MANDATE & OTHER SILLY CLAIMS
someone does something about Chinas record human rights abuses
Ill believe them...'
is important to point out at this juncture that anyone taking political
bows for the systematic dismantling of a third world nation by the most
powerful and expensive fighting machine on the planet should be exposed
for the opportunistic spin jockeys they aspire to be, and eventually
held accountable for whatever weapons are not discovered within the
borders of Iraq over the next calendar year.
In the coming weeks you are going to hear a lot of talk from men in
ties and women in suits taking credit for a fixed military campaign
that was never in doubt. It has already begun. It is disingenuous. It
is grandstanding. And it is expected. But it has nothing to do with
truth or this pitiful economy or your precarious job as a result of
it. It has everything to do with no mandate regarding domestic concerns,
which has been the real quagmire around here. Crushing foreign regimes
with wretchedly out of date equipment and a weak-ass, mostly guerilla
army does not a mandate make. Ask the first Bush who tried that.
And while millions of our tax dollars goes to rebuilding Iraq and appeasing
allies and keeping the military police running things in the Middle
East, and the red, white and blue bulldozer that heaves endless funds
into the money pit known as Homeland Security, the financial solvency
of the United States of America and its citizens is in serious question.
You also hear a great deal of back-tracking talk from political hopefuls
in 2004 that want you to believe that although they were vehemently
and vocally against the war, they were always for the troops and the
civil rights of Iraqis. That will also be bullshit. This will be mixed
with talk about how the war, although so far not producing the big-gun
villains like Saddam or his brothers, or any Weapons of Mass Destruction,
was really about human rights and freeing Iraqis. As stated so many
times in this space that it boggles reason, this is a fine example of
bullshits better half, horseshit. When someone does something
about Chinas record human rights abuses Ill believe them,
until then shut the fuck up about human rights.
The truth is the military campaign in Iraq was long overdue and probably
not completely necessary from a foreign policy standpoint. Could the
money and time and lives sacrificed have been better served by a well-designed
covert black ops mission, a CIA assassination, fancy coup d'etat or
waiting another month for the world to rally the weapons inspectors?
Perhaps, but this is a new world and the constant rhetoric by terrorists
that used to laugh at the sleeping giant that was too moral and too
conservative to try anything like what went down this spring has ceased.
Only a loud public stomping of that kind of magnitude would accomplish
And although those lucky enough to be living in fantasyland may see
loud public stompings as abhorrent, regardless of what your definition
of patriot is these days, they are sometimes good. Those of us forced
to comment on the stinking, rotten mess of the real world see the odd
In the long run having Hussein out of the Middle East will settle a
few key ingredients for the protection of financial and military allies
like Israel, not to mention the billions of other funds funneled into
Middle Eastern countries, and the all-important US oil concerns. Again,
this is good, unless you use energy alternatives to oil, which unfortunately
most of us do not. But it has nothing, let me repeat; not little or
hardly, but NOTHING to do with how this county will survive this year
or the next with an outrageously bloating national debt, soaring record
numbers of unemployed and a frighteningly unstable stock market.
Using the war or the fallout from 9/11 can only go so far for this current
administration or the congress it helped form.
It is time for the current government to take political responsibility
for its abysmal economic record.
I have no space or inclination to start throwing figures out there.
They range from whomever you choose to receive them from, but none of
them are good. Now the president campaigns for another tax cut package,
mainly because his war was successful. Yes, well, that is a ducky reason,
even amusing, but glaringly asinine and spurious, and in some circles,
plain silly, even for George W. Bush.
Hey, I want a tax cut. Sounds good. Pay fewer taxes. Only heres
the problem. This administration received their rather healthy tax cut
a few years back. Things have not turned out well. Actually things are
friggin bad. Really bad. Historically, painfully, sickeningly
Sears screwed me lately. I dont buy anything at Sears anymore.
Get the analogy? Once again, as pointed out here in the past, the economy
usually has little to nothing to do with stimulus packages trumped up
by the executive branch or bills bouncing around capital hill, or even
Allen Greenspan tantrums. Just like not one of these blathering suits
brandished a weapon in the desert last month. But this latest political
football fallout from the War on Iraq kicking around Washington and
into our living rooms on cable news outlets is getting into the blurry
images political strategists dig. They love it when that happens. They
love to tell you that since the president commandeered the war and it
ended in victory, then hi-hip-hooray for tax cuts! By that reasoning
the heavyweight champion of the world should be appointed Queen of England.
Or something like that.
© JAMES CAMPION May 8th 2003
Campion On 'The War in Truth'
is no way the radical Muslim hatred of the US will be any worse or lessened
in the wake of this invasion. We are dealing with thousands of years
of religion fanaticism..'
REASON AT THE FORT
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are real now. Not even Georgetown is answering my calls'.
know what the Axis of Evil is? Money. Money. Money.'
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