Bush must be stopped

President George W. Bush next week will propose sending up to 30,000 more American soldiers to Iraq as part of a “troop surge” program to try and bolster his failed policies in that civil war-ravaged country.

His ill-conceived plan means increasing casualties for American troops in a war where the death toll topped 3,000 at year’s end along with many thousands more wounded and maimed.

As expected, the new Democratic leadership of Congress is less than thrilled with talk of troop surges and sending more Americans to die in an illegal war based on lies.

“Everything I’ve heard and everything I know to be true lead me to believe that this increase at best won’t change a thing and at worst could exacerbate the situation even further,” says Missouri Democrat Ike Skelton, incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Also concerned are a growing number of Republicans. At least 19 GOP Senators say they oppose sending more troops to Iraq and some two dozen House members from Bush’s party plan to oppose the President’s plan.

Even Pentagon planners tell the President his plan is risky at best and doomed to fail. The Joint Chiefs unanimously oppose increasing the number of troops.

“The delusional Bush remains convinced more military action will bring ‘victory’ and more troops will make him ‘successful’ in Iraq. Bush — like Lyndon Johnson before him — is a self-anointed Carl von Clausewitz, in his twisted mind a superb military strategist who knows more than the generals,” writes Peabody Award-winning TV journalist Bill Gallagher.

Bush has proven many times in his failed Presidency that he doesn’t listen to advice from those who know a hell of a lot more about war than him. The man who hid out from serving his country in the Vietnam War discards any opinions that don’t fit into his preconceived, illusionary ideas of world domination.

A Pentagon assessment delivered to Bush last week predicted sharply increased American casualties if the “surge and escalate” plan is implemented. Bush reportedly dismissed this warning as “a necessary cost of war.”

Bush’s determination to chart his own course showcases a lame-duck President increasingly isolated from the American people, his own party and even reality.

White House insiders say the President, never known as a master of the English language, often lapses into disjointed, rambling diatribes against those who question his policies and avoids meetings with any advisors who might disagree with his fantasies.

Bush, they say, spends more and more time alone or in the company of Secretary of State Condi Rice who, along with Vice President Dick Cheney, are the only Bush insiders still supporting a troop increase.

Former Republican Congressman and now conservative TV talk show host Joe Scarborough calls Bush’s increasing isolation “Nixon-like,” recalling the final days of former President Richard M. Nixon’s presidency as the scandals of Watergate closed in. Scarborough also calls Bush “paranoid and delusional.”

“I`m growing more disturbed every night by how isolated George W. Bush has become,” Scarborough says. “All the Joint Chiefs oppose his plan for Iraq. His lead general opposes his plan in Iraq, and now he`s going to quit because Bush has ignored him. Colin Powell opposes his plan in Iraq. And an L.A. Times poll is showing that only 12 percent of Americans support his plan for more troops in Iraq. Shouldn`t more Americans be disturbed at this unprecedented example of a White House that`s in a bunker mentality?”

Legendary Boston newspaper columnist Mike Barnicle is even more blunt.

“I think you have a president totally isolated from reality, totally delusional, kind of paranoid, figuring that everyone`s against him, including his own Joint Chiefs of Staff, figuring that history 30, 40 years from now is going to prove him correct,” Barnicle said recently on Scarborough’s television show.

“The deaths in this war right now, at this stage in our life, our political life, our national life, and especially if there`s a surge in troops in Baghdad — the deaths of American soldiers verges now on the criminal,” Barnicle adds. “And I don`t think that`s too strong a statement. It verges on the criminal.”

Criminal: Strong words. But strong words are necessary in these critical times. So are strong actions. Americans must step up and tell Congress to stop the criminal actions of a deranged President whose loose grip on reality has vanished and whose delusional, paranoid actions threaten not only the safety of this county but peace throughout the world.

The President of the United States is out of control. He must be stopped.

Comments

  1. Jeffrey Bennett

    Me thinks that it’s time for Waldo himself to go to Iraq – or at least send his daughters to do his fighting for him. Oh that’s right, they’re on a mission from God to purchase land in Paraguay so that the family can escape the angry crowds. I spent nearly two years in Nam and this bozo is guilty of far greater lies and deception than those of LBJ and the Gulf of Tonkin or all that, which Nixon was accused of after Watergate – and yet Junior seems to survive. The question is; “Can the Nation?”

