Saturday, December 11, 2004

The news hasn't been so hot for Us.

The news hasn't been so hot for Us lately (and by Us i mean them). Retesting rumsfeld in the public waters seems to have been about as successful as Our multi-billion dollar missile defense system. Seems Ol' rummy has more than just the left pissed off. Our soldiers (with a little help from a local journalist) asked him questions about their "hilly billy armor" and when their over extended National Guard duty will finally suffice at a photo op town hall meeting with the soldiers in kuwait. To which donald replied "You go to war with the Army you have, not the Army you might want or wish to have." Administration foe/ally/foe john mccain reiterated that he has "no confidence" in the vice president's once mentor, don rumsfeld. It's not like cabinet appointment mistakes haven't been made over the past four years. Why, just a couple of weeks ago the boys were rallyin around New York's own bernie kerik. We all know by this point what happened to him. Ah New Yorkers, they really can get the dirt out quick on their own. I wonder if their are any Texan reporters out there that have any stories from say the early to mid 90's on the dimwit in chief.

Foreign news hasn't been to friendly either. Our only Arab ally Pakistani president pervez musharraf told Tony Blair the world is "less safe" since the invasion of Iraq. And remember when the wiseacre in chief "looked in the eye" of vladimir putin and got a "sense of his soul" , finding putin to be "very straight forward and trustworthy". Well now junior's Camp David pal is out there saying the United States of America seeks a "dictatorship of international affairs". Not good. Well at least he, pervez, and vlad still have the death penalty in common.

And now a new bin laden tape comes out. Bin laden, probably still celebrating pakistan's decision to withdraw from the search we left them to continue, has come out to praise the American embassy bombing in Saudi Arabia. Re-enforcing one of his main agendas, to disconnect his homeland, Saudi Arabia, from Ours.

So as we ride this monstrous wave of "political capital" that seems to get less and less support at home or abroad, all we can do is hope that Santa or Yo La Tengo can bring us enough cheer during this holiday season. Shop responsibly.


Thursday, December 02, 2004

Show me what democracy looks like

The Ukraine has shown us what democracy looks like. A questionable election day outcome, where only 1-3% of the popular vote separated the candidates, and the results were at odds with exit polling, has brought tens of thousands of citizens out to protest. The protestors have been camped out in the capital of the Ukraine, Kiev, for some 10+ days. I wonder if they got the appropriate permits. Influenced by the public outcry, the Ukrainian Parliament has voted "no confidence" in the election of Viktor Yanukovych, the man backed by eastern Europe and Russia, over the EU backed "liberal reformist" Viktor Yushchenko, who is seeking a new election. Mr. Yushchenko is also backed by the US, though it's getting harder and harder to follow who Our allies are when even the "American" success story wal-mart is getting 70% of their commodities made in communist China. Not to mention Our newest ally, Afghanistan, overtaking Columbia as drug producer #1. Can you really blame our old friends for being stand off-ish? With the NY Times piece on a report issued back in July by the International Red Cross to Our government saying our abuse of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay was "tantamount to torture". I guess we don't need to lease Gulfstream 5 for flights to torture friendly nations anymore.

In other news hidden beneath the peterson trial, on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, the Pentagon released a report saying our enemies "hate our policies, not our freedom". Really?!?! Then there was the appropriations bill the republicans in Congress pushed through attaching riders having nothing to do with the budget and allowing no time for debate or review before the vote which of course passed. We are talking about riders affecting policies from Yellowstone National Park to abortion! Not to mention the eye witness reports saying the We used "unusual weapons" in Falluja, weapons resembling napalm. It's no wonder the people of Canada protested the man clear channel(the ministry of propaganda) billboards in Florida refer to as "our leader". It makes you want to abstain from the whole discussion. Otherwise leaving myself open to contracting AIDS from sweat and tears. Isn’t that right federally funded faith based teachers of abstinence?

It's no wonder 40% of Us are on prescription drugs.


"We... owe it to mankind as well as to ourselves to restrain wrong by resistance and to defeat those calculations of which justice is not the basis." --Thomas Jefferson: 7th Annual Message, 1807

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

the little prince changes court

With locusts still swarming in Egypt, the little prince changes his court. Well, sort of.

