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Posted on Jul 24, 2007
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By Robert Scheer

At what point will President Bush finally grasp the enormous disaster that the neoconservatives, from Vice President Dick Cheney on down, have visited upon his presidency? Or, to put it numerically, just how does a president descend from a 92 percent approval rating one month after 9/11—the highest of any president since modern polling began—to the two-thirds disapproval score that has stalked him through the last year, thanks to the Iraq debacle, without getting the message?

Two major polls released this week show that the vast majority of Americans grasp the salient lesson of the Iraq misadventure: “Winning” this war has nothing to do with winning the war on terrorism. Thus, the public overwhelmingly supports the congressional Democratic leadership’s demand that the administration begin concrete steps to extract U.S. troops from Iraq. This week’s New York Times/CBS poll found that two-thirds of those polled said that the war is “going badly” and that “the United States should reduce its forces in Iraq, or remove them altogether.” Meanwhile, a Washington Post/ABC survey reported that, “by a large margin, Americans trust the Democrats rather than the president to find a solution to a conflict that remains enormously unpopular.”

According to the Post poll, more than six in 10 Americans want Congress to make the final decision about when our troops come home. Even a majority of Republicans judge Bush to be too rigid to change course and, significantly, among those who either served in Iraq or had a close friend or relative who did, only 38 percent approve of Bush’s handling of the war. In an important rebuke to those Democrat “centrists” afraid to vigorously challenge Bush on the war, about half of those polled criticized the Democrats for doing “too little” to challenge Bush’s war policy. How much courage will it take for wavering Democrats and Republicans to come out forthrightly in favor of ending a war that the majority of Americans believe is not worth fighting?

At first, the public, driven by false claims of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and ties to al-Qaida manufactured by the neocon cabal that dominated the administration, bought into Bush’s claims that the Iraq war was an essential battle in the war on terrorism. At a time when even respectable news organizations were spreading such falsehoods as unquestioned truths and most Democrats in Congress displayed the independence of mind of cheerleaders, it was no wonder that initial support for the Iraq war was nearly unanimous. Fully 90 percent of Americans backed Bush one week after the first bombs fell in a “shock and awe” campaign that neocon ideologues at the Pentagon were convinced would lead a terrorized population to embrace democracy and other purported Western values.

As Winston Churchill once observed, a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth puts its pants on. But the truth eventually does catch up, and that is the specter that now haunts our president. There is simply no plausible national security argument for the United States’ ongoing occupation of Iraq. That fact was driven home Tuesday when American and Iranian negotiators met for the second time in Baghdad at the insistence of Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who was quite clear that peace will not come without the Iranian government’s cooperation.

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The harsh reality that the United States must now enlist the support of Iran, the “rogue nation” that Bush claims threatens us with nukes, which this very week was once again accused by the U.S. ambassador of supplying arms to Iraq’s anti-American Shiite militias, underscores the folly of this disastrous escapade. The regime change engineered by the neocons vastly extended the power of the regime housed in Tehran and will only intensify with each additional day of the U.S. occupation.

Yet, communication with Iran is a good thing, because Iranians at least have to live with the consequences of increased violence—as opposed to American politicians, who feel required only to muddle through to the next election. The Democrats and the few Republican dissidents are quite happy to make a show of their reservations about the war without actually ending it. The Democratic leadership in Congress is playing a risky game of pretending to be the party of peace without actually pursuing the budget-cutting measures that would force an end to the war.

While this opportunistic strategy may produce a temporary political advantage, it will be of slight comfort to the families of American soldiers killed and maimed in Iraq over the next 18 months, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of future Iraqi victims. Nor will it con a public that has turned solidly against this war and is determined to hold politicians responsible for ending it.

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By cann4ing, July 26, 2007 at 10:21 am Link to this comment

For this fascist cabal, poll numbers have lost all relevance.  They have in place executive orders that would permit the president to declare martial law upon the occurrence of a new “terrorist incident.”  It isn’t just that “this” president will not have to face re-election, but that the cabal has no intention of “ever” leaving office, even if that means a permanent cancellation of all future elections.  After all, what choice do they really have?  If they should leave office, the full extent of their dirty little secrets could be exposed.  The Military Commissions Act could be repealed and all of them could face prosecutions for criminal violations of the War Crimes Act—violations so serious that these fascist traitors could face the prospect of the death penalty.

Unless Congress awakes, and right soon, to the gravity and immediacy of the danger, unless impeachment is immediately placed “on-the-table,” we may be witnessing the last days of the Republic known as the American constitutional democracy; we may be in the same sorry state as Germany’s hapless Social Democrats in the waning days of the Weimar Republic; when a day after the Enabling Act which transferred all legislative power to Reich Chancellor Adolf Hitler, the brownshirts simply turned the lights out in the Reichstag on the assembled deputies, many of whom later found themselves enjoying a free ride to a concentration camp.

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By baker41, July 26, 2007 at 9:28 am Link to this comment
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World War 11 taught the leaders of the “free world” that the US economy cannot survive without a perpetual state of war. Hence the Cold War and numerous other wars of profit and adventure. Anyone who expects the US government to voluntarily adopt a policy of peace is seriously deluded.

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By Douglas Chalmers, July 26, 2007 at 9:10 am Link to this comment

Quote: “...Robert Scheer wonders when Bush will finally turn on the neo-conservatives who betrayed his presidential legacy….”

Really, Scheer!?!? Who is he going to turn on? He is their bunny!

“Congress to make a final decision”...??? - ha, ha, ha, arrgh!

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By hardnose, July 26, 2007 at 9:08 am Link to this comment

Expat - My sentiments exactly! There are so many who honestly believe that intellect can and will overcome the warriors of the U.S.A.  Books and brains cannot stop bombs and bullets.  Now that all schools are out I feel there is a lot of brainwashed, book worm, snot nosed punks on this site playing “grown up” and failing miserably.

I, as you, will no longer post on this site.

Please, teeny boppers, save you applause as I will not see it.

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By Myronh, July 26, 2007 at 9:05 am Link to this comment
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The US Congress, as it now functions is a sick joke. It is time for a drastic change. Representatives and Senators should be chosen by a State and National Lottery. Use the same basic method as is used for Jury Duty. Those selected would need to pass a basic IQ and psychological test prior to being accepted. They and their family would be moved to Washington for a 2 or 4 year term; one term maximum.

The argument that the laws are too complex for the average Citizen is ridiculous. The Laws should be written in a manner that is understandable by anyone of average intelligence. Your representative would base their vote on e-mail polls taken of their constituents. This would result in a truly democratic government for the people. Lobbying and Lobbyists should be outlawed. Any Representative or Senator accepting any form of gratuity would automatically be dismissed from their position.

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By Expat, July 26, 2007 at 7:47 am Link to this comment

#89615 by straight_talk_11 on 7/25 at 9:07 pm
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Bravo!  Your post is right on!  As you will learn…you will be praised and ridiculed and depending on your proclivity, you will be pleased or disappointed.

But…your words and enthusiasm will be absorbed by the ooze and the net effect will be zero.

This site is for people incapable of action; incapable of understanding the true meaning of action.  This site is for comfort and stroking and, for those who need it, chastisement.  I have posted my last post here and now.  I’m done with this impotent crowd of talkers, perverters, and obfuscators. 

Good luck, you’ll need it!

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By dennis, July 26, 2007 at 7:31 am Link to this comment
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Wasn’t it Mark Twain who said that, and not Churchill?

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By Skruff, July 26, 2007 at 6:09 am Link to this comment
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89615 by straight_talk_11 on 7/25 at 9:07 pm

“... Tammy Faye Tucker’s…”

Karla Faye Tucker

Tammy Faye (Baker) Messner

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By TomR, July 26, 2007 at 6:08 am Link to this comment

——
At what point will President Bush finally grasp the enormous disaster that the neoconservatives, from Vice President Dick Cheney on down, have visited upon his presidency?
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As human beings, keep in mind that our decisions can be influenced by our emotions as well as by logic and our intellect.  You ask a logic-based question when you should be trying to understand the emotional component that drives Bush’s decision-making.

Dr. Justin Frank believes Bush has the emotional development of a 7-year old boy. He explains that in normal human development, we all go through a phase of black and white thinking during our childhood. That’s why kids play cops and robbers, cowboys and indians, etc. They see the world through that black and white lens, you’re either good or bad. The nuance part develops later. Being subjected to abuse, emotional and/or physical, could have frozen our president’s emotional development at the time the trauma occurred. This would also have impacted the development of empathy in his personality. He tried to self-medicate his pain through booze and drugs. And as an emotional 7-year old, he is easily manipulated by those around him (Rove and Cheney). He may be emotionally dependent on them to fill in the gaps in his personality. It’s a highly-enmeshed, dysfunctional relationship. This is probably why “loyalty” is so important to him.

