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Lucius
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 05:02 am:   

Now that the majority have finally woken up to the farcical and tragic circumstance in Irag (52% against the war), are we gonna now stop hearing the bullshit about this war was about spreading democracy like a golden sunrise across the world? Now that the Republicans are beginning to trickle off the Bush sinking ship, saying Get out of Iraq by next October (just before the mid-term elections), are we going to hear about tthem using the soldiers are poiitical oawns? I hope so. Now that government friendly networls though their military experts are saying that there appears to be no clear mission in Iraq, are we going start hearing about the liberal media again? You betcha! Are Samuels, Murphy et al gonna come round here spewing their idiot wind? Undoubtedly. Will the lesson of this particular history be forgotten? Oh yeah...

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Brendan
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 06:38 am:   

Lucius -

But isn't the classic strategy to keep changing the focus? I mean, ok, the public wakes up . . . . Time to start stirring the coals of patriotism again. New target. New enemy. New war. . . . I mean, Bushmark still must be thirsting to win [sic] another battle...
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 07:11 am:   

It's all PR, man. That's my point.
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Brendan
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 07:28 am:   

Funny thing. Remember that senator who started the whole "freedom fries" thing? Now he is against the war. At least an article I read made it sound that way.
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Steven Francis Murphy
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 07:59 am:   

Wow, I get mentioned in the first post.

Since my name has come up, I guess I'll offer my thoughts.

First, the Bush Administration has made a first class hash of Operation Iraqi Freedom since the end of the initial entry in 2003. The Debathification Policy, the low numbers of troops and more importantly, the low numbers of civil affairs and military police in country didn't help things.

Then you've got Abu Ghraib, which was truly appalling. I served six years and I can't see how anyone going through boot camp can stand there and say, "I wasn't trained." I was trained on that. The training was simple.

Don't torture people. Pretty simple.

Toss in bad intel and it was bad. My only question on this front is that we've known for decades that our intelligence services were not the best at figuring out what was going on in other countries. One reason I gave my support was because it seemed to me to be a fifty-fifty chance that they were either right or wrong.

A glowing crater in say, New York City (though I think I could get over the loss of New York faster than most New Yorkers) seemed like an awfully big risk to take.

That and the fact that I believe that if you are going to start something with someone (we started the actual "war" part of this tragedy back in 1990) you should finish it decisively, not let the bastard back up off the ropes like we did in 1991.

Or we shouldn't have bothered. I'd cheerfully hand in all of my ribbons if I could turn back the clock and get a "didn't bother" result in 1991. I have no particular love for the Kuwaitis or any particular hatred of the Iraqis.

I understand boxing is like that. You get into the ring, one guy wins, one loses. You don't quit in between and kinda let him get back up and start talking smack again.

Next, I concur with commanders on the ground. The solution, if any, will be a political one.

But then, it has always been a political one after Saddam was removed. Part of the problem has been lack of forces. It is the price we pay for having a ten division Army already overstretched from an decade of peacekeeping, made worse by Rumsfelds' "Do more with less" doctrine.

So, where am I at? Well, for one thing, I'll be a lot quieter when the next war comes along. For another, it is something of a surprise to me that after a string of failed predictions by Liberals and Antiwar Activists from my war up to 2003, they finally got something right.

But getting one prediction right out of the hundreds wrong (remember, I'm supposed to be cooling my heels in a bodybag right now, permanently locked at age 19) ranks more in my mind to random chance than any solid thought process.

As for getting out, I think the time for a drawdown of forces is at hand. I don't think we should say, "We're leaving on April 15, 2006," but I do believe we had better start moving to the exits with a gradual reduction of forces.

The reasons are pretty simple.

1. The Army is worn out.
2. The Army is unable to maintain recruiting goals.
3. The cost is exceeding any possible benefit.

I might add, the only way to sustain our current situation, or improve upon it would be to institute a draft. I've said in the past that if it became necessary to use a draft, then it would be better for everyone if we pulled out of Iraq.

So, Lucius, there is what I'm thinking at the moment.

Having said all of that, I continue to believe, I'll always believe, that the insurgents attack us in the manner that they do because they know that the country's attention span and intestinal fortitude is sorely lacking. We're going to cut and run is the message we keep sending.

