Bye Bye Money, Al Qaeda Among Us, Crazed Astronaut, and Liberals on Crack
Our tax dollars at work.
The mind reels, I mean, I knew the Bush administration was incompetent, but this takes the cake. Or more accurately, the pallet. Pallets of cash. Four billion dollars in cash, that’s 363 tons of cold hard cash. Sent to Iraq because our collection of exiles and criminals requested it before we gave them “sovereignty.” Most of this money, in fact as much as 12 billion dollars by some sources, cannot be accounted for. All I can think is that Bush and co thought that Iraq was like the pissant Latin American countries that the US is used to conquering. IE, we go in and give a few suitcases of cash to a few corrupt cops and generals, and voila, compliant American regime for just pennies a day. Iraq is bigger so I guess they figured that a few pallets instead of suitcases would do the trick?
The reason I am so upset about this is twofold. On the one hand it is almost too stupid to believe, but more importantly, much of this money may very well have ended up in the hands of the insurgents. And been used to buy weapons that are now shooting down our helicopters and blowing up our troops. If even a dollar of this money got into insurgent hands, Bush has some serious explaining to do. It is stunning to me that anyone still supports the man at this point, how bad does it have to get before people wake up and realize the guy at the helm doesn’t have a clue?
Moving right along, I have thought about this carefully and I think I know how many Al Qaeda agents are in the United States. Unless Al Qaeda is run by people equally as incompetent as our leaders, the perfect number of agents for them to use would be…zero. That’s right, zero. Think about it, zero agents costs them nothing, and exposes them to zero risk. And more importantly, the USA is going into hysterics and spending huge sums of money, defending against and searching for something that isn’t there! People that confuse 24 with real life of course are convinced that there are Al-Qaeda sleeper cells hiding everywhere. What can I say, America has a long and sordid history of imagining terrible enemies hiding amid us, from the copperheads in the Civil War right to the present day there are numerous examples. And in each and every case, history has shown us that our fears were exaggerated orders of magnitude beyond the actual threat.
And yeah, there are of course a few Al-Qaeda sympathizers among us, there’s a mouldy nut in every barrel and always will be. Jim Jones and Timothy McVeigh are just some recent examples, there’s dozens if not hundreds of other examples throughout our history. (Neither of them were Muslims by the way.) An enormous bomb was set off on Wall Street in the 20s, does anyone even remember that? The worst school massacre in or history also happened about then, again, gee, anyone remember that? These things are horrible, but they have always happened. Yet somehow the Republic managed to survive. I’m confident we can survive Al-Qaeda, I’m not so sure we’re going to survive the Bush regime.
Oh well. In somewhat more amusing news an American astronaut snapped her twigs and allegedly tried to kidnap/kill a rival in a lover’s triangle. Poor lady, I’m actually very sympathetic to her. Her life is ruined, in fact she’ll likely go to jail. The media circus must be a nightmare for her family. Now if she had actually managed to hurt someone, my sympathy would be considerably tempered. She didn’t, and her plan was so infantile that she clearly wasn’t in her right mind. Just shows how love can mess up one’s head. I’ve always said that love is nature’s way of warning us that we are about to get really hurt or do something really stupid. Often both, if my experience is any example.
In local news I was walking home the other day and saw something so Berkeley that it made me cringe. I like most liberals (actually I like most people period,) but sometimes they can be so liberal that even my sensibilities are bruised. In this case it was a van for some sort of children’s camp. The name of the camp? Camp Winnarainbow! It’s enough to gag a maggot.
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