The trouble is, even if Bush wanted to understand what he’s doing wrong, he simply doesn’t have the emotional tools needed to grasp it. He remains blissfully unaware of how his childhood development, or lack thereof, affects his personality today.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1033904,00.html
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/justin-frank

- Tom

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By Terrence Sullivan, July 26, 2007 at 5:34 am Link to this comment
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Well we have built a “green zone” in Iraq for a supposedly safe haven for our commanders and essential military.  Even though I oppose the reason we went to this fabricated war, I praise any effort to keep our troops safe. That includes taking care of the troops families who live on subsistent incomes at home or if not able to keep their heads above water with Dad in Iraq, or Mom in Iraq or both Mom and Dad in Iraq they should be provided with free healthcare and provided essential means to make it on their own.  This country ... This Administration owes the men and women in the military this.  I support providing our troops with any and all means to protect them and fight against insurgents but not terrorize and kill innocent civilians.  We have gone from being discriminate about who we allow into our armed forces to taking some applicants who have shown themselves in society to be sociopaths.  We now recruit and sign misfits and malcontents of our society who then feel free to act out their aggression on civilians in a foriegn land under the governance of our military .... our flag.  Is their any wonder we are responsible for crimes and atrocities.  I really support that we build a ” BROWN ZONE ”  around the White house and Crawford, Texas because it stinks to high heaven whenever Bush/Cheney are in town with their corrupt cohorts.  One problem is we would have to somehow construct a very portable “Brown Zone” for “Dickless” Cheney because he slithers and squirms into and out of the most vile shitholes but he loves it. The most vile, smelly, shitty, disgusting and repugnant places are where you are likely to find “NeedleDick” Cheney.  He is one disgusting amoral person.

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By cyrena, July 26, 2007 at 3:35 am Link to this comment

#89615 by straight_talk_11 on 7/25 at 9:07 pm

StraightTalk11,

Thanks for the outstanding and superb post.

You’re correct of course, about it all. And, “most” of us have indeed been suckers. For those few of us that never believed any of this stuff, and have had to stand by and attempt to holler in the wind, it’s been a long effort…swimming upstream.

Posts like this prove that it either paid-off, (the continued attempts to battle propaganda and fear with truth and logic) OR…these people in the Cabal have just gone so far that ANYBODY is now forced to see the reality.

Still, there are those still in denial, and so every post that articulates the real agenda as well as you have, makes it easier for the next guy/girl to figure out. And, maybe it’s easier for folks now, when they can accept the fact that they weren’t the ONLY ones “fooled”.

That’s the only way we’re gonna get anything done, as quickly as it needs to be done. Like NOW. On the impeachment side. It’s doable and called for – NOW.

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By GodSend, July 26, 2007 at 12:45 am Link to this comment

blog dog:

Do yourself a favor and study my website (including the links) thoroughly before you pass judgment. You can’t do that in a couple of hours, a couple of days, a couple of weeks or even a couple of months! It’ll take 6 months, at least, even if you go there religiously every day. The rabbit hole has been in existence for 10+ years and contains 10+MB of data (not including the links) and gets bigger all the time. If you consider that a picture is worth 1000 words (at least - some are priceless), it amounts to a LARGE Illustrated Guide to the Universe (to use Ziopedia’s description of the site). To understand the spiritual content will take a lot longer, especially if you’re not the spiritual type - which is what I suspect.

HINT: The website is NOT primarily about modern Zionism. And I am not fascinated by Zionism - I am interested in exposing Zionism for what it really is: Satanism! Guess what that makes Bush, Cheney, Lieberman, Clinton, Sharon (besides comatose), Olmert, Feith, Perle, Abrams, Pipes, Greenspan, Bernanke, Chertoff, Zakheim, etc.? I AM fascinated by how the ‘average’ Jews will deal with Zionism when they finally realize that it is their mortal enemy. Of course, HaShem is likely to deal with Zionism and Zionists in His usual, thorough manner before they get their act together! (most likely through an earthly or celestial agent). We’ll SEE!

SEE you in 6 months or so! wink Don’t forget to bone up on all those sites about Zionism and Judaism, either. Might as well do it right and take a year!

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By GodSend, July 25, 2007 at 10:37 pm Link to this comment

FC:

There is a fly in the ointment of your last post, to wit, Bush is not hoping for a terror attack on American soil - he will be responsible  (condoning it) for the 9/11-II ‘false-flag’ attack to justify an attack on Iran but it may not be staged on American soil. A more likely place for the attack is the Persian Gulf. Notice I did not refer to either of the 9/11 events as ‘terror’ attacks. They were NOT terror attacks! 9/11-I was a self-inflicted wound, sort of. Actually inflicted (and planned) by Mossad with the help of their plants in American Intelligence Agencies and the MIC (including the Pentagon). Israeli-run Security firms at the 9/11 airports also helped.

So, that fly in the ointment of your last post is about the size of the canvas! wink

What are you - a Zionist shill? (You don’t have to be Jewish to be a Zionist shill - in fact, a Zionist shill is not likely to be Jewish!)

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By nomorebombs, July 25, 2007 at 10:32 pm Link to this comment
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its the white powder,perhaps a prision bunk…..in the hague.

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By blog dog, July 25, 2007 at 10:18 pm Link to this comment

RE: #89552 by GodSend on 7/25 at 5:52 pm — Of course, there are more pieces to The Puzzle. For the rest of the pieces, SEE! http://novalight.org

====== At first you made me think you’d perhaps done your research - back to the Levites. But, your website reveals a shallow modernist fascination with Zionism. Those who’ve deeply studied the issue (e.g. Douglas Reed “Controversy of Zion” http://knud.eriksen.adr.dk/Controversybook/) reference the betrayal of all other Jews by this one clan.

So, you must distinguish, and it appears you either can’t or won’t, and to what end is hard to say. At that point it starts tasting bad. Would you dare to equate Mother Theresa with infamous Grand Inquisitor Tomás de Torquemada?

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By straight_talk_11, July 25, 2007 at 10:07 pm Link to this comment

No matter how we might feel about her sincerity as “born again” or the nature of her sentence, mocking on national television, as Bush did, Tammy Faye Tucker’s pleading to commute her death penalty signals a sadistic killer. That’s enough to explain his cold-blooded attitude toward “collateral damage” that has killed a minimum of 600,000 Iraqi civilians by the most credible non-government sources’ most conservative estimates.

How would we feel about a “war on terrorism” on U.S. soil that killed even a handful of neighbors next to a terrorist cell as collateral damage? I guess being Iraqis and far away makes it all OK?

Government documents since the so-called oil embargo of 1970 notoriety under Carter have been very explicit about the major purpose of our military: to protect the American way of life, especially for the power elite, by protecting our energy supplies. Peak oil is the name of this game and both Democrats and Republicans in congress are aware of this. That’s why the Democrats make loud noises, but then become spineless when it comes to actually doing anything significant about it.

Bush’s superiors (the ones who pull the strings) were desperate for a coup and they got a lot of what they want. But they’ve made too many people aware of their game in the process because the pinheaded, selfish, elitist viewpoints behind their actions also made them incompetent to pull them off as planned. This administration is so unpopular they have nothing to lose, so they don’t really care that much about polls now or what congress or anybody else thinks.

They only care about pulling off what they want, which is to establish permanent regional control over the major oil deposits of the world. They don’t care about the soldiers, about the Iraqi civilians, about U.S. citizen’s rights or freedoms. We’re all just grist for their mill in their view. That’s why Tammy Faye Tucker gets mocked on public television by the president of the United States as he cynically derided her pleas to have her death sentence commuted to life, yet Libby gets off with a sentence so light that the administration’s own guidelines would have been broken had the judge given him less. Yet Bush et al said it was too severe and commuted his sentence! Of course, Bush is a born again Christian, too, right? His Christ-like compassion for Tucker is proof enough of that, right?

And now they mock us, like a killer pointing a gun at your head, with a sneering grin while you plead for your life just before he shoots you. These people are criminals working for the private international banking cartel we call the Federal Reserve Board, and which now owns our government. They laugh and jeer at us just like Bush did at Tucker because we’re such suckers. We fall for all their idiotic propaganda. We believed the biased junk the media was feeding us about their war.

They just wanted a perpetual war to order and they got it. That gives the executive more power in perpetuum than any other condition would permit, and they want more! We need to wake up and get our government back! We have been suckers!

No wonder they deride us and think they need to run the world and rule us. I’ve traveled around the world a bit and I’ve noticed one thing that is common to almost all the power elite of this planet no matter in what country or culture. They have an unbridled sense of entitlement that puts you and me and all of us “commoners” in a subhuman pigeonhole that they feel not only empowers them to exploit us by virtue of their positions, but obligates them to do so.

That’s why soldiers with half their brains blown out don’t even start to get decent treatment when they come back until there is a public outcry. Then the elitists just try to patch up appearances, but they still don’t give a flying filbert about the soldiers or our rights as U.S. citizens, much less our stinking opinions, which only get in the way of their “noble” plans for themselves.

