Get out of Jail Free Card

Mr. President, this is not a Monopoly Game (‘though I’m sure from your point of view, there isn’t much difference). You will be held accountable by history if not by the Courts of this world. Congress will not give you a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.

You have “Decided” how you will pursue this “War” and now you want someone to take the accountability. Seems like it matches the pattern we have become accustomed to from you since you left college.

Bush’s Problem

Bush’s problem is he sees big issues and has simplistic responses. With his inability to expand, and unwillingness to change, his ideas he leaves even his own party scratching their heads.

Tribunal Dispute Could Ruin GOP Strategy – washingtonpost.com: “The problem, Lungren said, is that the complexity of the tribunal and wiretapping issues do not lend themselves to the quick action Bush wants.

‘This is a big deal to drop in our laps,’ he added. ‘There is some discomfort with the time period we’ve been given.'”

And then you have to wonder who it is that is driving the country when time after time the response to a problem skews off into some strange direction and never seems to get back to the original issue.

Since when has breaking the law by the executive branch been the status quo? I mean, come on Mr. President…warrantless wiretaps and torture, secret prisons and secret evidence…are you the only person in America (or the world) who doesn’t see how off the charts UN-American this is? And it’s on these issues you want to run an election. If we are ever to see justice return to this country then I can only hope you get what you want and the elections this fall turn on the reality of your “issues”. Right is right, legal is legal and you Mr. President are neither.

A License to Abuse

After reading this editorial this morning I had the uneasy experience of seeing the White House’s Stephen Hadley on Face The Nation, try to justify their reasoning about their “Torture Amendment”. His appearance after Sen. Linsey Graham (R-S.C.)who articulated the reason he is opposed to the program was a sham of misdirection.

A License to Abuse – washingtonpost.com: “Rather than admit that he wants to legalize disappearances and torture, Mr. Bush ominously warns that ‘the program’ won’t continue unless Congress passes his bill. He says ‘time’s running out,’ even though it’s not. There are no detainees in the CIA prisons at the moment, according to the president, and the only clock running out is that measuring the midterm election campaign. There is no need for Congress to act in the next two weeks. But if it does, the clear answer to Mr. Bush’s question, endorsed by Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), former secretary of state Colin L. Powell and a host of other responsible Republican and military leaders, is ‘no.’ For both moral and practical reasons, the country should reject this fundamental violation of its principles.”

For five years the White House has had a problem with Americans being held accountable to the World Court. This push by the White House does not have anything to do with the “War on Terror” and everything to do with protecting this administration from being called to account by the World Court for the actions they have instituted in the last five years. The “Decider” never wants to be held accountable for his decisions…fact of life in America.

To torture or not to torture…Is there a question here?

You know, I’m getting really tired of this Administration trying to tell me what morality is. As they lie and cheat and push crony politics to new limits, they seem to have a disconnect with reality (like I’m the first person to say that). I can only hope that the misgivings being expressed by some Republicans are real and will turn into real push back for the White House.

GOP Infighting on Detainees Intensifies – washingtonpost.com: “Joining McCain and the other Republicans this week was former secretary of state Colin L. Powell, who wrote in a letter that reinterpreting the Geneva Conventions would encourage other countries to ‘doubt the moral basis of our fight against terrorism.’
Bush bristled at the criticism from his former top diplomat yesterday, calling it “flawed logic” and accusing Powell of equating U.S. tactics with those of terrorists, even though Powell’s letter made no such comparison. “It’s unacceptable to think that there’s any kind of comparison between the behavior of the United States of America and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children,” Bush said.”

Colin Powell spent a lot of his political capital in backing the Bush agenda during his first term. Hopefully he has enough left to actually make a difference in this one.

As I think back over the anger in the Bush rhetoric of the last couple of weeks the one image from 9/11 that keeps replaying in my mind is the deer in the headlights look the President had in that school room in Florida. Was he really that scared? Is it that fear that has translated into all of the craziness of the past 5 years? Is it really just the macho posturing of the scared bully who can’t let anyone see just how afraid of the world he really is?

That’s what I keep seeing in his threats to just take his toys and go home if we wont play by his rules…Maybe we need to start treating him like that little bully. Go ahead Mr. President, close down your secret prisons, stop your Orwellian NSA programs, call off your attack dog of a VP. Personally, I’d rather take my chances with the terrorists than watch you take this country down that road. Mr. President, I trust the Police and Firefighters, the Military and the FBI, they will do everything within their power to protect and serve America. What they won’t do is dismantle the constitution to do it. Mr. President, with every speech you give and every lie you tell, I trust you less and less (and starting where you did in 2000 with me you really had to work to go lower).

Mr. President take your toys and…

the ramblings of my brain over that first cup… and other meanders