Friday, February 10, 2006

What a mess!

Will it ever end? How much farther down this slimy road must we go?

If anyone still trusts anyone in the bush administration, please check yourself into the nearest hospital and tell the attendants that you are totally insane.

Did the wiretaps prevent California from being blown up? We really have no idea. We sure would like to believe that we have the capabilities to do such wondrous feats, but let’s face it, we just don’t know what to believe these days.

We find out today that the administration knew about the levee breaks way before they said they did. Does that surprise anyone? No, and that's sad. Perhaps criminal would be a better word.

Let’s add to the mess the possibility that Cheney did give Libby the high sign to leak classified information. Jeez, can’t these guys do anything on the up and up?

Today we read about an ex CIA analyst who says the info used to persuade the country that we must invade Iraq was simply cherry picked. Whoa! Bet you didn't see that one coming.

And meanwhile back at the war, people are dying! Well, they shouldn’t be, but they are the victims of the demon cherry pickers.

You just have to step back and look at this entire big picture. Lies seem to be the glue that holds this administration together. They have told so many lies that they have now created a quagmire of dishonesty and hypocrisy. This mess is so big, so ugly and so close to criminal that I'm not sure we can ever completely recover. No one knows who the next president will be, but it will take one hell of a person to be strong enough, brave enough and wise enough to even know where to begin to turn this thing around.


Anonymous purvis ames said...

In the seemingly bottomless reservoir of administration mendacity, simple factual statements are regarded as ominous threats to be fended off at any cost. Bush has become such a pathological liar that every word out of his mouth is suspect including "and" and "the".

February 10, 2006 9:21 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

Man, you nailed it, purvis ames!
America would be a better place if he would just keep his mouth shut for the rest of his term.

February 10, 2006 9:27 AM  
Blogger Bowman C said...

Extended Vacation Time to Crawford is needed. Take all political appointees along. Make it like a large retirement community and let the seasoned buracrats run the country.

We could call it the Dud Ranch, and they could have activities like brush chopping, bike riding, have your picture take with a Saudi Prince, jello shots with Jenna, evesdropping, virtual carrier landings, spot the protester with a telescope. fun things like that.

February 10, 2006 9:48 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

We've probably finally reached the point where we would welcome, rather than criticize, extended vacations to clear brush.

February 10, 2006 10:25 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Hey children, take a strollover to the front page and read the articles about HeckuvajobBrownie and Paul Pillar. They're enough to get you going.

February 10, 2006 10:27 AM  
Blogger Auntie Roo said...

It'll take one hell of a person to not only clean up this mess, but to not be tempted to use all the Unitary Executive power now invested in the Presidency. How can we ensure that the checks & balances get put right again?

February 10, 2006 11:29 AM  
Blogger Bowman C said...

Pres. Bush's Heroic Effort

President George W Bush made the news: Terrorists were plotting to hit downtown Los Angeles, but he saved the day. He earns the teacher's golden star for a job well done.

February 10, 2006 11:47 AM  
Blogger Pogo said...

Auntieroo, great question to ponder. Scandal and impeachment or the threat of the same have led to realignments of the respective powers of the branches, but it is extremely difficult to pull off either when we are at war. Scandals don't get much traction and Congress tends to acquiesce. Of course, we've never had war as a steady state before and have never waged war against a construct rather than a discreet enemy. this time it looks like it may take a shift in one of the houses of Congress or a party change in the presidency in '08.

February 10, 2006 11:50 AM  
Blogger Auntie Roo said...

Pogo - I understand your point but I can't help but think that the next President will have to be an extraordinary person to not take advantage of the power that's now considered part & parcel of the Executive Branch.

The real question is, will the President that follows be willing to hand that power back to the other branches of government?

Also, letting BushCo accrue so much power has set a dangerous precedent for this country. We've seen how President after President has assumed more & more Executive privilege. Just like in the Katrina testimony today, if the White House would have asserted Executive privilege, Heckuvajob Brownie wouldn't have been required to fully answer the questions. How the hell is Congress supposed to investigate anything if privilege is invoked to choke off the process?

After all, power corrupts, but absolute power corrupts absolutely. Them that got it don't ever want to give it up.

February 10, 2006 12:45 PM  
Blogger MadMustard said...

This has been an extraordinary news day. Libby says he was authorized by ‘superiors’ to leak info on Plame, Abramoff indicates that Bush knew him well and ‘heckuva job’ Brown points blame for Katrina response to WH. One gets the feeling that the wheels are really coming off of the wagon this time. It will be interesting to see the president’s next batch of poll numbers.

I wouldn’t be too surprised if Bush declares that, during a time of war, national elections have been rendered quaint and no longer operative. He will be forced to stay in office to keep us safe.

February 10, 2006 3:57 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Bush's Iraq war is alot like Iran Contra only just in Iraq. There is always going to be turmoil there so he just plays the two sides (Sunni and Shiate) off each other.

Repubs like to mention Hitler and WWII alot. What would have happened if someone had played The U.S. and Russia off each other the way this gov in general plays off nations like ping pong.

February 10, 2006 7:22 PM  
Anonymous ds said...

Auntie Roo, if a Repub wins, executive power stays as is. If a Dem wins, Bush signs an executive order just prior to exiting the WH declaring executive power has been overextended and is being cut back to "pre war" levels... for at least four years. He'll probably have to declare the war on terror over in order to do that!

P.S. Has anyone else been thinking about how savvy it was for Cheney and cohorts to name this the "war on terror"? I think it was chosen carefully and purposely to invoke Presidential war powers under the Constitution. Congress hasn't declared war, so the only way to put this over on the public is to make the terminology so prevalent that at least 40% of the population doesn't question its validity. Get the citizens using the term for a year or two, start calling yourself a war President, and if the full extent of what you're doing is finally exposed (or, my guess, just a small portion of it so far) claim it's all legal during a war. Rational thinking people are up in arms, but a whole lot of folks are just saying, "Oh, right, we're in a war on terror."

February 11, 2006 9:41 AM  
Blogger Kathleen Callon said...


In one of his newest statements he used it to extend this "Presidential right" to himself. Delilah Boyd (from Democratic Underground's Blog Box)did an explanatory post about it today.

Scarry stuff, but now that Libby has fingered him I know why he did it; he's trying to protect himself.

February 18, 2006 7:08 PM  

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