The "resignations" of the "moderate" and on occasion "opposing" cabinet members continue to be delivered. Their nominees for replacement have been the promotions of yes men and women from deep inside "his" counsel. In a moment that some have said resembled reagan's appointment of Sandra Day O'Connor, condoleeza "i had an chevron oil tanker named after me" rice has become the first African American woman Secretary of State nominee, but that's not all. "He" had another lady to pat on the back and smooch after her statement, the not overly qualified, newly nominated Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. With alberto "the Geneva Convention doesn't apply to terrorists" gonzales as Attorney General, and stephen "I’ll take the bullet (sort of) for the nuCLEAR falsehood in the state of the union" hadley rounding out the echo chamber thus far, it looks like the administration is gearing up to really run rough shot, a la Faluja, over the country and Our government, pushing their agenda hard.

It's hard to watch a mortally wounded soldier being shot point blank in the head in a mosque on the other side of the world (even if it is the "enemy"). This action, though illegal, is not surprising in war. The backdrop of rumble that the liberated (whether former insurgents or not) will return to call home will not bring the flowers and sweets our 1228+ soldiers and $146,000,000,000.00+ were to purchase. What rationale is there to justify this renewed intensified fighting that is leveling the country it is liberating? How will the Iraqis feel towards the country that has destroyed their home? We can't even convince Our own former GI's that Iraq is a cause more worth fighting for than their fight to stay out of the fray all together? But why should we expect a solid strain of logic at this point? Hell, the party in control just changed the rules to allow their leaders to remain regardless of felony indictments. The "moral majority" changing the ethics rules governing their leaders for the lower is about as surprising as "conservatives" raising the national debt ceiling by another $800,000,000,000.00. Let's face it this White House takes the high road in speeches but their actions lie in dark, secret places (some of which may filled with donating "pioneers" turned presidential appointees).

This Thanksgiving don't let the turkeys get you down. Who knows, maybe we'll have an exciting player/fan brawl during the Dallas game or if that's not your bag, maybe you can pick up a bag of Afghan heroin. I hear they have plenty.


Thursday, November 11, 2004

an eye trained

As the dust continues to settle and the dander starts to once again rise, "liberal conspiracy theories" from outside the mainstream media (with the exception of Keith Oberman) continue to surface with increasing frequency concerning the voting discrepencies in North Carolina, Florida, Nebraska, Ohio, among others. Now, whether or not you believe that these discrepancies are great enough to have swayed the outcome of the election, the fact remains that there are major problems with the election process here in the "greatest democracy in the world". Not only do we have an electoral college where the votes of less populated states weigh more than the that of the heavily populated, our polling places are overcrowded, and our voting apparatus is an incongruous mix of machines, most of which have no means of assuring the accuracy of their count. These problems need to be addressed. Election reform is essential to a nation based on the principle "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it". The greatest legal means of acting on this Right being our vote.

The time may have come to let one eye off the election and refocus on the "news". With a renewed sense of urgency the administration has gone head strong into a place from which the likes of Hungary and Doctor's without Borders are pulling out. That place, Iraq. In what could be the biggest offensive since the "mission" was "accomplished", our troops, some 10,000 strong, have gone back into Falluja, the world's new Guernica. As "he" stands and speaks of mandates and "capital", men, women, and children die. His mandate hasn't stopped Putin from signing "the Kyoto treaty 'he' decided to neglect". It didn't stop jobless claims from jumping by 20,000, and it didn't stop the conviction of 5 executives in the trial of "his" buddy kenny boy's company. All may not be lost. There is the ruling that Guantanamo Bay "war-crime trials" are unconstitutional and must halt immediately. There are some small victories, but with "finishing the job in Iraq", drilling in ANWR and the anti-gay marriage ammendment on the top of "his" priority list again there's gonna be a tall mountain to climb.

So scream in the streets of Seattle and march around the tank in L.A., smile big and purty when you flip ashcroft the bird, all the while keeping an eye trained on his replacement.

"Sir, attorney general, with all due respect, your personal belief is not a law." -- Sen. Dick Durbin


Wednesday, November 03, 2004

A snowball in hell

The American people have voted for george w. bush for a second term as president of the United States of America. And i can find little solace from the feelings of disgust, anger, and despair that this result has left me with. I find myself gasping for faith in this Country and its people.

