A tribute to Condoleeza Rice and George W. Bush who, despite voluminious evidence to the contrary, said, "I don't think anybody could have predicted that these people would take an airplane and slam it into the World Trade Center, take another one and slam it into the Pentagon, that they would try to use an airplane as a missile," adding that "even in retrospect" there was "nothing" to suggest that" and "I don't think anyone anticipated the breach of the levees," respectively.

Thursday, December 30, 2004


The guiding principle of the right-wing chorus is to all be on the same page, singing the same song. For instance, whenever anyone talks about the increasingly deadly insurgency in Iraq, they are obliged to say that the motivation of the insurgents is to disrupt the elections and to keep the U.S. planted seed of democracy from flourishing in the land between the two rivers (damn evil-doers). Naturally, this line of reasoning is parroted by right-wing pundits, right-wing commentators, the main-stream news organizations and assorted other jackals.

The administration insists that no matter how much death and destruction the insurgents cause, the elections will be held as scheduled in June, I mean January (We’re steadfast, dammit). So by setting the goal for the insurgency, the administration guarantees itself a “win” by holding the elections as promised in June, I mean January. (Both Bush and Powell have made this slip up which makes one wonder if Freud was on to something)

Anyway, the reasoning that the insurgents’ sole motivation is to disrupt the election and thwart the promise of democracy is as illogical as it is simplistic. Of course, as we know, repeat a lie often enough and it becomes accepted as fact. Would Americans take up arms to expel a foreign invader. Would Americans seek revenge for the killing of their loved ones? Would Americans defend what they see as an assault on their religion and the freedom to practice it? We could, of course, just accept the party line about disrupting the elections if we believed anything they say at this point.

Do you suppose that when GWB heard about the Tsunami, he thought it was yet another trial lawyer filing a frivolous lawsuit against George Wendt?

In other news: The USS Abraham Lincoln is in the Indian ocean to provide disaster relief assistance. The ship is off the California coast far enough now that flying onto it in a jet fighter instead of a helicopter might actually be warranted.

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