An Illustrated Guide to Mendacity and Folly in the Imperium Americanum

We’ve Already Had One President Who Showed How Important Flying A Plane Was

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Everyone on the right has been jumping all over Wesley Clark for suggesting that perhaps being shot down and captured, imprisoned and tortured is not necessarily a qualification for leading a nation. Well, let’s face it. IT AIN’T. Although some people are questioning what went on during McCain’s years of confinement–and indeed, his support of the Bush Administration’s torture policies makes one wonder–until there is solid evidence to the contrary, John McCain is a war hero in my books. But is that a qualification for leading a nation? Not just any nation, but the most powerful in the world, and one which is embroiled in a really bad mistake by our Idiot-In-Chief. Correct that, make it whole MESS of mistakes, stupidities, and panderings to the greed class by our Idiot-In-Chief. John McCain’s war record shows how patriotic and courageous he is. And yes, our president ought to be patriotic. But the real qualifications are his intelligence, his leadership, his willingness to work with our lawmakers and with other heads of state. This posturing by the Republican Party is simply an attempt to limit debate. And Barack Obama was stupid for kneejerk repudiation of Clark’s common sense statement.

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Another Day, Another Massacre

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(WashPost) Bush Learned of Haditha Deaths From Press…Yeah, right…

(WashPost) Bush vows punishment if laws broken in Haditha… Isn’t that what Bush said about the Valerie Plame leak?

(WashPost) U.S. Troops in Iraq to Get Ethics Training…you WILL watch this PowerPoint presentation!

(WashPost) Probe Into Iraq Deaths Finds False Reports: Pentagon to Review Training After Alleged Massacre in Hadi…We need better false reports…

(WashPost) Bush vows to punish Haditha crime, Iraqis angry…they heard about the PowerPoint presentations

(WashPost) Iraq Plans Probes; Ethics Training Set for Troops…And for some reason, the name of the massacre doesn’t even make the headline

What can we say? Our soldiers are in a tough situation. They’re being expected to be peacekeepers in an environment that is totally alien to them, where they cannot tell the “good guys” from the “bad guys.” They can’t be trained for it, as the Pentagon is trying to push, because there’s no way you can train a soldier in a few short weeks about something that even our experts are having a hard time doing. Eventually, our boys get into a situation where their buddies have been killed in front of their faces and they lose it. It’s what happened in Nam and it’s what’s happening in Iraq. Yes, the soldiers have a responsibility for their own actions. But even greater responsibility lies on the men who put them into an impossible situation to start with, the bastards that started a war of aggression against a country that was slowly starving to death, caught between the rock of economic sanctions and the hard place of the dictator against whom the sanctions were levied. Started a war of aggression with sufficient troops to capture Baghdad, but insufficient troops to hold the country together afterwards. Boiled the blood of the soldiers with hatred by mendaciously implying that the country they were fighting was behind a terrible catastrophe that was a wound in American souls. Looted the country of its oil wealth and treated it as a feeding trough to glut the rapacity of war profiteers. In Viet Nam we had My Lai. Here we have Bush’s Lie.

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