Yesterday marked the second bursting of an internet bubble. This time the virtual lead among new registrations turned into the real defeat in getting them out to vote (The youth vote remained unchanged since 2000). Accountability for the past three years was trumped by the rhetoric of fear. And all those that voted for bush are responsible. Every policy this administration makes is the responsibility of every person that voted for its second term. Every policy that puts our troops in harm's way without "knowing" if a threat to the nation even exists, every policy that adversely affects the environment, that keeps wages and overtime down, that rewards big business (whether it be for outsourcing or for just being rich). It is they that voted for bush who are responsible. Rove and Co. have succeeded in making gay marriage more important than jobs, health care, and the image of the Country in the world. Congratulations America. I hope someday you actually think about what you've done. I hope someday you will see that presidential elections are more than the Texas Reds against the Massachusetts Blues. Who am i kidding? People don't think.

But what about those that found themselves on john kerry's side? What do we do? Do we move to Canada? Do the North East and West Coast secede from the Union? Do we just give up on caring and taking part in a society that doesn't seem to care what the major economic centers in the Country think? I, for one, am not giving up (though dropping out of corporate society as much as possible sounds good). This blog will still be here. I'll still be watching, yelling, and emailing those that let me. There will be no grace period this time. No feeling that dissent is somehow unpatriotic here. I refuse to let them take my Country away from me. It is my sincere hope that i am not alone in this.

It is a very disheartening day today within a movement that seemed to snow ball ever since Howard Dean and Michael Moore showed us that we could stand up against a vacationing "war president". But it seems that snowball didn't stand a chance in hell.


Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Well... This is it.

The 2004 General Election for the Presidency of these United States of America.

I hate to say it, but former first lady babara bush said it best when she told Ohio she planned to "have a nervous breakdown." I'm right there with ya Babs. If you've read any of these rants you obviously know where i stand on things concerning the current resident of Our White House. Now all that's left to do (for now) is VOTE and ask other people if they have VOTEd.

I was reading the Declaration of Independence at the ridiculously named, but kinda cool "Democracy Plaza". "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal." Election Day is about as close to equal as we get at this point in Our Country's relatively young life. Every VOTE Counts! Whether it is a VOTE for Senator John F. Kerry or a VOTE for mickey mouse. We VOTE to let them know we're listening, or at least we're engaged enough to go touch the screen. The only way to get politics to work for "We, the People" is to let the politicians know that "We, the People" are there, and We can do that by casting our VOTE on November 2nd. It wouldn't hurt to ask people if they voted. Maybe throw in a little "yeah, i'll walk over there with you" just to make sure they do.

Cross your fingers, light a candle, say a novena, give a toast, whatever you gotta do.

This is a big one.


coming soon "My Interview with Chris Matthews"

Thursday, October 28, 2004

A Shadow Cast

With the audible 32nd click of the old biological clock in my ears, i watched the Earth cast its shadow over a defenseless moon. And as with everything else in recent history, my mind couldn't seem to help but make the political analogy.

The shadow of secrecy, disrespect, and dishonesty cast by the little prince, and the tight knit protective barrier of neo-cons he has surrounded himself with to ward off reality, has darkened Our country ever since our only defense (the general election) was taken from us by junior's brother, Florida's campaign chairwoman/secretary of state, and the "highest" court in all the land in 2000. This shadow has darkened our "Clear Skies". Our image in the world has dimmed from a guiding light, both followed and emulated by nations to that of a isolationism bully that believes that the United States is above international law, "you are either with us or against us", and that under the guise of security no liberty is safe.

Our Country's problems did not begin with the appointment of george w. bush, but it has been exponentially sped up by the extreme "right" wing agenda he and his have pushed on us through misleading, candy coated speech, distraction, and a press that found itself turned into a propaganda machine, for fear of being dubbed "unpatriotic" for questioning the commander in chief (a truly patriotic act). Our problems as a Nation will not cease to exist when and if John Kerry is elected to office of President of the United States of America on November 2nd. This fight will take a long and sustained effort from those that truly care about Our Country and truly believe that this nation "shall have a new birth of freedom - and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

Tuesday, November 2, 2004 will mark a major battle and will send a message to those around the world. The evicting of this incompetent regime from Our White House is imperative to the quagmire that is Iraq, a real, ethical securing of our homeland, as well as the fate and future of the working, middle, and poorer classes of the United States. Those who need help the most should receive the most help, and those who no longer need, but only want should be willing (or made) to sacrifice more for the betterment of their countrymen if not for the very country that has allowed and encouraged their success through policy. A move towards the "left" is needed and this election is an essential step number one.

