse Revelations to Come
What they did at Abu Ghraib and other places was, the people they would get,
they would torture. And sometimes, for an Arab man, being photographed without
clothes on — in the Koran, you’re not allowed, this front [motioning to his
body] cannot be exposed — and to be exposed that way and to be forced to
simulate sexual activity with other males and have women give the thumbs-up sign
is the ultimate degradation. It’s literally — any classic definition of — it’s
torture. Torture isn’t always physical. It’s a torturous process.
And the purpose of it, of course, is to generate information. So what do you
get? You get people that know nothing. The ICRC, the international Red Cross,
estimated in the prison population at Abu Ghraib at the time of the worst
abuses, they estimated that upwards of 90% had no bearing at all on anthing
anti-American, or any activity that had anything to do with the insurgency. This
wonderful general, Antonio Taguba, the report that I got, this guy Taguba's
report estimated that 60% had nothing to do [with it].
So you take these people, you expose them to the ridicule and physical torture
that you can, and they end up telling you. Yes, they'll give you the names of
people in their neighborhood that are al Qaeda, or terrorists, insurgency, and
they give you names. And of course they're just names, they're just doing it,
and then you arrest those people, and bring them in, and you start the process.
And the circle gets bigger, and bigger, and bigger.
And I would — debating about it [long pause]. Some of the worst things that
happened that you don’t know about. OK? Videos. There are women there. Some of
you may have read that they were passing letters out, communications out to
their men. This is at [Abu Ghraib], which is about 30 miles from Baghdad — 30
kilometers, maybe, just 20 miles, I'm not sure whether it's — anyway. The women
were passing messages out saying please come and kill me because of what’s
happened. And basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with
young boys, children, in cases that have been [video] recorded, the boys were
sodomized, with the cameras rolling, and the worst above all of them is the
soundtrack of the boys shrieking. That your government has, and they’re in total
terror it’s going to come out. It’s impossible to say to yourself, how did we
get there, who are we, who are these people that sent us there.
When I did My Lai, I was very troubled, like anybody in his right mind would be
about what happened, and I ended up in something I wrote saying, in the end, I
said, the people that did the killing were as much victims as the people they
killed, because of the scars they had.
I can tell you some of the personal stories of some of the people who were in
these units who witnessed this. I can also tell you written complaints were made
to the highest officers. And so we’re dealing with an enormous, massive amount
of criminal wrong-doing that was covered up at the highest command out there and
higher. And we have to get to it, and we will. And we will, I mean, you know,
there’s enough out there, they can't — [applause]
So — so, it’s going to be an interesting election year, it is. It’s going to be
Bush vs. Bush, I think, largely, in my view, not that the Democrats, or Ralph
Nader, won’t have something to do with it, but it’s really going to be, it’s
Bush running against Bush.
The Justice Department
And, I don’t know where we’re going to come out. And, I guess, I guess the only
thing I can say is that above and beyond that, all of you know because all of
you care about the Constitutional rights and what’s going on in the government,
the issues that many in [the ACLU] are deeply involved in, one of the other
great shocking examples of self-censorship, or just sheer cowardness, or what
you will, is just the inability of the press corps to deal with the Justice
Department and what’s happened there.
It’s one of the great failings — I can tell you the degradation of that place
has been so total, and there are people, again, there are many people in those
places that really care about human rights. I was getting emails on September
the 12th, 2001, from people the inside the FBI saying we are in real trouble
with this guy Ashcroft. So there are people there that care, they fight, as hard
as they can. It’s not as if — when you have the kind of leadership we have, I
don’t know where we go. I just wish I could tell you — I am telling you — go
back, do what you can, … you’re going to say to yourself, as many people have
said to me, I’d better do more. But also be terribly aware, that we are so
disconnected with this leadership that it’s not necessarily clear that what you
do is going to impact on them.
Because these are people that are really out there. We have really been — you
know, as I say, it’s not the Manson clan — but we really have been taken over,
and we have to do something to stop it, and let’s hope we can do it electorally.
Bush Fucked Over
McCain in 2000
On February 15, four days before the (2000) vote, Bush and McCain appeared
on Larry King Live (along with Alan Keyes, the motormouth former ambassador,
who was still in the race). Beneath a smile, McCain was seething. Two weeks
earlier he had pulled off a surprising victory over the much better financed
Bush in New Hampshire. Bush had responded in South Carolina by attacking
McCain mercilessly from the right. On Larry King, Bush and McCain traded
complaints about unfair negative campaign ads. Bush's complaint was that
McCain had run an ad comparing him to Bill Clinton. "That's about as low a
blow as you can give in a Republican primary!" he said.
