The war criminal

The Army’s top general says U.S. troops are at their "breaking point" in Iraq and Afghanistan and the soonest he can get more battle-ready divisions on the ground is 2008.

In the 10 days following release of the Iraq Study Group’s report calling the Iraq war "grave and deteriorating" while recommending swift action to try and correct the many problems, 35 more American soldiers died along with more than 1,000 Iraqi civilians.

But George W. Bush says he "will not be rushed" on making decisions about what to do about his failed war in Iraq and doesn’t plan to tell the American people what, if any, changes he will make until sometime next year.

As public support for the war falls lower than Vietnam and even members of his own party defect from his incredibly stupid policies, Bush continues to live in a fantasyland where failed wars are winnable and sending young men and women to their deaths is an acceptable course of action.

Republican Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon got it right last week when he called Bush’s Irag war "absurd" and added that it "may even be criminal."

Criminal: Strong words by a Republican Senator against a sitting President; Even stronger when that sitting President happens to be a member of your own party.

Yet think back to 2003, in the weeks leading up to the Iraq invasion, when Pope John Paul II told Bush publicly that invading the country without obtaining approval from the United Nations and gaining support of Mideast allies would be "a criminal act."

There’s that word again: Criminal. When you strip away the political spin, the partisan hyperbole and the vagueness of diplomacy, you are left with just that word: Criminal.

George W. Bush’s invasion of a sovereign nation that posed no immediate threat to the health, welfare or security of the United States was, and remains today, an overt criminal act. He lied to get approval from Congress, lied to our allies and lied to the American people. He abused the power of his office by knowingly withholding information that would weaken his case and sent this nation into Iraq on a suicide mission.

He’s nothing less than a war criminal and should be treated as one on the world stage and here at home. His criminal actions have killed more Americans than the 9/11 attacks that spawned his politically-expedient war on terror and have sent hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians to their graves or fleeing their country in fear.

His criminally insane actions have spawned retaliations not only against this country but any other nation that dared support his illegal enterprise. Deaths in London, Spain and even Pacific resorts can be traced back to his decision to ignore both law and human decency to invade Iraq.

Bush, aides say, is obsessed with his "legacy" and hopes to define his place in the history books in the last two years of his Presidency.

Too late. Bush defined his legacy more than three years ago when he decided to become an international vigilante and ignore the laws not only of this country but of the world at large.

His legacy comes down to two words.

"War" and "criminal:" Together, they sum up both the failed Presidency of George W. Bush and what may well have been his successful attempt to destroy two nations: Iraq and the United States of America.

47 Responses to "The war criminal"

  1. David Williams  December 15, 2006 at 4:15 pm

    Doug, Glad to see that your illness was short lived and you’re back doing the neccesary work that the MSN seems unable or unwilling to do.I’m having a real hard time getting into any kind of holiday mood this season.It seems obscene to be thinking about parties and gifts when so many good and innocent people are dying each day.It makes me really proud to live in such a Christian country.GW and Company are by any definition war criminals and should be treated as such.We all know that this will never happen though. These people live in an alternate universe apart and above all of the rest of us common folk.I read about a party at Cheney’s Washington residence that was held Tuesday night.The guest list seemed to include a lot of people who should be in a less than party mood considering their involvment in the bloodshed in the Middle East but I doubt that small detail slowed the flow of liquor and laughter for even one second.I saw the menu that all these special people were dining on.It is unbearably obscene that these architects of horror can dine and drink so incredibly well while their policies create such chaos in the region of Jesus’s birth.I wish I believed in divine retribution but sadly,I have about as much faith in that as I do in human justice.Merry Christmas. David Williams

  2. Sandy Price  December 15, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    David, your words are clear and true. Thank you for expressing them, this morning.

  3. california rick  December 15, 2006 at 4:48 pm

    Quote from Rant:

    “But George W. Bush says he ‘will not be rushed’ on making decisions about what to do about his failed war in Iraq and doesn’t plan to tell the American people what, if any, changes he will make until sometime next year.”

    **confused look**

    I thought President Bush was “The Decider” – doesn’t sound like he’s deciding anything to me…

    …fooled once-again, by our great and wonderful President.

  4. John Hanks  December 15, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    Our crookocracy dealth themselves the wrong cards from the bottom of the deck. As long as they continue to fumble with them, the graft, weapons, oil control, and drug profits will continue to flow in. The Republicans are the bad crooks, and the Democrats are the enablers. Everything is framed by rich contributors.

  5. TRUTH 101  December 15, 2006 at 4:54 pm

    DAVID.

    I agree with Sandy. It is indeed sad. The people that have done this to our contry indeed HAVE NO CONCIENCE

    Johnny.

