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White House Continues its Withdrawal From Reality and Other Exciting News

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Bush claims that the the proposed congressional vote to stop his “surge” plan could signal the world that the USA is divided about the war in Iraq. More specifically, Tony Snow, White House spokesman said “Does this send a signal that the United States is divided on the key element of success in Iraq?” Um, is the White House unaware that the rest of the world long ago figured out that there is opposition to the war in the US? Seriously, is that what they think? This is just such a bizarre narcissistic take on reality that it is hard for me to fathom.

It should be noted that in regard to Bush’s “surge,” Congress is spinning its wheels and making a lot of noise. Bush can send troops anywhere he wants in Iraq. Congress abrogated its responsibility for declaring war decades ago, other than that they are limited to budgeting the war. And so far they have given Bush a blank check, unless they are seriously proposing cutting off funding for the war, anything Congress does is just so much meaningless noise. Not entirely true, they have given Bush a blank credit card, not only has Congress let Bush have his war, they are letting our grandchildren pay for it. And these are the loyal opposition? As far as I can tell, none of the Demoslugs could take an opposing viewpoint if their life depended on it .

For example, Congress quietly gave control of the National Militia to the president last October. For over two hundred years state governors were in command of their state’s national guard in time of natural disaster or other emergency. No more, in another disturbing case of power concentrating in Washington, one of the last real examples of states’ rights in the Republic is gone. Speaking of the National Guard, they have shortages of helicopters to deal with the terrible storms that struck the USA this winter. Why? Because they are in Iraq. Far from defending the nation, Bush and Congress have made the nation far more vulnerable with their foreign crusades.

In other pessimistic news, the doomsday clock has been reset two minutes closer to midnight. It’s as close as it’s ever been now, though they cheated by adding global warming as a threat. Originally the Doomsday Clock just reflected the fear of nuclear annihilation. Now it includes other threats. On the one hand, doomsday hasn’t arrived yet. Still, pessimistic scientists don’t fill me with confidence.

There is some good news in the world. Scientists have begun implanting microchips in cats to cure them of hereditary blindness. This is good for cats, and since it may eventually lead to treatments for blind people, good for us too. I’m not the biggest fan of animal testing, but this seems destined to help both animals and people, so I hope the researchers are conducting their experiment with all due diligence in regards to avoiding cruelty.

Oh well, strange days. Still, cats can see better even as the White House retreats further from reality. I don’t know if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

(The above image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is not being used for profit and is central to illustrating the post. It came from Avatar Farm.)

Written by unitedcats

January 18, 2007 at 12:51 pm

Posted in Bush, Health, Iraq, Politics, Science, War

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  1. What an interesting read. I appreciate your thoughtfullness and your take on the issues. I had no idea about the National Guard though, so you’ve taught me something too. And your personality shines through beautifully!

    Literary Bohemian

    January 18, 2007 at 12:58 pm

  2. Hi Doug,

    Paragrah 1.

    Not being a tactician, I have no idea whether a “troop surge(right)/escalation(left) would help in Iraq or not. I do question, though, the politics of the whole issue. For example two key Democrats, Intelligence Chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes,(http://www.washingtontimes.com/national/inbeltway.htm) indicated that a troop “surge” was needed, recommented, etc. and then backed away from it like he had never said it when President Bush indicated we should do it in accordance with the recommendations of the BIPARTISAN Iraq Study Group (http://i.a.cnn.net/cnn/2006/images/12/06/iraq.report.pdf). Rep. Harry Reid did the same thing (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2006/12/17/reid-says-yes-to-short-te_n_36587.html and http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20670001&refer=home&sid=ahLkCENMNN2w). What gives? Does this smack of real decision making, or just politics as usual? Talk about mixed signals, we have individuals who can’t even make up their minds!

    -Jack

    bereans

    January 18, 2007 at 2:06 pm

  3. Very interesting stuff. Indeed the Bush administration has been light-years away from reality since first taking office.

    By the way, I’m a “dog” man — but I like cats too. If microchips can improve the quality of life for our feline friends, that is good news. And it’s a “win-win” situation, because it probably will lead to better treatment options for our canine friends! May even for us apes.

    tamino

    January 18, 2007 at 3:09 pm


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