Wednesday, July 26, 2006



I feel bad saying this but I've pretty much given up on arguing with people who have substituted functioning brains for Limbaugh/Hannity/O'Liely chips. I mean what's the sense? I remember getting into a yelling match with someone I know who kept insisting that now that we had freed Iraq from Saddam, Iraq would be an Israeli ally. What can you tell someone like that? And what's scary is that they have the same right to vote as you do.

Today on CNN I saw Harry Reid and other Democrats demanding apologies or whatever from whichever Iraqi quisling Bush had over to make believe mission is still accomplished or whatever nonsense he's trying to get into the news cycle. The whole exercise is absurd from start to finish. Bush hails this joker as "the freely elected leader of the Iraqi people." Iraq is an occupied former country in the midst of a Civil War and this bozo was "elected" after Bush vetoed the first guy who was "elected."

Were Maliki to make a pro-Israeli peep he and his family would be killed even before the Bush Regime abandons their Iraqi puppets. Not that Maliki wants to make that kind of peep. Cheney and the other psychotic, criminal neo-Cons who have been driving U.S. foreign policy-- despite Colin Powell-- since the day the ignorant and uninterested Bush got his hands on the presidency, sold everyone a bill of goods-- or at least everyone too stupid to know any better. Hezbollah and the Iraqi Shi'a parties (including Maliki's) have close bonds. And they hate Israel equally-- even if Maliki and other Bush Regime puppets have had to play that down in public. Today, Maliki read his script, minus any condemnation of Hezbollah, of course, in return for Bush promising more American soldiers will be sent to fight and die in Iraqi's Civil War. "Playing host to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House for the first time, Bush sounded unusually dour and acknowledged that the situation in Iraq in many ways has worsened lately. But he vowed to adjust tactics to deal with evolving threats and to keep U.S. forces in Iraq as long as necessary to fortify Maliki's government until it can defend itself... he will send more U.S. forces and equipment to Baghdad as part of a fresh strategy to put down rising sectarian violence, abandoning a six-week-old operation that failed to pacify the strife-torn Iraqi capital and opening what aides called an unexpected new phase of the war."

Meanwhile the craven and always dishonest John McCain (Fake Moderate-AZ) was running around Fox "News" this morning lying his ass off about the whole mess.

FOX PROPAGANDIST: I want to change gears for a minute because the Prime Minister of Iraq, of course, is in the United States, met with President Bush yesterday. He's going to be speaking at the joint meeting of Congress later on. There's been a lot of turmoil about this in the last 24 hours regarding Democrats, some saying they're going to protest this because of the Prime Minister's comments, or lack thereof, about Hezbollah as a terrorist group. What do you think about the potential protests of this meeting?

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN: Well, we've got a conflict going on in Iraq where the United States is fighting and doing everything that they can to help democracy evolve there. The Prime Minister of Iraq and others have condemned Hezbollah and say they do not support them. So, if you want to have our effort in Iraq impaired by this situation, go ahead, but I think the Democrats are proving again why they're not qualified to lead.  

So the neo-Cons and their next cat's paw, John McCain, might not be able to get Maliki or any other Iraqi puppet to condemn Hezbollah but, what's to stop congenital liars like Bush, Cheney, Frist and McCain from just claiming that's what they're saying. On Fox? Nothing at all. Yesterday Maliki had a joint press conference with Bush. He condemned Israel, not Hezbollah. But maybe McCain was too busy watching tapes of his pathetic appearance of The Daily Show from the night before.

Meanwhile, Cheney and the other authors of the whole American foreign policy debacle have decided who to blame for everything: Condi. Yep, the neo-Cons are off the reservation again and demanding Bush fire her ass.

I've been lecturing on and off at Stanford for many, many years. I've never met a single faculty member there who felt she was remotely qualified to be Provost, let alone to be National Security Advisor or Secretary of State. She was qualified to be a remedial tutor/baby-sitter for Bush, which is what Bush's father originally hired her to be; but that's it. "Conservative national security allies of President Bush are in revolt against Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, saying that she is incompetent and has reversed the administration's national security and foreign policy agenda." The Dump Condi jihad has begun and which monstrosities are behind this?

"The conservatives, who include Newt Gingrich, Richard Perle and leading current and former members of the Pentagon and National Security Council, have urged the president to transfer Miss Rice out of the State Department and to an advisory role... The criticism of Miss Rice has been intense and comes from a range of Republican loyalists, including current and former aides in the Defense Department and the office of Vice President Dick Cheney. They have warned that Iran has been exploiting Miss Rice's inexperience and incompetence to accelerate its nuclear weapons program. They expect a collapse of her policy over the next few months." 

