Russian Missiles in Cuba vs. American Missiles in Poland.

August 20, 2008

Differences…discuss.

Oh wait there really are none.

h/t commenter w vincentz at Balloon Juice.

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Arming Poland.

August 20, 2008

Can anyone tell me why we are inflaming and already inflamed situation?

WARSAW, Poland — The United States will deploy anti-missile interceptors, upgrade Poland’s air defenses and modernize its military under two agreements signed Wednesday.

The agreements, signed by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, are almost certain to increase the already high tensions between Russia and the West over the Russian invasion of Georgia.

Russia already has threatened to target Poland — perhaps even with nuclear weapons — for agreeing to host the launch site for 10 anti-missile interceptors that would be part of the American missile-defense system.

Really this is dangerous, not necessary and just plain stupid.


We got slapped…how did we not see this coming?

August 13, 2008

Here:

But Russia retorted that America, which has a staunch ally of Tbilisi’s pro-western government, would have “to choose” between building a relationship with Georgia or Russia.

How the fuck did we not see this coming? Russia is basically telling us, we’re gonna do what we want and there’s not a goddamn thing you’re going to do about it.

And we can’t.

Our Army is at the breaking point. Diplomacy is a joke at this moment, because well, we are a joke in the international community. While we were out “fighting the good fight” and needlessly invading Iraq, Russia took notice and now here we are. Impotent.

I want to thank Bush, McCain and his wingnut echo chorus for putting us into this unconscionable position. For getting us blindsided again. Thanks. Idiots.

Bush once said that “History will be the judge” of his time in office. Well that history is starting now.


If there was any doubt…

August 11, 2008

…about Bush’s bullshit about promoting “Democracy”: It’s in the crisis in Georgia. Now I’ll admit I’ve been trying to get my head around this whole ordeal, especially since I’m working with some friends in Kiev on a current project. However, we apparently have been promising Georgia that we’d back them up; Egging them on to join NATO, egging them on to flaunt their independence. “Hey!! We gotcher back” says the Bush crew.

Well I’ve seen a lot of “independent” analysis that says that Georgia should have known we couldn’t back up our “friendship”. Anyone that follows the International Press knows this. We’re bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We’ve over extended our military forces. Really, how do we get into a war with Russia? Well the right-wing frap chorus is feverantly beating themselves off at the chance to replay the cold war. In the meantime, the citizens of Georgia are getting slaughtered and the American people, who normally might care, are asking why we are involved?

According to Bush I & II we should start the liberation now.


Communist China vs. the Bush Administration.

August 5, 2008

China:

MARGARET WARNER: The Chinese government is also making it harder for potential trouble-makers from overseas, like those who protested the torch relay after the Tibet crackdown in March to get visas to come to China for the games. And the government is blocking rural residents from coming to Beijing to protest over local issues.

Security checkpoints now surround the capital city of nearly 17 million. Chinese authorities have set up three places for protests and demonstrations during the games: at three public parks, far from the main Olympic venues.

Bush:

When Bush travels around the United States, the Secret Service visits the location ahead of time and orders local police to set up “free speech zones” or “protest zones” where people opposed to Bush policies (and sometimes sign-carrying supporters) are quarantined. These zones routinely succeed in keeping protesters out of presidential sight and outside the view of media covering the event.

makes you wanna puke ‘eh


Where were the candidates (and Bush) today.

June 17, 2008

Hmm…

Bush was in Europe on his good riddence last tour of Europe. Trying to shore up what might remain of his tattered legacy.

Priminister Brown said of Bush:

We both share a great love of history

Yeah…sure says he of the most incurious president of modern times. Of course Brown is thought of by the British as we think of Bush here apparently.

Bush’s approval rating is the lowest since polls began measuring this yardstick. Britain‘s prime minister, Gordon Brown, is in the same deep hole.

So while Bush is trotting around Europe playing nicey nice, trying somehow to resurrect the shit hole that is his legacy, the midwest is underwater.

Here’s your legacy Bush

…and a fitting end. People suffer; you’re our playing hoops with some Irish kids.

Yet you’re old news. A lame duck. Where were the future presidents today?

McCain was in Arlington, VA and issued a two sentence statement:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by the flooding throughout the Midwest. Cindy and I would like to extend our sympathies to all those who have lost loved ones, and stand ready to help those in the Midwest to recover and rebuild.

Obama?

Since he’s been running for president, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), the presumptive Democratic nominee, has not spent much time in Illinois. On Saturday, Obama visits Quincy, Ill. to inspect Illinois flood damage and help load sandbags– realizing that dealing with the flood stricken Midwest is a national issue

…and using his website to help flood victims.

Now I’m not stupid enough not to notice this was a photo-op, on Obama’s part. However photo-ops say a ton in my book as to where the priorities lie for the candidates and the former “commander in chief”


Hillary should take notes.

March 21, 2008

Here’s how you do a mea cupla for supporting the Iraq invation.

I see that Andrew Sullivan was asked to list what he got wrong about Iraq for the five year anniversary of the invasion, and since I was as big a war booster as anyone, I thought I would list what I got wrong:

Everything.

And I don’t say that to provide people with an easy way to beat up on me, but I do sort of have to face facts. I was wrong about everything.

Although this is nothing really new for John, but it does illustrate why he’s usually my first stop for the day blog wise. That and his take-downs of his former cohorts on the right.

I’ve read Cole for a few years and watching his transition from Bush-Bot to Democrat has been a treat to watch.  It takes balls to admit you’re wrong, and have been wrong for many years, especially in a public forum. It’s also got to suck to watch a party that you worked for and believed in completely dismantle itself before your eyes.

Beyond all that, this whole notion that changing your point of view is “flip-flopping” and that is a bad thing is bullshit. People change, circumstances change, new information emerges, and if you don’t let that influence how you look at the world, then you’re an idiot. Do we need a better illustration than Bush? Rigitity in your world view to me shows a stupid and incurious person. Someone that should not be in a leadership position.