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Bush- Iraq’s “Defining Moment!”

From day one of the war in Iraq, President Bush and his cohorts, Cheney and Rumsfeld, have proceeded on the assumption the fight was a military one, not a political. At his press conference on Friday, the president said the fight now raging in Baghdad and Basra represents “a defining moment in the history of Iraq” as its government endeavors to crush Mahdi militia who are loyal to Muqtada al-Sadr. “It’s going to take awhile, but it’s a necessary part of the development of a free society.” He noted “Basra has been a place where criminality has thrived… and yes, there’s going to be violence, and that’s bad.” For some reason President Bush failed to mention that Basra was under the control of British troops for four years and it was only a few months ago they left the city and are now stationed at the airport. If Basra was a place where “criminality has thrived,” is Bush attacking Great Britain’s role in the war?

The press conference comments once again demonstrated President Bush’s misunderstanding of the war in Iraq. He continues to believe engaging in military action which crushes an enemy in a city represents a “victory.” The only “victory” that will truly ensure peace in Iraq is building positive relations among the various constituents who make up what we term the country of Iraq. An angry Madhi militia could slip into the countryside and form another element along with al-Qaeda that fights the Iraq government. The only “defining moment” in the history of modern Iraq is some form of constitutional gathering which defines how various groups will function in peaceful cooperation with one another.

Seven Years Bush–Defections Beginning From USA

President Bush has proposed several plans to cut down on immigration, but, he inadvertently has hit upon a new approach– get immigrants to volutarily leave America. Martina Navratilova, who fled communist Czechoslovakia has decided to defect from the United States and return home to the Czech Republic because of the diastrous policies of George Bush. She now compares America to what it was like living under communism. “The thing is that we elected Bush. That is worse. Against that, nobody chose a Communist government.”

Unfortunately, the rest of America has to remain under the regime of George Bush. Hopefully, this November the American people will restore our prestige in the world and once again make the United States a destination people seek to go to, not from.

That’s Entertainment By George Bush

As his presidency winds down, the ongoing saga of an erratic president goes on and on. This week, while waiting on the steps of the White House for John McCain to appear, Bush broke into an impomptu display of tap-dancing, throwing his arms above in order to maintain balance. On Saturday night, Bush donned a cowboy hat, surrounded himself with what he called the Busharoos, and crooned the tune of “Green, Green, Grass Of Home” which expressed his desire for a return to the beloved home of Texas. In a take off on a Johnny Cash hit, he sang, “As I step down from the plane and there is my mama and my papa, down the lane. I look and here comes Barney, heart of gold and breath like honey…That old White House is behind me. I am once again caefree, don’t have a worry ’bout a crisis in Pyongyang.’ Down I lane I look, Dick Cheney is strolling with documents he’d been withholding, it’s good to touch the brown, brown grass of home,”

It’s good to know a man responsible for 4,000 dead American soldiers in Iraq and over a 100,000 Iraqis has a song in his heart about dear old Texas. I guess his tap dance is a mite bit better than his foreign policy dance of death.

Flawed Elections-OK-If You Are On Our Side!

A new report by Human Rights Watch denounces hypocritical western nations for accepting flawed election results if the winner turns out to be a friend of the “good guys.” Last year Nigeria experienced an election where there was widespread and credible accusations of election violence and vote-rigging, but not a word of protest emanated from western governments because the winner was viewed as friendly to the West. It is any wonder President Kibaki manipulated vote counts to ensure his victory in Kenya? After the fraudulent vote count indicated he had been “re-elected,” within hours he swore himself in and immediately had his victory recognized by the American government! In fairness, it should be noted the US State Department later had second thoughts, particularly since the entire Kenya nation erupted in violence, rapes, murder and thousands driven from their homes.

Western powers believe the mere fact there has been an “election” means one must acept the fact regardless if the process was fair and honest. Of course, when Hamas gained a victory in Palestinian elections, the US refused to recognize the new government leaders and denounced them for opposing democracy! What would have happened if Hamas Prime Minister Haniyeh had been invited for discussions in Washington and accorded respect? Would Hamas have followed the road to violence? No one knows the answer to this question, but, no one has attempted to respect winners who refuse to mouth cliches and platitudes about terrorism and the wonderful war being raged in Iraq.

Is Israel A “Jewish State?”

