George W. Bush: A dangerous, cornered, rabid animal

My gut tells me the President of the United States has become a cornered animal – wary of a party that has all but shunned him, distrustful of even his closest advisors, angry at an American public that has rejected him and fearful of his own inability to cope with his growing madness.

White House insiders tell me George W. Bush grows more sullen and moody with each passing day. His paranoia, they say, is increasing to manic levels as he launches into tirades about traitors in his own party, in the press and among his allies.

They describe a man living on the edge and stepping too often over it.

Bush, they say, feels betrayed by former Secretary of State James Baker who he now feels held his administration up for public humiliation in the Iraq Study Group report. Although he told the press after meeting with ISG co-chairs Baker and Lee Hamilton that the White House will take the group’s recommendations "very seriously," Bush says privately that he has no intention of going along with their plan.

"Fuck ‘em," Bush reportedly said after his breakfast meeting with Baker and Hamilton last week. "I’m the President. I’m the one who decides what’s best for this country."

Reports from within the White House show an administration in turmoil, torn from within by dissension over a failed Iraq war policy that everyone but Bush says is a no-win situation.

I wish I had proof of this. I don’t. I have snippets of information passed on by people who should be in a position to know along with rumors and a gut instinct honed by 40 years of watching politicians try to squirm their way out of trouble.

One needs only to closely watch the President in his appearances to see that this is clearly a man in emotional trouble, struggling to hold on. His eyes dart from side to side and his eyelid movements when he speaks indicate a textbook example of dishonesty.

This attitude carries over into other White House staffers. Press briefings with Presidential Press Secretary Tony Snow have become increasingly confrontational with Snow quick to label anyone who dares question administration policy as a "troublemaker." He accuses reporters of partisanship, an ironic bit of hypocrisy since Snow came to the White House from Fox News, clearly the most partisan game in town.

Bush’s decision to delay his "major policy speech" on Iraq until next year is, Snow claims, just to give the President time to hear all sides of the argument before proceeding. But others say privately the President has already made up his mind and is in no hurry because he doesn’t plan to make any major changes.

And while Bush delays, America hit a grisly milestone this week when the "official" number of Americans dead or wounded in his dirty little war hit 25,000. I say "official" because the Pentagon has played fast and loose with the statistics on just how many Americans have come home without arms or legs or in body bags and the real figure could be even higher.

Whatever the "real figure" is or is not, one inescapable fact remains: Many more Americans will die in Iraq and/or other actions spawned by Bush’s illegal invasion of a country that posed no threat to this nation. And many, many more will come home physically maimed and/or emotionally scarred for life.

Because the Iraq war is not over nor will it end anytime soon. It will continue to be waged by a cornered animal named George W. Bush.

And, as any real hunter knows, nothing is more dangerous than a cornered animal.

74 Responses to "George W. Bush: A dangerous, cornered, rabid animal"

  1. Joe Lawrence  December 13, 2006 at 5:29 pm

    Why does everyone insist on pretending to believe that Bush is the “decider?”

    All rational analysis clearly shows it is the Dick, Cheney, and his craven cronies calling every important shot, while Junior attends recitals and strides mightily about the corridors of the West Wing – when he is not hunkered down in the Oval Office, demanding fealty from the minor players around him.

    Maybe if Keith Olbermann speaks out on the subject, the rest of the ‘MSM’ would be released from the curse of “seeing” the emperor’s new clothes?

  2. Doug Thompson  December 13, 2006 at 5:43 pm

    Dick Cheney’s role in the administration effectively ended on Nov. 8, 2006, when Bush fired Rumsfeld. Cheney fought to keep Rummy in the administration. He lost. On that day, the monster he helped create took full and final control. Anyone who thinks Cheney still runs things is living in the past.

    –Doug

  3. Jeffery Haas  December 13, 2006 at 6:07 pm

    Okay Doug…we know that you like to dangle, but this is too juicy. Yes, I’ve already heard folks say this, but I want to hear you say some more on the subject.
    Dont be coy and bury the lead.
    Pretty please, with sugar on it?

  4. Joe Lawrence  December 13, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    Doug:

    The dismissal of Rumsfeld was Cheney’s doing, pure and simple. Watching Bush pretend to be in charge, while obviously not “authorized” to say anything logical, can see the actual strings being pulled as he dances; and likewise for Tony Snow.

    “The past?” I don’t think so. Cheney blows (no pun intended) throughout this administration like an evil wind.

  5. Doug Thompson  December 13, 2006 at 6:20 pm

    Joe Lawrence wrote:

    “The dismissal of Rumsfeld was Cheney’s doing, pure and simple. Watching Bush pretend to be in charge, while obviously not “authorized” to say anything logical, can see the actual strings being pulled as he dances; and likewise for Tony Snow.”

    Joe, I don’t know what you’re smoking but pass a toke or two around. Cheney and Rumsfeld are joined at the hip and go back to their days with Nixon and Ford. Cheney went ballistic when Bush canned Rummy. Even Olbermann reported it. Don’t know what you’re using for sources on this one but they need to buy better drugs.

    Doug

  6. Fred P  December 13, 2006 at 6:30 pm

    Welcome back, Doug! I hope that you’re feeling better.

  7. TRUTH 101  December 13, 2006 at 6:37 pm

    DOUG:

    Sorry, but I respectfully disagree and i believe with good reason.

    Cheney has had a stranglehold on the “Deciderer” and the Oval Office since he raised his right hand (which meant nothing by the way) on January 20th, 2001.

    You are telling us that Cheney went ballistic when Bush fired Rumsfeld.

    OK, let’s assume he did. But just days before BUSH himself went on national television and proclaimed several times that Cheney and Rumsfeld were staying aboard for the FULL TERM. Then about a week later, Rumsfeld is GONE.