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By cyrena, July 25, 2007 at 9:52 pm Link to this comment

#89535 by SamSnedegar on 7/25 at 4:52 pm

•  ….”but when you say or think that the Israel lobby has any more power than Australia over the Bushitters you have the tail wagging the dog.”…

SamSnedegar is CORRECT on-the-money/oil/energy, folks.

That’s what it’s all about. In the worldview of the Cabal, it’s “Global Energy Resource Management”. Halliburton, (and selected others) will control the oil and other natural resources of the entire globe, from their new headquarters right there, in the midst of it all. That’s where the pot of gold is, and it’s a HUGE one.

THAT’S what it’s all about. Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and yep, Austrailia as well. They are definitely in on the deal, and Cheney confers with them routinely.

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By 911truthdotorg, July 25, 2007 at 9:34 pm Link to this comment

Please watch this bush nazi video:

From Alex Jones’ “Terror Storm”. 10 min long.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8795795223394289910

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By onekoleso, July 25, 2007 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment

There is a limit to rationality before it crosses over into irrationality,

Neither George Bush, nor Congress, realizes that our future has long since crossed over and into the world of irrationality. And it had started before the invasion into Iraq. That blunder only highlights our step into stupidity.

Forget about the initial cause of our “war on terror,” 9/11. That was only a gateway for the inmates to plan a reaction. Instead, measure the worth of our leaders by what followed.

And what followed was a plan fashioned in the world of irrationality. At which point all that was around turned into insanity. Yes, insanity. And that is the real reason for the continuing deaths of our soldiers and innocent civilians.

So, for the sake of one man’s (and his henchmen’s) irrational steps, we are all taking part in his irrational policy for further destabilization. It’s the Big Bully with his Gang of neoconservative Republican robots, along with the spineless Democrats who are afraid to even suggest the idea of impeachment, that are responsible for this insanity. Unfortunately, this is the moral fiber of our current regime.

Yet being as we are, perhaps that is what we deserve, for we too have lost our spirit of Truth. Until we understand how to find and use our rational thought, all of us in this country will continue to be responsible for its demise.

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By 911truthdotorg, July 25, 2007 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment

I have no doubt that this sick, deranged crime family WANTS to be pushed into a corner so they can lash out with their second fake terror attack on this country, blame Iran, bomb Iran, declare martial law and cancel the 2008 election.

That will complete their neo-con agenda and destroy this country once and for all.

Please read these articles by Paul Craig Roberts writing about his ideas on these monsters:

http://www.counterpunch.org/roberts07162007.html
http://www.creators.com/opinion/paul-craig-roberts/a-wake-up-call.html

Also, please watch these Google videos:
9/11 Press for Truth, Loose Change 2nd Edition,
America: Freedom to Fascism

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By Frank Cajon, July 25, 2007 at 8:38 pm Link to this comment

My gut feeling is that with no mandate, losing his own few supporters in the right wing of his crumbing party, this classic clinically paranoid personality (and I am convinced borderline schizophrenic) in charge will be hoping for a terrorist attack on our soil. It is his ticket as he sees it to seize his constituency back, and have an excuse to claim that holding an election ‘would be giving comfort to our enemies at a time when we need to come together to show our resolve’.
Hey, the National Guard is in bivouac pulling their third tour on a piece of desert on the other side of the world, but Blackwater is right here, with life takers and heart breakers on government contract in major cities in case the natives get restless, ready to kick some ass. FEMA, law enforcement, and the military are likely to be faced with some tough choices in such a scenario. Many of our military forces and resources have been stretched too thin for too long to know what would happen if they were ordered to enforce a curfew to keep Americans off the streets in the wake of suspension of elections by th CIC and Congress has already shown they have no balls whatsoever against this madman. If he were to put both houses of the Congress on indefinite recess ‘in the interest of assuring national security’, who would stand up to him? Nancy Pelosi? Hell, he’s liable to try a grab like this without a terrorist act to lie about as the excuse, that would just make it that much more likely. Can you get out your Constitutions, and read the 25th Amendment, Section 4-but impeach Cheney first, or don’t waste your time.

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By bigjimbo, July 25, 2007 at 8:31 pm Link to this comment

We are digressing quite a bit, but in my old age but still on a quest for truth, I have stumbled upon works of two brilliant men, Thomas Paine and Thomas Jefferson, who were contemporaries and true “Doubting Thomases.”  Can anyone compare George W Bush with Thomas Jefferson and be pleased with our progress over 200 years.  I would like to insert two brief quotes, one from Paine from his “Age of Reason” and one from Jefferson, in a letter to Benjamin Rush, contained in “The Jefferson Bible”, which is Jefferson’s version of the New Testament, stripped of superstition and magic. Both Toms were deists.

Paine—“The (Christian) church has set up a system of religion very contradictory to the character of the person whose name it bears.  It has set up a religion of pomp and of revenue in pretended imitation of a person whose life was humility and poverty”

Jefferson—“I am a Christian, in the only sense he wished anyone to be; sincerely attached to his doctrines, in preference to all others; ascribing to himself every human excellence; and believing he never claimed any other.”

Thank you for your forbearance.  I continually marvel at the genius and integrity of our founding fathers. As Paine famously stated, “These are the times that try men’s souls.”

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By GodSend, July 25, 2007 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment

tom the vet:

I don’t disagree with your last comments (rivers of blood and tears caused by misplaced religious fervor). I just said that Bush CANNOT be a Christian (evangelistic or any other form). It just means that those other folks who caused murder and mayhem throughout history (the Catholic Inquisition, for example) were also not true Christians! How many true Christians were/are there? God only knows wink Are Zionists true Torah Jews? Ask a Neturei Karta Jew! (they will say “HaShem forbid!”)

You can’t tell a book by its cover and you can’t tell the spiritual identity of a person by the label they put on their lapel - or the fish they put on their car.

Here’s some advice. Forget about religions, including Christianity. Investigate Jesus the Christ. He has nothing to do with religion as you define it. He has EVERYTHING to do with the meaning of human existence - including yours.

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By ocjim, July 25, 2007 at 8:07 pm Link to this comment

Scott,
All you need do is look at the Bush administration’s abuse of power and its willingness to use any means to achieve its agenda. Look at Cheney and Bush’s claim to be above the law. Ask yourself the question, have any Democrats been that abusive of power and that Machiavellian?

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By Inherit The Wind, July 25, 2007 at 7:43 pm Link to this comment
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GodSend:
Just put on your swastika and admit you’re a good little nazi. Your website is truly SICKENING!  As are you.  How ANYONE can buy that shit is proof that human beings can be suckered into ANYTHING (as Charlie Manson knew).

Next to you, Pat Robertson is a liberal and George W. Bush is a sane leader—and they are BOTH as crazy as bedbugs and incredibly dangerous.

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By Scott, July 25, 2007 at 7:24 pm Link to this comment

ocjim on 7/25 at 6:37 am asked

I wonder if another attack could make us accept a Bush move to martial law. He, with the help of Congress, has gathered that power.

Crimson Ghost on 7/25 at 6:58 am

What scares me much more than Bush is the lack of EFFECTIVE oppostion from the Democrats.

Why is their any reason to believe a Democratic President wouldn’t also use this new power to declare martial law? This is like nuclear technology, once its out there its going to be used. Its inevitable.

Don’t forget America, in a democracy the people do get the governments they deserve and the whole world is watching…with a growing dread.

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By Maggie, July 25, 2007 at 7:14 pm Link to this comment
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Hopefully what these real poll numbers show is that Americans are fed up with war and are ready to consider other issues which have a much more fundamental impact not only on global security but on the stability of the world as a whole.

The fight against global poverty is tragically overlooked in all this debate over war.  This is an issue that deserves public attention and political support.  Hopefully US politicians get the message and begin to give the fight against global poverty the attention it deserves

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By GodSend, July 25, 2007 at 6:52 pm Link to this comment

blog dog:

WASPS are just bothersome insects. Zionists are devils, out to enslave the world and realize their “Greater Israel” Märchen in the ME. They like to use American blood and treasure to achieve their agenda - and oil has LITTLE to do with it! The Genocide of Palestinians and the attacks on Lebanon, Syria and Iran, soon to take place, are focused on ‘clearing the land’ for new Israeli settlements. They consider the current occupants (Muslims and Christians) vermin to be eradicated. Gaza and the West Bank and South Lebanon are just warm-up exercises. Zionist-influenced American Foreign Policy has just ONE goal: Whatever is in the interests of ISRAEL! (SEE! PNAC Neocons and Benjamin Freedman’s speeches in 1961 and 1974). Everything is perfectly clear! smile

Of course, there are more pieces to The Puzzle. For the rest of the pieces, SEE! http://novalight.org

SEE!ing is believing wink

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By tom the vet, July 25, 2007 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment
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“NO, Tom the Vet, Bush is anything BUT an evangelistic Christian! Just because he says so, doesn’t mean it’s so!”
“You will know them by their fruits - NOT their words”.

