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post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 
This is from a commentary written by Charlie Reese. The whole commentary can be found here.

*begin quote from Charley Reese's column*
At any rate, because of the cabal of neoconservatives and President Bush's big blunder, we are now in a literally endless war; we have attacked two sovereign nations, Afghanistan and Iraq; we have obligated ourselves to spend billions of dollars rebuilding those countries; we have not found bin Laden or Saddam Hussein; we have passed legislation that is a threat to American civil liberties; we have alienated key European allies; we have created a serious credibility problem by lying about weapons of mass destruction; and we have aggravated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict by giving Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon a green light to assassinate, reoccupy and brutalize the Palestinians under the guise of "fighting terrorism."

And worst of all, the president seems to have divorced himself from reality and is oblivious to what is really happening in the world.
*end quote*

I hope everyone takes the time to read the whole column. Reese has some excellent points to consider. I think he is right on target.

What does everyone else think?
post #2 of 15
He seems to have summed up the situation pretty well.

I wish the Democrats would get their act together and get a strong, decent candidate. Or that it made sense to vote independent.
post #3 of 15
There isn't a single word that I disagree with.
post #4 of 15
Bush doesn't have a clue what he is doing. His economic and foreign policies are killing us. The California recall should be redirected at Bush. I dread thinking that the democrats may not come up with a viable candidate and we have to live with Bush another 4 years.
post #5 of 15
Thread Starter 
Originally posted by Momofmany
[The California recall should be redirected at Bush.
Does this mean that Arnold could be our next president?
post #6 of 15
I think he's right on target. I especially find his comments on Saddam Hussein and Al Queida (sp) very telling. This past weekend, Vice President Dick Cheney suggested (by not denying) that Hussein and Al Queida were linked. Since then, the President himself had to play down what his own second in command said. To me, that suggests that Bush's people feel free to say what they want, and forget the facts. It makes Bush look bad when he has to go on record to say that his people were wrong, and it makes him look like he's out of the loop. Situations like this just reinforce the idea that Bush isn't in command, but that the other people around him are.
post #7 of 15
Here's some more food for thought. This appeared in today's International Herald Tribune (published by the NY Times):

"U.S. facing a rise in Iraqi hostility
Aides' account disputes official line
By Douglas Jehl and David E. Sanger

WASHINGTON: New intelligence assessments are warning that the United States' most formidable foe in Iraq in the months ahead may be the resentment of ordinary Iraqis increasingly hostile to the U.S. military occupation, Defense Department officials say.
That picture, shared with U.S. military commanders in Iraq, is very different from the public view currently being presented by senior Bush administration officials, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who again on Tuesday listed only "dead-enders, foreign terrorists and criminal gangs" as opponents of the U.S. occupation.
The Defense Department officials spoke on condition of anonymity, saying they were concerned about retribution for straying from the official line.
But they said it was a mistake for the administration to discount the role of ordinary Iraqis who have little in common with the groups Rumsfeld cited, but whose anger over the U.S. presence appears to be kindling some sympathy for those attacking U.S. forces. ...."
post #8 of 15
This came across my e-mail this morning. Granted there is a lot of propoganda here, but when you look at the general state of affairs in this country, there is a lot of truth in this propoganda.

Presidential Confession

I attacked and took over two countries.

I spent the U.S. surplus and bankrupted the US Treasury.

I shattered the record for the biggest annual deficit in history.

I set an economic record for the most personal bankruptcies filed in any 12 month period.

I set all-time record for the biggest drop in the history of the stock market.

I am the first president in decades to execute a federal prisoner.

In my first year in office I set the all-time record for most days on vacation by any president in US history.

After taking the entire month of August off for vacation, I presided over the worst security failure in US history.

I set the record for most campaign fund raising trips by any president in US history.

In my first two years in office over 2 million Americans lost their jobs.

I cut unemployment benefits for more out-of-work Americans than any other president in US history.

I set the all-time record for most real estate foreclosures in a 12-month period.

I appointed more convicted criminals to administration positions than any president in US history.

I set the record for the fewest press conferences of any president, since the advent of TV.

I signed more laws and executive orders amending the Constitution than any other US president in history.

I presided over the biggest energy crises in US history and refused to intervene when corruption was revealed.

I cut health care benefits for war veterans.

I set the all-time record for most people worldwide to simultaneously take to the streets to protest me (15 million people), shattering the record for protest against any person in the history of mankind.

I dissolved more international treaties than any president in US history.

I've made my presidency the most secretive and unaccountable of any in US history.

Members of my cabinet are the richest of any administration in US history. (The poorest multimillionaire, Condoleeza Rice, had a Chevron oil tanker named after her.)

I am the first president in US history to have all 50 states of the Union simultaneously struggle against bankruptcy.

I presided over the biggest corporate stock market fraud in any market in any country in the history of the world.

