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Same game, same results, same madness

By Doug Thompson
January 11, 2007

By DOUG THOMPSON

Football metaphors flew the air Wednesday night following President George W. Bush’s latest attempt to save his failed Iraq invasion: a “hail Mary pass” or “a draw play on fourth and long” or even “a desperate gamble for the end zone.”

NBC’s Tim Russert tried a gambling analogy.

“I said last year that the President was taking a big gamble,” Russert said. “Now he’s doubled down.”

You can draw many analogies out of what Bush said in his disjointed, rambling speech to the nation but a reasonable person can come to only one conclusion: The President of the United States has run out of excuses, options or rationalizations for a failed, ill-conceived, illegal and immoral action that will go down in history as a massive political and military debacle.

After opening with a rare admission of fault, saying “where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me” Bush lapsed into his usual swashbuckling style: Hinting at future military action against Iran and Syria, claiming he can win a war that can’t be won and showing his always-callous disregard to the men and women who must die because of his lunacy. And he really only admitted one “mistake”: Not deciding earlier to send more American troops to die in his war based on lies.”

He tried to suggest that the American presence in Iraq is not a permanent one but he’s lying to even hint at such things because his plan all along has been to establish a permanent U.S. presence in the Arab world. He tried to suggest the American people still support his insane actions, saying the Iraq government will lose public support in our country is they don’t step up and assume more responsibility for their own future.

Does this madman really believe anyone swallows such bullshit? Every poll shows the only thing lower than the American public’s lack of faith in Bush’s irresponsible handling of his Irag debacle is the knowledge that the puppet government of Iraq will never, ever, be able to assume responsibility for its own security.

Bush says more U.S. soldiers must die in a vain attempt to stop sectarian violence in Baghdad’s neighborhoods without once acknowledging that our illegal invasion of that country created that violence. He talks about the terrorist breeding ground that Iraq has become without admitting he created that breeding ground and fostered an increased rapidly-escalating hatred of the United States throughout the Arab world.

The President’s irresponsible actions leaves the United States today under more threat of attack from terrorists, less secure than it was before the 9/11 terror attacks and hated and reviled on the world stage.

He is regarded throughout the world as an international war criminal, leading a bullying nation that fosters unrest and threatens peace on a global scale.

Although he announced his plans last night, his “troop surge” is already underway. First elements of that increase left for Iraq before the end of last year and more will follow.

Democrats talk of passing a resolution opposing the troop surge while admitting such a resolution would be meaningless. The lackluster response by Democrats to the President’s imperial plans is almost as pathetic as Bush’s bluster.

Instead they will talk, and hold hearings, and pontificate, and wring their hands in despair while more Americans die.

Too many more Americans will die but – like the 3,019 who have perished already – even one more death in Iraq is one too many and more blood on the hands of George W. Bush and anyone who follows, or continues to allow, his madness.

42 Responses to Same game, same results, same madness

  1. Mewman

    January 11, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    ok,we’re talking oil here,so i will add something.i make my living now as a trader,one of those folks who sit in front of thier computer and try to take more money out of the market than the market takes from me-pure capitalism,and the most nerve racking job i’ve ever done(and the hardest,but i seem to be good at it,other than needing lots of tums by the screen).

    so here’s how gas prices were lowered before the election.the new head of treasury was the CEO of GS(Goldman Sacks).after he went into the white house,they changed the GS commodity index-something that funds HAVE to follow,and that triggers the hot hedge fund money to move.they cut the weight in the index for gas from around 8% to around 3%,and unprecedented % change,and that FORCED selling of futures gas contracts,forcing the gas price down.

    they are using the GS commodity index to force money out of certain commodities to force selling and lower prices short term.neat trick to get GS to do the white houses bidding isn’t it?now there is some illeagle market manipulation for you…….