McCain held a tight smile. "Let me tell you what really went over the line,"
he said shortly afterward, when asked by King for a reply. At a recent Bush
rally Bush had stood alongside someone McCain called "a spokesman for a
fringe veterans' group," who had denounced McCain for "abandoning" Vietnam
With feigned politeness, McCain told Bush, "I don't know if you can
understand this, George, but that really hurts. It really hurts." No
of McCain's service as a military pilot, nor of his imprisonment and torture
in the "Hanoi Hilton"; everyone knew what McCain meant. McCain turned to
King. "And so five United States senators-Vietnam veterans, heroes, some
them really incredible heroes-wrote George a letter and said, 'Apologize.'
You should be ashamed."
Bush sputtered, "Let me speak to that ..."
McCain faced him again, calm but contemptuous: "You should be ashamed."
Feeling the Draft
By Paul Krugman / New York Times
Those who are worrying about a revived draft are in the same position as those
who worried about a return to budget deficits four years ago, when President
Bush began pushing through his program of tax cuts. Back then he insisted that
he wouldn't drive the budget into deficit - but those who looked at the facts
strongly suspected otherwise. Now he insists that he won't revive the draft. But
the facts suggest that he will.
There were two reasons some of us never believed Mr. Bush's budget promises.
First, his claims that his tax cuts were affordable rested on patently
unrealistic budget projections. Second, his broader policy goals, including the
partial privatization of Social Security - which is clearly on his agenda for a
second term - would involve large costs that were not included even in those
unrealistic projections. This led to the justified suspicion that his
election-year promises notwithstanding, Mr. Bush would preside over a return to
It's exactly the same when it comes to the draft. Mr. Bush's claim that we don't
need any expansion in our military is patently unrealistic; it ignores the
severe stress our Army is already under. And the experience in Iraq shows that
pursuing his broader foreign policy doctrine - the "Bush doctrine" of
pre-emptive war - would require much larger military forces than we now have.
This leads to the justified suspicion that after the election, Mr. Bush will
seek a large expansion in our military, quite possibly through a return of the
Mr. Bush's assurances that this won't happen are based on a denial of reality.
Last week, the Republican National Committee sent an angry, threatening letter
to Rock the Vote, an organization that has been using the draft issue to
mobilize young voters. "This urban myth regarding a draft has been thoroughly
debunked," the letter declared, and quoted Mr. Bush: "We don't need the draft.
Look, the all-volunteer Army is working."
In fact, the all-volunteer Army is under severe stress. A study commissioned by
Donald Rumsfeld arrived at the same conclusion as every independent study: the
U.S. has "inadequate total numbers" of troops to sustain operations at the
current pace. In Iraq, the lack of sufficient soldiers to protect supply
convoys, let alone pacify the country, is the root cause of incidents like the
case of the reservists who refused to go on what they described as a "suicide
Commanders in Iraq have asked for more troops (ignore the administration's
denials) - but there are no more troops to send. The manpower shortage is so
severe that training units like the famous Black Horse Regiment, which
specializes in teaching other units the ways of battle, are being sent into
combat. As the military expert Phillip Carter says, "This is like eating your
Anyway, do we even have an all-volunteer Army at this point? Thousands of
reservists and National Guard members are no longer serving voluntarily: they
have been kept in the military past their agreed terms of enlistment by "stop
The administration's strategy of denial in the face of these realities was
illustrated by a revealing moment during the second presidential debate. After
Senator John Kerry described the stop-loss policy as a "backdoor draft," Charles
Gibson, the moderator, tried to get a follow-up response from President Bush:
"And with reservists being held on duty --"
At that point Mr. Bush cut Mr. Gibson off and changed the subject from the
plight of the reservists to the honor of our Polish allies, ending what he
obviously viewed as a dangerous line of questioning.
And during the third debate, Mr. Bush tried to minimize the issue, saying that
the reservists being sent to Iraq "didn't view their service as a backdoor
draft. They viewed their service as an opportunity to serve their country." In
that case, why are they being forced, rather than asked, to continue that
The reality is that the Iraq war, which was intended to demonstrate the
feasibility of the Bush doctrine, has pushed the U.S. military beyond its
limits. Yet there is no sign that Mr. Bush has been chastened. By all accounts,
in a second term the architects of that doctrine, like Paul Wolfowitz, would be
promoted, not replaced. The only way this makes sense is if Mr. Bush is prepared
to seek a much larger Army - and that means reviving the draft.
Nickle and Diming the War- STILL No Armor Even in October 2004
Along With Prayers, Families Send Armor
By NEELA BANERJEE and JOHN KIFNER
Published: October 30, 2004 NEW YORK TIMES
(NOTE FROM WEB MASTER MARK SMITH of SET FREE:
Once again we see the lies of George Bush getting slapped down by reality. Bush
has claimed over and over that the troops are getting everything they need.
