"What's most troubling about Senator Reid's comments yesterday is his defeatism.It is cynical to declare that the war is lost because you believe it gives you political advantage. Leaders should make decisions based on the security interests of our country, not on the interests of their political party."
The bold and italics are mine, to emphasize a word that has come to represent everything that is wrong with the Bush Administration. It is by far the most cynical administration in our nation's history and as a result, it inspires cynicism because they twist words in ways that would make even George Orwell jealous. How can one take anything they say at face value? Their "No Child Left Behind" policy has only increasingly left many children behind. Their "Clean Skies" initiative was an invitation by corporations to pollute our environment even more. To listen to everything the administration has to say, one has to come to believe that they mean the very opposite of what they claim. In essence, they are the hypocrites that Jesus had warned followers about. No where is that more apparent than the above quote...for it is Cheney and company that waged a pre-emptive war against Iraq not for national security concerns, but for political reasons. They even forced Congress to vote on the war BEFORE the 2002 mid-term elections, something the elder Bush refused to do during the Persian Gulf crisis in 1990. The Iraq War is nothing if it's not politically motivated.
You have to hand it to the man. How he can make statements like that with a straight face is beyond the scope of any spiritually authentic person to do. I often wonder what he sees when he looks in the mirror. I know what I see when I see him on TV. Ever see the film "Devil's Advocate"? What most haunted me about that film was when Charlize Theron looked at the beautiful faces of the wives of her husband's colleagues, she saw the snarling demon beneath. Well, that's exactly what I see whenever I see Cheney on TV. He harbours an evil force beneath his mask of conservative values. There is little if no light of goodness that emanates from his body. He is someone who had better hope he lives a long life, because I'm certain that he will not like his eternal fate.
As I reflect on the disaster that is the Bush Administration, I can't help but see it as a three act puppet show tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. It's also part minstrel show (with Condi Rice and Colin Powell playing the part of white people in blackface, acting as house slaves on the Bush plantation). Act 1 is the snoozer of an opening, from the controversial Supreme Court decision and the Inauguration where he was booed and pelted with eggs, through his month-long vacation, where he ignored CIA warnings that Osama was determined to launch a terrorist strike in the U.S.
Act 2 covers the period of time from 9/11 through August 2005, when Bush seemed most invincible and the Democrats were cowering in fear from his political power. The corporate media fawned all over him and presented a false image of the president that had little basis in reality. Anyone remember the 2004 debates against Kerry, in which Bush had a mysterious bulge on his back, a bulge that looked a lot like he was getting answers fed to him, which isn't hard to believe since his behaviour during the debates were kind of odd, like he was listening to a whole other conversation going on. Anyhow, during Act 2 is when the American public was bamboozled and cowed by fear of another terrorist strike. In fact, the color-coded terrorist warnings (remember those? We haven't had one since the weekend before the 2004 election day) seemed timed to Kerry's bump in the polls. Everytime Kerry garnered positive attention or a poll increase, out came the terrorist warnings!
Act 3 covers everything after August 2005. That's when the bubble burst on the Bush administration. It took a mother of an Iraq War soldier to get the press to focus on Bush's disaster of a war and seemingly scared response to meet with the families of the fallen soldiers. When that drama died down, then came Katrina, and ever since then, Bush's poll numbers have been hovering around 30%, which represents his core, Kool-Aid drinking followers (Hitler had those die hards too, so there's really no amount of evidence that will ever convince them that they were wrong). The reason Katrina pulled Americans out of the 9/11 daze we were in is because Bush's response to the Katrina disaster was the exact carbon copy of his response to 9/11. On 9/11, he ran and hid at Offutt AFB and wasn't seen or heard from for a couple days. After Katrina, he ran to San Diego to play golf and celebrate John McCain's birthday. When he finally made it to New Orleans, it was a fly over in Air Force One, complete with a snapshot of him looking out of the window, as though he couldn't be bothered. I think it was then that most reasonable Americans realized how dysfunctional our president really was. And what helped that image along was his own mother making racist statements and laughing about it! People lost their homes, and she had the gall to say with a chuckle that staying in the Astrodome in Houston was "working out for them."
Now, in just the past week alone, we've had a retired Army general say that Bush was AWOL on Iraq, criticizing the president's detachment from the reality on the ground. And tonight on CBS' "60 Minutes", George Tenet will speak out about how the Bush Administration misused his information to go to war in Iraq. Also last week, a member of the Bush Administration resigned over a sex scandal, though he claims only to have gotten a massage from the call girl. A $400 an hour message? That's not what call girls are called for! All this comes on top of recent scandals involving Wolfowitz hiring his mistress to work at the World Bank, and Alberto Gonzalez for claiming not to remember anything about the firings of 8 attorneys, and the missing e-mails.
Will it ever end? This puppet show disaster has gone on too long, at too large expense to the American public. Our prestige is ruined, soiled by this Adminstration more than any semen-stained dress that Clinton could have done. This was an administration that promised to bring integrity back (though I knew in 2000 that it was a lie). But the reality is, I can't think of one single good thing this administration has done. Though I didn't like the Reagan or the previous Bush administration, there were still a few things that I agreed with, and their policies didn't cause our allies to shun us as the current administration has done. There truly is only one thing that would make the perfect ending to this puppet show: Let's help Chickenhawk Cheney buy the farm! His removal from power will at least set Bush adrift and perhaps lessen any further damage. So long as Chickenhawk Cheney has his hands on the government, we are due for scandal after scandal. The stench is getting so bad, you'd think Americans would demand an end to it. Why wait until January 2009? There is nothing good these puppets can accomplish in the next 21 months.