  2. David Williams

    January 11, 2007 at 4:46 pm

    Good morning Doug,
    After W made his speech I printed out the transcript.I’ve read it very carefully about half a dozen times and except for the bit about the patriot missiles,I can find nothing that has not been rehashed several times each year that this foolish and illegal war has been waged.I thought the biggest story coming from last night’s list of lies was W’s rather surpring(to me at least)militancy towards Iran and Syria.He almost admitted that he plans to engage the two countries that the ISG reccomended that he engage.Of course that group counciled the use of diplomacy and I don’t think that is what W has in mind.
    Once again,the master of innuendo managed to mention 911 and Iraq in consecutive sentences.W never passes up an opportunity to appeal to the worst part of our human nature.Middle Eastern?They all look the same,right.
    God,I wish there was some way of stopping this lunatic.Not one more American casualty!Not one more heartbroken family member,not one more child left with only one parent.
    I don’t know what good it will do but I’m sending more letters to my newly elected Democratic Congressman and various other members of the House and Senate.
    I love this site and really enjoy the give and take of the comment sections but there must be some more meaningful and immediate way to slow down and stop this death machine.I’m grateful Doug that you have formed the Campaign for Our America and certainly hope that you receive enough support that we will be able to affect some small change for the better.
    It is so f…. frustrating though to know with absolute certainty that more good and patriotic Americans will be butchered and more hearts will be broken to serve the demented idiots that started this disaster.I want it to stop today!
    David Williams

  3. Michael

    January 11, 2007 at 4:59 pm

    I hope and pray that all the idiots that voted for Bush and Republicans are happy. They are the ones that are really the blame. This country and the world cannot take anymore family values from the Republicans.

  4. neondesert

    January 11, 2007 at 5:20 pm

    I kept hearing – leading up to the speech, and even now afterwards in your rant, Doug – that Bush was going to admit to making a mistake.

    He never did.

    His “where mistakes have been made, the responsibility rests with me” line is another way of saying “other people screwed up, but being so magnanimous and with such awesome power, I’ll bear the weight of their mistakes on my shoulders”. It’s the line of a paranoid individual who STILL feels that the world and fate are not only contesting him in every action, but heaping expectations of (in his mind) unwarranted responsibilities on him to boot.

    Such blatant indications of his disconnection with reality telegraph a warning message that gives us no excuse to expect anything different than we’ve seen from him in the past 6 years. Let’s not act surprised now.

  5. Kent Shaw

    January 11, 2007 at 6:55 pm

    With this whole Oedipal thing going between Poppy and Junior there is always the chance of family violence. Aside from that maybe a national strike would send a message. How does one organize a national strike. Anyone out there from France? How do you guys make that happen?

  6. wishnevsky

    January 11, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Metaphors? What metaphor will turn a bloody wad of rags back into a baby? How many linear feet of metaphor does it take to stop a bullet?

    Let us refrain from metaphor, and distrust those who use them.

    Bush and Cheney are traitors, and are probably proveable agents of a forign government, Saudi Arabia. This war benefits no one else.

    They are willing to kill tens of thousands of people, destroy the American Constitution, and change the climate of the world in order to keep their oil profits flowing.

    What do you suppose would be the proper penalty for such a list of crimes?

  7. Carl Nemo

    January 11, 2007 at 7:45 pm

    Congress has the power to pull the plug on the Bushistas, but seem to be dragging their feet because of their obsession with upcoming elections rather than doing what’s necessary and right. They have all the power they need under the War Powers Resolution Act of 1973 to stop this conflict by defunding and de-authorizing the use of force in Iraq; Bush be damned. They did so in Somalia and can do it now. Yes, Bush is the Commander in Chief, but that’s about it and if they de-fund and de-authorize; then he fails to obey Congress, they can have the Supreme Court issue an arrest warrant for contempt of Congress and have Bush slapped in cuffs just like a common criminal with impeachment to follow. I think the U.S. Marshals Service would enjoy making the arrest. He’s not a “dictator for life” yet, although he seems to think so!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Powers_Resolution

    Btw Nixon veto’d the passage of the War Powers Resolution 73 but was overridden by a 2/3rds majority of Congress. If Congress really cares about our men and women being needlessly in harms way then they need to do what is necessary and use the power of this act.

