DADDY, TELL ME A STORY ABOUT WMDs
today has this tidbit:
Leave it to a Marine to be blunt. When Lt. Gen. James Conway, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, was asked Friday why his Marines failed to encounter or uncover any of the weapons of mass destruction that U.S. intelligence had warned them about, his honesty put the White House to shame.
"We were simply wrong," Conway said. "It was a surprise to me then, it remains a surprise to me now, that we have not uncovered [nuclear, chemical or biological] weapons" in Iraq. And, he added, "believe me, it's not for lack of trying. We've been to virtually every ammunition supply point between the Kuwait border and Baghdad, but they're simply not there."
Of course not; they never were. Bush wanted to go to Iraq whether the people of this nation wanted it or not, so he lied.
He wasn't incorrect. He did not misspeak. He lied. How many of you can live with that? And those of you on the right--so you'll even back Bush when he puts American lives, both military and not, at risk for Haliburton(who moved in before the war was even done--and that's VERY fast, innit?) and lies to do it? If so you aren't Americans. Simple as that. You're callow toadies of a dangerous regime that doesn't care about your lives or safety any more than that of those of us on the left. The attacks on 9/11 didn't care if you watch Fox News or not; right and left-wingers both died on that day.
So since Bush has, in his attempt to take advantage of people's fear to institute an agenda he already had planned, allowed Al-Quaida to regroup, my question is: how could you think he's doing a good job? In what way are we being protected? All I see is our rights being destroyed but no safety, even, in exchange. One, as Franklin said, who is willing to sacrifice liberty for a little temporary safety is deserving of neither liberty or safety. Well, soon we'll have neither. I can almost kind of understand--if not agree with--those who say these are dangerous times and liberty needs to be restricted for safety. But what kind of idiot gives up their liberty and, in exchange, gets far less safety than ever before?
And that's leaving aside the thousands of Iraqi civilians Bush murdered, and is starving right now. And even laying off the few who have jobs, which I guess is his way of bringing a bit of America to Iraq.
WATCH BILL O'REILLY HOLD HIS BREATH TILL HE TURNS BLUE
By the way, if you'd like to see a left-winger stand up to a right-wing demagogue for once, have a look at this RealPlayer clip of the BookTV conference
at which Al Franken got Bill O'Reilly to lose it. Seems O'Reilly claimed INSIDE EDITION had won not just one but a few Peabodies. They never even won one, and Bill, as you know, never likes to admit he's wrong. But he also forgets he's not on his show when he tells Franken to "SHUT UP! JUST SHUT UP!" but he can't cut Franken's mike. To get to the exact spot on the clip(and I do recommend watching the whole thing), fast forward about 40 minutes in.
Oh, by the way, it did win something called a Polk award, but after O'Reilly left.