Instead, we see scores getting maimed for life or even killed because even after
months of asking they still lack a simple $200 piece of armor for their truck or
humvee. Bush can't spare $200 to save the life of an American soldiers, but by
gum his VP's company Halliburton has got 7 BILLION and Cheney is STILL on the
payroll- deferred compensation. Christians: just how much of a scoundral and
crook does YOUR candidate of choice have to be before you decide not to vote for
him??? Don't you people have ANY morals or standards???)
When the 1544th Transportation Company of the Illinois National Guard was
preparing to leave for Iraq in February, relatives of the soldiers offered to
pay to weld steel plates on the unit's trucks to protect against roadside bombs.
The Army told them not to, because it would provide better protection in
Iraq, relatives said.
Seven months later, many of the company's trucks still have no armor,
soldiers and relatives said, despite running some of the most dangerous missions
in Iraq and incurring the highest rate of injuries and deaths among the Illinois
units deployed there.
"This problem is very extensive," said Paul Rieckhoff, a former infantry platoon
leader with the Florida National Guard in Iraq who now runs an organization
called Operation Truth, an advocacy group for soldiers and veterans.
Though soldiers of all types have complained about equipment in Iraq,
part-timers in the National Guard and Reserve say that they have a particular
disadvantage because they start off with outdated or insufficient gear.
They have been deployed with faulty radios, unreliable trucks and, most
alarmingly for many, a shortage of soundly armored vehicles in a land
regularly convulsed by roadside attacks, according to soldiers, relatives and
outside military experts.
After many complaints when the violence in Iraq accelerated late last year, the
military acknowledged there had been shortages, in part because of the rapid
deployments. But the Army contends that it has moved quickly to get better
equipment to Iraq over the last year.
"War is a come-as-you-are party," said Lt. Gen. C. V. Christianson, the Army's
deputy chief of staff for logistics, in an interview yesterday. "The way a unit
was resourced when someone rang the bell is the way it showed up.
"As we saw this become a more enduring commitment, those in the next rotation
had full protective gear, like the newest body armor," he said. General
Christianson acknowledged, however, that more work needed to be done to protect
vehicles in particular and that broader changes were needed so that the Army and
Reserve would be better prepared in the future.
Not all National Guard units are complaining about their equipment. The soldiers
in Company C of the Arkansas Army National Guard's First Battalion, 153rd
Infantry Regiment, have operated in one of the riskiest parts of Baghdad since
they arrived in April.
Capt. Thomas J. Foley, 29, the company commander, and his soldiers bragged in
recent interviews that their equipment, from Bradley fighting vehicles to
armored personnel carriers, was on par or better than what many regular Army
units in Iraq now have.
The improvements are of little solace to many soldiers' families. Progress has
been made, but it has been slow and inconsistent, soldiers, families and other
military observers said. When 18 reservists in Iraq refused an order to deliver
fuel on Oct. 13, they cited the poor condition of their trucks and the lack of
armed escorts in a particularly dangerous area.
Families Buy Equipment
Before the 103rd Armor Regiment of the Pennsylvania National Guard left in late
February, some relatives bought those soldiers new body
armor to supplant the Vietnam-era flak jackets that
had been issued. The mother of Sgt. Sherwood Baker, a member of the
regiment who was killed in April, bought a global positioning device after being
told that the Army said his truck should have one but would not supply it.
And before Karma Kumlin's husband left with his Minnesota National Guard unit in
February, the soldiers spent about $200 each on radios that they say have turned
out to be more reliable - although less secure - than the Army's. Only recently,
Ms. Kumlin said, has her husband gotten a metal shield for the gunner's turret
he regularly mans, after months of asking.
"This just points to an extreme lack of planning
," said Ms. Kumlin, who is 31 and a student. "My husband is part of the second
wave that went to Iraq."
Bush Likes Waffles? How About
by Mark Smith
"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin
Laden. It is
our number one priority and we will not rest until we find
"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and I
really don't care. It's not that important.
It's not our priority."2
1) George W. Bush, in a televised speech to the
nation, Sept. 13, 2001
2) George W. Bush, March 13, 2002
Put yourself in the shoes of one of the thousands who lost loved ones in the
World Trade Center attack. Osama is the biggest mass murderer in the history of
this country, and our president publicly confesses, just six months after the
attack, that he doesn't really give a rats ass where Osama is. By doing so, our
president, in effect, just admitted that he has higher priorities than catching
Osama. What those priorities are remain a secret. Imagine what a stab in the
back to the surviving relatives of 9-11 this callous and thoughtless statement
must have been. Then imagine if Clinton had said something similar regarding the
Unabomber, or of Timothy McVay of the Oklahoma Federal Building bombing, had he
not been caught yet. Bush has one thing and one thing only on his mind: his own
agenda, and to hell with everybody else.
Rev. Al Sharpton at the DNC Convention July 28 2004
We were told that we were going to Iraq because there were weapons of mass
destruction. We've lost hundreds of soldiers. We've spent $200 billion dollars
at a time when we had record state deficits. And when it became clear that there
were no weapons, they changed the premise for the war and said: No, we went
because of other reasons.
