January 24, 2007

A Blogging Masala

Hooray for natasha! I love it when she has time to blog. And boy, when she's linkin' I find all kinds of things I need to be readin'.

Today, I've got a few things to add to the mix.

How come Americans think the Democratic Presidential candidates are "unappealing?" Well, if you have read Dave Johnson for awhile, you would have realized that it's because selling this story is what the Right-Wing Noise Machine does. He's got another excellent piece out that explains (once again) how this happens and makes the point our job is to innoculate ourselves and our fellow Americans from the poison. Yup.

My pal, iamcoyote, over at Low and Left brought to my attention this incredible home-made video of Matt who has danced all over the world. It's definitely worth watching and sharing.

My LTE to Altercation got published on Monday! Last Friday, Eric's man, Charles Pierce was riffing on how the right is blaming General Shineski for not tying President Bush up until he understood that invading Iraq would take *lots* of troops. I wrote that as I remembered, Bush wasn't listening to much from anybody but God. I suspect even God would have a hard time getting George W Bush to listen once he's decided, so don't blame Shineski for this complete cockup.

And for that matter, what kind of chutzpah does the President have to tell us that we have to have patience while he screws up things even worse? Thank goodness for Senator Webb who responded with an elegant clarity that Bush has used up all his patience chits. (emphasis mine)

With respect to foreign policy, this country has patiently endured a mismanaged war for nearly four years. Many, including myself, warned even before the war began that it was unnecessary, that it would take our energy and attention away from the larger war against terrorism, and that invading and occupying Iraq would leave us strategically vulnerable in the most violent and turbulent corner of the world.

Like so many other Americans, today and throughout our history, we serve and have served, not for political reasons, but because we love our country. On the political issues — those matters of war and peace, and in some cases of life and death — we trusted the judgment of our national leaders. We hoped that they would be right, that they would measure with accuracy the value of our lives against the enormity of the national interest that might call upon us to go into harm‘s way.

The president took us into this war recklessly. He disregarded warnings from the national security adviser during the first Gulf War , the chief of staff of the Army, two former commanding generals of the Central Command, whose jurisdiction includes Iraq, the director of operations on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and many, many others with great integrity and long experience in national security affairs. We are now, as a nation, held hostage to the predictable — and predicted — disarray that has followed.


The damage to our reputation around the world.

The lost opportunities to defeat the forces of international terrorism.

And especially the precious blood of our citizens who have stepped forward to serve.

The majority of the nation no longer supports the way this war is being fought; nor does the majority of our military. We need a new direction. Not one step back from the war against international terrorism. Not a precipitous withdrawal that ignores the possibility of further chaos. But an immediate shift toward strong regionally based diplomacy, a policy that takes our soldiers off the streets of Iraq‘s cities, and a formula that will in short order allow our combat forces to leave Iraq.

Damn, that's a powerful truth. Our patience has run out.

The transcript posted at that link dropped a lot of Webb's incredible speech. Here's the full Webb video. When you watch this, think of Bush babbling on about how the American public has sacrificed their peace of mind by watching the (censored) TV news which if I remember right hasn't had too many coffins to show.

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