    I agree with Rumsfeld. I think he is giving us a clue with his repeating as you say, again and again how “complex” this situation in Iraq really is.

    The “COMPLEX” comes in the invasion of a soverign nation without the UN support or Congressional Declaration of War

    That alone is a war crime.

    The “COMPLEX” comes in in the wholesale slaughter of probably close to 100,000 Iraqis, that those Iraqis will never know

    The “COMPLEX” is the fact and Rummy knows it, that this was not ever aboiut freedom or democracy, or WMD or SAddam or any of it.

    This was about control. Seizure and control of the power and influence that should have happened by invading and taking over the world’s second largest oil deposits, not for the OIL but for the money that would be made in the process. They used WAR because then all of the Carlyle Group and the folks like KBR, Halliburton and many favored defense contractors would make millions even Billions with the no-bid, friends only, sole source contracts that would have to be let by the use of hardware, missles, bombs bullets and supporting the troops….even with the poor job that has been done there so far

    Nearly 3,000 GI’s have paid the ultimate price to make the likes of the corporations I mentioned about flush with cash, INCLUDING the OIL INDUSTRY beyond their wildest dreams. The RAPE continues while soldiers die and the best the Congress can do is talk…the one currently in power and say thay will do nothing…the one about to take over and THAT is the sad part.

    Yes, this is “COMPLEX” just like Rumsfeld says so often

    It is complex because people must die to make corporations rich and the familes that control those corporation…who oddly enough weild the current power in this Administration, even richer.

    There are WAR CRIMINALS currently running the United States of America and the about to be sworn in Congress says that it would LOOK BAD if we did anything about it.

    I just unraveled “COMPLEX” for you.

  6. liz  December 15, 2006 at 5:04 pm

    All I have to say is DITTO.you guys covered near bout all of it.

  7. Bill Cowan  December 15, 2006 at 5:23 pm

    Very well said. And the fact that Mr. Bush seems set on continuing to squander innocent lives for the sake of his legacy compounds his crimes. His legacy is a done deal: he’ll go down as the most incompetent, corrupt man to ever occupy the Oval Office. If there’s any justice in the world, he’ll also be the first U.S. president to be tried for war crimes.

  8. TRUTH 101  December 15, 2006 at 6:05 pm

    I forgot to mention that the world’s FIRST deposit of OIL, that being in Saudi Arabia is already under the watchful eye with Carlyle and Saudi Groups. so Number two in Iraq was clearly next. NO Oil in Afganistan (any amount worth mentioning)

    This IMO was the reason the story surfaced that DICK CHENEY had the riot act read to him by the Saudi’s.

    A Bullshit story if ever there was one.

    This lets GWB stay in Iraq as LONG as he likes which lets the likes of Carlyle, KBR, Halliburton, et. al make millions more.

    The other option of course, the McCain option I might ADD, is to send thousands more soldiers into the shooting gallery to be maimed or killed to APPEAR to be doing something like fighting for the Iraqi freedoms. What we will get is many more GI’s killed or wounded and we are automatically right back to option one. We will be there forever which once again, is what Carlyle Group, KBR and Halliburton want. MONEY MONEY MONEY

    Why don’t the Saudi’s step in and help. HMMM!!! That might quiet down things quicker but no. THEY LET GEORGE DO IT. He started it on their behalf so let’s just threaten and let him finish what he started.

    one might note. Since College, this so-called President has NEVER been successful or finished one thing he has started. Things have been finished for him certainly. That’ðs what AIDES do.That’s what nannys do as well.

    George W. Bush has been Saying since March of 2003 and I quote,

    “We will give our soldiers EVERY TOOL THEY NEED to win this War on Terror.”

    nearly four year later and he is STILL PROMISING THE VERY SAME THING. Did anyone not notice this?

    Sounds like …repeat after me STAY THE COURSE.
    The THREE WORD STRATEGY

    Whoever said it was correct. The Generals will tell George W. Bush whatever they believe he wants to hear. That’s why they have four stars.

    Those that would tell most ANY President what he doesn’t want to hear, never make it to COLONEL.

    Any Civilian employee who tells Dick Cheney that no-bid, sole source contracts to friends and associates without justification are illegal ARE FIRED.

    Still: Congress says why can’t we all just get along

    DISGUSTING…PERIOD

  9. Cashel Boylo  December 15, 2006 at 6:06 pm

    I Won’t Be Rushed

    to the tune of:-

    Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out

    I won’t be rushed, there’s plenty of time

    I’m gonna be here till two thousand an’ nine

    Why should I hurry? Why should I worry?