-  Actually Godsend, your definition of an evangelistic Christian is very different from mine. I do believe that I can recognize them by their “fruits” AND yes their fruits throughout history into today “are rivers of blood and tears and the suffering of millions (yet to come).”

You unfortunately either have not read much of the history of human religion or you would rather not accept that the evil far out ways the good.

Actually, I think the underlying theme of our foreign policy debate and much of our domestic debate is about religion and I do think “It’s more accurate to think of Bush as Evil, personified!” if the definition of evil is the misery that religion and its adherents bring to this world.

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By SamSnedegar, July 25, 2007 at 5:52 pm Link to this comment

Oh my….

Get it straight folks: no oil, no USA; no USA, no Israel.

The Bushitter regime will USE Israel for whatever they can be encouraged to do, like attack Lebanon, the port facility for the mideast pipelines to the Med, but when you say or think that the Israel lobby has any more power than Australia over the Bushitters you have the tail wagging the dog.

It’s about oil; there isn’t anything else for it to BE about. Without oil, Iraq has no importance and certainly would not be in any way associated with ANY national interest of the USA. Indeed, without oil, Iraq would pose no problem for Israel either, but that is irrelevant because Iraq HAS the oil and is therefore important, and Israel has NONE, and is therefore irrelevant.

yes, the Israel lobbyists have put money pressure on every American congressperson, but THAT is not why we are in Iraq. Oil is why. No oil, no American boots on the ground. Period.

Got it now?

Why does no one want to talk about it? Four words: covet, lie, murder, steal.

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By blog dog, July 25, 2007 at 5:46 pm Link to this comment

RE: #89515 by GodSend on 7/25 at 3:45 pm — “The global financial oligarchs ARE Zionists!”

======== Every last one of them? Indeed, they’re a limited elite, but an elite that hold one another at arm’s length, like any mafia. There’s a telling line in the Capollo/DeNiro film “The Good Shepherd,” when the protagonist (presumed to be in the role of James Angelton) replies to an Italian Mafioso, whose services he’s enlisting (indeed, getting them through blackmail). The Mafioso asks: “So what’s with you Wasps? What have you got? We Italians got our families. The Irish got their Ireland, the Jews their tradition…so what you WASPS got?” The reply: “We got the country, the rest of you are just visitors.” Yeah, it’s just a movie, and “The Controversy of Zion” is just a book.

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By farmertx, July 25, 2007 at 5:41 pm Link to this comment

Tyler,
First, the grooming of the Shrub didn’t begin until he conned the Texas voter’s to elect him Governor. Then, his daddy called in a bunch of debts, favors and had tutor’s come to Austin and teach the Shrub what everyone else learned in college. Least the ones who didn’t have a straw stuck to their nose.
The man cannot utter a complete sentence if it isn’t written down in front of him…or if he isn’t wearing a tailor’s mistake, that looked a lot like a flat radio.
Yes, Shrub is dumber than your average stump.

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By Jessica, July 25, 2007 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment

The Iraq War bespeaks a lot about Bush’s personal shortcomings and his administration’s horrible policy choices. To date, the war has cost over $340 billion dollars—money which could have been spent much more wisely and with better end results.  It is estimated, for example, that the expenditure of a mere $19 billion would eliminate starvation and malnutrition worldwide.  In a time when the current defense budget is $522 billion, the goal of eradicating world hunger is clearly well within reach.  Thus, it is clear that the occupation of Iraq needs to end, and it needs to end now without regard to what this will do to United States interest in Iraq’s oil.  There are simply much more important issues that need to be addressed, and by avoiding these issues and adhering to his doomed quest for victory, Bush will only continue to fall in popularity polls.

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By cyrena, July 25, 2007 at 4:59 pm Link to this comment

#89322 by SamSnedegar on 7/25 at 3:28 am

Sam: You’re right….

.....“It’s not that the emperor has no clothes Cyrena; it is that he has no functioning brain. My sister is afflicted with early Alzheimers, and she is far more cogent than poor dubya, though she gets mightily confused when someone puts her breakfast cereal in the wrong cabinet. Not only can the moron (George the Second?) not analyze, he can’t even remember what HE said in the past, so he keeps on making dumb remarks which prove he has no understanding of any of the issues they send him out to discuss.”.....

As a matter of fact, my mother is slipping into the more advanced stages of that disease, as we’ve watched, and tried to adjust. It’s easier for some than others.

But, that’s a good example, because her condition (at least at this point) is probably no worse than his, but we wouldn’t want her running the country, or even sitting in as the one being directed.

So, it’s been bad all the while. Like being tied-up in the back seat of a car being driven by two (or more) suicidal drunks, and nobody can get the keys away from them. At the last moment, just before the leap over the cliff, THEY manage to jump out, and the rest of the load perishes.

Then, they go back for another load, and do the same thing. It’s been like that for 7 years now.

I’m really sick of them. I really, really, am.

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By GodSend, July 25, 2007 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment

blog dog:

The global financial oligarchs ARE Zionists!

Did Israel get lotsa help from their friends in Europe in building those nukes? You betcha! (France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, etc.). Yes, they built them themselves. As they say in Vegas “Money Talks”. That’s a language Zionists speak very well - just as you said! wink They also speak ‘blackmail’ very well!

What else would you like to get straight?

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By cyrena, July 25, 2007 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment

#89370 by Non Credo on 7/25 at 7:43 am
Dear Non Credo, you wrote:
•  House Democrats fashioning a supplemental appropriations bill for the Iraq war this week had hoped to include a provision requiring President Bush to get authorization from Congress for any attack on Iran. But late Monday, the provision was kept out of the bill, according to several Capitol Hill sources, due to vehement opposition from AIPAC and pro-Israel members of Congress, including Reps. Gary Ackerman (D-L.I./Queens) and Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.).


Well kiddo, I had TOTALLY MISSED THIS…I had no idea that this provision on Iran had ever been attached to that spending bill, or that it had been removed at the last minute. No, I’m not surprised, I’d just somehow missed yet another of these little tricks, which are the rule now, rather than the exception.

So, thanks for the update.

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By Neoconned, July 25, 2007 at 4:25 pm Link to this comment
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It seems in American Political culture, AIPAC and Israel have become a sacred cows.

I can’t see an end to this hold AIPAC have on America.  Forever more AIPAC will control the United States of America. 

And woe betide any politician who tries to change that.

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By blog dog, July 25, 2007 at 4:24 pm Link to this comment

#89506 by GodSend on 7/25 at 3:07 pm — America is just the big, dumb dog being wagged by the tiny Israel tail! (with 400+ nukes, I might add)

====== and where did they get those nukes? You think they built them right there in Israel, all 400 of them?

Let’s get something straight: to the global finance oligarchs, we’re all cannon fodder, even the repatriated diaspora of Israel. The global finance oligarchs hold no allegiance to any ethnicity, only to their own interests. Moreover, within their own clique, they fear more than trust one another — they’re all gangsters — CIA, MI-6, MOSSAD are their wholly owned operatives. In the world of geopolitics, virtually nothing is what it seems:

“The Central Intelligence Agency owns anyone of any significance in the major media.” — Former CIA Director William Colby

“Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the State” - James Jesus Angleton, Head of CIA Counter Intelligence 1954-1974

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By GodSend, July 25, 2007 at 4:07 pm Link to this comment

Neoconned:

Let’s get this straight: AIPAC and all other America-based Zionist organizations obey their masters in ISRAEL! It’s called the Zionist Lobby, Israel Lobby or Zionist Matrix. America is just the big, dumb dog being wagged by the tiny Israel tail! (with 400+ nukes, I might add) wink

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By Linda Sutton, July 25, 2007 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment

How long will it take before CONGRESS GRASPS the conclusion that this president WON’T GRASP the disaster he has wrought, because he DOESN’T RECOGNIZE he’s been wrong about ANYTHING!!!

In addition to the international debacle that has catapulted the US from “most admired” to being “most feared and distrusted,” he has laid the groundwork for total martial law through his destruction of our Constitution, piece by piece, as the DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS looks on and wrings their hands… as though they can’t do anything.

Well, the Washington Post/USA Poll may show that the people trust the Democrats to DO a better job than the Republicans, but that isn’t really saying too much. Other polls recently showed they have a LOWER approval rating than George W…. quite an accomplishment!

So, I guess we can conclude that Americans, I mean the regular people…not the corporatists, are grasping at straws. They recall that the Congress is SUPPOSED to be acting under that quaint system of checks & balances, that the representatives sent back there allegedly took an OATH to UPHOLD the Constitution, and that somehow those representatives may awaken from the stupor brought on by too many corporate lobbyists buzzing in their ears and IMPEACH THESE CRIMINALS!!!
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By dick, July 25, 2007 at 3:46 pm Link to this comment
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The power elite want and get continuous war. The power elite are Congress, Admin, special-interest groups and lobbys, ceos, fundamentist religious fanatics, etc. The masses have no influence, even in voting, because the candidates have been carefully chosen by the power elite. Mills book “The Power Elite” tells it all, in detail.

