Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Telling It Like It Is

Bush's failing presidency is in full meltdown. The only remaining embarrassment is how long the Republicans in Congress will keep trying to prop up our incompetent and corrupt president and vice president. Bush and Cheney are dangerous and are in serious need of adult supervision. It's time to stop pretending that we can ignore the problem.

Truthout has an article by Robert Scheer that simply tells it like it is when it comes to Dick Cheney:
While he is still as dangerous as any cornered animal, Cheney stands brightly revealed as the main culprit in cherry-picking the evidence to make the case for a stupid, failed war. He has been exposed as a vindictive, inflexible ideologue, who attempts to destroy all who publicly disagree with him, such as former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and Wilson's CIA agent wife, Valerie Plame Wilson. His extensive ties and loyal political service to energy and defense companies such as Halliburton (which now, in a burst of honesty, is moving its headquarters to Dubai), reveal him to be a man of deep corruption.

Like Nixon during Watergate, Cheney is now shrilly on the defensive. "National security made me do it!" he insists, clinging to pseudo-patriotism, that last refuge of scoundrels. But it is an argument that no longer flies with a public that has caught on to the rhythm of his screechy lies. After all, this is the leader, dominating a weak president, who pushed so hard for a complete occupation of a Muslim country not linked to 9/11. A man who hung his arguments for adventuristic war on known falsehoods, such as the attempted purchase of yellowcake uranium in Niger.

In fact, the recent terrorist bombing in Afghanistan that came too close to ending the vice president's life aptly underscored just how reckless the decision was to direct our policy away from the religious fanatics of al-Qaida, based in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and instead pour our resources into overthrowing Osama bin Laden's sworn enemy, Saddam Hussein.

For six years, Bush and Cheney have piled mistake upon mistake, lie upon lie, reckless gambles upon reckless gambles. Most people can't even follow all the scandals emanating from these two very rigid right wing ideologues who have no business running a government, let alone taking on the growing problems of the 21st century. And there are other scandals Republicans have given us.

Think of the lies and scandals surrounding Republicans that can be summarized in a word or short phrase. Leakgate. Abu Ghraib. Rendition. Bora Bora. Cakewalk. Mushroom cloud. Aluminum tubes. Yellowcake. Mobile weapons labs. Duke Cunningham. Hookergate. Jack Abramoff. Phone jamming. Katrina. Enron. Iraq reconstruction. Looting in Baghdad. Fallujah. Dubai ports deal. Walter Reed. Foleygate. Terri Schiavo. 'Pay to Play.' K Street project. Domestic spying. No bid contracts. Halliburton. Privatization. And now our latest scandal which doesn't quite have a name yet: the firing of eight U.S. attorneys purely for political purposes (feel free to add more in comments; I'm sure I've missed a few).

The media has not been helpful. The utter nonsense coming out of the mouths of pundits and some Washington reporters about Scooter Libby simply flies in the face of the facts. Americans are finally paying attention; Editor & Publisher has the numbers on Bush's possible pardon of Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney's former right hand man:
You might get a different impression from the tone of the media coverage, but a new CNN poll finds that less than 1 in 5 Americans back a pardon for former top White House and vice presidential aide Lewis "Scooter" Libby.

Nearly 70 % of Americans oppose a presidential pardon for Libby after his conviction on perjury and other charges related to the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame.

Just 18% percent said they would support a pardon for Libby. "Meanwhile," CNN reports, "a narrow majority said they believe Cheney was part of a cover-up in the case."

The only Americans standing in the way of holding George W. Bush and Dick Cheney accountable are roughly about two dozen Republicans senators and perhaps sixty Republican representatives. But the walls are crumbling and the Republicans know it. Each day the scandals surrounding Bush and Cheney are growing—and one by one Republicans are throwing in the towel on those two reckless and incompetent men.

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