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!

Monday, May 31, 2004

A record to run away from...

From the front page of today's Washington Post

From Bush, Unprecedented Negativity
Scholars Say Campaign Is Making History With Often-Misleading Attacks
[...]Scholars and political strategists say the ferocious Bush assault on Kerry this spring has been extraordinary, both for the volume of attacks and for the liberties the president and his campaign have taken with the facts. Though stretching the truth is hardly new in a political campaign, they say the volume of negative charges is unprecedented -- both in speeches and in advertising.

Three-quarters of the ads aired by Bush's campaign have been attacks on Kerry. Bush so far has aired 49,050 negative ads in the top 100 markets, or 75 percent of his advertising. Kerry has run 13,336 negative ads -- or 27 percent of his total. The figures were compiled by The Washington Post using data from the Campaign Media Analysis Group of the top 100 U.S. markets. Both campaigns said the figures are accurate.

The assault on Kerry is multi-tiered: It involves television ads, news releases, Web sites and e-mail, and statements by Bush spokesmen and surrogates -- all coordinated to drive home the message that Kerry has equivocated and "flip-flopped" on Iraq, support for the military, taxes, education and other matters.[...]

Incumbent presidents often prefer to run on their records in office, juxtaposing upbeat messages with negative shots at their opponents, as Bill Clinton did in 1996.

Scott Reed, who ran Robert J. Dole's presidential campaign that year, said the Bush campaign has little choice but to deliver a constant stream of such negative charges. With low poll numbers and a volatile situation in Iraq, Bush has more hope of tarnishing Kerry's image than promoting his own.
I've been saying this all along! Bush doesn't have a record to run on. He has a record to run away from.

What can he say? "I presided over the loss of two million American jobs, all the while pushing two tax cuts that redistributed income from the lowest wage earners to my Investor Class supporters in the top 1% income bracket." That's not going to win many votes.

How about, "I lied America into an ill-fated invasion of a sovereign state because I wanted to enrich my friends in the oil industry. Of course this blew up in our faces and all we've done is kill over 800 of our young men and women and ruin our international standing." I guess that won't work, either. I guess his campaign knows what it's doing.