  8. Bob

    January 11, 2007 at 8:28 pm

    The national and international nightmare Mr. Bush has plunged us into has quite a ways to go before it is done.
    After this latest undermanned attempt at establishing order in Iraq has failed,(and it must, for it is based on the premise that the warring Iraqi factions will unite), what next? Containment of the Iraqi civil war is the obvious choice, but wouldn’t that mean initiating talks with all the regional powers in the area who stand to lose from the violence spilling over into their countries? Mr. Bush doesn’t want to do this. He can only contemplate negotiating with Iran and Syria (nevermind Turkey, Saudia Arabia, the Gulf States, etc) after the Iraqi crisis is under control because then he would be negotiating from a position of strength.
    But we won’t be able to control the situation in Iraq.
    Isn’t this Catch22 or something similar? I need to do B because A won’t work but I can’t do B they way I’d like to until I’ve accomplished A.

  9. Dean

    January 11, 2007 at 8:36 pm

    Last night, Bush sent US forces to attack the inviolate territory of a foreign diplomatic mission, the Iranian mission in northern Iraq – legally, the land of a foreign nation – and took the Iranians hostage. This is illegal under international law and is an act of war. It is clear that Bush wants to provoke a war with Iran, either by forcing Iran to strike back, or by discovering “secret Iranian diplomatic documents” that would prove their complicity in helping the insurgents in Iraq. I repeat! This is an act of war to complement his escalation of the Iraq “war”. So, it must be clear why a carrier group was moved into place near Iran. If both Iraq and Iran flare up, what is left? Yes…think nuclear strikes. He’s been itching to throw some nukes…we have so many. Plenty to spare.I, and probably thousands of other people, have thought of a way to end this madness. Unfortunately I cannot discuss it unless I would like the undivided attention of the FBI and the secret service. I’m happy at being retired and screaming my bloody head off at Bushite’s madness.

  10. Wyldhorse

    January 11, 2007 at 10:50 pm

    Pauld Craig Roberts sums it up best in a recent article at:
    http://www.antiwar.com/roberts/?articleid=10284

    “Bush is like Hitler. He blames defeats on his military commanders, not on his own insane policy. Like Hitler, he protects himself from reality with delusion. In his last hours, Hitler was ordering non-existent German armies to drive the Russians from Berlin.”

  11. Jim Arnold

    January 12, 2007 at 12:01 am

    All hail to the Delusionist in Chief!

    Bush is like someone who starts a bar-room brawl then sneaks out the side door. Then while the fighting rages, he comes to the front door and acts like he doesn’t know what has happened.

    Many of us told the war zealots among us that an invasion of Iraq would end up being a disaster. That’s exactly what has happened. Bush doesn’t even know that we have already lost, and it seems like he really doesn’t even care.

    What a loser we have for a president. Hopefully, this country is strong enough to survive him.

  12. Lynda

    January 12, 2007 at 12:07 am

    For the last several weeks, W claimed that he was studying the Iraq report and considering his options and needed more time to do further study and consultations on the weighty issues. Instead W has been a busy little beaver. Regardless of the buffalo chips he gave the American people for his delay in revealing his grand new plan for Iraq, W apparently decided from the get-go to send more troops into Iraq.

    W postponed speaking to the American people so that he could get the extra troops in there before anyone could put up roadblocks to stop it (like the U.S. Congress). So now instead of announcing a major policy change, he presents it to the American people as a fait accompli to the people. What a sorry, imperious, callous, evil little man.

    I hope Americans never forget that they got the president and vice president they voted for, and that the entire nation will suffer for generations from electing this blue-ribbon incompetent, fanatical, arrogant, war-loving and power-hungry madman duo(Bush + Cheney).

    It was no secret in 2000 that the arrogant, fanatical, incompetent Bush had a screw loose when he ran for president in 2000 and that Cheney was a war-mongering fanatic willing to promote war to promote his military-industrial buddies.

  13. Kent Shaw

    January 12, 2007 at 2:01 am

    I wonder how it feels to be the most reviled man on the face of the Earth. I heard that Barney bit him last night after his speech.

  14. Brutyll

    January 12, 2007 at 2:56 am

    Doug… you need to keep preachin’ preacher! I’ve followed blue since early in 2003/2004, and I can say that you have some excellent resources. Not only are you rarely ever wrong, you usually present the information in a simple, no holds barred style that is easy to read and even easier to digest.

