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Robert Scheer: Brooding Prince’s Soliloquy

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Posted on Jan 9, 2007
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By Robert Scheer

To surge or not to surge, that is the question. As our prince proposes, once again, to take arms against a sea of troubles, he responds not to the disaster that he has visited upon Iraq, but rather embraces a desperate strategy for salvaging what remains of his reign.

To win, perchance to dream. Few Americans, a mere 17 percent, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC poll, think that sacrificing more Americans in patrols on the streets of Baghdad will reverse the slings and arrows of our outrageous Iraqi fortune, but giving a speech about it might provide our hapless Hamlet with some temporary political cover.

“All the world is really watching,” proclaimed Bush press secretary Tony Snow, “and it’s important to get this right.” Toward that end, as The New York Times reported, “The president’s aides were contemplating having Mr. Bush deliver it from the White House Map Room, a site replete with the history and imagery of World War II—imagery that Mr. Bush has invoked as he has sought to compare the campaign against terrorism to the struggle against totalitarianism and the Nazis. But the Oval Office, a more traditional setting, was also being considered.”

As for the speech’s content, it is by necessity an exercise in the absurd, as the president previewed in his soliloquy for doubting Republican senators his conviction that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has had a profound change of heart. This radical Shiite leader, who only days ago turned over Saddam Hussein to the tender mercies of a mob chanting its allegiance to the even more fanatical Shiite leader Muqtada al-Sadr, now is expected to lead U.S. troops in battle against his chief political ally and sponsor of much of Iraq’s most deadly sectarian fighting. Even Bush must know by now that those fellows with whom he is in bed over there bear us nothing but hate. Speak not of the pangs of despised love.

That must give pause to the president’s top advisers, but nonetheless they fail to confront the insolence of office that so fully characterizes this man. “Iraqis will take on this plan and lead it. We will be there to support them and be there to help them hold it,” said one senior U.S. official, who briefed the media offstage.

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But some in attendance did claim afterward to have demurred. “I expressed reservations,” said Sen. Olympia Snowe, a Maine Republican. “I said, ‘Why should we expect any different result than previously,’ that I didn’t believe the Maliki government had demonstrated the political will or capacity or resoluteness for reconciliation, that the reason Americans are not supporting the war is because they see Iraqis fighting among themselves rather than for themselves, and I didn’t see the surge addressing the root causes of the violence.” Needless to say that patient merit of the unworthy went unnoticed by the brooding prince.

“He seemed very confident,” said Sen. Thad Cochran, a Republican from Mississippi. “I’m convinced he has come up with a proposal that he thinks will work.” But Cochran confessed to feeling lonely in his faith: “I think I was the only senator who acted like he would be supportive. I was surprised that no one said it but me.”

No matter such temporal considerations, for Bush’s preoccupation is the dread of something after the death of his presidency, when history will judge the calamity of his long political life and such judgment would likely bear the whips and scorns of time.

“I don’t understand what he thinks is going on in Iraq, but whatever it is, he doesn’t care about politics, or the Congress or his successor, when it comes to Iraq,” offered Richard C. Holbrooke, a veteran of foreign debacles authored by a rival clan. “He wants to either win the war or, since that is an impossibility, pass it on to his successor.”

Will the Congress deny him? That is the question posed by Republican Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon, who only weeks before had withdrawn support for his leader’s war: “What this sets up is a classic war powers confrontation between the White House and the Congress. Clearly he has the power to commit troops; the question is whether the Congress has the convictions to deny funding.” The senator admitted to having no such convictions: “It would be a dishonorable thing to budget away the bullets.” Better to spend them killing more of theirs and yours in an unworthy cause, for in that sleep of death what dreams may come, and, as the bard foretold, “Thus conscience does make cowards of us all.” Ay, there’s the rub.

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By Polly Ester, January 19, 2007 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment
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“Presidents can’t even keep a blowjob or a CIA officer press leak secret, and you think they were able to accomplish a massive secret military operation against US civilians secret without anyone at the NSA, CIA, Air Force, FAA-ATC, etc, etc going public or leaking the plot beforehand?  You are one major gullible dum-dum.”

Frank do you consider omission a life—-if plans for a catastrophe or an assassination were uncovered, and yet it was consciously NOT stopped, because certain people wanted certain events to unfold—-are the people who knew and permitted a crime co-conspirators?

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By Marriea, January 18, 2007 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment
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Geo Bush should be made to put HIS money where his mouth is.  Yes he has the authority to escalate, but Congress should tell him that the money will come from his rolling back those famous tax cuts for the wealthy to pay for it.
Bush kidnapped the troops and threw them into the water to promote his folly into Iraq, but he wants everyone else to take responsibilty for it.
Now he is in effect saying that if we don’t want the baby to drown, we have to save it.  He’s trying to guilt everyone else into saving his stupid ASS and I’d bet he’d take the credit in a heartbeat if it worked.

The time has come for TOUGH LOVE!!

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By Bill Blackolive, January 14, 2007 at 12:48 pm Link to this comment
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Robert Scheer, try to checkout John Doraemi’s article FOR MANUEL GARCIA SEES PHYSICS THAT DON’T EXIST, at his http://crimesofthestate.blogspot.com
This is science, and most of us are not scietists.  He writes well.  I came upon his comment to Molly Ivins today.  While the absurdity of tall skyscrapers for the first time in sckscraper great fires falling into their foundations directly, so what in incremantal pull of gravity tons and tons shifted and shifting on down, seems to me, is what might be brought into public focus, to turn this disaster.