Please remember to vote on November 2 (and remember to bring your ID).


Tuesday, October 19, 2004

"Jesus" won't save us.

With just two weeks to go there is an anger and frustration welling up in me even more so than before. This president continues to run on irrelevant "wedge" issues as opposed to his record. No surprise there, right, but when i read that "jesus" was now part of the campaign..... Wow!

Having Mel Gibson's "jesus" on TV imploring Christians to vote will not save us from activist judges like justice clarence "pubic hair on her coke can" thomas or justice anthony "duck hunting with the defendent" scalia. He will not save us from the largest deficit in history (covered predominantly by China and Japan) or little george's increase in federal spending of over $400 billion, the fastest rate of growth in three decades (only $120,000,000,000.00 of which has been spent as of the last official update on the War in Iraq). Mel Gibson's "jesus" will not save the middle class from disappearing while both the poverty level and number of billionaires rise. He will not save us from rising jobless claims, lowering salaries, and the loss of so many manufacturing jobs. He will not save the planet that little george and his evangelicals believe their "god" created in seven days from the ravages of the "clear skies" program, the bankrupting of EPA enforcement budgets as well as the superfund, or the rape that is "healthy forests". Mel Gibson's "jesus" will not save us from the privatizing of our military. The second largest number of "boots" on the ground in Iraq are private contractors, who are paid far greater sums to go on supply, "suicide" missions than Our soldiers. Mel Gibson's "Jesus" will not save us from having our retirement benefits depend on the profits and stock prices of giant corporations like IBM. He will not save Our children from learning only to the test and nothing else, because if the test is failed their school will be lost. He will not save us from a "culture of life" that pre-emptively kills tens of thousands based on flawed, false, and fabricated "intelligence" (something this president at the very least pretends to lack). The man that Mel Gibson nailed to the cross will not save us from the rewriting of Our Constitution so that a group of Americans can legally be discriminated against.

President Carter said it best on Hardball when he said " People worship a savior who dedicated his commitment, his life and his words to the alleviation of the plight of the poor and the deprived and the scorned and the forgotten people, instead of elevating the rich to a position of preeminence. And I feel, as a steward of God‘s world, that I should take care of the environment. So there are many elements of Christianity—peace and justice and humility and service and compassion and love—that have been forgotten, with the elevation of a few other items.

And perhaps more importantly both President Carter and Senator Kerry agree that each has "always been a religious person, but was very careful never to mix the church and state."

Little bush is simply distracting an apathetic public that are sacrificing (unwittingly in some cases) their own economics so that the rich can get richer. He is preying on the beliefs and fears of people. He does this because he has nothing else to tell them. This administration is failure to everyone, but the wealthy, "ownership" class. If you are single, african-american, female, poor, working class, a union member, a teacher, a student, unemployed, or a person whose believes that we should love thy neighbor, turn the other cheek, and that the meek shall inherit the earth do yourself a favor and Vote for John Kerry for President of the United States of American. If you don't..... "god" help you.


There are only two weeks left until the Election. Let's show the world that we have evolved and will continue to evolve as a society. Shout it from the mountain tops, preach it in the chat rooms (especially those of twons in Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania), email everyone you know, and tell them to email everyone they know. I'd rather not have to start the impeachment process in November. I want to support the President of the United States again.

