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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Bush's Fan Club is Shrinking

"This is just a convergence of the ineptitude of one man, of the complicity of a number of other senior people in the administration -- I don't know their exact motives -- and a horrible situation for the Pentagon, because the Pentagon realizes that the American soldiery in Iraq is being brutalized in a way that then casts disrespect on the American army, that interferes with recruitment. I, two years ago, gave a talk near Fort Bragg in North Carolina, and already dozens of people from the military were saying that this was going to be a black eye. And it's worse than a black eye. And you really have to say, and I have to say, that Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld, if we had a parliamentary system, they would be there before the bar of the Congress, having to defend this. And that's where they should be."
-Kevin Phillips, former top Republican strategist and author of the new book, "American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century." He dedicates his book to the millions of Republicans, present and lapsed, who have opposed the Bush dynasty
(this is from an interview on today's Democracy Now)

"During World War II, American soldiers en route to Britain before D-Day were given a pamphlet on how to behave while awaiting the invasion. The most important quote in it was this: "It is impolite to criticize your host; it is militarily stupid to criticize your allies." By that rule, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is not competent to lead our armed forces. First, his failure to build coalitions with our allies from what he dismissively called "old Europe" has imposed far greater demands and risks on our soldiers in Iraq than necessary. Second, he alienated his allies in our own military, ignoring the advice of seasoned officers and denying subordinates any chance for input. In sum, he has shown himself incompetent strategically, operationally and tactically, and is far more than anyone else responsible for what has happened to our important mission in Iraq. Mr. Rumsfeld must step down."
-Paul Eaton, a retired Army major general, was in charge of training the Iraqi military from 2003 to 2004

"One can't doubt that the American objective in Iraq has failed."
-William Buckley, Editor of the National Review and considered by many as "The Voice of Conservatism"


At 3/21/2006 4:40 PM, Anonymous George clooney said...


At 3/21/2006 4:55 PM, Anonymous truthseeker said...

Didn't you hear Bush earlier today? Being president is hard work! Who do these guys think they are??

At 3/22/2006 6:53 AM, Anonymous timmy said...

Bush's fan club is shirinking?

Kevin Philips never was.

Paul Eaton is refering to Rumsfeld, not Bush.

And do you seriously think William F. Buckley would vote for Kerry over Bush is the election were held today?

At 3/22/2006 1:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quotes from Kevin Phillips while discussing Iraq on NPR when being interviewed by Terri Gross.

"There may be trumpets of democracy but it's drums of gasoline."

"For a hundred years now the military focus on the Middle East has been oil related. The emerging oil fields of Saudi Arabia of Iraq of Iran have been targets. They were targets in WWI, they were targets in WWII, they've been targets ever since. The notion that a war is fought in that part of the world and it is not related to oil is a joke."

Oh and Timmy, Phillips helped Nixon get elected in '68 and it's entirely irrelevant who Buckley would vote for. Neither of these guys are wild-eyed liberals and their statements are pretty straight forward. The Neocon boat is springing leaks all over the place so now the GOP rats are jumping ship.

I would be enjoying this scene more if not for the fact that the rest of the country, which includes me, might end up sinking with them. I hate paying for the incompetence and stupidity of others. Don't you?

At 3/22/2006 4:00 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

I never said Kevin Philips didn't support Nixon. I said he never supported Bush. Philips has been off the Republican Reservation for some time.

Buckley believes the mission in Iraq is marred, yet says that Bush, "..has presided over a great deal. The deposition of Saddam, his imprisonment and (never-ending) prosecution; the institution of the working rudiments of democracy. A government. And a continuing effort to train natives to take over policing the rebaptized state." He also thinks we should be turning our attention to North Korea and Iran, for reasons he says, "which will tax us contingently, on a larger scale than the Saddam/Iraq war".

You're pretty happy to quote Buckley concerning his problems on Iraq. I wonder if you'll still be quoting him when he starts writing about we should do regarding North Korea and Iran....

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