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Wednesday, May 12, 2004

Andy Starting to See the Light 

Andrew Sullivan is slowly shaking off the befuddlement of having been duped into trusting the inexcusably incompetent...

The one anti-war argument that, in retrospect, I did not take seriously enough was a simple one. It was that this war was noble and defensible but that this administration was simply too incompetent and arrogant to carry it out effectively. I dismissed this as facile Bush-bashing at the time. I was wrong. I sensed the hubris of this administration after the fall of Baghdad, but I didn't sense how they would grotesquely under-man the post-war occupation, bungle the maintenance of security, short-change an absolutely vital mission, dismiss constructive criticism, ignore even their allies (like the Brits), and fail to shift swiftly enough when events span out of control.

Well that was only one place we were right, but baby steps Andy. Baby steps. So does this mean you're off the Bush-wagon? I mean, he's trying to prevent everyone of your sexual orientation from having rights equal to those of his own and now you acknowledge that he's completely fucked up your pet "humanitarian" war. How much is too much? When does the straw do some back breaking?


Kerry Suggests a New War Plan 

For those who say that no Democrat has a viable alternative to the shit-mess we've made of the "war on terror."
Read this.

If getting Rummy out is not a solid proposal at this point I don't know what is. The guy has fucked shit up from day one and continues to do so without slowing or really seeming to know what's actually going on in the world. The best thing we can do to help the effort against Al Quaeda is get him out...and Kerry's saying that and proposing solid alternatives.

So short of parroting the failed policies of the Bush administration, I don't know what is expected of the Dems from those clinging to the idea that this war (Iraq, not the real war on terror) was a good idea (understandable) and those who believe it is being prosecuted properly (incomprehensible).

Moral Relativism 

So the White House is doing just what I thought they would, they're using Berg's horrific murder to try to water down the disgusting abuse we perpetrated on our prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan...

The Bush administration said those who beheaded Berg would be hunted down and brought to justice. The White House condemned the killing, which it said reinforced its insistence that US abuses of prisoners paled in comparison with the crimes of its enemies.

So the new standard for American behavior: We can do whatever we want as long as we're not as bad as Al Qaeda.

The next time a Republican tries to use moral relativism or "moral equivalence" or talk about our "moral high ground" when in conversation with me, I'll walk away. I feel no need to defend myself against that attack from those who would support Bush Co. ever again. Ever. Even after we kick his spoiled, ignorant ass out of office and get ourselves a president with an IQ over 65. Even when the neoconservatives have fully imploded in their utter wrongness. Even when filth like Inhofe spouts vitriol in the name of god (sounding a whole lot like Bin Laden). Oh...was that moral equivalence? I DON'T GIVE A SHIT ANYMORE!!!

Religious extremists are religious extremists no matter what book they pretend god wrote. Yeah, I said it.

UPDATE: Inhofe on the prisoner abuse.

UPDATE ON THE UPDATE: Jeff points out in comments this is from the Guardian. In the interest of being fair and balanced, I usually ignore Fox News because it is pro-war to the point of lying, and the Guardian is anti-war enough that until comes up with a quotation for that assertion or someone more neutral on the war issue reports something similar, I'll concede it could be fabricated. I still stand by the overall point of this post...

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Beheading 

A public fucking beheading. You've gotta be fucking kidding me. I have about as much faith in humanity right now as...there's nothing infintesimal enough to compare to.

One sick fucking stunt after another. One thing is certain. We can't expect Al-Qaida to be the good guys here. And we're not doing a very good job of being the good guys ourselves. If we want to win this "war," we HAVE TO BE THE GOOD GUYS!

We can't expect the people responsible for 9/11 to respond to our abuse in any way except how they did, with sick fucking sadism. But we can't use that sadism as an excuse for our own or we all lose.

You can "moral equivalence" me all you want, but tell that to the innocent guy we picked up and threw in Abu Ghraib and sodomized with a flashlight. You think he and his family are on our side now? Is that a heart and mind won? We have to rise above the filth we are fighting, and by that I DON'T mean the Iraqi people, I mean the people we should have been fighting the whole time we've been fucking around in Iraq wasting lives and money: the people who just cut off a man's head for a revenge video.

This goes on in his name on both sides of a fight and people still think there's a god. I pity the naivete...

UPDATE: On being the good guys, check out this post by Josh Marshall. Right on point...and big ups to Senators Graham, McCain, and Warner for reminding me that there are good, smart Republicans still around despite all the Inhofes, DeLays, Cheneys and Rumsfelds...

Sunday, May 09, 2004

Disgust 

This will probably be my only post for a while because of finals still, but I had to put something up about the Abu Ghraib "situation."

This is affecting me more than anything has since 9/11.

I'm beyond disgusted. There are no words to describe what I feel right now.



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