New Englanders are happy having a team named The Patriots go undefeated this season. Sadly, the patriots we count on to win for all of us had a sorry season. In fact, they’ve had a sorry six and a half years. Lay the blame on the Bush administration, its lackies in the House and Senate, and the timid Democrats who played politics as if it were a game. Football is a game. Politics is real life.
Thanks to one good judge we will soon discover which evangelical power brokers made the pilgrimage to The Holy House of George and how often they got down and diety with the our most pious president. Anyone want to place bets on whether Rev. Ted Haggard is on the list?
Updated Not quite. Despite the evidence of his petulant introduction to his Rose Garden address Monday, he’s still the bully using the bully pulpit of the presidency to lash out at those who would dare to thwart his imperial ambitions. Add to that his hawkish hallucinations about Iran still being a nuclear threat from Tuesday’s press conference. He’s hardly weeping under his pillow.
Bush is counting on Condi, who by her own words is a “plenty steeped” negotiator, to parley a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine. Can Condi Rice assure Bush II a positive place in history for
doping doing at least one thing right? Richard Nixon is credited with opening up relations with China. Jimmy Carter is known for brokering peace between Israel and Egypt with the Camp David Accords. And of course Ronald Reagan was at the right place at the right time with the carrots and the stick to end the Cold War.
I don’t think anyone associated with George W. Bush will be trusted by the Palestinians. Who then can work mid-east magic and pull a rabbit out of their hats? None other than Bill Clinton. Having failed once as president a wiser Clinton is now the proven prestidigitator with the finesse to make Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas kiss and make googly eyes.
About time the Democrats got down and dirty and outplayed Bush at one of his own games. It is likely that Bush planned to make at least one Senate recess presidential appointment to get around the Senate confirmation process. His choice for surgeon general is the perversely obsessed homophobic Dr. James Holsinger.
We get it. The enemy of my enemy is my friend when it comes to Pakistan. In fighting al Qaeda blind adherence to this principle is perilous enough. But when your enemy of your enemy is also the enemy of bedrock principles of democracy, and a despot to boot, you really have to wonder why Bush embraces Pervez Musharraf. Could it be uniform envy?
Abroad: Maureen Dowd reminded me about how Nixon used to have Kissenger tell the Soviets that while brilliant he was also “a dramatically disjointed personality … more than a little paranoid … when necessary, a cold-hearted butcher.’ ” With Nixon it was mostly fiction, but with Bush???? Now we have Bush and Cheney wanker wagging about Iran.
At home: Bush and Gonsales turned the Justice Department into a torture enabling program. I doubt the new attorney general will be any better.
All it takes for a case to go before the ICJ, sometimes called The World Court, is for one member of this United Nations body to accuse another of breaking international law. I was wondering which country’s leader among many would have the cohones to present the case. I read that spokespersons for Condi Rice called ballsy German Chancellor Angela Merkel a liar in regard to the case of Khaled el-Masri:
“German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice acknowledged privately to her that Mr. Masri’s abduction was a mistake, an admission that an admission that aides to Ms. Rice have denied.” (LINK) Masri is the German citizen who American agents kidnapped in Macedonia, and then tortured in a secret Afghan prison.
There’s a good chance Clarence Thomas would get the nomination if he entered the presidential race. He’d be the closest candidate to George W. Bush, and Bush still has many unwavering supporters among Republicans. They would dearly love to be able to vote for another Bush while patting themselves on their backs for being racially color-blind.
There would be no other Republican candidate who mirrored Bush in so many ways.
Aug. 3, 2009 Update from The Nation: Blackwater founder Erik Prince implicated in murder.
A former Blackwater employee and an ex-US Marine who has worked as a security operative for the company have made a series of explosive allegations in sworn statements filed on August 3 in federal court in Virginia. The two men claim that the company’s owner, Erik Prince, may have murdered or facilitated the murder of individuals who were cooperating with federal authorities investigating the company.
I wrote one of the most read Capitol Hill Blue columns, "Bush’s Blackwater, an armed and deadly mercenary Christian army". Here’s the staff report to the House Oversight Cttee., just released. I keep thinking I should take this column off the front page but as a story this is more like a wound that just won’t stop bleeding… Readers are still finding the column on search engines, so I’ll keep it here awhile longer. Plus, I have a hunch folks at Blackwater may not like the exclusive C.H.B. high resolution aerial photo of their training site.