Monday, May 09, 2011
Saturday, May 07, 2011
Andrew Card is, of course, a Republican. Which means he's an asshole and a hypocrite. To suggest that Obama has "pounded his chest a little too much" when, in fact, Obama has been cool as a cucumber through this whole thing, is just preposterous. Strapping on a cod piece and a flight suit, landing on an aircraft carrier, and strutting around in front of a "mission accomplished" banner is what I would call chest thumping extraordinaire.
Going to ground zero to lay a wreath (note the lack of bullhorn or even a speech), meeting with first responders, and going to thank the troops that did the mission: all restrained and fitting things for a commander in chief to do. Not chest pounding.
Claiming that you're going to get bin Laden "dead or alive" and then giving up on him to the point of shutting down the CIA unit that was chasing him, well, that's the kind of strutting hypocrisy that only George W. Bush and his sycophants could manage.
"SPIEGEL: But now President Obama is the big winner… Card: I think he has pounded his chest a little too much. He can take pride in it, but he does not need to show it so much."
- Interview with Former Bush Adviser Andrew Card: 'Obama Has Pounded His Chest a Little Too Much' - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International (view on Google Sidewiki)
This right wing egotistical tough-guy fetish applies to more than just torture. From unilateral invasions to massive tax cuts for the rich, the Bushies were all about being the tough guys who could do what needed to be done, while liberals were cowering wimps who just wanted to let gay people marry.
This all fits into the whole Manichean Paranoia that afflicts the right. Their John Wayne mentality infects their every thought process, and leads to some really awful results, which they then, of course, deny had anything to do with them.
You're either with us, or against us, and laws and facts don't matter. In fact, laws and facts are for sissies.
Nobody lays out the truth of this right wing mentality better than Steven Colbert. Without him I would have lost the ability to pay attention to their giant, destructive egos years ago.
And nobody proves that pragmatism and nuance is the better methodology for a country than Obama. He proves that the world is not just black or white in a way that deflates their egos and, frankly, that makes them crazy with Obama Derangement Syndrome.
"From day one of the War on Terror (TM), it was clear that the Bush people reveled in the notion that they were tough guys, willing to Do What Needs to be Done. They were all wannabe Kiefer Sutherlands. Far from showing qualms about suspending the rule of law and using torture to extract information, they obviously enjoyed the idea that they were willing to go all the way, unlike those wimpy liberals."
- Shadow of the Torturers - NYTimes.com (view on Google Sidewiki)
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Now here's a great article full of facts that, of course, won't matter to Republicans. Not only did senior level Bush Administration officials like Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Cheney ignore warnings that could have prevented 9-11, they actually allowed bin Laden to get out of Afghanistan. They had no plan for cutting off his escape routes, Bush himself turned down offers from the Taliban for having bin Laden turned over to us, and the Bushies just let bin Laden walk away from Tora Bora.
Why? Because from the moment Bush was appointed by the Supreme Court, all the Bushies cared about was attacking Iraq.
Facts didn't matter to the Bushies then, and they still don't now. And to hear all these Republicans today claiming that Bush deserves credit for bin Laden's killing is sickening. The exact opposite is true. Bush deserves the blame for not stopping 9-11 in the first place, and for letting bin Laden get away afterwards. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar.
"Rumsfeld and the second-ranking official at the Pentagon, Paul Wolfowitz, had dismissed CIA warnings of an al Qaeda terrorist attack against the United States in the summer of 2001, and even after 9/11 had continued to question the CIA's conclusion that bin Laden and al Qaeda were behind the attacks. Cheney and Rumsfeld were determined not to allow a focus on bin Laden to interfere with their plan for a U.S. invasion of Iraq to overthrow the Saddam Hussein regime."
- U.S. Refusal of 2001 Taliban Offer Gave bin Laden a Free Pass - IPS ipsnews.net (view on Google Sidewiki)
Monday, May 02, 2011
George Bush let UBL get away at Tora Bora. He failed to find him for the rest of his Presidency. John McCain said he would not unilaterally attack in Pakistan. Obama said he would. Credit here goes to Obama, and Republican liars can suck on that.
The Washington Times is a bullshit organization that lies for Republicans. They are, of course, going to try to credit George Bush for getting Usama Bin Laden. The facts, which Republicans don't care about, are that GW Bush blew the chance to get Usama, and then just blew it off for the rest of his presidency. Here are some quotes from Bush himself on the matter:
"The most important thing is for us to find Osama bin Laden. It is our number one priority and we will not rest until we find him." — 9/13/01
"I want justice...There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, 'Wanted: Dead or Alive,'" —9/17/01
"...Secondly, he is not escaping us. This is a guy, who, three months ago, was in control of a county [sic]. Now he's maybe in control of a cave. He's on the run. Listen, a while ago I said to the American people, our objective is more than bin Laden. But one of the things for certain is we're going to get him running and keep him running, and bring him to justice. And that's what's happening. He's on the run, if he's running at all. So we don't know whether he's in cave with the door shut, or a cave with the door open -- we just don't know...."—Crawford TX, 12/28/01
"I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority."—3/13/02
"I am truly not that concerned about him."—3/13/02
"I'll repeat what I said. I truly am not that concerned about him."—3/13/02
"Uhh—Gosh, I —don't think I ever said I'm not worried about Osama bin Laden. It's kind of one of those, uhh, exaggerations." — Tempe, AZ, 10/13/2004
So, yeah. George W. Bush did not make "getting Bin Laden a top priority." The Washington Times, as usual, is full of shit.
"Former President George W. Bush, who made getting bin Laden a top priority of his U.S.-led war on terrorism said in a statement: “The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done.”"
- Getting bin Laden was top U.S. goal since 9/11 - Washington Times (view on Google Sidewiki)
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Furthermore, Obama's share of the debt wouldn't exist if Bush hadn't ruined the economy.in reference to:
"All told, Obama-era choices account for about $1.7 trillion in new debt, according to a separate Washington Post analysis of CBO data over the past decade. Bush-era policies, meanwhile, account for more than $7 trillion and are a major contributor to the trillion-dollar annual budget deficits that are dominating the political debate."
- Running in the red: How the U.S., on the road to surplus, detoured to massive debt - The Washington Post (view on Google Sidewiki)