Here are some videos to email your friends:
(Didn't Know I Was) Unamerican - by IanRhett

bush's bad joke vid:

Hard work vid

Exaggeration vid:

And for the conspiracy theorists
What really happened at the Pentagon movie

a webpage devoted to bush's bulge (the one on his back):

Where i got it from:


Carter Hardball transcript:

Ten reasons to fire george w. bush:

Saturday, October 09, 2004

a fact finding mission

An interesting thing happened the day after the vice presidential debate this past Tuesday. The talking heads of politics weren't spinning the question of who won, according to whose poll (which are being flooded by partisans regardless of who appears to come away the victor). Politicos everywhere were scrambling to check the facts. What a novel idea, if only they paid more attention to stories like that for the past 3 years. There was cheney's "Now, in my capacity as vice president, I am the president of Senate, the presiding officer. I‘m up in the Senate most Tuesdays when they‘re in session. The first time I ever met you was when you walked on the stage tonight." Wrong! First off, since this administration took office cheney has, by my count, acted as president of the Senate on two Tuesdays, and by ABC's count the two had met at least three times before. And how about this whopper? "I have not suggested there is a connection between Iraq and 9/11." This from the man who told Meet the Press "If we’re successful in Iraq, if we can stand up a good representative government in Iraq, that secures the region so that it never again becomes a threat to its neighbors or to the United States, so it’s not pursuing weapons of mass destruction, so that it’s not a safe haven for terrorists, now we will have struck a major blow right at the heart of the base, if you will, the geographic base of the terrorists who have had us under assault now for many years, but most especially on 9/11." At this point the link between Iraq and al Qaeda is so weak that rumsfeld has even said that he has "not seen any strong, hard evidence links the two". My favorite was when dick mistakenly said instead of in response to a Halliburton attack by Senator Edwards (an attack the agreed with, mostly ) turned out to be a Cayman Islands-based Name Administration Inc. When this site got swamped because of cheney's slip, they decided to redirect everyone to the site of Democratic mega donor George Soros. The site's top banner reads "Why we must not re-elect President Bush,".

The mangling of facts and reports has gone so far that it is hard to discern what is real. I'm sure we'll be hearing the administration spin the recent report on job creation in September, even though the increase is less than the 148,000 projected and the roughly 150,000 needed to keep pace with the rate at which the work force is expanding (Not to mention 18,000 manufacturing jobs that were cut). Cheney has even tried to spin the latest, and probably last, report by an administration appointed weapons inspector, which informed the American people that Iraq had "essentially destroyed'' its illicit weapons ability by the end of 1991, with its last secret factory, a biological weapons plant, eliminated in 1996. The sanctions were working despite the corruption in the "oil for food" program. A program that Halliburton was making money on through their subsidiary Dresser-Rand and Ingersoll Dresser Pump Co. while dick was the CEO and sanctions were in place.

So let Fox make up headlines for their website, let the administration define of "small business owner" in a way that includes cheney. It is up to us to research, fact check, pay attention, and then tell as many people as we can. These guys can't handle the reality that their policies are not working, or maybe they are working for them and their friends and they just can't handle telling us.


Cheney on Iraq in 1992
"I would guess if we had gone in there," said Cheney in 1992, "I would still have forces in Baghdad today. We'd be running the country. We would not have been able to get everybody out and bring everybody home. And the final point that I think needs to be made is this question of casualties. I don't think you could have done all of that without significant additional U.S. casualties. And while everybody was tremendously impressed with the low cost of the conflict, for the 146 Americans who were killed in action and for their families, it wasn't a cheap war."

Check out:

My favorite story of the week:
Vibrator shuts down Australian airport

Krugman's "Ignorance Isn't Strength":

Bob Herbert's "Working for a Pittance

What really happened at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001?

Fox news ridiculous quotes:

Where i got it from:

Halliburton subsidiaries do business with Iraq (Legal oil for food):

Urging Fact-Checking, Cheney Got Site Wrong

Cheney attendance record for tuesdays:
as compiled from searches at

Cheney on Meet the Press:

Rumsfeld quote:

ABC reporting the three meetings between the two men:

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

the first presidential debate of 2004

The first Presidential Debate of 2004 took place this past Thursday September 30. For Mr.Kerry, it was a chance to show the country his strength, his conviction, and his all around "presidentialness". He took advantage of this opportunity by doing just that. Standing up straight, in his red "power" tie, Senator John Kerry was the aggressor in this bout. There were no "knock out punch" one liners in this debate, a welcome change from the 24 hours, 30 second sound bite media which we are surrounded by. John Kerry stood strong, unwaivering in his attack on the president. Leaving an ill equipped president to ask for additional time on several occasions and, unlike his opponent, the president repeated and babbled through the blinking red light afixed to his podium (bending what were predominantly his rules).

