Not In My Bible
Saturday, January 29, 2005
But for the third straight year, Mr. Bush has committed a lot less than he promised.
Even Colin Powell was embarrassed trying to prove links between Saddam and al-Qa'ida during his infamous presentation to the UN Security Council in February 2003. Now, to borrow a metaphor from American sport, resistance has turned Iraq into the "Superbowl" of international terrorism.
The self-confidence of Mr Bush and the neoconservatives is unshaken, notwithstanding the news that Douglas Feith, a controversial neoconservative architect of the Iraq war, will step down this summer - the first change in the civilian leadership of the Pentagon since President Bush took office in January 2001. As under secretary of defence for policy, the third ranking post at the Defence Department, the boyish-looking Mr Feith has played a key role in Iraq policy, both before and after the invasion. Donald Rumsfeld, the Defence Secretary, said yesterday that he "will be missed".
But it is becoming daily more obvious that America's unprovoked invasion of an Arab country that posed no threat to its security has made the world not more but distinctly less safe. The reasons are fourfold.
First, it has distracted attention from the original terrorist threat: the al-Qa'ida network that launched the attacks against New York and Washington and yearns to acquire weapons of mass destruction whose use would dwarf the impact of 11 September.
This is not to say that the US has abandoned the hunt for Bin Laden. It is simply to acknowledge a truism that any US administration finds it virtually impossible to focus on two objectives at once. Resources that would have been focused on international terrorism have been switched to Iraq.
Second, the ousting of Saddam can only have hardened the resolve of Iran and North Korea - the two other "axis of evil" members in the sights of Mr Bush - to acquire the weapons of mass destruction that Iraq never possessed. The irony of the invasion was that it removed the least menacing regime of the three.
The White House points to Libya's abandonment of its WMD ambitions as vindication of its Iraq policy. More probably, Colonel Gaddafi's decision reflected a simple calculation that international isolation was no longer in his country's interest. In all likelihood, it would have happened even if Saddam were still in power.
The lesson Tehran and Pyongyang have drawn from the invasion is that the sooner they go nuclear, the safer from US attack they will be. For all its rhetoric, one reason this administration has not gone after Iran and North Korea is because they are stronger, more dangerous opponents than Iraq.
Iran, three times more populous than Iraq, may be within a year or two of building a bomb. North Korea could, according to the CIA, already have half a dozen nuclear devices, holding South Korea to ransom.
The third unintended consequence has been the spread of anti-Americanism across the Islamic world. The toppling of Saddam was supposed to have a domino effect, bringing peace and democracy to the entire Middle East. If anything, the reverse is true. The chaos and violence of Iraq is the least appealing model imaginable. The abuse at Abu Ghraib and the evidence of torture at Guantanamo Bay - for which no senior US soldier or policymaker has been punished - has only made Washington appear more hypocrital than ever, and made thousands of young Muslims even more susceptible to the propaganda of the hardliners.
And, fourthly, there is Iraq itself. This week, Mr Bush pointed to the election as proof that Iraq is changing for the better. Senior intelligence officials - the very ones whose warnings were tossed aside in the rush to war - beg to differ. A couple of weeks ago, America's National Intelligence Council, the research arm of the US intelligence community, warned that Iraq had become "a magnet for international terrorist activity", in the words of its director, Robert Hutchings. The country had become a recruiting ground and trainingcamp for terrorists.
Even if the election were to restore a modicum of stability, the foreign insurgents would simply "go home, wherever home is" to continue their war against the US from new bases in other countries. Within a decade, the NIC predicted, al-Qa'ida and its allies will have metamorphosed into "an eclectic array of groups, cells and individuals, that need no headquarters."
Such, barring a miracle, may be the legacy of Iraq. Despite the botched planning for the post-invasion period, the war's architects remain in place. The President's second-term address, and the jaunty self-belief of his press conference, do not suggest any change of heart. Iraq has made the world a more dangerous place and will continue to do so.