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By Frank, January 14, 2007 at 9:30 am Link to this comment
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Genrikh Yagod, you have to be a major idiot to believe in that 9/11 US/Israel conspiracy theory.

Presidents can’t even keep a blowjob or a CIA officer press leak secret, and you think they were able to accomplish a massive secret military operation against US civilians secret without anyone at the NSA, CIA, Air Force, FAA-ATC, etc, etc going public or leaking the plot beforehand?  You are one major gullible dum-dum.

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By Ben, January 14, 2007 at 9:26 am Link to this comment
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I am no Shakespeareian scholar, but I’ll approximate a line from MacBeth that comes to mind:

“Blood! Blood! Blood on my hands!”

Perhaps the president, like Banquo (sp?) was ‘ripped from his mother’, and considers himself, hence, impervious.

Not to get too deep, but King Arther, an early opera by Purcell, features a small legion of fairy creatures who take great delight in misleading the main characters. Perhaps the president missed Shakespeare entirely, and hearkens instead to Purcell’s fairies???

Also of notice is Pergulosi’s La Serva Padrona, in which a lowly servant girl wins the heart and estate of a great lord, and gains great sway over him. But, of course we all know that that applied to the Reagan administration.

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By Polly Ester, January 13, 2007 at 5:09 pm Link to this comment
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“Over the years I have had comprehensive exposure to Americans visiting New Zealand. I have found them to be intelligent, pleasant people with enquiring minds and a responsible attitude to the considerations of the rest of the world. How can these sensitive, knowledgable and discerning people allow themselves to be represented by Bush?”

Marshall,
Propaganda, psychobabble, merchandising or marketing call it what you may, but it certainly works, and it has manipulated the American public for a very long time—also it doesn’t hurt if the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections are stolen—oh, and you thought the U.S. was a democracy.

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By Genrikh Yagoda, January 13, 2007 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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That Jerk that posted a Nova link to 911 WTC. Sure fella,the towers just went down by some furnitue and carpets burning.  That Paki engineer—he must of got his engineering degree from a cracker Box prize. What a shill for the Government.
FYI—Nova is run by PBS a rabid Jewish zionist network.
Who did 911 ?—no Arab for sure.
Who did the anthrax killings ?-no Arabs for sure !
Then who did it—-USA/ Israel—that’s who .
http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/311

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By Marshal Gebbie, January 12, 2007 at 9:15 pm Link to this comment
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How can a nation the size and complexity of the USA be led by an individual as loose as George W Bush?

Over the years I have had comprehensive exposure to Americans visiting New Zealand. I have found them to be intelligent, pleasant people with enquiring minds and a responsible attitude to the considerations of the rest of the world. How can these sensitive, knowledgable and discerning people allow themselves to be represented by Bush?

Why is it that the people of the United States of America tolerate being disgraced on the world stage, over and over again, by the abominable pantomine played out daily in the Executive Wing ?

How has the USA allowed itself to be immersed, yet again, in the Vietnam like quagmire which is Iraq? And before that Afghanistan? And just lately, Mogadishu?

What insanity prevails in the minds of the shakers and movers of American society who instigate these policies.. The invisible big guys who are always nameless and faceless. The mojos who pull the strings and cause the politicians to dance.
Are the imperitives, the motivating factors, big money, big oil, big egos, morality gone mad,
Evangelism extremis, power mania, world domination or perhaps, a combination of all of the above?
Do the people of America think for one minute, that the citizens of these militarily occupied, war torn nations are going to be grateful for US military intervention and US political involvement?

Hell no !!

Throughout the centuries liberators and occupiers have been loathed by the population under occupation. The occupied people of the now era are no exception, they resent the occupation and the occupiers with hatred. A passion not understood or, in many cases, even suspected by their liberators. And, with the emergence of terrorism as an international stealth weapon, the occupying nations will feel the barbs of payback and revenge
...Retribution for years to come.

And who, the bloody hell, loves a cop?
Particularly a GLOBALCOP !!

Even the allies look askance @ America these days.. What gives with these guys? Why are they buying in to yet another war, another skirmish?
What are they getting out of it?

Wouldn’t it be better to let the rest of the world fight it’s own battles?

Why not withdraw all the US forces from everywhere right NOW..

Stuff the world !!

From here on in the policy is
FORTRESS AMERICA.

Think about that one WORLD !!

Who controls the future expansionist policies of the Chinese, Japanese, Indians and Indonesians?
Who keeps the Russians within their borders?
Who stops the French from resuming their Pacific nuclear testing programme?
Who stops every body dumping their nuclear waste in Antarctica?
Who prevents the dumping of agricultural excess stockpiles on the world market?

Who indeed does it now?

Marshalg

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By Allan Scheer, January 12, 2007 at 7:12 am Link to this comment
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Since there is a major concern regarding the number of American soldier casulties, perhaps we should consider sending half of the 20,000 troops to LA County, where there have been over 800 murders in 2005 and 2006. That was about half the number of American casualties in Iraq.

