Sunday, June 13, 2004

The New Coalition of the Willing

Retired Officials Say Bush Must Go
WASHINGTON — A group of 26 former senior diplomats and military officials, several appointed to key positions by Republican Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, plans to issue a joint statement this week arguing that President George W. Bush has damaged America's national security and should be defeated in November.

The group, which calls itself Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, will explicitly condemn Bush's foreign policy, according to several of those who signed the document. [...]

It is unusual for so many former high-level military officials and career diplomats to issue such an overtly political message during a presidential campaign. [...]
Why are people acting surprised about this? These former diplomats spent their entire careers promoting the American image overseas. Now they see their lives' work getting flushed down the toilet by Bush. I can't imagine why they would be upset! Reporters and pundits can't really be that stupid, right?
But in the past, administration officials have rejected charges that Bush has isolated America in the world, pointing to countries contributing troops to the coalition in Iraq and the unanimous passage last week of the U.N. resolution authorizing the interim Iraqi government.
This whole "Coalition of the Willing" thing is, and has been, such a joke, but no one in the mainstream media is reporting it. Bush claims the support of 47 nations in this coalition (it was 30 prior to the invasion), but out of those, only 6 have troops on the ground. And outside of the U.K. with 45,000 troops, the contributions are minimal. To wit:

Afghanistan 0
Albania 70
Australia 2000
Azerbaijan 0
Bulgaria 150*
Colombia 0
Costa Rica 0
Czech Rep. 1 NBC* Team
Denmark 1 sub, 1 warship
Dom. Rep. PW#
El Salvador 0
Eritrea 0
Estonia 0
Ethiopia 0
Georgia 0
Honduras 0
Hungary 0
Iceland 0
Italy 0
Japan 0
South Korea 0
Latvia Still deciding
Lithuania 0
Macedonia 0
Micronesia 0^
Netherlands 360
Nicaragua 0
Palau 0+
Philippines PW#
Poland 200@
Portugal 0
Romania 278*
Slovakia 0
Spain 1 medical ship
Solomon Isls. 0
Tonga 0
Turkey 0
Ukraine 500*
UK 45,000
Uzbekistan 0


KEY:
*Nuclear, Biological, Chemical decontamination experts
#Undisclosed number of troops pledged for post-war deployment
@Non-combat troops
+Between 20 and 200 of Palau's 20,000 citizens reportedly already members of the U.S. military
^Micronesia is, by treaty, wholly dependent on the US for its defense.

It's sad, but it's also typical Bush. He's a cowboy who's all hat and no cattle.

Here's Bush's Secret Recipe (not the bean people):
1) Create something small and insignificant.
2) Give it a grandiose name.
3) Make sure your accomplices get on TV and repeat it as many times as possible.
4) Count on the fact that mainstream media types won't call you onto the carpet for your exaggerations and lies.
5) Rinse and repeat.

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Stone Cold Crazy

I always knew Bush was crazy! Now, we have a book by a clinical psychiatrist that argues the same thing. From today's Washington Post:
[...] "Bush on the Couch," authored by a longtime Washington psychiatrist who has never met or treated the president, offers "an exploration of Bush's psyche" that delves into such touchy topics as his baby sister's death, his relationship with his mother and father and his drinking history.

In the book, to be released Tuesday, Justin A. Frank, a clinical professor at George Washington University Medical Center, claims President Bush exhibits "sadistic tendencies" and suffers from "character pathology," including "grandiosity" and "megalomania" -- viewing himself, America and God as interchangeable. [...]
And the only treatment that will work is an electoral enema in November. It's high time we flushed out the White House.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Mr. Blackwell, I presume...

Here's a great story about French President Chirac leaving his tie off for a couple meetings at the G8 summit.
SEA ISLAND, Ga. (AP) -- In the end, President Jacques Chirac did take off his tie. But it took awhile. The French president stood out from other world leaders during the first few days of the Group of Eight summit by keeping on his tie while others went casual.

But Chirac loosened up as the summit went on, going tie-less for a photo with other leaders sporting open collars as they strolled late Wednesday along a beach.

