November 21, 2005

Cheney argues for permanent war

Vice President Dick Cheney just completed an address to the conservative think tank American Enterprise Institute in which he predictably mouthed mostly slogans and appeals to patriotic calls for how tough we are, how great the troops are, and how we'd "lose" somehow if we didn't continue to send troops to their deaths.

In his usual attempt to scare the hell out of the rubes, he falsely implied that if U.S. troops were pulled back, Osama bin Laden would then rule the country.

One phrase was notable when he said, "We will not retreat in the face of brutality, and we will never live at the mercy of tyrants or terrorists."

Isn't continuing to send our resources and human capitol to be targets for insurgents and to be killed on a daily basis doing just that? Isn't the U.S. "at the mercy" of tyrants and terrorists to a greater by virtue of our invading Iraq, the very thing Cheney feels we must continue indefinitely?.

Cheney et. al. are doing all of this in our names as U.S. citizens. Our economy is at dire risk from the simply staggering deficits this administration and the Republican congress has run up, and the costs of this war against a tactic is bleeding the country white, straining our military to the breaking point, and destroying our reputation around the world. And all along, Bush has called for no sacrifice from Americans whatsoever, only telling us to keep shopping and buying Hummers, and continuing to fight for ever larger tax cuts to those making over $200,000 a year.

As a result, everyone in this country who makes less than that is directly impacted in one way or another, in the Republicans gutting student aid, food stamps, school funding, and on and on. The direct result is higher local taxes, cutting school programs, reduced services, increased pollution, unsafe drugs, destroying our basic freedoms and the bill of rights, and thousands of other effects. And perhaps most egregious, saddling future generations with such mammoth debt that they will have to suffer even more cuts in government services and assistance.

Aren't we most certainly living "at the mercy" of terror right now, and precisely because of Republicans/Bush/Cheney/
Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz/Pearl, and the rest of the violence first crowd?

I invite readers to read the transcript of Cheney's remarks and see how many times they can spot ironic statements that apply more fittingly to their administration.

Please feel free to read it and offer your reactions.

5 Comments:

At 11/21/2005 11:19 AM, Blogger youngridemocrat said...

I watched with great interest Congressman Murtha on "Meet the Press" yesterday. He hit a grand slam with his presence and position and policy. What a patriot he is!

I also appreciated Republican U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel's comment over the weekend, "Dissent IS patriotic. Not to dissent is not patriotic."

Or something like that.

Murtha hits some excellent points:
1) U.S. isn't making progress in Iraq,
2) The Iraqis need to be accountable and responsible and the only way that will happen is if we begin a withdrawal or a relocation of our US troops to the periphery,
3) Our presence is actually stirring up more hatred and terrorism against American boys

How dare anyone call Congressman Murtha unpatriotic and aiding terrorists. Shame on them. Shame on the name calling. This issue is far too important for name calling.

 
At 11/21/2005 1:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well we are back to that again with Cheney.
They have started a war by crashing planes into the towers and blaming it on a semi-ficticios terrorist group.
Now President Cheney makes the case for permenant war.
It always comes back to that.
Ever since they stoled the election of 2000.
Permanent war!
The 14 points of facism.
But I kringe at the Hitler comparison.
Hitler has been called an evil genius. I don't think anyone will accuse the Appointed one of being a genius!

 
At 11/21/2005 10:07 PM, Blogger Whetam Knauckweirst said...

Throughout the 2000 election, I recall Bush/Cheney voicing vehement hatred for "government." My belief is that the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (if the Afghanistan war were a TV show, it'd be cancelled by now due to lack of public attention) were concocted in part to literally break the government in order to privatize the entire country.

Even after Enron, Worldcom, Tyco, et al, there still pervades this egregious fallacy that the private sector can somehow provide better for the public than government can. Of course government is slow and fraught with red-tape and insane regulations, at times. But the private sector is equally fraught with corruption and greed. If I had to make the unfortunate choice between incompetence and greed, I'd go with incompetence.

To quote an Irish expression, the private sector is comprised of people who would build a nest in your ear and then turn around and charge you rent.

If Bush/Cheney aren't trying to break America over their, someone should grab them quick and tell them what's happening...

 
At 11/22/2005 8:37 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

So true Matt. In the famous words of Grover Norquist, their primary goal was to shrink government to the point where "we can drown in in a bathtub".

It's a poorly hidden secret that their assaults on all New Deal entitlement programs and other programs which help the citizens of this country, rampant and incredibly reckless spending on defense and other pet projects, and their relentless zeal to at the same time slash government revenues are designed to spend the country so broke that there is no other choice but to slash or eliminate such programs as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

So yes folks, it's true. The Republicans are destroying this country, but it's not all due to incompetence, some of it is purposeful.

 
At 11/22/2005 8:40 AM, Blogger The Inside Dope said...

So true Matt. In the famous words of Grover Norquist, their primary goal was to shrink government to the point where "we can drown in in a bathtub".

It's a poorly hidden secret that their assaults on all New Deal entitlement programs and other programs which help the citizens of this country, rampant and incredibly reckless spending on defense and other pet projects, and their relentless zeal to at the same time slash government revenues are designed to spend the country so broke that there is no other choice but to slash or eliminate such programs as Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare.

So yes folks, it's true. The Republicans are destroying this country, but it's not all due to incompetence, some of it is purposeful in order to drag us back to the Gilded age of robber barrons with no restrictions on wealth or competition and absolutely zero protections or rights for workers, no unions, no nothing. Survival of the fittest.

And if the lower classes are dying in the streets, so be it. Tough luck for them.

Next time you hear a Republican whine about "class warfare", just keep in mind that it is them who are waging it.

 

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