Wednesday, December 27, 2006

A New Way Forward Toward A Mystery Goal That Was Only Ever A Mirage

I am eagerly awaiting President Bush’s State of the Union address, first of all because there is always that WTF moment in every one of his speeches to the country (think “switch grass” and “animal human hybrids” and “steroids in baseball” in the midst of a failing war) but secondly, because I’m curious to see if the American people will see through his “new way forward in Iraq”. A slogan is not a policy, but the Bush administration is still ignorant to that fact.

While Tony Snow digested his Christmas turkey, Scott Stanzel took to the podium and gave this nugget to the press:

“President Bush will talk soon to our troops, to the American people and to the Iraqi people about the new way forward in Iraq that will lead to a democratic and unified country that can sustain, govern, and defend itself.”

Still aiming high eh?

Bush and the American people have never exactly been on the same page when it came to Iraq, I mean really, what interest did most of us have in using our children to avenge a failed attempt on his father’s life? But now that we have sparked a civil war in Iraq, and more and more of our young men and women are coming home without their limbs, or worse, in body bags, we recognize that there is no winning while the President still shoots for the moon.

If there was ever a common goal, it was supporting our troops while they are in harms way, but increasingly, the American people recognize that the only way to support our troops is to get them the hell out of Iraq. Meanwhile, rumor has it that Bush will argue for sending in more troops. And why? Certainly not because “winning” in Iraq is possible, or even because it is in our country's best interest, but because he must stay the course to save his legacy. Again, what interest do the rest of us have in that?

It is dangerous to have a President at the helm whose sole concern is his place in history. The troops on the ground in Iraq don’t care about that, nor do the General’s, the Joint Chiefs or the American people. If, in his State of the Union address, President Bush puts his desires above everyone else’s and proposes a troop surge to create a “democratic and unified” Iraq, he will prove that he is unfit to lead. I, for one, can’t wait to see what we do about that.


Anonymous rkelly said...

I've decided I'm not going to recognize Bush as the President. Not that I did in the first place.

Now, however, it's perfectly clear to me that the citizens of the United States of America need to impeach the Supreme Court that conspired with the Bush Crime Family and its multiple partners, the Cheney crime operation and the Rumsfeld crime operation, but keep adding because the crime families and other crime partners in the Coup d'etat that occurred on the United States count into the hundreds and it really did happen. Of course there are also crime syndicates all over the western hemisphere as well as the Moonie power in both North and South Korea and of course, the Washington Post owned and operated by Moon and Buffet. Hmmmm, the crime syndicate thickens and the money banks holding all the tour de force for the operation to succeed, the FED of course. Printing money to the tune of unbridled inflation.

2007 needs to be the year that the Supreme Court gets impeached for violating their vows to the Constitution of the United States of America and then George, et al. get tried as war criminals and his "Presidency" is 100% void which means every person he appointed these past six years are not legitimate "government."

Scary thought - yes. But far more frightening is the nuclear path this madman is definitely taking us down in his "Cheney Presidency" and we didn't vote for him either, the nuke lover, the other "Tricky Dick."

8:22 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Many of the Blogs are focusing on the death of President Ford and his amnesty to Nixon.

What occurred to me was humanity should grant a posthumous pardon to Ford for legally excusing Nixon of his offenses and then demand the current criminal regime be turned over to the World Court for prosecution.

Global crimes demand universal justice which supercedes a nation's sovereignty. Mass murderers like Bush talk about a world economy but conveniently hide behind the U.S. Constitution which they've rigged whenever it suits their purposes.


11:37 AM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

I too am eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the "new way forward," which I suspect will be a re-branded version of "the same old shit."

Winston Churchill is reputed to have once said that you can count on Americans to do the right thing...eventually (implying that a series of blunders was necessary first to leave "the right thing" as the only alternative).

Well, we shall see. I didn't think I could be more ashamed of the origin of my passport after my countrymen almost elected Bush in 2004 (Ohio) after almost electing him in 2000 (Florida).

But if the Chimperor is allowed to get away with sending even more troops to die on his fool's errand, if Congress goes along with it and people fail to take to the streets by the hundreds of thousands to end this catastrophe, we will finally and truly deserve the government we have.

11:39 AM  
Anonymous david said...

Well, I have nothing against Presidents who worry about their place in history. LBJ banked his entire legacy on his Civil Rights legislation. He tried to win in Vietnam, but realized he had to drop out of the 1968 race or risk having his legacy judged on that ill-advised war.

Unlike Vietnam, there was nothing to defend an invasion of Iraq either economically or ideologically. The liberal naifs who supported regime change, despite the violation of international law, failed to foresee that America itself is capable of torture, murder, and tyranny. (You'd think liberals would have been more concerned with upholding the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the Geneva Conventions.)

Bush's desperate hope for a miraculous victory in Iraq reveals his evangelical naivety. I can't help thinking that Bush wishes God would enrapture him before the New Year. But there will be no victory in Babylon of Biblical proportions.

Poor Georgie Bush would do better to read the Old Testament. God abandons those who abandon the Law: And who doesn't think God's Law prohibits torture, murder, and tyranny? I think Dubya ought to fear being sent to the Other Place than dream of The Rapture and being named America's Joshua.

11:43 AM  
Blogger xenophon said...

I think Bush's phrase "new way forward" contains all we need to know about what his Iraq policy after the new year is going to be.

Since they were elected this administration has refused to admit a mistake, or that they might have done something better.

Its going to be the same thing with the "new" Iraq policy.

