The Blame Game – where the real problem lies .

MoveOn.Org had an interesting ad in several of the papers I read daily. It had a point to make and it made it simply. It gave notice to General Betray Us that Americans will not tolerate spin and an extension of the occupation of Iraq.

In response, the GOP leadership, led by U.S. Representative John Boehner (OH-8), called on all Democrat Party members to apologize for that ad. He blamed them for supporting an attack ad that puts our soldiers at risk.

A crazy, weird, and totally individualistic vagabond once said, “To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.” His name was Theodore Roosevelt. What Teddie said nearly 100 years ago, applies even more today.

Criticizing Betray Us, the hand-picked, media darling whose sole job is to sell the war to America, at least until the next voting cycle, is no different than criticizing President Bush. Both of them clearly deserve it, and in some cases for fairly similar reasons.

For seven years now, whenever any unusual event takes place, or when Democrats or their supporters try to take a stance, or make a statement, the GOP attack dogs come out with fangs dripping blood, ready to take no prisoners. They toss blame around like the Bears’ Rex Grossman handles a hike from center, or like the Israelis dropped anti-civilian US built cluster bombs throughout southern Lebanon.

Looking back to the last years of Clinton, I recall a couple of retired senators warning Clinton and America, that terrorism would be a major problem i our near future. We learned, since then, that the top National Security experts took great pains to advise and educate their Bush Admin counterparts. All for naught. We learned that people like Richard Clark, an expert on precisely these issues, was ignored, demoted, ignored again, and finally, when he and the head of the CIA tried to get the Bush Admin’s attention, ignored yet again.

We learned other things, some good, some bad, some not surprising. For example, we learned that Condi’s Russian language skills were highly overated. We learned that not just the devil wears Prada. We learned that Condi knew nothing about Al Qaida, bin Laden, different muslim sects, nor the real root causes of problems throughout the middle east. We learned that she ignored warnings, failed to educate herself, and worst of all, she failed to advise, educate, inform and to offer suggestions to the one person who needed to hear from her – President Bush.

When we look at the good Ohio Congresscritter’s critisism and complaints, and compare it the the real cause and horror, his position collapses like a house of cards when someone turns on the fan.

Who had the responsibility to search out, discover, learn about, and give advice to the president about all major threats to America? Condi Rice.
Who was given heads’ up, intelligence, warnings, briefings, and told in emergency meetings that there would be an attack on US in the near future? Condi Rice.
Who ignored the Middle East problems, egged the Israelis into an inane and self-destructive attack and invasion of Lebanon? Condi Rice.
Who advised the president to ignore the post 9-11 offer of help and assistance from Iran, (who thinks of Al Qaida as their enemy no less than we do)? Condi Rice.
Who was the most incompetent National Security Adviser since that position was first created? Condi Rice.

Every criticism of the Bush administration is our constitutionally protected right of free thought and free speach. The problem is that a really cold, hard look at why, when, where, who, and how we got to where we are has never really happened. Perhaps, historians will pick through the destroyed e-mails, the hidden archives, the “lost” documents that the Bush administration deliberately destroyed, and learn what some of us already know.

If there is anyone to be blamed, after the VP, the president, and several others, one person stands out, in her shiny Pradas, her tight buxom-encasing leather and steel stud Ambassadressy outfit, it is Condi Rice. Had she done her job, no, that is the wrong start. Had she had enough knowledge, wherewithall, understanding, or even had she looked into a mirror, realized that she was way out of her league, and asked for professional help, America would not be in an endless occupation, and close to even a more disasterous invasion of Iran.

Condi Rice – Pastor Agnostic’s nominee for the hollowed Saint of the Church of Ineffable Stupidity.


  1. Dayahka

    General Petraeus has a reputation as an “asslicking little chickenshit” as an Admiral put it. Condi Rice is also one of those…One of the major problems with the Bush administration is that it is filled with butt lickers. Condi and Petraeus are just two of the more topical ones. Cheney is one. As Giuliani’s attack on Hillary for the un-related moveon ad shows, Rudi is also a butt licker; that’s his main campaign theme. So, I think you unfairly picked on Condi–she’s just deer lost on the lights.

