Sunday, December 09, 2007

Spin, Smoke and Mirrors

It was not a good moment for the despicable little twit, that's for sure. There he was, George W. Bush, looking beaten, haggard and depressed as he stood in front of the White House Press Corps last week and admitted to them and the rest of the world that the Iranian government had more than likely deep-sixed their WMD program as far back as 2003. The poor guy! Now he couldn't kill all of those evil-doing, brown-skinned people in Persia. Bummer!

Now here's the fun part: He knew this as far back as August - or at least he should have known. It was then that the Director of National Intelligence, Mike McConnell, walked into the Oval Office and informed the First Fool of this inconvenient little fact. But when asked by NBC's David Gregory why he continued the saber rattling all these months if that had been the case, Bush (with a straight face, I kid you not) said that although McConnell had informed him that US intelligence had new information on the viability of Iran's weapons program, he didn't tell him what that new information was and Bush never bothered to ask him what it was! That is why - for more than three months - he continued to conjure images of a potential World War III: BECAUSE NOT ONE PERSON IN HIS ADMINISTRATION HAD THE WIT TO TELL HIM THAT HIS CLAIMS REGARDING IRAN WERE BOGUS! They actually want you and I to believe this nonsense. So dumbstruck was the White House Press Corps by this admission, none of them had the sense to say to him, "Uhh, well, heck, Mr. President, Why didn't you just ask?" How's that for dark comedy?

Not long afterward, Senator Joe Biden of Delaware remarked that for that to be true, Bush would have to be "one of the most incompetent Presidents in history." Either that or he's the stupidest creature to ever walk on two feet. Take your pick.

