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getting the peace prize infuriates me. It is not that place a high value on
the Nobel Peace Prize, so much that as that if continuing the occupations of
Afghanistan and Iraq is promoting “peace,” what exactly do I deserve for
opposing doing so? And when am I going to receive it? Obama won’t even have the
decency to sell the medal and spend the proceeds on helping those he has helped
maim. I probably wouldn’t either, but then again I’m not responsible for their
injuries, except to the extent that I am responsible for failing to stop what
has gone on.
But enough about me. There must be some good jokes from all
-Is Obama going to thank all the dead Afghans and Iraqis
when he accepts the award? “If not for them and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,” he
might say, “it is unthinkable that a black man would have achieved so much. By
the way, the United States has sadly not lived up to its ideals in the past and
has done bad things, but those days are over. I guarantee you that every rocket
we fire and every bomb we drop from now on is done in the name of peace.”
-Obama will soon be getting awards from organized labor and
gay rights organizations. “By ignoring us and our issues, President Obama has
done nothing proactively to hurt our cause,” one of the press releases will
-Erik Prince deserves a special award for innovative
But perhaps the most important point of all of this is that
it will not change the political culture of the U.S. in any significant way. Of
all the people who at least ostensibly want the U.S. to leave Afghanistan and
Iraq, very few, if any at all, are going to see this prize as a reason to
reassess the situation and realize that maybe they aren’t on the same page as
These two “dueling” sides end up clouding the major issues
so that the debate is about matters of little consequence. It is the same
situation as existed when Bush was in office. I guess Obama hasn’t been able to
In other news, it lookslike the
Patriot Act will soon be renewed. Shame on those who say our elected leaders in
Washington never get anything done.
"The removal of about 140,000 U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2011," Karen DeYoung writes in today's Washington Post, "will be a 'massive and expensive effort' that is likely to increase rather than lower Iraq-related expenditures during the withdrawal and for several years after its completion, government investigators said in a report released yesterday"
It looks like shoes have joined pretzels and the democratic process on the list of things that cannot stop George W. Bush.
Seriously, given all of the violence and misery inflicted upon Iraq as result of the policies of George W. Bush, having a shoe thrown at you is not out of line. It is certainly more merciful than execution.
"The top American commander [Gen. Raymond Odierno] in Iraq said that U.S. forces will remain in dozens of small bases inside Iraq's cities despite language in a recently-signed security pact which appears to require an American withdrawal from Iraqi urban areas by next summer," writes Yochi J. Dreazen of The Wall Street Journal (December 13).
Last night’s 60 Minutes featured a stunning revelation from former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas Feith; during the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Bush that it was possible that the U.S. would not find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
OK, to be fair, Feith does not actually say this on camera, but 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft does say, Feith "says even Rumsfeld conceded privately that the U.S. might not find any weapons of mass destruction on the ground. And he told the president so in a memo that outlined all of the things that could possibly go wrong."
It isn't clear if Kroft is getting this from his conversation with Feith and/or Feith's soon to be released book War and Decision: Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism (Harper). I suppose Kroft could be engaging in mischaracterization here, but I can find no evidence that Feith or anyone else has disputed this characterization, which if true is damning. If George and Rummy did not know that they would find WMDs in Iraq then there can be absolutely no doubt that the Bush Administration dishonestly justified the invasion and occupation of Iraq, not that there should be any even before this.
In a world that made sense, a congressional committee or two would immediately subpoena Feith and Rumsfeld and get them to answer questions under oath. Rumsfeld would be asked if had written such a memo or expressed such thoughts and, if so, who would have read the memo or heard him express such thinking. Feith would be asked if such a memo really did exist and who would have seen the memo. Then this committee would gather all named by Rumsfeld and Feith and they would asked if they had seen this memo or heard Rumsfeld say that there was possibility that weapons of mass destruction would not be found in Iraq.
Just as detectives do not wait for months to start conducting an investigation after a crime, these committees should be able to do all of this with great speed. Maybe there would be some legal delays, but that would a cop out if used to justify moving like a Hare at the big Hare vs. Tortoise race. After this is done, I suspect I would start to seriously contemplate whether I should make a onetime only exception to opposition to capital punishment.
But none of this is going to happen. Democrats, who sadly probably make up the vast majority of people who even claim to be opposed to the Bush Administration, do not have much interest in this story. I can find no mention of Feith on the front pages of AlterNet, Daily Kos or Eschaton. There is a post on The Huffington Post on Feith (Lionel Beehner, April 7) but it has nothing about WMDs.
I have a theory that if Bush came out and said, "Yes, I lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and I thought you were all fucking stupid for not picking up on it" that we would be plunged into a national conversation on whether or not it is acceptable for a U.S. President to say "fucking" in public. And if Bush left out that particular profanity, almost no attention would be paid to the statement.
Democrats apparently will take just about anything from Bush, and they will do the same from their own presidential candidates. Over the weekend, Barack Obama campaign spokesperson Jen Psaki said, "John McCain is not a warmonger and should not be described as such" (quoted in AP, April 5). Actually, "warmonger" is an objective description of McCain and people of decency and intelligence would be wary to support the presidential candidacy of anybody who did not agree with this assessment. Suffice to say, the major liberals sites mentioned above are even less interested in this matter than they are in Feith.
Democrats won't stand up to the Bush Administration just as they will not stand up to advocates of Team Bush’s war(s).
Sources tell me the assault/demolition of Basra and Sadr City is scheduled to begin as soon as U.S. and Iraqi military officials are done consulting with Janet Reno.
Iraqis are demonstrating against Maliki and calling for him to resign (The Real News, March 28), but to no effect. These people are excessively ambitious for an American style democracy.
Great Britain’s Ministry of Defense said yesterday that its Real British Heroes tortured nine Iraqis in September 2003 and that one of these Iraqis died (Kim Sengupta, The Independent, March 28). In other words, Gitmo detainees should stop complaining.