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Bush must be stopped

By Doug Thompson
January 3, 2007

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.

36 Responses to Bush must be stopped

  1. Nicholas H.

    January 3, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    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.

  2. Fermi paradox

    January 3, 2007 at 5:12 pm

    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…

  3. Randolph Getchell

    January 3, 2007 at 5:16 pm

    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

  4. John P.

    January 3, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    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.

  5. Judy Bodnar

    January 3, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    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 ?

  6. Bob

    January 3, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    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?

  7. David Williams

    January 3, 2007 at 6:06 pm

    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

  8. The Bern

    January 3, 2007 at 6:14 pm

    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.

  9. Ray

    January 3, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    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

  10. Miss Grace

    January 3, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    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.

  11. tbob

    January 3, 2007 at 6:39 pm

    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.

  12. Kent Shaw

    January 3, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    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.

  13. Jim Arnold

    January 3, 2007 at 7:59 pm

    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. Johnny Flatline

    January 3, 2007 at 9:23 pm

    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.

  15. Kent Shaw

    January 3, 2007 at 9:29 pm

    What Johnny Flatline said!!

  16. Starry

    January 3, 2007 at 10:38 pm

    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.

  17. Kent Shaw

    January 3, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    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.

  18. Jeffery Haas

    January 3, 2007 at 11:26 pm

    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.

  19. Afi K. James

    January 3, 2007 at 11:32 pm

    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.

  20. Geoduck

    January 3, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    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.

  21. One Fish

    January 3, 2007 at 11:48 pm

    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.

  22. larry278

    January 4, 2007 at 5:12 am

    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.

  23. larry278

    January 4, 2007 at 5:13 am

    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.

  24. Kent Shaw

    January 4, 2007 at 5:23 am

    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.

  25. Jerry Moraine

    January 4, 2007 at 6:43 am

    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?”

  26. Jeffrey Bennett

    January 4, 2007 at 6:44 am

    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?”

  27. Old Curmudgeon

    January 3, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    But Impeachment raises very bad alternatives. I know, what could be worse than someone whom is unstable. Unless the entire leadership group of Cheney, Rice, Hadley, Wolfowitz, Powell and the others who got us into this mess are prosecuted (there’s plenty of evidence if people Congress would just take the blinders off) then little beside the removal of one unstable member would be accomplished. I’m convinced Bush is only an impediment to Cheney anyway – the veneer of his projects. But that’s jus this old curmudgeon’s opinion.

    I’m sure you meant Joe Scarborough…

  28. Sandy Price

    January 3, 2007 at 3:04 pm

    Excellent Rant this morning. I sat through all the ceremonies yesterday and kept thinking how we Americans managed to go from a true statesman in Ford to a man who could not be more opposite, in our current leader.

    I felt comfortable under Ford’s leadership and wake up every morning fearing what Bush has in mind for all of us. You are right Doug, he must be stopped. How can we do it without putting our troops in jeopardy? How can we do it legally?

    I fear 2008 might bring in the rest of the religious right to force another born-again wacko into power. Our freedoms are in great danger of being removed and nothing has bothered me more than that.

    Americans must realize that this nation became strong and famous noted for individual freedoms where we all could live under Christian doctrines or Atheism as it suited us. This must not be allowed to change!

    Thank you for a great Rant.

  29. Doug Thompson

    January 3, 2007 at 3:17 pm

    Doh! Thanks for the heads up. The proofreader shall be flogged.

    –Doug

  30. David Williams

    January 3, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Good morning Doug,
    Great rant but the question begs asking.HOW???I did not see any great swell of indignation or horror at the death of the 3000th soldier in Iraq.The combination of the holiday season and Saddam’s execution seems to have muted what I had expected to be a major jolt to the American psyche.I’m sorry to say that I don’t think much is going to change for the better in the short term.
    The only thing that seems to get Americans really riled is when gas prices hover around $3.00 a gallon.
    Meet the new year;same as the old year.
    David Williams

  31. Susan

    January 3, 2007 at 3:44 pm

    I have to agree with David although I have my pen out and will attempt again to pursuade O. Snowe to change her evil ways. No luck to this ppoint and I have a stack of circular rational from her handlers. As far as Ford goes, I suppose we were safe as long as we didn’t live in E. Timor.

  32. Blitz Carthey

    January 3, 2007 at 3:57 pm

    Mr. Thompson,

    I’ve read, admired, and agreed with your rants for while now. However, while I agree with this one, I don’t know that half of this country will go for an impeachment especially when you’re likely to have all the conservative talking heads claiming this is payback for the Clinton impeachment. Lately, I’ve noticed that voters seem to have a very short memory/attention span when it comes to history and the facts…hmm….maybe that’s what the Bush administration is counting on.

  33. Jim

    January 3, 2007 at 4:11 pm

    Can the US afford to have Bush stay in office two more years and continue to ruin our already poor image outside the country? Can we afford to let him send more troops to Iraq to increase the body count in a illegal and failed war? Can we afford higher and higher oil prices to increase profits among his familiy Saudi friends? Can we afford to have the dollar sink to even more lows against the world’s currency?

    We cannot afford Bush anymore.

  34. Anthny

    January 3, 2007 at 4:20 pm

    Right on Doug, a great Rant by a great Ranter……….
    The 3000th Soldier Killed was not mentioned by MSM because it did not fit the propaganda that says we need to send more troops.
    The Right Wing Nuts of the religious type are disgruntled by the scandels’ of Nov. 2006 just before the elections, when Bush lost his Mandate. But they did what they were supposed to do, get to the source of the phony wing nuts.
    The only guy who got away was Gannon the phony press corspondent that ran through the White House unchallanged by secret service.

  35. Bill Robinson

    January 3, 2007 at 4:22 pm

    Not Nixon, Adolph Hitler.
    Hitler was the perfect parallel. A drug user, paranoid, isolated, ignoring advice of everyone, refusing to listen to his General Officers, hiding in his Eagle’s Nest (read either Camp David or Ranch at Crawford, TX), torturing prisoners, having secret concentration camps around Europe, spying on his people, destroying civil rights, feeling he was on a holy crusade, and on and on and on.
    We must rid ourself of this dictator and his henchman Cheney before they murder more of our noble warriors who are not defending America in Iraq and cannot defend themselves against IEDs.
    Bring our men and women out, and do not deploy them in IraN, or North Korea. And do NOT start a war with China, for that is one we will lose. China cannot be defeated. They are too big, too powerful. We must ally ourselves with them–not fight them. The Chinese people like us and want to be our friends. We should encourage that and use it to our advantage, not antagonize them. How stupid can we be to try to hit a giant on the toe with a club when he can squash us with his other foot. We can beat them if we use the right tactics–their own.

  36. Miss Grace

    January 7, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    Say, Kent —

    You might want to check out the article in the British press this weekend — it’s about Israel’s plans to bomb Iran.