Wednesday, August 30, 2006
... THE MORE THINGS STAY THE SAME!
My oldest son Sean is generally quiet and reserved, not the kind of guy to wear his emotions on his sleeve or discuss his feelings. However, Spike Lee's HBO documentary WHEN THE LEVEES BROKE so moved him, he was inspired to create his first ever blog post. Quite frankly, he stole a lot of my thunder! It is a terrific rant, and includes a great video of Good Charlotte doing WE BELIEVE. Great song, great video, great first blog post. See it HERE.
Click on Hurricane Katrina - my rant (upper right hand corner) and be sure to tell him your impressions (and say Hi!)!
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS
Speaking of Katrina, HRH King George II has been all over New Orleans "feeling the peoples pain", desperately trying to make it appear that he has done his job, and trying to blame Ray Nagin and Kathleen Blanco for the fiasco that is the New Orleans recovery effort. He apparently has forgotten, or hasn't yet figured out, that as president, the buck stops at HIS desk. He is ultimately responsible for doing whatever it takes to get the job done. Does anyone ever remember a president so unwilling or unable to roll up his sleeves, get his hands dirty, and get the job done? Typical child of "old money", thinks that all he needs to do is throw some cash at the problem, and the cure will follow. Hey George, take a look around you... think it's working?
Fascinating discussion on FRESH AIR today. Neocon Michael Ledeen (holds the Freedom chair at the AEI), and liberal foreign policy expert Joseph Cirincione (senior vice president for National Security and International Policy at the Center for American Progress) both in agreement that the president has already decided to take military action against Iran. Of course, this idea has the support of the Vice President's office, and DOD. The Secretary of State, State department, and Joint Chiefs are adamantly opposed.
Both Ledeen and Cirincione appear to believe that the lead up to the war is already starting. Just as with Iraq, it starts with the administration appearing to be reasonable and going through the Security council for sanctions. Of course, sanctions will fail, and Bush will claim he has no choice but to launch a military attack. No matter that Iran is at least 10 years away from actually being able to build a bomb. No more time for diplomacy will be the Bush mantra.
Both men blast the Bush administration for it's total lack of a coherent policy on Iran. And their inability to foresee possible consequences of their actions. For example, if attacked, the Iranians are likely to sink ships and block the Strait of Hormuz, through which much of the worlds oil passes. Oil would immediately jump to $200-$300 per barrel. Can you say $7 a gallon gas? And not choke just a bit?
Now there's some food for thought!
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That chorus of criticisms from the retired brass earlier in the year was almost certainly orchestrated by serving brass. Other than Abazaid and Pace, I am guessing most high-level officers know that any attack on Iran will bring down the final curtain on the GIs in Iraq.
It might be a good idea to start stocking up on the basics....
I seriously doubt that the military is going to be able to handle the war with Iraq AND a preemptive strike against Iran (couched in whatever terms they want to use at the time). Not to mention the American public (or the rest of the world's reaction to Dubya's dumbass foreign policies). The public is becoming increasingly dissatisfied with Bush, the wars he's waging and his inaction on the homefront. He needs to wake up and smell the problems here at home before running off to play in other kids' sandboxes.
Ok, I'm in a bit of a mood this morning and went a little crazy with the images there...
I swear if it wasn't for volunteers, nothing would get done for the ordinary people down there!
For Chist's sake: leave fucking Iran alone! What's the point? There are way bigger issues in this world to put energy and resources towards! I don't agree with this "just because we think they're bad they cannot have nuclear weapons". If one country isn't allowed to have them, NO country should be allowed to have them - US included!
Would mention tea parties but that would just get me in trouble....
EVer noticed That fla is always pretty well taken care of during hurricanes and they had several days warning w/ Katrina.
It was a clear class/poverty issue in my book and always will be. MF bastard. Clear as the corruption in his office..
Love you sweet bear!