Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Another Closet Republican busted having a gay "tryst" on the down-low

The high and mighty moral republicans have another one of their club members engaging in immoral behavior - while at away at a Republican Retreat nonetheless...

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Yet Another 12 Iraq War Veteran Army Captains Call For Withdrawal

What does Iraq look like on the ground? It's certainly far from being a modern, self-sustaining country. Many roads, bridges, schools and hospitals are in deplorable condition. Fewer people have access to drinking water or sewage systems than before the war. And Baghdad is averaging less than eight hours of electricity a day.Iraq's institutional infrastructure, too, is sorely wanting. Even if the Iraqis wanted to work together and accept the national identity foisted upon them in 1920s, the ministries do not have enough trained administrators or technicians to coordinate themselves. At the local level, most communities are still controlled by the same autocratic sheiks that ruled under Saddam.

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Monday, October 15, 2007

Policy and Spending out of control...

Under Bush 1 the ENTIRE defense budget was less than $300 BILLION dollars...

Bush 2 has asked for a 191 BILLION dollar supplement this year -- that's in addition to the 750 BILLION in the regular defense budget. We have approx 200,000 men in combat half a world away... mostly engaged in nation-building and police work.

This is the policy response to 19 men attacking the country with $1.99 box cutters.

Hollywood couldn't come up with a more outlandish story.

Yes, I've oversimplified the situation, but the point remains: Expanding empire is not a way to safeguard the homeland... Pretending to "make the world safe for democracy" in an attempt to alleviate anti-Americanism will backfire as surely as it did for the Brits last century.

History has demonstrated that democracies aren't destroyed from without -- they are destroyed from within. The Brits know this all too well -- and it appears we intend on learning the same lesson in the same way: spending trillion of dollars in an attempt to re-make the world in "our image".

The fall of the American empire is well underway ... those in power are simply accelerating it.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Ex-general: 'No end in sight' in Iraq - Yahoo! News

Ex-general: 'No end in sight' in Iraq - Yahoo! News: "-

So many former multi-star generals speaking out about the incompetence of our political leaders, its amazing ANYONE has any confidence in them...
The U.S. mission in Iraq is a 'nightmare with no end in sight' because of political misjudgments after the fall of Saddam Hussein that continue today, a former chief of U.S.-led forces said Friday."

Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, who commanded coalition troops for a year beginning June 2003, cast a wide net of blame for both political and military shortcomings in Iraq that helped open the way for the insurgency — such as disbanding the Saddam-era military and failing to cement ties with tribal leaders and quickly establish civilian government after Saddam was toppled.
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When asked when he saw that the mission was going awry, he responded: "About the 15th of June 2003" — the day he took command.

"There is nothing going on today in Washington that would give us hope" that things are going to change, he said.

The cost of the dogmatic faith in our "righteousness" of the true believers is measured in lives lost and ruined... on both sides of this conflict.
"After more than 4 years of fighting, America continues its desperate struggle in Iraq without any concerted effort to achieve victory in that war torn country or in the greater conflict against extremism"

"From a catastrophically flawed, unrealistically optimistic war plan, to the administration's latest surge strategy, this administration has failed to employ and synchronize its political, economic and military power,"

"The latest revised strategy is a desperate attempt by the administration that has not accepted the political and economic realities of this war and they have definitely have NOT been able to communicate that reality to the American people."

"Continuing changes and manipulations to military strategy alone will not achieve victory, the best we can do with this strategy is stave off defeat,"

"The administration, Congress and the entire inter-agency, especially the State Department, must shoulder the responsibility for this catastrophic failure and the American people must hold them accountable."

"As a Japanese proverb says action without vision is a nightmare."

Wednesday, October 10, 2007