If it wasn't clear to Bush how moronic he looked at that moment, it soon became crystal clear to his handlers. On December 6, Dana Perino was furiously attempting to "clarify" what the idiot-in-chief had actually said: Oh, Mr. McConnell did tell the president that Iran had ended its nuclear program. "I can see where you could see that the president could have been more precise in that language," the poor, befuddled woman inarticulately tried to explain, "But the president was being truthful." Of course he was. Then why did he say that he hadn't been told? Why did he continue to publicly frighten the American people with dire warnings of Iran's potential nuclear arsenal? How stupid do these people think I am?
Is there anyone out there still foolish enough to believe anything this medicine show of an administration attempts to sell? Anyone? Please stand up and be counted.
Here's a funny story:
A day or two after the Bush press conference, my doctor-in-law, Dr. Nick Pennings (he's married to my sister Carol) was watching a panel discussion on MSNBC. Someone on the program remarked that we should expect organizations like FOX News to begin a campaign of discrediting the National Intelligence Estimate at any moment. He then changed the channel over to FOX and, sure enough, there was another panel discussion going on with a graphic at the foot of the screen in capital letters which said: "DEBUNKING THE N.I.E." Honestly, folks, you couldn't even contrive this kind of stuff in fiction!
What has happened here is as clear as can be: Bush knows his attempt to deceive the American people with scare tactics pertaining to Iran's nuclear program has failed miserably. Even the American people weren't going to be dumb enough to go down that road again. His approval rating at the moment is as low as Nixon's were during the height of Watergate. He must know that if he invades or attacks the sovereign nation of Iran without the constitutionally mandated congressional approval, he'll not only be impeached, he'll possibly be tried for war crimes. This was merely a pathetic attempt to save face. Some in the administration are trying to spin the line that this is proof that the Bush method of half-witted, reckless cowboy diplomacy actually works! "See?" they're saying, "We scared 'em good, didn't we?" Please.
The fact of the matter is that the intelligence community is finally starting to stand up to the Bush Mob. They knew damned good and well where the White House was headed and they were determined that the United States not make the same, dreadful historical blunder they made five years ago when they invaded Iraq. When they released the information to the public that Iran's nuclear program was kaput, Bush had no other choice but to acknowledge it. He and Dick Cheney knew that the charges they were making against that country were utterly false - and yet they were determined to continue their march to war. Just as they did five years ago, Bush and Cheney were trying to hoodwink this nation into another unnecessary conflict. It might very well have meant the deaths of a million or more Innocent people had they succeeded. Fortunately for everyone concerned, this time they were stopped dead in their tracks.
That's the good news. I hope you're sitting down because now here's the bad news:
Because this utterly foolish, clueless man was so determined to cut the income tax of an entire class of people and corporations who already had more money than they knew what to do with (the "have mores" or his "base" as he famously called them), he has left the national security of this once-great nation dangerously vulnerable. When the next massive, 9/11 style terrorist attack happens - and it's going to happen; you can take that to the bank - just as they did five years ago with Saddam Hussein, these contemptible, murderous assholes are going to place the blame for the carnage squarely at the feet of (you guessed it) Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. So predictable are these homicidal bastards, one doesn't have to be a political scientist to figure any of this out.
This is going to sound really mean and calumnious on my part but I just have to say it: Watching this disgusting little piece if shit and everyone around him fall of their own, gluttonous weight is the gift that just keeps giving....and giving and giving and giving. When the day finally arrives that he is sentenced to spend the rest of his miserable life in prison (and that's going to happen too - I promise you) I'll be so ecstatic, they'll have to sedate me. Yes, dear and gentle people, the flimsy and pathetic house of marked cards - which was the foundation of this White House - is beginning to crumble all around George W. Bush and the army of human stupidity that comprises the most corrupt and incompetent administration in all of American history. The chickens will soon be coming home to roost with a vengeance too nasty to even contemplate. This administration is about to die a very public, embarrassing and horrible death - AND I'LL BE LOVING EVERY MINUTE OF IT!!! It truly will be a wondrous and beautiful thing to behold. Get the pop corn ready.
Is that a treasonous, un-American thing to say? Not at all. In fact, it is a very patriotic thing to say. The total and complete failure of the Bush administration is the best thing that could possibly happen for citizens of the United States of America. Why? Because your president is corrupt. He is a criminal. You want him to fail. You want him rendered impotent! You don't want him to do any more damage to your beloved country! The damage that he has done thus far is so immense, it will never be accurately assessed - IT IS INCALCULABLE. Your great-great grandchildren, who will never even know your name, will still be paying off the debt - in money and lost honor - rung up by George Dubya Bush during his reign of failure, corruption and absurdity. The complete and utter destruction of the Bush White House is the only thing that will provide America it's ultimate salvation. The only thing.
So now they desperately have to produce another rationale for attacking Iran. What will it possibly be? My guess is the next terrorist attack on American soil. Even though, as with 9/11, the perps will once again be overwhelmingly Saudi-born, Georgie and Dickie will somehow manage to find a way to pin the blame on Iran in general and Ahmadinejad in particular. They could also conveniently use a second attack as an excuse to cancel the constitution, declare marshal law and "indefinitely suspend" the next presidential election. Does that sound like a stretch? Abject paranoia even? Maybe it does to you but not to me, brother! You see, unlike most Americans I've been paying attention all these years. They've been able to quietly chip away at the Bill of Rights, bit by bit, and most of us haven't even noticed the change. Were you aware of the fact that there is a proposed piece of legislation which is at this very moment being debated in the United States Senate (#1959) that will render the very blog which you are now reading illegal and will turn Tom Degan into a felon just for writing it? The plan to make the Constitution null and void is, at the very least, on the table - count on it.
Time will tell.
Tom Degan, future felon
Goshen, NY
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At 11:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom, I counldn't agree more with your sentiments. These Neocon secreations have fouled everything they've handled. The American public (not speaking of the brain dead Fox News zombies)should be calling for the necks of those political whores who call for bombing strikes on Iran. The concept of perpetual war, that is apparently the NeoCon wetdream, should not even be a consideration for us. Diplomacy and negotiation taken a back seat to swagger, bluster and threats with this administration of right-wing thugs and criminals! To see Bush, Cheney, and the rest in chains marched off to face justice would be indeed heartwarming.