    Now, common sense says this was NOT a basic overnight decision. Everyone proclaimed from the White house to the White House Mouthpeice that the Republicans were going to keep both houses and only CHENEY said …at the very last moment “well maybe the house will go but the Senate will stay.

    So the ONLY possibility would be that if BOTH house, as they did were lost based on that and that alone the sacrificial lamb would be Rumsfeld…and that appears to be what happened.

    If BUSH were that demented and Cheney flipped out as you are suggesting, especially IMO when Cheney has been running things for so long then BUSH would have, just like Trump said to Cheney (YOU’RE FIRED) That’s his way when he doesn’t get his way.

    Let’s assume then it was like yoiu say. That would make for extremely bad blood between the “Deciderer” and the “Controller”

    I just don’t see that

    I see a Moron and a Monster, you are painting BUSH as the Monster.

    So explain please so we can all understand

  8. TJ  December 13, 2006 at 6:42 pm

    For the DNC impeachment is off the table and talk about putting a stop to funding the war is also off. What would his reaction be if they went full steam ahead?

  9. LindaJ  December 13, 2006 at 6:57 pm

    Doug, Glad you’re feeling well enough to get back to telling it like it is. Also: thanks, editors for putting the comment area back where it belongs, I have never figured out how to comment the other way and do enjoy reading input after the opinions. Also writing input, but not today, I do agree with “all the above.”

  10. Doug Thompson  December 13, 2006 at 7:01 pm

    Truth 101:

    I base my conclusions on research, not on what I believe. Republicans that I once worked with and whose knowledge I trust tell me that Cheney’s role is much diminished since the election. There have been hints of the same in both MSM and independent media reports. Cheney is no longer the public spokesperson on Iraq, a role he held before the election. Since the election, Bush has stopped listening to Rove and Cheney and Rice now holds center stage with the President (and Rice and Cheney disagree on strategy).

    I don’t pull these things out of thin air. I talk to people who work in the administration, with reporter friends who cover the administration and with political operatives who were colleagues when I worked in GOP politics. They all tell me the same thing: Bush calls the shots now, not Cheney.

    –Doug

  11. TRUTH 101  December 13, 2006 at 7:02 pm

    OK FOLKS;

    Check out the story about

    SAUDI’S SAY THEY WILL BACK AND FUND SUNNI’S IF USA PULLS OUT.

    CHENEY supposedly gets the “Riot Act” read to him by the KING

    WELL, MY MY,
    BUSH wants to Stay in IRAQ as there is too much money to be made by the Carlyle Group.

    CHENEY wants to stay in IRAQ because there is TOO MUCH money to be made by halliburton and KBR in which he is STILL a major stockholder

    So, the Saudi’s have effectively, if you believve it DERAILED the entire Iraq study Group.

    SO what is the likely thing to happen. Thousands of more GI’s will be sent in to the shooting gallery to die and thousands more IRAQi’s will die as well. All this, while the Carlyle Group and KBR / Halliburton clean up financilly.

    Does anyone for a micro-second believe that this grand plan and idea was BUSH 43’s idea all by himself. COME ON !!!

    AMERICA was set-up beautifully and masterfully by Chene’s so called “trip” because they KNEW pretty much what everyone knew that this so-called commission was going to recommend exactly what they did.

    NOW BUSH can completely ignore the “commission” and look like a leader….the REAL PLAN all along.

    Tell me I’m wrong.

    The first casualty will be Bill O’ Reilly who stated just last night that it would be a terrible mistake to send in “thousands of more troops” For the first time… I agree with him.

    Boy is he gonna be pissed.

    CROW ANYONE !!

  12. Joe Lawrence  December 13, 2006 at 7:02 pm

    Doug:

    The last drug I did was on a beach in Jamaica….a toke ot three with a convivial group of turistas. I am, though, 65 years old and a battered veteran of corporate banking wars stretching back to the middle 60s, and I have seen any number of joined-at-the-hip sacrifices of one twin or the other. The tougher the going becomes, the more predictable the outcome – and I saw and told of the tossing of Rumsfeld over the side two months before it happened.

    Somewhat like finding a new star or planet by determining what is blocked from view, watching this administration’s convulsions entails seeing what is not there.

    I have been a subscriber to these pages for some time now, and this is the first thing I have had any quarrel with what your take was. Had to happen.

    Keep up the fantastic work, and I’m glad your break was short.

  13. Doug Thompson  December 13, 2006 at 7:10 pm

    Joe:

    Hell, if we agreed all the time something would be wrong. Thanks for reading.

    Doug

  14. John Hanks  December 13, 2006 at 7:12 pm

    There is something right in seeing a nation of gougers and chiselers, betrayed and perhaps wiped out by one of their most pathetic examples.

    You stand in line with your musket, and you just fall down dead before the end. You don’t know how the battle turned out, and you don’t even know if you mattered. But you were there.

  15. TRUTH 101  December 13, 2006 at 7:17 pm

    Doug,

    Well if what you say is true, and I do respect your opinion and sources, the situation that most everyone on all the blogs say simply could not possibly get any worse, is about to get worse.

    Cheney in Charge was terribly scary.

    BUSH really in charge…God help us all.

    You talk to the pros you know and knew, fair enough.

    I base my thoughts and comments on patterns of reason (sometimes where there appears there is none) since the days prior to and after 9/11 to this day.

    There IS an undeniable pattern here…Agree?

    Also, if what you say is true then Cheney’s days certainly appear to be numbered the next time BUSH takes a glass of wine at a state dinner.

    Problem there is Bush then eats crow based on his pre-election statement and Cheney DOES …I believe have the power to bring down the entire house of cards, dirty hands or not and neither Carlyle or KBR want any part of that.

