All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent

I’m not going to wasre too much space for the brouhaha over Ahmadinejad, Ahmadinejad Gets Laughed At

He’s not being feared. He’s being laughed at. Imagine how the Iranian people feel seeing these clips (and they’re seeing them). Imagine how the rest of the Iranian government feels being made to look so foolish — and all for this jester’s dreams of personal aggrandizement. (video at link)

One commenter on Ezra’s post suggests that the speech might have worked for Ahmadinejad just the same way that Bush’s peculiar brand of dopish nationalism has worked for him. Of course there is always that possibility. Political leaders say things and their followers tend to put it through their mental filters. It explains why Bush has the full unquestioning support of that remaining 29%. Short of being caught on video tape kicking a puppy Bush can do no wrong as far as those dead end supporters are concerned. They are blind to Bush faults just as much as some Iranians are blind to their leaders faults. I caught Ahmadinejad’s appearance on C-Span and he is an assclown, the midle-east version of a neoconservative.

I am wondering why there haven’t been any protests outside Fox News for wanting to give Ahmadinejad a forum to express his views, Bill O’Reilly Invited Ahmadinejad To Appear On The Factor

Bill O’Reilly harshly criticized Columbia University for inviting Ahmadinejad to speak during his TPM last night, 9/24, calling Columbia and Lee Bollinger “hypocritical beyond belief”. He also called yesterday’s event a ” dog and pony show” and “revolting”. It turns out that the real hypocrite is Bill O’Reilly who admitted he invited Ahmadinejad to appear on The Factor.

No surprise here. It is the usual case of one set of rules for fringe conservatives and another for the rest of us. At least part of O’Reilly’s motives would be purely monetary. One can imagine the boost for O’Reilly who’s ratings have never really recovered from the falafel fantasies fiasco.

 Another Lieberman Amendment to Push Us Towards War with Iran?

The Kyl-Lieberman amendment would put the Senate on the record supporting the “use of all instruments of United States national power in Iraq,” including military force, to “combat, contain, and roll back” Iran’s influence in Iraq. Such provocative language would be construed as support for war with Iran. It would also be construed as support for provocative actions that could act as a trigger for war.

By approving this dangerous amendment, the Senate would also be endorsing the aggressive step of designating part of Iran’s military a “terrorist organization.” The Washington Post reported in January that skeptics in the intelligence community, State Department and Defense Department worry this step “could push the growing conflict between Tehran and Washington into the center of a chaotic Iraq war.” The text of the Kyl-Lieberman amendment is here:

The Bush administration and its allies have kept up a steady drumbeat of unproven allegations that Iran is arming insurgents in Iraq. The sponsors of this amendment recite those allegations as if they were fact, ignoring the fact that they haven’t been substantiated, in order to establish them as “true by repetition.” But by stating that the goal is to combat Iran’s “influence” in Iraq, the sponsors of this amendment show what it’s really all about. Lieberman, like Bush, wants to put American lives at risk for the goal of constraining Iranian political influence in Iraq, a goal in which the overwhelming majority of Americans have no stake, certainly not a stake worth a single American life.

There are at least two obvious things wrong with the current round of Republican pundits beating the Iran war drums. One is why after being in Iraq for over four years the Iraq/Iran border hasn’t been sealed by American forces – after all wasn’t the “surge” about doing whatever it took to bring about more order and less violence. Then let’s say there are appreciable numbers of Iranian instigators in Iraq. We know from the recent National Intelligence Estimate that the largest number of foreign fighters are from Saudi Arabia ( Osama Bin Laden’s home country). Why is the Bush administration then holding the Iranian government accountable for the actions of a few of its citizens while ignoring same from Saudi Arabia. Its the roll out of the Iraq occupation all over again. The administration, the war bloggers and pundits emphasizing  their talking points while ignoring inconvenient mitigating facts.

All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Perfectly Still Autumn wallpaper

 Perfectly Still Autumn wallpaper

In the last episode of As Republican Values Turn Like a Worm the dashing hero Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) was soliciting services from prostitutes. So in an apparent attempt to get back into the good graces of his chrisianists supporters he’s earmarked $100,000 for a little group that is on a crusade against science and rationalism, Vitter earmarked federal money for creationist group

Sen. David Vitter, R-La., earmarked $100,000 in a spending bill for a Louisiana Christian group that has challenged the teaching of Darwinian evolution in the public school system and to which he has political ties.

[  ]…The group’s tax-exempt status prohibits the Louisiana Family Forum from political activity, but Vitter has close ties to the group. Dan Richey, the group’s grass-roots coordinator, was paid $17,250 as a consultant in Vitter’s 2004 Senate race. Records also show that Vitter’s campaign employed Beryl Amedee, the education resource council chairwoman for the Louisiana Family Forum.