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Posted on Jan 23, 2007
George W. Bush
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President Bush delivering the State of the Union address Tuesday evening.

By Robert Scheer

Stop him before he kills again. That is the judgment of the American people, and indeed of the entire world, as to the performance of our president, and no State of the Union address can erase that dismal verdict.

President Bush has accomplished what Osama bin Laden only dreamed of by disgracing the model of American democracy in the eyes of the world. According to an exhaustive BBC poll, nearly three-quarters of those polled in 25 countries oppose the Bush policy on Iraq, and more than two-thirds believe the U.S. presence in the Middle East destabilizes the region.

In other words, the almost universal support the United States enjoyed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been completely squandered, as a majority of the world’s people now believe that our role in the entire world is negative.

“The thing that comes up repeatedly is not just anger about Iraq,” said Steven Kull, the director of the Program on International Policy Attitudes at the University of Maryland, which helped conduct the global poll. “The common theme is hypocrisy. The reaction tends to be: ‘You were a champion of a certain set of rules. Now you are breaking your own rules, so you are being hypocritical.’ ”

More depressing, that judgment is shared by those who know us best: our allies in Britain, the only country still willing to share our sacrifices in Bush’s once ballyhooed “Coalition of the Willing.” Despite British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s dogged support of his American chum, fully 81 percent of Britons told the BBC they are opposed to U.S. actions in Iraq, while a scant 14 percent still believe the United States is a stabilizing force in the Mideast.

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But it is not just our failure in that all-important region that disgraces us. Those around the world who still believe we play a positive global role has dropped to a miserable 29 percent, strikingly similar to Bush’s overall performance numbers at home, according to the most recent CBS poll. So it’s true: Bush is “a uniter, not a divider”—uniting people across the world in their opposition to his policies.

With a whopping 71 percent saying in an ABC-Washington Post poll that the country is seriously off track, the Post called it “the highest such expression of national pessimism in more than a decade.” And that’s at a time when the economy, presumed to be the all-important bellwether, is in halfway decent shape.

It’s the war, stupid, and ending it is the major concern of most Americans, while all other issues are in single digits of importance to them.

In a shocking twist, Americans are now turning to the Democrats in Congress for leadership on foreign policy. “Three in 5 Americans trust congressional Democrats more than Bush to deal with Iraq, and the same proportion want Congress to try to block his troop-increase plan,” reported the Post. That is a mandate the Democrats ignore at their own peril.

Even an increasing number of congressional Republicans, most recently Sen. John Warner of Virginia, have made it clear that ending this disastrous adventure is vital to their electoral future. Warner, along with several moderates in both parties, proposed legislation on Tuesday opposing Bush’s sending of 21,500 additional troops to Iraq.

In fact, it seems as if everyone gets it except the president and those still hunkered down with him in the White House. “They’ve backed themselves into a tough corner,” GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio told the Post, “and the problem is his continued insistence for the troop increase, which flies in the face of what 70 percent of Americans want.”

He added that it makes Bush seem to say, “I’ll listen to you, but I’ll do what I want anyway.” Hardly the message that the leader of the world’s greatest experiment in representative democracy should be sending to the world. It is a message voters in the midterm election soundly rejected, along with the association of this great country with torture and chicanery, and it is the basis of what the Post calls a mainstream America “honeymoon” with the Democrats.

Americans understand in their gut that the long-term consequences of disillusionment with democracy, here and abroad, would be disastrous. In the same way Congress repudiated an out-of-control president three decades ago, the House and Senate must show the world today that our celebrated system of checks and balances is not just a fanciful mirage.

Spreading the ideal of democracy throughout the world remains a compelling obligation of those who enjoy freedom, making this an excellent occasion to demonstrate that we still possess a system capable of holding a deceitful and egomaniacal leader accountable.

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By DennisD, January 24, 2007 at 7:40 pm Link to this comment
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George W. Bu$h is an example of what happens when you let your children play with matches.

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By Paul, January 24, 2007 at 7:39 pm Link to this comment
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IMHO this man and his staff represent the absolute worse of American culture. His hubris and stupidity has killed more Americans than any terrorist has!

  Bush/Cheney are guilty of so many international crimes of war and crimes against humanity that they will most likely have legal battles until they are dead. Which could not happen soon enough in my book. Everything Bush/Cheney has stated in reference to the war on terror, or Iraq, or even Iran have been lies. Simply stated Bush/Cheney are not deserving our trust or our support.

  What Bush/Cheney do deserve is Impeachment and then the International Court for their crimes. The Democratic leaders need to be held to the highest standard and usurp this idiots war making before he destroys the United States and kills all of us.

  As it is we have a few decades of work to clean up the mess he has made. Starting with the Gulf Coast area and then all of America. Then the rest of the world that he has damaged or destroyed.

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By jeff, January 24, 2007 at 7:29 pm Link to this comment
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I remember when if you did’nt agree with our President you had to be very careful who you told so. now the tables are turned,a little to late .The people who put this man and his administration into power were fooled ? now they don’t like whats going on? Hmmmmmm? May God bless America until these people are gone,, Thank goodness for Presidential term limits! On the other hand we are all to blame if we do not fix the problem we have, and impeach these people. Everyone always wonder why the Germans did’nt get rid of Hitler.(I hope I’m not a list for writing this)

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By Chris London, January 24, 2007 at 7:19 pm Link to this comment
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The Military Industrial Complex is working in concert with the media and major US Corporate interests. Bush is a figurehead President and merely a puppet or instrumentality of PNAC which is working to fulfill its obligations to those who have supported their rise. Americans must stop thinking in terms of the false left-right paradigm, thinking that one party will save you from the other. We have the illusion of Democracy in America.

America is a business, the clearing house for globalist interests. Our government and this administration at present have a clear directive to extend the American brand in strategic parts of the world so that those with money and power can continue to control the world’s wealth. What we do has nothing to do with Freedom and Democracy, but rather has to do with extending the American Empire for a few to profit. It would be a lot easier to jump on the Fascist bandwagon if some of what our corrupt leaders did in the name of America actually were to benefit more than a handful of people back here, home in America. But instead the world’s wealth is becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few. 9/11 and this War on Terror are all part of a grand scheme.  Most Americans are too naïve to accept that the “Natural Born Killers” reside in their government, a government which killed its own people on 9/11 to feed a hungry war machine. Bush/Cheney and their PNAC henchmen need to be held accountable for Treason. These freaks drape and wrap themselves in the American flag, stifle all meaningful dissent, illustrate no respect for the Bill of Rights, The Constitution or the integrity of our voting process. We have become a Banana Republic. What’s next? If you listen closely, you will hear the calls for the further curtailment of free speech, gun control and censorship of the internet. Americans must not allow this and must instead brace for a second American Revolution. Cheney and his co-conspirators must be brought to justice, tried with the legitimate and plentiful evidence pointing in his direction and once he is convicted, he must be hanged like Saddam or shot in a public square. Our media must become decentralized and the monopoly in broadcast, print and online media broken up. The US must break free of the Federal Reserve Bank and International Bankers. Only then do we have a chance to begin anew. It starts with Cheney. The time is now. Mr. Cheney, you are WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE.

