Thursday, November 17, 2005

This is getting ridiculous.

So Cheney is now calling out the Democratic Senators who voted unanamously to go to war with Iraq, stating they all agreed Sadam Hussein was a threat, so you know, what's the problem? Funny thing though, I don't recall the UN Inspectors ever finding any WMD. I will agree Hussein was a threat, just not to us. How many times must we remind our hot button pushers that we the U.S. are the only ones who have used nuclear weapons - ever?

Sure John Edwards and John Kerry voted to go to war, but they are subject to human emotions just like the rest of us. The idea of war was suggested too soon after 9/11 (we now know the aftermath of 9/11 was used to create the need for war) and perhaps everyone, including Congress, was running high on those wild emotions of anger and revenge. After all, couldn't the phrases "bomb 'em back to the stone age" and "kill them afghans's" be heard long after the dust settled in NYC? I'm sure there were others, but I try not to listen to most derogatory names for people.

Cheney said in his speech at the Frontiers of Freedom's 2005 Ronald Reagan Gala, that the Democrats who are now loudly accusing the Bush Adminstration of falsifying the need for war and now the occupation of Iraq is "one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city."

This coming from the guy whose aide has been indicted on several charges with regards to lying and leaking sensitive information and whose corporation has been charged with fraud and misleading the government.

I think everyone has had the last few years to settle into the real documented information and more proof is published even in mainstream sources everyday as to the erroneous reasons we began the war in the first place (I dislike saying 'we' since it was mostly a bunch of 'he's').

"What we're hearing now is some politicians contradicting their own statements and making a play for political advantage in the middle of a war," Cheney said. "The saddest part is that our people in uniform have been subjected to these cynical and pernicious falsehoods day in and day out.
Yeah, because they've been so hurt by all the bad press the war is getting. Perhaps it's more of the fact that they are "over there" fighting for our supposed freedom, getting shot at more than 30 times a day by citizens who don't want them there at all. I think fighting a bullshit war has been having way more of a hazardous effect on our soldiers mental state than whether or not we "over here" can agree on it's premise.

"The president and I cannot prevent certain politicians from losing their memory, or their backbone. But we're not going to sit by and let them rewrite history. We're going to continue throwing their own words back at them."
How's about we refresh his memory. Downing Street memo anyone? Did we imagine that? I don't think so. Even a fellow schoolmate recognized the contradicitons (and this went to press before Cheney's big speech).

The days of looking the other way while despotic regimes trample human rights, rob their nations' wealth, and then excuse their failings by feeding their people a steady diet of anti-Western hatred are over.
I found that there quote when looking for others made by Cheney. I particularly like this one because it's rapidly becoming contradictory. The poverty rate in the U.S. has grown instead of decreased. The middle class is disappearing. Urban and rural schools need help and funding to pass the SOL's. Our top 1% who live high above the upper class rob the poor by way of tax cuts and corporate welfare. We are the 2nd richest country in the world yet we have the highest rate of poverty (compared to other first world countries).

And yet Cheney feels it's important to go after the Democrats who have began to oppose the war in Iraq because their voices have gotten louder. Does he not read the newspapers either? The anti-war movement has been getting more vocal and mobile. Cindy Sheehan let us all know that parents of soldiers do not swallow whole the reasons for war.

With that, I leave you with the now famous words of Eisenhower...

Every gun that is fired, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
Eisenhower, Dwight D.

and the ultimately famous persona of Franklin Roosevelt

True individual freedom cannot exist without economic security and independence. People who are hungry and out of a job are the stuff of which dictatorships are made.
Roosevelt, Franklin D.