The three I’s: Iraq, idiots and impeachment
Philosophically speaking, no good can come out of the Bush/Cheney war on Iraq. Everything that flows from a flawed premise must necessarily be flawed itself. If the initial justification was corrupt ‘— which it is now generally conceded that it was ‘— then the end result will be corrupt. Those well-meaning thinkers, Tom Friedman among them, who believe that a good outcome is still possible are only deluding themselves. Bush has already made the statement that it will be left to future presidents to determine Iraq’s fate, in effect washing his hands of the tragedy that he created.
‘• Is the administration’s seeming outrage over the New York Times story exposing their tapping into personal bank accounts just so much bluster or are they serious? Are they throwing a little more red meat to the base, or do they really believe that the piece jeopardized national security? That ploy of attacking the messenger and scapegoating the media worked so well for Nixon and Agnew, let’s hope nobody tells Bush and Cheney that the press is on a 200-year winning streak in First Amendment battles with the federal government.
‘• America got a glimmer of hope last Thursday when the Supreme Court ruled that the imperial president’s argument that Guantanamo Bay detainees should be tried by military tribunals rather than civilian courts is invalid and that it violates international and US law. I can’t help but wonder, though, if any of the justices who selected him as president in 2000 now regret their 5-4 decision. What hath one Supreme Court justice wrought?
‘• Doesn’t it make you feel good all under knowing that your tax dollars are at work as you watch the Congress debate the non-issues of flag-burning and gay marriage? Another case of Rove floating a red herring so that the Righteous Right can get all lathered up and vote to keep those godless liberals from taking over the legislative branch in November. You’ve gone to the well once too often, Turdblossom, you smarmy little weasel.
‘• How ironic that the one person in the world who needs to see the movie An Inconvenient Truth, when asked if he would, flashed his patented sneer and replied sardonically, ‘“I doubt it.’” Heaven forbid that something might challenge his dangerous, backward and morally indefensible notion that global warming is just a theory.
‘• The city council of Berkeley, Calif. voted to put an item on the ballot of the Nov. 7 election to let the electorate decide whether or not to impeach Bush and Cheney. Symbolic though it is, if several hundred communities followed suit it would make a powerful statement. Obviously it would fall on deaf ears, but if the Democrats gain control of the Congress, or even just the House, perhaps they would not be so timid in bringing impeachment charges, knowing that the country is behind them.
‘• On a related note, I highly recommend the book Articles of Impeachment Against George W. Bush by the Center for Constitutional Studies. It lays our four articles with great clarity, devoid of emotion and replete with legal arguments justifying his ouster. Best 10 bucks I’ve spent lately.
‘• Think I’ll spend another few shekels on Ron Susskind’s new book, The One Percent Solution. Among other frightening revelations he notes that the CIA’s code word for Cheney was ‘“Edgar,’” as in ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, and that Bush’s moniker was ‘“Charlie,’” as in Charlie McCarthy. The dummy. You don’t know whether to laugh or cry.
‘• Has it occurred to anyone that America was brought to its knees by 19 men with case cutters that can be bought at Big Lots three for a dollar? And that our response was to spend half a trillion dollars, kill a hundred thousand Iraqis and three thousand Americans by invading a country that had absolutely nothing to do with it?
‘• I often wonder how different Bush would be if he’d gotten into AA rather than white-knuckling his battle with alcohol. Unfortunately, a program that demands rigorous honesty, that values humility, that asks that its members accept responsibility for their actions and make amends for the wreckage of their past would not work for a person as arrogant, prideful, self-centered and intellectually close-minded as Bush. Well, actually it would, but the damage to the country and to the world has already been done. If he ever had a moment of clarity and came face to face with himself, it might be more than he could bear. How could he possibly make amends for the lives he has ruined and the astronomical amount of money he has wasted that could have gone to the betterment of mankind?
Ogi can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.