The history of Zionism and the quest for a homeland for Jewish people contains an underlying concept that such a homeland would be home to people of various faiths besides Jews. Until President Bush made his recent controversial remark that Israel was a “Jewish state” there is little evidence of such a feeling among prior efforts to establish peace between Israel and Muslim nations. This claim was never brought up during negotiations with the PLO, with Arafat or the Palestinian Authority. It was never raised during discussions with Egypt and Jordan when peace treaties were being hammered out with those nations. No such claim was ever made during the famous Camp David discussions between Sadat and Begin. As always, George Bush displayed his propensity for ineptitude, by introducing a concept that was never on the table for negotiation regarding the future of Israel.

Arabs have good reason to reject this concept, particularly since 20% of Israel’s population is composed of Muslims and Christians. The remark is racist in nature and denies the rights and humanity of 20% of the population. American Jews are furious when Christian religious leaders make reference to the United States being a Christian nation. Jews are 2% if the population, not 20% but they react with anger and horror at such remarks. How can Jews use similar expressions to deny the humanity of Muslims and Christians residing in Israel? A modern state is not a theocracy, it is an area in which people of divergent– or no faith– live in harmony with one another and do not allow religious figures to make decisions regarding national goals and aspirations. During the past few thousand years Jews have fought against religious authorities making decisions about other groups in society. Certainly, the same should hold true in Israel.

Many analysts believe the ready acceptance of the Bush blunder is being used by Israeli leaders to ward off claims by Palestinian Arab refugees for the right to return. Reality is that Israel can not absorb such large numbers of refugees anymore than Arab nations which witnessed the departure of Jews from their lands in the 1950s will ever allow them to return. The issue can be resolved with compromise and common sense on both sides.

An Inconvenient Truth-World Can’t Wait For Bush

Former Vice President Al Gore expressed a powerful message to Americans and the world in a speech by blasting President Bush for procrastination and obstruction in the fight to end global warming. “I am not an official of the United States and I am not bound by the diplomatic niceties. So, I am going to speak an inconvenient truth. My own country, the United States, is principally responsible for obstructing progress here in Bali. We all know that. Bu, my country is not the only one that can take such steps to ensure that we move forward from Bali with progress and with hope.”

Gore’s message was to place the future of this planet before all other considerations and to ensure that children in the coming years are able to enjoy life in a world that has confronted its most important issue– how to maintain a viable living situation without endangering the safety of this precious planet. Gored said it correctly, “We ought to feel a sense of joy that we have work that is worth doing that is so important to the future of all humankind. we ought to feel a sense of exhilaration that we are the people alive at a moment in history when we can make all the difference.”

Amen

Mission Impossible For Mission Accomplished Man!

Today marks the beginning of the Annapolis conference which supposedly will deal with issues related to resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict. After seven years of doing very little about this issue, President Bush is now claiming a great interest in resolving a complex problem. His failure to push hard on the Israel government in order to obtain an agreement regarding establishing key issues on the agenda or to clarify a timetable to attain goals has placed a damper on the meeting. The Saudi foreign minister has already indicated he won’t even shake the hands of Israel representatives. Part of the problem in accomplishing anything is the president’s lack of knowledge regarding historical developments in the region or understanding the desires and needs of Palestinian leaders. According to Flynt Everett, who was a key advisor to Condi Rice, he was at a 2002 meeting at which Bush stated that once Palestine had a democratic government its leaders would cease making a fuss about borders or its desire for control of east Jerusalem.

The reality of this conference is the inability of President Abbas to make broad decisions since Hamas controls Gaza and the lack of political leverage for Prime Minister Olmert who confronts hostile groups in West Bank settlers and religious leaders. The prospect is a more likely wonderful time for photographs of smiling people, but it is doubtful if Bush will proclaim “Mission Accomplished” after this conference.

Putin Third Term Loophole– Listening, President Bush!

A little known loophole has been uncovered in Russian electoral law which might enable President Putin to run for a third term. The current law forbids more than two consecutive presidential terms and states if a sitting president resigns, he can not run for the vacated seat. But, the constitution is silent on the question as to what happens if a president resigns, allows someone else to fill out his term, and then runs for office in the following election. Rumors are circulating around Moscow that President might be considering this option, He has already indicated that if someone else assumes the presidency, he most probably will become prime minister and continue wielding power behind the scenes. Alexander Shokhin, a leading business figure told the press, “It is quite possible for Putin to run as a candidate for the presidency in the 2008 election” if he resigned prior to the completion of his term of office. Many businessmen trust Putin as a figure who has brought stability to Russia. They apparently are more interested in stability than democracy.

Perhaps, George Bush might explore this option. What if he resigned prior to the completion of his second term? Could he then run for president in the 2008 election? I am certain Democrats would welcome such an opportunity to run against the president.