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Saturday, July 28, 2007 - 4:00pm

U.S. Giving Weapons to Six Middle East Countries

In case you're wondering why there is violence in the Middle East, look no further than the arms sales from the United States government.  The Bush Administration has decided to give Saudi Arabia and five other Persian Gulf countries $20 billion worth of weapons.  The other nations set to receive arms are the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, and Oman.


Unfortunately, weapons sales from the U.S. have been going on for decades.  Ronald Reagan gave arms to Saddam Hussein in the 1980's and to pretty much every other country in the world.  Now it's George Bush's turn.  Satellite guided bombs, naval vessels, and upgrades for Persian Gulf armies are just part of the arsenal the U.S. will provide.  The line of reasoning is to bolster the military effectiveness of other countries in the region to protect themselves from Iran, but that short-sighted argument is the same exact one that President Reagan used when he handed over guns to Iraq.  Now we are fighting against an enemy that is using U.S. weapons against our troops.


It is not out of the realm of possibilities that we will be fighting Saudi Arabia and these other nations down the road.  They are not true allies of the United States.  They appease us (and vice versa) because we buy their oil, but they don't care for America any more than everybody else in the Middle East.  By supplying Saudi Arabia and others with weapons, we are assuring ourselves of future conflict.


The truth is that the Bush administration has very strong ties to the defense industry and they are intent on hooking them up.  When the government allows weapons sales to other countries, these American defense companies make a fortune.  In the end, that's all they care about.


It is up to Congress to stop this maniacal action from the Bush administration.  Unfortunately, the Democrats are wimps who run away from any and all fights, so I guarantee that they will do nothing.


Monday, July 23, 2007 - 12:01am

Connecticut City Giving ID Cards to Illegals

New Haven, Connecticut is the new front on the war on illegal immigrants.  The brilliant lawmakers in the city have decided to reward law-breakers with a national identification card.  As of July 24th, it will be the first city in the U.S. to do such a thing.  This card will allow illegals to open bank accounts, have access to city services, and use it as a debit card.  The argument from city officials is one of improving public safety.


(Photograph)If you've ever been to New Haven, you'd know that public safety is the last thing city officials are concerned about.  Outside of Yale University, the city is a cesspool.  New Haven is a city of 124,000 residents with an astounding 24.4% under the poverty level.  The per capita income in the city is a measly $16,393.  Murders, drugs, rapes, and burglaries are commonplace in New Haven. The point is that local government officials have a lot more to worry about than giving ID cards to criminals.


Kica Matos, the community services administrator of New Haven, is one of the villains behind this controversial plan.  She believes the cards will improve safety, but presented no facts to back up the wild assertion.  Ms. Matos only stated that there is fear among the illegal immigrant community in reporting crimes.  That statement in and of itself is a problem.  She knows that there is an illegal immigrant community, but does nothing to address the problem. 


Ms. Matos also fails to realize that ID cards will do far more harm than good.  If you let non-tax paying residents use city services, the services will eventually be overwhelmed.  The legal citizens who actually pay taxes are the ones who suffer.


In the long run, many more illegals will come to New Haven, CT for sanctuary and the legal citizens will gradually move out.  When that happens, who will be left to pay for everything?


Tuesday, July 17, 2007 - 11:15pm

Turks Preparing to Invade Northern Iraq

If you thought the situation in Iraq couldn't get any worse, think again.  The nation of Turkey has amassed 140,000 troops on their southern border with Iraq.  That is roughly equivalent to the number of American forces in Iraq.  The Turks have been feuding with the Kurds in Iraq for years and it is beginning to boil over.


 See, Iraqi Kurdistan has these fighters called the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party).  These PKK members cross the border into Turkey and kill Turkish soldiers and civilians.  Not surprisingly, Turkey doesn't much care for that and are now chomping at the bit to do a little damage to the Kurds.  Of course, the United States doesn't want the Turks to invade northern Iraq, because that would be a nightmare of epic proportions for the Middle East.


Turkey is currently pressuring the United States to take out the PKK bases in northern Iraq, but President Bush has thus far declined.  However, if Bush does not act, he runs the risk of a Turkish invasion and a second front to the war.


One of the arguments to keep American forces in Iraq is so that all hell doesn't break loose.  Unfortunately, it looks like all hell is going to break loose regardless.  It's best we leave and get out of the way.


Thursday, July 12, 2007 - 6:15pm

Grim Report on Iraq Progress

Once again, George Bush is making the false claim that Iraq had something to do with the bombings on September 11th, 2001.  That is the argument he made today when trying to rationalize the new Iraq (lack of) progress report.  Bush declared that only 8 of 18 benchmarks set by Congress had been met, but even that number was being overly generous.  Many have argued that zero benchmarks have been met.  The White House benchmark number is simply spin to make the situation in Iraq sound better than reality.


 The president asked again for more time before making a judgment on improvement.  He had the gall to say we were making progress, despite the fact that the last three months have been the deadliest ever for American soldiers. 