    I’m War President, Deciden’ th’ best for the c’untry

    I’m doin’ God’s work, spreadin’ Freedom all round

    A better Decider just could not be found

    I unnerstan’ war’s tough, that’s why I dodged ‘Nam

    An’ was wounded by a dentist’s drill in Alabam’

    I reject all ideas that would lead to defeat

    People gotta unnerstan’ victory must be complete

    At th’ ‘propriate time, I’ll say where we’re headed

    I’ll present My New Way Forward with Iraqis embedded

    I’m weighin’ my options for Iraq

    We’re goin’ forward, we ain’t goin’ back

    I got a better plan, a bran’ new scam

    I think I just might nuke Iran

  10. Wayne K Dolik  December 15, 2006 at 6:38 pm

    I know Doug’s article today is about the President, but I feel we all should look towards our Congress for an effective solution. It appears that our Congress must share part of the blame for our Country’s failure to engage in the American enterprise, that is, the effective running of our country. We as Americans have our Courts and our Congress as an effective solution.

    For whatever reason, our Congress refuses to look back. Certainly 911 is a glaring example. 911 was and is one of the biggest criminal events in the history of the United States, and yet no one in Congress requested a criminal investigation what so ever. Why was there no real criminal investigation into 911? Now, we hear that the FBI refuses to share information about the Anthrax attacks with Congress. It was precisely members of this new Congress that were attacked. Why no answers? We need to look back not forward to resolve these issues.

    We must remember that Congress has several most important tools. These are the ability to withhold Money, Impeachment, and the power to investigate through Oversight. To take any of these tools off the table during such time of great crisis is called Treason.

  11. Gail  December 15, 2006 at 6:40 pm

    What I find even more bizarre than the President’s behavior is the fact that there are those who still support the jerk. Like my father – and he’s coming here to visit us for six weeks, beginning today. Wish us well, we are in for six weeks of crap!

  12. TRUTH 101  December 15, 2006 at 6:52 pm

    GAIL:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS
    (can I still say that ??) OH YES…and GOOD LUCK

    WAYNE:

    AMEN !!

  13. john rice  December 15, 2006 at 6:52 pm

    Doug,,,
    Welcome to the reality-based world–you are about half of the way “there” when you rightly declare Bush (and his minions) as being war criminals. I say first things first.

    When the public (and you) finally accept the fact that no combination of plane or building contents can possibly account for molten steel in the lower levels of WTC 1, 2 and 7, (and that placed demolition (thermite/thermate)explosives do) then you will be forced to amend your “war criminal” term with: traitors and mass-murderers.

    Forget all the many other arguably-divisive inconsistencies associated with 9-11. The smoking gun proof that the 9-11 Commission Report is bogus and therefore 9-11 had to be an inside job, are those pools of molten steel. The only way the pools of molten steel can be accounted for is with the use of pre-placed explosive charges.

    Regardless of who or how or why “they” did it, at the minimum the cover-up has now become a bipartisan crime.

    Welcome to the reality-based world. Like the Hotel California, once there one can never leave, and being here isn’t a pretty sight.

    Regards,,,John
    ( john_rice@neitherparty.org )

  14. Isaac  December 15, 2006 at 6:53 pm

    I was watching a documentary on World War II and it struck me that whenever Hitler invaded another country it was always based on some false pretense that the country posed a “threat” to Germany. What’s the difference between what Hitler did and what Bush did with Iraq? Since there is no difference, Doug is absolutely right — Bush really is is a war criminal.

  15. Bob  December 15, 2006 at 7:13 pm

    there is only one thing standing between Bush and impeachment – Dick Cheney

  16. Judy Bodnar  December 15, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    DUBYA: Americas “Demented, Degenerate, Depraved, Disgusting and Dictatorish Decider” made the decision that deceit, death, debt, destruction, and dishonesty was and is the way he chooses to lead this nation. How dare any of us think this delusiional fool hasn’t been successful..he has succeded in all of these areas with relative ease. So far at least, he and his cohorts have not been made to pay the price for their criminal actions leading to the success for all above mentioned offences. IMO, Dubya got deceifully appointed to the position he has held for the past 6 yrs. and has managed to harm this nation in every deadly,deceitful, dishonest way imaginable. Some where in time this nation’s elected officials will have to address these issues and press charges against these deadly & expensive actions to prevent them from ever happening again. Impeachment (on a plethora of charges) is not the only action that should be taken against Dubya, Cheney, as he and his cohorts should be brought before a world court tribunal for war crimes committed. We as a nation, regardless of political affliation must take action not merely in spite, but to show others that these actions will not be tollerated by our nation or the world. By the way let me mention once again, that Dubya has the integrity of a tapeworm, the morals of a crack whore and the brains of a piss ant…and he “decided” that Cheney, Rove, Rice & Rumsfield could help him succede in his endevors. Judy

  17. ng  December 15, 2006 at 7:42 pm

    Lies, lies and more lies.
    War, murder , torture,
    spying on its own citizens,
    declaring war on middle class and destroing american
    constitution,
    that is his legacy.