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By dick, January 24, 2007 at 6:42 pm Link to this comment
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Who’s going to stop him? Congress, ceos, media, and Israel are all for it. The power elite.

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By Dr. Knowitall, PhD, PhD, January 24, 2007 at 6:39 pm Link to this comment
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#49422 Mark, you’re the only other person I’ve seen, besides me, who suggests that Bush proves the flaw in making the Pres. CIC.  I believe, in spite of its being less expiditious, the people, armed with reliable information, would be better decision-makers when it comes to making war.  At the very least, the country’s and their own interests would come first and not corporates’.  We could set up the mechanism to get reliable info, I’m confident.

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By Joe R., January 24, 2007 at 5:37 pm Link to this comment
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The Bush, Cheney team should be impeached and prosecuted for their crimes.  The right wing propaganda machine along with the religious right that made their victory possible should be taxed out of existence.  It is time that government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich, end once and for all.

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By HC, January 24, 2007 at 5:35 pm Link to this comment
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Contrary to recently revisited history, “our long national nightmare” not only isn’t over, it’s deepening…

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By Richard, January 24, 2007 at 5:10 pm Link to this comment
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Tell ‘em, 49476, Tom Weidermeijer, 11:58 a.m. We suffer fools neither gladly nor long. And speaking of 49420, John’s comment about the Dems not presenting solutions: It would be nice to be able to use the troops now hopelessly mired in Iraq as leverage against the other threats you mentioned. Unfortunately Bush chose to use them to destabilize the Middle East instead. See 49433 Don, 10:21 a.m. (By the way, I don’t see Chavez as that big a problem. Are you living in some McCarthy-era communist-paranoia Lala Land?)

49425, 9:55 a.m., Dan Campbell: Try this quote on for size: “An evil exists that threatens every man, woman and child of this great nation. We must take steps to ensure our domestic security and protect our homeland.” Now who said it? Adolf Hitler on creating the Gestapo or George W. Bush on invading Iraq and declaring a “war on terror”? Bet you can’t tell without Googling it.

49477, 12:02 p.m., John Lowell: History will show that Bush’s greatest mistake was not to stifle freedom of expression before he usurped the rest of our rights. With the new Democratic Congress, we might have escaped his inept attempt to establish a true dictatorship.

49468, Ga, 11:40 a.m.: I love the quote you posted enough to repeat it higher up: “I was not about to leave the security of the American people in the hands of a madman.”—George W. Bush, October 9, 2003

49396, 8:23 a.m., Jon: Your predictions are probably accurate. Personally, however, I never make predictions—never have, never will.

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By NETTIE, January 24, 2007 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment
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Oh, to be as insanely juvenile (although this administration altogether is downright malevolent, to boot), as our “flight-suit in chief chimp.”  Still, the thought of the entire chamber turning and mooning him at the end of his address, makes me smile.

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By Jean Tracy, January 24, 2007 at 4:28 pm Link to this comment
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The Peace/Justice groups should get behind Dennis Kucinich for president.  He is the only candidate who wants to get us out of Iraq immediately.  He says there are now funds to do this.

Hilary Clinton voted for the war in Iraq; Kucinich voted against it.

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By Margaret Currey, January 24, 2007 at 4:07 pm Link to this comment
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I believe that a lot of the clapping for this dumb speech was maybe they were told they better clap and clap and clap and for what a man who spouts words without meaning the man should be Impeached along with all the other neocons.

Another point is if the electorial system was on the square this Bush would never have been elected, the electorial college might have worked 200 or so years ago, but in this time of computers do we have to know who our next president will be if he does not take office until two months later.

If we keep the electorial college, the states that split equal should have their vote for that state also split, why should it be winner take all, Bush did not win the popular vote. 

As I stated why should we not have a real vote each vote should count, if it takes three days so be it, the only people interested in instant results are the news media, and they do not tell the truth, after all they are also a corporation and corporations interest is the bottom line, money, and money is what the oil people have.

In Africa a country that is richest in oil is also the least interested in the wellfare of the people. And this starts at the top of the government, this government has that start corruption will make us all slaves to the rich, because the rich have been lining their pockets, an example of the CEO of Home Depot, stocks going down and he gets a giveaway pension of millions, when will people believe the government is like the robber barrons of old.

Margaret from Vancouver, Washington

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By John, January 24, 2007 at 3:59 pm Link to this comment
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Ron, yes, you are at the wrong site.  What you are looking for is the Fox News site.  Most everyone else has started to come over to where we have been for six years.

I believe Fox is more FAIR AND BALANCED than TRUTHDIG, NBC, ABC, CBS, NEW YORK TIMES, ETC.
If you disagree please tell me WHY those sources ARE MORE FAIR than Fox.  I think at least FOX puts on liberals and invites liberals to express themselves.  When is the last time the other media outlets had a conservative point of view expressed.  Name one time please.  If you can’t then maybe YOU SHOULD be going back to Fox

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By John, January 24, 2007 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment
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Vet240 after we follow your plan do we then click our heels three times and chat “theres no place like home, theres no place like home.
How simplistic can you be?  You place your hopes of the Good Witch of the East if you like but I live in the real world.

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By John, January 24, 2007 at 3:50 pm Link to this comment
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The war will begin to stop when a few hundred thousand people sit down in the streets of Washington and refuse to move.  That’s essentially what it took to end the Vietnam War, and that’s what it will take this time.  The Democrats are clearly perfectly useless, as they were then.

The Ukrainians could do it, and the Mexicans; what’s wrong with us?  Call me when you’re ready to do that; I’m not going to Washington from Oregon until then.

You sound just like Democract.  You complain about a problem but want others to take action. If you indeed believe that a sitdown in DC would do something then get off your ass and organize others who think like you…rather than waiting for someone else to do the work and THEN you try to take the credit.

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By David, January 24, 2007 at 3:10 pm Link to this comment
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In response to comment #49322 by joey when he asks, “I have never heard anyone try to explain his behavior”, I’ll give it a shot! 