And we're sending it now. If we're going to cut and run, let's get on with it.

S. F. Murphy
http://sfmurphy.journalspace.com
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Brendan
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 08:13 am:   

Stephen - One problem with this whole thing, including the run up to the war etc, is that, as Lucius has said, it is all marketing.

Because people use these phrases like "Cut and Run" (first used by the Bush administration in this context I am pretty sure), it makes it sound like a cowardly action. Whereas invading a third world country was labelled as "Spreading Democracy". But this is all spin. Reality has very little to do with these colourful phrases.

The Bush administration caters to this kind of BS. Make them feel like patriots, make them feel like cowards.

Anyhow, we will see about the next war. You probably will have a chance to back up your statement before too too long.
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 08:21 am:   

Interesting how t he right always claims to be right....even when they're admitting their wrong. It isn't just a matter of finishing what we start--it's a matter of what the fuck are we doing? We've made the same mistake over and over again since WW2. acting like Godzilla when we should have been acting like human beings. The problem with the was is not, primarily, an understaffed army; it is the fact that there has never been a clear mission statement, just like in Vietnam. It has shifted with the winds of political expediency. I;m sick of us propping up these petty dictators and then toppling them. You're right about the way the insurgents perceive us, but that's a result of horrendous, politically motivated foreign policy decisions. If NYC ends up as a glowing crater, it;ll be because of the war, because we didn't pursue Al Qaeda (remember them?), and instead perceived 9/11 as an opportunity to consolodate corporate gains...
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Steven Francis Murphy
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 09:24 am:   

Brendan wrote: One problem with this whole thing, including the run up to the war etc, is that, as Lucius has said, it is all marketing.

Hmm, as if the Left doesn't market their wares. Or never admit to being wrong on their side.

The problem is not marketing, the problem is that everytime we build up to military action since Vietnam, you have all of these different groups with different agendas. Let's count them.

1. The Pro-war/pro-intervention group.
2. The Anti-war/anti-intervention group.
3. The Armed Forces of the United States.
4. The Target Regime
5. The Media (who will, I guarantee you, make money off of any given war long before anyone else does).

Now, I count five groups. That is five different agendas that don't mesh up. That is five points of view, each one skewed to their agenda.

Somewhere among the five is the truth. Where is it?

I supported the war for a number of reasons. Some of them still hold.

1. Saddam wasn't in compliance with his 1991 obligations and he was never going to come into compliance. Period.

2. We didn't know if he had WMD and we couldn't find out. My philosophy of, "When in doubt, take them out," still holds today.

3. We made a promise to the Shia and Kurds to assist them during Operation Desert Storm. They kept their end of the bargain and we repaid them by cutting and running after the ceasefire.

They paid for it, dearly. Number Three alone is reason enough in my book. We owed it to them to at least try and set the record straight.

Lucius wrote: If NYC ends up as a glowing crater, it;ll be because of the war, because we didn't pursue Al Qaeda (remember them?), and instead perceived 9/11 as an opportunity to consolodate corporate gains...

I think to a freak in a cave in Afghanistan planning to blow up a city, the war in Iraq is neither here nor there. It is merely another front. They didn't need us in Iraq to blow up the barracks in Saudi in 1995. They didn't need us in Iraq in 2000 to blow a hole in the side of the U.S.S. Cole (for which, a nuke should have been dropped on Khandahar, once upon a time, fucking with a U.S. Warship meant your fucking ass on a platter).

And our departure from Iraq WON'T stop them from trying to kill more of us, nor will it deter them from trying to make NYC a burning crater anyway.

With regard to Iraq, if we had gone in during 1991 and finished Saddam off when we had the good will of the Shia and the Kurds, we might have cut down on the misery of the last fifteen years. That is what I mean by finishing what we start. Instead, because we are squeamish about body bags, we stopped short and have drawn things out.

It would have been necessary to deal with Iraq, sooner or later. If I had my druthers, I'd rather it had been later, preferably with a larger army, preferably with a clear statement as to what we are doing there, preferably without the screwball Rumsfeld doctrine.

And preferably without all of the corporate bullshit.

