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5/4/2011

Thank you George Bush

Filed under: Politics,War What is it good for? — site admin @ 7:39 am

I would like to add my thanks along side Sara Palin’s. Thank you George Bush for killing Osama bin Laden. Oh, I know you don’t want to take the credit since you were probably walking around your “ranch” with Barney, looking for some sticks to sharpen or something. But I know, and Sara knows, that this would have never happened without you. I know that you masterfully crafted this plan to kill him two years after Obama took the oath of office so that Palin could crow about GOP strength and resolve (and never once mention Obama, scared Sara? “First, they ignore you”) and fire up the kettle. Wait, Tea Partiers and Ron Paul want us to put up a fence around the US and let the world fall apart without any intervention from us.

I know, and Sara knows, that if we hadn’t gone after Saddam Hussein, we might have had Osama in the hills of Tora Bora. We might have killed or captured Osama in 2002 or 2003 or… I know, and Sara knows, that we could have been on the way to cleaning up in Afghanistan before the last elections if we had not gone after Weapons of Mass Deception. Cheney and Scooter and Rove would not have had to break the law by outing Valerie Plame as a CIA operative. We would not be facing a more independent and decentralized Al Qaida that is less beholden to Osama than an ideal.

I know that Barrack Obama actually signed the order to conduct this actual operation, but he wouldn’t have been able to do it without George’s leadership and feigned ignorance of bin Laden while chasing illusionary “nucular” bombs in Iraq.

Thank you for staying home and not taking any credit George Bush. Thank you.

5/31/2007

Another Memorial Day Wasted

Filed under: Politics,War What is it good for? — site admin @ 9:35 am

Cindy Sheehan has given up. Our employees, who we hired in the last election have ignored their marching orders from their bosses, us, to end the involvement in the Iraq war. We let “I haven’t seen a bill I didn’t like” Bush bully our employees into giving up. I have news for you, the customer is not always right; and in this case Bush is the customer. If your representative laid down for Bush tell them how you feel. We sent them there to get our troops out of Iraq – to force the focus back on Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. Instead, we are giving them more and more reason to hate us. Would we do something if our representatives walked up to a soldier on the streets of Washington and shot him or her? Hell yeah we would! Just because it’s half a world away doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be held accountable for pulling the trigger on each and every one of the needless deaths they are responsible for. Congress is laying down and our troops are the ones getting screwed. Tell your representatives to stop pussy footing around with feel good legislation like minimum wage and “foreign worker plans” and do what the hell we sent them there to do. End the war authorization and get rid of the worst president this country has ever seen.

4/3/2007

Bush The One Not Supporting Troops Now

Filed under: Politics,War What is it good for? — site admin @ 7:41 am

Source: Bush to escalate fight over Iraq funds – CNN.com
He has said that Congress has sent their message, now send the money. Like a kid getting broccoli when he wants candy, Bush is throwing a fit. He is going to stand up and say, “sorry troops. Congress passed a spending bill, but it had broccoli in it. They want you to come home. I don’t.”

Now let’s see how good of a job he can do pushing this off on the Dems. They did their jobs.

Cheney is doing his best to not become marginalized in the sunset of his career even as he makes speeches critical of the Dems, saying “[Democrats are trying to push the president into accepting] unwise and inappropriate restrictions on our commanders.” Mr. Cheney, why don’t you say what you really think? The American people are complete and utter drooling idiots who need you to tell us what to do. Oh, I forgot. You, Dubya, Congress. You all work for us. That’s the stone cold truth no matter whose phone calls you tap or financial records you seize.

Even Condi has decided that Cheney should be left out of the loop lately though. She’s trying to get some real things done around the world repairing the “dogs of war” attitude that has been so pervasive in this White House. If that sounds like minor praise for a cabinet member whom I despised for backing the President to a fault – especially during the 9/11 Commission hearings, I have to admit that it is.

Bush needs to buck up. Dems won the last election. The people spoke and they said, “bring ’em home.” You work for us, and yes we can fire you.

