Who Hijacked Our Country

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Blithering Boy-King Needs Another Trophy

Our spoiled tantrum-throwing trustfund baby seems determined to attack Iran no matter what, and he isn’t about to let any facts get in his way. (Has he ever?)

It doesn’t matter that Iranian forces captured two al Qaeda leaders who were traveling through Iran on their way to Iraq. And so what if Iran tried to open up diplomatic communication between the U.S. and Iran in 2003 (before Ahmadinejad took over)? Their overture was ignored (and never publicized) by the Bush Administration. Fuck a bunch of wussy diplomacy — we've got sabers to rattle.

Our cerebrally-challenged manchild has to have his way and that’s all there is to it. If he can't invade Iran, he's gonna stamp his foot, thrust out his lower lip and hold his breath until he turns blue.

You know things are bad when Russia — not exactly a beacon of human rights — criticizes America’s foreign policy for its “almost uncontained” use of force. At a security forum in Germany, Putin said “we are witnessing an almost uncontained hyper use of force in international relations. One state, the United States, has overstepped its national borders in every way. This is very dangerous, nobody feels secure anymore because nobody can hide behind international law.”

Yes, it’s the pot calling the kettle black, but that statement needed to be made. It isn’t any less valid just because it was made by the Russian president.

Well, so much for that celebrated friendship and empathy between Bush and Putin. Nobody but NOBODY criticizes George W. Bush and gets away with it. Putin is out of the clubhouse. Off the island! Never again will Bush gaze deeply into Putin’s eyes and look into his soul.

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11 Comments:

Blogger Mile High Pixie said...

"Cerebrally-challenged manchild:" That's priceless. Can I use that one?

I thought that as soon as I heard that some weapon or parts of a weapon detonated in Iraq was/were made in Iran, I knew Squirt--I mean, Shrub, was going to want to go to war. Didn't his parents *ever* teach him to finish one thing before he starts another? He already has a reasonable war he's ignoring in Afghanistan and a dreadful mess-up of a war in Iraq, neither of which he can handle.

February 10, 2007 at 5:44 PM  
Blogger J. Marquis said...

Yeah, this philosophy of not talking to our enemies is really working out great so far.

February 10, 2007 at 5:52 PM  
Blogger PoliShifter said...

Perhaps Bush will hold his breath and forget to breathe.

If I had to chose between Putin or Bush as pres I think I would take my chances with Putin.

At least he'd jail the Halliburton Crooks and other wealthy oligarch ripping us off blind in Iraq.

February 10, 2007 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mile High Pixie: Glad you like “cerebrally-challenged manchild.” Hope you'll use it. Yeah, I guess finishing what he started isn’t one of Squirt’s characteristics. We already have 2 unfinished wars going on right now; might as well make it three.

J. Marquis: Yup, this tactic of closing off all communication and diplomacy and just demonizing everybody — it’s working out just great.

PoliShifter: That would be nice, if he forgot to breathe. As Molly Ivins (I think it was her) once said, “if Bush was any dumber you'd have to water him twice a day.” That would be a tough choice, between Bush and Putin. They both have nothing but contempt for the general population and the democratic process, but at least Putin’s IQ seems to be higher than his shoe size. Unlike Bush, he could probably find Sweden on a map of Scandinavia if you spotted him Norway and Denmark, and he probably wouldn’t get lost in a one-room apartment.

February 10, 2007 at 8:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

President Ahmadinejad's real views are summarized on this website: ahmadinejadquotes.blogspot.com

February 11, 2007 at 3:28 AM  
Blogger Lizzy said...

Dumbya needs to be impeached before he does anymore damage. Period.

February 11, 2007 at 9:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More reasonable minds started to ask the question "why do they hate us" after 9/11 and I was hoping this may be a good time for the American people (who receive the least amount of awareness and education on International Politics) might understand that this isn't just jealous ("they hate our freedoms"), myopic fanatics, trying to kill as many Americans as they can.. there is a back ground to this.

A Conservative co-worker tried to make his case for wiping out the whole middle east by saying an Iranian told him that Iranian kids are taught in school to hate the USA and that just manifest itself into Adulthood into a country jam packed with the fanatical terrorist we see today.

I questioned to him "what if you threw out some stupid Monarch that was not acting in your country's best interest and democratically elect a guy to take his place, only to have some foreign countries fund a coup which throws out the guy you voted for and puts back in the monarch, who then rules with an iron hand and a secret police who kills tens of thousands of your countrymen just for looking at him funny - How would you think of that Country"?

I also added "other then a few European countries, what Countries was he taught to like in School"?

He stormed off!

Erik

February 11, 2007 at 9:41 AM  
Blogger Snave said...

Talking to our enemies is something the Clinton administration did, isn't it! No wonder Dumbya doesn't want to talk to Iran or Syria. Let's see, he has about 700 days left in office... how many more nations will we not be talking to by early 2009? Are there some nations that may no longer exist by then?

