Saturday, November 25, 2006

Get out of Iraq now!

We seem to now have everyone in our government running around trying to find some kind of solution to the Iraqi mess. The situation has shattered into a thousand pieces and there is no chance of putting them back together again. The odds are stacked against our lame politicians and ignorant policy experts. Here are three reasons why:

Political fragmentation and a resistance to a centralized government has been part of Iraqi history for thousands of years. From the beginning, (6000 B.C.) there have been three major factors that have inhibited political centralization:
  1. Iraq is an extremely threatening environment, driving its people to seek security from the extremes of nature. Throughout Iraqi history, various groups have formed autonomous, self-contained social units. Allegiance to ancient religious deities like the Shiat Ali (of party of Ali) or membership to one of a multitude of tribes was an effort to build autonomous security-providing structures. These structures have exerted a powerful influence on the direction of Iraqi culture.

  2. Iraq has a lack of stone, which historically severely hindered its ability to construct roads. As a result, many parts of the country remained beyond any government control for the majority of recorded history. Only within the last fifty years have modern roads been build to areas in Iraq that have spent thousands of years in relative isolation from the rest of the country and any type of centralized governmental control.

  3. Iraq’s geographic location is on the eastern flank of the Arab world. Iraq shares borders both non-Arab Turkey and Iran. Because of Iraq’s great agricultural potential in its river valley, it has always attracted waves of ethnically diverse migrations. These migrations have repeatedly disrupted the countries internal balance and lead to deep-seated ethnic and tribal divisions.
You don’t need a study group or panel of experts to figure this one out my friends. The only solution is get our troops out now. Anything else is just delaying the inevitable. Who wants to be the last American to die in Iraq?

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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Warm and Fuzzy Bi-partisanship

I wonder about all this talk of bi-partisanship that seems to be repeated almost daily in the corporate media? Suddenly after a major ass kicking at the polls on November 7th, the Republicans are ready to work for the good of the American people. So where has their spirit of bi-partisanship been for the last 12 years? Where has the work of the American people been for the last 12 years?

Many of us on the left are not in the mood for bi-partisanship right now. We are not in mood for forgetting about what has gone on, these last 12 years. Maybe, it’s the millions of good paying jobs that were shipped overseas. Maybe, it’s the growing divide between the rich and poor and the disappearance of the middle class. Maybe, it’s a war that drains our treasury and kills our finest.

Any one of dozens of issues championed by the Republicans and their corporate neo-con sponsors can speak volumes about their intentions and their leadership. We should not trust them for a minute and work with them only when necessary.

I don’t know how to react to anyone, who wants to get warm and fuzzy with the same people, who have been fucking everyone, except the wealthy in American, for 12 years. Perhaps the warm and fuzzy types can get some positive things accomplished, while working in a “bi-partisan” way. I would caution them against taking showers with their newfound friends and if they do, they should try not to drop their soap.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Removing Sir Karl Rove

So exactly when is someone in the media or in the Republican Party going to remove some of the shine from Sir Karl Rove’s armor? We all know that he is the boy wonder, the knight in shining armor from whom election miracles seem to spontaneously spring. The media routinely refers to him in a celebrity like context, never mentioning the true nature and viciousness of this man.

A few months back, as he escaped criminal prosecution and started working on the November election, I wrote an open letter to him. In that letter, I predicted that Karl and his tactics would be the ultimate undoing of the Republican Party.

So, when is Sir Rove going to lose his seat at King George’s table? When is Karl Rove going to be denounced by the true conservative Republicans of the party? When is Karl Rove going to be called out and held accountable by all who supported him, by all who worked for him, by all who were deceived by him? His great plan to build a party with unchallenged and unchecked power has instead brought it disaster and disgrace.

Karl Rove has been described as Bush’s brain. President Bush needs a new brain. Perhaps he could start by trying to use his own?

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