Thursday, May 03, 2007

Short Stacks

Worse than Vietnam?

As the United States enters into its fifth year of the Iraq war, an increasing, and alarming, number of foreign policy experts are stating that Iraq will be worse for the U.S. than Vietnam all the while saying that the biggest difference may be that the Iraq war will inflict GREATER damage on U.S. interests than “Vietnam did.”

Said retired Air Force General, and Vietnam veteran, Charles Wald: “It (Iraq) makes Vietnam look like a cakewalk.”

Mr. Ward goes on to say that the so-called domino theory that nations across Southeast Asia would go communist didn’t happen, but with Iraq, “worst-case scenarios are the most likely thing to happen.”

Andrew F. Krepinevich Jr., a retired Army officer and author of one of the most respected studies of the U.S. military’s failure in Vietnam, agrees, saying that Iraq is worse than Vietnam “in so many ways. We knew what we were getting into in Vietnam. We didn’t here.”

“President” Bush and his Merry Band of Cronies have done nothing but exacerbate the problems of Iraq by ignoring diplomacy in the Muslim world and by failing to develop alternate energy polices to reduce our need for Middle Eastern oil… even though he labeled us a nation of foreign-oil addicts and has done absolutely nothing to alter that.

Lost: One Pillar of Conservatism

William F. Buckley, one of the fathers of modern conservatism and an “Editor at Large” at National Review has never been a fan of the Iraq War, but now he’s going farther off the republican reservation and is not only saying the war in Iraq is a lost cause and that “it is simply untrue that we (the U.S.) are making decisive progress in Iraq” but that the gop might be lost as well because of the actions of the Bush(whacked) Administration.

To have someone of Buckley’s stature question if the republican party can emerge from this administration intact has to be un-nerving to a lot of republicans and should shake things up a bit. The far-reaching actions of this administration have already spurred change in last year’s mid-terms, and continually allowing the administration to work in this manner will give a huge advantage to the Democrats in 2008.

And seeing as how this is relatively the same thing that Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said and all the conservative pundits (Malkin, Limbaugh, et al) branded him a traitor… I wonder if they’ll do the same to Buckley?

Wanted: One Prime Minister

British PM Tony Blair has announced that he will be stepping down in “in the next few weeks.”

Unfortunately for him, since he aligned himself with Bush, his legacy will consist of getting the UK into the Iraq war and… well… nothing else really.

According to the Belfast Telegraph, a survey by CommunicateResearch reveals that 69% of the British public believe he will be most remembered Iraq war, his next highest “legacy rating” (And we use ‘highest’ very, very loosely) is 9%… and that’s for his relationship with “President” Bush…


But, while his friend across the pond is suffering Nixonian-level approval numbers, there is some good news for Mr. Blair. Despite public hostility about their involvement in Iraq, 61% think that he was, overall, a good Prime Minister while only 36% thought he was a bad one.

Seeing as how his countrymen feel, do you get the feeling that Bush is feeling unappreciated?

Not the kind you find on a golf course

“President” Bush met with some of his ATM’s friends from Texas recently and they all left the meeting very worried:
[S]ome big money players up from Texas recently paid a visit to their friend in the White House. The story goes that they got out exactly one question, and the rest of the meeting consisted of the President in an extended whine, a rant, actually, about no one understands him, the critics are all messed up, if only people would see what he’s doing things would be OK…etc., etc. This is called a “bunker mentality” and it’s not attractive when a friend does it. When the friend is the President of the United States, it can be downright dangerous. Apparently the Texas friends were suitably appalled, hence the story now in circulation.
It seems that Mr. Bush has recently undertaken ranting and raving about how people don’t understand him and how unappreciated he is…

This should end well…

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