Having said that, I don't think an immediate conversion to Marxism/Socialism will spare the United States of America any grief from the Jihadi. The Soviets were Marxists and it didn't spare them any grief at all.

As for the term "cut and run," cutting and running is chicken shit. Even if it is not, our enemies certainly PERCEIVE it as chicken shit and they will react accordingly.

My only hope is that when we do start pulling out that we don't plaster troop movement schedules all over the media so the insurgents can increase their bodybag tally before the last soldier leaves. But I have absolutely no doubt that the Media will provide the same level of intelligence to the insurgents that they've provided to our enemies in the past.

Respects,
S. F. Murphy
http://sfmurphy.journalspace.com
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 10:39 am:   

Hey, enough of this war babble. We've got a REAL BURNING ISSUE on our hands.

Gov. Jeb has asked the Pinellas-Pasco County DA to open a probe re: the actions of Terry Schiavo's husband after she collapsed 15 years ago! So, can we please back-burner this trivia???

(You probably think I'm joking, don't you?)

All these "principled" Republican war opponents see the handwriting on the wall: we are marching inexorably toward a revival of the draft. And if Shrub has to conscript America's youth to fight his unpopular foreign wars, it's au revoir Congressional majorities, White House, Supreme Court appointments. Unless there's a breakthrough in human cloning, the GOP is in big trouble and don't think they don't know it.
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Steven Francis Murphy
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 10:49 am:   

Actually, I'm with Schiavo's Husband on that issue. I don't want to be hooked to a machine on veggie status for decades on end.

As for the current political balance, I'm not so sure you can point to any one party gaining parity. Last I checked, the polls show that Americans are disgusted with EVERYONE in government. The Republicans aren't getting clobbered by the Democrats so much as they are just screwing up so badly under their own power.

You'd think the Dems would wake up, move a bit to the center and pick off some Moderate voters. But if what Dean has been saying is any indication, I don't think the Dems are done being losers yet.

Instead the swing over to the Far Left.

I ought to tell you all about the Missouri Mental Health Care system and how common people are getting screwed between Gov. Blunt's (R) social service cuts and the profit mongering on the part of social service providers that caused the mess in the first place.

In any case, screwed up as the GOP is, I don't think the Dems can fight their way out of a wet paperbag. Everytime I start to think maybe they've gotten a clue, one of their number says something that reminds me why I left the party in 1996.

Respects,
S. F. Murphy
http://sfmurphy.journalspace.com
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Dave G.
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 11:39 am:   

It's just so predictable. Right on cue. The bad approval rating and Iraq-withdrawal-demand stories hit the AM news shows and up pops Jebster to get his bro's back with a ready-made yap-inducing news-deflector. Only this one is so transparent, I suspect that even quite a few cons will find it embarrassing. Grandstanding to an empty house.
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ABV
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 12:32 pm:   

Dave G. tells the truth. I opened up the Tallahassee Democrat today and there it was on the front page. Gov Bush opening up an investigation into how Terry Schiavo collapsed. As if that is the best use of our time and resources. Meanwhile, the Florida education system is 48th in the nation. Talk about priorities! I'm disgusted with this so-called "culture of life."

Ann V.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 01:32 pm:   

I was so furious at seeing the announcement about bro Jeb's calling for an investigation, that I actually wrote to the jerk on his website. Not that I'll get a real response.
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Dunmore
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 02:26 pm:   

Gee, reading Stephan Beavis Murfie's stuff, makes me real glad I'm not American.

Must be frustrating having to deal with the likes of him.

Lucius, I've never heard someone being so spot on about this war in my entire life.

You are a credit to your country. And I think I'm speaking for quite a few people when I say that it's very much appreciated.

Not to mention very much admired.

I will certainly drink a drink tonight in your honour.

And honour is due also to you, Brendan (which, of course, will give me a fine excuse for an extra dram).
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Steven Francis Murphy
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 03:37 pm:   

Ellen wrote: I was so furious at seeing the announcement about bro Jeb's calling for an investigation, that I actually wrote to the jerk on his website. Not that I'll get a real response.

Investigation into what? Her brain was half the normal size. What is there to investigate?

