Monday, May 31, 2004
The Kiss of Death?
I hesitate at calling former Vice-President Al Gore's address to NYU a speech:
Would you call it a Dean Scream?
his oration deserves to be recognized for its outstanding nature.
Oh, indeed it does.
After I heard his address, delivered with fiery rhetoric and impassioned calls for America to overcome the recent shames that have beset us,
Fiery rhetoric that called for the liquidation of the American national security leadership. You mean like this?
Shames that beset us? You mean like this?
I was reminded once again how much I wish a recount had actually occurred, and how much I wished Al Gore would have been president.
You mean, had his recount gone like this.
The speech had several highlights, but what I liked best was the religious echoes that the former Vice-President used in his speech, forming a startling contrast with that of President Bush.
Gore is like this and Bush is like this.
This paragraph in particular was rhetoric at its finest:
Dominance is not really a strategic policy or political philosophy at all. It is a seductive illusion that tempts the powerful to satiate their hunger for more power still by striking a Faustian bargain. And as always happens - sooner or later - to those who shake hands with the devil, they find out too late that what they have given up in the bargain is their soul.
Deep. Like the Ocean.
Here, the Vice-President was talking about the trouble with how the Bush Administration approached foreign policy:
That doesn't make much sense. Perhaps he means the trouble the Bush Administration has had with the rest of the world shirking their obligations to defend Civilization.
it is too much based on being able to have complete control over others,
Like Guam. Guam, the linchpin of American neo-imperialism.
too much entrenched in one's own will to care that others might have a different opinion.
It's more like said opinions are farking insane.
The Bush Administration touted that, if need be, it could handle the War on Iraq alone;
What? And what of Britain, Italy, Poland, South Korea and the nearly 20-30 other nations who are allied with us in Iraq.
now, all of America is paying the price of this Administration's hubris,
See Vietnam for Hubris. See Iraq for revenge.
be it inadequately equipped soldiers being sent into Iraq,
This is the Clinton military you heard so much about.
the growing threat of an al Qaida attack due to the recruiting ground we've created in Iraq,
They're being recruited in Iraq for martyrdom in Kerbala...
or the domestic departments that will suffer huge spending cuts while Bush tries to keep his tax cuts and pay for a massively expensive war.
Some people will discredit what has been written here as Bush-bashing and hysterical shrieks from the left wing.
Weasel word #1. You aren't doing as well as Teddy with this. Perhaps he can teach you nuance.
However, there are several people who agree that the Bush Administration has not done a great job...
Weasel word #2. You would think that Ashcroft would do a better job in sending these people to the Gulag.
and who used to work for Bush. For instance, there is Richard Clarke, who used to be the Administration's top man on terrorism:
Before he was fired for letting the bin Laden's leave after 9/11...
he apologized to the nation for Bush's failures, and his implicit guilt as being part of it.
By letting the bin Laden's leave after 9/11...
Paul O'Neill, formerly Bush's top economic policy advisor,
You mean Secretary of the Treasury. Please don't let facts stand in the way of your story.
also decided that the president was far more interested in politics than policy, more interested in abstract ideas than actual reality.
Bush is interested in abstract ideas? How does that mesh with the "fact" that Bush is an idiot?
The advice that several military personel offered, having been culled from long and decorated careers, was ignored by the Bush team to lower the cost of the Iraq war.
Weasel Word #3.
When asked why, the response of the Administration was that there was no need to take advice from retired generals when they had active officers available.
Do you have a source for this?
However, even those generals, under condition of anonymity, agree that the poorness of Bush's planning was exceptional, exceeded only by his long-term strategy.
Exceeded even more
by the lack of any attacks on the US Homeland since 9/11 by his stupidity!
Case in point: after Bush declared in a speech to the nation that Abu Gharib would be razed and a new prison would replace it, the military scrambled about, worried because not only had they not been informed of this, but also because the resources available were limited and probably couldn't be spared.
It wasn't the military, it was the Iraqi Governing Council. Resources can be found to build a new prison, but it's good to see how Karthik stands behind leaving a machine of terror in place. I guess that is entirely consistent with his desire to see Iraqis being tortured in said facility under its "old management."
In the end, Gore's speech captured the essence of the Bush Administration perfectly: self-centered, inattentive, and irresponsible.
No carping here.
A president who allows the Geneva Convention to be trashed,
Capitalize the President, but aside from that, Karthik is right.
who lies to the American people and Congress about the true costs of anything he desires,
No American President has done that...
a man like this should not be in such a position of power.
Thank God he isn't.
How many crimes must he commit before people realize he does not respect the laws we have?
I ask myself that question all the time...
How much abuse must he commit to make people realize he is a bully?
Preach it, brother.
What will it take to make people realize Bush is a bad president?
Perhaps this article?
This speech takes us one step closer.
To the edge.