Jul. 10th, 2007

davehogg: (crusader)
President Bush is required to report to Congress this week on how well the Iraqi government has achieved the benchmarks they've been set. This was supposed to be the midterm grade for the surge, more or less - a way to see if the Bush Administration was right, and that sending more troops to Iraq would give the government a chance to get things rolling.

Apparently not.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A progress report on Iraq will conclude that the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad has not met any of its targets for political, economic and other reform, speeding up the Bush administration's reckoning on what to do next, a U.S. official said Monday.

I suspect "what to do next" will involve mostly blaming the Democrats for failing to support the President like good little patriots, along with a healthy dose of burying their heads in the sand.

To recap, our President lied to get us into a war, and did so without any rational plan for victory. He's now got us to the point, at the cost of nearly 4,000 American lives and hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi lives, where there not only isn't a plan for victory, there's not even anything left to win. What would "victory" even entail at this point?

A stable Iraqi democracy? There's not even a chance.

An end to the sectarian violence? Yes, because Bush is so popular among Muslims that he'll be the one to end the Sunni-Shi'ia split.

A step forward in the "war against terror"? Only if we count the fact that the terrorists are spending a great deal of time blowing up Iraq as a useful distraction.

Actually, has anyone considered that the last two goals are, at this point, mutually exclusive? The only thing that is going to bring Sunnis and Shi'ias together is their mutual hatred of the United States. I suspect that won't be a useful step in combating terrorism.

Luckily for the president, he's got things well under control everywhere else. Granted, he did commit obstruction of justice by taking away any leverage that investigators had with Scooter Libby, but it isn't like that investigation was very important. It's only a question of whether the Vice President told someone to break the law or if the President himself did it.

Oh, and he's refusing to cooperate with a Congressional investigation into which members of his administration decided to fire United States attorneys in a properly political manner. But that one isn't very meaningful either. After all, you wouldn't want representatives of the Justice Department actually working on Homeland Security issues or investigating corrupt members of Congress when they could be investigating the ongoing fraud of letting inner-city people actually vote.

You have to hand it to the man. He's actually taken the White House to such depths that he can't be impeached because his Vice President is the only man in the country who would actually be a worse President.

Think about this for a second. George W. Bush is the president of the United States of America - the most powerful man on the planet. But is there one person on my friends list - liberal, moderate or conservative - that can actually say they have any remaining shred of belief in the man's word?

I'm not asking if anyone thinks he's doing a good job, or even if he's doing a mediocre job.

I'm asking if there is one person reading this that believes the American president is at least being honest with the American people.

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From [livejournal.com profile] renniekins:

I've loved books ever since I moved to HW and my mom took me to the library there the first time. No that's not true -- I loved books before that -- but that was the day I fell in love with libraries. Worlds of limitless books and possibilities. I grew up in libraries. I think a lot of my friends did as well.

It's scary to realize that libraries are becoming under-appreciated these days. Where some of my friends live in Lapeer Michigan, the library is in danger of shutting down altogether. They are closing the libraries!? It's just crazy... some of my favorite books live there! Many of my local friends know about this impending tragedy, but it occurs to me that some people who read this may not.

Do you live in Lapeer? Go vote YES on August 7th, so the library gets funding and stays alive. Do you know somebody who lives in Lapeer? Send them this information, convince them to take the time to vote Yes. Do you know somebody who knows somebody....?

You see what I mean. Let's put our six degrees of separation to work, and convince all of Lapeer's voters that this needs to happen. Spread the word...votes for libraries... tell all your friends... have them tell all their friends....

Say YES to libraries

All I can add to this is that I know someone who is pretty high up in the Lapeer Library hierarchy, and I can't think of anyone I'd rather have taking care of my books.

Ren is right - if you know anyone who might know someone who might be a voter in Lapeer, please let them know.


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