  2. Jerry Moraine

    Me thinks that it’s time for Waldo himself to go to Iraq – or at least send his daughters to do his fighting for him. Oh that’s right, they’re on a mission from God to purchase land in Paraguay so that the family can escape the angry crowds. I spent nearly two years in Nam and this bozo is guilty of far greater lies and deception than those of LBJ and the Gulf of Tonkin or all that, which Nixon was accused of after Watergate – and yet Junior seems to survive. The question is; “Can the Nation?”

  3. Kent Shaw

    The “surge” does not make sense UNLESS troops are to be positioned to repel an Iranian invasion and intensified Sunni insurgency in response to US and/or Israeli bombing of Iran. I sincerely hope I am wrong about this.

  4. larry278

    1st the surge of troops, then the US troops are decimated by wounds & death; next the troops mutiny & frag senior nco’s & officer corps from 2d lt to cols to oblivion; then the hasty return of return of surviving troops home; next show court martial trials incite mutinies at home bases; too little, too late legislative investigations serve to spread mutinies & domestic chaos; W & crew are then purged in order to end the mutinies & chaos but it’s another case of too little-too late. Watch for this in April, 2007 to cap Rep Pelosi’s 100 days.
    That’s the optomistic view.

  5. larry278

    1st the surge of troops, then the US troops are decimated by wounds & death; next the troops mutiny & frag senior nco’s & officer corps from 2d lt to cols to oblivion; then the hasty return of return of surviving troops home; next show court martial trials incite mutinies at home bases; too little, too late legislative investigations serve to spread mutinies & domestic chaos; W & crew are then purged in order to end the mutinies & chaos but it’s another case of too little-too late. Watch for this in April, 2007 to cap Rep Pelosi’s 100 days.
    That’s the optomistic view.

  6. One Fish

    Another point of view (to broaden the discussion) is that Bush’s push for a troop increase in Iraq so soon after the American People and the Iraq Study Group expressed the need for a troop withdrawal is as a fairly obvious chess move to try to save face by placing the blame for failure on the Democrats.

    The war in Iraq was a failure from the very moment of its conception. There is no victory to be had, there never was. Now that the scope of the disaster is clear to the Neocons they could be trying to goad the Democrats into denying them their troop increase through the budgetary process. The Neocons would then claim that they were prevented from winning the war by Democrats who would not support the troops. And so on.. the same old Neocon chant.

    Just a thought.

  7. At least Pelosi is competent, and is not chomping at the bit to start two or more new wars. Even staunching the bleeding a little would be better than what we have now.
    And it’s ridiculous to compare Bush to Hitler; Hitler was a decorated war vetern.

  8. Afi K. James

    We are a nation of laws that are meant to be enforced impartially. Bush, as an employee of this nation, must be “held to account” for his cowardly and unlawful strategy of using outright lies and blatant deceit in selling this war to U. S. citizens and the world. The mass deaths of U. S. and Iraqi citizens the he alone caused will haunt us for decades. The law in this case is clear. If the U. S. Congress is capable of enforcing these laws, George W. Bush and his gang of handlers and mis-handlers should be indicted, impeached, convicted and removed from office. We spoke in November. It is now time to act and remove George W. Bush from office. As commander in chief, he has become the biggest abuser of the U. S. military in the history of this country.

    Not Only, this adminstration need to be tried at the hague for war crimes and crimes against humanity and face the death penalty.

  9. Jeffery Haas

    The anti-Semite label is easily avoided if one merely points out the “client state” relationship.
    Israel has always BEEN a “client state” of both Britain and the USA.
    I cannot help it that the “client” has gone rotten in recent years.
    It may be true that the USA and Britain meant to do the right thing in establishing Israel, and there are indeed many fine people simply trying to be good citizens in that country, but the fact remains that their government, like ours, is broken.
    In sixty years they have failed to win a peaceful resolution to their ongoing conflict.
    Certainly it is not totally their fault…it is HALF.
    Pointing out a “client state” with a corrupt and broken government is far from being anti-semitic.

  10. Kent Shaw

    Kurt Nimmo, writing for the Global Research website on Jan. 2, wrote “As an American strike in Iran is essential for our existence, we must help him pave the way by lobbying the Democratic Party (which is conducting itself foolishly) and US newspaper editors, declares Israeli Brigadier General Oded Tira. We need to do this in order to turn the Iranian issue to a bipartisan one and unrelated to the Iraq failure.”

    This is one recent example that I can cite to support my claim that that it is Israel that is trying to goad the United States into attacking Iran.

    As much as we need to stop George Bush and the United States from meddling in the affairs of other sovereign states, we also need to find a way to get Israel to stop meddling in the affairs of the United States. Of course, now I’ll be labelled “anti-semite” for suggesting that their might be an Israel Lobby influencing U.S. policy. So be it.