The neo-fascist line on this is that Condi, due to her lack of understanding of the Middle East, has misled Bush on Iran and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Obviously, no one getting quoted by name in this kind of a story-- which will have Bush's head spinning around like Linda Blair's in the EXORCIST-- but one of the neo-fascists said, rather disparagingly of their fearless leader, "The president has yet to understand that people make policy and not the other way around. Unlike [former Secretary of State Colin] Powell, Condi is loyal to the president. She is just incompetent on most foreign policy issues."
Gingrich, who was urging Bush to declare WWIII last week seems to be the main culprit behind all this stuff. "We are sending signals today that no matter how much you provoke us, no matter how viciously you describe things in public, no matter how many things you're doing with missiles and nuclear weapons, the most you'll get out of us is talk... North Korea firing missiles... You say there will be consequences. There are none. We are in the early stages of World War III. Our bureaucracies are not responding fast enough. We don't have the right attitude."

The other neo-fascist pushing this line is the always reprehensible and bloodthirsty chickenhawk, Richard Perle, a big long-time Condi-hater and Cheney mouthpiece. A few weeks ago he write an Op-Ed in the Washington Post claiming that Rice's move from the NSA to the State Department didn't matter. "What matters is not that she is further removed from the Oval Office; Rice's influence on the president is undiminished. It is, rather, that she is now in the midst of-- and increasingly represent-- a diplomatic establishment that is driven to accommodate its allies even when (or, it seems, especially when) such allies counsel the appeasement of our adversaries." 

Lining up behind Perle are all the dregs of the neo-Con criminals who have utterly destroyed U.S. foreign policy since Bush and Cheney gave them a free hand: John Bolton, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control Robert Joseph, Deputy National Security Advisor Elliot Abrams [I thought he was in prison, no?] and Cheney's national security adviser, John Hannah. These vampires are out for Condi's blood because she has the temerity to consult such known traitors as Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Chairman Richard Lugar (R-IN) and the No. 2 Republican on that committee, Chuck Hagel (R-NE). And she gets advice from not-sufficiently neo-Con Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns.


At 12:37 PM, Blogger Bustednuckles said...

I hadn't got to this yet when I brought it up elsewhere. Pretty accurate by what I see. Condi has been marked for discount.The neocons do not want anything other than exactly what is happening, repecussions be damned.Stupid bastards can't see into next week,let alone any kind of long term diplomatic effort.So the next official sacrifical goat has been tethered to the stake. I can't wait to see the frankenstein's monster they have in mind for her replacement.

At 12:41 PM, Blogger TeddySanFran said...

Interesting that she's called "Miss Rice" now that she's on their shit list. Used to be "Secretary Rice" or, during the previous Bush term, "Dr. Rice."

The woman is hopelessly incompetent, but the neo-con focus on the execution of their war policy is a distraction from what's really wrong: American imperialism-for-oil is a failed policy. Ike was right: the military-industrial complex will kill us all.

At 1:52 PM, Blogger FaulknA said...

Condi's just mouthing the words that Bush puts in her mouth. If anyone should be fired it should be her boss. It's that simple.

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Jean said...

Don't feel bad about giving up on arguing with the Limbaugh/Hannity/O'Liely crowd. Remember the wise words of Bill Blum:

"I'm often told by readers of their encounters with Americans who support the outrages of US foreign policy no matter what facts are presented to them, no matter what arguments are made, no matter how much the government's statements are shown to be false. Included amongst their number are those who still believe that Iraq had a direct involvement in the events of September 11, that Saddam Hussein had close ties to al Qaeda, and/or that weapons of mass destruction were indeed found in Iraq after the 2003 invasion.
My advice is to forget such people. They would support the outrages even if the government came to their homes, seized their first born, and hauled them away screaming, as long as the government assured them it was essential to fighting terrorism (or communism). My (very) rough guess is that they constitute no more than 15 percent of the population. I suggest that we concentrate on the rest, who are reachable."

At 6:10 PM, Anonymous teach said...

Gingrich is now surfacing again as a warmonger. Wasn't he just weeks ago on the anti-Bush bandwagon?

Didn't Hillary meet with him not long ago. And, now we also have Bill and Hillary stumping for prowar Lieberman.

I have no sympathy for Condi, but this is all interesting and this is the first I have heard about throwing her under the bus.

It is like a damn circus, who is selling the peanuts?

At 9:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How ironic. Condi is being swiftboated by Rove's minions. I always knew Rove was jealous of Condi's "special" relationship with Boy George.


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