  18. Keith  December 15, 2006 at 7:57 pm

    Doug, you need to add one more word (besides “War” and “Criminal”) to those that you used to describe George W. Bush.

    The other word is “Insane”.

  19. Ray  December 15, 2006 at 8:29 pm

    The plan for the new american century written a few years ago by the neocons says very clearly what the plan was. A new pearl harbor was needed to gain the nations blessing for extreme military buildup. Hence, it was made to happen sept. 11 2001. Anyone who calls it conspiracy theory nut talk, better take a closer look. Otherwise get ready to eat your hat, my friends. Just look at the facts, the evidence, and most of all, the cover-up. Why does no one answer the questions? Why was more spent on Bill’s Affair investigation than on a real 911 investigation? Because it WAS A CONSPIRACY and still IS!

    Wake up and stop being stupid, America!! We have been had. Demand answers and honest investigation of the mass murder that happened on 911. It was no arab in a cave that did it.
    Get Real!

    We will not get out of Iraq untill the american people refuse to fund it anymore. Period!

    How much death and destruction does it take for people to wake up?

    We are under siege right now. Stop playing along with the scam, thinking it will all go away soon. It won’t, it will just become worse than you can imagine.

    Like Doug and everyone else on this blog says. Bush is a criminal with a mental malfunction that is driven by the devil himself. How else do you explain the deciders decisions?

    God Help the Children.

    Ray

  20. Bill Baker  December 15, 2006 at 11:07 pm

    Bush is eminating Nero who watched Rome burned, our President is watching the ever increasing casulties of our armed forces.

  21. christa schmidt  December 16, 2006 at 7:14 am

    I never thought any one could out do Hittler untill George Bush came along!

  22. gem  December 16, 2006 at 3:32 pm

    George Bush should be tried for high crimes and treason and impeached and sent to jail forever. Cheney and Rumsfeld and Rove and Wolfowitz…the whole group…ditto. Bush should be tried by the Hague as a war criminal, no doubt.

    Our Congress is equally culpable. Each and every one who supported and voted for the war and then sustained it with our tax money, should be tried for high crimes and treason; they, too, must go to jail.

    If Pelosi doesn’t want to be President after George and Chaney are impeached, then she should resign from her Speaker post and get someone in there with the courage to start this country’s turn around back to a less jingoist policy…back to older values of honor, ethics, etc.

  23. Will Write  December 16, 2006 at 4:44 pm

    We have a PMD…President of Mass Destruction. Now, we see the bunker mentality coming out. Please email and call your representatives in Washington AND the Speaker-Elect. Tell them to IMPEACH BUSH. If they get 100,000 contacts a week, that will get their attention. So many of us were focused on the war, and civil and human rights, and corruption. We now see the problem is not the WAR, not CIVIL LIBERTY, not HUMAN RIGHTS, not WAR PROFITEERS…the problem — the common denominatorer — is GEORGE W. BUSH. Get rid of the disease, and the symptoms go away.

  24. TRUTH 101  December 16, 2006 at 4:45 pm

    Good Day All !

    Well, it appears all the comments are on the same page and it sure gets a lot of the total frustration out to talk about it. Problem is WHAT will be done about it ?

    The sad news is that as GEM suggested, it isn’t going to come from Nancy Pelosi and the new Congress once they take over. My guess is that when she made that comment that impeachment was OFF THE TABLE, that the White House cabal, Bush Cheney Rove, et.al. breathed a giant sight of relief.

    BUSH and company are not stupid, once they said no impeachment BUSH said He will not be rushed into a decision) So. More soldiers will die while he ponders.

    He has been given the PERFECT excuse to do absolutely nothing except STAY THE COURSE. We can’t use that term anymore but it sure as hell doesn’t mean that isn’t exactly what the “new plan will be thatnks to Dick’s trip to Saudi Arabia.

    Had the riot act read to him my backside. He got exactly what he went there for. The promise that if the US pulls out, The Saudi’s will fund the Sunni’s with millions…not that they aren’t doing it already. IF the US PULLS OUT so does the Carlyle Group, KBR, Halliburton and the rest of the defense contractors and the beautiful BILLIONS in Green money will go with it.

    They certainly did not want that so this Saudi Statement was the perfect one to insure that doesn’t happen. GOD is the Congress THAT STUPID not to see through this SHAM ?

    CHENEY got in Saudi EXACTLY what he was looking for…the statement to foster the excuse. It’s been like that since before 9/11 and most are too blind to see the clear and present pattern from before 9/11 to this very day.

    Pelosi KNOWS full well that BUSH has IN FACT violated his Oath of Office the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and has the audacity to say that in the spirit of by partisan cooperations to come that BUSH will pay no price for the total screwing he has allowed his minions do to the American people.