I think GHWB’s thought process goes something like this:

“My god, this son had so much promise, a distinguished career as the wildly popular Governer of Florida, one of the nation’s most populus states, and a shoe-in for president one day.  My family legacy and its what could have been now ends with a one term president and homicidal war criminal. I’m sorry Jeb, so sorry…You were the bright one.  You were the one who did all the right things and made all the right moves.  It was you who had the potential to bring glory to the Bush family name…a name that is now disgraced by the actions of the black sheep son.  The Bush family legacy ends today…prematurly.  No one will ever vote for a Bush presidencey again”.

How’s that?  There’s probably more shame and embarrassment that stem from things to which we are not privy, but I think its safe to say his heart grieves for Jeb and his plethora of political potential and in the knowing that the family name is, for many, many years at least, tarnished as a result of this abomination of a president that has ransacked our nation, values, and principles. Hell, he can’t even talk without f***ing up, let alone manage a war and a nation’s affairs!

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By Tim, January 24, 2007 at 2:20 pm Link to this comment
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I will enjoy my “Bush bashing”, because this presidency has been catasrophic. We will be in a fiscal and diplomatic hole for generations because of his calculated ineptitude.

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By Tony, January 24, 2007 at 2:13 pm Link to this comment
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Yes, stop him and stop more of this (Channel 4 short film from Iraq):

http://www.channel4.com/player/v2/player.jsp?showId=4457

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By Jeannie Martens, January 24, 2007 at 1:50 pm Link to this comment
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Bush and Chaney should be impeached.

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By L. Gordon, January 24, 2007 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment
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Let us not forget that this is the same Bush that went to the Supreme Court to trump the State of
Florida from deciding the 2000 elections; despite the Conservative “resolve” for states rights.

This is also the same “President” that stood idly and watched his Texas cronies plunder the California economy and has done NOTHING to help New Orleans in its’ time of need.

This is the same “man” that stood before the American People and told lies to get us into war.  Although these lies have been demonstrated, he still wants to committ the lives of our youth to advance selfish objectives for the most fortunate, economically, among us; who certainly don’t need more but are further rewarded with tax cuts at the expense of everyone else.

How, possibly, can this “person” be given credibility when he SAYS ANYTHING?

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By Ga, January 24, 2007 at 1:18 pm Link to this comment
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“what do you think the USA should do?”

Let’s see…

Talk to Iran.

Talk to Syria.

Mediate peace between Israel and Palestine.

Stop the use and production of landmines.

Work with all nations to stop and prevent the weaponizing of space.

Stem the production and sales of weapons to the world and get all other major countries to do the same.

Eliminate corporate subsidies like those to the Coal, Oil, Corn and Sugar industries so we can replace the coal/oil/corn-ethanol market with more diverse energy sources. (We can even use the slogan “more competition”.)

Really, really, really support Solar, Wind, Bio-diesal and Geothermal energy.

Really, really, really support Electric, LPG and Hydrogen automobiles.

Really, really, really support higher automobile mileage.

Stop dead the tremendous growth in the SIZE of automobiles.

Ratify the Kyoto treaty.

Join and support the International Criminal Court.

Stop the use of Economic Sanctions against other countries because of ideological reasons.

Join with the U.N. and other nuclear parties for the purpose of eliminating nuclear weapons from all countries.

Help produce an U.N. mandate that all nuclear countries standardize and work together to produce and monitor the non-weapon uses of nuclear energy.

I COULD GO ON AND ON AND ON.

Conservatives, though, seem to oppose everything that could possibly promote peace in the world, and only and soley on ideological grounds. Conservatives lack reason and logic.

All Conservatives can come up with is WAR WAR WAR.

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By John Lowell, January 24, 2007 at 1:02 pm Link to this comment
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John,

What’s really stupid, John, is for one to call someone stupid that believes we’re in a dictatorship and to believe oneself that we’re not, saying that because we are able to express ourselves freely without being taken into custody the point is thereby proven.

Although there were earlier signs of a transformation, the signing of Military Commissions Act marked the point at which the United States definitively passed into dictatorship. That legislation gives powers to the President that approach those given to Hitler in the so-called Enabling Act of 1933. The detail are different but the effect is very much the same. I think it remains to be seen if frustrated further in Iraq or as an answer to another 9/11 Bush might declare martial law and govern by decree. At this point martial law would be a small evolutionsary step, not a revolutionary departure. And who might you suppose would resist it, you?

John Lowell

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By Tom Weidermeijer, January 24, 2007 at 12:58 pm Link to this comment
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Ron, yes, you are at the wrong site.  What you are looking for is the Fox News site.  Most everyone else has started to come over to where we have been for six years.


Now for Chimpy McFlightsuit.  So, you now want the Democrats to work with you?  How about you work with them, for example, this little troop surge of yours that NO ONE WANTS except you and your neo-con handlers. 

If you really wanted bi-partisanship… starting sometime within the past SIX YEARS would have helpful.  Too little.  Too late. 

As for being GREEN.  No one believes that for a minute.  You drink oil instead of coffee.


I just hope this Congress has the courage to start impeachment proceedings.  W has done so much more damage to the world than Al-Qaeda ever has, but has also been a recruitment poster-boy for them.

Get him out NOW.

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By Gary K, January 24, 2007 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment
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In the year 2000 we had one of the greatest tragedies ever to have befallen upon our country. We know that that election was thrown to Bush by a SCOTUS majority of one, which, in itself,was a tragedy.

But I believe that the greater tragedy was that someone like Bush would ever be nominated to run for the land’s highest political office in the first place. He has caused more damage to our country than can be repaired in at least a generation. Some of the damages may remain with us permanently.

There must be a better screening process for selecting candidates incorporated into our election system so that this type of thing may NEVER happen again!

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By 127001, January 24, 2007 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment
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Comment #49426 by Royce Allen Cove said…

“Just remember that the only true concern a politician has is their own greedy self interest and the greedy self interest of the people who finance their election bids.”

hehehe! Remember too, politicians are simply lawyers who outgrew their cages.

“America as a democracy is fast approaching its end.”

I wonder if our kids even comprehend what a democracy is; it’s not ‘approaching’ the end. It is at the cliff edge of it. We need to pull back and make sure it doesn’t get shoved off.

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By vet240, January 24, 2007 at 12:47 pm Link to this comment
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Response to #49420 John:

John The Democrats got elected because they said they would bow to the will of the people who elected them.

What are the vast majority of the people saying?
They are saying, “We recognize the terrible folly of following the Republican cabal into an unnecessary, unjustifiable war where we are spending our monetary fortunes, and the blood of our brave soldiers, while at the same time assisting the terrorists in their recruitment drives through our actions.

We recognize we have done terrible damage to our international relationships knowing that, only a fool would say we can go it alone. Therefore the way out of Iraq is the same way we got out of Vietnam. We pack up and leave. Anyone who thinks there is some face-saving way out doesn’t understand that no matter how well we think we saved face the international community will see the truth. That truth is that America nor any other Nuclear power can stand up to a concerted effort by an insurgency.

