Sunday, November 27, 2005

An Isolated and Detached President

This is part of an interview today between Wolf Blitzer and Seymour Hersh. What Hersh has to say about this president is quite disturbing.

BLITZER: In this new article you have in The New Yorker, you also write this about the president: " 'The president is more determined than ever to stay the course,' the former defense official said. 'He doesn't feel any pain. Bush is a believer in the adage, "People may suffer and die, but the Church advances." ' He said that the president had become more detached, leaving more issues to Karl Rove and Vice President Cheney. 'They keep him in the gray world of religious idealism, where he wants to be anyway,' the former defense official said."

Could you be more specific on this former defense official?

HERSH: Sure, in this day and age, Wolf. No. I mean, that's -- we're having a war over sourcing right now.

BLITZER: But this is someone who had day to day or contact, direct contact with the president?

HERSH: Suffice to say this, that this president in private, at Camp David with his friends, the people that I'm sure call him George, is very serene about the war. He's upbeat. He thinks that he's going to be judged, maybe not in five years or ten years, maybe in 20 years. He's committed to the course. He believes in democracy.

HERSH: He believes that he's doing the right thing, and he's not going to stop until he gets -- either until he's out of office, or he falls apart, or he wins.

BLITZER: But this has become, your suggesting, a religious thing for him? HERSH: Some people think it is. Other people think he's absolutely committed, as I say, to the idea of democracy. He's been sold on this notion.

He's a utopian, you could say, in a world where maybe he doesn't have all the facts and all the information he needs and isn't able to change.

I'll tell you, the people that talk to me now are essentially frightened because they're not sure how you get to this guy.

We have generals that do not like -- anymore -- they're worried about speaking truth to power. You know that. I mean that's -- Murtha in fact, John Murtha, the congressman from Pennsylvania, which most people don't know, has tremendous contacts with the senior generals of the armies. He's a ranking old war horse in Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. The generals know him and like him. His message to the White House was much more worrisome than maybe to the average person in the public. They know that generals are privately telling him things that they're not saying to them.

And if you're a general and you have a disagreement with this war, you cannot get that message into the White House. And that gets people unnerved.

Interview With Seymour Hersh
Aired November 27, 2005 - 11:00 ET
Read entire interview here

Thursday, November 24, 2005

The State of the Union

There is change in America. It can be seen on the faces of ordinary people. In the shopping malls and on the city streets, it covers our country like an unseen blanket. Everyone feels it, either consciously or unconsciously. You can hear attached to conversations. You can see it the eyes of people. The country that used to be the place that was filled with the greatest sense of optimism is now filled with a feeling of pessimism. The country that used to offer hope to its citizens and the citizens of the world, now offers something completely different. The world looked up to us. We made everything possible. Our spirit as a country and a people made the world envy us. Our inventions and industries were the marvels of the world. Our continually growing standard of living had brought the average worker from the depths of servitude into the world of dignity. In America things were always getting better. We took it all for granted, I guess. We all expected that America would always be the place where everyone had a chance to make a life that is better than the life our parents had. We let it all slip away from us. As we turned a blind eye, our greatness, our optimism, our American soul was stolen by thieves or sold to the highest bidder. You do not see optimism on the faces of ordinary people today. You do not see the look that things are going to get better. What you do see is; things are bad now and things are going to get much worse. Farewell, to the land of opportunity. Welcome, to the land of misery.

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Even our Propaganda is Outsourced Now!

Yes, you guessed it, even our propaganda is outsourced now. If you need to alter the cognitive responses of millions, the Rendon Group has a solution.

The Man Who Sold the War

Meet John Rendon, Bush's general in the propaganda war


The road to war in Iraq led through many unlikely places. One of them was a chic hotel nestled among the strip bars and brothels that cater to foreigners in the town of Pattaya, on the Gulf of Thailand.
On December 17th, 2001, in a small room within the sound of the crashing tide, a CIA officer attached metal electrodes to the ring and index fingers of a man sitting pensively in a padded chair. The officer then stretched a black rubber tube, pleated like an accordion, around the man's chest and another across his abdomen. Finally, he slipped a thick cuff over the man's brachial artery, on the inside of his upper arm.
Read entire article here


Sunday, November 13, 2005

A Reminder of Our Beginnings: The Preamble

The Constitution was written by several committees over the summer of 1787, but the committee most responsible for the final form we know today is the "Committee of Stile and Arrangement". This Committee was tasked with getting all of the articles and clauses agreed to by the Convention and putting them into a logical order. On September 10, 1787, the Committee of Style set to work, and two days later, it presented the Convention with its final draft. Heading the draft was the Preamble. The members were Alexander Hamilton, William Johnson, Rufus King, James Madison, and Gouverneur Morris. The actual text of the Preamble and of much of the rest of this final draft is usually attributed to Gouverneur Morris. The newly minted document began with a grand flourish - the Preamble, the Constitution's r'aison d'etre.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


Friday, November 11, 2005

A Pledge to End the War

The Nations recent editorial contains a pledge that should be adopted by everyone who truly wants to change the direction of our country. “We will not support any candidate for national office who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq a major issue of his or her campaign.” Take the time to read Democrats and the War and make your pledge.

Democrats and the War

Everything that needs to be known is now known: The reasons the Bush Administration gave for the American war in Iraq were all falsehoods or deceptions, and every day the US occupation continues deepens the very problems it was supposed to solve. Therefore there can no longer be any doubt: The war--an unprovoked, unnecessary and unlawful invasion that has turned into a colonial-style occupation--is a moral and political catastrophe. As such it is a growing stain on the honor of every American who acquiesces, actively or passively, in its conduct and continuation. Read entire article here

Sunday, November 06, 2005

The Collapse of the American Empire

I can't help but feel that the American Empire has finally started its great decline. Kirkpatrick Sale does a great job of putting this grand event into a historical context.

Imperial Entropy

Collapse of the American Empire

By Kirkpatrick Sale

It is quite ironic: only a decade or so after the idea of the United States as an imperial power came to be accepted by both right and left, and people were actually able to talk openly about an American empire, it is showing multiple signs of its inability to continue. And indeed it is now possible to contemplate, and openly speculate about, its collapse.

Read entire article here

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.