Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Irony: Dead and Loving It

Yesterday, Mister Bush equated the war in Iraq with World War II. Shortly afterward, Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld denied (once again) any similarity between Iraq and Vietnam.

Our leaders tell us we're fighting a war against religious extremists. On Monday, one of America's leading religious extremists called for the assassination of a South American president.

A CBS affiliate in Idaho refused to air Cindy Sheehan's ad because there is no "proof" that Mister Bush lied about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. To date, the administration has yet to provide a shred of evidence that Mister Bush told the truth--and I'm quite confident that the CBS affiliate in question had no qualms about running the Swift Boat ads during the '04 campaign.

The "best trained, best equipped" military in history is fighting a desperate "generational" war against an enemy that possesses no helmets, no body armor, no humvees, no fighters, no bombers, no nuclear submarines, no aircraft carriers; heck, they don't even have a country.

Mister Bush and his echo chamber maids maintain we must "stay the course" military even though they admit there is no military solution to the War on Terror.

As our national debt and trade deficit spurt through the roof, we continue to spend as much on our military as the rest of the world combined. Secretary Rumsfeld tells us this spending is necessary, and American can afford it.

Bush supporters honor our war dead by destroying a memorial dedicated to them. Mister Bush asks us to honor our war dead by adding to their number.

Americans sacrifice for the War on Terror by paying record prices at the gas pumps. Record profits go to Iran and Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil exporters and funders of Islamic terrorism.

Record profits also go to Messrs Bush and Cheney's cronies in the U.S. oil companies who helped Dick and Dubya formulate the energy policy behind closed doors.

Mister Bush claims that anti-war protestors who call for withdrawal from Iraq are "advocating a policy that would weaken the United States. Mister Bush's policies--especially his Iraq policy--have left the United States weaker and more vulnerable than at any time since the Berlin Wall came down.

We're fighting them "over there" so we don't have to fight them "over here," yet...

--The Homeland Security threat level remains at "elevated."

--We have given state and local governments over $81 billion to protect the homeland.

--We've made homeland security the FBI's number one priority and increased its funding by sixty percent.

--We established a four-star military combatant command to fight terrorism in the continental United States.

--We formed a National Counterterrorism Center, a Terrorist Threat Integration Center, and a Terrorist Screening Center.

--We suspended portions of the Bill of Rights without so much as a whisper about amending the Constitution for the sake of being better "protected."

But in spite of all that and more...

Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, has told us repeatedly that it's just a matter of time before we have another 9-11 style terrorist attack on American soil.

Mister Bush and the Rovewellian chorus insist that the terrorists keep fighting because they're losing, and that the harder they fight, the worse they're losing.

So the faster they beat the hell out of us, the sooner we'll win?

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Call me paranoid, but if I didn't know any better, I'd think maybe somebody in our government is pulling a number on us.

20 comments:

  1. And how long will they continue to get away with it????

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  2. "Michael Chertoff, Secretary of Homeland Security, has told us repeatedly that it's just a matter of time before we have another 9-11 style terrorist attack on American soil."

    So, he's saying we'll be attacked even though we've had our rights taken away to stop us from being attacked.

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  3. Anonymous3:30 PM

    And the lower Dear Leader's poll ratings get, the more assured we are that the terrorists will strike again.

    Lurch

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  4. Ariadne, Kate, and Lurch,

    Yes, yes, and yes.

    Thanks for stopping by and posting.

    Jeff

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  5. " ... I'm quite confident that the CBS affiliate in question had no qualms about running the Swift Boat ads during the '04 campaign."

    We didn't see the Swift Boat ads here but that had more to do with the fact that a Bush win was a forgone conclusion in this state (rather than the affiliate's failure to cheerlead)- the rather surprising outcome was that Kerry didn't win Ada County (Boise) where the Democratic candidates do get the votes.

    No, no Swift Boat Ads we just get treated to wonderful stuff like this.

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  6. Funny. That's some serious neo-sucking up going on there.

    Jeff

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  7. When I came back from Vietnam I used to "chew the fat" with various groups of veterans. (Still do as a matter of fact.) One of the main themes we discussed was "Won't get fooled again." But, by G*d, we have, haven't we. Shame on us.

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  8. Bill,

    Thanks for stopping by.

    We have. Partly, I suppose, because so many Americans today were born after Vietnam or were too young to remember it. And partly because the size of the hoax the administration pulled to get us into war truly boggles the mind.

    Jeff

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  9. I asked my students this morning who had learned anything about the Vietnam War.

    No one raised their hands.

