Friday, June 22, 2007

They're only Iraqis

General Taguba, another of the unfortunates to have their career ruined for telling the truth about the Bush Administration, reports that on more than one occasion, when a question came up about the treatment of Iraqis, he heard the phrase, "they're only Iraqis." I think that pretty much sums up the whole dismal situation in Iraq. We're still bothered with "the white man's burden." Didn't we intervene in Iraq with only the noblest of motives - to overthrow Sadam and bring democracy? We accomplished the former but have failed miserably at the latter. But it's all the fault of the Iraqis. We gave them a chance and they blew it. Just ask Hillary, among others. Of course if they were "only Iraqis" in the first place why did we think they would do otherwise. The fact that we gave them a chance and they failed to take advantage of it proves that they are "only Iraqis." I can't believe that Hillary is now parroting this Bush/Cheney line, just one more reason I truly don't want to vote for her. Blaming the Iraqis for the horrible situation they find themselves in is not only absurd, it is completely dishonest. It is such a gross oversimplification of what we have done as to warrant nothing but a good laugh (not that anything about the whole business is funny). This is even worse than the other Bush/Cheney inanities: "we're fighting them there...," "we're making progress...," "it isn't about oil...," "we'll leave if they ask us to...," and so on ad nauseam.

In fact nausea is what I am now feeling about the whole contemporary situation here in the U.S. We keep hearing the same things over and over, how we were lied to, how we were spied upon, how Bush breaks the law, how he and Cheney violate the constitution, how they have committed unspeakable war crimes (actually, we don't hear much about this even though we should), how they politicized the Justice Department, and so on and on. I'm sick of hearing about it. I want to see some action. I want to see something done about it. And I want to see it NOW! If they (Congress, that is) don't either impeach Cheney or force him to resign you will know that all is lost. Cheney has placed himself above the law ever since taking office, and up until now he has gotten away with it. He hides himself under a rock someplace, emerging only to say something completely contrary to reality to a hand-picked audience of party nitwits, surrounds himself with secrecy, refused to obey the laws of the land, and Congress just hangs around picking their noses or at best sitting on their hands. So far Kucinich has only found seven others to support his articles of impeachment. What in the hell are the other 300 plus Congresspersons thinking? Do they think at all, or do they just count the money they get from the powers that be, the payoff that keeps them from doing anything constructive whatsoever? Our political system has become corrupt beyond belief. There has always been corruption, I know, but certainly not on the monumental scale it has achieved under Bush/Cheney. Dick the Slimy has to go, no ifs, ands, or buts. If Bush insists on continuing to support him then he, too, should go. If that leaves Pelosi, so be it. Pelosi's manicurist could do a more competent and honest job than either Bush or Cheney. There is, indeed, a cancer in this Administration, Dick Cheney, and it is highly malignant and requires drastic action. There is no longer time to wait.


"More important than winning the election, is governing the nation. That is he test of a political party -- the acid, final test."
Adlai Stevenson

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