Who Hijacked Our Country

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Calling All Bush Drones

HELP WANTED! No Experience Necessary. Intelligence and Education — Not Relevant. Must have BLIND UNQUESTIONING LOYALTY to George W. Bush.

Right after the fall of Saddam Hussein — somewhere between Mission Accomplished and the showering of American troops with flowers and ice cream — the U.S. began recruiting people to help with Iraq’s reconstruction. All kinds of people were interested: people who were experts in their fields, were fluent in Arabic, or who just wanted some adventure.

Unfortunately, the empire-builders weren’t looking for expertise. The only trait they were interested in was rigid, unthinking dronelike loyalty to the neocon agenda.

Applicants were asked: Did you vote for George W. Bush in 2000? Do you support the way the president is fighting the war on terror? How do you feel about Roe vs. Wade?

One person who answered these questions “correctly” was put in charge of reopening Baghdad’s stock market — even though this person had absolutely ZERO financial experience.

A woman with no accounting experience was hired to manage Iraq’s $13 billion economy. BUT, she was the daughter of a rightwing commentator and a recent graduate of an evangelical university for home-schooled children.

Needless to say, establishing a rightwing Republican agenda in Iraq was the top priority for these employees. Ending food rations, establishing a flat tax — these items were at the top of the list.

Also, a lot of these employees spent most of their time in a luxurious walled-off enclave in Baghdad with swimming pools and fully-stocked bars.

This transitional team had 1,500 employees who worked for America’s viceroy, L. Paul Bremer. One of their former high-level employees now says “We just didn’t tap the right people to do this job. It was a tough, tough job. Instead we got people who went out there because of their political leanings.”

Ah, hindsight.

12 Comments:

Blogger yellowdog granny said...

do'h...no shit sherlock...the entire admistration is fueled by the good ole boy system...it's just bidness.

September 17, 2006 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Keith: Damn, this program keeps hitting "Reject" every time some ball-less fuckface tries to comment here. Sorry, try again. (Not!)

Yellowdog Granny: Yeah, I should be used to it by now. And yet, every time some new variation comes up in the news, it's still shocking. I need to just realize how corrupt and polluted everything is and just move on.

September 18, 2006 at 2:09 AM  
Blogger R. Rodgers said...

Good post. There are additional stories regarding the incompetence of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Peter Galbraith's book The End of Iraq.

September 18, 2006 at 6:05 AM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

heck, why limit the cronyism to only inside the U.S. border??

September 18, 2006 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Ugh. What a way for our country to go... straight to hell in a handbasket.

Oh, but wait! Your link is automatically invalid, because it links to the nefarious "liberal" Washington Post! Therefore it must automatically be biased and wrong!!!

Heh, just kidding.

I know some people who would say "Well, yeah, but it was just the same in the Clinton administration! Look at how many people from Arkansas he gave favors to!" I would have to answer, "Well, yeah, maybe he did, but he didn't install THOUSANDS of them in jobs designed to BUILD a Middle East NATION." (After he said he wasn't into nation building, of course... tsk tsk!)

Hey, if we're into nation building, I know a great way for us to help build our American nation back up, to help build back some respectability in the eyes of the American people and in the people of the world... get rid of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Bremer, Rice, Bolton, and the whole danged bunch.

September 18, 2006 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

R. Rodgers: Thanks. That sounds like an interesting book. I'll have to check it out.

Mike: Hell yeah, since we're reshaping the world in our own image, we might as well spread the cronyism far and wide.

Snave: Oh my God, you're right; I got this story from that dadgum liberal media. Just more Bush bashing from the whiners.

Yeah, for somebody who condemned nation-building when he was a candidate, Bush sure has done a big 180. We could use some of that nation-building here at home for our collapsing infrastructure. And yes, definitely get rid of all of Bush's henchmen, or puppetmasters, whichever they are.

September 18, 2006 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Praguetwin said...

Great article. I actually had to check it out to see if you were kidding. I don't know why the level of cronyism displayed by this administration continues to surprise me.

My favorite was the former NYC police chief at the end. "I was in my own world." Yea, just like all the other Bushbots: total disconnect from reality.

September 18, 2006 at 3:28 PM  
Blogger Sar said...

'No Experience Necessary'. Sad but true, Tom. Look at Bush, a failed CEO is now running our country into the ground just like his lack of experience would dictate.

September 18, 2006 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Prague Twin: Yeah, that article was pretty shocking. I almost thought it was satire at first. I like "Bushbots."

Sar: Yup, Bush is a perfect example of this. A failed businessman who's trying to run the country like a business. It ain't working.

September 18, 2006 at 6:35 PM  
Blogger Ma Titwonky said...

I do have a comment about this, but I wonder about the advisability of posting it. Would you mind defining what constitutes a "ball-less fuckface"? This is my first experience reading your blog, so I'm afraid I'm not familiar with your qualifications for terms like that.

September 19, 2006 at 4:55 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

Of course our government has always had its share of fraud, but the Bush Boys have taken it to a new level of nuts! And to think the American public swallows this junk! It's our money that they are wasting. I get annoyed almost everytime GB speaks in his dictator tone. He and his buddies get away with so much and we are dumb enough to let them. When will we wake up!

September 19, 2006 at 8:24 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Ma Titwonky: Actually, you've commented here before. I think you had 2 comments on the same post; several months ago. A name like yours would be hard to forget.

Keith the Ball-less Fuckface is one of these annoying idiots who has a Blogger ID but no blog. This allows him to leave comments even when the comments are set for No Anonymous Comments. By itself, that would be fine. But Keith and a few others like him are just leaving totally mindless profane comments; usually they don't even have anything to do with the post. So I told him off. It was for his own good.

Jill: You're right, the Bush Boys have taken cronyism and corruption to a new level. And yes it sucks that the American public keeps swallowing this. Hopefully the waking-up process will start this November. We've got to vote some of those wingnuts out of Congress.

September 19, 2006 at 11:53 AM  

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