    You have no intention of keeping the truth from Americans who want to know. I myself have never been a Dem or a pub’, but always thought of myself as an honorable American.

    I served under the first wave of Bush idiocy in the Gulf, poisoned by DU and God only knows what else… it truly pains me to see more of our brother service-people suffer while this idiot, (Duuubbbyyyaaa…), plans how destroy America even further. Corrupt and dismantle our Constitution,(For the People… idiot!), piss on our civil liberties, kill thousands of Americans, and yet can smile and say the best is yet to come…

    I applaud the use of War Powers Act, but I would prefer to see the scum-bags who did this share So-damn-insane’s neck stretchin’…

    Semper Fi…

  15. Judy Bodnar

    January 12, 2007 at 3:14 am

    I say let Bush & Cheney be the ones to go to Iraq They can take their guns (Bush the gun of Saddams that he’s so proud of & Cheney the gun he shot his friend Harry Wittington with)..let them check the deadly areas out, put on flack jackets & helmets and knock n doors, and dodge the car bombs from the insurgents. Of course, I will be very disappoited if they don’t get killed or maimed after all, since neither of them or their cohorts have had any military experience, I would want them to know what real war is..they are deserving of the entire experience !

  16. Alex

    January 12, 2007 at 5:56 am

    What should be happening at this very moment is that both pathetic parties in congress should be starting Impeachment, boot this bozo out of office before he does more damage to our country.

    But all they do is put on a show for all of us by talking us to death and nothing else. they are just as much to blame for what has happened as bush.

  17. Charlie Couser

    January 12, 2007 at 2:32 pm

    To paraphrase Barry Goldwater during his failed 1964 presidential campaign: “…at some point in the future, the US must entertain the thought of invading a Middle Eastern nation to ensure our future energy needs…”

    The Dumbya just happened to be crazy enough to execute the plan.

  18. Larry

    January 12, 2007 at 4:07 pm

    Greg Palast explains it all very well here: http://www.gregpalast.com/waist-deep-in-the-big-muddy/

    The US’ addiction to oil (and Saudi or Chinese capital) is becoming very serious indeed.

  19. skyguy

    January 12, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    Okay….okay….Bush is a nut case. So what else is new?!

    BUT…is anyone discussing who the REAL instigators of America’s nosedive really are? Of course not, that’s too straight forward. So, we just keep leading each other around the dance floor while the DC band plays on in that monotonous, droning atypical cadence we’ve all come to know and accept.

    For the love of God, people, hike up your pajama bottoms and get some real dialouge going about the REAL ISSUES!! FOCUS on the real instigators – from Europe and Britain – and then the scales will fall from your eyes. You already KNOW who and what Bush is, so fugedaboutit, stop beating that moron even further into the ground and FOCUS your efforts on what is really going on.

    Please start doing this – we’re running out of time to counter the horrors to come.

    Thank you.

  20. Joe Keegan

    January 12, 2007 at 5:25 pm

    Maybe it’s time for House Speaker Pelosi and the democrats to reconsider impeachment?

  21. skyguy

    January 12, 2007 at 5:46 pm

    And by the way, if the newies insist on likening the character [and autrosities] of Bush with the useage of football metaphors, then let’s not insult the venerable institution of football by implying that his antics are in any way close to resembling his being a ‘first stringer.’ He is, in point-of-fact and at best, a ‘third string bench boy.’

    And those androids in Congress and the Senate are essentially no better.

    May GOD Bless and protect this great and honorable nation!

    Thanks again.

  22. Fred P

    January 12, 2007 at 6:53 pm

    Impeach!

  23. Kent Shaw

    January 12, 2007 at 7:08 pm

    Impeach NOW!

  24. Kent Shaw

    January 12, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    Clinton was impeached because he lied about a blowjob. What a convenient cover of distraction while he was giving the country away to the globalists. Its no wonder Slick Willie and Poppy have become such good friends; they’ve always been on the same team. Domestic national politics is just a big show, just window dressing for the dumb sheep.