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By LJ, January 12, 2007 at 5:53 am Link to this comment
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The administration can never completely hide the massive influence of U.S. corporate oil interests on American policy in Iraq - from the very start of the essentially unprovoked, American-initiated hostilities:

When this unleashed widespread, uncontested looting of Iraq started in Spring 2003, the limited reserves of available U.S. troops in theater were immediately focused on guarding the Iraqi Oil Ministry - to the exclusion of nearly everything else of value.  Even some of rare, priceless antiquities from what was probably the very FIRST permanent civilization in all of human history were left exposed in favor of the Oil Ministry offices.  In response to related criticisms, Secretary Rumsfeld said something like “....how many important antiquities can there possibly be in this country….?”.
  I guess the number of such antiquities has been dropping recent years….. to a number Donald Rumsfeld can more easily live with.

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By Fritz, January 11, 2007 at 9:25 pm Link to this comment
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“To win, perchance to dream. “
Why involve Shakespeare in this?
The moron in the White House should never be used
as an excuse for an anology to anything Shakespeare wrote or thought, what so ever!
Don’t build him up into an hero!!!!!

Look for suitable analogies in “Good House-Keeping”, “Glamour”, or “Reader’s Digest”, when quoting him.

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By Ga, January 11, 2007 at 9:15 pm Link to this comment
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Linda: “Please someone tell him to look on Google and see the preposterous allegations that anyone outside of the U.S. government executed the implosions of the WTC towers and WTC 7.”

If you had watched PBS’s NOVA program, “Why the Towers Fell,” you’d feel rather ridiculous right now.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/wtc/

Sometimes I think Americans can be the dumbest people on the planet.

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By cafox513@gte.net, January 11, 2007 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment
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The BBC today said this decision by Bush showed courage to take difficult decisions. Baloney! Without this, everything Bush did in Iraq is a miserable failure. This is another act of cowardice. With his surge, he might have half a chance to blame the next failure on Congress or the Iraqis or anyone else.

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By Sheila, January 11, 2007 at 1:43 pm Link to this comment
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Today the Maliki(US) government passed a law opening up Iraqi oilfields to international development.  That is what the twenty thousand troops are for.  Nothing else.  The administration is set to make billions more along withBP and Exon.  Where is the mainstream media on this story?  Bush held his speech last night to make sure noone paid attention to the Iraqi law.

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By peg, January 11, 2007 at 10:32 am Link to this comment
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I agree with 46758 - I think the PNAC has been a hugh driving force behind the entire invasion.  They are so evil, and their lust for world dominance is frightening. 

GW IS SUCH A TOOL. 

The fact that his speech was absolutely after the fact, since he had already deployed troops earlier, is criminal.

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By Rich, January 11, 2007 at 10:08 am Link to this comment
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There seems to be a consistancy in the percentage of those who still believe in GWB. It hovers around 30%. I don’t think that number will ever change very much. They are hopelessly ill-informed. Like Mormons, facts never seem to get in the way of their belief. What a base from which to run a nation!

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By richard, January 11, 2007 at 8:20 am Link to this comment
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right on Arun…..these low life bastards should have been strung up with saddam

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By SamSnedegar, January 11, 2007 at 3:20 am Link to this comment
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Agree that there is an unseen power structure which delivers the orders to Cheney’s secret and undisclosed location, but that isn’t what the “more troops” is about . . .

The more troops are needed to free up all of the best combat units for guarding oilfields and pipelines. After all, that is the only thing that matters and the only reason for being in Iraq, staying in Iraq, or dying in Iraq.

We must control the oil and it must be a viable source of oil, not one buried under civil war and occupation difficulties. All the rest of it is part of the “play.”

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By jbloggz, January 11, 2007 at 1:36 am Link to this comment
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Bring em on! The new US in-surge-nts I mean. Might make five thousand deaths this year.  But who cares? No one. Certainly not Bush the decider! I guess there will be many more innocent Iraqi deaths as they get included in the ‘kill rate’ to boost the credibility of the military and the great leader.

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By Linda, January 10, 2007 at 11:47 pm Link to this comment
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I am so sad that Ron Kovic still thinks that terrorists attacked the WTC.  After all that has been exposed by scholars, people that made videos of 911, WTC 7 implosion when it had not been hit by a plane. After all the evidence and observations by those not in this evil government, I still can’t believe Ron Kovic thinks that terrorists pulled off this devastation to the WTC.

Please someone tell him to look on Google and see the preposterous allegations that anyone outside of the U.S. government executed the implosions of the WTC towers and WTC 7.  Larry Silverstein signed a 99 yr lease for $2.5 million with a guarantee of $3.5 billion for each tower if hit by a plane.  Does that not seem self-incriminating?

Wake up, folks, this was a giant conspiracy to get us to war with anyone.  Bush then blamed Iraq and lied about WMD.  Do you think he is going to stop the lie now?  No one was held accountable for 911.  When are they going to be brought to justice?

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By jp, January 10, 2007 at 10:57 pm Link to this comment
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It is time for a 5 million person march on Washington.  Perhaps then the Democratic Congress will do something to corral “W”

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By cindy, January 10, 2007 at 7:59 pm Link to this comment
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Tao Walker,
Good on you! Keep on with the work.
Yappa nu nei, Cindy

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By Richard Blackmoor, January 10, 2007 at 7:36 pm Link to this comment
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The Iraqi Hydrocarbon act which gives Big oil,Shell,Exxon,BP, the control of the oil and 75% of the profits . This act goes into effect at the end of march. The end of march is also when bushies troop escalation will be complete.
95% of Iraq’s revenue is from oil. How do you think the Iraqi’s will react when they learn that 75% of their countries revenue is being taken by big western oil companies.
These are the same companies which were at Dick Cheyney’s energy meeting. The first secret US energy policy meeting.
It would be good for Congress to force the bushies to release records of what happened at this secret energy meeting. I am sure that they made the deal to attack Iraq and secure the oil.
So bush is sending troops to stop any rebellion from Iraqi’s when they learn that we are stealing all their oil money.
There is NO Al Qaida in Iraq. Their are Iraqi’s fighting for their country.