D wrote: Gee, reading Stephan Beavis Murfie's stuff, makes me real glad I'm not American.

Must be frustrating having to deal with the likes of him.


Damn thing about this thing called "diversity" in this country is that not everyone walks, talks, acts and thinks the same. I, for one, am glad I don't think like Lucius.

Lefties like diversity until someone comes along and offers a differing opinion. Then they tend to get irritated.

Not much better than the Baptists they spend a lot of time complaining about.

Though in the case of Jeb Bush, I think they've got solid grounds for being aggravated.

S. F. Murphy
http://sfmurphy.journalspace.com
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Dunmore
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 03:53 pm:   

I fear SFM, you've never stepped outside your own country of habitation, otherwise you couldn't possibly refer to me as a leftie.

Or have you? I mean, not for work purposes, but *really* seen how other people live.

I'm saluting Lucius because it is obvious to me that he has had life experience enough to pass judgement. I've no idea where he has been, but it's clear he has a very profound knowledge of the world in a way that most of us only pretend to have.

I may be wrong, but I think I'm right.

Lefties, my arse. People is what we are. Human beings.

Simple as that.
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Ellen Datlow
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 03:53 pm:   

An investigation into why she collapsed fifteen years ago and why (supposedly) her husband didn't call 911 for 40 minutes or something. Although I've read that this isn't even true.

>>>Ellen wrote: I was so furious at seeing the announcement about bro Jeb's calling for an investigation, that I actually wrote to the jerk on his website. Not that I'll get a real response.

Investigation into what? Her brain was half the normal size. What is there to investigate?
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Lucius
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 04:20 pm:   

SFM, the freak in the Afghan cave might not be there if we'd gone after AL Qaeda instead of snark hunting in Iraq. As for the left marketing their wares...does that mean you consider war a ware? How 'bout a nice little back fence war, half price? Like that.

Sheesh.

As to your not thinking like me, I'll just refrain from comment.

Dunmore, have a whiskey, I know I'm going to. Cheers.
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Brendan
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 04:29 pm:   

Dunmore - Very good. God knows I just drank enough to your health.

SFM - You were wrong and I was right. Ha ha.
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Dunmore
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 04:56 pm:   

I have already drunk a drink in your honour, Lucius, and I go now to fetch another, which is the best I have to offer--finest scotch whisky, just right.

Here's to you.
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Dunmore
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 05:00 pm:   

And to you Brendan!

Another sweet dram in your honour too.
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Dunmore
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 05:00 pm:   

And the Lord said, it was good.
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Steven Francis Murphy
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 06:09 pm:   

Lucius, we had our chance to put paid to Osama not once but three times. Guy named Clinton let him slip through his fingers.

As I recall, the Left was not all that hot on going into Afghanistan to get him or remove the Taliban. In fact, the standard, "We're all doomed" prediction that I heard prior to the Gulf War was issued, as usual.

And as usual, it was wrong. The Taliban collapsed like a house of cards. As for catching someone in those mountains, no one has ever had a lot of luck catching someone who didn't want to be caught. That is assuming Osama is even there.

I figure he is in a safehouse in Pakistan, or maybe Indonesia.

The Left aggressively markets their military operations, Bosnia's "We'll only be there a year," pitch, the Kosovo's "We're doing this for NATO" pitch and the Haiti, "We're doing this for the good of the Haitians," whereupon we end up back there again and again and again.

You wondered what I thought about the current situation in Iraq. I told you. It is a hash and it is a wonder we've not run sooner.

But we ARE going to run. It is what this country does. Run. We should get on with it.

And Brendan, if the entire debate over the war is something you can dissolve down into a "I'm right, your wrong," comeback, then you understand less about the cost of war than I thought.

Enjoy your whiskey, gentlemen. I do hope you choke on it.

S. F. Murphy
http://sfmurphy.journalspace.com
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Ben Payne
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 07:50 pm:   

Here in Australia, we got to that point a while ago... right at the very beginning in fact, public opinion was clearly against the war... and the majority of Australians believe that they were lied to by the government...

it didn't make any difference to the government's decision, because they knew the australian public well enough, sadly, to know that the question "do you approve of the war in Iraq" is an entirely different question to "do you care about the war in Iraq enough for it to alter your vote?"

and so, while the majority of Australians were against the war and believed they had been lied to, the government got away with it and were returned by a huge majority, because the population valued economic rationalist greed more than they cared about human lives...