If I told you tonight, "Let's leave the Fleet Center, we're in danger," and when
you get outside, you ask me, Reverend Al, "What is the danger?" and I say, "It
don't matter. We just needed some fresh air," I have misled you and we were
The promise of America guarantees health care for all of its citizens and
doesn't force seniors to travel to Canada to buy prescription drugs they can't
afford here at home.
The promise of America provides that those who work in our health care system
can afford to be hospitalized in the very beds they clean up every day.
The promise of America is that government does not seek to regulate your
behavior in the bedroom, but to guarantee your right to provide food in the
The issue of government is not to determine who may sleep together in the
bedroom, it's to help those that might not be eating in the kitchen.
The promise of America is that every citizen vote is counted and protected, and
election schemes do not decide the election.
Mr. President, the reason we are fighting so hard, the reason we took Florida so
seriously, is our right to vote wasn't gained because of our age. Our vote was
soaked in the blood of martyrs, soaked in the blood of good men (inaudible)
soaked in the blood of four little girls in Birmingham. This vote is sacred to
This vote can't be bargained away. This vote can't be given away. Mr. President,
in all due respect, Mr. President, read my lips: Our vote is not for sale.
Feel Like I'm Fixing to Die- Anti-War Lyrics
Country Joe & The Fish
Yeah, come on all of you, big strong men,
Uncle Sam needs your help again.
He's got himself in a terrible jam
Way down yonder in Vietnam
So put down your books and pick up a gun,
We're gonna have a whole lotta fun.
And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.
Well, come on generals, let's move fast;
Your big chance has come at last.
Gotta go out and get those reds —
The only good commie is the one who's dead
And you know that peace can only be won
When we've blown 'em all to kingdom come.
And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam;
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.
Well, come on Wall Street, don't move slow,
Why man, this is war au-go-go.
There's plenty good money to be made
By supplying the Army with the tools of the trade,
Just hope and pray that if they drop the bomb,
They drop it on the Viet Cong.
And it's one, two, three,
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam.
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.
Well, come on mothers throughout the land,
Pack your boys off to Vietnam.
Come on fathers, don't hesitate,
Send 'em off before it's too late.
Be the first one on your block
To have your boy come home in a box.
And it's one, two, three
What are we fighting for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is Vietnam.
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why,
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.
Missing In Action- from the New York Times
President Bush claims that in the fall of 1972, he fulfilled his Air National
Guard duties at a base in Alabama. But Bob Mintz was there - and he is sure Mr.
Plenty of other officers have said they also don't recall that Mr. Bush ever
showed up for drills at the base. What's different about Mr. Mintz is that he
remembers actively looking for Mr. Bush and never finding him.
Mr. Mintz says he had heard that Mr. Bush - described as a young Texas pilot
with political influence - had transferred to the base. He heard that Mr. Bush
was also a bachelor, so he was looking forward to partying together. He's
confident that he'd remember if Mr. Bush had shown up.
"I'm sure I would have seen him," Mr. Mintz said yesterday. "It's a small unit,
and you couldn't go in or out without being seen. It was too close a space."
There were only 25 to 30 pilots there, and Mr. Bush - a U.N. ambassador's son
who had dated Tricia Nixon - would have been particularly memorable.
I've steered clear until now of how Mr. Bush evaded service in Vietnam because I
thought other issues were more important. But if Bush supporters attack John
Kerry for his conduct after he volunteered for dangerous duty in Vietnam, it's
only fair to scrutinize Mr. Bush's behavior.
It's not a pretty sight. Mr. Bush was saved from active duty, and perhaps
Vietnam, only after the speaker of the Texas House intervened for him because of
his family's influence.
Mr. Bush signed up in May 1968 for a six-year commitment, justifying the $1
million investment in training him as a pilot. But after less than two years,
Mr. Bush abruptly stopped flying, didn't show up for his physical and asked to
transfer to Alabama. He never again flew a military plane.
Mr. Bush insists that after moving to Alabama in 1972, he served out his
obligation at Dannelly Air National Guard Base in Montgomery (although he says
he doesn't remember what he did there). The only officer there who recalls Mr.
Bush was produced by the White House - he remembers Mr. Bush vividly, but at
times when even Mr. Bush acknowledges he wasn't there.
In contrast, Mr. Mintz is a compelling witness. Describing himself as "a very
strong military man," he served in the military from 1959 to 1984. A commercial
pilot, he is now a Democrat but was a Republican for most of his life, and he is
not a Bush-hater. When I asked him whether the National Guard controversy raises
questions about Mr. Bush's credibility, Mr. Mintz said only, "That's up to the
American people to decide."
In his first interview with a national news organization, Mr. Mintz recalled why
he remembered Mr. Bush as a no-show: "Young bachelors were kind of sparse. For
that reason, I was looking for someone to haul around with." Why speak out now?