    But again, if he did that then I don’t think a reduced role disagreement with the “deciderer” would be his big problem. ROVE was fired by BUSH 41 works for BUSH 43 and you say Rove is still in, but OUT basically as well??

    This could get very interesting in the coming days….That is my opinioni

  16. Sandy Price  December 13, 2006 at 7:39 pm

    Truth. I’ve been around Doug Thompson for a long time and his research has never been wrong. I would stake my life on what he knows. The problem with Doug is he is 10 steps ahead of everyone else on the internet and the MSM.

    He led us through Clinton’s Impeachment and Whitewater scandals. If he is wrong he is the first to admit it. Why do you suppose he has this huge following? I’ve tangled with him but learned that if he is wrong it will say so. That happens rarely. He is not a trivial thinker.

  17. Doug Thompson  December 13, 2006 at 7:40 pm

    Truth:

    It has been my experience that when paranoia rules, no one is trusted. Bush is paranoid and acting like a cornered animal. That means he listens to no one and that concept should frighten anyone.

    Doug

  18. Thomas 'Commissar' Black (UK)  December 13, 2006 at 7:57 pm

    Oh dear oh dear oh dear!

    Bush now calling the shots? And he’s losing his sanity on top of that? I have been anticipating this for a long time, but to finally read it in print doesn’t make its impact any less.

    My main concern – besides the possible demise of a free American society and the possibility of a new Nazi dictatorship – is how this will affect us Brits. With Blair bound at the hip (or chained, depending on your view) to King George, where will he lead us? Into another war? Into the same mess that the US is falling into? Possibly even make us a client Nazi state – ‘V for Vendetta’ rings horribly in my mind at that thought! If that ever happens, I’m emigrating to New Zealand or some place like that!

    I just hope the government retains enough sanity to bring a blowtorch to the chain binding us to Bush – and thus to Oblivion! Either that, or someone actually makes a move to impeach the man before he decides to declare perpetual Martial Law!

  19. marew  December 13, 2006 at 8:08 pm

    Doug,
    Hope you’re feeling better.

    I think you are right on target. GWB has never been an emotionally healthy person. But if someone had told me 10 years ago that any one individual could create such misery and havoc in this country, I’d have said ‘no way.’ Boy, was I stupid.

  20. William Flax  December 13, 2006 at 8:13 pm

    As a lifelong Conservative, I have been watching the farce that is the Bush Administration unravel with a disgust that few of you can begin to imagine. It is not just that the man has no comprehension of what Conservatism and especially American Conservatism is all about. He is unable to even enunciate a rational Left-leaning agenda. His Second Inaugural Address has to be the most confused ever delivered by an American President. He uses the term “Freedom” in at least six different and totally contradictory senses in a short speech.

    Yes, of course, I know it was written for him. But Inaugural Addresses are one of the ways President’s seek to posture for history. And he must have read it over, before he decided it was the right one. This bespeaks a total lack of intellectual clarity. That coupled with the Messianic delusions, with which the address was peppered, spells something very dangerous.

    In summary, you may be entirely correct in what you now see happening.

  21. Sandy Price  December 13, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    William, that 2004 inaugural address spoke of freedoms because he had already removed many of them and hoped we didn’t notice.

    Bush is the most dangerous man in America. I’m just sorry we all are so helpless. I sent my two representatives, (Senate and House) and asked them to please watch carefully what Bush will be doing in the next couple of years.

    The funny this that both of these men claim to be Conservatives. They are not and have voted along with Bush all the way.

    They both have gone along with spending far more than we taxpayers will ever be able to pay. They both backed Bush when he tried to skip over the Supreme Court in the Shaivo decision. They both feel they have the authority to issue social prohibitions over all of us. I fear the Arizona voters did not realize they were throwing away many of their freedoms.

  22. Ruth Benderall  December 13, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    Hi Doug,

    in the hope that you have been drinking mega-liters of (filtered) water, and have been taking echinacea to combat this nasty cold (whence this came? no-one knows…),
    I want to say that I completely agree with you when you compare baby-shrub with a dangerous, cornered, rabid animal.

    I like to add: he is scared; he is afraid. He has the appearance of a little boy, caught in a naughty (and in his case: despiccable) act.
    However: one needs to keep in mind that gwb is a member of Skull and Bones (as his father is).
    These people adhere to nothing else but the rules of this organization.
    Hence: baby-shrub could say that the Constitution is just a piece of paper…

    It might very well be possible that, if and when he will be told to “hit the road”, that command will come from the same people who got him “in” in the first place (2000).
    In other words:
    it has been my gut-feeling (since 2005) that he will be forced to resign (which is a “nice” way of giving him the “pink slip”), as soon as the REAL powers see fit to that.
    Be they the Illuminati, Skull and Bones, or who- and which-ever…

    By the way: ms Pelosi was/is correct: impeachment is not an option.
    Reason: impeachment takes too long.

    Also:
    I want everyone to keep in mind that:
    “IF LITTLE JOHNNY (and now Mary also) DID NOT GO TO WAR, THERE WOULD NOT BE A WAR”.
    (Remember the Vietnam years, during which tens of thousands drafted people fled to Canada and/or European countries).
    If, from now on, every Johnny-boy and Mary-girl would say: “I will not go to Iraq”, then there is nothing the military can do. Because: they do not have enough “man-power” to court-martial, and imprison, all those young “soldiers”.

    May everyone live in light, peace and love.
    IT IS HIGH TIME.

    Thank you.
    Ruth Benderall

  23. Jim  December 13, 2006 at 8:55 pm

    Doug

    There has been speculation over 43’s mental health for over a year that I recall seeing. I do agree with you that there are more noticeable ‘signs’ that are taught in basic psych 101.

