Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Let's Hear It For George!

"It sure makes things easier when you reject your own campaign rhetoric about how the surge — the Petraeus plan — shouldn't happen and wouldn't work....And it makes it easier to talk about fulfilling a campaign promise to wind down our operations in Iraq when the previous administration signs the security agreement with Iraq to end our overall presence there."

Mitch McConnell
Quoted in POLITICO

Seriously; is there a bigger asshole in the senate than Mitch McConnell? If someone can come up with a more worthy candidate for the title than poor, pathetic old Mitch, please let me know. So, he wants Obama to give credit to George W. Bush for the surge of troops into Iraq in the waning days of that disgusting administration? This is just too funny for words. Bush commits the worst military blunder in American history by invading the sovereign nation of Iraq by way of falsified evidence; nearly forty-five-hundred American servicemen and women are killed - not to mention as many as a million Iraqi men, women and little children - and now we're all expected to be grateful to the half-witted little bastard. I couldn't make this stuff up in fiction.

This reminds me of the neighborhood bully who gets busted trashing the local convenience store after closing time. As part of his sentence he is ordered by a judge to clean up the mess he has made of the place. One could hardly blame the store's owner for being "grateful" to the thug for the nice job he's done putting everything back in order. But the current scenario is a bit different. Iraq is not "back in order". "Major combat operations" are not over. Far from it. The war in Iraq is not over - any more than the war in Viet Nam was over in 1973. It actually ended two years later.

The sad fact of the matter is that, to paraphrase Winston Churchill, the is not the end of our problems in Iraq; nor is it the beginning of the end. Maybe - if we're damned lucky - this just might be the end of the beginning, but that is wishful thinking on my part.

The Republicans are attempting to rewrite history. There is now a conscious effort being made on their part to recast George W. Bush as a great president. Can you believe that? That is what's behind for this recent "George as supreme warrior" spin that is coming out of the RNC. That is why they are trying desperately to portray the catastrophic "Operation Iraqi Freedom" as a great success. Georgie Boy's latest image makeover also is connected to their efforts to keep the Bush tax cuts for the obscenely wealthy in place. Will their latest propaganda blitz be successful? Yeah, it probably will. Given the gut-wrenching stupidity of the American people it's almost a foregone conclusion.

Does that sound a bit harsh? Consider the following: Every recent poll shows that the overwhelming majority of the electorate do not want to go back to the self-destructive economic policies of the Bush era. And yet those same polls show that the most of the voters every intention of voting for the very same party responsible for those atrocious policies. I rest my case.

Some are now predicting that the Democrats will lose forty-seven seats in the House this Election Day. When that happens the Republicans will have the power of the subpoena. Do you have any idea what that means? I'll refresh your memory: After years and years of digging through Bill Clinton's trash, the only thing they were able to puke up was the fact that he lied about having an affair with a half-witted intern. That was all they needed to bring his presidency to a standstill. They are already talking about crippling this administration through endless investigations. Fasten your seat belts, boys and girls. This ought to get interesting. If the American people are foolish enough to go back down this road, they'll deserve everything that happens to them.

In recent days the Democrats' TV ads are beginning to show an aggressiveness they have not demonstrated in my lifetime. Good for them, Unfortunately it may prove to be too little too late.

So let's hear it for Dubya, for he's a jolly good fellow! Don'cha miss him, folks? We may not be able to get him back, but we can easily bring back the policies he represented. I am confident that a whole hell of a lot of you will vote Republican on Election Day next! Why? Because you're good, decent, patriotic Americans!

I need a drink.

Tom Degan


UNCOVERED: The War in Iraq
A film by Robert Greenwald


Remembering America
by Richard Goodwin


At 11:45 AM, Blogger Jefferson's Guardian said...

