Posted by: dutchimport | December 7, 2007

Political Things

It’s been a horrible day for the state of America’s politics this week (well, the last 8 years, but I will focus on this week)! Every day in the car listining to NPR I get so mad at the lies, contradtions, ignorance, lack of responce, and stupidity.

First: the NIE report that came out that Iran shelved it’s nuclear weapon program 4 years ago, because of the International sanctions. Great, so the sanctions are working, and the nuclear programs they have are for energy sources, like many countries in the world. Now, I don’t like what’s going on in Iran politically neither, and neither in Pakistan, North Korea (I just found this quote in the NYTimes: “In 2002, Mr. Bush referred to Mr. Kim as a “pygmy” and compared him to a “spoiled child at a dinner table” during a meeting with Republican senators, according to news reports at the time.”. But this is good news right, and no more fear of an WWIII, which Iran’s situations was called not long ago, right? Wrong, according to our President:
“A day after the NIE is made public, President Bush says he was first told by Director of Intelligence Michael McConnell in August that there was new intelligence about Iran’s nuclear program, but that he wasn’t told what that new intelligence was at the time. President Bush, in a press conference, says he still regards Iran as “dangerous.” He asks reporters, “What’s to say they couldn’t start another covert nuclear weapons program?”

Hmmm, he was told that there were some things, but he didn’t ask what things?

Some other qutoes from the President which seem totally in contradiction with the NIE report:
– “I think it is very important for the international community to recognize the fact that if Iran were to develop the knowledge that they could transfer to a clandestine program it would create a danger for the world. And so I view this report as a warning signal that they had the program, they halted the program. And the reason why it’s a warning signal is that they could restart it.”

– “Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous and Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon”

And some other things:
Two days after a new intelligence report said that Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program four years ago, Bush demanded that Tehran detail its previous program to develop nuclear weapons “which the Iranian regime has yet to acknowledge.”

“The Iranians have a strategic choice to make,” he said. “They can come clean with the international community about the scope of their nuclear activities, and fully accept the long-standing offer to suspend their enrichment program and come to the table and negotiate, or they can continue on a path of isolation.”

is the President still not listening to reports saying that what he always been saying and thinking is not true? Has ne not learned from the WMD that were not in Iraq? I think he just wants to bomb the country. And oh oh, wait, question: Which is the only country that ever used a nuclear bomb? Yep, The United States of America!

TP assembled some startling examples of “faulty, inflammatory rhetoric”:

-“The problem is Iran, and Iran has not stepped back from trying to pursue a nuclear weapon, and — or reprocessing and enriching uranium, which would lead to a nuclear weapon.” [White House spokeswoman Dana Perino, 10/26/07]

-“We talked about Iran and the desire to work jointly to convince the Iranian regime to give up their nuclear weapons ambitions, for the sake of peace.” [Bush, 11/7/07]

-“We’re in a position now, clearly, especially when we look at Iran, where it’s very, very important we succeed in our efforts, our national security efforts, to discourage the Iranians from enriching uranium and producing nuclear weapons.” [Cheney, 11/9/07]

-“We are convinced that they are developing nuclear weapons.” [Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman, 11/13/07]

Then there is the Guantanamo Bay Case. Detainees are denied lawyers, denied access to much of the evidence against them, and because the Combat Status Review Tribunals are subject to command influence and presume the government’s evidence to be accurate.

This the reason coming from our leaders: “But the Bush administration, backed by the federal appeals court in Washington, contends that the detainees have no constitutional rights because they are being held outside the United States, and that even if they do, the Constitution allows suspension of the writ of habeas corpus if an alternative is put into place that is adequate and effective.” Hmmm, if that little part of Cuba is not Cuba, America is in charge over it, wouldn’t that then be American soil?

And then Romney, good old mormon Romney, defending his faith. But wait, why now, at this stage during the race? Oh, wait, Mike Huckabee is getting ahead on Romney, so Romney is being deperate and was hoping he could avoid the “religion” speech. But most stupidity came from Romney on Health Care:
– Republican rival Mitt Romney labeled the plan “socialized medicine” in his critique. “It’s a European-style socialized medicine plan,” he said. “That’s where it leads, and that’s the wrong direction for America.”

Oh, no, we don’t wanna end up like countries in Europe where everyone has health care and that doctors get paid by the government to cure all people. Because “obviously” the European, Canadian or British health care systems are so not working!

I guess I need to consider moving back to Europe…or move to Canada.

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