He said, "After a lot of soul-searching, I just feel it's my duty to stand up
and do the right thing."
Another particularly credible witness is Leonard Walls, a retired Air Force
colonel who was then a full-time pilot instructor at the base. "I was there
pretty much every day," he said, adding: "I never saw him, and I was there
continually from July 1972 to July 1974." Mr. Walls, who describes himself as
nonpolitical, added, "If he had been there more than once, I would have seen
The sheer volume of missing documents, and missing recollections, strongly
suggests to me that Mr. Bush blew off his Guard obligations. It's not fair to
say Mr. Bush deserted. My sense is that he (like some others at the time)
neglected his National Guard obligations, did the bare minimum to avoid serious
trouble and was finally let off by commanders who considered him a headache but
felt it wasn't worth the hassle to punish him.
"The record clearly and convincingly proves he did not fulfill the obligations
he incurred when he enlisted in the Air National Guard," writes Gerald
Lechliter, a retired Army colonel who has made the most meticulous examination
I've seen of Mr. Bush's records (I've posted the full 32-page analysis here).
Mr. Lechliter adds that Mr. Bush received unauthorized or fraudulent payments
that breached National Guard rules, according to the documents that the White
House itself released.
Does this disqualify Mr. Bush from being commander in chief? No. But it should
disqualify the Bush campaign from sliming the military service of a rival who
still carries shrapnel from Vietnam in his thigh.
A Flip and a Flop and Now Just a Flop- Michael Moore
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004
Mr. Bush and His 10 Ever-Changing Different Positions on Iraq: "A flip and a
flop and now just a flop."
Dear Mr. Bush,
I am so confused. Where exactly do you stand on the issue of Iraq? You, your
Dad, Rummy, Condi, Colin, and Wolfie -- you have all changed your minds so many
times, I am out of breath just trying to keep up with you!
Which of these 10 positions that you, your family and your cabinet have taken
over the years represents your CURRENT thinking:
1983-88: WE LOVE SADDAM. On December 19, 1983, Donald Rumsfeld was sent by your
dad and Mr. Reagan to go and have a friendly meeting with Saddam Hussein, the
dictator of Iraq. Rummy looked so happy in the picture. Just twelve days after
this visit, Saddam gassed thousands of Iranian troops. Your dad and Rummy seemed
pretty happy with the results because ‘The Donald R.’ went back to have another
chummy hang-out with Saddam’s right-hand man, Tariq Aziz, just four months
later. All of this resulted in the U.S. providing credits and loans to Iraq that
enabled Saddam to buy billions of dollars worth of weapons and chemical agents.
The Washington Post reported that your dad and Reagan let it be known to their
Arab allies that the Reagan/Bush administration wanted Iraq to win its war with
Iran and anyone who helped Saddam accomplish this was a friend of ours.
1990: WE HATE SADDAM. In 1990, when Saddam invaded Kuwait, your dad and his
defense secretary, Dick Cheney, decided they didn't like Saddam anymore so they
attacked Iraq and returned Kuwait to its rightful dictators.
1991: WE WANT SADDAM TO LIVE. After the war, your dad and Cheney and Colin
Powell told the Shiites to rise up against Saddam and we would support them. So
they rose up. But then we changed our minds. When the Shiites rose up against
Saddam, the Bush inner circle changed its mind and decided NOT to help the
Shiites. Thus, they were massacred by Saddam.
1998: WE WANT SADDAM TO DIE. In 1998, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and others, as part of
the Project for the New American Century, wrote an open letter to President
Clinton insisting he invade and topple Saddam Hussein.
2000: WE DON'T BELIEVE IN WAR AND NATION BUILDING. Just three years later,
during your debate with Al Gore in the 2000 election, when asked by the
moderator Jim Lehrer where you stood when it came to using force for regime
change, you turned out to be a downright pacifist:
“I--I would take the use of force very seriously. I would be guarded in my
approach. I don't think we can be all things to all people in the world. I think
we've got to be very careful when we commit our troops. The vice president [Al
Gore] and I have a disagreement about the use of troops. He believes in nation
building. I--I would be very careful about using our troops as nation builders.
I believe the role of the military is to fight and win war and, therefore,
prevent war from happening in the first place. And so I take my--I take my--my
responsibility seriously.” --October 3, 2000
2001 (early): WE DON'T BELIEVE SADDAM IS A THREAT. When you took office in 2001,
you sent your Secretary of State, Colin Powell, and your National Security
Advisor, Condoleezza Rice, in front of the cameras to assure the American people
they need not worry about Saddam Hussein. Here is what they said:
Powell: “We should constantly be reviewing our policies, constantly be looking
at those sanctions to make sure that they have directed that purpose. That
purpose is every bit as important now as it was 10 years ago when we began it.