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By Calibpatriot, July 25, 2007 at 3:24 pm Link to this comment

In a speech that Bush made yesterday he said that there would be no reductions in the troop level for the next two years and that American troops will be there long after.  Bush said that with an air of confidence which said that he will still be the “commander-guy” two years from now and longer. He is required to be out of office in 1 1/2 years.

This causes me to believe that he has intentions of remaining in the White House beyond January 20, 2009. I wonder what surprises the neocons have for us this time; another “new Pearl Harbor” type attack?

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By tyler, July 25, 2007 at 3:23 pm Link to this comment
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The only thing that I disagree with in the column, and some of the posts, is the notion that bush is a victim of sabotage by his handlers, like rove and cheney.  That he has been fooled to follow the advice of his vp and his advisors.

bush is as much an architect of this debacle as anyone else.  Yes, he might come across as the dim-witted, good ol’ boy texan, but that is why he’s the poster boy and front man in this whole operation.

Look at his lineage, both family and political.  He was bred for this job, hand picked and polished for it.

For anyone to look at him as anything less than an integral part of this mess is foolish.

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By Bleeding Heart, July 25, 2007 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment
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At the end of the day, Bush has the power.  Read the new exec order.  Game, set and match…
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6377

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By johnofportland, July 25, 2007 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment

This is important. Can you see a way to move the message?

HIGHEST PRIORITY - TIME DATED STUFF.

The Executive Order described in the urls attached was posted on July 17 - we have to Aug 17 to get congress to nullify it, as I read this.

http://www.smirkingchimp.com/thread/8916

“Thirty days after publication, executive orders become as binding upon all affected parties as a law passed by Congress. Congress can overturn an executive order in the same way it can repeal a law, but by far the most common Congressional action is to approve retroactively the actions taken under executive orders. Federal courts also can overturn executive orders but rarely do.”

http://www.thehollywoodliberal.com/2007/07/23/time-for-all-of-us-to-take-action/

“2. Last Week Bush came out with an Executive Order to ban all Iraq War Protests. According to this order he can have your assets and property seized for protesting the Iraq War. This is outrageous. An executive order only becomes law if Congress doesn’t overturn it within thirty days after it is published in the Federal Register. Tell your congress person that you want them to step up and put a stop to this. As above you can reach your representative at 202-224-3121. After you get off the phone call both of your Senators. In California you can reach Senator Dianne Feinstein at 202-224-3841. You can reach Senator Barbara Boxer at 202-224-3553. Outside of California call The U.S. Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Senators office.”

Doesn’t seem like we have much time to fend this off.  Or, we’ll all be sitting in a Halliburton internment camp wondering “where the yellow went.”

Keep on keepin’ on, keep up the good fight.  All the best, j

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By Goffredo, July 25, 2007 at 2:55 pm Link to this comment

Poor G-Dub.  Rove, Cheney and the other members of the Axis of Evil, came to George back in 1999 and told him that they thought he’d make a good president.  Told him he was smart, virtuous and a good moral compass (because he had found Jesus by then).  He bought it and the whole time the Axis of Evil had Iraq and the sodomy of the constitution already in the works.

I think the funniest thing is his smirk when he gets through a difficult sentence or a complex thought.  He smirks to the WH reporters like, “Ha…what da ya think of that? I’m on fire ain’t I?  Told ya I was the Decider!”  You know when he smirks Rove has got to be laughing his ass off, thinking to himself, “And this idiot thinks he did it on his own…”

How long can Bush eat the crap they’re feeding him?

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By blog dog, July 25, 2007 at 2:48 pm Link to this comment

#89472 by sophrosyne on 7/25 at 1:09 pm — Who is controlling the ideological superstructure and agenda of America and why?

=======  hidden in plain sight

“Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the State” - James Jesus Angleton, Head of CIA Counter Intelligence 1954-1974

“The Central Intelligence Agency owns anyone of any significance in the major media.” — Former CIA Director William Colby

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By republicansscareme, July 25, 2007 at 2:37 pm Link to this comment
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I hope that someone somewhere has made plans to arrest the President and Vice-President and put them in a mental hospital.

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By sophrosyne, July 25, 2007 at 2:09 pm Link to this comment
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Wonder why Hillary’s postions get closer and closer to Bush’s?  Do you wonder why few of the Democratic candicates show any courage or alternatives?  Do you wonder why the essential questions of what U.S. foreign policy should looke like in the next decade is not discussed?  Do you wonder why Bush slept before 9-11 and it never was brought up the inane Kerry campaign? Do you wonder why the grinning media celebrities were so easily duped?  Do you wonder why the bread and circus of Lohen and Hilton continue to dominate prime time?  Look behind the veil my friends.  Follow the money trail.  Look for the common paymasters and puppeteers. Re-read Althusser and Gramsci.  Who is controlling the ideological superstructure and agenda of America and why? Americans exporting democracy?  Ha!  Let us become free ourselves first.

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By Max Shields, July 25, 2007 at 2:06 pm Link to this comment

Mr. Sheer, I know we are more or less on the same side of this issue, but you - unfathomably - are still trying to find reason with the unreasonable.

No one has ever succeeded at that. He’s not capable of reflection - Cheney and Rove are his policies. He never had one before and he only uses theirs now.

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By Dawn, July 25, 2007 at 2:03 pm Link to this comment

Just impeach Cheney already and end this nightmare. Dennis Kucinich has already done the paperwork. Call congress and ask your representative to cosponsor HR333—Articles of impeachment against Dick Cheney. Congressional swithcboard: (202)224-3121

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By MAR, July 25, 2007 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment
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This is one time when the structure of the British parliamentary system used by the Brits, Canada, Australia and many others shows its superiority - at this point Bush would have a vote of non-confidence and would be gone. Tradition would have him go to the Crown or its representative and say he could no longer govern. If it appeared the Opposition had enough strength it would become the government, if not a general election. But he and his governenment would likely be gone.

Bush deserves to go but the impeachment process seems to protracted and does not solve the essential problem because his replacement would be the Vice President. Even if Bush gets the message and resigns . . . But wait, would you really want Cheney the puppeteer as President? The gods forbid!

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By nomorebombs, July 25, 2007 at 1:23 pm Link to this comment

food and water soon gone

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By Neoconned, July 25, 2007 at 12:41 pm Link to this comment
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#89438 by GodSend on 7/25 at 11:15 am

It’s more accurate to think of Bush as Evil, personified!

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If he is, then he is a disgrace to the forces of evil.
Even evil requires a great deal of competence. 

All I see is an amiable puppet.  The Under Boss, Dick Cheney, and his Neocon crew are running the show.  And ultimately ALL of Washington is being run by AIPAC.

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By bigjimbo, July 25, 2007 at 12:37 pm Link to this comment

It isn’t just the neocons.  If 9/11 and Iraq had never happened, bush would still rank as the worst president ever, thanks to his rovian tactics of politicizing everything, even the Peace Corps.  Bush has declared war on the Constitution, national parks, middle class, working class, labor unions, science, medicine, checks and balances, even the English language.  I reserve judgment on whether he is merely an intellectually challenged and simple minded tool of evil forces, or one of the key architects.  I think there will be some positive effects from his disasterous tenure: (1) a new look at our beloved Constitution to shore up weaknesses wherein a despot can control all the levers of government, and (2) with luck, a new age of reason and enlightenment where we can dissipate the stone age ignorance and yes, evil, of the religious establishment

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By QuyTran, July 25, 2007 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment

One minute of silence to commemorate the free fall of
his “Organized Crimes” !

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By Joe R., July 25, 2007 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment
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When the next “terrorist attack” comes to the homeland, Bush will take complete control of the government.  It has already been planned for.  Then he won’t have to put up with meddlesome courts or Congress.  The media will fall in line and before long everyone will be yelling “Sieg Heil.”  The Bush legacy will be what ever he wants it to be.  History is just stories written by people.  When you writea story you can put anything in it you want. 

I still feel that the liberal progressive wing of the political spectrum believes that deep down totalitarianism cannot happen in America.  They are wrong. It already has.  The Democrats don’t make a move because their powerless because the deck has already been stacked against them and because their afraid of Bush. The insiders know Bush is like Stalin.  This is government of the rich, by the rich and for the rich, and there ain’t no going back.  Human rights, there is no such thing.  There is only the security of the state, and those who would undermine that security.  This bunch is playing for keeps.  Besides, God is on their side. Just ask them!

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By Neoconned, July 25, 2007 at 12:19 pm Link to this comment
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It’s OFFICIAL.

It is now Anti-Semitic to bad mouth the Neocon policy.

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By GodSend, July 25, 2007 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment

NO, Tom the Vet, Bush is anything BUT an evangelistic Christian! Just because he says so, doesn’t mean it’s so!

“You will know them by their fruits - NOT their words”.

The fruits of Bush’s actions are rivers of blood and tears and the suffering of millions (yet to come).