  2. Jim C

    Great article , I am so sick of hearing Rice referred to as ” brilliant ” . While I may be a stickler I generally reserve such praise for those who have actually achieved extraordinary accomplishments . May I ask what Ms Rice has ever done ? I mean besides catching george bushes eye , and I do mean that in the most base way . I also have the bad luck of living in John Boehners district . How this dishonest drunkin sot keeps getting reelected is beyond me . The only thing that stands out about Boehner is his corruption and penchant for getting hammered and heading for the nearest camera to entertain us with some incoherent blubbering rant . I also disagree completely with the poster who thinks the ” betray us ” add is ” over the line ” . I believe it is right on target . I agree completely with the statement ” he is an ass kissing little chickenshit ” that was made by Fallen , his boss .

  3. Klaus Hergeschimmer

    To bjiller: So, calling Petraeus General Betrayer is an act of treason!

    So I guess President Chimp and Big Dick Cheney’s total lies about WMD in Iraq is not treasonous!

    Nearly 3,800 dead Americans sacrificed their lives away for lies! -Bush’s lies about WMD in Iraq!
    This is not treasonous!

    So I guess that Chimp’s outing of Valerie Plame’s identity as an undercover CIA agent in defense of our country just to punish her husband Joseph Wilson for exposing the lie that bush propagated Iraq purchased uranium from Niger is not treasonous also!

    Informers that Valerie Plame got vital information for the security of our nation died becauase of Bush revealing her as a CIA agent which tipped off assassins who saw those informants with her and killed her informants. -They put her life in danger!

    Not only did Bush cause people to get killed, but put our national security in danger because of selfish political expediency.


    And when General Betrayer is willing to be part of this
    charade of lies he’s no better then the Chimp!



    Don’t get me started on the CONDI-GIRL!!!

    I’M ON FIRE!!!

  4. greentail

    I understand General Petraeus has a PhD. I hope its not in American History. If it is he did not learn much. He should be smart enough to realize military officers do no one any favoars by playing politics. To bad McClellan and/or MacArthur are not still around to give him some much needed advice. All he will accomplish in the end, in trying to clean the elephant shit, is smearing his own reputation. Unlike Powell, he should have let Wanker clean up his own mess.

  5. Carl Nemo

    Truly a great editorial Rob Kezelis and a “spot-on” indictment concerning the blame game. In reference to Condi, I thought only the devil wears Prada…? :))

    Carl Nemo **==

  6. RSW

    With reference to the following:

    “Had she had enough knowledge, wherewithal, understanding, or even had she looked into a mirror, realized that she was way out of her league, and asked for professional help, America would not be in an endless occupation, and close to even a more disastrous invasion of Iran.”

    If this had been the case, she wouldn’t have been put there in the first place. This administration wanted to be right where it is right now, and chose its chess pieces carefully. Too bad they can’t play chess all that well. Hope they never try to play Go.


  7. bjiller

    The ad goes way over the line. “Betray us” is an accusation of treason. Attack the bullshit, not the patriotism of a soldier who is simply being loyal to his commander in chief. We WANT our soldiers to be loyal to the commander in chief. The alternative is . . . Pakistan.

  8. anthny

    And I want our President, Vice-President, and the Seanate to be loyal to the People of the United States.
    So how’s it feel to want?
    I want a lot of things, but I learned to have no expections when it comes to this regime.

  9. mary cali

    Although I would have liked to have seen a different type of ad, I resent these war supporters wrapping themselves in the troops. Any form of criticism puts the soldiers at risk. Give me a break. Who more puts the soldiers at risk those who want them redeployed or those who want them to keep patrolling the mean streets of Iraq where they are at high risk of being blown up by IEDs and shot at.

  10. Doreen

    Well said Rob Kezelis. Watching some of the charade on C-Span over the last couple of days was nauseating. We need to purge this country of these two parties, starting with the 2008 elections. We need a true Patriot (and you will not find one in either party) with honesty, integrity, diplomacy, intelligence, and leadership to stand up and run for President. I also feel strongly that all incumbents need to be voted out over the course of the next several election cycles until we have cleaned house. This or course being said if we survive the next 15 months and are not living in some fascist dictatorship, nuclear wasteland!!