On Thursday, the three-day summit's last day, Chirac also left behind his tie for a morning one-on-one meeting with President Bush.
What the hell? The leaders of the eight wealthiest industrialized nations in the world get together to discuss God knows what and we get bulllshit stories like this? I probably shouldn't complain. At least it's not another piece of Reagan-fellating fiction that seems to be all the rage right now.

Voters Shift in Favor of Kerry

According to the new LA Timespoll, Kerry holds a 51-44 lead over Bush nationally. We'll see in the coming months how this translates into electoral college votes, as that is the only number that really matters. Ask Al Gore.

Sometimes I wonder why Kerry isn't leading by 20 points and then I read stuff like this:
Michelle Mann, a stay-at-home mother in Oklahoma City, said she saw Bush as "a resolute man, and he is doing what he firmly believes is the right thing to do" without worrying about political consequences or reactions from other nations.
What!?! Every decision that comes out of the Bush White House is made with politics and his re-election campaign in mind. It's true that he hasn't worried about other nations' reactions, Michelle. That's called unilateralism. A strategy that hasn't really worked out that well in the past. Which is exactly why we usually stick to the alliance system. You know, the system that won both World Wars and the Cold War.

Since voters like Michelle seem to be drawn to Bush's platitudes masquerading as wisdom I've got a few for you:

#1 If it ain't broke don't fix it. (Unilateralism is bad.)
#2 You catch more flies with honey than vinegar. (Don't illegally invade other countries and tell them what to do at gun point. Diplomacy usually works.)
And most importantly:
#3 Just say no. (Seriously, Michelle. Put down the crack pipe.)

Monday, June 07, 2004

Ray Gun was #1...

