Friday, June 24, 2005

"Curses! If it weren't for you meddling hippies..."

If ever there were any doubts that the Bush Administration had completely jumped the shark, let them be dispelled by Karl "Puppetmaster" Rove's lunatic remarks made at a fund-raiser Wednesday in Manhattan.

Karl Rove came to the heart of Manhattan last night to rhapsodize about the decline of liberalism in politics, saying Democrats responded weakly to Sept. 11 and had placed American troops in greater danger by criticizing their actions.

"Conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 in the attacks and prepared for war; liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attacks and wanted to prepare indictments and offer therapy and understanding for our attackers," Mr. Rove, the senior political adviser to President Bush, said at a fund-raiser in Midtown for the Conservative Party of New York State.

Citing calls by progressive groups to respond carefully to the attacks, Mr. Rove said to the applause of several hundred audience members, "I don't know about you, but moderation and restraint is not what I felt when I watched the twin towers crumble to the ground, a side of the Pentagon destroyed, and almost 3,000 of our fellow citizens perish in flames and rubble."

Mr. Rove also said American armed forces overseas were in more jeopardy as a result of remarks last week by Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, who compared American mistreatment of detainees to the acts of "Nazis, Soviets in their gulags, or some mad regime - Pol Pot or others."

"Has there ever been a more revealing moment this year?" Mr. Rove asked. "Let me just put this in fairly simple terms: Al Jazeera now broadcasts the words of Senator Durbin to the Mideast, certainly putting our troops in greater danger. No more needs to be said about the motives of liberals."

In short: liberals are traitors! They're undermining our precious War on Terror! If we lose, you know who to blame! The same folk who made sure we'd lose Vietnam! Dirty peacenik hippies!!

Bush and his 1/2 watt brain trust dropped the ball on a war they made up from thin air (if you can't win your own manufactured war, what the hell good are you??). And now that they're realizing that they've planted this country in an unimaginably costly lose/lose situation, they're trying to foist off the responsibility for their quagmire onto the very people who warned them against it in the first place! These filthy bastards know what's coming around that corner and, thanks to their arrogant, ham-fisted bungling, it's not victory and a glorious democratized mideast and oodles of cheap oil. It's defeat; ignominious, expensive, humiliating defeat. The kind of defeat that will hang around the neck of their party (and this country) like the rotting albatross it is unless they can save face by convincing the American people that the disaster wasn't their fault. With their approval ratings plummeting all across the board, these acts of PR desperation should come as no surprise and I can safely assume that their rancor is only going to get worse the closer to defeat they come.

In re: to Rove's comments, I can't say that his endorsement of hysterical and unfocused revenge as a valid diplomatic stance is unexpected, but I really have to wonder what the hell is supposed to be wrong about understanding your enemy. Even if you didn't want to get at the root of terrorism by figuring out why people would feel the need to strap explosives to their bodies or fly planes into buildings, wouldn't it make tactical sense to understand your enemy? Or has Bush's cabal swallowed their own propaganda and truly believe that they're dealing with scatterbrained, suicidal "crazies" who just need a good killin', hence their unconcern about creating scores of new potential terrorists in the mideast via torture, humiliation, and, who knew.. unfocused revenge? It's a vicious cycle and the neocons are more than happy to fuel it because they're making out like bandits (which, of course, was the point behind creating a phoney war in the first place). So pay no attention to that man behind the curtain. Your enemies are just loopy foreign bad guys who hate your freedom.

Naturally, the White House and so-called liberal media are dutifully ignoring Rove's "motives of liberals" comment, the lynchpin of his tirade. As Atrios says, "For the record, my motives aren't to get more troops killed. If those were my motives I'd ship them off to a war on false pretenses without sufficient equipment to keep them safe." The bottom line is this; to this Administration, half of this country, probably more, is the enemy, and that includes Democrats in the armed forces. The party that has happily sucked face with Saddam Hussein, continues to do so with the Saudis, and is getting our troops and Iraqi civilians killed by the thousands for their greed, has nothing but disdain for anyone who would ever second guess what they're doing (more than half of the country at the moment according to Zogby and the American Research Group). They're tyrants and every day they hold power is a blot on this country's honor and reputation.


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