CHILD: Plagarism is wrong, and I'm down with that. I am a really good student, and I want my teacher to see that.
WORKER: Did Johnson complete the proposal for the client?
BOSS: Johnson is an outstanding worker and proposals are important. As are clients. Give Johnson a pat on the back.
WIFE: Do you think it's okay for you to sleep with other women?
HUSBAND: I am a loving husband. I think you should treat me with love and respect.
JOE: What time is it?
Bill: I have a watch. Watches are good. I have a good watch.
Why I Am Not Taking Part in These Phony Elections
Kucinich: Iraq elections will be a farce; closest international election monitors will be in Jordan.
Why the Children in Iraq Make No Sound When They Fall
Robert Jensen/Pat Youngblood:
Madison Capital Times:
Iraq's Surreal Election
Iraq: This Election is a Sham
-Rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy. Two Americans dead. Six wounded.
-Polling sites bombed, and a suicide bomber hits near the Iranian border.
-President Yawar predicts many Iraqis will stay away from the polls.
Thursday, January 27, 2005
The private pension system in Chile, the same program Bush hails as a model to emulate in his War on Social Security, is forcing retirees into poverty because... IT DOESN'T WORK! But since when did thieves (read: republicans) care about hurting people?
The Facts About Social Security
But since God put The Lying King in office, lying is now a good thing, especially when it helps people be comfortable in the parallel universe of Cancervatron.
“Congress should stop trying to silence public discussion of the cruel and expensive failures of current marijuana laws,” said Graham Boyd, Director of the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project.
Some say move imperils units, violates law
Where is Rush when we need him to straighten out these military-hating, feminazi-loving libruls...oh, it's republicans doing it. Never mind.
For compassionate cancervative christians, torture=good, cartoon that doesn't teach gay-hate=badhttp://rawstory.com/news/2005/index.php?p=6
Education Secretary Margaret Spellings denounced PBS on Tuesday for spending public money on a cartoon with lesbian characters, saying many parents would not want children exposed to such lifestyles (without being told to hate them and destroy their lives).
Will he commission a Fiberty Bell to honor all his fibs? Is greedom how everyone gets a better life? Is lemocracy the same as feudal Europe?
Monday, January 24, 2005
Girl Scouts Hate Families!Girl Scouts Promote Fags, Dykes in Attack on American Christian Families
Were they deceived by secular humanist teachers unions into supporting this heresy?
Compassionate Cancervative Christians denied their Constitutional right to bully and demonize those who can't fight back.
National 'No Name-Calling' Week Irks Conservatives
Despite Gripes About Gay Themes, Observance Spreads Nationally
NEW YORK -- Using a young readers' novel called "The Misfits" as its centerpiece, middle schools nationwide will participate in a "No Name-Calling Week" initiative starting Monday. The program, now in its second year, has the backing of groups from the Girl Scouts to Amnesty International but has also drawn complaints that it overemphasizes harassment of gay youths.
If Jesus Is Really Coming Back, He'd Better HurryBaptists Thank God for Killing Americans
The Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, which thanked God for the tsunami and any gay Swedes who were killed while vacationing there, has now lauded God for killing Americans in the tsunami, as well as Americans killed by jetliners on Sept. 11.
Pornography=good; SpongeBob=badKing Goerge Donors, Worshippers Love Their Porn
Hey, at least they're COMPASSIONATE pornographers with traditional christian family moral values.
Polygamy=good, SpongeBob=badFemale Republican Lawmaker Defends Polygamy
State Sen. Carlene Walker said she has known polygamists who are "fine, honest, educated, wonderful people." Well, if they can defend war, corporate piracy, election theft and torture, why not polygamy?
Why Some of Us Actually Miss Nixon and Reagan(There's a sentence I never thought I'd write or say.)