It’s more accurate to think of Bush as Evil, personified!

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By Hammo, July 25, 2007 at 12:14 pm Link to this comment

Scheer provides a brief overview of many important points. The various commenters also add a lot about the psychology of Bush, Cheney and their associates and supporters.

The psychology and mood of the American people and the American media, then and now, is also looked at by Scheer.

Now what? Scheer asks the rhetorical question in his lead sentence, “At what point will President Bush finally grasp the enormous disaster ... ?”

Answer: Maybe one day he will understand the enormity of his sins. But don’t hold your breath.

For many of the others involved, they seem so devoid of moral integrity and honor that they will meet their maker without remorse ... and then face the consequences.

Scheer asks what will happen now? What will the Dems and Repubs in Congress do? And why?

Another question is: What do Cheney and his associates have up their sleeves at this crucial point in time?

And what of the “chatter” in the media about possible impending incidents against the U.S. by terrorists and/or a “false flag” incident, including a state of emergency afterward or martial law?

Lots of questions and few answers to help us in these difficult times.

Food for thought in the articles ...

“Being open to perception can be troubling, enlightening” (PopulistAmerica.com, Populist Party of America), July 25, 2007

http://www.populistamerica.com/being_open_to_perception_can_be_troubling_enlightening

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“Americans felt turning points on Vietnam, Iraq in ‘70, ‘07” (PopulistAmerica.com, Populist Party of America), July 14, 2007

http://www.populistamerica.com/americans_felt_turning_points_on_vietnam_iraq_in_70_07

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By CitizenDefender, July 25, 2007 at 12:12 pm Link to this comment

George W. reminds me of a kid that was teased growing up and never felt he had the opportunity to get even. Well, he got even. There is always a terrible ending when revenge is motivating aggression.
  Think of the hundreds of thousands of lives he has damaged. My hope is that this Homeland Security bullshit finds a balance.
  Will the people of Afghanistan and Iraq forgive us? I pray they understand the average American did not create this war.
  It is harder for greedy power-hungry leaders to be Peacemakers than to be Warmongers.
  There is no way our country can function properly if he is allowed to finish his term of office. Why the hell don’t his Republican buddies understand this?
  All the freedoms we have had taken away from us need to be restored. The attack on 9/11 was an inside job. Our government already knows who the perpetrators are. So using fear to put a strangle hold on the public has got to stop.
  Bring our troops home.
  I believe reparations should be paid to the Afghan and Iraqi people from the profits of the war profiteers.
  We have been told repeatedly Mr. Bush has a “mission for God”, surely he has seen this passage. 1 John 4:20 (King James Version)If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
  God have mercy on us all. Killing is not a required part of the human experience.

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By blog dog, July 25, 2007 at 11:55 am Link to this comment

Robert: with all due respect, lending any measure of credence to the War on Terror as anything other than a synthesized excuse to wage a War Of Terror is weak. Please study Webster G. Tarpley’s analysis:

Cheney determined to strike in US with WMD this summer; only impeachment and removal, or a general strike, can stop him

By Webster G. Tarpley
Online Journal Contributing Writer

Jul 23, 2007, 01:04

The greatest threat now is “a 9/11 occurring with a group of terrorists armed not with airline tickets and box cutters, but with a nuclear weapon in the middle of one of our own cities.”—Dick Cheney on Face the Nation, CBS, April 15, 2007

A few days ago, a group of lawyers from western Massachusetts met with the local congressman, Democrat John Olver. Their request was that Olver take part in the urgent effort to impeach Bush and Cheney. Olver responded by saying that he had no intention of doing anything to support impeachment. He went further, offering the information that the United States would soon attack Iran, and that these hostilities would be followed by the imposition of a martial law regime here.

According to reports in the British press, the Cheney war party has gained the upper hand in the secret councils of the Bush White House, pushing aside the purported hesitations of Miss Rice, Secretary Gates, and the NATO allies to chart a direct course towards war with Iran:

‘The balance in the internal White House debate over Iran has shifted back in favour of military action before President George Bush leaves office in 18 months, the Guardian has learned. The shift follows an internal review involving the White House, the Pentagon and the state department over the last month. Although the Bush administration is in deep trouble over Iraq, it remains focused on Iran. A well-placed source in Washington said: “Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in limbo.” . . . at a meeting of the White House, Pentagon and state department last month, Mr Cheney expressed frustration at the lack of progress and Mr Bush sided with him. “The balance has tilted. There is cause for concern,” the source said this week. . . .“Cheney has limited capital left, but if he wanted to use all his capital on this one issue, he could still have an impact,” said Patrick Cronin, the director of studies at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.’ (“Cheney pushes Bush to act on Iran; Military solution back in favour as Rice loses out; President ‘not prepared to leave conflict unresolved’,” Guardian, July 16, 2007.)

Deluded supporters of the Democratic Party may soon have to throw away their pathetic countdown clocks, those self-consoling little devices that remind them of how much time remains until noon on January 20, 2009, the moment when it is thought that Bush will finally leave office. These countdown clocks make no provision for the Cheney doctrine, which calls for a new super 9/11 with weapons of mass destruction in the US, to be used as the pretext for a nuclear attack on Iran and for martial law at home. Those who think the Republicans cannot hold the White House in 2008 have forgotten that neocons always prefer a coup d’etat to an election. As Cheney told Bob Schieffer of CBS’s Face the Nation on April 15, 2007: ‘The greatest threat now is “a 9/11 occurring with a group of terrorists armed not with airline tickets and box cutters, but with a nuclear weapon in the middle of one of our own cities.”’

Pelosi and Reid need to toss out their fatuous countdown clocks, and get out their impeachment stopwatches—fast.

entire article here - http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/printer_2220.shtml

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By Erica, July 25, 2007 at 11:51 am Link to this comment
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Bush’s approval rating of 92% was faith that he could make the right choices in our nation’s future. We are living in an international world and our decisions affect the rest of the world and vice-versa. With that said, Bush was incorrect in deploying the troops in Iraq and financing a 340 billion dollar war [Borgen Project]. We’ve gained nothing only to lose the respect of the rest of the world, who we do co-exist with. Terrorism has not been stemmed. 78% of Americans believe that fighting poverty would fight terrorism so what is Bush doing right now? He has the chance to fix it.

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By david small, July 25, 2007 at 11:35 am Link to this comment
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Robert suggests that Bush was led astray by the neocons.  He actively supported their agenda by plotting to invade Iraq before he took office.  He’s not the idiot you believe him to be.  He’s a dangerous radical, one among many, who believe in American hegemony abroad and authoritarian rule at home.  The pious, humble man of the 2000 campaign was a phantom.  He’s one of a band of neocons who don’t feel inclined to hide the hatred and contempt they feel towards the rest of the world (Isreal excepted).  You misunderestimate the danger that Bush poses to our country and the world if you continue to believe that he’s stupid.  Cheers.

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By GodSend, July 25, 2007 at 11:27 am Link to this comment

This is an excellent post by Robert Scheer - and many excellent (insightful) comments! These posts provide all the justification we need to keep talking in a public forum! Truth is extending itself into America’s collective consciousness and replacing the horrible lies which have been placed there by our current political leaders and by the MSM. Now what?

Someone (1Sgt) mentioned that what is lurking in the shadows, and soon to be revealed, is a nightmare of such horror and magnitude to severely challenge our grasp of reality! In fact, it is of such magnitude that Bush or any of the instigators (Zionists) will NEVER willingly admit to the Truth! The gates of Hell will be opened to our consciousness but not because Bushco will cave in and tell all. We will find out the Truth, nevertheless, and it will enter our consciousness without the need for ‘evidence’ in the legal sense. We will just know!

The die has been cast and no ‘election’ will change anything. The game in which we are mere pawns will continue to play out to its end and all we can do is watch with amazement!

You can SEE! a preview at http://novalight.org

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By Mudwollow, July 25, 2007 at 11:12 am Link to this comment

The Bush legacy? There’s a supposition here that Mr. Bush desires a “normal, favorable” legacy.

Why in the name of God should Bush all of a sudden want something normal? From his spoiled brat preppy days to the present Mr. Bush has fit quite well into the role laid out for him. Mr. Bush has as much desire for a “favorable” legacy as he had desire to be a hero on the front lines in Vietnam.

The Bush legacy is extraordinary considering his lack of creativity and intellect. Historically record-breaking transfers of wealth to his best buddies, draining the treasury hopelessly for future generations, stuffing the court with retro minded judges and preparing America to become a lawless police state are Mr. Bush’s real legacies. He has every reason to be proud. No president has accomplished so much.

Mr. Bush has never been the decider of anything important. Like a spoiled kid who doesn’t have the patience for coordination to put Legos together, he can assert himself by kicking and stepping on what the other kids have put together.

Mr. Bush, the destroyer, not the decider.

