Honoring our war dead... ignoring still, the other casualties; marriages, limbs, sight, mobility, finances etc.
And I guess (guess? GUESS?) my one thought I wanted to leave with those who still hurt is that one day (in the never fucking happen future) people will look back at this moment in history and say, (Jane, you ignorant slut) thank God there were courageous people willing to serve (pawns in my failed experiment), because they laid the foundations for peace (through warfare, hypocrisy, hubris and waste) for generations to come; that I have vowed in the past, (which I'm doomed to repeat) and I will vow so long as I'm President, (8 more long bloody months (unless McCain gets it)) to make sure that those lives were not lost in vain ( too late), that, in fact, there is a outcome that will merit the sacrifice that civilian and military alike have made ( and we're still working on what that desired outcome really looks like as we consistently remeasure with our sliding scale of ineptitude); that our strategy going forward will be aimed at making sure that we achieve victory ( Mission F'ing Accomplished) and, therefore, America becomes more secure ( because we're watching YOU) and these young democracies survive (better than the one I'm destroying at home), and peace more likely as we head into the 21st century ( ignoring the lack of peace distributed liberally all over the middle east throughout the first 10% of the 21st century).
Maintaining the trajectory having forgotten to change the batteries in the GPS, Bush continues to self delude that he carries the greatest burden as he cheapens the lives lost and continues to undermine our status internationally.
Through the rose colored looking glass
On this day in 2003, the United States began Operation Iraqi Freedom. As the campaign unfolded, tens and thousands of our troops poured across the Iraqi border to liberate the Iraqi people and remove a regime that threatened free nations.
Five years into this battle, there is an understandable debate over whether the war was worth fighting, whether the fight is worth winning, and whether we can win it. The answers are clear to me: Removing Saddam Hussein from power was the right decision -- and this is a fight America can and must win.
That's 1,825 days since "Shock and Awe" lit up the skies above Baghdad, all of which was captured live and in living color by unblinking CNN cameras with unobstructed views of the carnage.
3,991 United States soldiers have died in Iraq since then. That's a little more than two United States soldiers killed per day. Every day. For five years.
More than 40,000 United States soldiers have been wounded in Iraq since then. That's more than twenty-one United States soldiers wounded per day. Every day. For five years.
$421 billion spent over 1,825 days in Iraq comes to $230,684,931 plus change per day. Every day. For five years.
...and the goalposts just keep moving as the definition of winning morphs. If this use of borrowed Chinese dollars against the our next generation's future bothers you, please go fuck yourself.
The side benefits of being a member of God's Own Party.
* When your religious zealots condemn America for 9/11 and Katrina, embracing them has no consequence.
* When you're caught with a prostitute, an underage page or soliciting sex in a airport bathroom the option to keep your job is still there.
* When corruption reigns supreme, it's not shamed or punished but folded into the status quo.
* Declaration of success can stand, even when the facts dispute the claim. Reality is what you state it is.
* You can condemn racism while still uttering the words jive-tawkin' and homey and still be taken seriously.
* A national mortgage crisis, collapse of financial institutions and a declining dollar can be signs of improvement and be further justification for a reduction in taxes.
* Smaller government and personal privacy can still be part of your platform as you approved wiretapping citizens, data mining and expand the government exponentially.
* You can scold others for not being "strict constitutionalists" and holler about the 2nd Amendment while eroding all the other amendmentments that truly affect the populace directly.
It's good to be the chosen.
Everything's coming up roses
(via) A funny thing happened on the way to the election: Many Americans had a change of heart about the war in Iraq. No, I'm not talking about the large numbers of Americans who now think that the United States should never have gone to war in the first place, or those who want the troops brought home immediately. To the contrary, two recent Pew Research Center polls show that Americans are more upbeat in their assessment of the Iraq War than at any time in the last couple of years and less focused on American casualties there. Responses to a number of the surveys' questions suggest problems ahead for the Democrats, no matter which candidate the party nominates.
Keep American's bored and disinterested in the drain on the economy, loss of life and tragic international relations being eroded by our continued occupation and failure and the GOP's guaranteed to win in November. With rhetoric like this it's no wonder the populace is reacting so positively to the message of change.
* Congress needs to secretly discuss how they need to legislate spying on you. Because, if they can't spy on you over here than they'll have to fight them over there or something.
* Geraldine Ferraro might at some level have been accurate in her statement and aren't we glad Barack is who he is? However, for indications as to how reprehensible what she said was, look at how those on the right are supporting her statement(s).
* Rumor has it Cindy's in charge of sex-ed in the McCain household.
