2007: The year the U.S. attacks Iran?

January 15th, 2007 – 8:24 pm
Tagged as: Iran

Are President Bush’s recent moves leading up to the attack on Iran that some had expected to happen last fall? Let’s look at the list:

  • The appointment of Admiral William Fallon (an expert in naval aviation, not ground operations) as the theater commander for the region
  • Bush’s speech on January 10th, which contained saber rattling toward both Iran and Syria
  • Another aircraft-carrier battle group being sent to the Persian Gulf
  • Patriot anti-missile batteries being sent to the region
  • A provocative U.S. raid on an Iranian consulate in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Irbil

Of course, White House spokesman (and professional weasel) Tony Snow dismissed talk of an upcoming attack as being just an urban legend and others in the administration tried to somehow back away from the President’s aggressive language, but then today Secretary of Defense William Gates said that the additional troops being sent to Iraq, the movement of the carrier group, and the deployment of the Patriot missiles were all intended as a show of strength against Iran.

Does the President even have the authority to launch an attack on Iran? It doesn’t really matter, because this administration has shown time and again that they think they are above the law. They’ll start the bombing (based on either a clumsily provoked Iranian action or something they just make up), and then do their best to bluster and lie their way out of any legal or political repercussions. Unfortunately, the repercussions for the people of Iran (and the entire region), for the American military, and for the rest of us too, will be harder to avoid.

Worst President ever.

Same old song and dance

January 10th, 2007 – 9:25 pm
Tagged as: Iraq

As I write this President Bush is giving his big speech about sending another twenty-thousand troops to Iraq. He’s disguising the fact that what he’s proposing is merely a change in tactics, rather than any sort of change in strategy. He’s brushing aside the fact that only 12% of American’s (and few in the military) support this so-called surge. He is carefully avoiding doing anything that resembles taking the advice of the Iraq Study group. He’s going to be sending in troops that are already overworked and still lacking in the proper armor to help protect themselves, in order to reinforce troops that some of his supporters are now accusing of being lazy. Oh, and he’s going to propose tossing another billion dollars into a reconstruction effort that’s been nothing but a money pit, thanks to his cronies from Bechtel and Halliburton (as well as local Iraqi corruption). In other words, it’s more of the same, right down to the tired ranting about terrorists.

Bush doesn’t care how many American soldiers die. He doesn’t care how many billions of taxpayer dollars he’s pissing away. All he cares about is somehow making himself look decisive and resolute, even if he’s on entirely the wrong course. There’s no amount of blood and money that he won’t sacrifice in his desire to never have to admit he’s wrong.

Worst President ever.

Doing my part

October 30th, 2006 – 11:04 pm
Tagged as: Politics

As suggested by Chris “MyDD” Bowers, here’s some search engine optimization for Google.

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Who knew?

August 12th, 2006 – 2:34 pm

Apparently I’m now a member of the Taliban, simply because I supported Ned Lamont in the Democratic primary. Since I’m not ethnically Pashtun, nor am I a Muslim, this comes as quite a surprise, but if a loon like Cal Thomas said it then it must be true.

Does anyone else find it supremely ironic that a guy who usually sides with the people who want to make the U.S. a Christian theocracy is calling those who oppose them the Taliban?

A turning point?

August 7th, 2006 – 9:08 pm

Tomorrow is the day the Democratic voters of Connecticut get to find out who really runs the party, them or the D.C. insiders. If you’ve been reading the articles and blog posts I’ve linked to over in the Noteworthy section of my sidebar, then you’ve already got a pretty good idea of what’s at stake. I don’t think that Ned Lamont winning the primary is going to change everything, but it might be a start, and at the very least I’d no longer have to be ashamed of one of my Senators.

If you’re a registered Democrat in Connecticut, be sure to vote!

Almost primary day

July 27th, 2006 – 9:23 pm

The Connecticut Democratic primary is on August 8th, a week from Tuesday, so if you’re a Connecticut voter who is registered as Democrat and you’re eligible to get an absentee ballot, now’s the time to get it done.

A disproportionate response

July 16th, 2006 – 2:31 pm
Tagged as: Foreign affairs

Over the past few days, as Israeli bombs drop on Lebanon and Hezbollah rockets fall on northern Israel, I’ve had the beginning of a post running through my head. Today though, I saw this editorial from The Nation, which began with a paragraph that pretty much summed up my feelings on the matter:

With the spreading violence in Lebanon and Gaza, the Israeli doctrine of absolute security and massive retaliation–the notion that any attack or threat of attack on Israel will be met with –is again proving counterproductive to Israel’s own security as well as to the larger stability of the region. It makes no sense for Israel to destroy the civil infrastructure of the Palestinians and of Lebanon in response to the kidnapping of its soldiers, or to further weaken the capacity of the governments of Lebanon and the Palestinian Authority while at the same trying to hold them accountable for the actions of groups and militias they cannot reasonably control. This collective punishment of the Palestinian and Lebanese people is not only inhumane and should be condemned but also leads to more radicalization and to more chaos.

Responding to the killing and kidnapping of Israeli soldiers on the northern border by bombing the civilian infrastructure of Beruit is simply madness. All it has managed to do is help unite the factions of the Lebanese government against Israel, which means that, with the Syrians having been sidelined in last year’s Cedar Revolution, there is now no one to rein in Hezbollah.

I recommend reading the entire editorial, and then keeping up with the crisis by reading Juan Cole’s excellent Informed Comment.

I support Ned Lamont

June 5th, 2006 – 9:08 pm

I support Ned Lamont for U.S. Senate

Way back in 1988, I sided with then-Senator Lowell Weicker when he was challenged by Joe Lieberman, who, despite being the Democrat in the race, attacked Weiker from the right. Lieberman won the day, thanks in large part to support from Republicans who thought Weiker was too liberal, and he’s been an embarrassment ever since.

In the elections that have followed, I’ve had to choose between voting for Liberman or voting for his even more conservative Republican opponent. This time though I have a choice, and I’m supporting Ned Lamont’s primary challenge. It’s about time we had an actual Democrat as the junior Senator from Connecticut, and kicking out people like Lieberman is the first step to pulling the Democratic Party back to the left where it belongs.

Happy May Day

May 1st, 2006 – 9:07 pm
Tagged as: Politics

May Day 2006

Save the internet

May 1st, 2006 – 8:44 pm
Tagged as: Politics,Rights

This time the internet is under threat from corporations that want to maximize their profits by deciding what part of the ‘net their customers can see:

Congress is pushing a law that would abandon the Internet’s First Amendment — a principle called Network Neutrality that prevents companies like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast from deciding which Web sites work best for you — based on what site pays them the most. Your local library shouldn’t have to outbid Barnes & Noble for the right to have its Web site open quickly on your computer.

Net Neutrality allows everyone to compete on a level playing field and is the reason that the Internet is a force for economic innovation, civic participation and free speech. If the public doesn’t speak up now, Congress will cave to a multi-million dollar lobbying campaign by telephone and cable companies that want to decide what you do, where you go, and what you watch online.


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