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By Tom the Vet, July 25, 2007 at 10:46 am Link to this comment
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I hear all kinds of reasons why Bush does the things he does… He’s a moron… It was the “neocons”… etc… etc… etc…

The simple fact is that George Bush is a evangelistic Christian! He has told many individuals, groups, and the press that GOD helps him decide what to do…

AND so… for someone like George Bush… How can GOD be wrong? Wondering who are the 30% or so of people in the US who still support Bush… Same answer… and underlying it all… How can GOD be wrong?

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By Greg Bacon, July 25, 2007 at 10:40 am Link to this comment

Neither President Cheney or his loyal sidekick, the Smirking Idiot Chimp, cares a damn about what the American public think.

We’re one step away from becoming a totalitarian state, and that will be overcome with the next “false-flag” op against the US that will dwarf 9/11.

After that, martial law will be declared and another illegal and immoral war, this time against Iran, will start.

It’s war for Empire and Israel…. And if you don’t like that, we’ll we’ve got a nice, little hotel down in GITMO just waiting for your arrival.

“Cheney determined to strike in US with WMD this summer; only impeachment and removal, or a general strike, can stop him”
By Webster G. Tarpley
Online Journal Contributing Writer   Jul 23, 2007, 01:04

The greatest threat now is “a 9/11 occurring with a group of terrorists armed not with airline tickets and box cutters, but with a nuclear weapon in the middle of one of our own cities.”—Dick Cheney on Face the Nation, CBS, April 15, 2007

A few days ago, a group of lawyers from western Massachusetts met with the local congressman, Democrat John Olver. Their request was that Olver take part in the urgent effort to impeach Bush and Cheney. Olver responded by saying that he had no intention of doing anything to support impeachment. He went further, offering the information that the United States would soon attack Iran, and that these hostilities would be followed by the imposition of a martial law regime here.

http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/printer_2220.shtml

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By faith, July 25, 2007 at 10:19 am Link to this comment

The democratic elected officials are after those same dollars that the republicans seek.  That is at the heart of why the democrats refuse to be more forceful in stopping this outrageous occupation of sovereign foreign soil. 

This mess won’t end until the war profiteers have managed to reap every penny available.  Or, until a newly elected president is in office.

Notice, that Mr. Bush has reverted to declaring the connection between Al Quada and Iraq.  Yet, the majority of America’s attackers during 9/11 were Saudi.  The Bush family is closely connected with the Saudis.  The White House, did in fact, assist and facilitate getting some Saudi family members out of the U.S. immediately following the 9/11 attack.

Things are not going well in America.  Mr. Scheer, you are on point.  Would that the rest of America would pay attention and insist on action against this continual killing and maiming of human beings on both sides of the fence.

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By Dawn, July 25, 2007 at 10:16 am Link to this comment
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Just end this immoral episode in our U.S. history by impeaching Cheney. Dennis Kucinich has already done the paperwork. HR333 has been filed in the House of Representatives to impeach Cheney before he starts a war with Iran (this time nuclear).

If Cheney (the acting president) were to be impeached, Bush would either fall apart or look to dad for directions. Either of those scenarios would be better than marching head long into another war with our eyes wide open this time. Iran is not Iraq. They have Russia and China to back them up.

We all agree that Bush is mentally impaired which has allowed Cheney to be the real boss who flies under the radar (operating on the dark side as he puts it). It may appear that impeaching Bush is the answer, but if you think about that for a half a second you realize that Cheney is not the man you want to be our official president. So impeaching Cheney becomes the obvious choice to free our government from the grips of two madmen.

Call the congressional switchboard today: (202)224-3121. John Conyers only needs three more representatives to sign on to HR333 and he will begin impeachment proceedings against Cheney. Protesters get arrested and their marches get ignored by the media. But if we flood the congressional switchboard with calls to impeach Cheney. . . HR333 can happen. Be the change. Make the call and then get all your family and friends to make the call, you get the idea. It can happen. Watergate was nothing compared to this debacle.

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By stonyd, July 25, 2007 at 10:13 am Link to this comment
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Non Credo:
You are absolutely correct. This war and it’s acceptance by our pathetic congress has more to do with Israel than anything ( see Joe Lieberman ), and it is outright criminal that we have allowed this to happen. Neither the democrats or the republicans are worth a damn as long as they are still answering to the Jewish lobby ( see AIPAC ), not to mention the secret energy policies of Dick “Darth Vader” Cheney. Electoral politics as we now know it must be changed. The two party system is complete garbage, and career politicians are worse than used car salesmen. This war needs to be stopped and the whole Bush/Cheny cabal should be tried at Hague for international war crimes and abuses. And those whom support Israel should not have such prominence in decisions that affect the lives of the average American, because that same support is not shown for African nations nor northern European nations. It is hypocrisy at it’s best.

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By Mark A. Goldman, July 25, 2007 at 10:03 am Link to this comment

Sorry Robert,

I didn’t realize you were the editor of this site.  I probably was a bit too fast on the draw and need to calm down a bit.  All in all, it appears you do good work, which I appreciate.

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By Crimson Ghost, July 25, 2007 at 9:51 am Link to this comment

Non Credo

You are absolutely right about AIPAC and the Israel lobby.

Not much chance of a lasting peace in the Middle East or anyplace else until they are brought down a few pegs.

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By Mark A. Goldman, July 25, 2007 at 9:51 am Link to this comment

Don’t you think it’s a little bit amazing that Sheer doesn’t mention anything about impeachment and implies that Bush is totally innocent and that everybody else is making him look bad and his only failing is that he doesn’t realize how bad everyone else is making him look.  How much is Sheer being paid for this little piece of trash?

Hey Sheer.  It’s not about the war.  It’s about a criminal administration that trashed the Constitution.

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By keepyourheaddown, July 25, 2007 at 9:45 am Link to this comment
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buhie boy;
  what did you think was going to happen, when all you do is LIE CHEAT AND STEAL…DUMB FUCK LOSERS…
PATHETIC AS IT GETS…. LITTLE CHILDISH SPOILED BRATS…

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By myiq2xu, July 25, 2007 at 9:37 am Link to this comment
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Lil’ George is probably thinking “Weeeee! This free-falling is fun, and it don’t hurt one bit!”

Wait until he gets to that sudden stop at the end.

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By moe, July 25, 2007 at 9:34 am Link to this comment
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Bob:
You can stop wondering, it will never happen because the idiot is too stupid even as idiots go. As far as he is concerned evrything is just peaches…

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By Dr. Alitta Kullman, July 25, 2007 at 9:34 am Link to this comment
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May “the specter that haunts this presidency” be named Arlen.  Hopefully he will follow through, and not just bluster!

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By Roy Eidelson, July 25, 2007 at 9:25 am Link to this comment

From a psychological perspective, the Bush administration promoted the misguided and destructive war in Iraq by targeting five core concerns that often govern our lives—concerns about vulnerability, injustice, distrust, superiority, and helplessness. Looking ahead to September and beyond, the continuing occupation of Iraq—or an attack on Iran—will likely be sold to us in much the same way. I examine these warmongering appeals—and how to counter them—in a 10-minute YouTube video entitled “Resisting the Drums of War” available for viewing at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81UKnb5zJbM

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By Steve, July 25, 2007 at 9:12 am Link to this comment
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While I agree, I think you have to apply “bizarro world” thinking, where the opposite of what is normally desired is actually the objective. Business wants war, continuing conflict, constant fear, massive government spending (pump priming, a guns and butter economy). Politians follow with what business wants, through the power of individual industry and company lobbyists and contributions. Politians (the administration especially, with others quick to follow) manipulate the public, through speeches and spin, with the Press now eagar to follow, to believing that what is good for business (enough oil, defense spending, homeland security spending, etc. is good for America.(The press, being corporately owned, is by definition, conservative and will do what is best for business.) So we really don’t want peaceful resolution of conflicts, but to keep expanding our corporate reach. Vietnam, was fought for corporate access, just as in Iraq, central America in the 80’s etc. The Fed, meanwhile, feeds the sysytem with enough money to facilitate the massive distortions in the economy from public spending, always saying inflation is under control, even through they continue to devalue the dollar and print our way out debt. They talk a good story, but 1.5 to 2.5% inflation is not sound policy. They always promise to be alertnot talk is cheap. If we are doing so well according to the Republicans, because they cut taxes to free up the economy, why will they not honestly discuss the national debt? which has increase from $5.7 Trillion when Bush entered office, with a budget surplus, to now $8.9 Trillion, up 56% in 6 1/2 years!!
This administration killed two birds with one stone, war in Iraq to get control of oil, not only effectively kept Iraqi oil off the market, pushed prices up three fold helping oil companies in this country, but also benefit all other Middle east producers, what is with that?

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By KISS, July 25, 2007 at 8:16 am Link to this comment

Time to stop kicking Bush’s ass and time to kick the dimmo in the ass, especially Pelosi’s. Support Cindy Sheehan from where ever you live. And maybe it’s time to rethink John Conyer’s contributions. He seems responsible for jailing Cindy Sheehan, yesterday. Without conscientious dimmos Bush will not be impeached. As for his concern over ratings? His hubris and ego could care less. He takes this presidency to a new level, he has been ordained and anointed by god to push his righteous agenda on Amerika.