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By Boggs, January 10, 2007 at 5:56 pm Link to this comment
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The Decider in Chief of Lies was pretty sure that because he won the vote of the silly public, that the same public would
also believe in his leadership. It worked for awhile, now most have awakened to the stench of death and realize their LORD wears a tarnished halo.
The biggest fools are the ones who voted for him and the ones who still drool and bow to his every idea.
I heard there was a DNA done on his afterbirth and it didn’t match GOD’s.
Sorry to disenchant the faithful!

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By Polly Ester, January 10, 2007 at 5:50 pm Link to this comment
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Yeah, something is ROTTEN in the White House—well maybe, many things are rotten in the White House: Bush; Cheney; Rice; Gates: Negroponte; etc…

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By Polly Ester, January 10, 2007 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment
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“If the Democratic Party can’t deliver these within a year than they are as worthless as the Republican Party in our halls of Congress and government. The Democratic Party has an opportunity to give the American people what they voted for. If they do not, they will be fired. But first, Bring the troops home now!”

Bruce Boyle,
Ditto to everything you said—if the Democrats don’t produce, they’re OUT!

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By Greg Bacon, January 10, 2007 at 3:48 pm Link to this comment
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Since Little Georgie is so fond of evoking WW II imagery, perhaps he could give Wednesday’s soliloquy from one of President Cheney’s secret bunkers that the noted quail hunter likes to hide.

And in keeping with the WW II spirit, Little Georgie could have a cyanide capsule and a Luger pistol close by to show the world he means business.

Of course, his wife, Eva Braun Bush, would also need to be in the same dark and dismal bunker, ready to do anything for her man.

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By Bruce Boyle, January 10, 2007 at 3:36 pm Link to this comment
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It is over in Iraq. The Empire Delusion has had its’ day. The War of Aggression Against the People of Iraq has only produced new “enemies” that the American people neither wanted nor needed.

Bush acts like “might makes right,” but that mentality does not “win hearts and minds.”

The majority of Americans want this war ended – now!  90% oppose his call for a surging escalation.

It is time to throw the Neonazicons out and to retire what does not work: Bush’s Project for a New American Century (PNAC) ideology and his “Evangelicon” fanaticism —Bush’s self proclaimed motivation used to justify his warmongering foreign policy—have brought harm and more damage to our country than did the nastiest dreams of their Nazi brethren from the era of WW II. These Neonazicon’ ideologies and policies of government must be completely jettisoned by the American people.

The Last Election tells the story.

It also tells the Democrat’s victors in Congress that they have one year to produce:

(A)  An end to the war in Iraq.

(B)  And end to election corruption in which dollars are treated as votes and corporations as legal persons.

(C)  A sound policy of modern re-industrialization of our country.

(D)  Headway on stopping ILLEGAL immigration.

(E)  A national health care system.

(F)  Government paid tuition in higher education for all American students.

(G)  Education and Culture: a program in magnitude comparable to the expenditure currently wasted on the military, war, and spying.

(H)  A major transfer of “energy” production from petroleum based “fire burning” to a HYDRON spectrum based system (check out Black Light Power and Dr. Randell Mills on your next web search *).

If the Democratic Party can’t deliver these within a year than they are as worthless as the Republican Party in our halls of Congress and government. The Democratic Party has an opportunity to give the American people what they voted for. If they do not, they will be fired. But first,

Bring the troops home now!


~Bruce Boyle


Bush must answer to Congress before proceeding with his new surge of insanity and his escalating Napoleonic delusion.

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By SuGee, January 10, 2007 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment
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Hey, let’s tell George W. Bush that he has won his war?  After all, that’s what he wants.  He, in his fanactical mind, believes that “Great Presidents Win Wars!” and he can still be great. So let’s tell him that he won and then, as a prize, he’s impeached.  I’m so amazed that 16% still support his war criminal actions.  But it makes money and that’s their GOD.

The Congress has one chance.  Either they cut off funds or make funds allocated only to removing our soldiers from Iraq.  If they don’t, they face our anger.  this is HIS war, let him and Laura (and her 2 derelict daughters) and Condi and Unka Dicky and Unka Rummy(now Gates) and Albeto Gonzales(and his co-criminal, Jon Yoo) and the rest of the criminal executive branch go and WIN THEIR WAR.  And don’t let them write it off on the national debt. It should come out of their own pockets.

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By TAO Walker, January 10, 2007 at 3:30 pm Link to this comment
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“mite” (#46643) sure rips down the rhetorical veil hiding the gruesome facts behind oft’-heard assertions that “People are our most valuable RESOURCE.”  Throws a little different light, too, on what corporations, governments, and other institutional set-ups might really be doing in their ubiquitous “Human Resources” departments.

