Now Playing: Arthur Ruger at Washblog
Topic: Members Speak Out
and the Republicans want us to stay that course?
Led nationally this week by Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), who trails his Democratic challenger in Pennsylvania by 18 points, the desparate national party of CEO McGavick and Rubber Stamp Reichert is all gaga over the discovery that there WERE weapons of mass destruction after all.
Republicans distorting this pretended newly discovered fact intend that we then conclude that Bush's big lie wasn't a lie after all ...
that 2500+ troop deaths and the murder of innocent Iraqi citizens is not the fault of Republican arm-chair warriors.
You can read Santorum's self-serving grandstand posture as a modern Paul Revere at his Senate Site and lose your breath in the heroic vindicating quality of his announcement.
Donald Rumsfeld, another armchair warrior under fire joins in with his own boy-am-I-relieved-now declaration: link to WAPO, Early Warning by William Arkin
The report says in part:
-- "Since 2003 Coalition forces have recovered approximately 500 weapons munitions which contain degraded mustard or sarin nerve agent.
-- Despite many efforts to locate and destroy Iraq's pre-Gulf War chemical munitions, filled and unfilled pre-Gulf War chemical munitions are assessed to still exist."
And Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld evidently agrees.
Yesterday, he told reporters that he was concerned "if they got into the wrong hands" because "they are weapons of mass destruction."
Well, yes they ARE weapons of mass destruction the same way a kiwi and a watermelon are both considered fruit.
... even if among these newly-revealed 500 whatevers that were in existence prior to the first Gulf War there isn't anything that could have come close to that dreaded "mushroom cloud" - the anxiety image that prompted dumbed down Americans to not oppose the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
But the current dust-up over an intelligence memo indicating that U.S. forces have recovered about 500 old chemical munitions does prove one thing: When it comes to weapons of mass destruction, we are unable to differentiate and unable to have a rational debate. The term WMD has also become so expansive as to become meaningless.
...The problem is that Santorum, Rumsfeld, President Bush, Cheney, and most Washington wonks love to say "weapons of mass destruction" They don't differentiate between, say, Russian intercontinental missiles with multiple nuclear warheads and 20-year-old Iraqi chemical shells.
The threshold for labeling something WMD in this world is low, if it exists at all. Many of the "chemical munitions" found in Iraq were even "unfilled" shells. That is, they had never been filled with chemical agent, according to the summary. But, as Rumsfeld says, "they are weapons of mass destruction."
Such antics of course are part of the national and state Republican pretended wisdom of why we are occupying Iraq,
why our sons and daughters are fighting the Bush-labeled "noble cause" around which Bush and Republicans cannot or are too afraid to wrap a clearly stated definition ...
why no Republican is willing nor has the courage to say what the course we must stay on looks like so as to help American citizens understand why we must ...
Strictly limited RNC-dictated talking points in both the House and Senate last week where Reichert, Hastings and McMorris all joined in the blind-obedience chorus - and where CEO McGavick wants to sing in the same choir - included the coward's way of avoiding responsibility.
Karl Rove attempted to put on a soldier's uniform when he made his cowardly declaration about courageous soldiers who fight as opposed to cowardly non-soldiers who "cut and run" (see footnote at end of article).
This from someone who avoided service; who himself cut and ran during Viet Nam. These antics from prominent Republicans hang around the party's candidates necks like gaudy ties and we fail if we don't ask them if they agree with and support these chicken hawk declarations from the likes of Rove and Cheney.
All Republicans should be challenged to clarify publicly whether or not they agree with and support the self-serving cowardice of Rove, Cheney and Bush who have no credibility as warriors and embarrass every American solider and veteran when they put on the tough-talk uniform.
In our own state, the Republican Party has no firm Iraq strategy nor agenda that reflects the common good of our country and its citizens.
Particularly damaging for Republicans is the party's total lack of sensitivity regarding the actual soldiers and their families who reside here.
Led now by CEO McGavick and the Congressional Republican marionettes, Washington Republicans have repeatedly - with a blind insistence and insensitivity - offered soldiers and their families the empty slogan, "Stay the Course"
... a phrase totally devoid of substance, meaning and relevance in a meaningful way
... a phrase the use of which fails to address positively the day-to-day struggle of coping with life that includes loved ones in harms way.
Why have Republicans done this and failed us?
Because the directive comes from the Republican National Committee and its dominant strategists who also hold the Presidential hands attempting to hang on to the government steering wheel.
What the lock-step robot-like and narrowly restricted speeches in the recent House and Senate "debates" on the occupation of Iraq reflect is an assumption that American voters are limited in their attention spans ...
that cheap and shabby sound-bite phrases like "cut and run" are all we need to hear .... worse, all we need to know.
So in Washington we find ourselves having to deal with a party and candidates that dissemintate half-truths, falsehoods and disingenuous cherry-picked facts to Washingtonians.
Because we are presumed to be stupid, ignorant, naive and gullible.
Don't believe me?
What state party distorted information about sex offenders and then sent pictoral flyers to a limited number of specifically selected legislative districts rather than statewide - which one would think a party concerned about the whole state would do as part of civic responsibility?
Which party went out of its way to disenfranchise voters and belittle voting rights in the interest of limiting the size of the vote as a tactic for election victory?
What party created the moniker "Death Tax" as a framing phrase for the Estate Tax and then pretended that the Estate Tax harms and victimizes a majority of citizens when only the richest are impacted?
What party demeans and ridicules the idea of working toward peace - including an advocacy for a Department of Peace?
What party refers to peace as an alternative having no credibility in the real world where wars are started by lies and liars and sustained by willful refusal to accept responsibility and make no effort to define missions, courses, jobs and exit strategies?
Go to the state Republican website and read the public announcements that reek with the arrogance of assumed electoral stupidity.
The issue here is that even as I write this, the overwhelming majority opinion in this country is that America is off-track;
America is tragically moving in wrong directions.
Polls continually reflect this concern and a national pessimism even more powerful than the considerable unpopularity of the occupation of Iraq.
Most Americans believe we are off track and tragically moving in the wrong direction to our own national and local detriment
... and the Republicans want us to stay that course?
*Based on Republican usage and definition, the following are logical conclusions of what it means to cut and run:
Failure to support the troops and the willful act of cutting funds to the VA is a case of cut and run.
Hiding caskets returning home from the occupation of Iraq and sneaking them into the country in the middle of the night is a case of cut and run.
Refusal to meet with a grieving mother last summer was case of cut and run.
Refusal to find and fire leakers is a case of cut and run.
Refusal to take responsibility for failure in the wake of Katrina is a case of cut and run.
Refusal to effect a thorough rebuilding of Louisiana and Mississippi is a case of cut and run.
The Medicare D program with it's betrayal of citizens to cater to corporations is a case of cut and run.
Millions of children who have been left behind is a case of cut and run.
Cowering before Right Wing Christian blowhards and making public declarations in support of legislation against gay marriage and gay rights is a case of cut and run.
Cowering before Right Wing Christian blowhards in appointing judges too far of the course they ought to stay on is a case of cut and run.
Shall I continue?
Better yet, how many more examples can we find? Comments are welcome.