    The Saudi thing is quite interesting…first 41 went over there in October…then Cheney summoned after the election…at the same time an aide to the Saudi ambassador publishes his wash post article saying the exact same thing the NYT is putting out now. The aide was fired..btw.

    Now the Saudi ambassador cuts and runs home…and the kingdom is reported as fractured….and 43 looks like Humphrey Bogart at the trial….I think I do not need to worry about my retirement…sigh.

  24. David  December 13, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    Rabid Animals everywhere take offense at being compared to G.W. Bush.

  25. Joe Lawrence  December 13, 2006 at 9:14 pm

    Good give and take, everyone. I hope all have a great holiday, and I pray that peace will soon return.

  26. Jericho  December 13, 2006 at 9:27 pm

    At first I was afraid impeachment would have a domino effect leaving us with Hastert. Now I’m afraid that not having an impeachment leaves us with Bush. It would almost be a blessing to have Chaney in charge. But if he goes first, who comes in , Rice?

    Is there any GOOD scenario?

  27. Ian Westbrook  December 13, 2006 at 3:05 pm

    Have been reading quite a few suggestions lately that Bush might actually be going insane – if he hasn’t already. What a terrifying prospect: the man in charge of the world’s largest army and nuclear stockpile out of his mind. And who has the courage or the authority to actually relieve him of command?

  28. dionysis  December 13, 2006 at 3:10 pm

    This piece is right on target. Clearly The Deluder is on the edge of a psychological meltdown. And, like the analogous ‘cornered animal’, he might very well lash out at those who brazenly embrace reality. What is to expected? More staged terror alerts, followed by Martial Law? In spite of promises to the contrary, the new Congress should have as a top priority a thorough investigation of the criminality and malfeasance of this administration, which almost certainly would lead to impeachment hearings. Bush and his entourage of fellow lunatics need to be excised from the public body, and soon.

  29. Carol  December 13, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    Oh God, this is so scary,and being in the middle of reading Woodward’s State of Denial, rings all too true. Bush has never been anything more than a cheerleader for his failed ideas and a backslapper for the people who have been charged with trying to clean up the mess he and Rumsfeld have created and spin it in order to try to hide the truth from the American public. He has shown no insight nor even any real curiosity about what is happening on the ground in Iraq except as it might impact his approval ratings or ability to get re-elected in 2004. Maybe if his doctor ups his meds enough he’ll calm down….Everybody pray, or cross your fingers.

  30. Sandy Price  December 13, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    I get the impression that Bush has set up all American citizens into a position of being sitting ducks to Islamic terrorists.

    The news is terrible from Iraq and yet we all live in fear of a dirty bomb or poison being smuggled over the Mexican border. Our government is working against us on this border dispute and some of our border patrol agents are actually going to jail for trying to protect America.

    I agree Doug, Bush’s sanity is showing a decline in his lack of interest. He is now a Commander in Chief who seems to spend a lot of time running away from his responsibilities.

    The number of American casualties is of no concern to him. We may not have time for an impeachment but I believe some kind of action from the citizens should be done.

    I wonder if his own staff can continue to detract from his actions and words much longer.

    The one who could expose the problem in the white house is Rumsfeld. He has shown little courage of his own convictions and has been the main defender of Bush’s actions. Could his conscience step in and have him bring this insanity to a halt? Will he limp away from his position or will he act like a true American?

  31. beelza bubb  December 13, 2006 at 4:11 pm

    Yowza, De boz mon he dun goan plum loco.

  32. W  December 13, 2006 at 4:12 pm

    I can’t help wondering if, in a worse case scenario, Bush were to be “taken out”, would the general populace take to the streets and cheer as they did when Pinochet died? But, would that bring any relief since Cheney would step up thereafter?

  33. David Williams  December 13, 2006 at 4:22 pm

    I read about a bumper sticker a few days ago;”Somebody please give George Bush a blow job so we can impeach him.” When I think back on the impeachment proceedings of Bill Clinton and the purely partisan bullshit that surrounded that entire dog and pony show and compare that memory with what is going on today,I can only conclude that the American public and our elected representatives are the ones that have gone insane.Five or six years ago,I firmly believed that whatever future the Earth faced was pretty much etched in stone.World events had finally reached a tipping point beyond the ability of one man or for that matter,one nation,to dramatically alter.How wrong I was.GW and his enablers have accelerated our rush to the abyss with breathtaking ease and has done so with the flippant arrogance that only comes with a lifetime of easy money and a total lack of accountability for ones actions.Well folks, it’s way past time for positive action,but better late than never.There is nothing more important to us as a nation than to hold these horrible vile murdering liars responsible for every death they caused and every dollar they stole.GW speaks of honoring our dead.There is no better way to honor them than to make sure that nothing like the past six years ever happens again.The souls of 3000 American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis demand justice and retribution.If impeachment brings our entire government to a screeching halt,so be it.After all,congress and the media did not seem to mind stopping the business of government for two years over a blow job.David Williams in the mountains of Western N.C.

  34. TRUTH 101  December 13, 2006 at 4:32 pm

    Well, with that nervous little smirk while always coming forward with essentially scripted, (and we might start by asking by whom) doubletalk and generalities that make little or no sense at all I would agree on this as a possibility,

    There is however one VERY BIG exception IMO that most everyone has missed.

    ANYONE who believes that George W. Bush is actually running things in the White House is also IMO a bit delusional. Saving that, very blind to what is REALLY going on here.

    YES; he IS the CIC and the POTUS, and the “DECIDERER”. However, that last term certainly means that he “decides” whatever CHENEY for one TELLS HIM TO DECIDE and TWO the rest of the cabal as well.

    ANYBODY notice a story this morning about the SAUDI’s saying they “MIGHT” support and FUND the SUNNI’S, IF and this becomes a colossal word here “IF” the USA pulls out of IRAQ.