It’s plain to see the global gangbangers’ entire criminal enterprise depends on continued “ownership” and control of great herds and flocks of domesticated humans.  This might explain why what are shocking and awful tradegies among the “livestock,”...... war, famine, disease, degradation…..seem to be mere strip-mining operations for the merchants-of-death and their social-engineering professional experts.  Then there are the soulless spear-carriers who enforce the fear-based rules of the wage-and-debt-slavery regime worldwide.

If a glimpse of the real “big picture” doesn’t shrink the media-enhanced stature of G.W. Bush and his ilk down to their actually miniscule dimensions, relative to the globe-girdling (and even more grandiose) ambitions of the shadowy entities these hapless ciphers serve, it’s not easy to see what might, “mite.”  If the masses of factory-farmed two-legged cannon-fodder and cancer-cultivars don’t soon see their only hope is to “achieve”  a kind of voluntary negative net-worth, on the cooked books of their tormentors’ insane system of reckoning, the dire prospect you sketch-out here is indeed all that’s in-store for them…. at least in the crooked designs of their “bond-holders.”

Of course, none of this is happening in an hermetically-sealed container sitting in a lifeless desert somewhere, despite the illusionists best efforts to make it seem so to their captive cattle (redundancy for emphasis).  In fact, the seeds of the system’s self-destruction live right now in the whole body of once (and soon to be again) free wild human and related beings so stupidly roped-into this dead-end scheme by a species of self-absorbed ‘seig heilers’ known universally for their congenital inability to leave well-enough alone…..not to mention their heedless rush toward oblivion.

So the way out of bondage, to what an earlier generation recognized (a little too late, maybe) as “the money power,” turns out to be, ironically, intentional worthlessness in a “value system” so perverted it is obscene.  For four-fifths of “civilized” humanity that’ll be an almost indistinguishable change from the condition they’re in already.  For the rest, perhaps most especially the high-flying five percent who’re Americans, it is certain to be…....well, a terrifying fall from the heights of conspicuous consumption.

Ready or not, though, here it comes.

HokaHey!

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By richard, January 10, 2007 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment
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The neocons still have Bush under control, and hatched this scheme to assure mayhem continues in the middle east. Iran is next, as described in the blueprint devised years ago for Israel, by the same neocons. And it’s all on the web.

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By AnnaCatherine, January 10, 2007 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment
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Pelosi just banned smoking somewhere or other. So I guess the’re all too busy to vote down Bush and his latest delusion. I don’t believe that it’s a lost cause. Everyone involved has an obligation to our military. Where there’s a will there’s a way. If it requires a “Constitutional Crisis” as they call it well so what. Maybe that’s what we need. Bush is out of control and has to be controlled.

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By Rogelio, January 10, 2007 at 1:22 pm Link to this comment
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The inept and corrupt “W” adminstration never fails to amaze us. Is the adminstration that stupid?

Four years later: no weapons of mass destruction, no Al-Qaeda connection to 9-11, embroiled in a region’s civil war, the loss of 3,000 Americans and countless more injured, the cost of a stupid war in the billions…However, we need more troops in Iraq!

Yet, our foolish adminstration can not see the light. How many books have been written criticizing the path to war against Iraq? Is “w” aware that his own personal buddies have denounced his Iraq policies? With the recent Novemeber elections, in which Americans voted strongly against the Republicans, logic would suggest that “w” would realize that the nation is sick and tired of his bullsh*t.

Unfortunately, “w” continues on the war path. Is he concerned about his legacy? Who knows. I guess when you hide in the National Guard during war time, you neglect the fact that humans die during a conflict.

This would be a great time to be part of the War Machine. That’s the ticket to financial success!

Perhaps, “w” is doing the right thing. Least we forget that “w” speaks to God.

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By Sylvia Barksdale Morovitz, January 10, 2007 at 1:13 pm Link to this comment
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Putting more troops into Iraq is tantamount to pouring gasoline into an already raging fire!  Who knows what drives an egotistical, manical president to expand an already out of control situation?
Senator Ted Kennedy gave the most eloquent, reasonable speech against this folly than any politician thus far.  I believe that his words must be heeded.  More funds cannot be allocated for nothing more than sheer insanity.  Every American should get on the horn to their representatives and insist that they vote against this waste of funds and more lives.
America is not America any more.  It is but a shell of a once beautiful country that held promise for everyone.  We are sick to death of this.  We are afraid of retaliation.  We need our own needs met; such as health care, decent, affordable housing and even a simple nutricious meal to put on the table for our families.
If these funds for more troops are approved, then we know that we have no government.  Just a one man tyrannical despot who has no thought whatsoever for his own countrymen, who will do all within his power to continue to destroy our country.

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By Matt Connolly, January 10, 2007 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment
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How stand I then . . . while, to my shame, I see
The imminent death of twenty thousand men,
That, for a fantasy and trick of fame,
Go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot
Whereon the numbers cannot try the cause,
Which is not tomb enough and continent
To hide the slain?

Hamlet, Act IV, scene iv

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By August West, January 10, 2007 at 12:39 pm Link to this comment
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Vice President Dick Cheney was dispatched to Riyadh on November 25 to meet with King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud.  Reports came out that the King read Cheney the riot act, warning that Saudi Arabia would support the Sunnis in Iraq in the event of a civil war following U.S. withdrawal.  Amid strong pressure to do something other than the clearly failing strategy in Iraq, The Decider decided to do the same thing, only more of it.  King Abdullah got what he wanted.  Now it will be interesting to see whether this “surge” results in significant action being taken against the Shia militias rather than side-by-side action with the Iraqi “troops” which generally target only the Sunni “insurgents.”