I repeat, the answer is simple, admit to the world that we allowed our leadership to take us on a mission based on lies and misconceptions, and that we are sorry for our foolishness and hope to heal the wounds we have inflicted on our current allies and our future allies. Once we have done this, PACK OUR BOYS AND GIRLS OUR OF THERE!!!

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By Gramma Concept, January 24, 2007 at 12:46 pm Link to this comment
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Dear Children of the World,

God is Love….war is hell…............Strive on.

Sincerely, With Love and Encouragement,

GrammaConcept

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By Ga, January 24, 2007 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment
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“I was not about to leave the security of the American people in the hands of a madman.”

—George W. Bush, October 9, 2003

http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2003/10/20031009-9.html

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By Purpleskies, January 24, 2007 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment
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If the governments and people of the world would stop investing in U.S. government securities the withdrawal of troops would begin tomorrow.

Humanity Against War (HAW) says,

HEY WORLD, Stop Financing The War ON Iraq!

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By BoDo, January 24, 2007 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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Well, as I have learned, the problem is not Bush, or not just Bush.  He is the logical culmination of 50+ years of incredibly wrong-headed U.S. foreign policy.  From Truman on down, Bush is the heir, the result.  Nothing will change until that policy and its entire gang of desperate defenders is removed. Bush is only the worst of the lot, but do not mistake that arm running up his hind end for a spine.

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By Charles Newlin, January 24, 2007 at 12:21 pm Link to this comment
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The war will begin to stop when a few hundred thousand people sit down in the streets of Washington and refuse to move.  That’s essentially what it took to end the Vietnam War, and that’s what it will take this time.  The Democrats are clearly perfectly useless, as they were then.

The Ukrainians could do it, and the Mexicans; what’s wrong with us?  Call me when you’re ready to do that; I’m not going to Washington from Oregon until then.

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By Quy Tran, January 24, 2007 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment
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The world should teach chimpanzee how to use human spoken tongue instead of using sign languages.

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By David, January 24, 2007 at 11:55 am Link to this comment
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“The very fact you can whine about the USA being a dictorship without anyone coming to your house and taking you to prison is proof that you have freedoms.”

Not true. It just means that they have figured out its easier to ignore dissent than suppress it.

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By John Earl, January 24, 2007 at 11:39 am Link to this comment
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http://www.commondreams.org/views07/0123-26.htm
Bush’s Iraq “Surge”: The Fraud Exposed
by Robert Freeman

If ever proof was needed that the president’s “surge” plan in Iraq is actually a ruse, a guise for something else, it came yesterday.

Five American soldiers were killed when a group of Iraqis dressed in American army uniforms penetrated a secure government compound in the Baghdad suburb of Karbala. The insurgents drove an armored GMC SUV - standard US government issue - through multiple checkpoints to enter the compound, one of the most protected areas in Iraq.

Once inside, they drove directly to a building housing security officials planning counter-insurgency activity. They opened fire on a meeting in progress, targeting only Americans. After 20 minutes of exchanged gunfire, the attackers got back in their SUV and drove away. Iraqi officials noted that the attack was striking for the sophistication of its planning and execution.

Amid all the carnage and chaos that is Iraq, why is this attack noteworthy? And what does it say about the plausibility of the president’s “surge” strategy


When over 80% of the population [ of Iraq ] want the Americans to leave, when more than 60% believe it is acceptable to target Americans, it is quite literally impossible to constitute an army that does not contain much of the same poisoned sentiment.

And the greatest vulnerability, of course, is infiltration. When everything the U.S. does - from getting food on the mess tables to the logistics of ammunition, fuel, and weapons transport - depends on the goodwill and assistance of Iraqis, the mission is already lost. For it only takes one infiltrator to doom a patrol, to sabotage a firefight, to pass killers through checkpoints as friends.

All of this is very well known to commanding officers in Iraq, all of whom have studied the reasons for U.S. failure in Vietnam. This is why the U.S. army refuses to provide any more weapons to the Iraqi army: they know they will just end up in the hands of hostile insurgents, the way the uniforms and SUV did in the firefight yesterday. The same thing happened in Vietnam. A 1967 study in the field revealed that 36% of weapons captured from Viet Cong soldiers were of American manufacture.

But if the U.S. cannot trust those it is training to take over the fighting, if it will not provide them the arms to take over the fighting, what are the odds they will be able to, in fact, take over the fighting? Of course, they are zero. For that is not really the plan.

The “surge” plan has always been a fraud. If, as president Bush has claimed, loss in Iraq would be “catastrophic for the U.S.” does 21,000 troops begin to rise to the level of the purported threat? Before the war began, General Eric Shinseki told Donald Rumsfeld it would take 500,000 to 600,000 troops to secure the country. There are now 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and the bedlam vastly exceeds what it was going in. Can raising the troop level to 161,000 now possibly make any difference? It is patently a sham.

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By a voice from the wilderness, January 24, 2007 at 11:35 am Link to this comment
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I keep recalling Susan McDougall’s comment that Ken Starr and his cronies had cheapened the impeachment process by their actions against Clinton.  In doing that, Starr and company provided excellent cover for BushCo. 

Bush II and his cronies deserve not just impeachment but indictment, conviction and imprisonment for their callous disregard of the Constitution. The list is long.

The Congress needs to find its spine, hold hearings and proceed to build public support for letting the Constitutional process proceed, just like it did with Nixon and Watergate.  It was the lack of investigation and hearings that cheapened the process.  We need to restore its dignity and solemnity.

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By Vic Anderson, January 24, 2007 at 11:33 am Link to this comment
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Play the FISA impeachment card; result: PRICELESS!

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By Rodney Matthews, January 24, 2007 at 11:29 am Link to this comment
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Unfortunately,no one seems to want to stop Bush for fear of being labeled the ones who lost the war. That’s what the Bush smear machine of Rove,Hannity,Linbaugh,Colter and the newest mouth piece Snow will do to any member of congress that votes to cut off the funding. It’s time for our elected officials to do what’s morally right instead of what’s best for their political careers. Then and only then will the true leaders rise up and begin to put America’s interest first. Right now the interests of Israel,Halliburton and the Bush legacy comes before the interest of the American people and those who serve in the military along with their families. Congress needs to Stop the war funding,redeploy our troops,bring most of them back home to their families in order to heal our nation and restore our nations credibility.

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By ROWDY, January 24, 2007 at 11:24 am Link to this comment
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great column mr. scheer.

