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March 22nd, 2006
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Our president
Let's face it--he butchers the language, and not just in a "charming Texas drawl" sort of way. Today I thought I heard him say that we "should have keeped" something. greendalek pointed out that we went to war with Saddam because he refused to comply with an order to disarm, surrendering the WMD that he apparently didn't have. Now, to be fair, Saddam was not exactly behaving in the way an innocent man would. Do you all remember the shell games, delay tactics, and deceptions he used on the weapons inspections teams? Was he just goading us? Maybe he was deceived, too. Has there been any corroboration that senior advisors deceived Hussein about their progress on WMD development. Given his "humanitarian" record, I can't really see it as a self-protective move to tell Hussein that the nukes you promised him are still years off...If I were running such a facility I'd be hell-bent to keep the inspectors out, not because I'm afraid that they'd find something, but rather that they'd report that they searched the place wall-to-wall and found not a thing.

It does not do you much good to get an A+ from the weapons inspection team only to come back to the office to find an armed squad waiting to take you back to the nearest Presiential Palace to "discuss" the discrepancy in your latest status reports with the weapons inspectors' findings.

Could we have possibly gone to war with Iraq because the attempts to hide the lack of a successful WMD program appeared to the rest of the world as an attempt to hide a successful program?

It's funny, though, I'm in agreement with the President on one thing--I do think things are going to get better for Iraq over the next couple of years. I wonder, though, were we just impatient? Could slow but intense diplomacy have accomplished the same goal in the same number of years that we'll be engaged militarily in Iraq, but without the extensive cost in lives, limbs, and property? Political and military leaders have both suggested that this war has turned out to be more deadly, more expensive, and less swift than expected...So, where was the "break-even" point that tipped the choice from "diplomacy" to "diplomacy by other means?" Will we learn our lesson next time?

Oh, and while we're on that subject, "Brother, can you spare 8 TRILLION dollars?" Okay, you don't have to be a macroeconomist [tip of the hat to Dad] to figure out that our debts and deficit are out of control. I don't care if you consider yourself conservative, liberal, libertarian, none-of-the-above, independent, what have you. I believe that we all need to be "single issue voters" on one thing: federal fiscal restraint. I'm sorry to say that the Republicans have lost any credibility they had with me on this metric--all that controlling the white house and both houses of congress has seemed to accomplish is an acceleration of the delivery of pork to republican districts. The President claims that he hasn't vetoed any appropriations bills because they "met all of his benchmarks" even when he didn't like how "the pie was sliced." I'd love to see the "benchmark" PowerPoint slides that sold the president and the cabinet on a bottom line going something like: "Bankrupting the U.S. is okay, because we can always print more dollars."

In other news, I'm stressed out about building a house. Film at 11.

Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated

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From:marc_breaker
Date:March 22nd, 2006 01:06 pm (UTC)
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Here's an article about how Mr. Bush is "helping" his friends.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11951695/

It's on MSN, I'm not sure if you have to have an account with them to see it or not. The Federal gov't has handed over $150 million in grants to "groups that support President Bush's agenda on abortion and other social issues."

Marc
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From:happypete
Date:March 23rd, 2006 02:44 am (UTC)

the hand that rocks the cradle...

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and all that...

or something...
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From:eeedge
Date:March 22nd, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
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"How could I be out of money - I still have checks."

This is actually a subject I lose more sleep on since my children were born.
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From:happypete
Date:March 23rd, 2006 02:43 am (UTC)

heavy sigh...

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what are we going to do?
From:arcticelf
Date:March 22nd, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)

Sadam's WMDs

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Its also been put forthe that the reson Sadam wanted the world to think he had WMDs was mostly that he wanted IRAN to think he still had them. The rest of the world was just along for the ride.

AE
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From:happypete
Date:March 23rd, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)

Re: Sadam's WMDs

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Hmmm..interesting...
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