Tuesday, September 18, 2007

It's about bad energy policy

At it's root, the Iraq war is about access to the world's dwindling oil reserves. Everyone knows it, but no one in government will say that. There is a better way -- redirect the energy we expend trying to "secure access" into American innovation. Lets develop and SELL the energy technology of the future to the rest of the world.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Waste...

Truthdig ... a good site for news ... has a new article by Bob Scheer. I have to quote:

In the effort to retaliate against terrorists who hijacked planes six years ago with an arsenal of $3 knives, this year's overall defense budget has been pushed to $657 billion.  We are now spending $3 billion a week in Iraq alone, occupying a country that had nothing to do with the tragedy that sparked this orgy of militarism.

That kind of sums it up...

Read the whole thing here.

Just what we need

Fred Thompson -- just what we need in the race: an actor with nothing more than an image. He's the "regular guy" people seem to adore.

Why do Americans always seem to vote for the guy they want as their drinking buddy? After the current debacle don't people realize we (at least) need someone with smarts in the White House?

Image coupled with incompetence got us where we are -- and the supposed darling of the party offers the same package.

If this yahoo wins I'm outta here -- there's no hope.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

How to lead...

Imagine the following speech by the president:
This administration intends to be candid about its errors. For as a wise man once said, "An error does not become a mistake until you refuse to correct it." We intend to accept full responsibility for our errors.... We're not going to have any search for scapegoats ... the final responsibilities of any failure are mine, and mine alone.
What would happen to W's credibility if he spoke these words? It would likely skyrocket -- well, skyrocket is relative, but I'm sure it would improve immensely.

Starting such a frank discussion with the American people would demonstrate real leadership: an acknowledgment of the obvious would go a long way toward addressing a leadership legacy that -- at this point -- is probably the worst in American history.

However, our leader appears to be incapable of seeing his actions as errant -- or even learning from them. He doesn't see mistakes, just "bigger challenges" that take more determination. This is the style of the oligarch: of someone who sees himself as infallible or, at least, much smarter than those who dissent.

This puts the country on a single-tracked path --with no way of changing course. This is what we see in W's "leadership" style: a steadfastness in the face of overwhelming evidence that a re-evaluation is needed.

Actually a president did speak the above words. They were spoken by JF Kennedy -- after the Bay of Pigs disaster. That president's approval rating shot up after the speech.

Demonstrating contact with reality will have that effect... Unfortunately, I don't expect this president to demonstrate any contact with reality.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Alter: Is GOP Collapsing Under the Weight of Sleaze? - Newsweek Between the Lines - MSNBC.com

Alter: Is GOP Collapsing Under the Weight of Sleaze? - Newsweek Between the Lines - MSNBC.com: "When House Majority Leader Trent Lott asked all Republican senators to show up at Clinton's 1998 State of the Union address as a sign of respect for the office, Larry Craig was one of only two senators who refused, later calling Clinton a 'nasty, bad, naughty boy.'"

I know the story has been blogged to death -- but this Newsweek article asks the right quesion: what will it take for Republican hypocrisy to finally convince the faithful that these self-righteous windbags are just that: a bunch of loud-mouths who spew "morality" while leading lives of decept ...