Patriotism is usually the refuge of the scoundrel

19 things Republicans want you to forget!

1) Republicans want you to forget that there were no weapons of mass destruction.

2) Republicans want you to forget that while the Republican Policy Committee was opposed to the deployment of U.S. Soldiers to Bosnia under President Clinton,they’ll brand you a terrorist if you oppose President Bush’s war in Iraq.

3) Republicans want you to forget there was no yellow cake uranium. (the rest at the link)

4) Republicans want you to forget that they hired a bunch of rich thugs to lie about John Kerry in 2004.

A possibility better title would have been 19 things that America will be paying for in blood and taxes for the next fifty years. While there are other democracies in the world I liked to think that despite a history where we frequently failed to live up to some high ideals that the U.S. was special. Conservatives have done everything in their power to undermine everything that was special and great about America. That they think of themselves as patriots would be laughable if it were not so sad. Conservative Joshua Muravchik of the ultra Right think tank the American Enterprise Institute writes at the L.A. Times, Bomb Iran

WE MUST bomb Iran.

It has been four years since that country’s secret nuclear program was brought to light, and the path of diplomacy and sanctions has led nowhere.

CIA analysis finds no Iranian nuclear weapons drive: report

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A classified draft CIA assessment has found no firm evidence of a secret drive by Iran to develop nuclear weapons, as alleged by the White House, a top US investigative reporter has said.

Should we believe the CIA or the people that lied to us about Iraq’s WMD. Even if Iran developed nuclear weapons, considering how they managed Iraq and Afghanistan, are the ideological clones of Mr. Muravchik the ones to trust to handle Iran. Iran pre-Iraq invasion was becoming more moderate and while heresy to say so Iraq acted as a mid-east counter balance to any ambitions Iran had for ideological or territorial expansion. Bush and his supporters like Muravchik removed that counter balance and gave Iran’s more radical elements the rhetorical propaganda they needed to move the country away from moderation. There is no reason to give any weight at all to what some irrelevant neocon at the the American Enterprise Institute has to say. As the AP story makes clear Muravchik has already started out with the Condi Rice just imagine the mushroom clouds school of rhetoric and just like Iraq they have already been proved wrong. The Right is very quick to dismiss the nuclear deterrent that kept the old USSR in check for fifty years. Their paranoia is showing. Iran’s leaders are not pillars of international integrity, but neither are they suicidal. A nuclear attack by Iran against any of its neighbors would certainly be an act of suicide. Muravchik displays an odd courage, he doesn’t mind telling the world how insecure he is about America’s power.

Senator John McCain is to be congratulated for his civil demeanor over the years. Unfortunately that demeanor will pass for many people as some kind of ethical depth. This is certainly something that the Senator is not. McCain is not the first to sell out what was a thin sliver of ideals in the first place for the sake of power and it is a sad thing to watch, The Sorry Slate of Republican Presidential Candidates

The Booman Tribune is probably correct when they speculate that given Dick Cheney’s and Bush’s bitch Attorney General Alberto Gonzales are on the offensive because they are scared. Their rabid and rather weird attacks of the critics of the domestic surveillance program that assumes every American with a telephone and a heartbeat is a terror suspect denotes that they smell the subpoenas, Gonzales Blasts Surveillance Critics

Gonzales and Cheney’s attacks on the court order came as the administration was urging the lame-duck Congress to approve legislation authorizing the warrantless surveillance. The bill’s chances are in doubt, however, because of Democratic opposition in the Senate, where 60 votes are required to end debate and vote.

At a news conference, Gonzales would not speculate how the administration would react if Congress did not authorize warrantless surveillance.

“We’re optimistic because of the importance of this program, the success of the program, the stated commitment of the Democratic leadership to work with us in protection of America, and that we’re going to have a good discussion and dialogue about the program,” he said.

“We believe the president has the authority under the authorization of military force and inherent authority of the constitution to engage in this sort of program, but we want to supplement that authority,” he said.

If Alberto’s lip weren’t glued to Bush’s ass maybe he’d get enough oxygen to think clearly. The AUMF gave Bush no such authority. It was Bush’s responsibility to go to Congress and get the law changed not to act like Joseph Stalin lite. This goes to the very center of modern Republican thinking , Gonzales is supposed to the AG of the America people regardless of his political affiliation, he is not supposed to be a propagandist for his party. There are various ways of attacking America and Alberto is attacking America by undermining the rule of law, common decency, and contempt for the truth.

“Patriotism is usually the refuge of the scoundrel. He is the man who talks the loudest”. Mark Twain – Education and Citizenship speech, 5/14/1908

“Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.”
– More Maxims of Mark, Johnson, 1927