JABbering Stooge

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Gratuitous Heinlein Reference

I really can't grok where this country is going, and even if I did, I don't think I'd want to. Here are just a few examples:

Karl Marx Rove: Dems want to coddle terrorists

Let's start off with Bush's brain: Karl Rove. At a speech at the New York Conservative Party's annual dinner, just north of ground zero (gee, Karl, opportunistic much?), Rove had the following "words of wisdom" about his ideological opponents:

Liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers...Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and the attacks and prepared for war.


Of course Rove would derisively dismiss the idea of preparing indictments against terrorists, that's how Clinton caught the blind sheik, who perpetrated the 1993 WTC bombing, which undermined the need for the draconian measures the Republicans snuck into the PATRIOT Act! As for therapy, I defy Rove to provide ONE SINGLE, SOLITARY INSTANCE of a liberal opining that we need to get these guys therapy.

Incidentially, Crooks and Liars has the following to say about the September 14, 2001 Congressional Resolution:

It passed the House 420-1 and passed the Senate 98-0, with nary a mention of indictments, therapy, or calls for understanding.


And then there's that "understanding" bit. I guess Mr. Rove would consider Sun Tzu a "librul" for this statement:

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.


Conservatives refuse to even try to "know their enemy" - anyone who disagrees with a conservative like Mr. Rove is Varelse to him (Ann Coulter is especially guilty of this), which may explain why we're losing at least as often as we're winning in Iraq.

Sun Tzu also had this to say:

When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor will be damped. If you lay siege to a town, you will exhaust your strength.

Again, if the campaign is protracted, the resources of the State will not be equal to the strain.

Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor damped, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains will spring up to take advantage of your extremity. Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue.


And indeed, that is exactly what is happening in Iraq! We're spending tremendous amounts of blood and treasure in this quagmire of an illegal occupation - a seige, if you will, and people are starting to take advantage of it (North Korea, China, etc.).

But none of this matters to Karl Rove, who insists that it's the Democrats who are to blame for our troubles in Iraq:

"No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals," Rove said [in response to Sen. Durbin's comments about Gitmo].


Never mind that Democrats are complaining about Bush trying to win this war on the cheap by not equipping our troops properly and then slashing their benefits upon their return - "dulling their weapons and damping their ardor," as it were. And never mind that Democrats seem to be the only ones in this country who care about whether or not we uphold the Geneva Conventions, a treaty that we are Constitutionally bound to uphold, NO MATTER WHAT. Because to do otherwise invites identical treatment towards our soldiers in the event that they get captured.

And we wonder why China sees us as a bunch of hypocrites when we bitch at them about their atrocious human rights record.


Demanding accountability in the military and the executive branch = "conducting geurrilla warfare on our troops"

Now we're getting this garbage from our elected officials.

"While our men and women in uniform put their lives on the line each day to defend our safety and to protect our freedoms, I am sure the least they expect is the backing and the support of their leaders at home," said Rep. Deborah Pryce (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Republican Conference.

"To the contrary," Pryce added, "what we've seen from Democrat leaders is a growing pattern of jumping at any chance to point the finger at our own troops, bending over backwards to promote the interests of terror-camp detainees while dragging our military's honored reputation through the mud."


No, Rep. Pryce, our military's honored reputation was "dragged through the mud" when Alberto "Geneva Conventions? What Geneva Conventions?" Gonzales authorized torture in his January 25, 2002 memo, yet no one has taken him to task for the memo. Indeed, he's been lionized in conservative circles for issuing it!

Not to be outdone, Rep. Joe Wilson (R - SC) - not to be confused with Ambassador Joe Wilson, who uncovered the forgery of the Niger yellowcake documents, and whose wife, Valerie Plame was outed in retaliation - had this gem for CNS to lovingly parrot report on:

[It] is just inconceivable and truly incorrigible that in the midst of the war, that the Democratic leaders would be conducting guerrilla warfare on American troops.


To quote the Republicans' patron saint, Ronald Reagan, "There you go again." Looking for accountability in both the military in general, and the executive branch in particular, is "conducting guerrilla warfare on our troops." Dissent = treason. Black is white. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. You are getting sleepy.

Somewhere, George Orwell is throwing his hands up in despair and saying "I give up!"


Self-fulfilling prophecy: Anti-accountability GOP think tank declares Red Cross has "lost its way"

According to the New York Sun, "A new study conducted for Republican senators alleges that the International Committee for the Red Cross has 'lost its way' by abandoning its guiding principle of impartiality and is now working in 'direct opposition to the advancement of U.S. interests.'"

Apparently, this is because they dared to tell the truth about what's going on at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, etc., etc., etc.

I mean, look who issued the report: the Republican Policy Committee.

So in order to avoid any sort of accountability, they'll pay a biased think tank to come up with the conclusions they want to hear. Someone should tell these people that starting with your conclusion is not a valid method of scientific inquiry. Not that they'd listen.

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