Sums it up quite well, I thought.
“He’s tried this two times – it’s failed twice,” the California Democrat said. “I asked him at the White House, ‘Mr. President, why do you think this time it’s going to work?’ And he said, ‘Because I told them it had to.'”
— Nancy Pelosi, questioning Bush on his decision to surge 21,500 more troops to Iraq.
And in other news, we saw Borat last night. I laughed, I cringed, I wanted to crawl under my chair. Great movie. :oD
It can always get worse, can’t it?
First the torture ban, now this. Can you say “lame duck”? I knew you could!
House Defies Bush and Backs McCain on Detainee Torture
By Eric Schmitt
The New York Times
Thursday 15 December 2005
Washington – In an unusual bipartisan rebuke to the Bush administration, the House on Wednesday overwhelmingly endorsed Senator John McCain’s measure to bar cruel and inhumane treatment of prisoners in American custody anywhere in the world. Although the vote was nonbinding, it put the Republican-controlled House on record in support of Mr. McCain’s provision for the first time, at the very moment when the senator, a Republican, is at a crucial stage of tense negotiations with the White House, which strongly opposes his measure.
From Bush’s speech this morning: “In fact, we’re not facing a set of grievances” that can be negotiated, Bush said.
Bullshit. Utter bullshit. What this semi-literate fuckstick either ignores or fails to understand is that terrorism is NOT an ideology. It is a tactic. Terrorists USE the tactics of terrorism BECAUSE they typically have grievances that they feel are so inadequately addressed that their only recourse (in their minds, anyway) is to cause violence and kill people to bring attention to their cause. You can kill terrorists all day long, but if the reasons that they become terrorists are never dealt with then you will always be fighting the symptoms and will never cure the disease. We’ve seen it in Northern Ireland (IRA) and Spain (Basque Separatists), and we’re seeing it in Iraq, where with every “insurgent” killed, more take their place.
Of course, this plays perfectly into the hands of Bush Co. and their culture of fear to set us up for a war without end. As long as the War on Terrorism is waged only against the agents of terrorism, and not against the root causes, the “War” will never be over and the fearmongers will control us forever.
From CNN: BREAKING NEWS President Bush today to name John Bolton to be nation’s U.N. ambassador through recess appointment, senior Bush administration official says. Details soon.
Why even bother having confirmation hearings if he can just appoint someone when the Senate’s back is turned?!