After Kerry made reference to former president bush saying, "You know the president's father did not go into Iraq into Baghdad beyond Basra. And the reason he didn't is he said, he wrote in his book because there was no viable exit strategy. And he said our troops would be occupiers in a bitterly hostile land. That's exactly where we find ourselves today. There's a sense of American occupation." the president asked for additional time and then met the camera with a dazed 3-4 second

While the president was repeatedly telling the country how being the leader of the free world was "hard work". Senator Kerry spoke to the rising soldier deaths as well as the rising opium production in Afghanistan and the "hunt" for bin Laden. "The center is Afghanistan where, incidentally, there were more Americans killed last year than the year before, where the opium production is 75 percent of the world's opium production, where 40 to 60 percent of the economy of Afghanistan is based on opium, where the elections have been postponed three times. "

"The president relied on Afghan warlords that he outsourced that job to. That's wrong."

Kerry responded to the president's repeated mantra of "mixed messages" with the "mixed messages" the incumbent has sent to our country.

"what kind of mixed message does it send when you've got $500 million going over to Iraq to put police officers in the streets of Iraq and the president is cutting the cops program in America? What kind of message does it send to be sending money to open firehouses in Iraq but we're shutting firehouses, who are the first responders here in America?"

Kerry spoke to the disconnect between Iraq and al Qaeda's attacks on New York and D.C.

"smart means not diverting your attention from the real war on terror in Afghanistan against Osama bin Laden and taking it off to Iraq where the 9/11 commission confirms there was no connection to 9/11 itself and Saddam Hussein. And where the reason for going to war was weapons of mass destruction, not the removal of Saddam Hussein. This president has made, I regret to say, a colossal error of judgment."

To the "lead up" to the War in Iraq:
"The president said he would exhaust the remedies of the United Nations and go through that full process. He didn't. He cut it off, sort or arbitrarily. And we know that there were further diplomatic efforts under way. They just decided the time for diplomacy is over and rushed to war without planning for what happens afterwards.

And to the priorities that this president has set with respect to his budget:
"We didn't need that tax cut. America needed to be safe."

And as far as the statements made in the past Senator Kerry had this to say:

Mr. Kerry "Well, you know when I talked about the $87 billion I made a mistake in how I talk about the war. But the president made a mistake in invading Iraq. Which is worse?"

The president was frustrated and rattled and you could see it all over his face and in his body language. His image was that of an arrogant little man who feels he (and his office) are above questioning. Senator John Kerry finally took some of the fight we've all been calling for to the president, and all the repeated tag lines in the rove arsenal couldn't sway him.

"It's comin' y'all" - PIC

P.S. The Vice Presidential debate takes place on October 5. It should be interesting to see the young, energetic, go getter, pretty boy go up against the old, shadowy, out from an undisclosed area incumbent.

P.P.S. The next two presidential debates will take place (October 8 and October 13).

A full transcript of this first debate can be obtained at :

In agreement:
The Boston Globe: "Ladies and gentlemen, you wake today to a whole new presidential race. Last night, John Kerry won as clear a debate victory as we've seen since Ronald Reagan outdueled Jimmy Carter in 1980, The Democratic challenger seemed more serious and substantive, more knowledgeable and confident, than the man who holds the job."

"Last night, I'm afraid, the president looked like a man who showed up for a nine-minute debate and was terrified to find it was a 90-minute debate," said Sen. Patrick Leahy (news, bio, voting record), D-Vt. "After nine minutes
he'd run out of Carl Rove's one-liners."

Joe Scarborough: "as far as the debate goes, I don't see how anybody could look at this debate and not score this a very clear win, on points, for John Kerry." (MSNBC)

Excellent voter information site:

In other news:
British Guantanamo Detainee Alleges Abuse from Jail|top|10-01-2004::08:31|reuters.html

Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment Fails in House|top|09-30-2004::19:28|reuters.html

House Ethics Committee Admonishes DeLay

Wednesday, September 29, 2004

the president's War in Iraq

"The idea that this guy is being made as a hero is baffling"
-Paul Krugman "Books on Bush" panel discussion, August 30 at NYU

After getting the United States of America into what UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has yesterday called an "illegal" war in Iraq, this former grounded pilot for the "Champagne Unit" of the Texas National Guard had the audacity to stand on the USS Abraham Lincoln in front of a banner that read "Mission Accomplished" where he stated that "major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." "Prevailed"? These statements ring about as true today as secretary Rumsfeld's "[N]o terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people than the regime of Saddam Hussein and Iraq." or vice president Cheney's "there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."