68 More "firsts" that the media is conveniently ignoring:

1. First to turn America into a DEBTOR nation
2. First to increase DEBT faster than growth of national income in eight years
3. First to increase DEBT faster than growth of gdp over eight years
4. First to double the deficit in just eigh t years
5. First to “almost”: triple the national DEBT in just eight years
6. First to increase SPENDING by 80%--over 8 years.
7. First to SPEND more in eight years than was spent in prior 50 years.
8. First to have “real” INTEREST RATES of 8% after averaging 1% over 35 years.
9. First to keep PRIME INTEREST RATES at 20%.
10. First to over value the dollar to the yen at rate of 262 yen to 1 dollar.
11. First to have served as Governor and increase STATE SPENDING by 112%
12. First to have HOME LOAN INTEREST RATES as high as 16%
13. First to CUT TAXES by 60% for his rich pals
14. First to allow the SAVINGS AND LOAN INDUSTRY to be raided after signing a deregulatory bill and proclaiming “I think we have hit the jackpot”. Come and get it the vaults are unguarded.
15. First to deal with TERRORISTS
16. First to send an AUTOGRAPHED BIBLE to a man he called “The Satan of Terrorists”.
17. First to have an ADMIRAL plead the Fifth Amendment.
18. First to have a stealing, lying, gutless wife abusing MARINE LT. COLONEL plead the Fifth Amendment.
19. First to have a “sitting” CABINET MEMBER INDICTED
20. First to have an ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF STATE INDICTED.
21. First to have an ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE SENT TO PRISON.
22. First to have over 100 MEMBERS OF AN ADMINISTRATION CHARGED WITH CRIMES..
23. First to have more members of his administration charged with crimes than CUMULATIVE TOTAL OF ALL OTHER PRESIDENTS in the twentieth century
24. First to set a record for the LARGEST ONE DAY PERCENTAGE DECLINE in the DOW in history. 10-19-87
25. First to have over $10,000,000 INCREASE IN WEALTH from serving for 8 years as president.
26. First to testify ”under oath” 130 times that ”I DON’T REMEMBER” .
27. First to have an Admiral with a photographic memory testify 128 times “ I DON’T REMEMBER”.
28. First to undergo BRAIN SURGERY a few months after leaving office. No pain no gain.
29. First to, repeatedly, FALSIFY HIS WIFE’S AGE. As tho anyone cared.
30. First to promote his religious faith and never have an ACTIVE CHURCH MEMBERSHIP.
31. First to never use the term JESUS CHRIST in speeches.
32. First to seek GUIDANCE FROM THE STARS not from God
33. First to have had a SHOTGUN WEDDING.
34. First to have worked as a SHILL in Las Vegas.
35. First to call a Stealing, Lying, Psychotic, wife abusing Marine a “LIAR."
36. First to have been OPENLY ALIENATED from his children.
37. First To have served with ALZHEIMERS
38. First to have UNEMPLOYMENT AT 10.8% since great depression.
39. First to attack a small unprotected nation with 88,000 inhabitants and 10,000 bb guns then PROCLAIM -“America stands tall again”— “we have whipped the Vietnam Syndrome”-we have defeated communism”. Gosh! What if we had whipped Cyprus?.
40. #1-in FARM FORECLOSURES
41. #1-In BANK FAILURES
42. #1-In SAVINGS AND LOAN FAILURES
43. #1-In Percent increase in PERSONAL BANKRUPTCIES
44. #1-In recorded MISSTATEMENTS
45. #1-In never having a single press conference in which he did not make at least one or more INCORRECT STATEMENTS.
46. #1-In needing a staff person standby during press conferences to tell the press “WHAT HE REALLY MEANT”.
47. #1-In having SERVICEMEN KILLED during peacetime.
48. #1-In largest DROP IN POPULARITY in one week.
49. #1-In being first to HONOR NAZI STORM TROOPERS by calling them” Innocent Victims”
50. #1-In being first to be labeled “BRAIN DEAD AFFABLE DUNCE’ by this writer.
51. First to lie-over and over-to reporters “I DO NOT DYE MY HAIR my barber uses a special shampoo”
52. First to have a wife who ”forced” him to WEAR THREE SUITS in one day
53. First to boast “Not bad for a DUMB GUY who worked only 20 hours per week”.
54. First to have his wife sit nearby and WHISPER ANSWERS to questions
55. First to FALL ASLEEP while the Pope spoke
56. First to invite the Pope to visit the White House and “BRING THE WIFE AND KIDS”
57. First to have his press secretary remove him from the microphone because he could not answer questions. Then, as the reporter yelled out “answer my question” he replied “MY HANDLERS WON’T LET ME SPEAK”. Quick get the white coat.
58. First 20th Century president to have historians RATE HIM BELOW every president of the 20th except for Richard Nixon. 1994 Poll.
59. First to give us a First Lady with a past reputation for giving the BEST BJ in Hollywood.
60. First to suggest his eldest son undergo PSYCHIATRIC examination
61. First to have been voted in British polls (twice) as the ”MOST FEARED LEADER IN THE WORLD” sic em Rambo.
62. First to serve as Governor on a ”conservative” platform and INCREASE SPENDING BY 112%.
63. First Governor TO INCREASE personal income taxes by 60%, tax increase on cigarettes by 200%, state tax collections by 152%.
64. First to have a Special Assistant say on national TV “sometimes you had to HIT HIM ON THE HEAD with a 2 x 4 to get his attention”
65. First to have his official biographer state on national TV ‘After he was shot in 1981he GOT SLOWER AND SLOWER EACH YEAR. His speech got slower. He deliberated more and he hesitated more when he spoke. He lost his physical quickness and would not make decisions on the spot. It was a very, very slow and steady mental and physical decline”.
66. First to have a POPULARITY RATING OF ONLY 35% after his first two years in office.
67. First president to have been DIVORCED
68. First president to have the Geriatrics Department of a major university study his behavior and conclude that AFTER THREE YEARS IN OFFICE HE HAD ALZHEIMERS.

Thanks to C. Swinney for these.

Friday, June 04, 2004

The Madness of King George...

Bush's Erratic Behavior Worries White House Aides
President George W. Bush’s increasingly erratic behavior and wide mood swings has the halls of the West Wing buzzing lately as aides privately express growing concern over their leader’s state of mind.

In meetings with top aides and administration officials, the President goes from quoting the Bible in one breath to obscene tantrums against the media, Democrats and others that he classifies as “enemies of the state.”

