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Wednesday, January 14, 2004

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The 6-Year Old President

First he got to play with a baseball team.

Then he got to play cowboy.

Then he got to play policeman/fireman in NY after 9/11.

Then he got to play soldier.

Now he wants to play astronaut.


How can anyone on the right take this guy seriously when he's lived his whole life like a child who gets to do whatever he wants?

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Tuesday, January 13, 2004

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(I originally posted this over at The Hideout and I think it fits here as well.)

What scares me about Team Bush is how they will say one thing for months (or years) then suddenly start saying the opposite, and everyone will act as if they've been sayong the second thing all along.

For example:

"I want to bring to your attention today [to] the potentially much more sinister nexus between Iraq and the al-Qaida terrorist network...al-Qaida affiliates based in Baghdad now coordinate the movement of people, money and supplies into and throughout Iraq for Saddam's network, and they have now been operating freely in [Baghdad]."
- Secretary of State Colin Powell, 2/5/03

That was the offical line for months. years actually. Since 9/11 it was like the name of the country was ALQAIDAIRAQ since you never heard one mentioned without the other.

However now....

"I have not seen smoking-gun, concrete evidence about the connection" between Iraq and al Qaida.
- Secretary of State Colin Powell, 1/9/04


And every right wing talk show host will rant about how this is what the administration has been saying all along, and besides its all the liberal media and Bill Clinton's fault.

Tom Tomorrow said it best in his blog:

"Just so we're clear on this: O'Neill's revelation that Bush intended to go to war with Iraq from the very start of his administration and only used 9/11 as an excuse is news. Many on the left may have suspected this to be the case, but "everybody" most assuredly did not "already know it". (An aside: it is astonishing to watch yesterday's left-wing conspiracy theories morph into today's right-wing conventional wisdom. Chocolate rations are up!)"


The whole thing with Paul O'Neil and his book that pretty much proves what all us "wacky leftists" were saying about Bush was right really shows how quickly the Bushistas get moving. All the radio shows today had the exact same response to the allegations, worded nearly the exact same way. It was extremely obvious that someone (Karl Rove?) sent out a memo to the radio conglomerates on how the story is to be handled.

These things are proven facts:

1. The group known as PNAC had the plans written up in 1998 to establish the US as the dominant superpower by toppling governments hostile to us. Most of Bush's most adamant pro-war advisors are part of this group.

2. The PNAC paper goes on to say the following:

"A transformation strategy that solely pursued capabilities for projecting force from the United States, for example, and sacrificed forward basing and presence, would be at odds with larger American policy goals and would trouble American allies.

Further, the process of transformation, even if it brings revolutionary change, is likely to be a long one, absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor.”

Have you heard of any catastrophic and catalyzing events that brought revolutionary change in the last couple years? Makes it clear why the phrase "post 9/11 world" is a main GOP meme now.

3. As detailed in Al Franken's infamous "Lying Liars" book, the events Al described as "Operation Ignore" in which the incoming Bush team (and Condi Rice in particular) repeatedly ignored warnings from the outgoing Clinton team about Osama.

4. 9/11, which even if you don't believe any of the "Bush Knew" or "Bush Let it Happen" theories, certainly gave Bush the tool to push the exact agenda written out back in 1998 by the PNAC crew, which just happen to be his advisors.

5. The pretense given to the media and public, that Iraq posed an immenent threat to the Western World, was almost immediately laughed out of the room since everyone outside of the US knows that 12+ years of UN sanctions left Iraq barely above third world status. In spite of that, it still remains the go-to talking point for the right wing.

6. The "liberal media" with all its huge multinational conglomerates that own the major outlets, have created a tone of national debate where even thinking negative thoughts about the President is grounds for having your patriotism questioned. It is not enough to obey Big Brother, you must love him also. They will club you over the head with concepts like "dissent means you're anti troops", but if you use the freedoms we're supposed to be fighting for in a way they don't like, they demand you shut up.

7. There still is no serious investigation on who leaked that Valerie Palme was a CIA operative, nor is there one about 9/11 (that the families are demanding), but the day after O'Neil is on 60 Minutes, there's already an investigation underway. Interesting priorities.

That's the state we find ourselves in these days. I know of several people who are actually afraid to say anything negative about Bush in a public setting, for fear of being labeled a terrorist or having their neighbor report them to John Ashcroft.

This is what the ad that compared Bush to Hitler was talking about. When Hitler is mentioned, the first thing everyone thinks of (obviously) is the Holocaust. The reaction is usually "how can anyone compare Bush to the most evil man in history".

Well Hitler didn't just wake up one day and decide to throw some Jews in the oven. It was a process of having the Nazi Party gain a hold in German politics by being elected, then once he was in office he gradually increased the power until Germans found themselves living in a dictatorship. He even had his own 9/11-esque event of the Reichstag Fire that allowed him to gain more power in the name of national security.

It's the gradual increase in power and governmental strongarm tactics that led to the comparison between Bush and Hitler, and it's the reason why there's a lot of people scared of their own government right now.

You may think I'm just a wacky liberal, but would *you* be willing to go on national TV and say the things about Bush that were said about Clinton for eight years?
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Monday, January 12, 2004

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Another day in overdrive for the right wing talk show hosts, on the heels of Paul O'Neil's book detailing what anyone not worshipping at the Altar of Bush already knew: Dick Cheney runs the show while George is disinterested with the whole process.

You can tell what the Karl Rove fax must have said since I've never hear the phrase "sour grapes" used so often by so many people.


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