    IMPEACH NOW? Yeah, sure, like thats gonna happen. The greedy treasonous multinationals OWN the house and senate.

  25. Jennifer

    January 13, 2007 at 4:27 am

    Kent, you are so right, they’re all in it together and all getting away murder.
    Pray for peace within, evil men will soon cease to exist, period.
    Jennifer/Wisdomkeeper

  26. paolo

    January 13, 2007 at 7:16 am

    Well, it’s obvious now that Bush plans to widen the war to Iran and Syria. This clod is a war criminal! Impeach him! Before he manages to make himself dictator for life! Impeach!!!

  27. Phil

    January 11, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    “No really, honest, water IS the best thing for a grease fire. Trust me. I know what I’m talking about. No, it wasn’t the water that made things worse every other time we tried this. It was those stinkin’ Democrats because they didn’t give me complete control of the hose.”

  28. Susan

    January 11, 2007 at 3:55 pm

    Great comment Phil. What I got out of Dubya’s bs was that it was the Iraqi’s fault and we are going to attack the rest of the Arab world. Is there any doubt that this guy needs to be hauled off?

  29. Jhoffa_

    January 11, 2007 at 3:58 pm

    It’s interesting (and telling) that the new goal is merely trying to contain and control the capitol and the airport.

    When you can’t even keep the “green zone” secure and reliably control the road to the Baghdad airport.. How can you possibly expect to emerge victorious?

    This pathetic half-man is even alluding to blaming the the Iraqi’s themselves for his military fiasco.

    It’s disgraceful.. I’ve never been more ashamed to be an American.

    What’s worse is we actually needed to lose.. If we had won & in the eyes of many, pre-emptive invasions and “regiem change” would have displaced legitimate foreign policy options completely.

  30. Nicholas H.

    January 11, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Doug, every word in your rant is true, but America must learn to understand that winning the “war” in Iraq or stopping “sectarian violence” in Iraq or “winning the war on terrorism” are NOT the goals or intentions of the Bush regime and it’s neo-con cohorts. The goal of the international bankers and corporate backers of the present Bush regime is to steal and control as many oilfields as possible in the Middle East and to protect that theft and control with the armed forces of the United States for the next 50 or more years.

    We can rant and oppose the horrible killing and atrocities being perpertrated in Iraq, and likely soon to be perpertrated in Iran and elsewhere, for as long as the Carlyle Group-Bush cartel need and want to keep those atrocities going to distract the few Americans that are astute enough to be watching and paying attention, but it will change little. And booting a few Republicans out of Congress or even the White House will do little. We must learn to look at the much bigger picture.

    I urge your readers to follow oil industry trading and developments via the Internet. Re-read the mission and goals of the Project for the New American Century. Buy, borrow, or steal a copy of Aaron Russo’s movie “America: From Freedom to Fascism” and watch it. Then watch it again.

  31. Jhoffa_

    January 11, 2007 at 4:08 pm

    PS: Or, alternatively.. the “Surge” and pullback to the capitol is in anticipation of widespread distress in the wake of an attack on Iran.

  32. anthny

    January 11, 2007 at 4:13 pm

    What we have here is a failure to communicate.
    Of course Bush’s little admitting he’s at fault is to try and raise his status with the poll numbers..
    What Bush really wants is Halaburton and Carlyle Group Stocks to rise.
    This guy runs the biggest criminal group of gangsters yet to rule the United States. It’s more about his gang and making more money. I read that there is 100,000 mercenaires working there as of now. With his troop surge he will have over 240,000 men killing and maiming Iraq.
    So we begin where we left off after 9/11, follow the money. And who has the power to make money for Bush’s Base. The Cheney Group I mean Carlyle Group and Hallaburton.
    Lets take back our country before these common crooks get us into WWlll.

  33. WaltervdH

    January 11, 2007 at 4:25 pm

    Double my bet again—-and run the Instant Replay for the fourth time.. I’m sure we’ll make it on this try !!

  34. John Hanks

    January 11, 2007 at 4:31 pm

    Football is a game for timid bureaucrats. The real war game is always Monopoly.

