Monday, December 04, 2006

Three Branches Of Government, Two Parties, One Decider

The Bush administration is so corrupt and in such disarray that all this new Congress will be able to do is contain the damage and follow the ugly, sordid truth of the last six years.  Obviously, Iraq will be the main item on their agenda and all indications are that the President will continue to dig in his heels and press forward in his ill fated mission to “democratize” (read, turn over the management of Iraqi oil supplies over to American interests) Iraq.  His daddy’s pals may be trying to provide Junior with an out, but if he thinks that his legacy depends on “winning” in Iraq, he very well may stay the course.  What in his presidency would suggest “the decider” would do anything else?

The discredited neo-cons are whining that Bush took their great idea and messed it up, but that is just ass covering of the highest order.  The neo-cons simply don’t know what to do when their fantasy world collides with reality and we should make sure that they are forever branded with a scarlet N to signify the nutjobs they have proved themselves to be.

The Bush administration’s Holy War has spun out of control and the damage will last for generations, how many generations exactly will be determined by how quickly they can be forced to accept their failure in Iraq, because there is no winning and mitigating any further damage will only be possible once this obstinate administration is put down.  That can happen while Bush is still in office, but only if the Democrats are willing to flip the switch and take control, at the very least, of the public debate.

There are signs that traditional media may be ready to provide a forum for the Democrats to do just that.  Hell, even Tim Russert is trying to save face with his audiences by (finally) challenging the architects and executors of the Bush administration’s failed foreign policy.  As far as I’m concerned, Russert has already lost all credibility, but that he sees an opportunity to convince some of the American people that he is still relevant may prove to be a good thing.  After six years of a free pass, Russert’s attempts at confrontation of Bush administration officials may seem jarring enough to his audience to actually make an impression.

The reality on the ground in Iraq has made it impossible for anyone outside the Bush administration to continue to defend anything resembling a stay the course strategy.  Even John Bolton can recognize a lost cause when he sees one and now that he’s out as Ambassador to the UN, Bush is left holding the bag.  Our President can’t even convince his own Party that his policy in Iraq will work, so how in the hell could he possibly believe there is any way to convince the rest of the world?  Does he think he can manage that with his superior diplomatic skills?  I think not.

I like the synchronicity of finally being rid of John Bolton on the same day that Augusto Pinochet has a massive heart attack.  Both men have black hearts that appear to protect them from anything resembling introspection, remorse or empathy for their fellow (wo)man.  It’s true that power corrupts, but sometimes it’s simply a matter of evil rising to the top.  I don’t think these men were corrupted by the power they wielded, but rather sought power because they had an unquenchable desire to spread their vile ideology and conquer their corner of the world.  We’ll all be better off once men such as these are permanently denied any avenue to power or influence on world events.  That list is unfortunately, pretty long, but luckily many of them currently work in the Bush administration so they’ll be easy enough to find and neuter so they won’t be able to propagate their special brand of evil in the future.  Nature will take care of some of them, but political pressure and public action will be required to make sure the rest of them pay their debt to society and serve as a warning to future “public servants” with a desire to obtain power for the sole purpose of abusing that power for personal gain.

The Bush administration and Congressional Republicans hate government, it’s a cornerstone of their ideology, and they have had great success in destroying the institutions they were entrusted to protect and short changing the people they were sworn to serve.  The damage is so big and so deep and so wide that it will take many, many years to rebuild the many agencies and programs they infected.  Government is meant to serve the people and now that we have a Congress that at least believes in the government’s ability to do that, we should be on our way to a better day.  How good things get and how quickly that happens will still depend on how much effort we the people are willing to put into making that happen.  

We can hope that the Democrats in the Senate and House provide a vision for a better future and we can even hope that a Presidential candidate emerges that will present a path that will take us there, but we must never again detach from our responsibilities as citizens the way we have in the recent past.  To make this country work, we must vote, we must educate ourselves on the issues and we absolutely must engage.  We have seen first hand the damage unchecked power can do and we must never again allow one branch of government to cede its power to another.

6 Comments:

Anonymous david said...

I really enjoyed the NYTimes' Frank Rich this Sunday. His column Has He Started Talking to the Walls? really pulls no punches.

4:13 PM  
Anonymous kindlingman said...

I think we are seeing a shift in Bush's policy right now. Between Gates' confirmation hearing comments, the Iraq Study Group, Rumsfelds departure, and the meeting Bush had today, I have to think that we are finally seeing change. I don't hold a lot of hope for a successful new strategy yet but with almost all neocons out of the executive branch there is an opportunity for progress. I will hope that opportunity bears fruit.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I had no idea that such idiocy as yours existed in the world. Were you living under a hole on 9/11? Have you deluded yourself to the point that you think this country is invincible from attack. The reason that we have not suffered another major attack since 9/11 is our extreme (and well justified) response after those attacks. If this nation did not defend ourselves from Islamic terrorists, like the ones we are fighting and killing in Iraq, then they would simply continue to attack us and attack us and attack us until we caved in to their twisted world view. If it wasn't for president Bush's policy on defending this country from attacks and preemptive strikes on groups and country that are attempting to attack us or to gain the ability to do so we would only face more attacks. I am glad that our President is willing to stay the course in Iraq, that is the only way we will win and the only way this country will be protected from future attacks. If you look back at the past 25 years or so you will see that we have been at war with Islamic extremists for at least that long, this is our response for 25 years of attacks and it is a good start. The other reason that President Bush is so committed to winning in Iraq is because of people i.e. nutjobs like you who can't see past their blinders to what is actually happening out there.

8:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iraq did not attack us...most of the men who attacked the twin towers were from Saudi Arabia. A country with deep ties in the U.S. (but that is another discussion)The only reason (beyond greed) that bush attacked Iraq is because they tried to kill his daddy. Each day we spend in Iraq killing, torturing, and raping men, women and children, we create new enemies. Even the most moderate civilian will become an extremist when they become angry enough. The people of Iraq under U.S. occupation are learning to hate us even more. We must accept this and make an exit strategy the priority.

9:22 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

j andrews--I doubt that you will come back to read this response (why question your already firmly entrenched worldview that is based on nothing more than what your fantasy role playing leaders tell you is the "truth" as they see it), but just in case, oh my god, are you serious?!

First of all, you might want to pick up a newspaper every once in a while. While I think traditional media has dropped the ball on the realities of the Iraq War, not to mention the fabricated pretense for starting said war, they have at least published the President's own admission that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with 9/11. It's only the last addled brain 30% still supporting this bonehead in the White House (that it pains me to refer to as "The President") that still believe otherwise. As Anonymous correctly points out, 9/11 was perpetrated by Saudis, you know, residents of the country that Bush continues to kiss ass, hold hands with and protect at all costs.

Read the 9/11 Commission Report, do a little research of your own and then come back and tell me who’s the idiot in this scenario. Or you could just look it the mirror, it would be faster much that way!

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Dale H. said...

j. andrews~

One can be in favor of a 'forward leaning' strategy that preempts terrorist and of the attack on Afghanistan, without swallowing the Kool-aid fueled assertions you've made about Iraq.

The deteriorating condition of our military readiness, together with the worsening situation in Afghanistan, belies any claims you try to make RE the efficacy of Bush's "policies".

Let me guess, "Classic Chickenhawk"? Never served, wouldn't if you could and don't know anyone who has.

10:51 AM  

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