At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


I hope those cretins end up in jail....with their money and asssets frozen and they spend the rest of their lives in jail- or at least unable to leave the US as a result of war crimes. But W, being so incurious won't care. He'll go on his pathetic life (if he doesen't go to jail) cutting brush and being scared of horses. How many times will the Bush presidential library be vandalized? Or firebombed? This cabal of crooks will be hated for the rest of their lives! Maybe Bush will off himself and do the world a favour. On positive note: Even here in Newfoundland, my co-workers eagerly count down the days on post-its (I printed the "Bush's Last Day- countdown and now everyone helps me put the ever so shrinking days left on display! As always, I love your blogs!!!!

At 6:05 PM, Blogger Tom Degan said...

George W. Bush will not be going to jail. Jail is where you go when you've had one too many on Saturday night and you accidently back your car into the plate glass window of the local pharmacy.

This hideous bastard is going to federal prison. Count on it.

Tom Degan

At 10:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, Tom Degan. I've been watching the political twists and turns since FDR. Actually, I remember Herbert Hoover, my Dad's cousin. Dad. a very political person,refused to vote for Hoover as he said he was only for the rich. He was an FDR man to the core. Believe me, this is not the same country that emerged from the Great Depression and WWII with genuine democrats at the helm.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Todd said...

It will indeed be a WONDERFUL DAY when the Bushies are prosecuted! As for them declaring martial law when there's another "terrorist attack", I definitely believe they're planning it as we type :-(

At 5:29 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for the kind words, folks! Joanna, in defence of your distance cousin, we should never let it be forgot that Herbert Hoover was the first man to committ the US government to feeding the hungry children of the world....Of course he did this when he was a member of the Democratic Woodrow Wilson administration....but a good deed is a good deed.
Tom Degan

At 3:19 AM, Blogger larkrise said...

One scandal after another! I have lost count of them. The criminal enterprise that calls itself the Bush Administration has considered itself above the laws of the land from the day they stole the 2000 election. Unfortunately, the Supremes colluded in the effort. I certainly dont see Roberts, Scalia, Alito and Thomas doing anything differently in the future. Those rogues would most certainly rubberstamp any declaration of martial law, suspension of elections, and throwing anyone who dissents into Guantanamo.As for the Dead Fourth Estate, no problem there, they will spin it anyway Dubya and Darth Dick want it. Did you know it is a Pelosi-type Democrat, a congresswoman from California,a Ms. Harman, who is the instigator of the bill to shut us up. Isnt that special?!!! With Democrats like Pelosi, Feinstein and Harman, who needs Repugs. The Ship of Fools that calls itself the Congress of the United States is as much to blame for the destruction of this country as is the Bush/Cheney Cabal. Sea slugs have more common sense.I said some time ago on this blog, that the it would be a rough ride until Jan.2009. It gets rougher everyday. I await the next scandal with baited breath.

At 12:39 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

we can blame Bush and Co. all we want , but the reality is its the unlawful federal reserve system and all its subordinating entities and corporations who benefit from war plundering. Then there is the antiChrist media with constant muslim bashing. Bush is just a stooge. A distraction in all this hocus pocus going on.

At 12:43 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

oh yeah Bush IS NOT "right wing" he is a one world marxist totalitarian socialist. And so was hitler. socialism is socialism. Just like that pig bill klinton. Stop listening to the mainstream liars, they are part of the problem !

At 9:29 PM, Blogger cindi said...

(snippage from Tom) This hideous bastard is going to federal prison.

i do hope you'll save me a dance on that day, sweetie - i plan to have one hell of a celebration!!

At 6:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your courageous commentary. I couldn't agree more and have been working hard at educating myself about the antics of this vile junta and their counterparts in past history.
I'm almost finished with Naomi Wolf's book and it ought to be required reading. Noami Klein's book "The Shock Doctrine" is a bigger undertaking but really puts the whole vile laissez-faire capitalist program out there for all to see with impeccable documentation. Better buy the books folks, they will probably be on the burn pile soon. Subversive you know.


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