    That plain and simple is a sad commentary on how the government is….and apparently how it will continue.

    So let’s do this because it is no different. The next time someone robs a bank, let’s find out when he’s caught if he is Republican or Democrat. If he’s Republican, we allow him to keep the money, serve absolutely no jail time, not even reprimand him (or her)

    But lets all blog it to death.

  25. TRUTH 101  December 16, 2006 at 6:07 pm

    ….and furthermore

    This might be a bit off the topic but I think it needs saying.

    George W. Bush HAS violated his OATH OF OFFICE, has trampled on the Constitutional rights of all Americans as well as the constitution itself. THIS FROM LAW SCHOLARS AND PROFESSIONALS NOT BEHOLDEN TO EITHER PARTY

    George W. BUSH has VIOLATED many Americans civil rights with the Patriot Act and the NSA spying “program”…and the list goes on forever almost.

    What I don’t understand is how can ANY SENATOR from EITHER party has SELECTIVELY chosen apparently, not to see that.

    OH, there is ONE A REPUBLICAN mind you that has apparently and he is being stymied at every turn

    THIS IS OUR NEWLY ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES PLAN ??

    Cynthia McKinney on her way out the door as a representative of the PEOPLE’S government and frankly, considering her behavior, good riddance. She was the totally wrong person to do it and for ALL the wrong reasons filed a Bill of IMPEACHMENT against George W. Bush. That only as the thumb or middle finger if you prefer in the eye of George W, BUSH action in her final days as a legislator.

    Now, the bill has absolutely no chance of passing…zero, zip, NADA.

    Nancy Pelosi, about to take over as the Speaker of the House has gone ON THE RECORD and said she will NOT entertain any bill calling for BUSH’S or anybody else’s impeachment….when SHE KNOWS all of the above offenses are true.

    The one word question is WHY ?

    Is the News Media so inept that they will not GRILL her about this? Won’t even ask her to explain?

    Is FOX so strong the rest of the media wouldn’t DARE, knowing that all the commentator (loosly used term) will bombard them with negatives…maybe costing them a little AD revenue selling things that their BUBBA crowd and Religious fanatic crowd would normally buy ?

    Is she and her committee chairs and others guilty of a lot of the same offenses or should we say offenses greivous enough to get them tossed out as well should they get found out.

    WE JUST HAD AN ELECTION WHERE THE PEOPLE SENT A MESSAGE

    Yet. nobody read it.

    I am not a constituent of Nancy Pelosi. I am an American but do not live in America. If you will note on the websites of our Congressmen and Senators there is a statement that IF YOU ARE NOT A CONSTITUENT you will NOT get an answer to your questions…and in some cases the Senator or Congressman is PREVENTED BY LAW from providing and answer. How interesting

    LET FREEDOM RING:

    Would someone, perhaps thousands of someones from the San Franciso area please ask MS. Pelosi why, when the evidence is clear that GEORGE W: BUSH has committed so many offenses angainst his oath as President, WHY she will do nothing?

    A real answer, not because it would look bad.

  26. blue ribbon  December 16, 2006 at 9:39 pm

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9W9RdSOjj6g

    please wear a blue ribbon telling george bush to bring the troops home!!!

  27. TRUTH 101  December 15, 2006 at 2:28 pm

    Strong words Doug, but basically with rare exception, exactly what everyone on this blog has been saying and thinking for months.

    YET, the American People STILL apparently have not had enough of this madness IMO…NOR has the newly elected Congress who has already told us not to expect THEY will do anything about it.

    IMO he now appears like a child who when told he can’t have or do something will go to most any lengths to do JUST THAT SOMETHING and listen to no-one

    So the Question is, When will the American People and their duly elected representatives stop talking and start doing to save a great nation…and possibly two great nations.

    Personally, I think GWB legacy should be the FIRST US President tried at the Hague. …and Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz should be right there with him

  28. Steve Horn  December 15, 2006 at 2:46 pm

    When is congress going to have the balls to do the right thing and impeach George W. Bush?
    Nixon faced impeachment for lying about and trying to cover up some dirty dealings during an election cycle.
    Clinton faced impeachment for lying about an affair.
    Bush has trampled on the constitution, is directly responsible for the deaths of thousands of American citizens and tens of thousands of others in the war zones he has created, is responsible for the terrible injuries suffered by brave American men and women in his wars, is responsible for incredible wastes of money, has lied to congress, the American people and the world at large for six years, yet the legislative branch of the government, tasked with maintaining checks and balances on the executive branch, does nothing.
    Impeach Bush, get rid of Cheney and set up a tribunal in the world court to hold them and Rumsfeld accountable for crimes against humanity.
    That’s the only way our nation can start to regain it’s status in global affairs.

