Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Wake Up America, We're Getting Our War On Again

Who'd-a thunk it? With two American battleship groups floating around the Persian Gulf, and American stealth bombers ready in Bulgaria, Iran decides to attack US soldiers in Karbala. Yes, investigators believe the five attackers may have been trained by Iran, even though they drove American vehicles, used American weapons, had American-style uniforms and American IDs and spoke like Americans. Because there's nothing Iran wants to do more than engage the world's only superpower, who is just spoiling for a fight with them. Ahmadinejad maybe crazy, but he's certainly no fool, and wouldn't do anything to provoke a country led by a cowboy with an itchy trigger finger. It's not like the Iraqis would have anything to do with this, would they?
In the meantime, the US is warning Europeans not to invest in Iran's oil, which means that after we attack, all previous deals will be nullified, kind of like we did when we took over Iraq, leaving US oil companies like ExxonMobil to post record profits.Maybe it because some of Europe doesn't see a nuclear Iran as a dire situation.
The US has announced it wil use fighter jets to patrol the Iraq-Iran border, to deter Iranian assistance to Iraqi militants, while the US has delayed it's report on Iran's role in Iraq, because manufacturing evidence tales time, dammit, if you don't want to be exposed as a fraud. After what happened last time, they have to be a leetle bit more careful.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Didn't Any Of These People Read 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf'?

The Bush administration has a problem. Looking to start a war with Iran people still remember the lies they told about Iraq. Like the mangled maxim he muttered many years ago, "Fool me twice...can't get fooled again".
Already the dialogue has started to shift towards another end. Because they have been exposed, in part by Scooter Libby's trial, as manipulating intelligence on Iraq to give the appearance of a weapons program in Iraq that didn't exist, the whole "Iran is seeking nuclear weapons" crap has been been put on the back burner, and now has shifted to a "nuclear Iran",(mostly because Iran hasn't been found to be doing anything except building a nuclear power plant). Now, our failure in Iraq has been shifted from "terrorists and insurgents", to a Iranian backed insurgency. Yes, we are not fighting an occupation resistance, we are faced with an Iranian backed Sunni insurgency (which is strange, since most of Iran is Shi'ite).
So, for those of you who wish to see what Iran looks like before we nuke it back to the stone age, take a look here. Some people get what the troops surge in Iraq is all about, while others believe that it's all about winning. Or victory. Or not failing.
Thousands of people gathered yesterday to protest the war. Conspicuously absent were any Democratic presidential aspirants save Dennis Kucinich. John Edwards has stated:
"At the top of these threats is Iran. Iran threatens the security of Israel and the entire world. Let me be clear: Under no circumstances can Iran be allowed to have nuclear weapons."

Which if it doesn't explicitly state he supports a military option against Iran, it certainly is implicit. Hillary Clinton, busy campaigning in Iowa has said in the past:
"A nuclear Iran is a danger to Israel, to its neighbors and beyond. The regime's pro-terrorist, anti-American and anti-Israel rhetoric only underscores the urgency of the threat it poses. U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal. We cannot and should not – must not – permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons. In order to prevent that from occurring, we must have more support vigorously and publicly expressed by China and Russia, and we must move as quickly as feasible for sanctions in the United Nations. And we cannot take any option off the table in sending a clear message to the current leadership of Iran – that they will not be permitted to acquire nuclear weapons."

She also said that when she voted for the war in Iraq "I acted on the best judgment I had at the time." What if her judgement on Iran is wrong, too?

Friday, January 26, 2007

When Is A Lie Merely An Untruth?

Thank God for the corporate apologist media. Without them, we wouldn't know the diference between a lie and an untruth.
You see, a lie is when someone says something like "I did not have sex with that woman!". And for that, a man deserves to be impeached, not because of a partisan vendetta by an overzealous investigator who spent %50 million and had to show something for it.
No, according to the Albany (OR) Democrat Herald, when another man, under oath, Lewis Libby told a grand jury that he had heard Valerie Plame's name from a reporter, that wasn't a lie, merely an untruth, and he shouldn't even have to stand trial for it. Apparently, perjury isn't as big a crime when a member of the Bush administration commits it.
That’s the extent of the alleged crime — not remembering correctly and therefore not telling the grand jury correctly who told him about Plame.