  11. Starry

    Whenever someone scribes about impeachment of the president I shudder. If Bush were impeached look who’s next in line, Cheney. The general concessus is Cheney is no better than Bush when it comes to lying, cheating, profiteering and war mongering.

    If Cheney were ousted from office who would replace him? Nancy Pelosi, the progeny of a cabal of crooked New England politicians.

    We’re doomed unless something drastic happens in the next election but to think politics and honesty are linked is ludicrous. Sadly Dioganies of Sinope and his candle will be searching till the end of eternity.

  12. Johnny Flatline

    Might I also repeat what Noam Chomsky has said over and over again. What to do about Iraq is not our call. It’s not Bush’s. It’s not Cheney’s. Only Iraqis get to decide how to clean up their country. Not us. Therefore, there is no discussion about staying, or how long, of what happens when we leave. That is all completely illegal, immoral nonsense. What happens to Iraq is not our business, period. By international law we owe them massive reparations, but beyond that, we owe it to them to leave, since that’s what most all of them want us to do. Americans keep trying to dream up a solution. Forget it. We didn’t fix Vietnam. They fixed it themselves AFTER we left. This is no different than when the British tried to take Iraq nearly a century ago. Just leave. Just leave. Just leave. Get on a plane tonight and leave. Hitchhike to Turkey. Whatever. Just go. All Americans should stop helping the idiots dream up a better plan. There ain’t one. It’s not our country. They don’t need us. Help Iraq by leaving.

  13. Jim Arnold

    We are a nation of laws that are meant to be enforced impartially. Bush, as an employee of this nation, must be “held to account” for his cowardly and unlawful strategy of using outright lies and blatant deceit in selling this war to U. S. citizens and the world. The mass deaths of U. S. and Iraqi citizens the he alone caused will haunt us for decades. The law in this case is clear. If the U. S. Congress is capable of enforcing these laws, George W. Bush and his gang of handlers and mis-handlers should be indicted, impeached, convicted and removed from office. We spoke in November. It is now time to act and remove George W. Bush from office. As commander in chief, he has become the biggest abuser of the U. S. military in the history of this country.

  14. Kent Shaw

    Miss Grace, you are correct on most points, but you have one of them backwards. It is Israel trying to goad the U.S. into bombing Iran, not the reverse. Your comment on Cheney’s Halliburton stock is dead on. Its all about the money. ALL wars are all about the money — stealing something that belongs to someone else. Everytime I hear about “our troops” and their “defending our freedoms” I just want to puke.

  15. tbob

    Does anyone recall the caliber of Saddam’s revolver, which I believe Bush displays on the Oval Office mantle? What a great display of public opinion if we were each able to send him one appropriate cartridge.

  16. Miss Grace

    Bush, Cheney and the warmongering PNAC gang have had Syria and Iran in their sights for years. So far, they haven’t been able to goad Israel into bombing Iran. It is crystal clear that Bush and the Pentagon intend to use Iraq as a staging platform for their next action — what else have they built the bases for??

    The so-called troop surge isn’t to secure Baghdad — it’s to secure Tehran.

    I don’t believe for one nanosecond that Daddy Bush isn’t up to his ears in this, too.

    If all goes according to plan and gutless Congress
    caves in again, Cheney’s Halliburton stock should take another big jump.

    And a lot more mothers will be grieving the loss of their sons.

  17. Ray

    The politicians are all dirty. They have to play along or they get defamed, suicided, etc.etc. by the real string pullers ( daddy bush and his cabal ).

    The cabal are running out of time. They have five years to get thier master plan finalized and in place and that is why all these terrible unexplainable events are taking place at an ever increasing rate.

    The sooner people quit living in denial that our country has been hijacked,
    the sooner things can begin to change.

    Say no to the war, there is no terrorists other than the ones in washington. Say no to the national ID card and the micro chipping of us all. Say no to forced vaccination of our children which is proven not to benefit anyone, only lower childrens IQ.

    Just Say NO!

    Ray

  18. The Bern

    Since Congress cowardly abdicated their authority to declare this war(?) which provided Bush with his dictatorial war powers, can’t the Congress merely rescind this authority by another vote. This would eliminate the partisan aspect of an empeachment.

