Conservative Tripe

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Someone gave a Conservative named Matthew Kaminski a early holiday gift, apparently a box of crayons, which he used to scrawl this incoherent diatribe in the few minutes he had before the attendants noticed he got a hand free from his straight jacket, You Like Us! But Not For Long.

The past few years for sure were especially happy ones for the flag burners, intellectual bomb throwers and suicide attackers. George W. Bush gave this crowd a great excuse to hate America–and the Democrats a highly effective partisan political weapon against the ruling party.

You could diagram every sentence in this paragraph. Send it off to a team of brilliant of cryptographers and still not extract a rational thought. Its the usual right-wing drool mixed with arterial fix of rabid nationalism. A code of sorts meant for his fellow kool-aid drinkers. No surprise that he drags in the French. They’re always good for a bash. Then goes on to praise our allies. Yes, our NATO allies, like France, who contributed forces to Afghanistan where at last count 26 French soldiers have given their lives in a country where we succeeded and the old the Soviet Union failed; then squandered that victory to rush troops to the quagmire on the Mesopotamia. Forget all the other  malicious blundering that  has defined Conservative policies the last eight years – Afghanistan and Osama Been Forgotten is reason enough to give Bush a one way ticket to Elba. WhiskeyFire writes a very short letter to Monsieur Kaminsky about that “ontological” tripe.

Generals Propose a Timetable for Iraq

A new military plan for troop withdrawals from Iraq that was described in broad terms this week to President-elect Barack Obama falls short of the 16-month timetable Mr. Obama outlined during his election campaign, United States military officials said Wednesday.

I could be wrong from looking at it this way, but if timetables are being discussed now – pre-inaugeration, that’s a good sign. Plans are being made for a majot draw down of troops, the major remaining issue is timing.

Sean Hannity: Media Matters’ 2008 Misinformer of the Year. Not to be a concern troll, but Sean might want to consider changing his shade of lip gloss. He looks like a revieved corpse on camera. Then again, maybe that’s just how he looks. If so my apologies for making fun of his physical defects.

Hannity’s “Stop Obama Express” promoted and embellished a vast array of misleading attacks and false claims about Obama. Along the way, he uncritically adopted and promoted countless Republican talking points and played host to numerous credibility-challenged smear artists who painted Obama as a dangerous radical. When he was not going after Obama, Hannity attacked members of Obama’s family, as well as Sen. Hillary Clinton and other progressives, and denied all the while that he had unfairly attacked anyone.

U.S. sends three Guantanamo men home to Bosnia – shocking, according to Bush and his supporters everyone at Gitmo was guilty, otherwise they wouldn’t have been put there in the first place.

The three were among five Algerians ordered released last month by a U.S. judge who ruled that the Bush administration had failed to support its claim that they planned to travel to Afghanistan to fight U.S. forces in 2001.

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Former weapons inspector Scott Ritter also took exception to Cheney’s most recent attempt to rewrite history, Dick Cheney’s Fantasy World

The vice-president should re-check both his history and his facts. Just prior to President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq, the UN had teams of weapons inspectors operating inside Iraq, blanketing the totality of Iraq’s industrial infrastructure. They found no evidence of either retained WMD, or efforts undertaken by Iraq to reconstitute a WMD manufacturing capability. Whatever dual-use industrial capability that did exist (so-called because the industrial processes involved to produce legitimate civilian or military items could, if modified, be used to produce materials associated with WMD) had been so degraded as a result of economic sanctions and war that any meaningful WMD production was almost moot. To say that Saddam had the capability or the technology to produce WMD at the time of the US invasion is a gross misrepresentation of the facts.

[   ]…And as for the smoking gun that the Bush administration did not want to come in the form of a mushroom cloud, there was no nuclear weapons programme in Iraq in any way shape or form, nor had there been since it was dismantled in 1991. Cheney’s dissimilation of the facts surrounding Iraqi WMD serves as a distraction from the reality of the situation. Not only did the entire Bush administration know that the intelligence data about Iraqi WMD was fundamentally flawed prior to the invasion, but they also knew that it did not matter in the end. Bush was going to invade Iraq no matter what the facts proved.

Cheney defended the invasion and subsequent removal of Saddam from power by noting that “this was a bad actor and the country’s better off, the world’s better off with Saddam gone”. This is the argument of the intellectually feeble. It would be very difficult for anyone to articulate that life today is better in Baghdad, Mosul, Basra or any non-Kurdish city than it was under Saddam. Ask the average Iraqi adult female if she is better off today than she was under Saddam, and outside of a few select areas in Kurdistan, the answer will be a resounding “no”.

The occupation of Iraq by the United States is far more brutal, bloody and destructive than anything Saddam ever did during his reign. When one examines the record of the US military in Iraq in terms of private homes brutally invaded, families torn apart and civilians falsely imprisoned (the prison population in Iraq during the US occupation dwarfs that of Saddam’s regime), what is clear is that the only difference between the reign of terror inflicted on the Iraqi people today and under Saddam is that the US has been far less selective in applying terror than Saddam ever was.

You can throw shoes or buckets of reality at Cheney or Bush and they are sure to dodge both. Cheney waves his hand, conjures up his most condescending attitude and pronounce the facts as of little consequence or completely relative to one’s point of view. Facts take on a new meaning; they’re not things or events that exists in reality, they’re whatever Dick or George decides they are. Another reason to keep the kids away from the TV. They’ll learn from Republicans, usually advertised as the party of values, that the truth is an ever moving target and facts do not matter. Remember the ever present sculptor of truth in V for Vendetta, Adam Sutler(John Hurt). That character, a source of never ending propaganda seems like a rank amateur compared to Dick. Its a remarkable comment on our society that larger then life characters in a fantasy film are less outlandish then the leaders we have in real life.