True Conservative Bemoans Infestation of America by Neocons, Talk Radio, Christian Hatriotism, and Delusion
By Paul Craig Roberts
I remember when friends would excitedly telephone to report that Rush Limbaugh or G. Gordon Liddy had just read one of my syndicated columns over the air. That was before I became a critic of the US invasion of Iraq, the Bush administration, and the neoconservative ideologues who have seized control of the US government.
Not so long ago I would have identified the liberal media as the New York Times and Washington Post, CNN and the three TV networks, and National Public Radio. But both the Times and the Post fell for the Bush administration's lies about WMD and supported the US invasion of Iraq. On balance CNN, the networks, and NPR have not made an issue of the Bush administration's changing explanations for the invasion.
In the ranks of the new conservatives, however, I see and experience much hate. It comes to me in violently worded, ignorant and irrational emails from self-professed conservatives who literally worship George Bush. Even Christians have fallen into idolatry. There appears to be a large number of Americans who are prepared to kill anyone for George Bush.
The Iraqi War is serving as a great catharsis for multiple conservative frustrations: job loss, drugs, crime, homosexuals, pornography, female promiscuity, abortion, restrictions on prayer in public places, Darwinism and attacks on religion. Liberals are the cause. Liberals are against America. Anyone against the war is against America and is a liberal. "You are with us or against us."
This is the mindset of delusion, and delusion permits no facts or analysis. Blind emotion rules. Americans are right and everyone else is wrong. End of the debate.
That, gentle reader, is the full extent of talk radio, Fox News, the Wall Street Journal
Cancervatism: The Christian Drug of Choice?Cancervatism is the Drug of Choice if You Prefer an Alternative Reality
By Molly Ivins
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice helpfully explained it all for us. The problem is that we are living in an alternative reality. What we think we know is not true. We have always had enough troops in Iraq. There are 120,000 trained Iraqi soldiers ready to take over. The president has condemned torture, so what else is there to say? Why torture happened, whose fault it is and why it is still happening at Guantanamo is not a problem because the president has condemned it. Secretary Rice also condemns it, so why raise questions about the fact that she wrote a letter to get an anti-torture clause in the intelligence appropriation bill taken out?
What, do you want to insult her integrity?
Jonathan L. Snare has been named to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Just the guy we would have chosen ourselves, because his background is so relevant. No, he's not an expert in health or safety, but he used to be the lobbyist for Metabolife, the ephedra diet pill that attracted so much unpleasant attention. Ephedrine was finally barred in 2003 after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided it had caused 155 deaths. I guess we're lucky Bush didn't put Snare at the FDA. According to the Washington Post, Metabolife spent more than $4 million lobbying the Texas Legislature between 1998 and 2000. Snare was also general counsel to the Republican Party of Texas from 1999 to '01 and has extensive experience in election law.
King Goerge's Christian Crusade Falls ShortKing Goerge's Holy War Enables Secular Government in Iraq
Shiites in Iraq Say Government Will Be Secular
The decision appears to formalize the growing dominance of
secular politicians among the Shiite political leadership.
Lying for War=Good, SpongeBob=badFor Compassionate Cancervative Christians (sic), war=good, SpongeBob=bad
Twibbies (Those Who Believe Bush Is A Christian) love ignorance, fear-mongering, hate-mongering, war, corporate piracy, stolen elections, Big Brother, police states, lying, hypocrisy and turning America into feudal Europe, but at least want to keep their kids safe from cartoon characters.
Compassionate Corporate Crime Run AmokRepublicans Avoid Paying at Least $29 Billion in Taxes Every Year
Will cost America $250 billion in next decade. You and I are supposed to shoulder the burden of their lifestyles.
King Goerge's Speech: "King's X"King Goerge Doesn't Actually Plan to Spread Fiberty, Greedom and Lemocracy to the World; It Was Just an Inaugural Speech, After All.
And besides, he had his fingers crossed...again. But the speech still proves God wants Fearless Leader in charge of the world.
JFK never intended to go to the moon "in this decade," either. All that happened by accident and without his knowledge.