Thursday, April 03, 2008

Political Impatience

A Rambling End-of-the-Week Rant

A great impatience is what I feel. Every time I am doing something mind-numbing around the house, I will turn on the TV and learn the most recent score for bowling pro, Barry Obama. Or what the last poll says about how Pennsylvania Democrats will vote three weeks from now. Or what McCain's nickname was in high school. As the MSM portrays it, every day is a slow news day. However, it's not the case that nothing is happening. It's just that what's happening is not being reported. Every high school journalism student knows when that you don't have the resources, the talent, the nuts or the guts to go out and get the news, the thing to do is to publish a poll.

While the media is amusing itself with this domestic bullshit, our government is getting away with Bushit in Iraq. A major change in our war occupation policy has occurred while the press has looked the other way. Keep in mind that this is the same ol' press that steeped us deep in the narcotic brew of patriotism as we were being stampeded into this unprovoked invasion of Iraq.

What is happening, of course, is the reverse and exact opposite from the recommendations of the Baker-Hamilton Commission. Instead of drawing down our forces, Busheney are intent on forcing
our next president into maintaining an unending presence in Iraq by fomenting protracted conflict. They are doing this by abandoning their occupation in favor of a new policy of active participation in the on-going violence of Iraqi politics.

A surprise is awaiting my fellow Americans. We have been complaining about our peerless combat forces being compelled to serve as referees in the Mesopotamia bowl. This war occupation has been billed as a championship play-off between good versus evil - a game without rules or a time clock. But soon Americans are going to wake up to a stark new reality. Our referees are taking sides in the unfathomable chaos of Iraqi politics, actively engaged in picking winners and losers.

In fact, far from being the self-described 'Commander-in-Chief', Bush has turned over Iraqi policy to General Petreaus. Petreaus, Commander of the Multi-National Forces-Iraq (MNF-I), in turn, has abdicated control of events to our erstwhile puppet, Maliki (of all people). Maliki is prime minister of the government of the Green Zone (GOGZ), nothing more. Talk about the cart going before the horse? The GOGZ horse has been leading the MNF-I cart around by its handles for the last ten days.

Maliki sent his Badr militia (dubbed the 'winners'), wearing the GOGZ uniform as a convenience, into the localities controlled by the Sadrists (deemed the 'losers'). Things didn't go as planned. Like his patron, George Bush, Maliki went into Basra light, cheap and unprepared. As a matter of fact, despite a sizable participation of American Forces (land and air), GOGZ forces deserted, refused to advance unless escorted by Americans, or subjected themselves to kidnapping.(NYT) Eventually, Maliki's people had to sneak, back-channel, to Iranian agents in order to obtain a truce. In the meantime, more broken pottery, collateral death, and squandered hearts and minds were rendered all around Basra and Sadr City.

John McCain, Busheney’s anointed successor, was surprised by all of this. What is with this guy? Having just visited and been de-briefed by the MNF-I and the GOGZ, McCain had no inkling as to what was about to happen? One has to wonder what exact dog-and-pony-show he was shown during his junket? What he can remember without his attendant, Joe Lieberman, at his side?

This guy is ready to take over on day one? This guy is the one we elect to field the 3:00 AM phone calls for the next four years?

Time is wasting. We are waiting on the Clintons to face up to the moral imperative of their political destiny. This pathetic and incompetent warmonger, McCain, is crying out to be taken on and taken down. McCain’s nomination is just encouraging Busheney into smashing even more pottery and lives in Iraq. We can’t wait 290 more days to start withdrawing from the open wound we have inflicted in the Middle East; nor can we wait 290 more days to begin healing the self-inflicted wound in our own international reputation. Bill & Hill can’t lead. Far from leading, they are miring us down in their narcissistic world. They need to follow or be told to get out of the frigging way. The real world can’t wait.

Barry O. can mop the floor with Johnny Mac. It’s so painful to have to wait weeks and weeks longer than necessary for this clean-up to start.

15 Moderated Comments:

Blogger Boris said...

Awe, this primary is just like good sex. Some flirting. Some kidding around. A little, but not too much drinking. A flash of bare skin. A touch here and a feel copped there. A lot of extended foreplay. A lot of that. Actually, too much foreplay. As a matter of fact, much too much foreplay. Extended arousal. Pain. Much pain. Unbearable pain. Unbelievable agony!!!!

It doesn’t matter how much longer it takes, Don’t you know that when it comes, that CLIMAX is going to be a SCREAMING-FUCKING-ECSTASY!!!!!?

McBush will bite the dust.

4/03/2008 10:51:00 PM  
Blogger Blogging4Food said...

I dare anyone to say anything to interrupt Boris’ coitus. Double-dare!

4/03/2008 10:56:00 PM  
Blogger Utah Savage said...

That was good for me. Thanks Boris.

4/04/2008 04:04:00 PM  
Blogger Samuel Brainsample said...

Here is McCain (via NYT):
Asked if the Basra campaign had backfired, he said: "Apparently it was Sadr who asked for the ceasefire, declared a ceasefire. It wasn’t Maliki. Very rarely do I see the winning side declare a ceasefire. So we’ll see."