    Peace

    Steve

  29. Rob  December 15, 2006 at 3:19 pm

    Just how is Bush going to continue to “win” this war, when the army is falling apart? Few people are going to volunteer to go into his armed services knowing they will be sent into Iraq. So what is he going to do, reinstall a draft? If he tries that, there will be riots in the streets (hopefully), and this madness will end.

  30. marew  December 15, 2006 at 3:28 pm

    Once again, Doug, right on target! Bush will be in the history books, all right, but not the way he’d like. I don’t understand why there isn’t more of an uproar. Nero fiddles while Rome burns..isn’t it something like that. He won’t be rushed while Americans and Iraqis are slaughtered. Did you see where he said recently he doesn’t have trouble sleeping? I guess that is how the sociopathic mind works.

  31. Sandy Price  December 15, 2006 at 3:47 pm

    Good Rant this morning. I’ve been a Republican for so many years that few of my own relatives can understand why I would pull back support for a Republican President.

    Normally, I probably wouldn’t but watching Bush during his campaign prior to the election scared me as this man was no more a Republican than my cat sleeping here on my desk.

    Bush had an agenda that was so off the course but he handed us all hints of what kind of President he would make. When 9/11 hit, I freaked! Not becauses of the attack itself but I knew that leadership from Bush would be smoke and mirrors.

    He had the good speech writers and knew what to say and do. I felt that America was on very thin ice under this man’s leadership.

    But the corruption that came with the Bush Administration was too much even for the Republican Party to explain.

    How easy it was for a man who has not one spark of character to take over our Nation and fill it with Cabinet employees that hit a new low in ethics. I have to stop and think whether the GOP was filled with this crap before Bush, or he merely unleashed the filth that was possible just working in D.C.

    Americans have sat through 6 years of Bush and still can give him a standing ovation when he shows up at a meeting. It is no longer the GOP that is corrupt but the damn lazy voters who put this madman in for another 4 years.

    Is it possible to find a statesman for 2008? Not within the GOP. The game for 2008 will again be the one man who can talk to God and sells it to the people.

    We all must relish the freedom of speech that Doug allows here because in two years it may be gone. We all will be just a memory in the history books with all the publishers writing about how we couldn’t keep our freedoms.

    They will be right!

  32. Bill Robinson  December 15, 2006 at 3:48 pm

    President George Bush claims that he is “The Decider.” After so many lies it is difficult to know when to believe him, but I think that in this case we can. I began to read that article in Time and I had that ‘light bulb epiphany’! Bush Decided!

    Remember on Sept. 11, 2001 in the movie Farenheit 9-11, when Bush sat there with that seemingly foolish look on his face? Give me the benefit of the doubt for just one minute and let’s say it wasn’t a foolish look. Let’s go with the conspiracy theory and say that 9-11 was a planned attack with Bush/Cheney complicit in the planning. That would make the look on Bush’s face a look of: “OK, it’s begun. I’m on my way to making more money than daddy in this office! Now all I have to do is act surprised and act tough and be the Texas Cowboy/Ranger that I’ve been as the Big Time Governor who executed more guys quicker than any Gov in history. I’ve got the whole f…’in US Military to kick some Sadaam ass, and daddy softened em up anyway, and Dick and Don gave me all those WMD and establish Democracy excuses to keep the war going for a long, long time. We will all make billions.”

    Never, never, never did the thought enter his devious little mind that we were not prepared for a war, that our equipment was inadequate, or that our armed forces were depleted and underarmed. And if it had, he would probably not have cared. Human life never held much value for George W. He decided about big issues, not people issues, and he never read anything, he hired people to read things and then he decided. As long as people told him what he wanted to hear, he was happy and kept them around, but if they disagreed with him, they were dismissed or discarded. He truly was the Emperor with No Clothes. Sadly, he still is.

    And now he has made the big decision. He has decided that since there are only two years left, he will not decide. He does not have to. He is the President of the United States of America and that, he has decided, is the most powerful country on the face of the earth. The fact that China has 5 times more people than we do, an army roughly the size of half our population, and lots of deliverable nuclear weapons is irrelevant. The fact that nuclear weapons are coming into the hands of terrorist nations around the globe means nothing. The fact that Russia is becoming an enemy of the USA once again and acting like that old Kruschev-run state that we knew and feared has passed thru George’s empty head like the draft from the Chesapeake on a windy Noreaster in January. King George has decided that there are only two years left of his imperial presidency and he does not need to decide anything about leaving Iraq. He can leave the leaving decisions to a different decider–That is what the great Decider has Decided.

    I wonder if he will next decide that the soldiers in Iraq must wear big crosses on their uniforms–but then the question would be whether they should wear them on the front or on the back.

