Friday, August 03, 2007



Remember the hysteria at the shallow Republican roots when John Edwards called Bush's fake "war" against terrorism phony? You would have thought they were getting ready to try him for treason. Not so yesterday when their Newt Gingrich went down the same rather obvious path. Gingrich isn't as politically vapid as Romney, Giuliani or Thompson and at the Young American Fascists Convention National Conservative Student Conference he said it's time for Republicans to start telling the truth. (We think it's way past time.)

When asked what kind of a candidate he would back for the presidency-- in light of his having called all the current contenders "pathetic pygmies"-- he said, "I believe we need to find leaders who are prepared to tell the truth... about the failures of the performance of Republicans... failed bureaucracies... about how dangerous the world is." He didn't' go easy on his own party's hierarchy in front on the extremist audience of right wing loons and nutcases. According to today's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "he was unstinting in his criticism of his fellow Republicans, in the White House and on Capitol Hill. 'We were in charge for six years,' he said, referring to the period between 2001 and early 2007, when the GOP controlled the White House and both houses of Congress. 'I don't think you can look and say that was a great success.'"

And when it came to Bush's hallmark initiative, a war on terrorism that only someone with a 2-digit IQ could possibly take seriously, Gingrich was as realistic as any Democrat or serious-minded Republican and "he reserved his most pointed criticism" for the Bush Regime's bullshit approach to national security.
"We've been engaged in a phony war," said Gingrich. "The only people who have been taking this seriously are the combat military."

His remarks seemed to reflect, in part, the findings of a National Intelligence Estimate made public last month.
In the estimate, the U.S. intelligence community concluded that six years of U.S. efforts to degrade the al-Qaida terrorist group had left the organization constrained but still potent, having "protected or regenerated" the capability to attack the United States in ways that have left the country "in a heightened threat environment."

"We have to take this seriously," said Gingrich.

"We used to be a serious country. When we got attacked at Pearl Harbor, we took on Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany," he said, referring to World War II.

"We beat all three in less than four years. We're about to enter the seventh year of this phony war against ... [terrorist groups], and we're losing."

Gingrich said he would lay out in a Sept. 10 speech what a successful U.S. approach to this threat would have looked like over the past six years.

"First of all, we have to have a national energy strategy, which basically says to the Saudis, 'We're not going to rely on you,' " he said.

The United States imports about 14 million barrels of oil a day, making up two-thirds of its total consumption.

"We've got to take this seriously," he said. I wonder if he'd sign on to impeachment.

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At 10:12 PM, Blogger TSop said...

"First of all, we have to have a national energy strategy, which basically says to the Saudis, 'We're not going to rely on you,' " he said.

Wow. If nothing else, Gingrich has always been a pragmatist...hard to argue that telling the Saudis to go pound salt is the way to go...too bad Edwards didn't say it. Although his recent snipe against the $20B arms deal bribe was a start....

At 12:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So why can't Newt tell us now? Is he waiting for another MIHOP/LIHOP episode?

At 7:14 AM, Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

Who is Newt trying to appeal to? The schmucks at that conference are all dead-enders. I am suprised they didn't boo him out of the conference. How dare he smackdown the Chimpenfuhrer.

At 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nothing Newt says can be relied on. If he's right occasionally, it's an accident. He shouldn't even make the news.

At 10:35 AM, Blogger DownWithTyranny said...

Come on, Me Said, you have to admit his dubbing McCain, Romney, Giuliani, Thompson, Hunter, Brownback and the rest of the wingnuts who want to be the embodiment of a third George W. Bush term as "pathetic pygmies" was pretty sharp and very newsworthy.


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