* Troops are being supported. Unfortunately that support has off-shored its HQ, is unreachable by US law, protected by the office of the VP and under no obligation to actually provide the services it's paid to render. Sit down, shut up and let us not do the job we were hired to kinda do.
* Another successful result from your fiscally astute conservatives in Washington. Remember, John McCain thinks this is sustainable for up to 100 years.
* Overt vs. Covert... which do you think our current policies in place for protection are more likely to protect you from?
* Transparency in government is soooo 1990's. If it's propaganda, it's available to the masses. If it's truth and revalation that might expose the Keystone Cops for being precisely that, bury it.
Analysis of a Crack Whore.
Cheney, who leaves Sunday, will meet with King Abdullah in Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil producer and the de facto leader of OPEC.
"Obviously, we want to see an increase in production," said Dana Perino, an administration spokeswoman. "The president does want OPEC to take into consideration that its biggest customer, the United States - our economy has weakened and part of the reason is because of higher oil prices. We think that more supply would help, and I don't anticipate that the vice president would have any other message than that one."
The Bush administration is struggling to revive an American economy that is sagging under the weight of a housing slump, rising prices and a credit crisis, and it has had little luck persuading OPEC to increase production levels.
At a meeting Wednesday in Vienna, OPEC rebuffed a Bush statement two days earlier calling for increased output.
My job, as the President of the country, is to put pro-growth policies in place. But we're dependent upon oil, and so as our economy grows, it's going to create more demand for oil -- same with China, same with India, same with other growing countries. It should be obvious to you all that the demand is outstripping supply, which causes prices to go up. And it's making it harder here in America for working families to save, and for farmers to be prosperous, and for small businesses to grow.
The dependency upon oil also puts us at the mercy of terrorists. If there's tight supply and demand, all it requires is one terrorist disruption of oil and that price goes even higher. It's in our interests to end our dependency on oil because it -- that dependency presents a challenge to our national security. In 1985, 20 percent of America's oil came from abroad. Today that number is nearly 60 percent.
Now, all the countries we import from are friendly, stable countries; but some countries we get oil from don't particularly like us. They don't like the form of government that we embrace. They don't believe in the same freedoms we believe in, and that's a problem from a national security perspective, for the United States and any other nation that values its economic sovereignty and national sovereignty.
THE PRESIDENT: I talked about some -- some of the breaks. And this is a -- this generally is a tax increase, and it doesn't make any sense to do it right now. We need to be exploring for more oil and gas. And taking money out of the coffers of the oil companies will make it harder for them to reinvest. I know -- they say, well, look at all of the profits. Well, we're raising the price of gasoline in a time when the price of gasoline is high.
Again, I repeat, if you look at what's happened in corn out there, you're beginning to see the food issue and the energy issue collide. And so, to me, the best dollar spent is to continue to deal with cellulosic ethanol in order to deal with this bottleneck right now. And secondly, the tax -- yes, I said that a while ago -- on certain aspects, but the way I analyze this bill is it's going to cost the consumers more money. And we need more oil and gas being explored for; we need more drilling; we need less dependence on foreign oil.
Reduce, gimme, reduce, gimme, reduce, gimme.
Whattanass! He's my ass and I'm keepin' him!
Dear Mr. Spitzer.
I'm appalled as much by you getting caught as I am at your behavior. As the poster-boy for virtue you take the wind out of many people's sails with pushing your local misdemeanor into federal felony territory. You of all people should know better.
Thank you though for not getting caught with a page, in a airport restroom or a public park. We fellow Democrats appreciate the modicum of high ground. We'll continue though, on your behalf to holler "VITTER!", each time your name comes up.
"I'm just getting warmed up," said Clinton, looking beyond this week's contests and shrugging off 11 straight primary and caucus defeats as well as a three-digit deficit in delegates..
* Repeat after me, "Would you like fries with that?". If the troops aren't supporting the troops then how does that message play back in the homeland where the ubiquitous ribbons instruct us to question nothing?
* If Jesus voted, the ballot would have to be bi-lingual. How would that go over with the anti-immigration crowd?
* Obama's guaranteed to bring out the best in even the least of those among us.
* Blessed are the gun-toting meek for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are the
peacemakersGlocks, for they shall be called the children of God.
* Curse that durn Al-Qaeda. If they had just stayed in Afghanistan... we would be much further along with our goals in Iraq. How did they wind up having such a presence in Iraq anyway... couldn't we have foreseen their presence?
* If Hillary fights to continue on beyond Tuesday (estimating a possible loss in all 4 primaries) can she win over the Obama supporters in order to beat McCain or will she be the cause for a 3rd presidential loss to a weak candidate?
* We're #1! The freedoms we are fighting for overseas are at work here in the homeland.
* Transparency in government. Works well in theory and when everything is going well.