    Either way, it would only make them a better target for the Shiites…or Sunis, or Iranians, or our true enemies–the Saudis.
    Think about that one babies…King George won’t. He already decided not to decide.

  33. TRUTH 101  December 15, 2006 at 3:53 pm

    WELL STEVE:

    Apparently lying about your staffs knowledge of and participation in a minor “break-in” or being unable to keep your pants on at the “office” are FAR more serious offenses than

    Crimes against Humanity, against the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and against a sworn Oath of Office.

    Someone needs to WAKE UP this Congress to come because IMO, KNOWING what is going on here, even SUSPECTING what MIGHT be going on here and DOING NOTHING makes them complicit….and they haven’t even been sworn in yet.

    Will somebody with a concience in America with a voice PLEASE STAND UP:

  34. Sonorous pest  December 15, 2006 at 4:03 pm

    My thoughts about Bush go back to 1998, when the Houston Chronicle had a two page spread on Bush. He left the State of Texas 9 billion dollars in debt and gave everyone of his buddies State contracts. I told my friends that if this guy wins our country will be in the hands of a madman. It’s nice to know your right once in a lifetime. I have only one word for Congress, “IMPEACH”, before it’s too late to save our country and it’s people. Enough is enough.

  35. Johnny Flatline  December 15, 2006 at 4:08 pm

    Parting words from Rumsfeld was about how “complex” this war effort was. He says this over and over again, trying let us know how smart he is. He obviously thinks he has a better grip on the “complexity” of the world than we do. If we were only as smart as he was, we would all embrace his war plans. These arrogant idiots have fooled themselves into thinking they are smart. Remember John McNamara? As I recall, his IQ was pretty darn high. And he was smart enough to figure out how stupid it was in the end.

    Yeah, Rummy. Things are complex alright. And obviously you have no clue where real power comes from, nor how to preserve it. You only know how to do one thing with power – spend, spend, spend, spend, spend, until it’s all used up. Congratulations. Mission accomplished. It’s nearly all spent. You’re doing a heck of a job. Bush, Rice, Rummy, Cheney, . . . . does it really matter which one leaves and which one stays?

    Wait, don’t tell me. It’s complex. The human ego, it’s very complex.

  36. Alex  December 16, 2006 at 11:08 pm

    Let’s send him to the Hague.

  37. Carl Nemo  December 17, 2006 at 3:17 am

    The Bushista’s are basically going to “stay-the-course”. Bush/Cheney are “running dogs” for the M.I. Complex and the “oil patch”. World peace, and the preservation of life means nothing to these two. If you continue to bitch and complain and do nothing, another two years will go by without them being brought to justice. Monday, January 2, 2007 America has a new lease on life in the sense that the “repukes” do not have control of Congress. If you let the Dems who are also a newly emergent political species;i.e., “republicrats” stonewall the American people for the next two years, then we all need to hang our heads in shame! Notice the collective media is trying to distract us with Presidential candidate talk as if we are supposed to forget about Iraq and focus on the selection of some other inane traitor to the Republic! I urge all citizen patriots to contact their elected representatives and demand the summary impeachment of Bush/Cheney with hopefully they being brought to justice for involving this great nation in an illegal war based on “cooked”, false intelligence! Get it in your heads the only way to stop them is to call your duly elected reps and let them know in no uncertain terms you want us out of Iraq immediately if not sooner and also the impeachment of these two traitors to the Republic. America is “harms way” with these mattoids in control. If you let the Bushistas get away with this two-year stalling action then we all deserve this low level criminal government!

    http://www.conservativeusa.org/mega-cong.htm

  38. Mike Sanders  December 17, 2006 at 10:34 am

    I have never heard a more pack of shit in my life. A bunch of traitorous Left wing Liberal Nazi’a pumping each other with propaganda. Go ahead and make each other’s day, but the true American’s are trying to help the troops. Not get them killed like crap like this tends to do.

  39. beyond  December 17, 2006 at 11:24 am

    a sinking boat i see

  40. Paolo  December 17, 2006 at 3:53 pm

    Of course, the Iraq war is a criminal act. The Constitution says that only Congress has the power to declare war. No war was declared, yet we are conducting a war nonetheless. It doesn’t matter that Congress tried to massage the war by unconstitutionally ceding its declaration of war powers to the president; it just makes them complicit in the same war crime. Impeach the president, and impeach any congressman who unconstitutionally ceded legislative power to the executive. If leading the country into war on false pretenses, without a declaration of war, leading to thousands of American deaths (and probably over a hundred thousand Iraqi deaths) doesn’t “rise to the level of an impeachable act,” then what DOES? In a just world, Bush would not only be impeached and removed from office, but would be tried for crimes against humanity and hanged from a lamppost.