The rest of the world IS afraid of our country these days, and for good reason. Our leader is unstable, and he controls our arsenal. He expects leaders of other nations to obey him. Because other nations have no idea what the US will do next, why shouldn't they want to arm themselves as much as possible to defend themselves? The Bush policy does nothing but accelerate proliferation of weapons around the world.

How Bush could even be considering military action against Iran is completely beyond me. The only way to keep things from getting worse is to get Bush out of office. I don't think it can happen soon enough for the planet and for our country.

February 11, 2007 at 10:44 AM  
Anonymous Kurt said...

America has all but forgotten international law, and the concept of the international community to our detriment.

February 11, 2007 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Anonymous: Interesting quotes. That’s a great blog you’ve got.

Lizzy: That’s for sure. We need to get him out of there ASAP.

Erik: “Reasonable minds” — there's the rub. There are just too many dimwitted knee-jerk people who think that questioning what our government does — or trying to find the root causes of problems instead of just lashing out at the symptoms — is the same thing as “hating America.” “America: Love it or leave it,” “You're either with us or you're with the terrorists” — who needs to think when it’s so much easier to just spew out a slogan and be done with it.

It’s amazing how many Americans think of the rest of the world as just a troublesome place that ought to be nuked. When we first invaded Afghanistan in late 2001 to topple the Taliban, I knew people who said “hell, we ought to just wipe that whole country off the face of the Earth.” Since I spent about a month in Afghanistan a long time ago and loved the people there, that didn’t sit too well with me.

Snave: Yup, I think Bush’s Clintonphobia is the cause of a lot of this. If Clinton did it, we’re gonna do just the opposite. I’m sure the rest of the world is afraid of us; the wingnuts probably get off on that. If I had a neighbor who had a huge fortress around his house and a huge collection of AK-47s which he was always firing and “testing” (and he was always picking fights with everyone else in the neighborhood), I’d be afraid too. And if other people in the neighborhood started buying guns for protection, this hypothetical neighbor (if he was as dumb as Bush) would probably react with “hey, look at that, so-and-so just bought a gun. He's probably planning to attack me; I’ll have to attack him first.”

Kurt: International law? You mean there actually is such a thing :)

February 11, 2007 at 12:28 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Erik, I'll bet that guy DID storm off... you called him out, and he couldn't take it! Good work! The Slogan-Spewers need to be asked to actually think about their positions. If they are so full of anxieties that they are unable to assimilate and synthesize information, we can't really expect them to have "reasonable minds", but you were at least able to successfully get this guy thinking he could actually be wrong... and it caused him to have a cerebral overload. He'll be stewing over that for days. Again, good work!

Your co-worker probably looks at Iran as Bush does: he sees Iran as a disobedient teenager who needs to be punished, rather than as a nation of millions of people who have the misfortune of being ruled by a handful of religious kookballs.

I think the answer to "why do they hate is" has much to do with our Middle East foreign policy of the last 30 to 40 years. People get queasy when the discussion gets around to how close the U.S.-Israeli relations are, but I think that has lots to do with how tense things are over there. Policies have been pursued and implemented which are quite likely intended to keep the Arab world "down", that is, to keep many of the people in poverty, and to keep their nations in submissive positions, to the U.S. and therefore to Israel. I don't think Iranians, Syrians, Yemenis, etc. generally hate the American people as much as they hate our foreign policy and the ways in which our nation has treated their nations, which has not been particularly well. Israel has become more of an army with a state, rather than a state with an army. The U.S. has been behind this all the way, and Israel has been the benefactor of huge amounts of American foreign aid. This is not to say I am anti-Israel at all... I just think our country's approach to the Middle East should be more balanced than it has been.

When Bush says "they hate our freedom" I think he is just trying to whip people up. I see it as nothing more than a way to get Americans all warped out and defensive and nationalistic. It obscures and discourages any meaningful discussion on the real causes of why the Islamic world generally tends to dislike the United States. Sadly, I think this has evolved over the years into a situation in which Islamic relgious kooks have pounced on their opportunity for control. They have been able to play on their peoples' dislike of the U.S. and get more of them riled up, taking to religious fundamentalism because they are being told it is a way to fight the United States, their oppressor.

What would happen if we stopped oppressing countries like Iran and Syria? Or the Islamic world in general? Might that help to somewhat disarm a number of the Imams in their quest for power? If we stopped terrorizing the world economically and through generating fear of our military and our leaders, would the world feel less inclined to perpetrate acts of terror against us?

My hope is that the growth of Islamic fundamentalism will reach a saturation point from which it can grow no further and from which the numbers of fanatical followers will ultimately decline. I see the U.S. as having problems with religious fundamentalist too, just maybe not as severe as in such places as Iran. I believe America is beginning to realize that the squeaky wheels (the evangelicals/fundamentalists) have been getting too much grease... that they have had too much influence in our foreign policy, particulary in recent years. I will optimistically predict that we may begin to see a shift toward the kind of Christianity the Bible actually promotes, rather than the combative Bush adiminstration approve. A shift from malevolence toward benevolence, one could say. As this happens, the term "kinder and gentler" may actually become more than just empty words.

February 12, 2007 at 10:46 AM  

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