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By Robert Kirsner, January 10, 2007 at 12:27 pm Link to this comment
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Actually, I think it would be far more accurate to think not of a SURGE of troops but rather of an EJACULATION of troops. First of all, using the term EJACULATION shows the necessarily transitory nature of the enterprise: the troops won’t keep on coming. At a certain point, the supply of troops will be exhausted. (Even with Cialis, all good things have to come to an end. Sperm get used up.) Second, the term EJACULATION indicates that the troops will not necessarily accomplish their goal. Not all ejaculations lead to pregnancy. As Woody Allen pointed out in his SEX film years ago, EJACULATION can be part of a merely symbolic, basically masturbatory exercise, with one’s seed falling on barren soil. Third and perhaps most importantly, the term EJACULATION and the expression EJACULATION OF TROOPS will indicate, as SURGE cannot, that the whole thing is actually a last gasping attempt of our President to prove his manhood.

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By Gary K, January 10, 2007 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment
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Understanding the strange and dark world of G W Bush would even present a real challenge to William Shakespeare. The closest to him that we’ve had in the White House was probably Nixon but even he didn’t reach Bush’s depth of darkness.

For one thing, Nixon never started a war based upon lies and deceptions. Nixon’s Watergate activities, which were certainly illegal, nearly appear like college high-jinks when compared to the wholesale attack on our constitution by the current administration.

I see no substantive change happening while those two despots, Bush and Cheney, are in power. The only real solution to stop the Iraq madness is to remove them from power, after which they must be held accountable for their crimes in a court of justice, whether national or international.

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By Clifton, January 10, 2007 at 12:06 pm Link to this comment
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Once again our president reveals an astonishing lack of understanding of the nuances of the region he has taken us into for the purpose of…what?  And perhaps even more troubling, our newly elected Congress already shows signs of demurring in the face of their constitutional duty.  A non-binding resolution?  To be taken seriously by whom? 

Certainly not by the troops on their way to the battle zone to add their names to a future slate memorial, perhaps near the one for Vietnam.  Remember Vietnam, the incursion that was to teach us the folly of such adventures?

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By Druthers, January 10, 2007 at 12:04 pm Link to this comment
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With the administration preparing to behave like a panzer division please read the post

“We May Need a Huge March on Washington”  at

http://velvelonnationalaffairs.blogspot.com/

and watch the Presidential Power Conference at:

Google…Video…Presidential Power Conference at the Mass. School of Law.

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By Christian Kallen, January 10, 2007 at 11:50 am Link to this comment
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Great merging of the elevated rhetoric of the Bard and the sorry scramblings of the current prince of the realm. I long for the footnoted version, with citations in chaper and verse… Meanwhile, here in semi-rural Northern California, we’re joining the bandwagon to bring this crew of miscreants to justice - http://www.impeachbush.tv tells the tale.

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By John Earl, January 10, 2007 at 11:36 am Link to this comment
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Will the Chicken-Dems enable the Chicken-hawks?

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By Julius Seizer, January 10, 2007 at 11:25 am Link to this comment
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Huge troop numbers will dampen - not end - the insurgency. And when they leave the insurgency will dust itself down and continue as before.

This is not a conventional confrontation and it cannot be won using conventional means. The troop surge isn’t a new approach; it’s a bigger version of what hasn’t worked so far.

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By gopindrag, January 10, 2007 at 10:39 am Link to this comment
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binge and surge

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By NETTIE, January 10, 2007 at 10:36 am Link to this comment
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To answer Arun at 46659, it’s the neo-con “think” tanks who come up with this nonsense, in the pockets of the huge corporations…oh, and China now, since they own us with all the loans they’ve given us to fund this damn illegal war.  There is no morality, no conscience, no consideration of our troops, no staying awake at night over the more than half-million innocents killed in Iraq, and that’s not counting Afghanistan.  We HAVE BEEN in thrall of a bunch of sociopathic personality disorders.  This WILL END if Congress does their job and stop funding this “war” and pull our troops out of harm’s way.  Pull up everyone in this administration involved in war crimes and prosecute them.  As has been said, “Stopping war does not mean hating war, it means loving peace.”

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By Eleanore Kjellberg, January 10, 2007 at 10:31 am Link to this comment
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“O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I!
Is it not monstrous that this player here,
But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,
Could force his soul so to his own conceit
That from her working all his visage wann’d,
Tears in his eyes, distraction, in’s aspect
A broken voice and his whole function suiting
With forms to his conceit? And all for nothing!” 

And all for nothing; that’s exactly what we have in Iraq-—fatalities, casualties, corruption and chaos—ineffectual policies tolerated by an emasculated House and Senate—-political hand wringing is not an option—-IT’S TIME TO SHOW SOME SPINE!

Don’t be an ENABLER to failed policies, it’s time to curtail catastrophe; BEGIN IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS NOW; Democrats won control of the House and Senate not just to increase minimum wage, but to thwart further escalation of the Iraq War; the clock is ticking on your “100 hours,” if you lack the courage to speak out; then you do not represent those that put you into office—-minutes that are not spent ending this war, is TIME WASTED by this Congress.