  35. kirbie

    January 11, 2007 at 4:37 pm

    Good comment anthny. Did everyone notice that in addition to escalating troop strength, w is also sending a lot more money for ‘reconstruction’? We’ve paid billions already for such efforts, to what result? Spend more lives and money is about all I got out of the speech last night.

  36. The South Point

    January 13, 2007 at 8:28 am

    “Nuke ‘em high, nuke ‘em low, nuke ‘em until they glow, glow, glow!”

    A whacko deranged closet-case leads the way into global thermonuclear war.

    The military forces out decent folks who are gay, yet is completely sycophantic butt-kissing to closet-case totally-crazy evil-as-can-be George…

    http://mindprod.com/politics/bushismsgay.html

    Am I missing something here?

    I can’t quite figure this out…

  37. Paolo

    January 13, 2007 at 5:47 pm

    Reply to South Point,

    I never thought about it, but maybe Bush is gay. Which wouldn’t bother me in the least, if he were out of the closet. But gay guys who are in the closet, fighting their urges, tend to compensate by lashing out at perceived “enemies.” It’s a weird, Republican kind of thing. But he does have a lot of repressed gay-isms, like inventing cutesy and insulting names for his male associates, and inappropriate touching (like when he rubs the heads of marines and squeezes men on the shoulder).
    Hold on a second, gotta grab a bucket and puke….
    Whew, that’s better. Yeah, so anyway, we got a president who’s a repressed, sado-masochistic gay guy, who asserts his masculinity by proxy when he orders the systematic slaughter of thousands of Iraqi civilians. All the while overseeing Abu-Ghraib (and hundreds of other prisons like it) where his enemies are sexually humiliated. Well, what else would you expect from a frat boy Republican cheerleader?
    Omagod–Caligula has been reincarnated!

  38. Joe Keegan

    January 13, 2007 at 6:52 pm

    Metaphors aside, now I know why I prefer soccer: the President’s non-plan, unless it’s to serve as a smoke screen, will only serve to jump start WWIII. Do you really believe that the escalation will be limited to 20k or so? This “surge” will end whatever remaining good will we have left with the rest of the world.

  39. Ray

    January 13, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    I think the only way the american people can actually change the course we are headed is todo what the poster above suggested. A national strike. No work, no tax payments pouring into the trough, the pigs would starve without thier precious dollars they prostitute for. Americans deserve a couple weeks off.

    That would send a clear message that couldn’t be ignored by the media. And while we are at it, don’t buy that newspaper, magazine, or anything that profts the elite controllers Civil disobedience, if all participate, usually gets fast results.

    When the generals tell bush his plan won’t work and most congressmen and advisors say the same, plus 68 percent of american citizens say it won’t work, he still pushes onward to kill more soldiers in vain. Is this really America?
    Did I miss something?
    Australia sounds better and better, eh, Mate.

    Ray

  40. Jennifer

    January 13, 2007 at 11:30 pm

    Before Bush stole the election, he was campaining in Cols., Ohio and he was asked if he was going to vist his grandfather Wescott Bush’s grave at Greenlawn Cemetary in Cols., off of 71 South. It is unmaintaied. He just replied “No”. Well Prescott & Rockerfeller had steel mills in Germany with Hitler.
    Does anybody remember this?. Again as Kent said “they are all in it
    together”. Nothing surprises me anymore.
    Peace,
    Jennifer

  41. beyond

    January 14, 2007 at 8:50 am

    yeah mate ozzie is good.though we have who george called the deputy sherrif john howard who is georges poodle down under but your welcome to come please bring peace not the usual war mongering american we have come acustomed to.

  42. Jeffery Haas

    January 14, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    “The US’ addiction to oil (and Saudi or Chinese capital) is becoming very serious indeed.”

    Posted by: Larry

    REPLY TO LARRY:

    Can we at least remember that all that capital flowed from America TO the Saudi kingdom and TO China?
    They have all that capital because we’ve been BUYING THINGS from them, things we used to have the smarts to make for ourselves.

    Now that they HAVE all that capital, we’re trying to borrow it back.