This administration has always been one of circles, an inner and an outer, Condi Rice became Sec. of State after she was squeezed out of the inner circle, but rewarded for her long service and loyalty.

I don't think Mr. Gates, sent by the elder Bush to perform a mission, is now, or ever will be a member of the inner circle.

In 1940 the allies were whipped in Europe. It was generally assumed the Germans would be in London in a month or two, everybody was demoralized.

Only Winston Churchill's steadfastness, and heroic rhetoric rallied the courage of the people, and renewed their energies.

The people around Bush, his "team" will encourage him to confuse his own stupidity with Churchill's brilliance, his own ineptitude with steadfastness, and his own refusal to admit a mistake as courage.

So the "new way forward" will be the same old "staying the course" dressed up in new rhetoric, catch phrases, fresh promises, and vague assurances.

I don't think the Iraq war will conclude until Bush's term of office ends. No matter how bad it gets, now matter how much suffering is created, no matter how thinly stretched the army and marines are, what we see now is what we get until January 2009.

Over the next two years we are going to learn with increasing despair just how profoundly incompetent this administration really is.

12:53 PM  
Anonymous david said...

Well, with the Dems in charge of Congress, the President will have to play nice or have the funding of his war cut off.

Saddam will hang soon and Dubya will be able to shout "Mission Accomplished" again. And Congress will be able to say, "Pack up and bring them home."

I'm with John Dean. It's not likely Bush or Cheney could be impeached, but everyone beneath them could and should be sent to jail.

I'm afraid the days of the American Empire are over. What is truly perverse is that it has been Commie-hating, GOP-loving, free-marketeers who poured the billions of dollars of investment into mainland China that will ensure that it will be the world power of the 21st century.

Oddly, we've seen this before. The British Empire over-extended itself and ran up enormous debts at the beginning of the 20th century. This allowed America to supercede it. Alas, like any business success, it's the third generation that usually squanders the wealth so painstakingly built up by the first and managed by the second.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous kindlingman said...

Has enough been written about the past?
The hatred on the Right and on the Left, about events that have passed into history, is becoming a giant overcoat for both sides to wear. We only see the coat now and not that the weather has changed.

There is a new Congress, a view by everyone that Iraq is a mess, that neo-cons have been routed, that right wing pundits have proven their obsequiousness to the Administration, and that President George Bush is all alone. (Condi and the Veep no longer stump for his greatness, they only defend themselves.)

The sun is shining, my friends. Take off your overcoat, smell the air. The harbingers of spring are evident. Although summer is not yet here, it is time to plan our work.

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Democracy advocate said...

It makes you wonder what a President Al Gore could have been like.

6:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This newsflash just in and it's not encouraging for those of us hoping to attain peace in 2007.

What's The New Lie About To Be Unveiled By The Bush Cronies ?

Find The Answer In My Latest Commentary At:

Happy New Year ?


11:51 AM  
Anonymous david said...

I never know what you're talking about, kindlingman. Overcoats of hate??? It's still December, so that smell of spring in the air is probably Global Warming. And the USA has done nothing about that.

And Rice and Cheney are still pushing the Bush agenda. I've seen nothing to the contrary. This will be the bloodiest month for US troops in Iraq this year. And where is this light at the end of the tunnel --or is that the Angel of Death?

The next two years aren't going to be fun for the Dems. They're going to try to clean up the Bush mess with their slim majority and the Faux Media and the GOP will try to blame everything that goes wrong, both foreign & domestic, on them.

Unfortunately, there is always someone rich and powerful trying to tear down a liberal democracy. That's why one can't frolic in the sunshine and declare this "the best of all possible worlds".

Saddam was hanged today. Do we feel safer? Why? Saddam didn't have WMD. He wasn't the mastermind behind 9/11. Sure, he was a tyrant, but the torture, murder, and tyranny continues under the American occupation. So, what was it all about?

Big Brother Bush will give us our two minutes of hate. We'll see reruns of Saddam's hanging over the next two weeks. And Der Dubya will announce his Great Leap Forward.

Just remember: It is illegal in American parks to say that the Grand Canyon was created by hundreds of thousands of years of erosion, but okay to say Noah's Flood was responsible.

Now, I'm going to take off my overcoat of hate and enjoy this balmy December weather. And I've got my tube of sunblock; hey, I'm no fool, I know that UV rays cause skin cancer. I'm ready for Global Warming. Bring it on.

12:29 PM  
Anonymous kindlingman said...

Of course you want global warming, you live in Canada! Plus Canada will control the shortest trade route from Europe to China when the ice in the northeren sea passage melts completely. I admired your government for telling the US to stay out of its sovereign waters. Unfortunately, this will need to be repeated many times.
The world could use some good ideas on how to live an environmentally renewable and sustainable modern life. Ideas from your side?

p.s. I hope my Christmas wish for you still comes true.

9:42 PM  
Anonymous david said...

Well, I can see not everyone gets "irony".

There are plenty of ideas out there on how to live "an environmentally renewable and sustainable modern life", but I agree with kindlingman that they have to be "repeated many times" to Americans.

I know, we non-Americans have been offering "new ideas" to the USA until we're blue state in the face. But it's very hard to get across scientific facts to people who think the world was created in 4004 BC, the first human had no navel, or that multi-level marketing is economically sound.

11:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...
It has surfaced that chchcheney said in 1994 that “invading Baghdad would create a Quagmire.” Is the house of cards falling??? Is this why rover is scooting???

7:02 AM  

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