Monday, October 09, 2006

No Lifeguard

No Lifeguard

No Lifeguard (2000)

Why should I care about North Korea?
--George W. Bush, quoted in Bob Woodward's State of Denial

Till human voices wake us and we drown.
T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"

As the Foley scandal continues to expand like the Big Bang, let us not forget that the pervasive BushCo incompetance continues treading at full throttle.

North Korea may have tested a nuclear weapon. The bomb may have been a bomb -- but the real fizzle blows up right in the face of another failed BushCo policy. From AmericaBlog:

Let’s call North Korea what it is: a part of President Bush's Axis of Failure. Since he bizarrely linked North Korea, Iran, and Iraq nearly a half-decade ago, North Korea has acquired nuclear capabilities, Iran has become more militant and more powerful, and we've turned Iraq into a terrorist-producing failed state. Axis of Failure. North Korea is the product of miserably failed policy, and now we’re seeing the results of the incoherent and ineffective Bush doctrine.

The National Security Network agrees:

President Bush claimed he would not tolerate a nuclear North Korea, but he has done worse than that: he ignored the threat of North Korea as it expanded its nuclear arsenal.

And perhaps The Decider should have listened more to Poppy than that other whispering "Higher Father." Shrub might have been thrown a life raft from Donald Gregg, his Dad's former National Security Advisor and past ambassador to South Korea who recently said the following (seen in the Washington Post):

Why won't the Bush administration talk bilaterally and substantively with NK, as the Brits (and eventually the US) did with Libya? Because the Bush administration sees diplomacy as something to be engaged in with another country as a reward for that country's good behavior. They seem not to see diplomacy as a tool to be used with antagonistic countries or parties, that might bring about an improvement in the behaviour of such entities, and a resolution to the issues that trouble us. Thus we do not talk to Iran, Syria, Hizballah or North Korea. We only talk to our friends -- a huge mistake.

Everything is sinking under the waterline of the Iraq quagmire and the GOP congressional protect-our-power cesspool. Our government -- and international image -- desperately need artificial respiration...and the only unbribed, uncorrupted lifeguards on call to rescue democracy are the voters.

How long can we dogpaddle and listen to human voices Rovian spin that it's someone else's fault if we drown?

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tijuana Bible

Popeye has diarrhea:
there was e-coli on his spinach
and venereal warts
from inserting his corn-cob pipe
into Mae West's upstairs.

Wimpy finds his burger
disgusting after Plastic Man's
wrap-around --
no wonder Annie's orphaned
and still a dwarf!

Thanks to NAFTA,
a new kind of fundamentalist
is marketing cartoon
versions of Scripture to the lower
half of the proletariat.

At least they have caught our
attention. now than Wonder Woman
is in dreadlocks, bound
to Samson and Delilah, pilloried
before a Spanish Fly.

[Disposable Poem October 11, 2006]

Anonymous said...

How about the William Jefferson or Harry Reid scandals? When are they going to be forced to resign?

Now, those are scandals that are actually significant.

OTOH, why would anyone expect the left to be consistent?

cruelanimal said...

Well, given the Bush/Rove experience, consistence is a given -- consistent incompetence. And now we're staying in Iraq until 2010? I guess that's the result of consistence, too -- consistent lack of planning.

Reality-based observations aren't your strength, are they?

I won't defend Jefferson. He was stripped of his membership on the House Ways and Means Committee. He's facing the voters in less than a month. His district can decide if they want him back. If not, he's gone.

Not that you care, but the Reid "scandal" is just another Rovian crock.

Besides, does any of this suddenly make the whole scummy Foley scandal somehow okay for you?

Next, you'll be pointing your finger and reminding me Thomas Jefferson slept with his slaves. Yeah. That's right. When are we gonna dig him up and force him to resign?

cruelanimal said...

I love the recent poems, by the way...

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