It's all about money, isn't it Tom? Bush invaded the sovereign nation of Iraq, unprovoked and unnecessarily, to fill the coffers of corporate America and the banking syndicate. It's all about profits, and power, at any cost. War is hell, but war makes money -- lots of it. This administration is continuing the agenda. Last night the current sitting president referred to the claim that he's removed 100,000 military personnel out of Iraq. What he didn't say was that they were, in effect, moved to Afghanistan.

Please, tell me again why we're in Afghanistan. It's been such a long time. It seemed we went there for some noble reason...

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Rain said...

Some pundits (lefties no less) found fault with Obama's speech afterward on two counts. One it wasn't simple enough. If you see the world as simple, the common people can relate or so their thinking goes. So basically lie to people as these things are not simple.

And then they said it didn't have the fire. Well maybe it didn't because Obama knew it all had been a huge mistake and people had died for it but can he say that in public for the families, the country, the military to hear? So he had to say what he had to say but how do you have fire when you are doing your duty but it's not enjoyable at all due to the falseness of the position. I don't blame Obama for it.

At 1:16 PM, Blogger Darlene said...

Spin, spin, spin. It does make me dizzy to hear those Republicans twist facts around.

At 4:36 PM, Blogger Lydia said...

Nope, can't think of anyone more deserving of the title you gave him here.

And has there ever, in our lifetimes, been a former president more unseen, less heard from after leaving office that W? My dog's got his number: screw up big time, tightly tuck tail between legs, slink away, hide in a faraway corner, and, hoping all will be forgotten, stay there until it seems safe to come out.

At 6:08 PM, Blogger Rastamick61 said...

And why was asshole Gibbs on Fox being harassed by their brain trust with the same point. Was Obama going to give Bush any credit ? Oh. for starting a war over fake evidence that the Brits LOL'd at when it was shown to them ? And proceeded to kill 5000 American soldiers while Cheney's War caterers electrocuted them in showers, fed them rotten food and stole a minimum of 2 billion according to audits from American taxpayers ? Which part should W have been credited with ? Gibbs needs to stay away from these idiots what does he hope to accomplish anyway - conversions ? Mutual respect ?

At 6:55 AM, Anonymous JOSSFAN said...

I thought Joe Lieberman was the biggest a$$hole in the Senate. Oh well, what a difference a year makes. Buck McKeon is absoutely the biggest a$$hole in the House. I would love for voters to get him out of Washington.

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous boltok said...

It was all GWB's fault:

At 9:13 PM, Blogger charles moore said...

And for more failures in Dubya's war, let us not forget that he sent our troops to Iraq without adequate body armor (does anyone remember that often family was purchasing protective gear for their soldiers?) and also in adequately armored vehicles. In addition to lying for all of the reasons for getting us into a war, never have our troops been sent to war so poorly prepared for combat.

And McConnell and his cronies want to give these hideous bastards praise for the war. Dubya, Cheney, Rumsfled, Condie and even Rove should all be rotting their asses off in prison for what they did to America.

At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Archie Bunker said...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Public Policy Polling

By a 50-42 margin voters in Ohio say they'd rather have George W. Bush in the White House right now than Barack Obama.

This November is going to be worse than 1994.

LOL Tom,

At 6:59 AM, Blogger Cosmic Navel Lint said...

I think the GOP are hoping to rely on the selective amnesia and collective myopia so prevalent in their corpus:

"The G.W. Bush Presidency - 8 years in 8 minutes"

At 7:36 AM, Blogger Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

Fantastic, Bren! Everyone please check out his link just above this Posting! George W. Bush: Eight years in eight minutes. It's worth a look!

Tom Degan

At 6:10 PM, Anonymous Joel said...

I’m tired.
I’m tired of the partisan finger pointing and posturing.
Tired of spending money on wars nobody is really interested in fighting, and can’t possibly be “won”.
Tired of seeing foreign aid and rebuilding go to fatten corporation coffers.
Tired of seeing the wealthy and corporations not pay their far share.
Tired of corporations driving the election process.
Tired of dealing with nonsensical federal regulations written to benefit special interests.
Tired of watching federal regulations applied without regard to common sense or the original intent.
I’m tired of the status quo. We get screwed no matter who is in office.