I am the first president in US history to order a US attack AND military occupation of a nation for no reason, and I did so against the will of the United Nations and the vast majority of the international community.

I have created the largest government department bureaucracy in the history of the United States, called the "Bureau of Homeland Security".

I set the all-time record for biggest annual budget spending increases, more than any other president in US history.

I am the first president in US history to compel the United Nations remove the US from the Human Rights Commission.

I am the first president in US history to have the United Nations remove the US from the Elections Monitoring Board.

I removed more checks and balances, and have the least amount of congressional oversight than any administration.

I rendered the entire United Nations irrelevant.

I withdrew from the World Court of Law.

I refused to allow inspectors access to US prisoners of war and by default no longer abide by the Geneva Conventions.

I am the first president in US history to refuse United Nations election inspectors access during the 2002 US elections.

I am the all-time US (and world) record holder for most corporate campaign donations.

The biggest lifetime contributor to my campaign, who is also one of my best friends, presided over one of the largest corporate bankruptcy frauds in world history (Kenneth Lay, former CEO of Enron Corporation).

I spent more money on polls and focus groups than any president in US history.

I am the first president to run and hide when the US came under attack (and then lied, saying the enemy had the code to Air Force 1).

I am the first US president to establish a secret shadow government.

I took the world's sympathy for the US after 9/11, and in less than a year made the US the most resented country in the world (possibly the biggest diplomatic failure in US and world history).

I am the first US president in history to have a majority of the people of Europe (71%) view my presidency as the biggest threat to world peace and stability.

I changed US policy to allow convicted criminals to be awarded government contracts.

I set the all-time record for the number of administration appointees who violated US law by not selling their huge investments in corporations bidding for gov't contracts.

I have removed more freedoms and civil liberties for Americans than any other president in US history.

I entered office with the strongest economy in US history and in less than two years turned every single economic category heading straight down.

RECORDS AND REFERENCES: I have at least one conviction for drunk driving in Maine (Texas driving record has been erased and is not available).

I was AWOL from the National Guard and deserted the military during time of war.

I refuse to take a drug test or even answer any questions about my illegal drug use.

All records of my tenure as governor of Texas have been spirited away to my fathers library, sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.

All records of any SEC investigations into my insider trading or bankrupt companies are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.

All minutes of meetings of any public corporation for which I served on the board are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.

Any records or minutes from meetings I (or my VP) attended regarding public energy policy are sealed in secrecy and unavailable for public review.
post #9 of 15
Can someone please explain to me how the President is responsible for corporate scandals that have been brewing for years and personal bankruptcies? I declared BK when Clinton was president - does that mean it's HIS fault that I was irresponsible with money? The companies in the scandals had been cooking their books to increase their stock value for years - well before Bush came into office - and their discovery obviously caused the stocks to plummet. And this is now Bush's fault? The country was headed into a recession which was exasperated by the terrorist attacks and destruction of two of the largest office/business complexes in the world on 9/11, and he caused all of this, right?

I don't care who is in office, the President just doesn't have that much control over the economy, and especially not people's personal economics (like bankruptcies and foreclosures). It wasn't Clinton who caused the economy to boom, and it isn't Bush's fault that it has gone down. And it won't be the next President's fault when the economy is picking up when he takes office. It's already started to recover, but sure enough they will take credit for the economy on the second day of his Presidency (assuming Bush is not re-elected).
post #10 of 15
I just printed out a copy of that - I know a lot of people who will appreciate it. One question - wasn't Timothy McVeigh executed on federal charges while Clinton was still president?
post #11 of 15
President Bush: 'I Don't Read Newspapers'
President Bush says his primary news sources are his aides.

The President says he scans headlines -- but admits to rarely reading the stories.

Mr. Bush tells Fox Television he feels he gets the most objective information from his own staff.

As for the upcoming presidential election, the president says he's paying no attention to the ten democrats trying to unseat him.

On the topic of Iraq, Mr. Bush says progress is good -- and he insists he did not underestimate the post-war violence.

Sigh. This is as good as saying "I am a puppet." But we knew that, didn't we?
post #12 of 15
Originally posted by Mom of 10 Cats
President Bush: 'I Don't Read Newspapers'
President Bush says his primary news sources are his aides.
One word-frightening.
post #13 of 15
in case anyone wanted a military opinion: we all think he's a schmuck too. LOL...i have never seen or heard so many service people have so many unkind things to say about their commander-in-chief. and it isn't just us young ones, the older ones are disgusted as well....and considering i work on the largest military base in the world, i've had a lot of people to talk to. unless we all get a case of amnesia, Bush doesn't stand a chance next election year. (god, the stories i could tell!!!!)
post #14 of 15
At least his sole source of info isn't the media! That would truly be frightening!
post #15 of 15
runs from this thread fast!! lmao
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