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Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Iraq: More Whack-a-mole


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The upcoming national elections and the anniversary of 9/11 have the nation and our politicians talking about Iraq.  Most of the talk gets boiled down by the media to a cartoonish and juvenile level that reminds me of that classic song lyric by The Clash, "Should I stay or should I go?"  Few people in the Dumbocratic or Republicon political party have anything more to offer than hatred for each other.  Bullshit bumper sticker phrases like "cut and run" and "stay the course" do not help Americans understand the reality of our options concerning Iraq.  Politicians that use these phrases should not be supported or re-elected.

I am supportive of those few politicians, from either party, that dare question the Bush/Cheney administration and their blind maintenance of the original neocon fantasy in the Middle East.  It is not working.  The recent speeches by the president, and the subsequent parroting of talking points by the rubber-stamp Republicons, are nothing more than arrogant, drowning old white men that are too stupid to remove the war profit gold from their pockets to save themselves.

In order to improve the situation in Iraq, one would have to have some clear understanding of it.  The Bush/Cheney administration is verifiably delusional.  The only other explanation is that they know the truth and are simply lying to the people of the country in order to stay in power, politically.

It's no wonder that Dubya decided to quote so-called communications from Osama bin Laden in his latest speeches.  Both Dubya and Osama sound like Baghdad Bob and have no credibility.  Zero.

Regular readers know that I like to put links in my blog to the White House.  I think people should listen more carefully to the communications coming out of the Bush administration, since we know that they aren't very prone to tell the American people very much.

One thing I've noticed over the years at the White House site is that the Bush/Cheney administration fully understands that Americans are reluctant to believe them nowadays.  Recently this year, the White House website has now taken to adding some cute links to supplemental "Fact Sheets" that bullet point their delusions into the adminstration's talking points for propaganda pundits.

This new Orwellian reality is summed up by the first sentence in the conclusion of the Bush/Cheney administration's published "National Strategy for Combating Terrorism:"

"Since the September 11 attacks, America is safer, but we are not yet safe."

I read this and see a dependent clause that is a continuing pathological lie combined with an independent statement that is an ongoing excuse for the political, philosophical and bureaucratic failures of this administration for the last half decade.

The administration's own Strategy for Success in Iraq calls for monitoring the three tracks they have defined: Political, Economic and Security.  The Political track is falling apart as evident by the obvious Kurdish desire for independence from Baghdad. The Economic track is failing, because we are spending billions per month to prop this neocon experiment up.  The Security track is failing because the Defense Department is too scared to admit failure by changing their tactics beyond the current whack-a-mole security operations.

To fix the security problems would require more U.S. troops, or Iraqi troops, in order to quell the violence in Baghdad or the western Anbar province, or growing Shia southern violence, or should the Kurds bail out from the idea of a unified Iraq.

Read more about included information:

White House: "Strategy for Success in Iraq"
Sen. Carl Levin: "Senate Intelligence Committee report on pre-war Iraq"
Sen. Joseph Biden: "Five Years After 9/11: Rethinking America's Future Security"
Rep. Ron Paul: "Big Government Solutions Do Not Work / The Law of Opposites"






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Posted at 09:38 am by John Furie Zacharias

jude
September 13, 2006   01:10 PM PDT
 
"Since the September 11 attacks, America is safer, but we are not yet safe."

The concept of 'security' is an illusion. We will never be 'safe' in that context...or at least I hope not. What we would have to give up to attain that 'security' is far too precious. I don't want to live in an Orwellian world. I don't want my children to either. Nor their's, and on.

The world...humanity...life...is dangerous. There are inherent risks everywhere. To a large extent, that is part of life.

We'd be better served in trying to understand and remedy, if possible, the causes behind terror acts...both by cells based abroad and by our own American militant factions.

I've no idea how we might go about that...perhaps a long, honest reassessment of American politics would be a good start, but that will never happen...it seems that no matter the party in power, they will not...cannot...admit fallibility, ongoing error in judgment, short-sightedness. They simply cannot be honest. Cannot cut away the meaningless rhetoric and posturing.

I'll stop now. I think I'm rambling. Spouting gibberish. The truth is, I have no answers. Only feeble guesses worth absolutely nothing.
J f Z
September 13, 2006   03:49 PM PDT
 
The House of Representatives fought for four hours today about a meaningless house resolution. They're arguing about it as I type this.

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:H.RES.994:

"Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives on the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks launched against the United States on September 11, 2001."

H Res 994 doesn't make new law. It is just a document that says "This is what the Congress thinks" more or less. Congress has passed a resolution every year since 9/11 commemorating the event.

The reason Representatives are screaming about this resolution is because the Republicons decided to insert talking points into the resolution this year.

"Whereas Congress passed, and the President signed, numerous laws to assist victims, combat the forces of terrorism, protect the Homeland and support the members of the Armed Forces who defend American interests at home and abroad, including the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 and its 2006 reauthorization, the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act of 2002, the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, and the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004;

Whereas the House of Representatives in the 109th Congress passed the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005, the SAFE Port Act of 2006, and the 21st Century Emergency Communications Act of 2006;

Whereas terrorist attacks that have occurred since September 11, 2001, in Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Spain, the United Kingdom and elsewhere, remind all Americans of the brutal intentions of the terrorists and the ever-present threat they pose to the principles of freedom;

Whereas British authorities, in cooperation with United States and Pakistani officials, recently disrupted an airline terror plot to commit mass murder by blowing up civilian aircraft bound for the United States;

Whereas Federal agencies, including those within the Intelligence Community, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security, worked effectively with American allies to investigate and disrupt the airline terror plot and to implement appropriate security procedures in response to the plot;

Whereas United States law enforcement and intelligence agencies and allies of the United States around the world have worked together to detect and disrupt terrorist networks and numerous terror plots since September 11, 2001, including a plan to attack targets on the west coast of the United States using hijacked aircraft in 2002, a plan to attack targets on the east coast of the United States using hijacked civilian aircraft in 2003, a plan to blow up apartment buildings in the United States in 2002, a plan to attack urban targets in the United Kingdom using explosives in 2004, a plan to attack Westerners in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2003, a plan to attack Heathrow Airport using hijacked aircraft in 2003, a plan to conduct large-scale bombings in the United Kingdom in 2004, a plan to attack ships in the Arabian Gulf in 2002, a plan to attack ships in the Straits of Hormuz in 2002, a plan to attack a United States tourist site outside the United States in 2003, a plan to attack Queen Alia Airport in Jordan in 2006, a plan to attack high-profile buildings in Ontario, Canada, in 2006, and a plan to attack an El Al aircraft in 2006;"

and the icing on the cake is:

"Whereas the Nation is safer than it was on September 11, 2001, but more must always be done because the terrorist threat is latently entrenched, nimble, resourceful, and dedicated to the murder of Americans and the destruction of freedom;"

I can only hope some of these lounge lizards are removed from their official positions after this November election.
 

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