I wrote a piece called “Rant” a while back. Let me start off by quoting part of that:
“I am a Republican. I voted for Bush. I think Al Gore as a socialist idiot who was no better than Clinton.”
I still stand by those words. It is a very scary thing to think that this man was a few hanging chads away from being President. This idiot made some statements the other day that need responding to.
“Honor? He decided not to honor the Geneva Convention. Just as he would not
honor the United Nations, international treaties, the opinions of our
allies, the role of Congress and the courts, or what Jefferson described as
“a decent respect for the opinion of mankind.” He did not honor the advice,
experience and judgment of our military leaders in designing his invasion of
Iraq. And now he will not honor our fallen dead by attending any funerals or
even by permitting photos of their flag-draped coffins.”
And exactly how many funerals did President Clinton attend?
“To begin with, from its earliest days in power, this administration sought
to radically destroy the foreign policy consensus that had guided America
since the end of World War II. The long successful strategy of containment
was abandoned in favor of the new strategy of “preemption.” And what they
meant by preemption was not the inherent right of any nation to act
preemptively against an imminent threat to its national security, but rather
an exotic new approach that asserted a unique and unilateral U.S. right to
ignore international law wherever it wished to do so and take military
action against any nation, even in circumstances where there was no imminent
threat. All that is required, in the view of Bush’s team is the mere
assertion of a possible, future threat – and the assertion need be made by
only one person, the President.”
The earliest days of this administration were met with an attack from a foreign enemy that was larger than the attack that brought our country into World War 2. The U.S. should ignore international law when the law turns it’s head to look elsewhere in the face of a growing threat of weapons of mass destruction..
“More disturbing still was their frequent use of the word “dominance” to
describe their strategic goal, because an American policy of dominance is as
repugnant to the rest of the world as the ugly dominance of the helpless,
naked Iraqi prisoners has been to the American people. Dominance is as
Ok, Al. You really shouldn’t make comments that are that close to sounding like Forrest Gump.
“There was then, there is now and there would have been regardless of what
Bush did, a threat of terrorism that we would have to deal with. But instead
of making it better, he has made it infinitely worse. We are less safe
because of his policies. He has created more anger and righteous indignation
against us as Americans than any leader of our country in the 228 years of
our existence as a nation — because of his attitude of contempt for any
person, institution or nation who disagrees with him.”
Hey Algore. That’s what war is. War is hell. War is worse that perceived peace. Are we really less safe? Were we less safe before Japan bombed Pearl Harbor or during the war? Notice my continued references to WW2. A friend of mine wrote me once, “Lets say that we were able to learn WHY the fleet left Japan when they sailed to Pearl Harbor. The US now knows of an imminent attack against us. They might not be sure what day, but they know it’s coming. If the government were to make moves to declare war on Japan before the attack, it would have been met with the same resistance that we are giving the gulf situation now.” How true that is.
“He has exposed Americans abroad and Americans in every U.S. town and city to
a greater danger of attack by terrorists because of his arrogance,
willfulness, and bungling at stirring up hornet’s nests that pose no threat
whatsoever to us. And by then insulting the religion and culture and
tradition of people in other countries. And by pursuing policies that have
resulted in the deaths of thousands of innocent men, women and children, all
of it done in our name.”
Al, did you forget that we were attacked from that “honet’s nest” you speak of? And we were obviously targets before the war and I’ve got 2800 bodies to prove it.
“The war plan was incompetent in its rejection of the advice from military
professionals and the analysis of the intelligence was incompetent in its
conclusion that our soldiers would be welcomed with garlands of flowers and
cheering crowds. Thus we would not need to respect the so-called Powell
doctrine of overwhelming force.”
No, Al, that was never said. The garlands and flowers are draped around the coffins of our lost loved ones.
“Private Lynndie England did not make the decision that the United States
would not observe the Geneva Convention. Specialist Charles Graner was not
the one who approved a policy of establishing an American Gulag of dark
rooms with naked prisoners to be “stressed” and even – we must use the word
– tortured – to force them to say things that legal procedures might not
induce them to say.”
But there sure were enjoying it.
“In my religious tradition, I have been taught that “ye shall know them by
their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so,
every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth
evil fruit… Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.””
Physician, heal thyself.
“We simply cannot afford to further increase the risk to our country with
more blunders by this team. Donald Rumsfeld, as the chief architect of the
war plan, should resign today. His deputies Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith
and his intelligence chief Stephen Cambone should also resign. The nation is
especially at risk every single day that Rumsfeld remains as Secretary of
Hmmm…let’s flashback to 1997. Should Clinton have resigned for making our country go through Lewinskygate?
“Make no mistake, it is precisely our moral authority that is our greatest
source of strength, and it is precisely our moral authority that has been
recklessly put at risk by the cheap calculations and mean compromises of
conscience wagered with history by this willful president.”
Our moral authority made it mandatory for us to neutralize a threat against us.
“President Bush offered a brief and half-hearted apology to the Arab world –
but he should apologize to the American people for abandoning the Geneva
Conventions. He also owes an apology to the U.S. Army for cavalierly sending
them into harm’s way while ignoring the best advice of their commanders.
Perhaps most importantly of all, he should apologize to all those men and
women throughout our world who have held the ideal of the United States of
America as a shining goal, to inspire their hopeful efforts to bring about
justice under a rule of law in their own lands. Of course, the problem with
all these legitimate requests is that a sincere apology requires an
admission of error, a willingness to accept responsibility and to hold
people accountable. And President Bush is not only unwilling to acknowledge
error. He has thus far been unwilling to hold anyone in his administration
accountable for the worst strategic and military miscalculations and
mistakes in the history of the United States of America.”
Pardon me, but that is bullshit. Osama bin Laden owes us an apology and deserves death. So does Saddam Hussein for the crimes he committed against his own people. President Bush owes no one an apology.
“In December of 2000, even though I strongly disagreed with the decision by
the U.S. Supreme Court to order a halt to the counting of legally cast
ballots, I saw it as my duty to reaffirm my own strong belief that we are a
nation of laws and not only accept the decision, but do what I could to
prevent efforts to delegitimize George Bush as he took the oath of office as
Waaaahhh! Daddy, Daddy, I want my election back! Get over it, Al. If a voter hasn’t got the good common sense it requires to cast a ballot, they should not be voting. They are obviously not intelligent enough to fill out a simple ballot.
Al, I’m personally grateful that you are not my President. My President had the guts to stand up to tyranny unlike the President you served under. You are not even in office anymore. You are a lame duck, Al. You are a has-been. Go ahead and just make your speech money, but if you want to comment like this, it’s time to put up or shut up. But please do not criticize my President when you do not even have the guts to hold a public office in four years.