    Well DAMN, I’ll bet nobody saw that coming did they ?

    The SAUDI’s are completely and totally in BED with the Carlyle Group for one and that is DOCUMENTED and no doubt, KBR, Halliburton and all the other signatory members of PNAC.

    And who, might we imagine is the Carlyle Group. Look it up and get a revelation.

    Here’s a clue: BUSH 41, Jeb and George 43…and many more

    WHO might we imagine is PNAC for those who are just beginning to see the light.
    LOOK IT UP Call up People for a New American Century. Read their stated doctrine and be very afraid when you see their signatory list and compare it with WHO’s in and WHO influences the current ADMINISTRATION. The ADD in the Christian Right Extremists for a little local color.

    WE all know about Halliburton and KBR. My goodness, that’s Dick Cheney and Company. Son of a gun, !!

    With this so called veiled threat. POTUS through his various partners and leaders now has the perfect excuse to ignore the Iraq Commission report and the IRAQ Commission has the perfect excuse to say WOW !!
    We didn’t see that coming.

    Enough BULLSHIT. WE need to MAKE this new Congress take action against ALL OF THE ABOVE without leaving a single soul out of it, the MINUTE they take over.

    This whole concept of “well if we impeach BUSH and CHENEY then we get the “Speaker of the House” and that would LOOK BAD…like SOUR GRAPES and we need a spirit of cooperation is pure and simple BULLSHIT:

    ANYONE DISAGREE ? Let’s hear it.

  35. Unicorn  December 13, 2006 at 5:25 pm

    For a long time now, I’ve been reading Bush’s body language. He looks more and more like a deer caught in the headlights, every day. I’m surprised I haven’t seen any ‘body language’ comments in the national media before now. Anybody who has been in public life and dealt with groups of people, groups both large and small can certainly read body language. It starts out with the eyes, then head motions, next is the mouth, and so on down the torso and the whole bodily stance. I’d be very interested in hearing an opinion by someone whose field this is.

  36. Judy Bodnar  December 13, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    I have just finished reading this entire page, comments & all. Those people just now becoming aware of dangers and damages so easily created by “the moron” and “the Monster” will probably be surprised to learn that they themselves are also morons. I see GWB as a now starving chimp looking for bananas from hands that until now, have there to hand them to him freely. Sorry Georgie,but there won’t be any more “handy” bananas pal! I do feel as though Bushie is at long last taking the reins of the presidency by himself..and folks nothing that happens will surprise me, as I expect more of the dreadful deeds to continue and perhaps get worse. This nation has NEVER been in quite the mess & danger that we are now in, thanks to the Moron, the Monster and their Mutant cronies. Who ever it was that suggested we pray & keeping our fingers crossed was right, but I will add they had also better start carrying a rabbits foot and every type of good luck and Apotropaic charms available..because we are in big trouble until the current administration is history and then some. The comments today have been outstanding..thanks all! Judy

  37. Shillum  December 13, 2006 at 9:57 pm

    But remember this, America voted for the man. Does one not vote for one that is like the one voting? Says something about America’s sanity.

  38. Meredith  December 13, 2006 at 9:59 pm

    Jericho,

    The line of succession runs like so…

    VP: Cheney
    House Speaker (as of 1/3/2007): Nancy Pelosi
    President pro tem of the Senate (as of 1/3/2007): Sen. Robert Byrd
    Sec. of State: Condi Rice

    There’s more after that, but I don’t think we’d want to go further. We could have impeachment proceedings begin this year, but we’d have to find someone to replace Pelosi because she doesn’t agree with impeachment.

    I don’t know where Byrd stands on impeachment. He might be better than Pelosi or Rice. At least he’s fiscally conservative.

  39. 'Ol George  December 13, 2006 at 10:15 pm

    Doug

    With your connections in the Capitol, maybe you can answer
    a question for me…
    Is W. porkin’ Condi? Rumor
    has it that they are as close as white on Rice.

  40. rrk1  December 13, 2006 at 10:16 pm

    Whether Cheney is or is not still running Bush, the reality is that Cheney is sill the VP, just a heartbeat away. He is hardly a solution to our national crisis.

    There are four constitutional ways a president leaves office: resignation; impeachment by the House and conviction by the Senate; the 25th Amendment; or he is succeeded at the end of his term. At this point in time only #4 is viable. The other three, unlikely as they are, all lead to Cheney becoming president. For real change the goal has to be to get rid of Cheney first, and I’m not betting on that one.

    The fifth, but unconstitutional way, of ridding us of the Bush scourge, is mass insurrection and revolt in the streets, and Americans, unlike the French, have no stomach, nor any practice, for that.

    Unless Bush goes clearly mad, publicly with more rants about being the “decider,” declaring he’s doing God’s work, and threatening martial law, the political support for impeachment will not materialize. Always remember that an impeachment trial in the Senate will be presided over by Chief Justice Roberts, Bush’s handpicked appointee. How far does anyone think such a trial would go?

  41. Jim  December 13, 2006 at 10:42 pm

    Someone asked if there is any good scenario..it’s just getting worse and worse.

    No wonder Pelosi said no impeachment…Cheney would be next. 43 has himself an impeach proof admin.

    Now Sen Johnson (d) from SD has possibly suffered a stroke…of course the Gov is a republican…which all means the Dems majority could be in trouble. First off I hope the Sen is back on his feet quickly…for himself and his family…and for the country.

  42. Ted  December 13, 2006 at 11:31 pm

    Politicians lie. Impeachment off the table may just be a political spin/lie.

    As the madness continues agreement for impeachment will strengthen as it did for Nixon.

    Impeach, indict and imprison Bush, Cheney and Rice all in one proceeding or consecutively. The snowball is rolling and the avalanche is gaining momentum.