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By Don, January 24, 2007 at 11:21 am Link to this comment
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If Bush had taken time to read some Middle Eastern history, he may have reconsidered his reckless strategy, which he clings to with all of the hubris of any and all of the past world leaders who refused to admit the errors of their ways. I believe he has created more potential terrorism growth by his alleged desire to export American-style democracy than by anything the terrorists themselves could have come up with. (Does Bush even know what the Crusades were?) Is America doomed to have a Vietnam-like war every decade or so that costs billions of dollars sorely needed by our country and its citizens? When conservatives rally against entitlements do they ever consider that useless wars are, in fact, entitlements to the large corporations that directly benefit from the spending by the Pentagon? Here’s hoping our leaders can overcome this charade and somehow restore our reputation in the global community. America’s safety and security are important to each of us, but the fiasco in Iraq has done absolutely nothing to further that important goal.

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By Huzzi, January 24, 2007 at 11:21 am Link to this comment
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While bush is engaging more troops for “bush’s folly”, he better double up his own guards because he isn’t the only crazed madman running lose in the United States.  He is acting more like a despot every day in the way he is handling the war and not listening to what the people want…  I keep expecting CNN to report “Breaking news…....”, or is it only the good who die young?  Somebody is going to just get good and fed up.  I think I will turn television on.

BTW.. I don’t capitalize his name he doesn’t deserve my respect.

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By Al Sharpton '08, January 24, 2007 at 11:04 am Link to this comment
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Roxanne you don’t have to put on that red dress
because president Bush is a hooker enough
with his slutty presidential address.
He’s trying to hug trees
when in reality he’s on his knees
begging the Democrats please
Just give me the Keys.

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By felicity, January 24, 2007 at 11:02 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Bush lusts after power and the best way to satisfy that lust is to make war. So he made one and, because that one has become a civil war and thus out of Bush’s hands, he’ll make another one - Iran.

His SOTU speech last night?  He basically said, I am committed to leaving what has to be done to other people to do.  I’ll watch you clean up my mess.

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By Royce Allen Cove, January 24, 2007 at 10:56 am Link to this comment
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This surely isn’t the America I learned about in civics class so many decades ago. In my advancing years I’ve begun to realize that evil will always prevail when good people do nothing,(that’s a quote from someone but can’t remember who), or are dumb enough too vote for it twice. Just remember that the only true concern a politician has is their own greedy self interest and the greedy self interest of the people who finance their election bids. What does all this really mean? Bush and company really just don’t care about most of us, elitists never will. If this admistration is allowed to continue on its’ present course the only thing we can do is get our passports up to date and pack our bags. America as a democracy is fast approaching its end.

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By Dan Campbell, January 24, 2007 at 10:55 am Link to this comment
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The political manipulations of the Bush administration, the representatives in the congress and Senate who vie for political and personal gain at the expense of the citizens they have sworn to represent are now more concerned about their political images than what is in the best interests of this country. This isn’t news for many of the thinking people of this country but it is at a critical point with dire consequences for the citizens of the Untied States and the world as a whole.
  President Bush and his administration (s) have cavalier attitudes concerning the American Constitution and the rights afforded every American Citizen by it. Bush’s first method of attack was to his redefining of the word “Rights” and referring to them as “Privileges”. A privilege is by definition something that can be withdrawn by someone in authority. The Constitution provides that the President can do this only by invoking “Martial Law” and there a strict guidelines that must be met for him to do so. “Rights” as declared by the United States Constitution are unassailable. Anyone denying the rights of the citizens of the United States as guaranteed, is committing treason. President Bush has repeatedly denied these rights by claiming authority of his office. He never declared “Martial Law”.)
  Hitler used the same methods in gaining illegal control of Germany. Germany was in a serious economic depression and had little power to remedy its condition due to the treaties forced on it at the end of World War One. In the aftermath of the war the citizens of Germany were left to suffer the depression alone and being the proud people they were they were easily manipulated by Hitler’s fascist rhetoric. Hitler may have been a fascist but he and his cohorts were greedy opportunists too. Through divisive propaganda and using enemies of his ideology as scapegoats for the ruined condition of Germany he lead Germany to World War Two and was responsible for the death and suffering of millions of innocent people. Many people in the United States and Europe blame the German people as a whole for Hitler and World War Two but though the citizens of Germany shared a national responsibility for allowing the fascists to take power I am sure many of them thought they were just being “Patriotic” and supporting their country’s national interest.
  My point in comparing Bush to Hitler is to demonstrate how Bush (and other politicians) has used the anger and fear generated by the Twin Towers bombing to divide and manipulate the citizens of the United States. Bush used the fear and anger to start a preemptive war with Iraq with no clear goal of a completion. He has fired or discredited all advisors (military and civilian) who do not support his agenda. He has led the United States in a manner that created ridicule and distrust domestically and internationally. When he is criticized he hide behind the cloak of the office of the President and there is little the congress or the senate has done to challenge his agenda. When asked what his goals are, he wraps himself in patriotic photo opts and sound bites (propaganda).
  It is up to us (the citizens of the United States) to demand their country be lead by people who respect and honor the Constitution. It is up to the people of the United States to protect their country from leaders who (like Hitler) would lead it to dishonor and destruction. Bush didn’t invent patriotism he corrupted it!
I propose it is time to start impeachment proceedings against Bush and fire his cabinet!

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By Jackie T. Gabel, January 24, 2007 at 10:48 am Link to this comment
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RE: “...President Bush has accomplished what Osama bin Laden only dreamed of…”

>>>>>>please, enough already with the “blow back”

It’s Truth Dig, so let’s dig. Bin Laden has been a CIA/MI-6 asset literally from his entering the world stage…witting or otherwise, matters not. This is well documented.  Islamofascism is the Myth du jour. A creation of the Brzezinski-Huntington-Straussian-led cabal — current operatives of the Wall Street/City of London financiers…the New World Oligarchy.

In your book and in your lecture tour, Mr. Scheer, you charge the regime with abject ineptitude. Common, ineptitude is the perfect cover. Look at the man. A more perfect “useful fool,” couldn’t be crafted. The ones to fear are the “puppet masters.” You know doing Iran could provoke both Russia and China.

The War of Terror, 9/11, Anthrax, 7/7, Madrid, Liquid Bombs, et al is known to Washington insiders for what it is: false flag agit-prop, and you know the operatives are mad enough to do a Gulf of Tonkin in the Pursian Gulf, and so do the oligarchs. Odds are actually in favor of a Bush Impeachment led by Republicans. After all, he’s been expendable since the 9/11 coup. The real struggle is over how to rein in the madmen behind him without blowing the 9/11 cover up and igniting a constitutional crisis.