In interviews with a number of White House staffers who were willing to talk off the record, a picture of an administration under siege has emerged, led by a man who declares his decisions to be “God’s will” and then tells aides to “fuck over” anyone they consider to be an opponent of the administration. [...]

“We’re at war, there’s no doubt about it. What I don’t know anymore is just who the enemy might be,” says one troubled White House aide. “We seem to spend more time trying to destroy John Kerry than al Qaeda and our enemies list just keeps growing and growing.”

Aides say the President gets “hung up on minor details,” micromanaging to the extreme while ignoring the bigger picture. He will spend hours personally reviewing and approving every attack ad against his Democratic opponent and then kiss off a meeting on economic issues. [...]

The President's abrupt dismissal of CIA Directory George Tenet Wednesday night is, aides say, an example of how he works.

"Tenet wanted to quit last year but the President got his back up and wouldn't hear of it," says an aide. "That would have been the opportune time to make a change, not in the middle of an election campaign but when the director challenged the President during the meeting Wednesday, the President cut him off by saying 'that's it George. I cannot abide disloyalty. I want your resignation and I want it now."

Tenet was allowed to resign "voluntarily" and Bush informed his shocked staff of the decision Thursday morning. One aide says the President actually described the decision as "God's will."
Yikes! Capitol Hill Blue is usually reputable, but in this case, I don't care if it's true or not. I just like seeing stories like this out there. For too many years, Democratic politicians have been the victims of stories and innuendos like this. The shoe is on the other foot now, bitches!

Thursday, June 03, 2004

It tolls for thee...

Bush Knew About Leak of CIA Operative's Name
Witnesses told a federal grand jury President George W. Bush knew about, and took no action to stop, the release of a covert CIA operative's name to a journalist in an attempt to discredit her husband, a critic of administration policy in Iraq.

Their damning testimony has prompted Bush to contact an outside lawyer for legal advice because evidence increasingly points to his involvement in the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame's name to syndicated columnist Robert Novak.

The move suggests the president anticipates being questioned by prosecutors. Sources say grand jury witnesses have implicated the President and his top advisor, Karl Rove
If this turns out to be true, this is nothing short of treason. Leaking the identity of an active CIA agent with non-official cover (the holiest of the holy at the agency) during a time of "war"? Not to mention the fact that she was working on stopping the proliferation of nuclear materials, something that should be a priority in the "War on Terror."

As much noise as this (mis)administration makes about terrorism and "dirty bombs," one would think that they wouldn't want to sabotage their own efforts to prevent terrorist groups and rogue states from obtaining nuclear material. Oh. That's right. Ambassador Joe Wilson had to be punished for pointing out that some of Bush's claims about Iraq were known falsehoods. Priorities, people!

Who's next?

CIA Director Tenet Resigns
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Thursday that CIA director George Tenet has resigned "for personal reasons" and that his deputy will temporarily lead America's premier spy agency until a successor is found.
An interesting turn of events, no? Just one day after Bush lawyers up because of the investigation over the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame, we have the agency director resigning. The plot sickens.
 

Tuesday, June 01, 2004

The embarrassing nightmare continues...

Bush warned against comparing D-Day to Iraq
French officials fear George Bush will inflame anti-American sentiment in France this weekend by linking the D-Day landings with the invasion of Iraq. [...]

Anti-US feeling has been running high in France since Paris opposed the war on Iraq last year. Activists have called for a mass demonstration in Paris on Saturday to protest at Mr Bush's arrival.

Laurent Fabius, head of Mr Chirac's governing UMP party, said of Mr Bush: "He represents the exact opposite of everything we admire about America."
The fact that anyone even has to say this out loud is truly sad. However, I would think that if Bush doesn't come right out and overtly compare this war with WWII, he'll use some thinly veiled language that will do just that.

How much more damage can this jerk do to our international standing? I'm glad I don't have to travel outside of the US, right now. I would be telling people that I am Canadian. Our "elected" leader is an embarrassment. Allies? We don't need no steenkin' allies!