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By Neoconned, July 25, 2007 at 8:08 am Link to this comment
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If nothing else, at least Halliburton KBR is have a nice war.

Is it me or do the past 7 1/2 years feel like a nightmare?

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By The Old Hooligan, July 25, 2007 at 8:07 am Link to this comment

It’s sad. The Democrats on Capitol Hill can’t do anything. The Republicans on Capitol Hill won’t do anything. And so here we sit.

Bush sees the scoreclock and is content with merely playing out the string. And once he’s gone forever from office, it will take literally -decades for the United States of America to regain/rebuild trust around the world.

Personally, I don’t think it can be done.

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By Crimson Ghost, July 25, 2007 at 7:58 am Link to this comment

What scares me much more than Bush is the lack of EFFECTIVE oppostion from the Democrats. They talk the talk but do not walk the walk.

Also note that almost all establishment criticsm of Bush Re: Iraq centers on the fact that he botched the invasion, NOT that the invasion was wrong in the first place.

The fact that much of the so-called elite sees nothing wrong with a brutal and savage war of aggression except that “we” are losing frightens me much than the moron in the White House.

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By ocjim, July 25, 2007 at 7:37 am Link to this comment

From the beginning, Robert Scheer has been one of few voices against the incompetence and corruption of George W. Bush. I can remember the difficulty, even among progressive friends, of voicing opposition to rushing into the Iraqi war. We all knew that Bush was going to attack regardless of Saddam’s reponse and the search for weapons. The whole movement for war was like a juggernaut. Reason and debate were not on the table. I wonder if another attack could make us accept a Bush move to martial law. He, with the help of Congress, has gathered that power.

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By PACRAT, July 25, 2007 at 7:26 am Link to this comment
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Will Bush ever catch on to the enormity of his crimes? Of course not! Admitting them would destroy him. As long as his neocon groupies, Fox Noise and other phony media support him he will go on and on - and take our country down with him! He does not even know that he is lying or that he is responsible for almost destroying our country’s reputation around the world.

However, impeachment would at least slow him down. I don’t think that he will be impeached, but how else can we get his attention?

Doesn’t Congress realize that it is up to them now? His wife, parents and siblings apparently don’t care. Neither do his groupies.If any of them admit that he is wrong, then they admit also that they are wrong.

Quelle mess!

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By Skruff, July 25, 2007 at 7:16 am Link to this comment
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89316 by SamSnedegar on 7/25 at 1:21 am

It’s not about “oil” it’s about “energy”

and there are far more than two.

“Bush is irrelevant” would be a good lesson for those here.

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By weather, July 25, 2007 at 6:35 am Link to this comment

Mr.Scheer;you’re very charitable, Im not sure it was the neo-cons who turned on Bush at all to befoul his already disgraceful legacy. The very election that got him in office was a co-operative scam of media, the state of Florida and fear that conspired to defraud the electoral process.
Should his administration go up on criminal and civil charges along w/Silverman/Israel and others for 9/11, America we’ll stand a chance to confront the ugly truths, heal and move on, cause we are obviously w/out esteemable leadership politically.

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By THOMAS BILLIS, July 25, 2007 at 6:18 am Link to this comment
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Bush will never turn on the neo cons.The democrats will never grow balls.These two things shall always be true.One previous commenter has it right it has always been about oil.The fact that oil is always left out of the debate on what to do in Iraq means the debate has not been joined yet.You cannot debate unless all the facts are in play.Our two chief executives George W Mobil and Dick Exxon are not fooling anybody else in the world.The foreign press has it right. Our own as usual behind the times.We must be the worst informed country in the free world.

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By Peter, July 25, 2007 at 5:27 am Link to this comment

The fact is that Mr. Bush has no idea the meaning of why the United States was founded and what the role of the president is.

He flouts the Constitution(i.e., American Values)at will, breaks the law on a daily basis on his quest for Kingdom.

As time goes by it seems both the Democrats and Republicans are unwilling to do their job and remove the Bush Administration from any semblance of power.

How much more does America need to be damaged before anything is done?!

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By Expat, July 25, 2007 at 5:22 am Link to this comment

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Don’t be so damned easy!  Jeez, I know it’s easy to get posted here and gosh look at my numbers (good for the ego)…yeah, yeah, I know Joe Blow has 300 posts so he must be really good or have entirely too much time on his hands.  Whatever…look at it…are we really making a difference…I fear not.

Get your sorry butt out of the house and do something!!!!

Peace

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By the 1Sgt, July 25, 2007 at 5:00 am Link to this comment

Even as more and more Americans start thinking “withdrawal”, I think too few realize the full implications of this BLUNDER on history, by GWB. The damage he has done is really almost beyond proportion.
There is what we KNOW and SEE and there also is what we don’t know (as of yet) and have not seen or thought of. When all the cards are laid out, I think we will truly be embarrassed as a people.

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By Terry, July 25, 2007 at 4:49 am Link to this comment
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Look at it like this, as cyrena says, if he was in the private sector and he was the ceo of a major corp, which America basically is, and on the day that say you had a major gas explosion/escape or a nuke plant meltdown, and that’s what 9/11 was like for the US, and you were seen reading a book after the CFO said, Sir, major catastrophic failure in blah blah blah, and then think what the share holders would say, something like, get the fu^% out of there, and his swipe card would have been taken by the time he got out the elevator an the way to his 10 o’clock, what a fu^* wit.

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By SamSnedegar, July 25, 2007 at 4:28 am Link to this comment

Just think about it: no one wants to admit that someone played a horrible joke on the Americans by promoting a moron to their presidency, and none care to recognize that by participating in this Iraq insanity they also own up to coveting, lying, murdering, and stealing.

Maybe Karl and Cheney report to bin Laden? I don’t happen to think bin Laden is alive or WAS on nine eleven oh one, but had he been so, he could not have chosen a better president for his enemies had he been able to rig our election somehow. Make no mistake: Zawahiri is one smart cookieand perfectly able to pretend that bin Laden is alive and well when he died in 2000 of kidney failure, so there is no reason to dismiss the al Qa’ida bunch of crazies as harmless, but whoever may be in charge, they seem to be so busy hiding that they haven’t done any damage for YEARS.

Bush is a moron.

Think about his whole life and try to find one instance when the man ever expressed a cogent thought about ANYTHING. Oh, he has read speeches that might contain a few true words of dubious wisdom, but he never WROTE a speech in his life and COULDN’T. And his “ad lib” remarks are scripted and likely delivered to him via an imbedded earpiece which still can’t keep him from uttering stupidities from time to time.

Left to his own intelligence and devices, he has yet to say or do one intelligent thing in his entire life, and yet people keep BLAMING him for things of which he is utterly and totally incapable.

He has said on a number of occasions that “oil has nothing to do with it,” when of course there is no other possible reason for ever putting one American military boot on the sands of Iraq.

It’s not that the emperor has no clothes Cyrena; it is that he has no functioning brain. My sister is afflicted with early Alzheimers, and she is far more cogent than poor dubya, though she gets mightily confused when someone puts her breakfast cereal in the wrong cabinet. Not only can the moron (George the Second?) not analyze, he can’t even remember what HE said in the past, so he keeps on making dumb remarks which prove he has no understanding of any of the issues they send him out to discuss.

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By cyrena, July 25, 2007 at 2:41 am Link to this comment

Tis true, we’ve been aware of his “deranged” state for years now.

So, what’s up with Congress? This is so long past the point in time when the fellas of the Nixonian shame, had to make that long walk, and tell the guy it was all over.

The fact that NOBODY has yet done that, is probably even scarier than georges psychosis.

They should do it now. Have the medical personnel standing by with an ambulance.

It always amazes me to realize how long this has gone on. In the private sector, george would have been fired before he could complete his 6 month probation.

At this point, he should either be in jail, or in a medical facility.

And yet, here’s a photo of him, still pretending to be a president, and the Congress quite willing to go along with the facade, just like the Emperor without any clothes.

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By SamSnedegar, July 25, 2007 at 2:21 am Link to this comment

Oh come on . . .

The reason the moron was chosen instead of McCain who could have won over Gore in a landslide was just because he CANNOT possibly ever function as the real president. He is like a boy King, but a baby boy King, whose Kingly duties are performed by “advisors.” The moron has never had the least understanding of what it is to be president, and he never will be able to make decisions like the “decider” he claims to be.

There are but two verities necessary for a complete understanding of the new century:
1. Bush is a moron, and
2. It’s about oil.

If you don’t grasp those two verities, then you are looking at the world through an extremely clouded and distorted lens, where ALL of your analyses are flawed because your basic premises are simply wrong.

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By louis stroud, July 25, 2007 at 1:45 am Link to this comment
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hhhhmmmm,i heard on the news that some one thought that dumbya was deranged,duuuhhhh!

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