  43. Jericho  December 13, 2006 at 11:34 pm

    Hi Meredith,
    I know the line of succession. If Bush gets impeached, then Cheney is Pres and HE gets to name a V.P. who automatically becomes the nest in line. Only if both the Prtes and VP are unable to function (no comments now) does the Speaker get the position (refer to West Wing 2005 season or the Constitution, whichever is more your speed.

    So the question remains; who would Chaney pick that would be approved by a Democratic Senate?

  44. Donna Hughes  December 13, 2006 at 11:37 pm

    I think that Howard Zinn is right: The only way THE PEOPLE can level the playing field versus the HIGH AND MIGHTY who are destroying our country for their profit is to rise up and take to the streets in hoards.

  45. peter  December 14, 2006 at 12:20 am

    THE ONLY WAY THEIR CAN BE A PEACEFUL SOLUTIONS IN IRAQ IS TO DEAL WITH ALL IT’S SURROUNDING NEIGHBORS, AND BRING AN ULTIMATUM TO THE VARIOUS FACTIONS FIGHTING EACH OTHER , WE WILL PULL OUT OF IRAQ IF THINGS ARE NOT RESOLVED ON A TIMETABLE.

  46. Minuteman  December 14, 2006 at 12:33 am

    I can’t disagree with anything I’ve read here. The important thing is to be able to take some action if W makes some (other) stupid move. But what could shortstop on order for another premptive war someplace? A 1,2,3 million person march on Washington? A public plea for the Military to disobey his idiotic orders? Or just making sure Congress does their duty this time. Impeachment might be off the table for several reasons, but Congressional investigations should start immediately and pull no punches. Everyone can help by keeping constant watch on their Reps and Senators.

  47. Jeffery Haas  December 14, 2006 at 12:39 am

    This needs to be in the Reader Rant! Thanks for dropping the other shoe.
    I now realize more than ever that the picture we see aint at all the way it was painted.
    Alawys suspected as much but my eyes are wide open now.
    Gonna be an interesting next few weeks.

  48. El Gato  December 14, 2006 at 12:53 am

    “George W. Bush grows more sullen and moody with each passing day. His paranoia, they say, is increasing to manic levels as he launches into tirades about traitors in his own party, in the press and among his allies”

    Hmm, just like Hitler in his last days.

  49. SkyGuy  December 14, 2006 at 1:31 am

    Wanna understand what is REALLY behind motivating world powers-that-be to do the insane things they are doing? Investigate the “Greada Treaty” and go from there.

  50. AustinRanter  December 14, 2006 at 1:51 am

    How can any American not have great concerned about the direction this country is headed internally and abroad? The current state of Iraq has been reported as “Grave and Deteriorating”. Could it be that America is heading toward the same fate?

    On a pathological course, our government leadership has demostrated some of the most hideous acts of disrespect for the values that are the building blocks of the fundamental institution that made this nation great.

  51. Meredith  December 14, 2006 at 1:57 am

    A Cheney presidency is a moot point.
    If impeachment and conviction were to take place it would be under the 110th Democratically-contolled Congress and would sweep both the decider and the contoller from office.
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi would then be president.
    All thinking people need to contact their member of Congress and make sure this happens.

  52. woodroad34  December 14, 2006 at 2:03 am

    Per John Dean, the Democrats in charge of Congress weren’t going to hold impeachment proceedings until the American people forced them to. Well, then, flood Miz “Impeachment is off the table” Pelosi’s e-mail with demands that she start acting like a representative of the American people and start the impeachment proceedings. She doesn’t have the right to dictate to us…it’s the other way around.

  53. J.W.  December 14, 2006 at 2:14 am

    WELL ME AND HUNDREDS LIKE ME TOLD FOLKS FOR YEARS ALL THIS HAS BEEN COMING!! THEY [US-GOV] DO THESE ATTACKS GET ALL THESE PEOPLE BEHIND THEM THEN LIKE HITLER DID BAM!!! YOUR ALL SLAVES!! MARTIAL LAW COMES THE N.W.O TAKES OVER AND YOU ALL ARE GOING: ‘WOW WHAT HAPPEN!!! BETTER GET OFF YOUR ASSES AND GET READY 4 IT ,ITS COMING!! BUT ME AND MANY WILL BE READY!!!!! NEVER SURRENDER!! TEXAS WILL NOT TAKE D.C. MUCH LONGER!!!!!!!

  54. Rice Farmer  December 14, 2006 at 2:43 am

    If Bush loses it and orders the use of nuclear weapons, who will stop him? Will cooler heads prevail? Pardon me if I lose sleep over this.

  55. Bush Wacker  December 14, 2006 at 2:48 am

    JW
    Great. Another GOD FEARIN TEXAN to give us advice on salvation from the GREAT TEXICAN DECEDER currently leading our nation in D.C.

    Presidential arrogance, righteousness, tough guy bull$hirt and paranoia are what lead this nation to this miserable failure called THE WAR ON TERROR and Iraq.

    No thanks I’ll pass.

    Paranoia: 1. A psychotic disorder characterized by delusions of persecution with or without grandeur, often strenuously defended with apparent logic and reason. 2. Extreme, irrational distrust of others.