Bush makes this argument every year and every year, Iraq gets worse.  Thirty years from now, I'm certain that an old and decrepit George W. Bush will continue to speak about how we're making progress in Iraq, but still needing more time to stabilize the country.


The fact is that George Bush knows his presidency is all about Iraq, so there is no way in hell he leaves now.  If he withdraws from Iraq, he will have to admit that his presidency was a complete failure.  You can be damn sure that he puts his legacy ahead of everything, including the safety and security of American forces.  He has proven it over and over again. 


Most people already understand that Bush will be seen as the worst president in the history of the United States.  It's not even very close.  If he leaves Iraq now, he can at least save hundreds of American soldiers that will undoubtedly die over the next eighteen months of his term.  Unfortunately, he has no intention of doing that.  He will keep forces in Iraq until his term ends no matter what the progress report says.


Sunday, July 8, 2007 - 11:15pm

Americans Favor Cheney Impeachment

At long last, a majority of the country wants Vice President Richard B. Cheney impeached.  According to a recent poll by American Research Group, 54% of Americans are in favor of impeaching the treasonous Dick.  This figure includes 17% of Republicans, 51% of Independents, and 76% of Democrats.  An additional 6% are undecided, with only 40% in opposition.  A full 46% support an impeachment of President Bush.


 These figures are without the Democrats making a strong public argument to impeach the Vice President. Just think if they actually made a pitch for impeachment how much higher those numbers can go.  We all know the Democrats don't do anything unless the polls are on their side, so this might be the impetus they need to get the ball rolling.   Dennis Kucinich filed articles of impeachment a few months ago, but public support was not yet on his side.  It is today.


Some would say that it is too late in the game to impeach the VP or the President, but on the other hand, they still have more than 18 months left in office.  They could do a lot more damage in that time.  On the list of charges would be warrantless wiretapping, torture of prisoners (including American citizens), illegal kidnappings, outing a CIA agent, and the illegal invasion of Iraq. 


It looks like impeachment is the only option available to Congress to stop Bush and Cheney.  Even the Republicans in the Senate are starting to pull far away from these two thugs.  The number of Senators verbally condemning the strategy of the White House with regard to Iraq is growing each week.  Within a couple months, more GOP'ers are expected to take a position similar to the Democrats.

We are not at impeachment yet, but if the public support for impeaching Cheney grows to 60-65%, look for Democrats and a number of Republicans to start impeachment proceedings.  It doesn't matter if we impeach President Bush if Richard Cheney is still in office.  As the saying goes, "Impeach Cheney First!"


Monday, July 2, 2007 - 11:30pm

Above the Law!

As predicted, Scooter Libby has been pardoned by the monster himself, George W. Bush.  Ok, so technically his sentence was "commuted" to zero, but it is essentially a pardon.  Libby was convicted by a jury of his peers on felony counts of perjury, obstruction of justice, and lying to investigators.  Regrettably, the President of the United States sought fit to abuse his power yet again (shocking, I know) and let the scumbag walk.


 This pardon was expected by most because everyone knows that this White House is above the law.  Bush, Rove, and Cheney know that the spineless Congress will do nothing to stop them, so they continue to circumvent the law over and over again.  They also realize that Scooter Libby knows where the bodies are hidden, so there is no way they could let him spend any time in jail.


The fact is that Libby knows too much and if he turned on Bush and Satan, he'd be able to bury them.  This pardon by Bush was as much a move to save his own arse as it was to save Scooter.


Nobody should even bother attempting to prosecute any member of the Bush administration until the term expires.  If we do, Bush will simply pardon the convict and spare them the jail time.  Bush and Cheney will not be impeached, so they feel free to do whatever they like until the end of their presidency.  All I can say is that January 21, 2008 cannot come soon enough.


Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 8:30pm

Bloodiest Quarter For U.S. Troops in Iraq

With 101 American soldiers being killed in the month of June in Iraq, it marked the third straight month of over one hundred deaths.  The second quarter of 2007 goes down as the deadliest quarter since the U.S. invasion over four years ago.  A total of 332 American forces have been killed since the beginning of April, a grim number to be sure.


The numbers are not much better for civilians or Iraqi police.  Over 1,200 civilians died violently in June at a rate of forty per day.  Surprisingly, that figure actually lower than the month of May.  The average body count per day has been much higher in previous time periods.  Another 222 Iraqi soldiers and police were killed in June, slightly more than the month before.


What do all these numbers mean?  To me, it says that violence is still increasing against U.S. forces, while decreasing slightly against civilians.  Insurgents are running out of civilians to kill and concentrating their efforts against American soldiers.


There is not much out there to believe the situation in Iraq will improve anytime soon.  The American public is way ahead of the politicians in Washington.  More and more people are in favor of a complete withdrawal or a significant reduction in forces.  Up until now, Congress has been too cowardly to do anything to that end.  Maybe now that the polls are moving in that direction, they'll wake up.


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