  41. bg1  December 17, 2006 at 9:38 pm

    100,000′s KILLED FOR OIL

    Bush invaded Iraq to secure access to oil for the big US Oil companies; all of his public explanations for the invasion are bogus. He knew the invasions would kill tens or maybe hundreds of thousands of civilians, and he did it anyway, for oil. And now with the war a lost cause, he’s prolonging it, to his secure “legacy”, i.e. preserve his ego. This means that Bush is a mass murderer. He knowingly killed and is killing innocent people for money and ego.

  42. Ted  December 17, 2006 at 10:08 pm

    Mike Sanders posted:
    ++++++++++++++++++++++
    I have never heard a more pack of shit in my life. A bunch of traitorous Left wing Liberal Nazi’a pumping each other with propaganda. Go ahead and make each other’s day, but the true American’s are trying to help the troops. Not get them killed like crap like this tends to do.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    I acknowledge Mike for being a “TRUE AMERICAN” and taking advantage of his 1st amendment right to free speech. I regret that he appear to fail to grant that same right to his fellow countryman.

    Disgustingly disgraceful Mike and we support the troops by trying to bring them home.

    Thanks to all for sharing your opinions.

  43. elgee  December 17, 2006 at 11:57 pm

    Doug, I’d hoped you would have included in your column that First Daughter Jenna recently returned from Paraguay, SA – at the request of First Pappa: orders were to purchase some land. She apparently returned with a deed to 100,000 acres of ranch land. Primary reason for the purchase? To have a haven to retreat to when members of the International Court of Justice (The Hague) come hunting for him. Paraguay is well-known for its laws that protect its citizens and non-citizens from being forced to leave this country! Bush now (apparently) has purchased protection from justice being served by the International Court?
    Is this story an Urban Legend or is it true? Also, as Bush will be protected for life by our Secret Service, will we the people be forced to pay for them to “protect” this criminal while he resides – perhaps forever – in this foreign land? An interesting dilemna, yes? Elgee

  44. Brzl Frbr  December 18, 2006 at 3:43 am

    I don’t think that the worst that Al-Quaida could come up with could do as much damage to this nation as George Bush has. We’ve had almost as many servicemen killed as died in the 9/11 attacks, and over 200 times as many Iraqis. The Constitution has been gutted, we have a near-dictator in the White house, and we still have no clear way out. Bush’s war is unwinnable except by the most draconian methods. Our military is stretched to the breaking point and cannot effectively respond to real trouble anywhere else. Billions have gone into the pockets of the corrupt, out of the country and into a rathole. The great majority of Iraqis are FAR worse off than they were before the invasion. US influence in the world has been gutted by Foreign Policy For Dummies. And still Bush is the modern Nero, fiddling while Rome burns.

  45. Carl Nemo  December 18, 2006 at 4:25 am

    Thanks Ted for nailing Mike Sanders concerning his myopic post. I had to laugh at his tagging of board participants as “left wing”…”liberal Nazis”. Left wing=Commie sobs and as far as “liberal Nazis” are concerned there “aint no sech animal”…! :)) Nazis would be the equal of modern day war-mongering M.I. Complex Corporatists such as Bush/Cheney and they surely wouldn’t be liberal. Based on his political, ideological tagging I’d say his knowledge of political leanings is sorely challenged, but I do agree he has the right to spout off concerning this issue. Nothing said on this board endangers the troops, but hopefully through pro-action; i.e., contacting our reps regardless of party affiliation January 2, 2007 and letting them know in no uncertain terms that we want out of Iraq along with Bush/Cheney impeached and tried for high crimes and misdemeanors against the Republic and the Constitution for which it stands! I’ll provide a link so those citizen/patriots can take care of business come January 2, 2007. It will be far cheaper to pay reparations to Iraq helping to rebuild their infrastructure than to continue with this faux war which is a total waste of taxpayer resources.

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

  46. Glor  December 18, 2006 at 5:40 am

    Impeachment is not enough! This criminal and all of his cronies, Cheney, Rice, Rummy, Ashcroft, et al, should be up on charges of high crimes and treason. There is more than enough evidence to put all of them in the defendants box together. And after we have tried them, send the criminals to the World Court. Let the trials commence!

  47. Carl Nemo  December 18, 2006 at 6:03 am

    Glor…Well said and on-the-mark…! There can be no compromise! “We the People” shall prevail! As they say…”just do it”…! Come January 2, 2007 contact your reps regardless of party affiliation and demand such necessary action; i.e., extrication from Iraq and impeachment of Bush/Cheny for high crimes and misdemeanors against the Republic and the Constitution for which it stands! Rest assured the “republicrats” will show mighty resistance against us;i.e.,… “We the People” and our demands!

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

    Nemo

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