Thursday, November 09, 2006

Junior’s Most Deadly Folly

So Rummy is outta here. Good! Too damned bad it took so many deaths before bush admitted to himself that this Iraq invasion/war isn’t working out the way they told him it would. Seems it took a mid-term election and I’m guessing a little advice from his dad before he made this move. I don’t think it’s just a wild coincidence that he chose someone to replace rummy who is tight with his dad and has a long history with him.

What this looks like to me is that daddy has had to once again call on his friends to bail his lunatic son out of another mess. This time it’s not about oil or a baseball team. This time it’s about the “decider’s” insane decision to invade a county that was not a threat to the United States. This time it’s not about getting rid of oil rigs or baseball players. This time it’s a sea of blood that needs to be mopped up. This time junior’s folly killed hundreds of thousands of people and it’s gone on far too long.

Will a new face behind the desk make any difference in what is happening in Iraq? I don’t see how if the new face follows the same old play book.

Yes, we are all glad Rumsfeld is out. He was a pompous ass. The Generals almost all said so as soon as they were able. So, if we have a new Secretary of Defense, how is the future going to differ from the present? Unless the policy changes there will be no difference.

I know we are supposed to focus on the present and the future. I know we aren’t supposed to “look back”, but damn it, that’s where the dead bodies are.

It must have been quite disarming to hear the president say just last week that you were doing a terrific job and were going to be with him for the next two years and then only a few days later being told to resign.

According to what Paul Begala said yesterday on CNN, had bush asked Lieberman to take the position of Secretary of Defense and had he accepted, the governor of Connecticut could have appointed a Republican to take Lieberman’s vacated Senate seat. If for some reason the senate does not confirm Gates, I suppose this could yet happen.


Blogger Tina said...

Absolutely this Gates thing has Poppy Bush's paws all over it. Yet again, he has to bail out his failure fuck-up son. And as horrific as that entire Joe-Judas Lieberman scenario is for us Dems, confirming Gates may be equally horrifying. This guy has had his hands busy and bloody for the Bush Crime Family for years and years... not to mention Gates' wee problem of propping up and funneling billions to Osama in Afghanistan in the 80s.

November 09, 2006 2:38 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

It's nice that the politics of the election was more important to Bu$h than our soldier's lives.
Sadly, Dubya's fuckup this time is going to be a tough one to fix.

November 09, 2006 2:44 AM  
Anonymous Betty Cracker said...

You nailed it -- another pathetic bail-out. I had a very similar thought when Shrubya trotted Gates out.

RE: Lieberman, I bet the Senate Dems are kissing his ass this very moment, offering up all kinds of juicy chairmanships to keep a scenario such as you've outlined from materializing. I hate to see that odious tool Joe come out on top, but such is the dirty business of politics.

November 09, 2006 3:22 AM  
Blogger Lew Scannon said...

Why anybody would want to work for Bush when he's just going to throw you under the bus when the heat's on is beyond me. Good thing daddy has a string of connected friends to bail junior out everytime his pig-headedness gets in the way.

November 09, 2006 3:39 AM  
Blogger Pam said...

"What this looks like to me is that daddy has had to once again call on his friends to bail his lunatic son out of another mess."

you said it all right here. maybe this gates guy will, at the very least, be sure our troops get armor and actually listen to his generals. I have a hard time thinking anyone could be as bad as rummy, but I have been wrong before.

November 09, 2006 5:11 AM  
Anonymous Knox Rover said...

I heard on the news last night that if Rummy had resigned a week ago, the repugs probably wouldn't have lost the Senate and lost so many seats in the House. I guess Rove was asleep at the wheel, and I couldn't be happier!

November 09, 2006 5:28 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

No doubt it was a poor strategic decision to wait until after the election to oust Rumsfeld. It might have actually saved the Senate from changing hands.
Gates will be confirmed since the GOP still controls everything but you have to expect he can't do a worse job than we have had so far.

November 09, 2006 5:40 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

Based on what little I know, Gates won't be much of an improvement. But we can always hope for the best, right?

November 09, 2006 5:43 AM  
Anonymous JollyRoger said...

I'm actually surprised LIEberman wasn;t asked. I expected it.

It is good that Rummy is gone, but that political hack Peter Pace must now be dealt with as well. A commander who has "ass kissing" as his major qualification does the soldiers on the ground no favors.

November 09, 2006 6:22 AM  
Blogger JM said...

The departure of Rumsfeld is a start; but we're going to have to be patient...Dubya isn't used to the workings of an actual participatory democracy. I'm a bit surprised that we are finally seeing some pragmatism and a few credible faces from Bush 1.0. I hardly expect a rebirth of rationality, but we can hope this means a change of direction is in the works.

November 09, 2006 7:21 AM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

Can anyone in the MSM say "Iran-Contra"? I've seen one, count 'em one, MSM mention of Gates' role in that shit. From what they tell you, he's a fucking librarian, fresh from laundering George the First's toilet paper library in Texas.