That reminds me of the old routine by Steve martin, if you get arrested for something, merely tell the police you forgot is was a crime to drink and drive. I'm sure they'll let you go. Or the Albany Herald-Democrat will defend you.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Welcome to the Idiocracy

Over the weekend, I rented a movie called Idiocracy, written and directed by Mike Judge (Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill, Office Space). While I didn't think it was a great movie, I did like the premise, that because people of lower intelligence breed faster than those of higher intelligence, in five hundred years the world will be populated by morons.
But I don't think it will take five hundred years, I believe we are on the fast track to an idiocracy right now. Just examine this evidence:
Sixty dollar logo t-shirts-Some people will actually fork out good money for the privilege of being walking human billboards. That's smart.
Liz Cheney-Just another member of the corpocracy who thinks we can win a war by sending more cannon fodder. Someone else's children, of course.
FOX News-A news network with an obvious bias calling itself "fair and balanced". And yet, people actually believe it.
Urban Hummers-People paying large amounts of cash for an off-road vehicle that loses it's value once you actually take it off the road. How intelligent!
NASCAR-There's something you don't see every day-cars driving. Considered to be a sport by the same people who consider getting off the couch to grab the remote control exercise.
Religious whackos who pray to ice-There's an oil stain imy parking lot that looks like St. Barnabus, better expect crowds gathering there, too.
Hillary For President-First she votes for the war. Then she says she didn't know Bush was lying (yeah sure). The she claims all America stands behind Israel as it dropped cluster bombs all over Lebanon last summer. Now she won't take a military option against Iran off the table, in part because she accepts donations from a foreign power. It's not her position that is stupid (well, it is, as Iran has not been found in violation of the NPT, so attacking them for complying with the law is stupid)but the fact that despite her position, she is still the front runner for the Democratic party, which made recent gains in congress by the anti-war people who put them there. I guess Democrats can be hoodwinked by a cult of personality as much as Republicans who voted for Bush were, all this really means is that in 2008, we'll be looking t President McCain.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Earn Your Pay, Or Shut The Fuck Up!

In the old Jetsons cartoons, the future was going to be a such a great place, but even with all the modern conveniences, humans weren't happy. How many times did George drag his tired bones home to complain to his long-suffering wife (as most television wives are) "These two day work weeks are murder!"
Thre future is here at least for Republican congresspersons, who under their leadership, got used to only working three days, and now are complaining that the Democrats are making them work a full five. hard work to put in three days a week, plus recesses and all for a measly $165,000 a year! These are the same people who talk about how we need to end entitlement programs, when it would appear that their own job is an entitlement!
What a slap in the face to the two income families where mom and pop both have to work and still are struggling to make payments and pay taxes so these complainers can sit on their fat asses and pass no legislation. Which I can understand, why pass legislation when the unitary executive will just issue a signing statement negating the bill they passed anyway?
As Minority whip Roy Blunt bluntly put it:
"It is like assuming that a surgeon only does the surgeon's work when they are in the operating room."

Well maybe not in the operating room , but I'm sure he does some of it in the fucking hospital! for crying out loud! He doesn't do it sitting at home while his long suffering wife fixes him another martini to watch FOX News with, that's for sure. Perhaps if the Republican leadership would have been more diligent about doing their job, they wouldn't have voted to give Bush the authorization to invade Iraq, because they would have known that all the intelligence they put forth was cooked up by the OSP and the WHIG.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

The Corporate Media Strikes Again!

Reading the media coverage of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, one would think that Iran's civilian nuclear enrichment program, coupled with North Korea's weapons program were the only reasons, aside from global warming, which in most stories gets moved farther down in the story, that they decided to move the clock two minutes forward.
For instance
It was the fourth time since the Soviet collapse in 1991 that the clock ticked forward amid fears over what the scientists term “a second nuclear age” prompted largely by standoffs with Iran and North Korea.

or here
North Korea's nuclear bomb test, Iranian nuclear plans and atomic energy projects posed as an answer to climate change prompted the Chicago-based scientific journal to move the hands of its iconic clock on its cover to 11:55

Cleverly disguised propaganda designed to sway the public against Iran. Because what no article mentions is this part of the original statement:
a renewed U.S. emphasis on the military utility of nuclear weapons

That's right, the Bush administration policy of using nuclear "bunker buster"weapons has also helped push the clock two minutes forward, but you won't find that in any media report. Hell, they'll even mention global warming (which is a pariah subject in the media, with many non-scientists disputing the claims made by real scientists, but we've all seen An Inconvenient Truth, haven't we?) before they'd even hint that US policy is helping to push the planet closer to Doomsday. So much for fair and balanced reporting, or the myth of a liberal media.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Big Brother's Big Boondoggle

This weekend, I was able to see Why We Fight (realplayer version available here), the 2005 Cannes Grand Jury Prize winning documentary. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it as it explains the reasons we have gone to war, not just in Iraq, but in every military excursion of the last half century.(Go watch it now. I'll be here when you're done)
The rise of communism following the end of WWII gave an oppurtunity for the growth of the military-industrial complex, the enforcer arm of the corpocracy. It has since tightened it's grip on the Congress, buying candidates who shovel money back into the companies which then open factories creating jobs in the congressperson's district. It was a good scam, allowing the US to outspend all other counntries combined. But alas, it was too good, and communism fell. How to justify immense defense spending now?
The neocons had a plan, they knew that the one thing, aside from blood and money, that feeds the war machine is oil. Unfortunately, we are depleting our own oil supplies as the world heads into peak oil. The bulk of the world's remaining supply is in a region of our planet hostile to and wary of US duplicity. In order to rebuild and recast America as the world's only remaining superpower, we needed to guarantee unfettered access to that oil. All we needed to get the American television-watcher behind their nefarious scheme was, as they clearly put it, a "New Pearl Harbor".
Fast forward to 2001, and the neocons are in the White House, with the means and ability to implement their grand design, when all of a sudden, they get their "New Pearl Harbor". Coincidence? I'll leave that up to you to decide, but somewhere someone gets a better idea. Homeland security.
The difference between the USSR and alQaeda is the USSR and the US only fought proxy wars, we never confronted them head to head. Although the prospect of nuclear annihilation at the hands of the Soviets loomed over our heads through out most of our formative years ( great to use as an excuse to get stoned or get someone in the sack :"We could all be nuked tomorrow so let's live for today!"), we never were attacked on our own soil. That all changed. And somewhere, someone said, "Maybe we could use this to our advantage".
So we were urged to purchase duct tape and plastic sheeting. We were told that our mail, our electronic communications, even our bank accounts needed to be constantly monitored, because now the presumption of innocence has been replaced by the presumption of guilt. We could all be aiding "the terrorists".
To aid in the constant surveillance of Americans, a new eapon has been introduced:the HAA, or High Altitude Airship, a $40 million ka-ching for Lockheed Martin, who are expanding their work in defense to include spying on American citizens. What does the HAA do? According to the Athens News:
It is essentially another blimp. A giant one. Seventeen times the size of the Goodyear dirigible.It's designed to float 12 miles above the earth, far above planes and weather systems. It will be powered by solar energy, and will stay in a geocentric orbit for up to a year, undetectable by ground-based radar. You can't see it from the ground. But it can see you...

According to a summary released by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, the HAA can watch over a circle of countryside 600 miles in diameter. That's everything between Toledo and New York City. And they want to build 11. With high-res cameras, that could mean constant surveillance of every square inch of American soil. "If you had a fleet of them, this could be used for border surveillance," suggests Dunlap.

So there you have it, the latest niche for the corpocracy to exploit. You can sleep better at night knowing that your tac dollars are being used to watch you. Constantly. And as long as there's money to be made spying on it's own people, you can rely on the people who have come up with creative ways to kill you to invent creative ways to watch you, forever.

Sunday, January 14, 2007


There seems to be six degrees of separation between war pimps like Donald Trump and those who oppose any escalation or continuation of the war in the Middle East. Donald Trump has a show, The Apprentice, which is aired by NBC, which is owned by General Electric, which is a major defense contractor. It's a fun game you can play, just look at who's advocating an attack on Iran and follow the path back to Halliburton, defense contractors, big oil, or AIPAC.
It's the same with those who oppose expanding the war in the Gulf. Many of us have family members, or just a belief in the American system of democracy, with an expansion overseas, so we feel even more so righteous because we are losing something more valuable than money.
Dick Cheney says it's okay for the government to violate people's rights by examining their banking and credit records (very hypocritical from the administration that has kept White House secret service visitor logs away from the public), but how about opening up the banking accounts of all those now pushing for a US attack on Iran?
Today on Meet The Press, Cheney actually said "They're convinced that the United States will, in fact, pack it in and go home if they just kill enough of us." "They can't beat us in a standup fight, but they think they can break our will." The man who oversaw the illegal invasion of Iraq now expects the occupation resistance to fight fairly. Obviously, they can't kill enough of us because Bush and Cheney really don't give a fuck how many soldiers die, as long as we can give Iraq's oil to US comapnies for the next thirty years.
And now their eyes are on Iran. They got lots of oil, unfortunately, all earmarked for the Chinese energy needs, but with an invasion and a stroke of the pen all that can change too. All they need is an excuse to invade, which is why they've been doing all they can to provoke a reaction out of Teheran. But to suggest that Iranian Shi'as are aiding the Sunni insurgency is playing on the ignorance of your average television watcher who doesn't realize they're as opposed as the Irish Catholics and Protestants. So, instead of taking in the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, as Bush claimed in his speech last week, and trying to engage Iran and Syria in talks to help bring peace to Iraq (which the Bush administration doesn't really want), Bush and Co. are instead trying to escalate the war in the Middle east to involve Iran.
There's only one way to stop them. And if the Democrats in Congress refuse to take action, there is another way.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Picking Apart The New Way Forward


Office of the Press Secretary


As Prepared for Delivery

Good evening.(licks lips) Tonight in Iraq(where it's actually tomorrow), the Armed Forces of the United States are engaged in a struggle that will determine the direction of the global war on terror(Hint:towards Iran) – and our safety here at home(behind the wheels of our immense gas guzzling SUVs). The new strategy I outline tonight will change America’s course in Iraq(if you consider going around in a circle a change of course), and help us succeed in the fight against terror(by creating more terrorists for us to fight against).

When I addressed you just over a year ago, nearly 12 million Iraqis had cast their ballots for a unified and democratic nation(and then we put our puppet in). The elections of 2005 were a stunning achievement(a rigged election with out the aid of Diebold and their touch screen voting machines). We thought that these elections would bring the Iraqis together (unfortunately, it was against us)– and that as we trained Iraqi security forces(who then went to work with the death squads), we could accomplish our mission with fewer American troops(even though then, as now, I have yet to clearly define what that mission is).

But in 2006, the opposite happened(Who could have seen that? I surely didn't). The violence in Iraq – particularly in Baghdad – overwhelmed the political gains the Iraqis had made. Al Qaeda terrorists and Sunni insurgents(See, I am a uniter!) recognized the mortal danger that Iraq’s elections posed for their cause(of getting American occupation forces to leave their country). And they responded with outrageous acts of murder aimed at innocent Iraqis( The ones that survived our shock and awe). They blew up one of the holiest shrines in Shia Islam – the Golden Mosque of Samarra – in a calculated effort to provoke Iraq’s Shia population to retaliate. Their strategy worked. Radical Shia elements, some supported by Iran, formed death squads. And the result was a vicious cycle of sectarian violence that continues today(But don't call it a civil war).

The situation in Iraq is unacceptable to the American people( because their family members are getting killed and maimed over there) – and it is unacceptable to me(because it looks bad for my legacy). Our troops in Iraq have fought bravely. They have done everything we have asked them to do. Where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me(which is why I made Donald Rumsfeld step down).

It is clear that we need to change our strategy in Iraq(Unfortunately, I lack the vision thing to devise one). So my national security team, military commanders, and diplomats conducted a comprehensive review. We consulted Members of Congress from both parties, allies abroad, and distinguished outside experts. We benefited from the thoughtful recommendations of the Iraq Study Group – a bipartisan panel led by former Secretary of State James Baker and former Congressman Lee Hamilton.(We listened to all these people and ignored all their recommendations that Israel didn't like) In our discussions, we all agreed that there is no magic formula for success in Iraq(So there went my original plan of sending David Blaine). And one message came through loud and clear(Well, the way I interpreted it, anyway): Failure in Iraq would be a disaster for the United States(really, just for my legacy of cronyism and incompetence).

The consequences of failure are clear: Radical Islamic extremists would grow in strength and gain new recruits(Which, if you look at it objectively means we have already failed). They would be in a better position to topple moderate governments(also known as puppet regimes), create chaos in the region(That's our mission), and use oil revenues to fund their ambitions(That's why we signed contracts giving Iraq's oil to Western oil companies for the next 30 years) . Iran would be emboldened in its pursuit of nuclear weapons(And have them developed before we could invade them and take all their oil, too). Our enemies would have a safe haven from which to plan and launch attacks on the American people(Mostly the American people illegally occupying their countries). On September the 11th, 2001, we saw what a refuge for extremists on the other side of the world could bring to the streets of our own cities(A/K/A The Mossad). For the safety of our people, America must succeed in Iraq.

The most urgent priority for success in Iraq is security, especially in Baghdad. Eighty percent of Iraq’s sectarian violence occurs within 30 miles of the capital. This violence is splitting Baghdad into sectarian enclaves, and shaking the confidence of all Iraqis. Only the Iraqis can end the sectarian violence and secure their people. And their government has put forward an aggressive plan to do it(Unfortunately, we stand in their way).

Our past efforts to secure Baghdad failed for two principal reasons: There were not enough Iraqi and American troops to secure neighborhoods that had been cleared of terrorists and insurgents. And there were too many restrictions on the troops we did have(Which means more aggressive use of torture). Our military commanders reviewed the new Iraqi plan to ensure that it addressed these mistakes(The ones I didn't get rid of because they disagreed with me). They report that it does. They also report that this plan can work(Because I told them it would).

Let me explain the main elements of this effort: The Iraqi government will appoint a military commander and two deputy commanders for their capital. The Iraqi government will deploy Iraqi Army and National Police brigades across Baghdad’s nine districts. When these forces are fully deployed, there will be 18 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, setting up checkpoints, and going door-to-door to gain the trust of Baghdad residents(I know, I know, it's the same old plan, but I gave it a snazzy new name!).

This is a strong commitment. But for it to succeed, our commanders say the Iraqis will need our help. So America will change our strategy to help the Iraqis carry out their campaign to put down sectarian violence – and bring security to the people of Baghdad. This will require increasing American force levels. So I have 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 alongside Iraqi units and be embedded in their formations. Our troops will have a well-defined mission: to help Iraqis clear and secure neighborhoods, to help them protect the local population, and to help ensure that the Iraqi forces left behind are capable of providing the security that Baghdad needs(I call it my "No Iraqi Left Behind" plan).

Many listening tonight will ask why this effort will succeed when previous operations to secure Baghdad did not(And you'd be crazy not to). Here are the differences: In earlier operations, Iraqi and American forces cleared many neighborhoods of terrorists and insurgents – but when our forces moved on to other targets, the killers returned. This time, we will have the force levels we need to hold the areas that have been cleared(Of course, this means we'll only be able to hold a smaller part of Iraq, but enough to look like some progress has been made). In earlier operations, political and sectarian interference prevented Iraqi and American forces from going into neighborhoods that are home to those fueling the sectarian violence. This time, Iraqi and American forces will have a green light to enter these neighborhoods – and Prime Minister Maliki has pledged that political or sectarian interference will not be tolerated.

I have made it clear to the Prime Minister and Iraq’s other leaders that America’s commitment is not open-ended(It will only last until the end of my term.). If the Iraqi government does not follow through on its promises, it will lose the support of the American people – and it will lose the support of the Iraqi people(In other words, we'll put in a different puppet). Now is the time to act. The Prime Minister understands this(His cushy job is on the line). Here is what he told his people just last week: “The Baghdad security plan will not provide a safe haven for any outlaws, regardless of [their] sectarian or political affiliation.”

This new strategy will not yield an immediate end to suicide bombings, assassinations, or IED attacks(It will merely move them to a different part of Iraq not covered by International media sources). Our enemies in Iraq will make every effort to ensure that our television screens are filled with images of death and suffering(The new season of 24 starts this Sunday). Yet over time, we can expect to see Iraqi troops chasing down murderers, fewer brazen acts of terror, and growing trust and cooperation from Baghdad’s residents(That's what I hope, anyway). When this happens, daily life will improve, Iraqis will gain confidence in their leaders, and the government will have the breathing space it needs to make progress in other critical areas. Most of Iraq’s Sunni and Shia want to live together in peace – and reducing the violence in Baghdad will help make reconciliation possible.

A successful strategy for Iraq goes beyond military operations. Ordinary Iraqi citizens must see that military operations are accompanied by visible improvements in their neighborhoods and communities. So America will hold the Iraqi government to the benchmarks it has announced(At least until the funding for the war comes through the Democrat controlled congress).

To establish its authority, the Iraqi government plans to take responsibility for security in all of Iraq’s provinces by November(By then, we should have a draft in place). To give every Iraqi citizen a stake in the country’s economy, Iraq will pass legislation to share oil revenues among all Iraqis(After it filters through the pockets of American oil companies). To show that it is committed to delivering a better life, the Iraqi government will spend 10 billion dollars of its own money on reconstruction and infrastructure projects that will create new jobs. To empower local leaders, Iraqis plan to hold provincial elections later this year(So expect a better unified theocracy). And to allow more Iraqis to re-enter their nation’s political life, the government will reform de-Baathification laws – and establish a fair process for considering amendments to Iraq’s constitution.

America will change our approach to help the Iraqi government as it works to meet these benchmarks. In keeping with the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group, we will increase the embedding of American advisers in Iraqi Army units – and partner a Coalition brigade with every Iraqi Army division. We will help the Iraqis build a larger and better-equipped Army (and we mean it this time)– and we will accelerate the training of Iraqi forces, which remains the essential U.S. security mission in Iraq(Right after securing the oil, of course). We will give our commanders and civilians greater flexibility to spend funds for economic assistance. We will double the number of Provincial Reconstruction Teams(There's only one right now, so two would be an improvement). These teams bring together military and civilian experts to help local Iraqi communities pursue reconciliation, strengthen moderates, and speed the transition to Iraqi self reliance. And Secretary Rice will soon appoint a reconstruction coordinator in Baghdad to ensure better results for economic assistance being spent in Iraq(Another corporate crony needs a government job on his resume).

As we make these changes, we will continue to pursue al Qaeda and foreign fighters. Al Qaeda is still active in Iraq(even though it wasn't before we invaded). Its home base is Anbar Province. Al Qaeda has helped make Anbar the most violent area of Iraq outside the capital. A captured al Qaeda document(We're not going to show it to you. trust us, we have it. have we ever lied to you before?) describes the terrorists’ plan to infiltrate and seize control of the province. This would bring al Qaeda closer to its goals of taking down Iraq’s democracy, building a radical Islamic empire, and launching new attacks on the United States at home and abroad(Which I keep telling you they're going to do, even though they haven't since September 11).

Our military forces in Anbar are killing and capturing al Qaeda leaders (THEY ARE SO MUCH EASIER TO CAPTURE ONCE WE'VE KILLED THEM)– and protecting the local population. Recently, local tribal leaders have begun to show their willingness to take on al Qaeda. As a result, our commanders believe we have an opportunity to deal a serious blow to the terrorists. So I have given orders to increase American forces in Anbar Province by 4,000 troops. These troops will work with Iraqi and tribal forces to step up the pressure on the terrorists(The ones we created by our illegal invasion). America’s men and women in uniform took away al Qaeda’s safe haven in Afghanistan(and let most of them escape to Pakistan. Don't ak about Osama though) – and we will not allow them to re-establish it in Iraq(Well, it was never established in Iraq before the war, but I repeat myself).