If Dems or Repubs are voted out in November, it won’t be because people are in love with one or the other. It will be because the current administration and congress hasn’t done anything to address most peoples concerns.

At 11:37 PM, Blogger rizky said...

WW3 is next! Obama is the last president the United States will ever see!!

At 6:29 AM, Anonymous Will Shirley said...

Something I find very scary as an American citizen is that I have for years been accurately predicting the actions of our various Presidents right to the (phony) election of Barack Buckwheat Obama. Recently I have pissed off my friends by announcing that the last three elections were sham elections and that Obama was simply going to continue Cheney's policies. "But he's a Democrat!" No, he's not. There are maybe three people in Washington interested in democracy and only two are in Congress. But here's another kicker. I just read about the Republicans in AZ recruiting homeless people to register and run in the Green Party line to suck votes away from the Democrats. The guy doing it admits he's doing it and why. To suck votes away from the Democrats.

Meanwhile my happy local pols have adopted new electronic voting machines which have already been shown to easily get hacked. Same kind of machines which showed up last election with thousands of McCain votes already inside, a little mistake while "testing" them. or loading them if you want accuracy. So Tom, Rain and the rest, lemme tell you what is going to happen. The Republicrats are going to pretend to be running someone so completely retarded that every Dem and Green will salivate thinking they have a shot, then they will bait and switch to someone almost reasonable and the votes will pour in. The Dems will run someone so stupid, so weak willed that even life long party loyalists will find it hard to gin up and vote for them. Probably Hillary. Yes I said Hillary is stupid. You wannna know why I call her that? Bill. She married a man who can't keep his pants on and she is in politics. How could any sane person think Bill was not going to be an anchor? But she won't divorce him and she won't find a clean record carrying Dem to run instead of her, she's too greedy for power and too stupid to understand that Bill will do it again. He will be caught with some young tramp that the Republicans hire to give him a blow job on camera, and he will because she's got her hand on his cock.

My favorite politician, Benito Mussolini wrote a great play book for people like Mitch and Sarah and they are following it down the line. Ya got your scapegoated minorities, your near-total control of the news industry and you got an average IQ slide of 10 points thanks to decades of politicians messing with the educational and entertainment systems. Then you have the eternal war. You can't change Presidents during a war! Everybody knows that! So each chosen spokesman of the Party will get 2 terms at least and each will be a dancing monkey for people like Mitch. Ain't no way someone like Dennis Kucinich is ever going to see the WH except as a guest.

Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed yet again, but the masses are as stupid, unwashed and unread as Jefferson and the boys worried about, hence our republic rather than a democracy. They are also our last line of defense. It's like being protected by an army of Gilligan clones.

If we move to Ireland or Holland will the State of NY still have to mail me my retirement checks? Can they decide to stop because of some legal technicality? I guess my disability checks would stop, too. So I could not move to another country without starving and living on the streets. I guess we have to stay. Crap oh dear. The secret police are going to come for me in the night. Maybe Gilligan can be persuaded to work in their motor pool.

At 6:32 AM, Anonymous Will Shirley said...

Tom, my posts keep getting a 414 URL too long error and I lose everything I wrote! Has anyone else had this issue? next time I use Open Office and then cut and paste the rant into the little box here. sigh, it was a good one, too. I forgot most of it as i have not had any coffee yet.

Check out how the Repubs in AZ have been recruiting homeless people to run as Greens to suck away votes from the Dems.

At 6:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Evidently Haley Barbour was interviewed by Human Events. Barbour actually is selling the thesis that southern Republicans were staunch supporters of Civil Rights.

Barbour goes on to lie about attending desegregated schools and college. It's laughable. Eugene Robinson has a few words to say about this in today's Wash Post.

I guess if you are going to lie, it might as well be a real whopper.


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