Even now as violence has escalated in Iraq from its "insurgent" controlled regions to our "green" zone, the administration's press secretary dismisses the National Intelligence Council as "pessimists and hand-wringers" after their the National Intelligence estimate on Iraq, released yesterday, painted a less than prettypicture of our progress, or lack
thereof in this war that was thrust upon us. The classified estimate must be pretty bad if the Karl Rove political washing machine can't even spin it into a positive for the president.

Over one thousand American soldiers have died in Iraq, the attendance at their funerals continues to lack the presence of this sitting president. This president pressed for war while weapons inspectors were still trying to do their job. Let's take a look at the reasons. First and for most was the possible "mushroom cloud" from Iraq's stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction which even David Kay's replacement, Charles A. Duelfer, now says there is no evidence of. There was the yellow cake uranium Saddam was trying to get from Niger. Ambassador Joseph Wilson was the first to debunk this assertion. He followed by too many people even the "b" team to smear (the administration is currently under criminal investigation for the leaking of Ambassador Wilson's wife's name and occupation). There was the connection between the secular Saddam Hussein and the religious fundamentalist Osama bin Laden (yes Secretary Rumsfeld, they are two different people). It has been reported that bin Laden met with a "top iraqi official" in Sudan in 1994, but there is no proof that there was a "collaborative relationship" between the two. Another reason is that even though it is internationally frowned upon for a country to attack another country because its leader is deemed bad or even "evil", we did rid Iraq of the brutal leadership of Saddam. This may be a positive end, depending on what the next leader we support , as we did Saddam, looks like in fifteen years.

Then there is the liberation argument. This argument can be heard from time to time from the same people arguing to "bomb the whole place". Some of these "liberated" Iraqis have now taken up arms against the occupying force that has not yet supplied power and clean drinking water throughout the entire country for which they are still responsible (as if anyone in this administration would ever be held responsible for anything). Ahmed Manajid, midfielder for the Iraqi Olympic Soccer Team, put it best when explaining how if he were not playing soccer he would "for sure" be fighting as part of the resistance. He told Sports Illustrated "I want to defend my home. If a stranger invades America and the people resist, does that mean they are terrorists?" Finally there is the UN resolution enforcement argument. Simply put, how can we simultaneously be striving to enforce resolutions from an organization while disobeying that same organization's charter.

One of the only winners that can currently be seen in Iraq is Halliburton, who continued to get no bid contracts even after over charging to import gasoline in Iraq. You know Halliburton, they're the company that the vice president, and former CEO received $162,392.00 from last year. Turns out that their profiteering in Iraq started way back when International sanctions were still in place, despite the vice president's assurances that "We've not done any business in Iraq since U.N. sanctions were imposed on Iraq in 1990, and I had a standing policy that I wouldn't do that." The disgust with those who profit on the blood of man, women, and child is fodder for another day's argument.

The reputation of the United States of America has been severely tarnished at home and abroad by this arrogant, offensive, unilateral action in Iraq. And though we can not simply "cut and run" from the War in Iraq we do need a new direction there, we do need new leadership there, we do need to show a new face to a world whose population by far was against our "pre-emptive" invasion. This administration has demonstrated that they are incapable of handling the "peace" in Iraq or the diplomacy needed to once again place the United States in the high regard it was once held in by the international community.

Kofi Anna statement:
Mission Accomplished transcript:
Iraq on the Record prepared for Representative Henry Waxman:
New Inspector's report story:
National Intelligence Estimate story:
Faces of the Fallen in the War in Iraq:
Rumsfeld mixes up U.S. foes Saddam and bin Laden
"No Credible Evidence" al quaida-Iraq connection to 9/11
National Security Archives of US supporting Saddam in the 80's:
Iraqi soccer players angered by Bush campaign ads
Halliburton overcharging to import gasoline in Iraq, two Democrats ...
Cheney may still have Halliburton ties:
Halliburton deals with Iraq: