Friday, November 25, 2005

Iraqi Insecurity

The bubble of security is shrinking in Iraq, in Bahgdad. We're pouring billions in, we're pouring in our blood, we're pouring in our best hope. And the bubble of security is still shrinking. This from a first hand account from the Washington Post.

Paul Hacket, the Vet. who's running for the Senate in Ohio puts it well when he says, why not listen to the military strategists and professionals to find solutions in Iraq? Why fire the guys advising more troops, or caution, or timetables, and instead going with policy and demanding that it fits? Good interview, he stands by his statement that George was a known party boy and cocaine user. My kind of politician!

His common sense seems like...well, common sense, doesn't it?

The downside of George Bush illustrious lack of a military career, is that he doesn't understand military process. There are a lot of wise old multiple star guys who know how to kick a country's ass and secure it. They should set the game plan, troops numbers, and we should go with that. But these guys running the administration see taking counsel from anyone as a weakness. So they demand a game plan, and expect the game to be won, regardless of the shifting opposition. And brutally end the careers of those military elders who raise any criticism.

Richard Clark said in a recent interview that when Colin Powell was asked what the meeting was like when they discussed going to war he said "What meeting?" The decision had been made before the case was closed.

Don't forget what Bush 41 wrote about in his book (Taking Bagdad was not worth the consequnces or the benefits).

I mean, even his dad realized the hornets nest he'd be getting into. Then Clinton isolated Saadam with embargos and made 3/4 of the country a no-fly zone. Not a world threat.

Yet here we are. And now the GOP votes on the most heinous budget cutting bill, cutting into just about all government services for every state, to support the war, while we nation build.

Just wish we were nation building our nation.

And don't tell me we're building American security. The war has guaranteed American insecurity. And this administration will milk that for all it's worth to stay in power and keep us afraid.


Blogger United We Lay said...

So don't be afraid! That's why we need to really start organizing and become a visible force of dissent. They think we're scared and we have to SHOW them we're not.

6:48 AM, November 27, 2005  
Blogger boni said...

Here's a little quote that I think will have resonance with what you just blogged:

"Naturally, the common people don't want war, but after all, it is the leaders of a country who determine policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag people along whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in every country."
Hermann Goering, Hitler's Reich-Marshall at the Nuremberg Trials

8:02 AM, November 27, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

It worked on one of our fiendly trolls that lurks around here...

Don't you people get it! They are out to get us! If you can't see that you are crazy!

12:11 PM, November 27, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

I think that's why the GOP is stymied by the indictments and hands in the cookie jar corruption problems. The only way to bring down the liar who leads, manipulates, mis-uses and abusse the press and the people. They inevitably hold themselves up as the protectors, the virtuous, the pious, and when that mask is ripped off ans shown to be a lie, the rest of the house of cards falls, as it has nothing to stand on. You can't keep say "I don't want a 9/11 commission" "Oh, i do" "We don't torture" "Oh, we do", "I care about the poor, stranded in disaster" "Oh, I don't". It's all a lie, every day and George and Co. have burned through just about all the good will any reasonable person could extend to them.

2:03 PM, November 27, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

The thing that shocks me is that anyone still believes anything these guys say. It's outrageous that more people aren't outraged.

I guess when you say "reasonable person" you exclude the people I'm talking about. I can't tell you how many "reasonable" conservatives have flipped on this crew. For anyone to still buy into shrubco is to reveal their own pathology.

5:00 PM, November 27, 2005  
Blogger Balloon Pirate said...

It seems to me that they lie with such brazen mendacity, so often, and so convincingly, that many people who 'don't follow politics' simply refuse to believe that it's a lie. So, these people assume it's the truth.


8:37 PM, November 27, 2005  
Blogger Cranky Yankee said...

I'm sorry but I finally have to say something.

You have got to get rid of the right wing ads on this blog. If I have to look at shrubya's smirking chimp of a face asking me if frivilous lawsuits (whose payouts equal less than 1% of total healthcare profits) are raising my healthcare costs one more time I'm going to scream!

If you're getting paid to run pro-srhubco ads you are taking dirty money.

9:10 AM, November 28, 2005  
Blogger Philip Morton said...

cranky: adds are randomn. Haven't decided if I like the whole thing yet or not anyway.

10:47 AM, November 28, 2005  

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