Succeeding in Iraq also requires defending its territorial integrity – and stabilizing the region in the face of the extremist challenge(And by extremists, I mean the neocons). This begins with addressing Iran and Syria(So you can expect we'll be invading these countries sometime in the near future). These two regimes are allowing terrorists and insurgents to use their territory to move in and out of Iraq. Iran is providing material support for attacks on American troops(We can't prove this, but it will give us an excuse to bomb Iran's nuclear facilities). We will disrupt the attacks on our forces. We will interrupt the flow of support from Iran and Syria. And we will seek out and destroy the networks providing advanced weaponry and training to our enemies in Iraq.

We are also taking other steps to bolster the security of Iraq and protect American interests in the Middle East(You know, the oil). I recently ordered the deployment of an additional carrier strike group to the region. We will expand intelligence sharing – and deploy Patriot air defense systems to reassure our friends and allies(really just Israel, who wish we would hurry up and nuke Iran already!). We will work with the governments of Turkey and Iraq to help them resolve problems along their border(That pesky place known as Kurdistan). And we will work with others to prevent Iran from gaining nuclear weapons and dominating the regionby bombing the civilian nuclear facilities).

We will use America’s full diplomatic resources to rally support for Iraq from nations throughout the Middle East. Countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and the Gulf States need to understand that an American defeat in Iraq would create a new sanctuary for extremists – and a strategic threat to their survival. These nations have a stake in a successful Iraq that is at peace with its neighbors – and they must step up their support for Iraq’s unity government. We endorse the Iraqi government’s call to finalize an International Compact that will bring new economic assistance in exchange for greater economic reform. And on Friday, Secretary Rice will leave for the region – to build support for Iraq, and continue the urgent diplomacy required to help bring peace to the Middle East.

The challenge playing out across the broader Middle East is more than a military conflict. It is the decisive ideological struggle of our time. On one side are those who believe in freedom and moderation. On the other side are extremists who kill the innocent(under direct orders from me, the decider in chief), and have declared their intention to destroy our way of life(Through legislation like the Military Commission Act). In the long run, the most realistic way to protect the American people is to provide a hopeful alternative to the hateful ideology of the enemy (A/K/A liberals)– by advancing liberty across a troubled region. It is in the interests of the United States to stand with the brave men and women who are risking their lives to claim their freedom (unless it those on hunger strike at Gitmo)– and help them as they work to raise up just and hopeful societies across the Middle East.

From Afghanistan to Lebanon to the Palestinian Territories, millions of ordinary people are sick of the violencebeing perpetrated by the US and Israel), and want a future of peace and opportunity for their children. And they are looking at Iraq(And seeing what happens when you cross the Great Satan). They want to know: Will America withdraw and yield the future of that country to the extremists – or will we stand with the Iraqis who have made the choice for freedom(By freedom, I of course mean becoming another tool of the corpocracy)?

The changes I have outlined tonight are aimed at ensuring the survival of a young democracy that is fighting for its life in a part of the world of enormous importance to American security. Let me be clear: The terrorists and insurgents in Iraq are without conscience(Kind of like me, only swarthier), and they will make the year ahead bloody and violent(Once again, just like me). Even if our new strategy works exactly as planned, deadly acts of violence will continue(But don't ask what's the point) – and we must expect more Iraqi and American casualties(Tough luck to you if it's a family member). The question is whether our new strategy will bring us closer to success(Informed opinion says it won't). I believe that it will(Of course, I thought Brownie did a heck of a job in New Orleans).

Victory will not look like the ones our fathers and grandfathers achieved(You know, well defined, and assured). There will be no surrender ceremony on the deck of a battleship(because there is no enemy to surrender). But victory in Iraq will bring something new in the Arab world (A new American puppet regime)– a functioning democracy that polices its territory, upholds the rule of law(Something the US hasn't been able to do under my watch), respects fundamental human liberties(something we're eradicating here at home), and answers to its people(Something I would never do). A democratic Iraq will not be perfect(But it does sound better than the mess I've made of the US). But it will be a country that fights terrorists instead of harboring them – and it will help bring a future of peace and security for our children and grandchildren.

Our new approach comes after consultations with Congress about the different courses we could take in Iraq. Many are concerned that the Iraqis are becoming too dependent on the United States – and therefore, our policy should focus on protecting Iraq’s borders and hunting down al Qaeda. Their solution is to scale back America’s efforts in Baghdad – or announce the phased withdrawal of our combat forces. We carefully considered these proposals(and realized there was no money in it for defense contractors or the funeral industry). And we concluded that to step back now would force a collapse of the Iraqi government, tear that country apart, and result in mass killings on an unimaginable scale(Kind of like what's going on now, except we gewt to blame it on the liberals). Such a scenario would result in our troops being forced to stay in Iraq even longer, and confront an enemy that is even more lethal. If we increase our support at this crucial moment, and help the Iraqis break the current cycle of violence, we can hasten the day our troops begin coming home(January 21, 2009).