  56. ilovenystate  December 14, 2006 at 4:03 am

    Whether the President and Vice President remain in power really depends on obtaining the votes of 16 Senate Republicans, assuming that all Democrats vote to convict. I believe this may be easier said than done. The best the Democrats can do is perhaps to strike a deal with those 16 defecting Republicans to remove Bush, but not Cheney. I seriously doubt that the Republicans would be willing to let Nancy Pelosi become President under even the worst circumstances. The benefits of imcumbency for the 2008 Presidential race are too great for the Republicans to surrender. If Bush were to be impeached and removed from office, Cheney would be forced to appoint a moderate or left-leaning Republican to placate the Democrats. Cheney immediately would become a lame-duck President, who mainly would be focused on fund-raising and campaigning for the GOP. Even if Madam Speaker Pelosi changes her mind, Bush should remain in office unless 16 Republicans are willing to strike a deal with the Democrats and sacrifice a completely deranged Bush. Thus, it is possible that Bush may be removed. However, I see virtually no chance of BOTH Bush and Cheney being removed with the consent of 16 renegade Republicans. I base this scenario based on the horse-trading trading tendencies on Capitol Hill. Just a cynical New Yorker’s two cents.

  57. Carl Nemo  December 14, 2006 at 4:05 am

    Impeachment=End of War…!

    Monday, January 2, 2007 Congress will be under the control of the Dems along with many “angry” Republicans that have had a bellyful of Bush/Cheny! I urge all citizen/patriots regardless of party affiliation to contact their elected reps and demand summary impeachment with hopeful removal from office of these two mattoids.
    America is in “harms way” with their continuing control of the military…! Their never-ending committment to Iraq is predicated on war-profiteering, plain and simple, all for the benefit of their patrons in the M.I. Complex and the “oil patch”. They “are” traitors to the Republic and the Constitution for which it stands…!

    http://www.conservativeusa.org/megalink.htm

    Nemo

  58. Gee  December 14, 2006 at 4:20 am

    You don’t have to look at Bushes eyes to see he lies.

    Look at his head; when he
    says something positive
    he shakes his head ‘NO’
    and when saying something
    negative he nods his
    head ‘YES’. Any beat cop
    can tell he’s lying.

  59. RealityCheck  December 14, 2006 at 6:48 am

    In India you catch monkeys by putting some food in a jar big enough for a monkey to slide its paw into but not big enough for it to take out holding the food. Since monkeys won’t let go of the food, they stay stuck until the hunters come. Chimpie has his paw around Iraqi oil. He’s not going to let go of those Iraqi bases for nothing. He’s staying the course with the other monkeys standing around with their paws in Iraqi bottles: Cheney, Kissinger, the neocons, AIPAC, Israel, and the Saudis. He is abandoning his other fellow monkeys up in the trees: Republicans up for re-election in ’08, in addition to all the other wildlife just trying to get by: the 80% of the American people who want to bring the troops home. This is going to be a frigging fascinating catastrophe for Chimpy and his greedy monkey friends: Republicans, Israel, AIPAC, and Saudi Arabia, when the hunters come. Oh – let’s not forget poor grieving dear old dad. Geez…no legacy but a pathetic failure of a son…You can already hear those hunters approaching in the underbrush…

  60. Ceredwin  December 14, 2006 at 7:19 am

    Favorite new bumpersticker:

    Shoot Cheney first!

  61. Will Wrtie  December 14, 2006 at 7:21 am

    I agree with Meredith and everyone who supports impeachment of George Bush.
    I think the GOP might dump Cheney in an attempt to save the administration. Anything that touches George, Ol’ Dick has been dipped in but good. So the road to impeachment runs up DC’s butt. No, a Cheney Presidency is not our problem. A Bush Presidency in our problem.
    I wrote my two Senators, Congressman and the Speaker-Elect last weekend urging them to impeach George W. Bush. I hope you will do the same. The lives of so many depend on it. The only way to lose worse in Iraq than we have today is to be there tomorrow. Join me in the mantra: IMPEACH BUSH!!!!
    If they get 100,000 demands per week, I bet you’ll see this back on the table.

  62. Johnny Flatline  December 14, 2006 at 7:46 am

    Have you noticed all of the bullsht comments being planted in the media (including Frontline and NPR) about how “moderate” Rice is, and how she is ‘apart’ from the Cheney clan. If this isn’t some Carl Rove redressing for future GOP power preservation, then it’s somebody who operates just like him. These GOP marketers are amazing.
    For a lady to say that dying civilians in Lebanon represents “birth pang of democracy” – what further evidence is needed to see she is every bit as dumb and ruthless as any other nut in the Whitehouse.
    Moderate my ass!
    And this is where Bush goes for advice now instead of Cheney? Big deal. Trade one devil for another. Hawks of a feather . . . kill together.

  63. The South Point  December 14, 2006 at 8:36 am

    As in the words of the immortal Slim Pickens from Dr. Strangelove, “Yeeeeeeeee-HAAAAAAAaaaaa!”

    Are we now at defcon 3? Are we having fun yet?

  64. Ian Westbrook  December 14, 2006 at 12:00 pm

    Those whom Bush calls traitors are actually patriots, trying to reverse The Moron’s catastrophic foreign policy and save America from the disastrous course on which Bush has set her.

  65. Fran  December 14, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    We need to impeach Bush and Cheney.
    They aren’t both insane but Cheney is just as guilty.

  66. TRUTH 101  December 14, 2006 at 1:55 pm

    I have read all the comments and 99% of them are IMO right and right on track. Taking a demonstration to the streets , even if there were a million would get noticed but I think little else would happen.

    That plus we all know that there would be ROVE’s plants in the crowd to insure that a fight or two broke out, not to mention the nuts that would already be there.

    All that would do of course would degenerate a great meaningful effort into a FOX NEWS ALERT about how awful these people were.

    So NOT WORTH IT

    I do agree wholeheartedly that the people should FLOOD Nancy Pelosi’s e-mail box day after day with demands for investigations to Impeach BUSH and CHENEY together and Rice as well for going along to get along.