Out on the edge of the Peace Movement the call is to “Bring it on, crisis be damned!” It’s the only way to save the republic. The NWO doesn’t give a damn…couldn’t care less that the whole working class of so-called Western Civilization slides to West African wage levels and all that brings. You want to save Oakland? Start with 911 Truth, the only truth strong enough to pierce their vampire hearts. Otherwise you get nothing but limited hangouts — same ol’ same ol’.

Support 911Truth - End War of Terror

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By Will, January 24, 2007 at 10:48 am Link to this comment
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“Why, what a king is this?  Is’t not perfect conscience to quit him with this arm?  And is’t not to be damn’d to let this canker of our nature come in further evil?”  Hamlet, Act V, Sc. II

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By mark, January 24, 2007 at 10:43 am Link to this comment
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A man who hid 20 years of his life of substance abuse, took it off his resume, has the nuclear suitcase. He must be stopped. Bush’s aberrant behavior shows dramatically, why war powers must be returned to the people.

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By John, January 24, 2007 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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Brad writes “how does it feel to live in a dictorship”....how stupid Brad.  If the Chinese says things about their leaders they go to prison or are executed. The same was true in Iraq.  And Russia at one point.  The very fact you can whine about the USA being a dictorship without anyone coming to your house and taking you to prison is proof that you have freedoms.  You just don’t appreciate what you have.

“there are still people in congress who enthusiastically support him…after all the lies, and death, and mountains of B.S.. “
this comment could have been written when Clinton was President and it would have applied.  People have their beliefs and while I have supported Bush I don’t think his war policy is correct. I have posted repeatedly since the Congressional elections “WHAT IS THE DEMOCRACTS PLAN TO GET US OUT OF IRAQ” AND NOT ONE PERSON HAS GIVEN ME ANY ANSWER OR PLAN TO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON HOW TO END THIS WAR.
We have huge problems for the Congress and next President to deal with.  Chavez, Mexico, North Korea, China and Iran…....You guys worried about attacking Iran….if they get a nuclear bomb I am glad your not worried about them using it.  China is shooting missles at satillites.  I don’t think that it’s a video game atmosphere for them….can you think as to WHY they want that capability?  Gee lets think on that.  So if the Koreans, Iran and China have the capability to end the world as we know it….what do you think the USA should do? I have ideas but I want to hear yours….and your answer cannot refer to George Bush in any way….what is YOUR solution

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By Ron, January 24, 2007 at 10:13 am Link to this comment
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It’s amazing to see so much ignorance with blinders on… I read some of these comments on this site.  You guys are feeding off of each other.  It’s amazing.  I won’t be back… I’m looking for a more balanced site.  Enjoy your Bush-bashing!

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By billloehr@OJAI.NET, January 24, 2007 at 9:59 am Link to this comment
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Whenever the war in Iraq is mentioned it should be referred to as “Bush’s War”. Democratic Party members should always use the term to keep responsibility for the war focussed on Bush.

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By thephoenixnyc, January 24, 2007 at 9:53 am Link to this comment
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The only people who can stop him now are in the Congress, and sadly, “non-binding resolutions” won’t cut it.

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By NABNYC, January 24, 2007 at 9:44 am Link to this comment
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Great headline.  Bush is a punk.  He’s the little guy in high school who would tease, taunt and bully the less fortunate and the decidedly un-cool, then if anyone stood up to him he would send in some goon kid to beat them up. 

Bush stood up and told the entire world, Congress, and the citizens of the U.S. that he could care less what any of them thought.  He’s got the corporate backers, his people have control of the oil in Iraq locked up, they’re going to attack Iran, and he’s got the military and national guard at his disposal.  Bush to public:  Drop Dead.

Unfortunately, watching this morning’s hearings on cspan of the Biden et al. resolution - apparently nonbinding saying that the Senate does not support the troop increase - I’m not sure that the Democrats understand anymore than Bush does.

Except a few, notably Russ Feingold.  What do they put in the water in Wisconsin?  This guy is terrific.  He must feel like he’s living in an insane asylum.  Biden sits there and says so much garbage and nonsense, lots of prissy prancing around about the “tough” resolution which really is worthless except as PR for those who would be king.  Kerry contributes to the nonsense.

Then Senator Feingold speaks the truth, says the obvious:  we need to stop this war, not just sit around and chat about it.  We don’t need any “expression” of the sense of the Senate which will not do anything to stop this war.  We need to stop this war.  He is introducing (and/or has already) legislation to cut off the funding.  That is how Congress can end this war. 

Then Biden got so hysterical you’d have thought Feingold threatened to kill his cat.  Biden insisted that he was not dawdling, that his resolution was too good.  Such nonsense. 

Stop this war.  Impeach Bush.  Elect Feingold president whether he runs or not.

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By J, January 24, 2007 at 9:23 am Link to this comment
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Prediction’s

Last night the world’s most powerful Terroist
(George W. Bush Jr) laid out his latest plans of conquest,Terror,subjugation and further blood shed, to his supporter’s….(US)....the american government and it’s people.

1. Invasion of (Iran) and (Syria)....the next Iraq…

2. Enacting a (draft) in order to supply his terroist organization (US armed force’s)with more Badly needed troops…Our Children.

3. The continuation of his illegal spy program aimd at (you), yes you the american People….how else can he procede with his (Black Bag Operations); His intimidation of any who would not fall in line with his evil plans, and the continuation of his rampant abuse of power…with impunity?

He will not attack North Korea, North Korea has nuclear wepons and our commander in chief is a coward who only attacks the militarily weak.

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By Shaman Omaha, January 24, 2007 at 9:15 am Link to this comment
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Hypocrisy or a Different Agenda?

Mr. Scheer, you assume that Bush believes in Democracy and that he is being a hypocrite when he fails to listen to the will of the people.

Bush is the “CEO President,” the front man for the Corporatocracy that actually runs this country.  He represents the biggest “hostile takeover” in the history of Business Enterprise.  Business Enterprise took over the nation’s military capacity in the late 50s (Eisenhower’s Military-Industrial Complex) and then consolidated itself with formation of Big Finance, Big Ag, Big Energy, Big Pharm, and Big Media.  It then took over both political parties and all three branches of government.  Big Business has always thrived on finding “soft” targets, whether a nation like Vietnam or an industry like home loans or energy that it could render vulnerable through “de-regulation.”  The softest target of all was America itself, and with George W. Bush in front   , Business Enterprise has almost succeeded in its hostile takeover of the nation.

Your analysis is flawed, Mr. Scheer.  You don’t realize that Bush made a “signing statement” when he took the Oath of Office.  He pledged to defend Democracy, but his signing statment made clear that he would in fact act in the best interests of the Corporatocracy.  Quit whining that Bush is anti-democratic.  Attack him for turning America into a “penny-stock” at the behest of Corporatocracy.