In the days ahead, my national security team will fully brief Congress on our new strategy. If Members have improvements that can be made, we will make them(And if they work, we'll take credit for them). If circumstances change, we will adjust(It's no skin off our teeth if more soldiers die). Honorable people have different views, and they will voice their criticisms(And I will do everything in my power to ignore them). It is fair to hold our views up to scrutiny. And all involved have a responsibility to explain how the path they propose would be more likely to succeed(except for me).

Acting on the good advice of Senator Joe Lieberman and other key members of Congress, we will form a new, bipartisan working group(Chock full of congresspersons in AIPAC's pockets) that will help us come together across party lines to win the war on terror. This group will meet regularly with me and my Administration, and it will help strengthen our relationship with Congress. We can begin by working together to increase the size of the active Army and Marine Corps(by bringing back the draft for people's children who are not in Congress, or related to anyone in the corpocracy), so that America has the Armed Forces we need for the 21st century. We also need to examine ways to mobilize talented American civilians to deploy overseas – where they can help build democratic institutions in communities and nations recovering from war and tyranny.

In these dangerous times, the United States is blessed to have extraordinary and selfless men and women willing to step forward and defend us(You know, right wing chickenhawk bloggers). These young Americans understand that our cause in Iraq is noble and necessary – and that the advance of freedom is the calling of our time. They serve far from their families, who make the quiet sacrifices of lonely holidays and empty chairs at the dinner table. They have watched their comrades give their lives to ensure our liberty. We mourn the loss of every fallen American – and we owe it to them to build a future worthy of their sacrifice.

Fellow citizens: The year ahead will demand more patience, sacrifice, and resolve(Not one of these things have I demonstrated at all). It can be tempting to think that America can put aside the burdens of freedom(Which is why I will continue to go through your mail). Yet times of testing reveal the character of a Nation. And throughout our history, Americans have always defied the pessimists and seen our faith in freedom redeemed. Now America is engaged in a new struggle that will set the course for a new century. We can and we will prevail.

We go forward with trust that the Author of Liberty (Stephen Coonts)will guide us through these trying hours. Thank you and good night.

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Monday, January 08, 2007

The Clock Is Ticking on Iran

Much has been made of an Israeli plan to nuke Iranian nuclear sites, which they deny. If they do have a plan, it's surely a contingency plan, in case AIPAC is unsuccessful in convincing Democrats into supporting military action against Iran. (you know, AIPAC, the invisible Israel lobby that owns most of Congress and even had new Majority Leader Steny Hoyer appearing before them declaring the use of force as an option in dealing with Teheran.Now they are pushing the US into attacking Iran.
In 1966, John Lennon said:
"Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. ... We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first-rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me."

When his words were taken out of context, he was forced to apologize, and went on to say that if he had said television was bigger than Jesus, he'd have gotten away with it. What does that have to do with Iran?
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad stated that "This occupation regime over Jerusalem must vanish from the page of time." He also suggested it would go the way of the Soviet Union. But all we here is the Israeli-friendly MEMRI interpretation of Ahmadinejad's statement saying he will "wipe Israel off the map", an idiom that doesn't exist in Farsi. Once you take it out of the context of his original statement, it sounds very ominous, not like it was originally stated, another religious nutjob akin to Pat Robertson making predictions based on his particular belief system.
The recent changes in the Bush administration are believed to be brought on by a need to "darken" the Iran Intelligence Estimate. This leaves the swift boaters to push for an attack on Iran now, because the clock is ticking.
Bush is expected to ask for up to 40,000 more troops for his escalation, er, I mean, surge, in Iraq to stock troops as a prelude for an attack on Iran, which has been in the planning stages as a joint effort between US and Israeli forces.
The coming attack on Iran won't be good for anyone. The nuclear fallout will contanimate much of the region for years, much the way the use of depleted uranium in Iraq has done the same. That won't be good for the inhabitants of the region. And it won't serve American interests,as not only will our soldiers be killed, but Iran has anti-ship missiles (courtesy of Russia) that can block the Persian Gulf (which is the main trade route for the oil out of the region), preventing the free flow of Hummer juice to oil addicted Americans. The attack on Iran will only serve one party and one party alone, leaving Israel to be the only nuclear power in the region.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Bush Digs A New Surge

The US Army sent out 5100 letters to officers who had recently left the service, urging them to return to active duty. No problem, right? Well, there was one small problem. 75 of them were killed and 200 were wounded in action. The problem is Bush is pushing for 20,000 more troops for his surge, and there are only only 9000 troops available (Advocates for a surge state that 30,000 troops are needed to bring security to Baghdad). While the Army has apologized to the families of the deceased, the Shithead-in-chief never apologizes.
Sen. Joe Biden has said privately, officials in the Bush administration have conceded the war unwinnable, but want to extend it so the fall of the Green Zone falls on another president's watch. Then, one can imagine, Bush, looking smug and licking his lips saying how he could have won the war of he had the support of the Democrats in Congress, the liberal media, and if every American had bought more of those yellow ribbon magnets for their vehicles. That is where the blame for the failure will fall, on the Democrats in Congress, not on the people who invaded without a strategy, and who were unable to acheive a modicum of success in three years of blundering. The Democrats, perhaps sensing they are being set-up as the fall guys, oppose sending any more troops to Iraq. Meanwhile, in his weakly radio address, Bush failed to mention Iraq, or his "new" plan for "victory" at all, instead focusing on his "No Child Left Behind" program.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Where's Osama?

