Friday, January 12, 2007
"The Iraq government will appoint military commanders and two deputy commanders for their capitol. The Iraq government will deploy Iraqi Army and National Police brigades across Baghdad's nine districts. When these forces are fully deployed there will be eighteen Iraqi Army and National Police brigades committed to this effort along with local police. These Iraqi forces will operate from local police stations, conducting patrols and setting up check points and going door to door to gain the trust of Baghdad residents. This is a Strong commitment. In order to succeed our commanders say the Iraqis need our help. So America will change our strategy to help the Iraqis carry out their campaign to put down violence and bring security to the people of Baghdad. This will require increasing American force levels. So I've committed more than 20,000 additional American troops to Iraq, the vast majority of them, five brigades, will be deployed to Baghdad. These troops will work along side Iraqi units and will be embedded in their formations. Our troops will have a well defined mission. To help Iraqis clear and secure neighborhoods, to help the local population, and to help insure the Iraqi forces left behind are capable of providing the security that Baghdad needs."
George W. Bush
Excerpt from a Speech dated
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
George W. Bush may be a sociopath and his followers may use war as a Viagra substitute, but you just have to give the American Fuhrer credit. When the son of a bitch decides to mess up he doesn't go half way. He's the living example as to why conservative Republicans always have to lie on the bottom during sexual intercourse--because they almost invariably fuck up. And this policy, indeed this president, is just one big fuck up with a name attached to it.
Where do I begin with the key points of the hackneyed failed policies that Bush had to offer. Let's just take them at random.
Does George W. Bush really think that he is going to create any kind of unity by embedding American soldiers with Iraqi forces and then letting them rampage on a door to door basis throughout the city of Baghdad? Yeah. That's going to earn us some real Brownie points. That's going to calm the double insurgency that the Sociopath select set into motion in March 2003. Why I can just see the response now. All those grateful, genuflecting Iraqis bowing down before the Iraqi thugs and American troops who have just broken down their doors and trashed their houses. Sweet Jesus we're back to the Neocon delusion of flowers and candy! The Sociopath select really thinks that the Iraqi people--who already want us to pack up and leave--are going to thank us for this. Oh, they'll thank us all right. And how. They'll hate us even more than they do now and even the few remaining Iraqis who still want us there will be pushed into the welcoming arms of the multiple insurgency movements that have been waiting for the professional screw up in the Whitehouse to make another mistake.
And then we have a problem with the Iraqi police. I don't know what newspapers or intelligence sources George W. Bush didn't read this week, but up to seventy percent of the Iraqi police force has been infiltrated by insurgencies; the Badr Brigade,* which claims to represent Iraqi Shias, and the Medhi Army** which is comprise of radical Shias. And let's not forget the disgruntled Sunnis who are fighting the disgruntled Shias.
Talk about an inability to learn from past mistakes: embedding 21,500 American troops in a situation where they can be fired on by multiple insurgencies. At the risk of repeating what has probably been stated many times over, it appears as if the sociopath select is still trying to finish that book about the god damned goat. God knows he isn't reading the news or intelligence reports. Someone really needs to tell this over glorified punk that to date American soldiers have trained and armed the Iraqi police; after which the same police have turned on their American trainers and killed them. A fact which the sociopath select has yet to comprehend.
Also of interest is the idea of using Iraqi police stations. Again,. where has this president been? Iraqi police stations have been targets for month after month after bloody month. Again, all the president will achieve is more bloodshed, more wounded troops, more dead solders, and more wounded and dead Iraqis.
Sadly the quoted portion of the speech wasn't the only area in which the president displayed a stunning lack of ethical comprehension. We now have George W. Bush on record openly accepting responsibility for his past mistakes. On the surface that sounds good, but like most right wingers, George W. Bush still believes that personal responsibility is something that applies only to the people below him. And when we're talking about George W. Bush, an unfeeling sociopath with obvious obvious traces of malignant narcissism, the people below means anyone who isn't George W. Bush. Once AGAIN our moronic megalomaniac has found a way to divorce consequences from personal responsibility. Come on now. Let's get real here. If your performed your job with the same degree of incompetence that George W. Bush and his crime family have performed their job in Iraq you would have been shown the door within weeks or perhaps even days. You would have been fired, downsized, sacked. You get the drift. With that in mind I am about to make a novel suggestion.
