Friday, March 31, 2006

Badness

Another bad Bush/GOP week in review. I'll probably miss some of the top stories.

Bush censure hearings. John Dean, who knows a little something about political corruption from his stint as Nixon's lawyer, calls Bush's wiretapping actions worse than anything Nixon did. Ouch.

Immigration. This is a point that divids the GOP against themselves. Some want to continue to exploit illegals. Some want to expel illegals. Bush is in the first camp, and perhaps he's correct. I think the best case can be made for sealing the border and giving out permits to those already here. At least that doesn't ignore the realities of the situation. But Bush's base isn't interested in realities: they either want to exploit or expel.

Bad news from Iraq: sectarian violence continues. It is time to face facts regarding our failure. Iraq is suffering the ending that everyone feared: sectarian violence and a failure of political leadership. Instead, local warlords, each with a militia, have control on the ground and national leadership needs to deal with them - not citizens. This dooms our involvement.

Rice says we've made "thousands of errors," in Iraq. Her full quote is "I know we've made tactical errors, thousands of them, I'm sure." This is a bit like me saying the same thing over the dead body of one of my patients. Or, more aptly, if I were a surgeon.

Tony C. Rudy, one of DeLay's aides, pleads guilty to some charges and agrees to cooperate in a lobbying fraud investigation. Watch yourself when you eventually go to jail, pretty boy.

Finally, I did not know this: Bush has never gone to a funeral for a soldier killed in Iraq. Never. Hard to prove a negative, but a search through the internet: not one. And we all know there've been plenty of chances. Another one of Bush's personal failures as a leader and as a man.

13 Comments:

Blogger acumamakiki said...

He's a damn fool and a heartless bastard with ONLY his good as his concern. But apparently it doesn't matter what's been done, what he plans to do or anything else for that matter. I'm disgusted.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Ern said...

How can the people in this country NOT SEE THESE PROBLEMS? Bush and his cabinet members have broken so many laws that impeachment should be the least of his worries.

12:37 PM  
Blogger echrai said...

That last is the one that strikes deepest into my heart. The rest I've kept an eye on and knew about. But that last... pathetic. Not that he or any leader should be expected to show up at every one or anything like it. But given the magnitude, the number, the opportunity, and the circumstances... not one? Pathetic.

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Blogger marybishop said...

He did though throw out a pitch on opening day in Cincinnati so it shows he does have time and he does have his priorities...he's probably guzzling a near beer as we type...feet up and laughing. I heard he spent all weekend practicing his opening pitch.

I also heard 5 more soldiers died today.

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