Mullah Omar hasn't seen Bin Laden for years. Which is not much of a surprise to me, since Osama is dead, pushing up the desert equivalent of daisies somewhere. Omar says he hasn't seen him since late 2001, after the US forces ousted the Taleban from Afghanistan. Which is right about the time his death notice turned up in an Egyptian newspaper.
So, either Osama is dead, or he's being protected by the people who should be hunting his ass down. Why?
Consider this: It is well known that Osama had a kidney problem that required dialysis treatment. While it would not be impossible for him to drag a dialysis machine around the caves of Tora Bora, it would be damned inconvenient. Not to mention close to impossible to power one. So in order to get treatment, or die, Osama must visit a hospital. Given that his choice of hospitals in the region are limited, especially for ones with dialysis machines, it wouldn't take a whole lot of operatives stationed at area hospitals waiting for him to check in to catch him. And since he needs the treatments every three months (I believe) or so, in five years, he certainly could have been caught by now, unless, being a CIA asset has afforded him a "hands-off" treatment. Or else he's dead. Which is probably why he has been silent since a French newspaper reported his death this past summer.
One place I'm sure he never was-Iraq.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Fecal Epiphany

By now you've all read about Marion "Pat" Robertson's conversation with God concerning a terrorist attack in 2007 that will result in mass killing. This from the guy that said God struck down Ariel Sharon, suggested the US assassinate Hugo Chavez, predicted a tsunami for last year in America and has also predicted that Muslims would all find Jesus. Robertson said God didn't say nuclear, but he believes it will be something like that. Because Marion and the powers that be want you to believe that Iran will attack us, so we better attack them first. "Pat" is probably heavily invested in the military-industrial complex.
The man is obviously more deluded than an auditorium full of American Idol hopefuls. As he prognostcated in 2005:
"Well, the Lord has some very encouraging news for George Bush ... What I heard is that Bush is now positioned to have victory after victory and that his second term is going to be one of triumph, which is pretty strong stuff. ... He'll have Social Security reform passed. He'll have tax reform passed. He'll have conservative judges on the courts. And that basically he is positioned for a series of dramatic victories which I hope will hearten him and his advisers. They don't have to be timid in this matter because the wind is blowing at his back, and he can move forward boldly and get results."

Considering George Bush was not successful (thankfully) in his bid to reform Social Security, it's hard to believe him this time. But then, as Marion stated today:
"I have a relatively good track record. Sometimes I miss,"

But you're hearing this straight from God's lips, so how can you claim that you missed? Personally, if God does exist and is speaking to Marion alone, I believe it's because He's trying to embarass Robertson so people will stop sending him money. Even the Baptists are mocking Robertson now, saying he's playing on the established fears of sixty percent of Americans who think there will be another terrorist attack this year.
It's a great scam "Pat" has going. Find out what most people fear the most, predict it will happen, then watch the donations roll in, which you then invest in banks and diamond mines and broadcasting networks.
Funny how God only talks to dollar worshippin' white guys in business suits who are holy like last year's socks. The saddest part are those who are gullible enough to believe him because he says the things they want to hear.

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Jerry Comes Home To Rest

It's official! Jerry Ford's funeral has lasted longer than his presidency! Not really, but between dragging his carcass all over California, then dragging it all over Washington DC, and finally dragging it back here to Grand Rapids it has become the definition of interminable. Plant th carcass already and let's move on.
There was some concern on my part that the whole process might interfere with my homeward journey from work today. Jerry was due to touch down at his namesake airport at 2:45pm, then begin another journey to his final resting place. Unfortunately, the path he was to take was also my route home, and since I work by the airport, I was sure I would run into a blockade. You see, there was law enforcement placed at every on-ramp and overpass that stood between the airport and the Gerald Ford freeway. Every emergency access was blocked on the highway, in case, God forbid, Jerry should have to share the highway with common folk, or worse, terrorists should strike and make him deader than he already is.
But it appears the late Mr. Ford was late, so I was able to squeak by before they closed the highway down, and as I traveled, at every viaduct there were at least five to ten people standing in the cold to wait for Jerry's final motorcade to roll by one more time. The thing was, most of the people I saw didn't seem to have been old enough to have been born when Jerry was president (except the mullet headed guy in Cascade township with his flag stuck in the fence that separates his land from the highway), and seeing how mediocre Ford was as president, I can't see them having any affinity for the fellow.
I blame it on media hype. Even now as I type this, I hear news helicopters hovering overhead. For something as mundane as a funeral for someone as mundane as Ford, it sure has generated a lot of media coverage. I'll just be glad when it's all over.