1/14/2007

State of the (Dis)Union

Filed under: Politics,War What is it good for? — site admin @ 7:24 pm

A troop surge, but hardly anything else. 20,000 more troops in Iraq. That makes it what, like 140,000? I’m reading “Blood Money” right now and the recommendation in the book was 500,000 to maintain the peace on the ground. We obviously fell far short of that number, continue to fall short and will end up “losing” in Iraq. Bush is extremely arrogent and has chosen not to follow all of the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group.

It is the unanimous view of the Iraq Study Group that these recommendations offer a new way forward for the United
States in Iraq and the region. They are comprehensive and
need to be implemented in a coordinated fashion. They should
not be separated or carried out in isolation. 1

Bush continues to try to blaze his own path, no matter what anyone else says or recommends. It’s a good thing our mission was accomplished so long ago or we would really be in trouble today.

  1. Iraq Study Group Report

9/24/2006

No Attack On Iran Without Congressional Approval

Filed under: Politics,War What is it good for? — site admin @ 9:04 am

We should not be attacking Iran under this pretense. The 9/11 Commission Report does indicate that Iran has some complicity in the training of Al Qaeda members, but no one has focused on that. Instead we attacked Iraq without provocation, without valid proof to support the claims of weapons of mass destruction destroying our credibility around the world. If we attack Iran under the same false pretenses then we can not condemn the retaliation that is sure to occur.
No Attack On Iran

8/25/2005

Troops’ Gravestones Have Pentagon Slogans

Filed under: Politics,War What is it good for? — site admin @ 9:08 pm

In an appalling, disgusting, blatently slanted manner, head stones of fallen soldiers have been embalzioned with the names of the “operations” they died in. Names like Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom are boldy engraved on the headstones of fallen soldiers.

Families are supposed to have final approval over what goes on the tombstones. That hasn’t always happened.

Nadia and Robert McCaffrey, whose son Patrick was killed in Iraq in June 2004, said “Operation Iraqi Freedom” ended up on his government-supplied headstone in Oceanside, Calif., without family approval.

Read that again, “without family approval.” Even the company that engraves headstones finds it to be too much.

The owner of the company that has been making gravestones for Arlington and other national cemeteries for nearly two decades is uncomfortable, too.

“It just seems a little brazen that that’s put on stones,” said Jeff Martell, owner of Granite Industries of Vermont. “It seems like it might be connected to politics.”

Ya think!? Enduring Freedom? More like enduring long hot dirty days in the Iraqi desert trying to avoid car bombs, suicide bombs and ambushes (the only “bush” that will even serve in the military (except Sr.)) [as an aside, if you are willing to commit other people’s kids, you should be willing to commit your own as well – perhaps first]
The next paragraph causes the vomit to rise to the back of my throat.

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it isn’t. “The headstone is not a PR purpose. It is to let the country know and the people that visit the cemetery know who served this country and made the country free for us,” VA official Steve Muro said.

Come on! Made this country free for us? These “conflicts” or “operations” are stomping on the rights of countries that are no threat to us (re-read Bush’s lies on the time-table including the links to the 9/11 Commission Report )

It wasn’t until the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 that the department instructed national cemetery directors and funeral homes across the country to advise families of fallen soldiers and Marines that they could have operation names like “Enduring Freedom” or “Iraqi Freedom” included on the headstones.

More… this isn’t politics? If it wasn’t then we would have been doing it all along – not when we get into an unpopular war, when the president lied to the country about why we went into Iraq (WMD anyone?).
And to my favorite quote from the article

Mainline veterans groups are taking the change in stride. American Legion spokesman Donald Mooney said the organization hasn’t heard any complaints from its members.

Well. Maybe that’s cause the soldiers who are dead aren’t members. Neither a live nor a dead soldier can complain about his/her headstone.

Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Troops’ Gravestones Have Pentagon Slogans

8/11/2005

Renzi thinks we are idiots

Filed under: Politics,War What is it good for? — site admin @ 11:16 am

Renzi sucks up to the party line on Downing Street Memo

7/11/2005

We should invade Iraq

Filed under: Politics,War What is it good for? — site admin @ 12:34 pm

Recently we have seen the kinds of tactics used in Iraq flow into Afghanistan. Road side bombings and IEDs or improvised explosive devices have begun to turn up in the formerly quiet Afghanistan. Remember in 2001 when we went in there to run out the hard line government, chasing the Taliban out of power and capturing Osama bin Ladin? Oh. We didn’t capture Osama. Iraq, once an oppressed country under a cruel dictator, is now an oppressed country under a cruel foreign leader who chooses to not see that he has created more hate, resentment and resistance than any invasion since Vietnam. Osama is hanging out somewhere around or in Pakistan and the Afghan border according to recent theories.
We were doing a pretty decent job until the revenge war that is Iraq. Afghanistan was under control and in that one part of the world we were accepted. There have been free elections and people have embraced democracy. Then there is the tarpit that is Iraq where the more we struggle the ‘stucker’ we get. Under the leadership of George W. Bush and Co. Iraq has become a terrorist training ground. We should invade Iraq to protect our sovereignty.
And Saddam Hussein gets to eat all the Doritos he wants.

7/7/2005

London explosions – again

Filed under: Politics,War What is it good for? — site admin @ 7:28 am

One day after winning the 2012 Olympic bid, explosions rip through London.

6/29/2005

We don’t need no stinkin time table

Filed under: Politics,War What is it good for? — site admin @ 4:41 pm

Saddam Hussein had Weapons of Mass Destruction. And he supplied support to Osama Bin Ladin for the attacks against the United States on 9/11/01. Freedom is on the march and the Iraqi people are better off with Saddam out of power.
Saddam Hussein helped to fund the worst terror attacks on this country… oh. He had nothing to do with 9/111. But he did have Weapons of Mass Destruction that he was ready to use on us… oh wait he didn’t2. Well at least Freedom is on the march… after all look at Iran’s recent free elections3.
In response to whether we should have a time table for moving out of Iraq our “President” said that would give the terrorists “hope” that all they would have to do is wait us out. I mean, we never give up. Just ask the Koreans, Vietnamese and Somalians whether we pull out of unpopular wars that send American soldiers home in body bags. So answer the question Dubya, how do you measure when we can start bringing our troops home? When the Iraqi’s can “stand up” for themselves then we can “stand down”?
From Meet the Press, June 12th:

MR. RUSSERT: Realistically, Congressman Weldon and Senator Biden, how long in your estimation will it take for the Iraqis to have, say, 150,000 level-one troops so the Americans can come home?

REP. WELDON: I would say a minimum of eight to 10 months, maximum probably two years, and that’s assuming everything goes well.

After September the 11th, I made a commitment to the American people: This nation will not wait to be attacked again. We will defend our freedom. We will take the fight to the enemy.

Iraq is the latest battlefield in this war.

Um… did you read the 9/11 Commission Report? Didn’t think so. Too busy trying to read “My Pet Goat” or some “Dick and Jane” book. Repeat after me, “Neither Iraq nor Saddam Hussein had anything to do with the 9/11 attacks”, or for that matter did any country or leader of any country1.
From the speech:

Today, Iraq has more than 160,000 security forces trained and equipped for a variety of missions.

From Meet the Press, June 12th – both Repuplicans and Democrats agree:

SEN. BIDEN: Three battalions. You’re talking about thousands, Tim. Not tens of thousands.4

Come on Dubya! This isn’t a blow job that you are lying to us about. In fact, if you had gotten your knob polished once in a while you probably wouldn’t be going off half-cocked on your “Freedom Death March”.

1 – Chapter 10 9/11 Commission Report Full 9/11 Commission Report (thanks Steve)
2 – CIA reports Iraq had no WMD
3 – Iran elects hard liner extremist Islamic president
4 – MTP – June 12th

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