07 December 2006


Bush says new approach needed in Iraq
By TERENCE HUNT, AP White House Correspondent

...Bush's meeting with Blair came a day after the Iraq Study Group headed by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and former Democratic Rep. Lee Hamilton issued a stinging report saying the Bush policies in Iraq had failed and a major course correction was needed, including beginning to withdraw combat troops.

...The study group concluded that a stable, democratic Iraq was still possible, but Baker said: "We do not know if it can be turned around."

Bush was more upbeat, but gave no hints about whether he was contemplating a major policy shift. At the same time, Bush said that he didn't think Baker and Hamilton "expect us to accept every recommendation."
If El Presidente had bothered to put forth even a minimum effort and take the time to sound his way through the Cliff's Notes "Executive Summary" section of the ISG report, he'd find that that's exactly what is expected:
It is the unanimous view of the Iraq Study Group that these recommendations offer a new way forward for the United States in Iraq and the region. They are comprehensive and need to be implemented in a coordinated fashion. They should not be separated or carried out in isolation.
Standing before the U.S. and international media and lying is testament to one's utter lack of character and credibility.

That said, choosing a lie that is exposed by even the most cursory examination of the relevant material calls in to question your basic powers of judgment. That sort of decision, on that scale, is a sign that you, A.) don't see the risk--and are abjectly stupid--or, B.) simply don't care, believing yourself beyond all reproach.

At the end of the day--along with the bodies and limbs lying in the sands of Iraq--we're left with one thing: an unprincipled liar, and a poor one, at that, irredeemably crippled by either staggering ignorance or the soaring arrogance of personal infallibility.

A liar whose hands grow bloodier by the day.

Now THAT's consistency

From CBS:
But this president may not be in much of a hurry to accept (ISG Chair) Baker's ideas about that — or much else. Asked if Baker would help implement the report, a spokesman for Mr. Bush said, "Jim Baker can go back to his day job."
Even the spokespeople for the pledgemaster-in-chief sound like arrogant, fratboy pricks.

01 December 2006

Still waiting for the cure

"This is for any of you who knows anyone who has lost anyone.

This is a song about Wendy, by a friend of ours named Andy Prieboy, of Wall of Voodoo.

This is a song about a woman with AIDS, which someone in this room has, a few of these people in this room has...

And you'll go through it, you'll know it, we should stop it...this is for Wendy." --Johnette Napolitano
Tomorrow, Wendy

It is complete now, two ends of time are neatly tied.

A one-way street, she's walking to the end of the line.
And there she meets the faces she sees in her heart and mind.

They say, "Goodbye."
Tomorrow, Wendy's going to die.

Underneath the chilly grey November sky,
We can make believe that Kennedy is still alive.
We're shooting for the moon and smiling Jackie's driving by.

They say "Good try."
Tomorrow, Wendy's going to die.

I told the priest, don't count on any second coming,
God got his ass kicked the first time he came down here slumming.
He had the balls to come, the gall to die and then forgive us -
No, I don't wonder why, I wonder what he thought it would get us.

Hey, hey, good try.
Tomorrow, Wendy's going to die.

But God says jump, so I set the time.
'Cause if he ever saw her it was through these eyes of mine.
And if He ever suffered, it was me who did His crying...

Hey, hey, good bye...
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