    Looks like I have my work cut out for me this semester.

    Ariadne

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  10. Uppity Gal12:01 PM

    Hi there. I was born in 1968, but have been a good student of American history. True- my uncle died in that conflict, but our family has many Vets, and we are not "anti" military (as those who dare disagree with this administration are immediately labelled).

    So- I guess, I am puzzled as well, as to why so MANY people seem to have been "fooled again."

    As veterans, Jeff and Bill D., I would be interested to know your particular take on this- ??

    I am constantly STUNNED by the seeming ignorance and stupidity of my fellow citizens (and this covers so very many subjects!) It would seem the ability to dissent and question would be the ultimate gift of our citizenship.

    Why would those who have fought (for which I am grateful and do not mean to sound flip) willing give up their right to dissent? (while not active duty)

    It has never ceased to amaze me- when one reflects on late 20th century America, how very LONG the national debate about Vietnam has gone on- it colored everything (and still continues to- into the 21st century).
    thanks!

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  11. "Why would those who have fought (for which I am grateful and do not mean to sound flip) willing give up their right to dissent? (while not active duty)"

    Gal,

    I see it as all part of the PDOW syndrome--something like abused spouses who tolerate the abuse or devout Catholics who protect pedophile priests.

    Sound a bit harsh, maybe, but that's how I see it.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Jeff

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  12. Uppity Gal12:15 PM

    Jeff-
    Thanks! I just read your EXCELLENT post further down page about the PDOW syndrome. :o)
    My bad! Should have read more before posting. Have definitely book marked this blog. Seriously- great writing, authentic voice, and (oh thank you Jeebus!)veracity.

    I don't think you are being too harsh. My dad is 77 and is a Navy vet, WWII. He was very lucky as he says (about to ship out to Pacific, when Truman dropped the bomb). His brothers were not so fortunate (heavy European action, Army- but then again, they came home- they always said they were the luckiest bastards on the planet).

    We are a Dem family. We are also influenced by our history- Irish immigrant blue collar origins, generation raised in Depression, and subsequent FDR hero worship. We have a healthy level of cynicism covering up a layer of proud, old fashioned American pride. We (to my devout Grandma's credit) also try to be HUMBLE. I think this bit of character trait is sorely needed in this country.

    It is sad to see how very Pavlovian our culture is. Then again, there were the photos of the Vets who are still capable of thinking for themselves at the VFE convention (bulls$it protectors over their ears!)

    my, my

    THANKS- great blog! :o)

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  13. Uppity Gal12:16 PM

    that's VFW- sorry for typo (sheesh)

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  14. RE the BSPs at the VFWC: I wanted to pin a medal on those guys. That's what I call real moral bravery.

    As to FDR--I think one of his most overlooked contributions to American culture was the GI bill, which in essence created a white collar class of college educated, home owning Americans.

    Jeff

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  15. Uppity Gal12:42 PM

    "As to FDR--I think one of his most overlooked contributions to American culture was the GI bill, which in essence created a white collar class of college educated, home owning Americans."
    un-huh, exactly! My Dad was one of those folks. As was my uncle Jack. First ones in the family to get (much less Dream of getting) a college degree; and a serious jump in earning ability. You know- the old "American dream."

    Now- will their grandkids ever reap the good/benefit of their sacrifices?

    it's so sad. *Sigh*

    well- I'll shut up and go away to work. Thanks for your great blogging. I am sending an email out with a link to all I know.

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  16. Many thanks, Uppity. Appreciate the word-of-mouth.

    Best,

    Jeff

    PS: I'm more than a little concerned about the prospects for that white collar middle class FDR created.

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  17. Anonymous6:40 PM

    SIR,
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!

    The people who sever are often lost in the policy, as I am sure You know.

    Thank You for Your Blog,
    Cathy

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  18. Thank you for the compliment and for stopping by.

    BTW, I go by "Jeff" these days. One of the nice things about being a retired officer--you get to grow your first name back. ;-)

    Peace,

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  19. Hey, awesome blog! I saw your comment over at New Patriot and headed right on over.

    You make some very excellent points, I'm sure due to your relevant perspective.

    Whenever it's all laid out like that it just blows my mind that so many people are taken in by all their smoke and mirrors. I mean really, is there something in the water?

    I really hope we can get back on track soon, or I feel we will lose this great country of ours and be left with a shallow husk of lies.

    Thanks, and keep it up!

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  20. Something in the water? Hmm...

    Might be neo-psychadelic Kool Aid.

    Thanks for the visit and the post and the kind words, Lorika.

    Best,

    Jeff

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