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Anna Tambour
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 08:25 pm:   

Perfectly put, Ben.
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Brendan
Posted on Friday, June 17, 2005 - 11:43 pm:   

SFM - No, I am just trying arrive at your mental plane. Because, essentially, your posts have about the same amount of value as my "ha ha" post. You just say the same sort of thing in more words.
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Lucius
Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2005 - 05:22 am:   

Murphy, you're calling Clinton the Left? Gimme a break. The man who trashed welfare, the man who set up Nafta? Come on. And the fact that Clinton fucked up with Osama doesn't exonerate Bush from fucking up even worse. And oh yeah, I didn't ask for your opinion on Iraq--I just said you were bound to give it.

I know you love to hate Clinton, but he's the same guy as Bush, except with minor differences, and they're the same as the guy before Clinton and the guy before that. All these chumps are the same, man. Generally more people throughout the world die immediately and directly as a result of a Republican admin, the Dems offer the prospect of more lingering death. It's a case of what do like better. Carter, Reagan, Ford, Kennedy, Bush, Clinton, Bush Jr...God, what a list of fuck ups!

Of course we're gonna run? That wasn't ever a question. A child could have seen what would happen with Iraq once Rumsfeld announced his policy and many of us did. We could stay in Iraq 50 years and the insurgents would still be blowing us up.

Haiti? That was on Bush's watch, man.

Afghanistan? We're all doomed? Well, we are, but I never said that. What I said is, we'll go in t here, do our stupid thing, blow up a few rocks, kill a few people, and split, leaving the country like it was before the taliban, warlords, lots of Afghan brown going into American arms, etc. Now if we'd stayed in Afghanistan, we would have been bogged dowm for years, but we decided to have that party in Iraq,

Anyway, what this politically operated military is about is, like I said, is having no clear mission statement and functioning as the arm of a uninformed and unenelightened foreign policy that's been more or less in place since the days of Teddy Roosevelt.

What the country's about is a different matter entirely, but it's not about its government.
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StephenB
Posted on Saturday, June 18, 2005 - 08:55 am:   

I find it ammusing when you have people in America thinking that the republicans represent the right and the democrats the left. That the democrats should wise up and become more centrist. They're already right of centre. That's how futile the two party political system is down there.
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T Andrews
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 04:23 am:   

This is a tangent, but what is starting to drive me crazy is the media reports of: '50 insurgents' killed. It's rarely 'suspected' insurgents or 'believed to be enemy fighters'. There are no trials or evidence put forward, just gunfights and then the tally. When it's an Iraqi killed by 'insurgent' activity, then the death toll reads: '5 Iraqis' dead. The language implies that the war is clean and accurate.
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Lucius
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 06:12 am:   

"Always the same story, 4 romans dead,
and 5 Carthaginians..."

Yeah! Just like in Vietnam. The KIA stats were ludricrous. The most significant difference between this war and Vietnam is not jungle war/urban war, it's the number of "contractors" running around free as you please in SUVS, looting and pillaging. Their actions alone make the death stats impossible to keep track of...
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Marguerite
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 09:44 am:   

Actually, I can see where Lucius and Murphy have some common ground on their opinions and beliefs about this war.

Startling, isn't it?
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Bob K.
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 11:24 am:   

What gets me is how Republicans concede this point or that point about the malfeasance of the administration but fail to take the total of their sins. Here're just some of them off the top of my head: getting us out of the International War Crimes tribunal (whew, just in time) and the Kyoto Protocol, the failures to plan for the aftermath of the war, the manipulation of intelligence information to get us into the war, the bigoted policies against gays, the meaningless Newspeak catch-phrases and euphemisms like "Culture of Life" and "War on Terror" itself, the promotion of pseudo-science over serious work in pursuit of their energy policies, their ties with big corruption in big business, their attack on social welfare and government-funded independent media. (Someone help me out here; I know this list isn't even close to comprehensive.)