And frankly, they have worked. He has not developed any significant capability
with respect to weapons of mass destruction. He is unable to project
conventional power against his neighbors.��� --February 24, 2001
Rice: “But in terms of Saddam Hussein being there, let's remember that his
country is divided, in effect. He does not control the northern part of his
country. We are able to keep arms from him. His military forces have not been
rebuilt.” --July 29, 2001
2001 (late): WE BELIEVE SADDAM IS GOING TO KILL US! Just a few months later, in
the hours and days after the 9/11 tragedy, you had no interest in going after
Osama bin Laden. You wanted only to bomb Iraq and kill Saddam and you then told
all of America we were under imminent threat because weapons of mass destruction
were coming our way. You led the American people to believe that Saddam had
something to do with Osama and 9/11. Without the UN's sanction, you broke
international law and invaded Iraq.
2003: WE DON’T BELIEVE SADDAM IS GOING TO KILL US. After no WMDs were found, you
changed your mind about why you said we needed to invade, coming up with a brand
new after-the-fact reason -- we started this war so we could have regime change,
liberate Iraq and give the Iraqis democracy!
2003: “MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!” Yes, everyone saw you say it -- in costume, no
2004: OOPS. MISSION NOT ACCOMPLISHED! Now you call the Iraq invasion a
"catastrophic success." That's what you called it this month. Over a thousand
U.S. soldiers have died, Iraq is in a state of total chaos where no one is safe,
and you have no clue how to get us out of there.
Mr. Bush, please tell us -- when will you change your mind again?
I know you hate the words "flip" and "flop," so I won't use them both on you. In
fact, I'll use just one: Flop. That is what you are. A huge, colossal flop. The
war is a flop, your advisors and the "intelligence" they gave you is a flop, and
now we are all a flop to the rest of the world. Flop. Flop. Flop.
And you have the audacity to criticize John Kerry with what you call the "many
positions" he has taken on Iraq. By my count, he has taken only one: He believed
you. That was his position. You told him and the rest of congress that Saddam
had WMDs. So he -- and the vast majority of Americans, even those who didn't
vote for you -- believed you. You see, Americans, like John Kerry, want to live
in a country where they can believe their president.
That was the one, single position John Kerry took. He didn't support the war, he
supported YOU. And YOU let him and this great country down. And that is why tens
of millions can't wait to get to the polls on Election Day -- to remove a major,
catastrophic flop from our dear, beloved White House -- to stop all the flipping
you and your men have done, flipping us and the rest of the world off.
We can't take another minute of it.
Muzzling Soldiers Is Nothing New- by David Hackworth
David Hackworth Oct. 12, 2004
Politicians and military commanders were lying about how wars were
progressing long before the sword and the shield first clashed. And the long
distances and delayed communications made censoring what was reported to
citizens no big stretch.
After all, from the Greek Wars to Gettysburg, it took months for letters and
casualty lists to travel by runner, boat, pony and finally, rail. By the time
the bad news arrived from the front, the dead were buried and the battle long
But as war morphed from cannonballs to aircraft to missiles, communications also
zoomed along - from printing press, telegraph, radio, TV and satellites to the
Even so, the Thought Police headquartered in space-age offices in Washington,
D.C., are still trying to bend any and all information about military campaigns.
Our leaders know that in democratic America, they must have popular support for
their wars, and they won't keep it if folks start to think we're losing and
being lied to.
The propagandists' mantra seems to be the ancient Greek proverb, "In the land of
the blind, the one-eyed Cyclops rules the land." It's become standard drill to
keep the truth for the leaders' eyes only. Especially when the real story is a
Vietnam War, the Eddie Adams's, Kevin Buckleys, Joe Galloways and hundreds
of other daring young reporters brought us a blow-by-blow about what was going
But after dealing with the fallout, Washington vowed that never again would the
press have so much access and freedom. And from Grenada to Panama to Kuwait to
the reporters embedded last year in
the Pentagon has been into keeping the American people in the dark. For example,
caskets are no longer allowed to be photographed, the number of evacuees from
war zones and the causes behind any evacuations are now covered up, and
reporters in general are ever more carefully controlled.
But one thing no one can control is the Net. Today there's a laptop in almost
every bunker, manned by grunts who are a whole lot smarter and faster than their
watchdogs. Which means that despite a hogtied press corps, we're getting the
unspun word from Iraq - and the news ain't good.
The brass are going nuts trying to stop this electronic tsunami of truth that's
washing over the land courtesy of a generation of sharp kids who've been armed
with computers since age 4. Kids who glory in staying three irrepressible steps
ahead of their minders via blogs, dummy ISP addresses and cute tricks like
sending e-mails to cutouts for forwarding to guys like me.
So the brass have reverted to the weapon they've used to silence warriors since
long before Caesar was running Rome: intimidation. The troops are being warned:
Shut up; and if you don't button it, you'll be drummed out of the service.