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By Jackie T. Gabel, January 10, 2007 at 10:29 am Link to this comment
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RE: •    Comment #46659 by Arun  on  1/10  at  8:30 am — “Mr. Sheer,  We want to know who’s behind Bush and Cheney pulling strings and behind them. Tell us about them.”

>>>>>> Hear! Hear!

For starters look to the Financier core of the New World Oligarchy. Not easily done, as their real deals are generally not available for public inspection. For insight on the puppet masters, truthdig should consider interviewing Webster G. Tarpley. Otherwise, listen to his weekly webcasts, archived here: http://mp3.rbnlive.com/Tarpley07.html

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By shockandawe, January 10, 2007 at 10:28 am Link to this comment
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thanks, TAO Walker (#4657)

I no longer feel alone in my beliefs.  Since the White House is now the land of OZ, there must be a wizard in one of those closets.  But who?

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By Arun, January 10, 2007 at 9:30 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Sheer,

We want to know who’s behind Bush and Cheney pulling strings and behind them. Tell us about them.

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By DennisD, January 10, 2007 at 9:02 am Link to this comment
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Bu$h Inc. has found it easier and easier to spend others lives and money as it has gone along. I agree that he is but the face of a much more powerful force behind our entire government structure. As he appears before the camera with those doll like eyes, mumbling words that no one believes over and over again, he is the Manchurian Candidate. His life before politics had been one long Seinfeld episode about “nothing”. He stood for nothing, accomplished nothing and took responsibility for nothing. The true powers behind the throne could not have found a more perfect Charlie McCarthy than Dubbya. Oil money got him in the White House, and they have been the biggest profiteers of his reign. We might want to start there to see where the true power lies.

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By Jean Tracy, January 10, 2007 at 8:55 am Link to this comment
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Send no more troops to Iraq!

No more legless, armless, brain damaged, emotionally disturbed by the war soldiers sent to Walter Reed Hospital.  Enough is enough!

The people have spoken.  It is up to Congress to listen!

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By mite, January 10, 2007 at 8:31 am Link to this comment
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So you citizens of the united States say get out of Iraq, scared of the debt this Congress has allowed over the past 20 years to mount up. Well what you want does not matter. Nothing you say or do will stop the ball from roling now. It is all about the money and our debt.

Congress and the Executive branch work for the International and Federal Reserve Banks, Congress is trustee’s of the 1933 U.S. Bankruptcy.

All property within the federal United States went to the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve the trustees )stockholders) hold legal title. The U.S. citizen (tenant,franchise) was registered as a “beneficiary” of the trust via birth certificate. In 1933 all present and future properties, assests, and labor of their subjects, “14th Amendment” went to the federal reserve.

In return the federal reserve agreed to extend the united states ‘Corporation’ all the credit “fiat money’ it needed. We the people of this U.S., our labor and children by birth are ‘Only’ collateral for the Trillions of dollars of debt.

We have returned to pre-American revolution and become subjects (slaves) again of Banks and other holders of this Congress’s debt.

We are ‘Not’ free people and never will be again. Look at your dollar bill in your pocket- does it say U.S. Treasury Bill. No it says “Federal Reserve Note” and your illegal income tax collected by lies and deceit never pays off the debt it keeps going up.

So if you think this President or Congress care about the people of this country you are in denial or misinformed.

Congressional Record of March 17, 1993 go to Citizens for Better Government

http://www.devvy.com  http://www.givemeliberty.org

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By Sharon Ash, January 10, 2007 at 8:21 am Link to this comment
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What our country needs for us to win back our country and the world to win back some sanity, is not a surge but a “purge”.  We need to purge our government of Bush, Cheney and their entire group of bandits.  This “purge” would be highly effective in restoring world peace.  The surge is just more bodies to support Bush’s lies.  The “purge” would be a step toward the road to recovery.

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By Andy, January 10, 2007 at 8:03 am Link to this comment
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War?  Personal loss?  What does Bush know about it.  Bush never lost anyone.  He’s never been inside that tunnel.  Losing “soldiers in combat” is not his loss.  It means nothing to him. 

Think about it folks… how many of you have suffered genuine personal loss?  Did it change you?  Did it give you a better understanding of death?  Of yourself?

Even both his parents are still alive and kicking.  Is Bush “lucky”? 

My point is… Bush cares nothing about how many people…soldiers or civilians… die in Iraq.  It matters not to him because it does not hit him on a personal level.  Ego is everything to this man.  If he pulls out now he forevermore will be seen as a failed administration.

Bush’s legacy is what this “surge” is all about… make no mistake about it.

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By Carl Baydala, January 10, 2007 at 7:53 am Link to this comment
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I am not a big Bush fan.  I think he was hired for his cheerleading skills and not much else. He does a decent preparation, looks good in media displays, and outperforms on his aircraft carrier gigs. ” Mission Accomplished ” was perhaps his best performance to date.

He is not good debater and has trouble communicating his thoughts. He can read a teleprompter though and transmit rather well the thoughts that others have formulated for him.  His famous Axis of Evil Speech, for example, was well received. Link here:
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2002/01/20020129-11.html
That political document was not of his construction, nor will the speech that he delivers tonight.
Bush and his handlers have gotten us into a bad spot.  They just don’t want to tell us that. They have to continue to sell this War as a noble idea and worth fighting. I just don’t know how you construct a speech whose main purpose is to try and fool more people more of the time. Most people are finished being fooled. The market for fools is drying up.  But, if you only have to survive less than two years maybe the document doesn’t have to be that dramatic after all.