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By Rogelio, January 24, 2007 at 9:07 am Link to this comment
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During the Age of Imperialism, Europeans/United States carved up the world to serve their needs. By the 20th century, most nations realized that those occupied territories deserved autonomy. However, many autonomous territories were not given freedom under the pretext “they were not ready to govern themselves.” How could our great nation give the Filipinos freedom when they would be unable to govern themselves.

Today, our stupid “W” adminstration uses the fallacy of democracy as an excuse to dominate Iraq. From ab Iraqi perspective: your war has killed my family, but since you have brought demcocracy to my nation, then all is forgiven. So what if I have lost all my loved ones, democracy is more important than life.

“W”, I think that God not longer conducts meetings with you in private and has abandoned you and your stupid ignorant conservative party.

What a beautiful era for those who invested heavily in Haliburton and the war machine! On the other hand forget the compliment. Shame on you and may your sins be held accountable for starting this unjust war!

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By Jean Tracy, January 24, 2007 at 8:56 am Link to this comment
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Americans want us out of Iraq.  Iraqis want us out of Iraq.  So, why are we there?  It’s because our stubborn President pays no attention to what people want; he makes up his own mind.  The question is, How do we stop him before he attacks Iran?

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By John Earl, January 24, 2007 at 8:36 am Link to this comment
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Ira Chernus thinks it’s all about flaccidity:

It looks like we’ve stumbled onto something all Americans can agree on. We all like our body parts tough and hard. Supporters of the war want a firm stomach and guts. War opponents want stiff spines. The only thing we disagree on is which body part we care about most. So here at home it’s the war of stomach versus spine. But we all seem to stand firm and united against soft, flaccid, yielding body parts.

Then maybe Cheney is right, after all! If the language of manly firmness is so appealing even among antiwar activists, it’s bound to strike a resonant chord in the political center. That’s where he hopes to find the 15% he needs to shift from anti to pro-escalation, in order to give the administration majority support.

If the antiwar movement continues to clamor for more spine and backbone, while dismissing Cheney’s talk of stomach and guts as meaningless rhetoric, we are playing right into his hands. The language of war is always about men standing firm and tall. As long as the primacy of the firm body parts goes unchallenged, the prowar sentiment will always win out in the end.

http://www.commondreams.org/views07/0122-20.htm

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By jeff gershoff, January 24, 2007 at 8:26 am Link to this comment
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The whole spectacle as played out last night was sad at best and was macabre in essence.  Is anyone still buying that crap in the light of what has happened to our country in the past six years?  George Bush has managed almost singlehandedly to drag us down the toilet to global scorn.  Nancy Pelosi so glowy with her own new found star status didn’t know whether to get up with the rest of the idiots and applaud him or just sit there with a quasi grin on her face.  The only refreshing moment of the entire evening was Jim Webb’s rebuttal.  No there was some truth, and some backbone.  Ms Hillary, take note!

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By Edward Shipwash, January 24, 2007 at 8:25 am Link to this comment
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Yes, stop him! The Democratic Congress has the power to do so. But they refuse to start an impeachment investigation. So the target for the angry voters should be the Democratic Congress. We will not tolerate anything short of impeachment and will only consider an anti-war candidate for 08.

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By Casy, January 24, 2007 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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Let’s see, we’re putting an additional 20,000 uniformed troops in Baghdad, troops who are clearly visible to the insurgents who would do them harm, insurgents who easily blend in with the 6 million or so population of Baghdad. Hasn’t this administration learned its lesson from Vietnam? How do you fight the enemy you can’t distinguish? Our troops are targets. Make no mistake about it. Remember the CNN video where two insurgent snipers were whispering to each other and eventually shot an American GI then drove away? Try multiplying that several thousandfold.

It’s easy to hurl slurs against this president. Many have called him delusional, egotistical, and idiotic. That may all very well be true. But I think when it comes to the lives of our military men and women; the best word to describe this president is callous. He shows a callous disregard for human life. Without batting an eyelash he will send our troops into harms way - with no real plan for success. He is grasping at straws - trying to resuscitate a failed policy by “doubling up”.

Our military personnel know the risks of combat. They know that by signing up in the armed services of the country, they do run the risk of being put in harms way. It is the responsibility of the commander-in-chief to make sure their risk is minimized by presenting a clear plan for success, by providing them with the best equipment possible, and by rallying the country around their mission. George W. Bush has failed in all three. He incompetently relied on the “victory sound bites” from his boss Dick Cheney, and relied on the incompetence of Donald Rumsfeld for the almost 4 years this campaign has progressed. He has failed as commander-in-chief and as president of this country. He can’t accept this verdict, so he will recklessly put more military personnel as targets in a civil war between Sunnis and Shi’ites. The president’s ego is the real tragedy of this exercise in futility.

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By kevtao, January 24, 2007 at 7:49 am Link to this comment
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I did NOT watch the State of the Union address because I read Truthdig, and Counterpunch, and other heroic factual websites. I know the state of the union, and the inescapable conclusion for any person using a single cell of the gray matter in their head is the removal of this criminal regime. FUCK impeachment! We need the shrub, Cheney, Rice and all their little Neocon Nazi minions removed from 1600 wearing handcuffs and orange jumpsuits TODAY!

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By G.Anderson, January 24, 2007 at 7:03 am Link to this comment
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I listened to the crazed clapping and I wonderd aloud to myself how there are still people in congress who enthusiastically support him…after all the lies, and death, and mountains of B.S..

Our polticians have stopped caring about the people, all they do whether they are Democrats or Republicans is to contort and posture themselves and offer up sound bites..Those sound bites will be argued about for days to come, in a ritual that is more like a pack of dogs trying to decide who the alpha male is, than an attempt at helping this country, quite simply it’s just politics…or from a dog’s point of view, ritualistic barking full of tried and true slogans to get the pack stirred up….

That’s what congress and the presidency has become, obsessed with politics, playing poltics and doing their damnest to have the most political power, the issues are only considered if they are “hot”, and the polls show a way to get traction…

There is no leadership, and quite actually no leader that America can turn to extricate itself from this mess… there is too God Dam much bullshit….

and too many bullshiters….and very real decline ahead for all concerned…

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By Wil, January 24, 2007 at 6:57 am Link to this comment
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Bush FINALLY remembered there is a thing called “domestic policy” after a six year obsession with Iraq. His domestic policy ideas have been talked about for years and the Republicans turned their backs. He talk of taxes yet mentioned nothing of the proposed tax reform to the oil industry. Sorry boys no more free ride! He spoke of a balanced budget yet he drives use further away from that with his deficit spending on the war. Speaking of the war that was short and quick because he knows HE has completely failed. The funny thing is everyone is blaming everyone else for the failure. McCain vs Chenney the most recent. The simple fact is the war is lost and there is nothing anyone can do except support our troops and bring them home NOW! This will be our fourth escalation since 2003 and you can see the progress we made. Ah, now it is time to blame the Iraqis. The democracy(?) we forced into existence is now at fault. It has taken us this long to figure it out. Bush must realize that in the world of Political Science democracy does not work in all countries. Even Britain is not a democracy, it is a parliamentarian form of government. Bush show his ego-maniac approach to this war by changing personal whenever they disagree with him. He will go down as the wost president in American history. It will also take the US along time to mend the wounds HE inflicted on the world. It is time to IMPEACH the DICTATOR! He will only push us closer to atomic warfare but also let the blood letting escalate. HE wants to win at ant cost.