Sgt. Al Lorentz wrote a piece from Iraq (See "A
Sergeant Speaks the Hard Truth," Special Reports, Sept. 30, 2004, SFTT.org).
He now faces disciplinary action for "disloyalty" and "insubordination." He
could end up with 20 years in the slammer if found guilty.
An officer in Iraq who has asked to remain anonymous says: "The establishment
here wants to present the picture that everything is A-OK when it's too often
not the case. Soldiers shouldn't be punished or made to feel like they're
disloyal, not part of the team, troublemakers, whiners, dissenters, malcontents,
etc., etc., just because they give somebody a true sitrep on certain things
going on over here. But sadly this is the case."
Then there's the personal attack on anyone with a point of view that's different
from the party line: You're un-American; or you're supporting the enemy or not
supporting the troops. The latest tactic is to say you're sending out mixed
messages that hurt troop morale.
But according to our soldiers in Iraq, this is just not
true. They say their morale is in the toilet because of
how badly the war's been handled,
not because of what's being reported or debated by politicians.
"I resent the fascist-style approach that tries to paint any objection of
current policy as traitorous," says Ken Druhut. "I am a proud vet and gratefully
enjoy the freedoms that our military has provided. But
this Gestapo stuff has to stop."
Cannot Win- Sgt Al Lorentz, Iraq
A Sergeant Speaks The Hard Truth
by Sgt. Al Lorentz
Before I begin, let me state that I am a
soldier currently deployed in Iraq, I am not an armchair quarterback. Nor
am I some politically idealistic and naïve young soldier, I am an old and
seasoned Non-Commissioned Officer with nearly 20 years under my belt.
Additionally, I am not just a soldier with a muds-eye view of the war, I am in
Civil Affairs and as such, it is my job to be aware of all the events occurring
in this country and specifically in my region.
I have come to the conclusion that we
cannot win here for a number of reasons. Ideology and idealism will never trump
history and reality.
When we were preparing to deploy, I told my young soldiers to beware of the
"political solution." Just when you think you have the situation on the ground
in hand, someone will come along with a political directive that throws you off
I believe that we could have won this un-Constitutional invasion of Iraq and
possibly pulled off the even more un-Constitutional occupation and subjugation
of this sovereign nation. It might have even been possible to foist democracy on
these people who seem to have no desire, understanding or respect for such an
institution. True the possibility of pulling all this off was a long shot and
would have required several hundred billion dollars and even more casualties
than we’ve seen to date but again it would have been possible, not realistic or
necessary but possible.
Here are the specific reasons why we cannot win in Iraq.
refuse to deal in reality. We are in a guerilla war, but because of
politics, we are not allowed to declare it a
guerilla war and must label the increasingly effective guerilla forces
arrayed against us as "terrorists, criminals and dead-enders."
This implies that there is a zero sum game at work, i.e. we can simply kill X
number of the enemy and then the fight is over, mission accomplished, everybody
wins. Unfortunately, this is not the case. We have few tools at our disposal and
those are proving to be wholly ineffective at fighting the guerillas.
The idea behind fighting a guerilla army is not to destroy its every man (an
impossibility since he hides himself by day amongst the populace). Rather the
idea in guerilla warfare is to erode or destroy his base of support.
So long as there is support for the guerilla, for every one you kill two more
rise up to take his place. More importantly, when your tools for killing him are
precision guided munitions, raids and other acts that create casualties among
the innocent populace, you raise the support for the guerillas and undermine the
support for yourself. (A 500-pound precision bomb has a casualty-producing
radius of 400 meters minimum; do the math.)
Second, our assessment of what motivates the
average Iraqi was skewed, again by politically motivated "experts." We came here
with some fantasy idea that the natives were all ignorant, mud-hut dwelling
camel riders who would line the streets and pelt us with rose petals, lay palm
fronds in the street and be eternally grateful. While at one time there may have
actually been support and respect from the locals, months of occupation by our
regular military forces have turned the formerly friendly into the recently
Attempts to correct the thinking in this regard are in vain; it is not
politically correct to point out the fact that
the locals are not only disliking us
more and more, they are growing increasingly upset and often overtly hostile.
Instead of addressing the reasons why the locals are becoming angry and
discontented, we allow politicians in
Washington DC to give us pat and convenient reasons that are
devoid of any semblance of reality.
We are told that the locals are not upset because we have a hostile, aggressive
and angry Army occupying their nation. We are told that they are not upset at
the police state we have created, or at the manner of picking their
representatives for them. Rather we are told, they are upset because of a
handful of terrorists, criminals and dead enders in their midst have made them
upset, that and of course the ever convenient straw man of "left wing media
guerillas are filling their losses faster than we can create them. This
is almost always the case in guerilla warfare, especially when your tactics for
battling the guerillas are aimed at killing guerillas instead of eroding their
support. For every guerilla we kill with a "smart bomb" we kill many more
innocent civilians and create rage and anger in the Iraqi community. This rage
and anger translates into more recruits for the terrorists and less support for
We have fallen victim to the body count mentality all over again. We have shown
a willingness to inflict civilian casualties as a necessity of war without
realizing that these same casualties create waves of hatred against us. These
angry Iraqi citizens translate not only into more recruits for the guerilla army
but also into more support of the guerilla army.