November 09, 2006 7:47 AM  
Blogger researcher said...

The steam must be pouring out of Cheney's ears, Rumsfeld's his favorite NeoCon buddy. I guess he's still out hunting caged animals. Wouldn't want to be in that group of nervous hunters.

November 09, 2006 7:58 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

You are right on target there and we have to look back to see and remember what these thugs have done. In my mind, they are already convicted - that's the future I see for them all. All activists on deck - push!

November 09, 2006 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Adorable Girlfriend said...

First the for sale sign in front of Ricky S's DC area home, then Rummy knows it's time to say "goodnight Gracie", what next?
Speaker Pelosi says, "impeachment process."

Ain't life grand for the first time in 6/11 years?!!

November 09, 2006 8:31 AM  
Blogger Human said...

Gates's forte is the coverup. I cross posted an article from Madsen at my place about the new S.O.B. It includes a list of Senators who voted against confirmation of Gates's position at the CIA.

I'm banking on Dingell and Conyers to uncover the bodies and stolen loot.


Ps Still blogging from the library when I can.

November 09, 2006 8:39 AM  
Blogger Human said...

Such a cute kid. I really do blame his parents.


November 09, 2006 8:42 AM  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

gates is unacceptable. the pentagon deserves somebody who has worn the boots and walked a battlefield while they gather up the dead and bind up the wounded. i am a huge supporter of civilian control of the military. that doesn't mean veterans who are now civilians are denyed a chance to continue service. somebody who has heard the sounds of battle, seen the sights and felt the results in his own body is what is needed here. getting a career spy to tell new and different lies will not suffice.

November 09, 2006 9:00 AM  
Blogger Mentis Fugit said...

Just great! Exchanging evil and incompetent for just evil. Way to go, Your Majesty.

November 09, 2006 1:24 PM  
Blogger windspike said...

Is your second to last paragraph proof the president was lying? Do we want a president who lies like that?

November 09, 2006 2:35 PM  
Blogger Gracie said...

Poppy once again comes to bail out the little boyking! Does it ever end?

Gates has a long history of corruption & cover ups but today I celebrate Rummy's shameful departure. Handcuffs would have been nice! :)

November 09, 2006 4:06 PM  
Blogger JBlue said...

I'd like to have hope and focus on the future, but one can't help wondering who in the hell is capable of fixing this mess.

November 09, 2006 5:53 PM  
Blogger Frederick said...

Yes! Perfect set up, pick a guy who had a bruising confirmation hearing 15 years ago, and wave him in front of the Democrats face like red meat, make us look bad for being the first to break the bi-partisan spirit. Then bring in Lieberman (can't do it the day after the election).

November 09, 2006 6:08 PM  
Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

Poppy tried to talk some sense into junior before about Rummy. Junior sure has a hard head though. Enjoy it, because the implosion continues!

November 09, 2006 7:20 PM  
Blogger msliberty said...

A continuing implosion?

Oh, I can hardly wait.

November 09, 2006 7:39 PM  
Blogger Time said...

My guess is that Joe has much more power as an Independant Senator than a Sec. of Defense, he won't go for that job.

Both sides will be bending over for Joe as Senator.

As Sec. of Defense, he would be blamed for what is destined to be a horrible mess, Iraq.

November 09, 2006 11:23 PM  
Blogger GraemeAnfinson said...

Today at work when I was on break, a trucker came to buy something to drink and glanced at CNN. They were talking about how Rummy is gone and what this means and whatever. He looks at me and says "six years and 2,800 lives too late." I haven't talked to someone who supported this guy.

November 09, 2006 11:32 PM  
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

Well written, said, and thought out, Pops! Imo, Rummy was the "sacrificial lamb" to appease us stupid Democrats, and convince us Bush has really seen the error of his ways. 41 probably has reamed his only idiot's ass - several times since he's been the Divider. So what, I say. Bush is only President. He doesn't make any of the decisions. Cheney and Karl Rove do, and I haven't heard shit from them about "finding a common ground."

November 09, 2006 11:43 PM  
Blogger sumo said...

I'm very aware of the Iran/Contra connection...and he has to be confirmed...maybe it won't happen. There are others that could take his place and do better. Lieberman...never! Lieberman is on my list...and it ain't pretty.

November 10, 2006 12:40 AM  
Blogger thepoetryman said...

Bush says he realizes it was a mistake merely to appease his waning constituency while harboring the idea that it was the best thing since peanut butter... Sad...but I feel it is true.

November 12, 2006 4:10 PM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

LIEberman pledged just before the election that he would not accept any appointment from Bushco, period.... heh

Gov Rell is much loved(approval rating in the 60-70 range), yet there are some things that wouldn't go over too well.

November 14, 2006 6:33 AM  

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