I'd like to see more media outlets report that he got this one completely wrong:
That's actually completely untrue. Maliki's own lawmakers traveled to Qom, Iran to seek the cease-fire over the weekend, totally undermining the Prime Minister. Sadr gave up nothing and extracted several concessions from the Iraq government, including the release of political prisoners and an end to raids on the streets of Baghdad. Maliki said that there would be no negotiation one day and meekly agreed to it the next.

Also, as far as your frustration with the excessive coverage of bowling scores and polling goes, I tend to check in with NPR, BBC, and PBC. They discuss more substance and less fluff. I've also noticed that foreign media outlets (particularly Canada and Britain) cover our election better than we do. Isn't that sad?

4/04/2008 04:42:00 PM  
Blogger Stella said...

Is there a climax if we do end up with McCain and Lieberman, boris? Or, worse still: there is not constitutional law limiting a vice-president to two terms? The thought horrifies me.

As yet, Edwards is keeping his support close to the vest. He doesn't fool me anymore—he's just like the rest. He'll surrender his delegates to the highest bidder who wins the nomination and promises him a VP run.

I support Obama by default because Gravel (damn Libertarian), Kucinich and Richardson were driven out by MSM. I hope Obama has a plan, although I think we're in such bad shape, I will appreciate any social, economic, and foreign relations progress.

Bullshit media? Yes, indeed. Oh, how thrilled I am that Menopausal Madonna (unfortunately, I didn't make that up) won her case in Zimbabwe for the adoption while our economy crumbles to create a multiplicity of needy children. The grandmother of bland, crappy girl pop—how is this different than the feelies to placate the drones?

So, MSM considers that gap-toothed slatternly, talentless tart more important than our soldiers dying in an unnecessary "occupation?" And we have over a million dead Iraqis. It's a holocaust.

I'm fed fooking up. The Dems need to stop this crap and make a damn decision. While the media is amusing itself with this domestic bullshit, our government is getting away with Bushit in Iraq.

Too true, Vig. And I think I'll keep my computer tuned to BBC. I'm not impatient, just disgusted with too many issues and too little attention span.

Thanks for permitting my rambling rant. I'm going home. Have a good weekend, all.

4/04/2008 06:03:00 PM  
Blogger BostonMaggie said...

**"Is there a climax if we do end up with McCain and Lieberman, boris?"**

There is for me, lol!

Boris, that was fabulous!

V - I wholeheartedly agree, as much as I love McCain, watching him discuss the family pets on Fox the other night was excrutiating.

4/04/2008 10:46:00 PM  
Blogger Yellow Dog said...

This thread has taken an unexpected tangent. Maureen Dowd shares this sexual/courting metaphore in Hillary's Waltz, saying that Hillary has already been 'servicing' Obama as a 'tutor' in presidential courtship:

One of the most valuable lessons the gritty Hillary can teach the languid Obama — and the timid Democrats — is that the whole point of a presidential race is to win.

It’s not to share power, or force the squabbling couple into an arranged marriage. The winner wins, even if it’s only by a fraction of a percentage point or one Supreme Court justice. Winning has no margin of error, as the Democrats should have learned by now. And the winner gets to decide his or her running mate.

.... But the ultimate favor Hillary can do for the Illinois freshman is to fight him full-out until the finale and then gracefully release him so he can find happiness with another.

Hillary’s work is done only when she is done, because the best way for Obama to prove he’s ready to stare down Ahmadinejad is by putting away someone even tougher.

4/05/2008 06:45:00 AM  
Blogger Petrosexual said...

I think Boston M. & Utah S. are too innocent for this thread and have been seduced. Boris does not practice safe sex. No more than Client #9 does.

4/05/2008 07:11:00 AM  
Blogger Non-Partisàn said...

Boris' initial comment reminds me of the restaurant scene in WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. Which was funny. This Democratic primary reminds me of THE WAR OF THE ROSES. Which was not funny.

This thread has been hijacked by a gang of superficial pervs who watch too much MSM.

4/05/2008 07:33:00 AM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Yeah. My post was serious. Someone should restore a little order here. I recuse myself. I'm too amused!

4/05/2008 07:50:00 AM  
Blogger Indicted Plagiarist said...

Relationship Agreement:

If spontaneous sexual encounters occur then primaries and secondaries must be told as soon as possible afterward, if not beforehand, and absolutely before having sex with primaries and secondaries again. Safer sex is expected to be used even in these circumstances.

Rules:

Safer sex will be practiced with everyone, except primaries, after all primaries involved have agreed otherwise.

4/05/2008 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger TomCat said...

As slow as the news may look, I find fresh outrages about which to write on a daily basis.

4/05/2008 12:13:00 PM  
Blogger Utah Savage said...

Vig, this is an excellent piece and I keep coming back to read it again and again, not just for the thread, but because I keep finding myself screaming at reporters who keep referring to McCain as a "war hero" and a "maverick." I asked a few questions on my site and got a lot of very detailed answers from some very convincing sources that McCain is no war hero and certainly not a maverick. What's in it for the press to perpetuate the myth when the truth is easily accessible? Is it corporate ownership of all the media outlets that keeps the crap alive?

4/05/2008 03:25:00 PM  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

After reading Boris' comment I went to my neighbor's house to borrow a cigarette.

Actually Stella I'm more worried that we could end up with McCain/Romney at the climax.

4/05/2008 05:20:00 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Utah, the MSM has its own right-wing agenda. I wrote a piece on it today.

4/06/2008 10:20:00 AM  

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