Fourth, their lines of supply and communication are
much shorter than ours and much less vulnerable. We must import everything we
need into this place; this costs money and is dangerous. Whether we fly the
supplies in or bring them by truck, they are vulnerable to attack, most
especially those brought by truck. This not only increases the likelihood of the
supplies being interrupted. Every bean, every bullet and every bandage becomes
infinitely more expensive.
Conversely, the guerillas live on top of their supplies and are showing every
indication of developing a very sophisticated network for obtaining them.
Further, they have the advantage of the close support of family and friends and
traditional religious networks.
Fifth, we consistently underestimate the enemy and
his capabilities. Many military commanders have prepared to fight exactly the
wrong war here.
Our tactics have not adjusted to the battlefield and we are falling behind.
Meanwhile the enemy updates his tactics and has shown a remarkable resiliency
Because the current administration is more concerned with
its image than it is with
reality, it prefers symbolism to
substance: soldiers are dying here and being
maimed and crippled for life. It is tragic, indeed
criminal that our elected public servants would so willingly sacrifice
our nation's prestige and honor as well as the blood and treasure to pursue an
agenda that is unhistoric and un-Constitutional.
It is all the more ironic that this un-Constitutional mission is being performed
by citizen soldiers such as myself who swore an oath to uphold and defend the
Constitution of the United States, the same oath that the commander in chief
himself has sworn.
---Al Lorentz is former state chairman of the Constitution Party of
Texas and is a reservist currently serving with the US Army in Iraq.
How many members of the Bush Administration are needed to replace a light
bulb? The Answer is TEN:
1. One to deny that a light bulb needs to be changed.
2. One to attack the patriotism of anyone who says the light bulb
needs to be changed.
3. One to blame Clinton for burning out the light bulb.
4. One to tell the nations of the world that they are either: "For
changing the light bulb or for darkness".
5. One to give a billion dollar no-bid contract to Halliburton for the
new light bulb.
6. One to arrange a photograph of Bush, dressed as a janitor, standing
on a stepladder under the banner "Light
Bulb Change: Mission Accomplished!".
7. One administration insider to resign and write a book documenting
in detail how Bush was literally "in the dark".
8. One to viciously smear #7.
9. One surrogate to campaign on TV and at rallies explaining how
George Bush has actually had a strong light bulb-changing policy all along.
10. And finally one to confuse Americans about the difference between
screwing a light bulb and screwing the country.
A powerful senator dies after a prolonged illness. His soul arrives in heaven
and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.
"Welcome to Heaven," says St. Peter. "Before you settle in, it seems there is a
problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we're not
sure what to do with you."
"No problem, just let me in," says the guy.
"Well, I'd like to but I have orders from higher up. What we'll do is have you
spend one day in Hell and one in Heaven. Then you can choose where to spend
"Really, I've made up my mind. I want to be in Heaven," says the senator.
"I'm sorry, but we have our rules."
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down,
down to Hell. The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf
In the distance is a club and standing in front of it are all his friends and
other politicians who had worked with him, everyone is very happy and in evening
They run to greet him, hug him and reminisce about the good times they had while
getting rich at the expense of the people. They play a friendly game of golf and
then dine on lobster and caviar.
Also present is the Devil, who really is a very friendly guy who has a good time
dancing and telling jokes. They are having such a good time that, before he
realizes it, it is time to go.
Everyone gives him a big hug and waves as the elevator rises. The elevator goes
up, up, up and the door reopens on Heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him.
"Now it's time to visit Heaven."
So 24 hours pass with the head of state joining a group of contented souls
moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time
and, before he realizes it, St. Peter returns.
"Well then, you've spent a day in Hell and another in Heaven. Now choose your
He reflects for a minute, then says, "Well, I would never have said it, I mean
Heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in Hell."
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to Hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he is in the middle of a barren land
covered with waste and garbage.
He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it
into black bags. The Devil comes over and lays his arm on his neck.
"I don't understand," stammers the senator. "Yesterday I was here and there was
a golf course and club and we ate lobster and caviar and danced and had a great
time. Now all there is, is a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look
The Devil looks at him, smiles and says....
"Yesterday we were campaigning...
"Today you voted for us!"
Ron Reagan, Summer of
2000, regarding the Republican Convention in Philadelphia
3) Joseph Wilson (diplomatic corp. 23 years, researched the "uranium
yellowcake" claim for the CIA), Los Angeles Times, July 21 2004 p. B13
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