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By richard, January 10, 2007 at 7:25 am Link to this comment
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Apathetic americans

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By DMK, January 10, 2007 at 7:22 am Link to this comment
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TAO, if you want to know who is pulling the strings behind this catastrophe you need to watch two movies (I bought both through Amazon.com) The movies are; “Why We Fight” (which was the winner of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival) and “Iraq For Sale.” They are both eye openers as to who benefits from this war and who pulls the strings.

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By Rich, January 10, 2007 at 7:12 am Link to this comment
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Richard Clark said yesterday that Bush is prolonging this war into the next Presidency so his legacy won’t be to blame.

It will be like a democratic President (if elected) scooping up after the big elephant’s parade.

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By Dean Pettit, January 10, 2007 at 6:26 am Link to this comment
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This playlet brings to mind another leader, of the Axis, this time at the end of WWII, who was willing to pour the human and economic future of Germany into the maw of certain defeat.  Too many were willing to follow him.  I sense the same lemming tendency, here.

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By blues, January 10, 2007 at 6:05 am Link to this comment
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It would be better to just impeach everyone in the executive, judicial, and journalist branches of the government now. Unless Bush receives some punishment for his crimes, he will drink himself to death within six months of leaving office anyway. The real cause of this catastrophe is the thing that is pretending to be our “free press.” It is in fact only “free” in the sense that it doesn’t cost anything to speak of to it’s addicts. So it needs to be eliminated.

This is a three-step program. (1) Impeach the entire executive branch and (2) also remove the entire judicial system for bad behavior. The courts can be removed by a simple majority of Congress for throwing the 2000 election, and justices who didn’t vote for that are still guilty of participating, aiding, and abetting that criminal enterprise. (3) The Congress should then impeach the entire false-free press for being a de facto branch of a government conspiracy. At this point, there will be no courts to thwart the Congress. After that, we can begin to move New Orleans Northward and clean up the messes. That will be major task in itself.

If Congress fails to act, the military may do it for them.

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By vvv, January 10, 2007 at 5:58 am Link to this comment
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This is a great image.  The leader of the free world.  From the Yale Club of Skull and Bones.  But I guess what can we really expect from the club that is known to require its members to master bate in coffins while their friends stand around outside.  Looks like that had a big influence in Gee double ya’s life.  Like Tony Snow says “All the World Is Watching”.

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By Sybil Adams, January 10, 2007 at 3:41 am Link to this comment
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PLEASE how can you compare the vacuous Bush with Hamlet! Have you totally forgotten the play?

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By jon eden, January 10, 2007 at 3:11 am Link to this comment
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With the carrier, the USS Stennis, scheduled to leave Bremerton, WA this month to join the Eisenhower in the Persian Gulf, the Iranian nuclear intransigence, GWs promises in that regard, the Iranian meddling in Iraq, our refusal to either talk to or otherwise guarantee Iran’s security, and Israel’s recent threat, there is clearly a gathering storm over that piece of real estate between Iraq and Afghanistan that George has not yet managed to light up.

If Bush can only keep us involved in stoking the fire in Iraq until he can get one going in Iran, he will be able to become a real war time president as the peoples all across the region—driven insane by our madness—turn on their leaders and each other. Then he will have a real need for our troops—the protection of the oil infrastructure so that we can continue with our destruction of the Ecosystem (the one which just happens to sustain us.)

Jon in Port Townsend
Connecting the Dots: From human behaviors to ecosystem collapse
http://StudentsForTheEarth.org

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By dreaming of peace, January 10, 2007 at 12:55 am Link to this comment
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I sincerely hope that Congress will deny him!  No surge, and no more lives sacrificed in Iraq!  Is it out of the question for him to undergo psychiatric evaluation and treatment for his delusions of grandeur?

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By TAO Walker, January 9, 2007 at 11:50 pm Link to this comment
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This Indian figures Robert Scheer is plenty smart enough to know that a lamebrain sitting-duck like Dubya has got to be a decoy.  The question is:  Does he know who set the Bush boy out there to draw all that fire?  And to what purpose?  If so, will he say?

Who exactly will be putting in the words that that will dribble telepromptly tomorrrow night from that habitually smirking mouth, bypassing on the way the Lonestar Juvenile Primate’s near non-existent critical faculties ?  It isn’t the puppet, but who is pulling the strings, that people have a crying need-to-know now…....and who is pulling the puppeteer’s and the puppeteer’s puppeteers’,  right up to the master manipulators people never hear of, much less can put names and faces to.

Tomorrow night will be nothing more than another dreary episode in a dumb-show meant to keep nearly all of the people fooled nearly all the time.  Sure, there are lives at-stake.  But none among those who are raking in the loot so dimwittingly provided by the reckless and vacuous wannabe vaquero from west Texas. 

To hell with “speaking truth” to power’s interchangeable proxies and patsies, Mr. Scheer!  A few plain facts about the nature and structure of the world-wrecking system of might-makes-right, however unwelcome to an American public slap-happily farting around at its fringes (and about to be shit on again themselves), will at least be an effort worthy of someone on such familiar terms with Bill Shakespeare.

HokaHey!

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By Arun, January 9, 2007 at 10:21 pm Link to this comment
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Only Bush, his family, Cheney and family and all the senators supporting war will go to war.
Americans let’s make it happen.

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