Granted, Dems still own the Senate, so it wouldn’t matter much in the end; however, I think something has to be done if he refuses to listen to the vast majority of Americans who oppose war in Syria.
If Obama is impeached then why wasn’t Bush? Bush led the world to Iraq and a decade of war with lies and falsehoods. Oh and Bush did it without asking Congress for permission.
Bush wasn’t because for most of his presidency his party owned both houses. (And damn near every Democrat voted in support of the war in Iraq.)
Bush is a war criminal as well.
By rights, both should be sitting in a jail cell right now. The thing is, popular support is finally turning against war in this country, and personally, I’d like to see it turn against this notion that the president has total power. (An impeachment would do quite nicely in that regard.)
Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday condemned the Syrian regime’s apparent use of chemical weapons as “undeniable” and “inexcusable,”
Where have I heard that before?
Dick Cheney: “We know he’s been absolutely devoted to trying to acquire nuclear
weapons, and we believe he has, in fact, reconstituted nuclear weapons.”
—March 16, 2003”
George Tenet: “It’s a slam-dunk case!” – December 21, 2002
George Bush: “Already, the Kay Report identified dozens of weapons of mass destruction-related program activities and significant amounts of
equipment that Iraq concealed from the United Nations.”
Colin Powell: “Ladies and gentlemen, these are not assertions. These are facts, corroborated by many sources, some of them sources of the intelligence services of other countries.”
Donald Rumsfeld: “I don’t know anybody that I can think of who has contended that the Iraqis had nuclear weapons.”
Condi Rice: “If you connected the dots about everything that we knew about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction programs going back to 1991 and going all the way up until March 2003 when we launched the attack against Iraq, you could come to only one conclusion, and that was that this was an active program, that this was a dangerous program, this was a program that was effectively concealed.”
The Verdict; They were lying then, and these folks are lying now. We can’t afford (literally, cannot afford) to believe them. (And launch yet another moronic, ill-fated military campaign.)
My view of terrorism stems from the way I think about my kids. I don’t think the love of an Afghan father is any greater or lesser than that of an American father, but we as a country don’t give a damn about Afghan kids.
Assume you live in a country that doesn’t possess our infrastructure, and you have to send your kids out to collect firewood every day.
One day, they don’t come back. You later learn they were picked up by US agents and sent to a torture chamber or they were hit by a drone missile and blown into several smaller parts.. The commanding officer in charge of that bombing calls it ‘a mistake’ and says he’s sorry, and then offers you blood money as compensation. (Though I figure after the hundreds of incidents of documented civilian bombings, that we know of, as well as our nation’s history in war, it’s a little stupid to give the US military the benefit of the doubt.)
Basically, I don’t see any difference between a civilian setting off a bomb at the Boston Marathon and a US soldier detonating a missile on an eight year-old’s head using a joystick, and both actions are sickening to me. I think of how I’d feel if someone did that to one of my babies, and I wouldn’t figure the people who elected the folks that ultimately killed my kids to be innocent victims when something happens to them.
But what sickens me more is the hypocrisy and this notion of American exceptionalism, because as we’ve proven time and time again in this world, we are barbarians. George Bush, like Henry Kissinger, refuses to travel to several countries for fear of arrest over torture and war crimes, and one day Obama will be in the same boat, yet we as a country like to think of ourselves as innocent victims when something happens to us despite the fact that we collectively support state-sponsored terrorism against others. Hell, we elected both of these men twice, despite knowing that they are war criminals.
I just wish that the kind of empathy we see out of people in the wake of a tragedy like the Boston bombings existed when we hear about eight year-old kids being bombed in Afghanistan. If we had that kind of conscientiousness, we might one day be able to put a stop to it. Also, I don’t think we stand any chance of eliminating terrorism until we stop dehumanizing the victims of the terrorism our military perpetrates.
But I won’t hold my breath.
That’s why you don’t see me participating in the knee-jerk reactions following an incident of terrorism in the US. It just makes me sad.
The “war on terror” cannot and will not end on its own for two reasons: (1) it is designed by its very terms to be permanent, incapable of ending, since the war itself ironically ensures that there will never come a time when people stop wanting to bring violence back to the US (the operational definition of “terrorism”), and (2) the nation’s most powerful political and economic factions reap a bonanza of benefits from its continuation.
This is self-evident, and it’s designed to make a lot of money for a lot of people. It’s one of the many benefits of lesser-of-two-evilism, because both major parties are led by warmongering profiteers.
It should also be noted that the War on Terror has expanded and grown even more horrific under Barack Obama. We’re now bombing Afghan kids who are out collecting firewood. We’re bombing first responders who try to rescue folks have we’ve let off a bomb the first time. Guantanamo has gotten bigger, and been expanded. We exempt people who kill prisoners during torture sessions from prosecutions. We now know that the secret prisons were real.
The more you learn about the War on Terror, the more you’ll understand why the world hates us.
That fact isn’t really relevant to the story, but it just makes it feel that much worse to read his story. Soon he’s going to be one of the thousands of kids who died to cover for George Bush’s lies and incompetence.
What saddens me more is the fact that so few in this country really give a crap about it.
News broke yesterday that the US will stop deporting illegal immigrants who were brought to the US as children, and that this will be accomplished via an order from the Department of Homeland Security.
Four short years ago, I was one of the many people heaping criticism on George Bush for using non-congressional means and abusing executive orders in an effort to bypass Congress in implementing the conservative agenda. (According to the National Archives, Bush issued 291 executive orders during his presidency.)
It doesn’t seem like a huge win to me to see Barack Obama doing the same thing. (Don’t get me wrong, though, I think this cause is noble and I support finding means to end illegal immigration by integrating people into our population.)
Even if the House has effectively become a committee to sabotage Obama’s presidency, seeing liberals use these kinds of tactics worries me tremendously. We have multiple branches of government precisely to protect against unilateral exercises of power such as this, and such actions on the part of liberals validate the troubling expansion of executive power we experienced under George Bush. (and make us look like a bunch of hypocrites for criticizing George Bush’s executive orders.)
…has added an average of 157,368 manufacturing and energy jobs in every year of his term. Given the severe economic climate we’ve experienced since George Bush’s second term, that’s a pretty striking figure.
It’s no surprise that neither the Bushes nor Reagan accomplished that.