Concerto for blunt instrument

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Friday, September 17, 2004

No account Republicans

It may be that the next terrorist attack on the United States of America has already taken place. Apparently the forces of darkness have tainted the public water supplies with mind-numbing drugs. How else can you explain reports that about half the nation continues to support the present occupants in the White House in spite of the ever-growing list of scandals, lies, and lack of accountability? Surely that many citizens haven’t come under the spell of frauds like Rush Limbaugh or Faux News and its far-from-fair and totally out-of-balance reporting!

It’s hard to know where to begin. The list of sins committed by Republican neo-cons mounts seemingly by the day. Perhaps a sampling should begin with the so-called Commander-in-chief’s own history. CBS may be getting flak for featuring what may be a forged document concerning George W. Bush’s questionable service record in the National Guard, but the facts remain that the guy passing himself off as some sort of Top Gun flyboy was more like a bottom rung no-show in his salad days. The man in the Oval Office can pretend to land as many S-3B Viking jets on as many specially positioned aircraft carriers as he likes, but in the real world his flight experience was greatly limited by simply not being on base a good bit of the time. As numerous reports show, no one but a discredited former Guardsman can recall George being anywhere near his post.

But even if folks don’t remember him back then, how about the ones who do! Yoshi Tsurumi, a former professor of George W. Bush when he was briefly at Harvard has just gone public with a scathing critique of the man in the White House, referring to him as someone who "showed pathological lying habits and was in denial when challenged on his prejudices and bias". No surprise there, right? Who could forget the press conference this past April when Bush was pressed by a reporter to admit ANY mistake he’d made in the past three years? Zip. Zero. Nada. Yet, the fingerprints of mistakes and bull-headed blunders are all over this particular administration. It’s just that no one will take responsibility for them. The White House is where the buck don’t stop.

The fact that George W. Bush has some serious character flaws should come as no surprise to those who’ve been following his exploits. What is surprising however is how oblivious his supporters seem to be as they blindly follow the neo-cons over the precipice to endless war, economic ruin, social and political disaster, and an environment beyond repair. It is George Bush’s arrogance, and that of his handlers’ and supporters, that helps fuel the downward spiral this White House and its friends on Capitol Hill have generated. But character flaws are really just a sidebar for what has turned out to be the single most disastrous administration to ever haunt Pennsylvania Avenue.

You’d never know it by following the mainstream corporate media, but Republicans in this sorry era of the neo-cons are up to their smirking faces in political scandals. In any other period of U.S. history these guys would be run out of town on a rail.
While there’s plenty of dirt to go around, the most notorious rightwing sins are those emanating from the White House. Right on top of the list is the supposed “intelligence failure” behind the lack of weapons of mass destruction and an al Qaeda connection in Iraq. Never mind that evidence abounds that the Bush regime had every intention of invading Iraq regardless of the absence of WMDs or collusion between Saddam and al Qaeda, in the Orwellian world of the Bush regime all facts are fiction. Thus, when Bush tells the nation in his State of the Union address that Saddam tried to score nuclear materials in Africa for a bomb and a White House sanctioned investigation proves otherwise, the investigator, former ambassador Joseph Wilson, is punished for going public with his fact-finding by having his wife’s CIA cover blown. That’s yet another scandal for the Bush regime: revealing a CIA operatives cover is a felony. There’s a Grand Jury looking into it as we speak.

Further, the so-called Wilson Affair is itself connected to an even larger scandal brewing in Washington, Iraq and Israel. This one involves many of the infamous neo-cons orbiting around the Oval Office and the Pentagon, figures like Paul Wolfowitz; the “Prince of Darkness”, Richard Perle; Douglas Feith and others. It is, of course, all about the illegal war the White House and its operatives dragged this nation into, and from which many, like Dick Cheney and Halliburton, are profiting from in a big way. No one on the ground in Iraq is making much of a, dare we say, killing? with this adventure. There were reportedly 50 attacks on U.S. and Iraqi targets yesterday. These people are dying for people in Washington who never set foot on a battlefield and who probably are laughing all the way to the bank. Talk about a scandal.

At last count there was something like nine congressional probes and 19 scandals involving Republicans; some inter-connected, some not. Sounds like a far cry from semen-stained blue dresses in the Oval office, yes? It’s a wonder that some high-profile Bush regime supporters can keep a straight face during their tirades against John Kerry and the Democrats. As noted above, it’s even more of a wonder that good red-blooded U.S. citizens continue buying the snake oil freely flowing from the taps of the neo-con mass production opinion machines in Washington. It’s perception management at its….what? best? You can fool some of the people all of the time, but remember what Honest Abe, a REAL Republican, said in the end: "You can’t fool all of the people all of the time".