Monday, June 13, 2005

Beating Around the Bush

"Politics is a rotten egg; if broken, it stinks." Russian proverb

The President's really scrambling these days. Less than six months into his second term in the Oval Office and already he's got egg on his face. His approval rating is fried. He's costing Americans their nest eggs. None of his nominees are going over easy with Democrats. His hard-boiled refusal to consider a change could mean a great big goose egg for Republicans in mid-term elections next year.

Well. That was quite an egg roll. But seriously folks, our president is no yoke. Even his strongest supporters are having a hard time finding the sunny side. Okay, okay, I'm done. (If anybody was counting the egg puns, there were ...I bet you can guess... a dozen.)

Term Two clearly isn't turning out the way George W planned. But it's certainly what many of us predicted. Last week's Washington Post-ABC News survey showed support for Bush and the GOP waning. Let's review.

The body count in Iraq-and Iran and Afghanistan-is escalating. Military recruiting is plummeting.

The country's still gagging on his choice for UN Ambassador. Nobody's willing to swallow his Social Security plan.

His Central American Free Trade Agreement is facing stiff opposition while illegal immigrants are adding to the collapse of our health care system.

Oil prices are sky high and pesky North Korea is pumping out nuclear threats.

In response to a report of serious human rights violations at the US Guantánamo Bay detention center, Bush's bully boys mounted an ugly offense-as-defense attack against Amnesty International. What is it with these guys? Bashing Amnesty International is like trashing Mother Teresa.

And then there's The Downing Street Memo. This Bush's Iran Contra scandal. Worse, in fact. And it should bring George W. Bush to his knees. If people would pay attention.

But-and for the life of me I can't understand this-he's still getting a break from the press. Bloggers have grasped the enormity of the document and are screaming bloody murder. Because it's all about murder. Politically motivated, government sanctioned war. So why is the media being so coy and careful? Is it because a foreign newspaper-The Times of London-broke the story? And regardless, why is the public not demanding answers?

Where's the Congressional Investigation? Where's the Special Prosecutor? Where's the OUTRAGE, dammit?! Bill Clinton was impeached for lying about having sex for crying out loud. And George W. Bush gets away with lying to start a war? Clinton's behavior was personal, and they cleaned his clock for it. Bush was personally motivated too -- his Daddy was dissed by Saddam. But his actions were thoroughly political. And thousands have been maimed and killed as a result of such despicable hubris. Yet his clock is still ticking. What the hell is wrong with this picture?

You don't have to wade through the whole memo, though you could. It's not that long, or complicated. Just read this. Please. The Downing Street Memo :: What is it? It explains in clear, simple terms that the Bush Administration faked their entire case for going to war in Iraq.

Here's a direct quote from the actual memo as reported in The Times of London:
Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy. [emphasis added] The NSC had no patience with the UN route, and no enthusiasm for publishing material on the Iraqi regime's record. There was little discussion in Washington of the aftermath after military action. [emphasis added]
There's a lot more, but that's it in a nutshell. It's stunning. It's huge. It's criminal. You have to wonder, what else has this man done to us, to our country?

And when will America realize that George W. Bush is a rotten egg?



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