  19. David Williams

    I have mentioned this before but think it may be useful to bring it up again.No one has ever definitivly and unequivocally proven that GW finished his “military service”.After what happened to CBS in 2004,all the bravery {what little there was}seemed to evaporate from the MSM on this particular topic.Still,there must be many out there that are as outraged as I am that a deserter is so cavalier about real American soldiers lives.
    The American people are a strange breed.We seem nearly immune to the daily discovery of Bush’s lies and deceptions.I may be wrong but I believe that if this issue was really explored it might prove to be GW’s Achilles’ heel.Were you really in Alabama when you were supposed to be,Mr. Bush?Inquiring minds want to know.
    David Williams

  20. Bob

    Mr. Bush believes if he thinks it’s so, it makes it so, and therein lies the problem.
    I believe that short of impeachment, the only way to stop Mr. Bush is for high ranking officials in his administration or in the military to resign and very publicly and in no uncertain terms state their reason is because they can no longer support this President’s disasterous foreign policy.
    But that would mean putting country ahead of career, wouldn’t it?

  21. Judy Bodnar

    For 6 years we have had a hubris /moron /money machine puppet/ dictator serving as this nations leader. It seems to me, that this fact has been well established. My question is, how can we get him deposed, along with his puppeteers? I don’t happen to think its possible but if anyone out there does, please come foreward. His pupeteers being big money, USA oil
    barons and the religeous right..all pretty heavy artilley in my book. Just how can “we the people” go about deposing this dictatorship and get back our democracy LEGALLY ?

  22. John P.

    Doug,

    Duh-bya never succeeded in life without Poppy Bush or his Bones-Buddies helping him. And more often than not, Poppy made a few phone calls, and perhaps greased a few palms and twisted a few arms to get his boy out of trouble. And now the monkey of FAILURE has hopped on to his back and is breathing down his neck and Duh-bya knows it. Every time he looks in the mirror, the monkey laughs at him and grasps him ever more tightly.
    This time Poppy tried to help, but Duh-bya wants to do things his way. But the reality is that Poppy can’t make this go away with a few phone calls to the right people and neither can anyone else. And he is all out of ideas, not that he had a whole lot of them in the first place, on how to get out of this mess. Increasing the amount of troops is one of the few options he has left, besides leaving Iraq. If he leaves Iraq now, the Laughing Monkey of FAILURE will ride his back until he dies and will then hop off and scamper into the history books AND HE KNOWS IT. If he fails in Iraq, he will have to hide his face in shame for the rest of his life.
    He has a few chips left, about 30,000 troops, so why not push them into the table and roll the dice? His plan reeks of desperation more than anything else. Success has a thousand fathers, but FAILURE is an orphan. In this case, we know who the Daddy is: The Screwer-of-Pooches-in-Chief.

  23. Randolph Getchell

    Dear Mr. Thompson:
    As usual, your rant today is excellent and well put. I agree 110% with all you say. However, I personally do not think we will ever get rid of the idiot son, the tainted seed of Daddy Bush & Lady Barbara.
    There is no solidarity whatsoever in this country now. Plus that any effort by The People now faces weaponry so lethal, so devestating and so advanced that there simply is no chance. Indeed Doug, our own cops murder people daily now with their tasers and never have to account for their actions. Furthermore, with the administration of “Police Powers” to the hundreds of thousands of “Guardshack Cops” out there, matters only become worse. Sad to say Doug, I fear the Village Idiot from Texas is here to stay.
    ….Unless of course we might find someone who is willing to suck him off in the White House and gets caught.
    Very best regards,
    Randulie

  24. Fermi paradox

    It’s been my experience that when confronted by a someone who says or does disagreeable things, whether in an encounter with a racist or when a difference of opinion on a technical matter arises at the office, that the best approach is calm, respectful discussion of the issues. Agree to disagree, but never disrespect the individual or resort to name-calling.

    ..criminal actions… deranged… delusional… paranoid…out of control.

    Let’s use our “inside voice”. We’re all adults, here. Everything will turn out just fine…

  25. Nicholas H.

    Yes, Bush must go, but we must keep in mind that he is only a stupid tool being used by far more powerful people.

    You give Bush way too much credit when you state: “The man who hid out from serving his country in the Vietnam War discards any opinions that don’t fit into his preconceived, illusionary ideas of world domination.” The man is encapable of creating a well-constructed sentence, let alone having any idea or plan for world domination. His preconceived ideas of world domination probably consist of blowing up his imagined enemies with firecrackers.

    Yes, Bush and Cheney and their fellow neo-cons must be stopped and removed from their apparent seats of power, but we must also deal with their corporate and banker masters who are really running the show. Check out Aaron Russo’s film “America: Freedom to Fascism” for a more complete picture.

    The time has come to stop fiddling with bandaids and work toward a cure.