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By bibisad, January 24, 2007 at 6:42 am Link to this comment
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he is a loon…a dangerous one….sadly he and his corporation regime have destroyed, killed and made a mockery of our so called “democracy”

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By George S Semsel, January 24, 2007 at 6:42 am Link to this comment
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Bush can’t be stopped. The Democrats have made that clear by their non-binding nonsense. Their inaction proves that Bush has no tangible opposition; further, he controls the armed forces. It’s over, folks.

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By Steve Hammons, January 24, 2007 at 6:16 am Link to this comment
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Scheer is correct on the issues surrounding George W. Bush and his cronies.

Many people feel they should face severe crminial prosecution, conviction and sentencing. We may be seeing only the tip of the iceberg regarding their crimes.

One aspect of Bush and his associates—they are “chicken hawks” of the most dangerous kinds. To explore the psychology of chicken hawks, the article below may be of interest:

‘Chicken hawks’ are real and dangerous; factors are complex

Steve Hammons
American Chronicle
February 16, 2006

http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/viewArticle.asp?articleID=5947

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By Peter, January 24, 2007 at 5:59 am Link to this comment
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What did you expect. Bush made it clear early on that he was going to do what he wanted and to hell with the polls.

To have re-elected this megalomaniac and his team defies reality.

But never fear, Bush isn’t finished yet. There is still Iran to attack and America to bankrupt. Enjoy

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By Roy, January 24, 2007 at 5:57 am Link to this comment
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Response to Joey:

I’m sorry, but I’m all cried out.

It’s laugh or cry, so now I just laugh. It’s healthier, believe me.

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By Greg Bacon, January 24, 2007 at 5:28 am Link to this comment
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If Bush had any sense of morality and actually believed in the Constitution of the U.S., which he has sworn to uphold and protect, Tuesday’s speech would be one in which he admitted he’s been an abysmal failure; that he told numerous lies in order to start the illegal war against Iraq and that since he was a morally corrupt despot, he was announcing his resignation from the office of president.
Further, to atone for his numerous war crimes, he was going to voluntarilly turn himself over to the International Court of Law in the Netherlands.
Don’t hold your breath for this fantasy scenario to come true.
Throughout his life, Bush has never had to face the consequences for his actions. Whether they be the failed Arbusto Energy or lying to the SEC to coverup his insider deals, he’s always walked away unscathed.
He not only dodged the draft with his daddy’s help, he couldn’t handle the cushy NG slot and went AWOL for more than 30 days.
Meaning that he’s a deserter.

All those life lessons he never learned he is now applying to the disaster in Iraq.
The man is a habitual liar—lying always worked in the past, so shouldn’t it now?—that has not one iota of credibility.

When his country called him to duty in a time of war, he cut and run.
But this homicidal maniac has no problems sending kids—and numerous Iraqi’s—to their death and destruction.

He needs a spanking, administered by the people in the form of impeachment.

Throw the bums out and save what’s left of our democratic republic.

Greg Bacon
Ava, MO

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By Ben Stone, January 24, 2007 at 5:17 am Link to this comment
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I don’t know about spreading any “ideal of democracy”, but last night’s State of the Union Address was one long-winded spin.

Who writes all that crap? All of the sudden, Bush is a contrite bipartisan, ecology-minded “respecter”?

Right.

One entertaining facet: Did Dick Chaney look more like an Al Capone image of Boris Karloff or Bela Lugosi? That guy missed his calling.

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By Tony Litwinko, January 24, 2007 at 4:00 am Link to this comment
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Right on, Mr. Scheer! And all I can add is that when Ralph Nader has praise for Jim Webb’s speech(commentary on KPFK), the Dems must be doing something right. Webb has his stuff together. It was the first time I have ever heard a Democrat with impeccable military credentials speak confidently to the real issues. It’s good to have a writer in office. (Remember that obnoxious Presidential comment to Webb right after the election? You can see with Webb’s final confident statements that the man will have no truck with George Bush.) Let’s hope that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have the courage to do what is necessary and right, because the compromise on the corporate tax breaks was shameful and shameless. At least Webb’s speech was the beginning. Stop the buffoon now and send him back to Texas to ride his bike, because he sure isn’t at the controls of this runaway train to oblivion.

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By vicky, January 24, 2007 at 3:03 am Link to this comment
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Our President has the right plan.
He is a hero for save our country

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By brad, January 24, 2007 at 1:49 am Link to this comment
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america, how does it feel to live in a dictatorship?

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By Matthew Ford, January 24, 2007 at 1:20 am Link to this comment
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Mr. Scheer, I like you quite well and I listen to you on Left, Right, and Center. But regarding your quote:

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Britain, the only country still willing to share our sacrifices in Bush’s once ballyhooed “Coalition of the Willing.”
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I have a word for you to please keep in mind: Australia. Aussies have died in Iraq and continue to stay there. Leaving this fact out deteriorates your otherwise fine points.

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By vet240, January 24, 2007 at 12:16 am Link to this comment
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If the Democrats who won by a land-slide on the issue of Iraq don’t take back their constitutional powers and get us out of Iraq, the world will know the Military-Industrial complex is in complete control, and we’ll be all alone.

The insurgents in Iraq are proving to the world (thanks to the Bush “Bringem on” false bravado) that you can defeat as bush would pronounce it “a nukuler” world power with Ak 47’s and IED’s.

You can’t kill ideas with weapons, but you can change ideas with diplomacy and cooperation.

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By jimbobuddy, January 24, 2007 at 12:08 am Link to this comment
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Grab the Dem response off of you tube.  HE’S the man!    Webb/Feingold in ‘08!

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By joey, January 23, 2007 at 11:35 pm Link to this comment
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Best Bush in Speech 2007

George Bush Sr. gave a speech for Jeb Bush in Florida
In the middle of the speech he broke into tears and sobbed
I have never heard anyone try to explain his behavior.
This is my vote for the best Bush speech in 2007
This what our whole nation should do
break into tears and sob.

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