If the imbecilic decider in the oval office is truly serious about accepting responsibility he must prove to the American people that he is telling the truth. He must prove a certain degree of sincerity. For the well being of this country, for the well being of his own party, and for the well being of the freedoms that he so eagerly wants to roll back, George W. Bush and Vice Fuhrer Cheney should both step down, resign their positions immediately. Short of that I cannot think of another way in which this maladjusted maladministration can prove that it has taken responsibility for the destructive consequences of its imbecilic actions.
Of equal importance was what George W. Bush did not say. Note that we are not going to talk to Iran or Syria. That seems bizarre in the case of Iran. *** For all intents and purposes a majority of the Iranian people still like the American people. They like American culture: American movies, American fashion, American music. And while they don't want to entirely separate from their Muslim heritage, they do want a lightening of the burden that is the Iranian theocracy and the rule of the Ayatollahs. So what did George W. Bush do on Wednesday night? Once again he singled out Iran for another one of his little digs. It's almost as if he's TRYING to alienate the American people. And if Bush thinks for a minute that an armed invasion or even bombing of Iran will endear this country to the Iranian people, George W. Bush is sadly mistaking. Indeed, Bush's ignorance in this matter is somewhat baffling. The Neocons are viscerally nationalistic in their world view. You'd think that they would understand that an attack on Iran by an outside power would only have the effect of unifying the Iranians against the attacker. By the same standard the Decider's innate fear of diplomacy seems equally moronic. Throughout the cold war we maintained diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union. Nikita Kruschchev stood up at the United Nations and threatened to bury us; a few years later that same Soviet dictator planted Soviet missiles in Cuba; and through it all we had arsenals of nuclear weapons pointed at one another but we did not break of diplomatic relations. George W. Bush simply has not learned the basic lesson that in the realm of international relations you keep your friends close and your enemies even closer. Of course it could be that George W. Bush is so incredibly dense that he couldn't tell a friend from an enemy at a distance of six inches. This, after all is the same President who looked into the eyes of Vladimir Putin and apparently found a soul mate.
In closing I shall only offer the following. Asking this president and vice president to show anything in the way of intelligence or normal human behavior is asking too much. George W. Bush has proposed an increase of 21,500 Americans troops. 21,500 will become sitting ducks in the cross fire of competing militias and insurgency movements. I see no reason to believe this mistake will be any less gruesome than previous mistakes. We've had 160,000 troops in Iraq before, and look at where we are today; look at what it brought us. It didn't make a difference then--unless you call an increase in the number of dead and wounded American soldiers a difference--and it won't make a difference this time either. All it will do is prolong the misery, create even more hatred for us in the Mideast, and breed more of the terrorism that George W. Bush and his empty-headed followers so foolishly think that they will control.
*** As if to prove my point, on January 11th U.S. forces in Iraq conducted a raid in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil. The target? Iran's consulate. For more information check out: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601103&sid=aoEy7K5S8nqE&refer=us
Thursday, January 11, 2007
This is the text to a popular email that's flying around these days. I have received it from three different sources in the past few days. To give you some idea as to how disgusted I am with this piece of nonsense I have decided to post the entire text of the email here, in black. My corrections are written in blue. By the time I was finished with it I realized that the airhead who wrote this, a clueless spoiled brood sow named Vicky, was the epitome of what she chose to criticize. Make of it what you will. As for the author...OH SHUT UP AND GO AWAY!
The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some poll data I found hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?
The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed, and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the president. In essence 2/3s of the citizenry just aren't happy and want a change.
So being the knuckle dragger I am, I starting thinking, ''What we are so unhappy about?''
Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job? Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year? (Meaning what? That we have to deteriorate to the point of genocide before we have a right to complain? Talk about a straw man argument. How bad do things have to get before we're allowed to complain? )
Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state? (Notice that the author didn't mention anything about airport security, or the lack of privacy in emails, phone calls and the United States Mail.) Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough. ( I could show you a lot of dives and greasy spoons too, honey bunch--not to mention soup kitchens and emergency food pantries.) Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all involved. ( We're supposed to be grateful because of a basic necessity? Do we have to let corpses rot on the roadside before we have a right to complain? And while we're at it, 46 million Americans are uninsured and would probably lose their life savings and their homes even if they were to survive the initial trauma. ) Whether you are rich or poor they treat your wounds and even, if necessary, send a helicopter to take you to the hospital. (Again, no mention of the probable hospital stay that will follow the initial trauma.)
Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes , an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers. (Oh Sweet Jesus. This person should have lived in the neighborhoods where I lived. Drive by shootings were common place. Rape, robbery, and drug abuse are common place in some areas of this country. Are we to ignore them because they don't compose good news? How typical of the over protected in our society to ignore real problems in the real world. Enough already with this cultural ignorance. Indeed, the whole tone her is turning into a rant of "I have mine, my life is great fuck the next guy!)
How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67 percent of you folks unhappy. ( Almost all of which are being consumed by the fascist regime in Washington. Welcome to the world Of George Adolf Bush where religious freedom means the right to impose Christianity on nonChristians. Where social freedoms like marriage and domestic partnerships are limit ted to heterosexuals and where political freedom means the right of Republicans to rig elections, jam phone lines, and deny minority voters their right to vote.)
Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S. , yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don't have , and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here. (Correction. Those people who refuse to see beyond the confines of their gated white communities are ungrateful spoiled brats AND BIGOTS who assume all is right with the world because all is right in their personal lives. And I might point out that the downward spiral of our popularity into outright hatred against us began under George W. Bush. )
I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? (And who used it to start an Iraqi Civil War of choice for colonial exploitation!) The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? (Yes, most of which went to the top one percent who deserved it and needed it the least!.) Can this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander (DEMANDER) in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me? (Take another look. Recruitment is way down. So much for your volunteer army.)
Make no mistake about it. The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. (WRONG. We have a backdoor draft by which soldiers are forced to serve countless tours of duty and don't even get me started on the National Guard and how Bush has bastardized THAT concept.) They didn't have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ''general'' discharge, an ''other than honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a ''dishonorable'' discharge after a few days in the brig. ( Take another look toots. Even the TROOPS are disgusted with this war, and I might add hat your rhetoric here reduces the troops to the modern day equivalent of human sacrifices. Are we supposed to applaud their deaths because they volunteered? And while we're at it, Why aren't those spoiled miscreants Barbara and Jenna Bush serving in the armed forces? Where are the sons of our politicians? Why didn't Republican law makers demand that their sons and daughters go off to fight. Oh Jeeze. Could it be that SOME people in this country want other people's kids to die so that THEIRS won't have to die? Talk about spoiled fucking brats. As for the idea that troops will only serve a few days in the brig...Just let them speak out about Bush and his war crimes, or let them refuse to go back for another tour and they face COURT MARTIAL CHARGES followed by at least a couple of years of imprisonment. NOT a few days in the brig. Get back into the real world little girl!)
So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans? Say what you want but I blame it on the media.( Most fascists do. Don't change the offending behavior--shoot the messenger!) If it bleeds it leads ( Bush created enough bleeding ) and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts. How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells , and when criticized, try to defend their actions by "justifying" them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J. Simpson to write a book and do a TV special about how he didn't kill his wife, but if he did ? Insane! (Yes, but this was the FOX Propaganda Network!)
Stop buying the negative venom you are fed everyday by the media. Shut off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. (Translated into modern English, don't think, ignore bad news, and remain in ignorance!)
WE ARE THE MOST BLESSED PEOPLE ON EARTH,
WE SHOULD THANK GOD SEVERAL TIMES PER DAY!
(We are and we did--in November when the American people told the Nazi sociopath in the Whitehouse that we were sick of him and his fascist policies. PRAISE THE LORD! THANK YOU A THOUSAND TIMES OVER!)
Noli nothis permittere te terere