    To get a response of course you have to be a constituent of the soon to be house speaker. That means that for now only those from San Francisco can be answered, After Jan…ALL OF US SHOULD BE as her new role makes all of us her constituents

    Her San Francisco Office is 415-556-4862
    In Washington: 202-225-4965

  67. pmse57  December 14, 2006 at 7:36 pm

    Doug:

    What do you think of article in Insight Magazine about a movement ala James Baker et al, including info on VPs recent trip to Saudi Arabia, about attempt to have a regional meeting with Middle East countries, but excluding Israel that could solve manyt problems. Meeting supposedly supported by Rice. Why have we not heard a great deal about this in MSM? Isreal again?

    Article at:
    http://www.insightmag.com/Media/MediaManager/Baker_1.htm

  68. aaaaarrrrrrgh  December 14, 2006 at 9:34 pm

    what is it with the republicans and homicidal crazy presidents? first reagan – may he rest in turmoil for all the dead central americans – now this clown …

  69. Ray  December 14, 2006 at 10:46 pm

    Excellent comments. It is so positive to see that people are finally seeing the scam that was started with the first stolen election. It would be a wise thing for folks to be prepared for a major disruption in this country. There is coming an economic collapse and a social undoing like never before. Corporations control the world and its leaders and they are buying each other up like no tomarrow. Soon, Boy Bush will break and declare martial law after some false flag operation like 911, at the cost of thousands of more innocent american lives. Just count the worldwide lives lost in the last six years due to the deciders actions. Then add the lives lost when Bush one and Clinton held the power. You can pass a million quite easily. And for what true reason? Money and Power and absolute control. Illuminati has picked our leaders for at least the last 60 years. If we can survive the next five years, it will be with the help of a power much higher than the President or any mortal man. 2007 is the year nostradamus predicted as the start of the great war that will last untill 2012. The date that the Mayan calender ends. The antichrist should be making his appearance anytime now. Yes, we are in for interesting times ahead. Best turn off the TV and spend your free time getting prepared for survival and revelation.

    Ray

  70. Kong Darui  December 15, 2006 at 12:39 am

    Put me down as sceptical.

    First, what Doug say about his old pal George W. could have been and probably was said about Nixon, Clinton, and perhaps Carter and Reagan at some point. I remember in the 70’s many people thought Nixon would cancel the next election, declare martial law, etc. etc. Clinton ducked and swerved and looked like a little boy caught jacking off. It’s natural when under fire–rightly or wrongly–to lose your cool.

    Second, many people are talking about getting rid of Bush. Howard Zinn is just harking back to the 60’s in his call for mass marches; they don’t work anymore.

    Others call for extra-Constitutional mass marches and protests. Bush would either ignore these or there would be mass arrests–justfied. Why use extra-Constitional means to correct perceived unconstitutional behavior? Shouldn’t we show that the Constitution works by using the Constitution? Using the law?

    Third, I think that impeachment may be brought back to the table after January 1. Certainly a rational–even if perhaps evil–Cheney is better than an irrational (if in fact he is) Bush. There is also the possible use of the Amendment about removing a president because he is incapable of being president. This could be done if there were certifiable grounds of Bush’s insanity–which there isn’t now; now we just have a lot of amateur shrinks who hate the man anyway.

    While it is true that Bush started a war with lies, don’t forget that Johnson did the same, as did probably Kennedy. Is Bush’s lying us into war worse than Johnson’s–or Reagan’s Contras? Even FDR probably got into the war based on a lie.

    If I were a deer caught in headlights, flailing away for some way out of my mess, the LAST thing I’d do is say I’m going to think about it for a couple of weeks. Surely this is a sign of some sanity? And after seeing the contents of the Baker report, anyone in his right mind would agree that it’s nonsense (shit, actually), and someone needs to do some thinking.

    I detest Bush–41 and 43. But I don’t think it advances political discourse to rant and rave. Regardless of the causes of the Iraq war, can someone provide a rational and plausible solution?

  71. Jim G.  December 15, 2006 at 2:44 am

    Did you see how nervous the Brass looked at the post-Pentagon photo op yesterday. THEY know he’s a crazy sonofabitch.

  72. GlennK  December 15, 2006 at 4:34 am

    A reporter once asked Sen. Wayne Morse from Oregon how he thought we could get out of Vietnam and he replied ” By ship and plane.” Something tells me if Wayne was alive today and was asked the same ? about Iraq he’s probably give the same reply.

  73. Talker  December 15, 2006 at 5:28 am

    From time to time Bush let’s something slip that makes you think he isn’t making the decisions. Once in a news conference he said something like “That hasn’t had the president’s approval yet.” When they were looking for a replacement for Rumsfeld he said “I haven’t been told who his replacement will be.”

    It seems like a lot of the time others are making the decisions. However, since he is the president he can make decisions anytime he wants. One thing you can say for untreated addicts is they are out of control if they are anything. I suspect he is a combination of extremely dependent on some people while at the same time unpredictable and out of control around those closest to him. I think for a while Cheney thought he had perfected the art of controlling Dubya only to find out that he is just a big spoiled kid who wants to have his own way.

    Christmas is coming. Addicts have a way of disrupting big holidays like that. I wonder if Bush will crash he Christman tree this year? Figuratively speaking of course.

  74. Raymond Funamoto  January 7, 2007 at 4:10 am

    CHIMPya MUST BE CHIMPeached! This dangerous International War Criminal and World’s Number One Terrorist, not to mention Nazi Fascist Demagogue and Unitary Dictator has trampled on the Constitution of the United States, The Bill of Rights, Habeas Corpus, just to mention a few of our essential liberties, all for the sake of his vanity, greed and neuroses–Bush needs to be dragged down from his office along with Cheney, Rice, Gonzales, Addington, and all his cronies and cohorts, brought before The Hague, and EXECUTED for his unspeakable crimes against America and the rest of the world!!!!!

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