Posts Tagged ‘bush’

Nightmarish Dystopia or the State of the Nation

October 15, 2008

Ignorance is strength.  At least as far as GOP electoral strategy is concerned.

In interviews here in the Deep South and in Virginia, white voters made it clear that they remain deeply uneasy with Mr. Obama — with his politics, his personality and his biracial background. Being the son of a white mother and a black father has come to symbolize Mr. Obama’s larger mysteries for many voters. When asked about his background, a substantial number of people interviewed said they believed his racial heritage was unclear, giving them another reason to vote against him.

Also too, “when we talk about war, we’re really talking about peace.” George W. Bush, June 18, 2002.


Kosovo: Another Vietnam, Demonstrating the Truth of the Powell Doctrine

May 28, 2008

So said John McCain in 1999:

Nearly two weeks of NATO bombing has failed to stop the Yugoslav Army’s brutal removal of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, and starkly revealed the limitations of an air-only campaign in trying to break President Slobodan Milosevic’s will to wage war. The capture of three American soldiers along the Macedonia border only made matters worse.

Suddenly, General Powell’s principles are looking a lot more attractive. ”This only affirms the Powell Doctrine,” said Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican, who joined the growing chorus of those clamoring to send ground troops into Kosovo. ”This is more reminiscent of the gradual escalation and bombing pauses that characterized the Vietnam War.”

Even General Powell broke his usually self-imposed silence on continuing military operations last week, offering remarks that carried a distinctly I-told-you-so ring. ”The challenge of just using air power is that you leave it in the hands of your adversary to decide when he’s been punished enough,” General Powell told reporters before a speech in Blacksburg, Va. ”So the initiative will remain with President Milosevic.”

Thanks for sticking to your guns in the Bush era, guys.  Real profiles in courage, the both of you.

Bush Derangement Syndrome Breaks Out Among Reaganites

April 8, 2008

Did anyone notice Bruce Fein’s op-ed in the Washington Times today?  It’s as stark an indictment of the Bush administration’s approach to the law as anything I’ve seen in the mainstream media.  It’s chock full of quotes from framers of the Constitution and revered jurists throughout US history.

He’s not happy:

President Bush’s signature constitutional idea is that he is the law. The idea is taking hold in a climate of post-Sept. 11, 2001, fear. Under the banner of fighting international terrorism, Mr. Bush claims unchecked powers historically associated with despots: torture; kidnappings; secret imprisonments; indefinite detentions of suspected unlawful enemy combatants; violations of the Constitution and laws with impunity; and, the authority to employ the military at any time and place of his choosing. On the domestic front, Mr. Bush disputes the power of Congress to oversee the executive branch for lawlessness, abuses, or maladministration. He signs laws while asserting a right to disobey those provisions he pronounces to be unconstitutional.

With few exceptions, Congress, the media, and the public have slumbered as the Republic has been dismantled brick-by-brick. A restoration is possible, but only through an aroused and enlightened citizenry. There are no quick fixes.

In sum, the president has proclaimed the White House an uncrowned kingship. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has assured him impeachment is off the table. And Congress and the American people remain preoccupied with earmarks, steroids in athletics, and “American Idol.”

Fein, of course, was a higher up in the Reagan era DOJ.  It’s encouraging to see a genuine conservative– that is, one who is skeptical about excessive government power– speak out about the practices of the Bush administration.  Bush retains a 61 percent approval rating among Republicans, though, because conservatism as a political philosophy is dead in this country.

Occupation Today, Occupation Tomorrow, Occupation Forever!

March 12, 2008

George Bush demonstrates his reasoning skills:

“The decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the right decision early in my presidency,” Mr. Bush said, to a standing ovation. “It is the right decision at this point in my presidency, and it will forever be the right decision.”

Well, that’s convincing.   There’s more of it here:

“See, I believe we’re in an ideological struggle with extremism,” says the President. “These people prey on the hopeless. Hopelessness breeds terrorism. That’s why this trip is a mission undertaken with the deepest sense of humanity, because those other folks will just use vulnerable people for evil. Like in Iraq.”

I [Bob Geldof] don’t want to go there. I have my views and they’re at odds with his, and I don’t want to spoil the interview or be rude in the face of his hospitality. “Ah, look Mr. President. I don’t want to do this really. We’ll get distracted and I’m here to do Africa with you.” “OK, but we got rid of tyranny.” It sounded like the television Bush. It sounded too justificatory, and he doesn’t ever have to justify his Africa policy. This is the person who has quadrupled aid to the poorest people on the planet. I was more comfortable with that. But his expression asked for agreement and sympathy, and I couldn’t provide either.

“Mr. President, please. There are things you’ve done I could never possibly agree with and there are things I’ve done in my life that you would disapprove of, too. And that would make your hospitality awkward. The cost has been too much. History will play itself out.” “I think history will prove me right,” he shoots back.

Yes, he always does think that.  How does it play out?

“I made my arguments and went down in flames. History will prove me right,” said then-Rangers owner George W. Bush [after being the only owner to vote against adoption of the wild card], whose foresight led him to bigger and better things.

“This is an exercise in folly.”

Nine postseasons and three wild-card World Series champions later, the concept promoted by Commissioner Bud Selig is almost universally accepted and unquestionably good for business.

That article was from the beginning of the 2004 postseason, which the wild card Red Sox went on to win in thrilling fashion.

Lew Kwan Yew Conservatism

March 9, 2008

Dissent emboldens the enemy, it turns out.  Former Singapore Dictator Lee Kwan Yew:

The costs of leaving Iraq unstable would be high. Jihadists everywhere would be emboldened. I have met many Gulf leaders and know that their deep fear is that a precipitate U.S. withdrawal would gravely jeopardize their security.

A hurried withdrawal from Iraq would cause the leaders of many countries to conclude that the American people cannot tolerate the nearly 4,000 casualties they have suffered in Iraq and that in a protracted asymmetrical war the U.S. government will not have its people’s support to bear the pain that is necessary to prevail. And this even after the surge of 30,000 additional troops under Gen. David Petraeus has resulted in an improved security situation. …

America needs a coalition. This will require a more multilateral approach, which in turn requires clarity and a close examination of the strategic stakes. The domestic American debate on Iraq affects world public opinion and thus the political viability and sustainability of any multinational coalition.

The affinity between Lee Kwan Yew and George W. Bush speaks for itself.  There is no conservative movement in this country today.  There is a chauvinist movement.  It demands torture, ill-planned and counterproductive invasions, attacks, and occupations, and permanent emergency exceptions to the rule of law.

The figurehead and idol of this movement in the US had the audacity to claim that “All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you.”  Disgusting.

Outrage of the Hour

March 8, 2008

I haven’t gone through this signing statement yet, but apparently, “using the same legal reasoning” as he did to engage in warrantless wiretapping, Pres. Bush has asserted in a signing statement the authority to open mail.

This assertion is, apparently, contrary to existing law and the very bill he signed.

Via James, Los Angeles.