And all I hear solidly in defense of the administration is crap like "Well, they're gonna keep my taxes low." This is such bullshit. They're handing you a buck with the left hand while picking your pocket with the right. I am SO sick of right-wing nuts talking about how any concession to sane social welfare is tantamount to a descent into Soviet-style government. How about some basic health insurance? Over 40 million people don't have basic health insurance in this country. This means millions of people who'll die of cancers that could have been stopped with early detection; this means millions of kids without proper health maintenance. A civilized country does not countenance this shit. What about schools, what about CPS, what about mental health programs? Desperate poor mentally ill people in this society pose an increasing threat to public safety and themselves under the policies of this administration. We are not civilized. We weren't under Clinton, but under this administration we're becoming downright barbaric. It's starting to look to me like the neo-cons are running the country like corrupt dot-com CEOs: they know everything's going to shit, so they quietly cash out their stock while telling the employees that everything's going great. It looks like a money grab before some big implosion.

Bob

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Minz
Posted on Sunday, June 19, 2005 - 02:29 pm:   

Well said, Bob, and a very good start to the list. The big thing missing is the horrid environmental record, and that the push of pseudo-science isn't just affecting energy policy, but also the classroom. It's beyond scary that Evolution is under serious assault in nearly 20 states...we are regressing as a nation, intellectually and morally, and frightening doesn't begin to describe it.
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Luís
Posted on Monday, June 20, 2005 - 07:55 pm:   

"Murphy, you're calling Clinton the Left? Gimme a break."

Right on, Lucius. I live in a country where 90% of parliament members, neoliberals and all, are more left wing than Bill Clinton [*] --- can you people hear me laugh across the Atlantic? Because I thought that was funny.

Best,
Luís

[*] Doesn't mean they *are* left wing, of course. Hell, even the Portuguese Socialist Party isn't socialist enough . . .
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Lucius
Posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2005 - 05:58 am:   

I did hear a faint laughter, Luis.

"we are regressing as a nation, intellectually and morally, and frightening doesn't begin to describe it."

That's the point I've been hammering in my reviews. And it's terribly true.
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Luís
Posted on Saturday, July 02, 2005 - 09:46 am:   

Here's a new one for your reading pleasure, freshly picked from a recent MetaFilter post:

http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/2005/tr20050630-3221.html


"Q General, there's been some concern expressed recently about the insurgency actually beginning to serve as a training ground for foreign fighters, who will learn these insurgent tactics, particularly in urban warfare, in Iraq, and then will go home or go to other countries to commit acts of violence or participate in other wars in Africa or elsewhere in the Middle East.

"How much concern do you all have about that happening there?

"GEN. CONWAY: I think it's a logical conclusion, if you look at the history of Afghanistan and what we saw come out of there. Our initial concerns, of course, are Afghanistan and Iraq. We realize that they are battles in the war on terrorism, not the war. It is a concern, but there's not much we can do about it at this point in time."
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Seth Maher
Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - 01:37 am:   

"George W. Bush is a great leader who has made a history of steady victory by pursuing effective policies. The last five years has been a brilliant page in the glorious 200-odd year-long revolutionary history of this nation. Never has there been such a period in which astonishing victories and changes have taken place. Under the banner of Republican party he has consolidated the nation and firmly built up its military deterrent while providing a solid material foundation for enhancing a great prosperous powerful nation. Under him modern technology has been advanced in different parts of the country to meet requirements of the new century. He has firmly protected the destiny of the country, the nation, and democracy despite the grimmest trials. He has brought a solid foundation for the prosperity of the USA and happiness for all generations to come. The American people will never forget these immortal exploits no matter how much water may flow under the bridge.

Included in his leadership exploits are all the ideological, theoretical, strategic and tactical guidelines that should be held fast to in the USA. The construction and the tradition of heroic struggle against terrorism. Also the wealth of experience in which he has brought about epoch-making miracles and changes by turning adversity into a favorable situation, misfortune into a blessing.

We should steadily develop in depth his work in all fields in order to bring about a new surge in the drive to build a great prosperous powerful nation and to accomplish the cause of freedom."

This post based on an editorial by Rodong Sinmun.:-)

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