    Here’s a link to yesterday’s Democracy Now’s report showing quite clearly, contradictions to Gen Betray Us, titled: EXCLUSIVE Report From Iraq: U.S. Fueling Sectarian Civil War in Anbar by Funding Former Insurgents to Fight Al Qaeda

    If you are interested in more reasons to be critical of this messenger, check out these two stories from today’s show. Democracy Now is an outstanding source for truth and real news, not the so called spin you get today on MSM.

    I also just got done watching the HBO doc Alive Day Memories.

    (Here’s the description of the doc as described on Democracy Now today.)

    New Doc Takes Inside Look at Lives of U.S. Soldiers Wounded in Iraq

    Tens of thousands of U.S. troops have been injured in Iraq. And for the first time in American history, 90% of the wounded survive their injuries, but a greater percentage of these men and women are returning with amputations, traumatic brain injuries and severe post-traumatic stress. A new HBO documentary provides an inside look at how the war has permanently changed the lives of these wounded troops. It’s called, “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq.”
    As General David Petraeus testified on Capitol Hill about the war in Iraq over the past two days, it has become increasingly apparent the Bush administration plans to continue the war for the indefinite future.
    Since the U.S. invaded Iraq, up to a million Iraqis have been killed. Three thousand seven hundred seventy four U.S. troops have also died.

    On Tuesday, the military announced seven members of the 82nd Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade were killed in a vehicle accident.

    The 2nd Brigade was the first military unit to deploy this year as part of President Bush’s so-called surge. Ten more soldiers were injured in the accident.

    Today we are going to look at what happens to the soldiers who narrowly escape death in Iraq.

    Tens of thousands of U.S. troops have been injured in Iraq. And for the first time in American history, 90% of the wounded survive their injuries, but a greater percentage of these men and women are returning with amputations, traumatic brain injuries and severe post-traumatic stress.

    A new HBO documentary provides an inside look at how the war has permanently changed the lives of these wounded troops. It is titled “Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq.” The film premiered on Sunday night and is airing again on HBO this Thursday at 9pm Eastern.

    Co-founder of Downtown Community Television Center and award-winning journalist, Jon Alpert co-directed and co-produced this documentary. His daughter Tami Alpert is a producer and reporter for DCTV. She also assisted in producing Alive Day Memories.

    Jon Alpert, co-director and co-producer of Alive Day Memories. Alpert is also the co-founder and co-director of Downtown Community Television Center and an award-winning journalist.
    Tami Alpert, assistant Producer of Alive Day Memories and producer and reporter at Downtown Community Television Center.


  11. Rob Kezelis

    doreen, thanks for the site cites.

    I continue to deliver pocketbooks to the local VA. in my brief meetings there, it becomes obvious that despite all the publicity of a few years back, things have not improved all that much.

    Today, the military is pressing the injured and the suffering back into action, long before they are ready. Mental illness, PTSD, back injuries – none of these are a bar to another tour in Iraq. When sick or injured soldiers’ terms are finally up, they are pressured to sign away their rights to treatment.

    Even so, those who retain the right to seek medical care are being squeezed because of a lack of resources. This will only get worse. This is a humanitarian disaster exceed only in a few other parts of the world. Darfur, and of course, the place where they were injured in the first place. The humanitarian disaster we have caused in Iraq is simply being ignored by America. Shame on us.

  12. Jeffers


    What happened to CHB’s renewed policy of civility? Is it really appropriate for your columnists to make such rude comments about a dedicated general? Does Rob have to jump onto the Move On bandwagon just to express his displeasure?

    I might agree with some of Rob’s points, such as the Roosevelt quotation, but could do without the nastiness.


    Peace without freedom is still slavery.

  13. Donnat

    No apology until John Kerry, JOhn McCain, Max McClellan and all the vets smeared by the GOP sludge machine and that freak of nature, Ann COulter, get a very public and heartfeld apology.

    It is so typical of Republican disconnect that they think they are being patriotic by following Bush over this cliff and sacrificing our military in this catastrophic invasion.

    The real patriots are MoveOn and its supporters. We want a just and right America, led by men who aren’t cowards, fear mongers and schoolyard bullies.


  14. adamrussell

    I thank the soldiers for their service to our country and apologize to them for the way our country has wasted their noble efforts and lives in a useless war.

    impeach bush