The Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.-Mel Gibson, to Malibu police officers when he was arrested on DUI charges last week.
Yeah...because, you know...it was those Japanese Jews who bombed Pearl Harbor.
The world hates President Bush more than any U.S. president in my lifetime. He is radioactive — and so caught up in his own ideological bubble that he is incapable of imagining or forging alternative strategies.-New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman (my choice for president any day) addressing the administration's inability to prevent the Middle East's rapid fall into the abyss.
...the Doha global trade talks collapsed today - yet another indication of a long list that America's role and status in the world are rapidly deteriorating. We seem unable to achieve our objectives - and these failures are not registering with the political class in Washington yet.-The Washington Note's Steve Clemons, using the failure of the Doha global trade talks to say what John Kerry should have been hammering home two years ago.
Gambling away America's moral credibility in Iraq is one crime - but the bigger one that the Bush administration has committed is overtly showing the LIMITS of American power in the world. America's mystique has been shattered. Our military and financial limits put on open display. Friends are not counting on America as much as the case before. Foes are maximizing agendas Americans oppose.
These are dangerous times because those who are fundamentally and substantively weakening often lash out in a desperate attempt to demonstrate resolve and strength.
These are toxic matters. Bush is asking nothing of Americans. We will go on with our wars and commitments abroad without regard to domestic impact or cost -- and Americans can continue to enjoy their Wal-Mart subsidized high quality lives.
But the Doha Round failing is a big deal. It's a foreshock.
The American Bar Association said Sunday that President Bush was flouting the Constitution and undermining the rule of law by claiming the power to disregard selected provisions of bills that he signed.I've said it before. I'll say it again. This is a most dangerous time for the presidency and the country that office leads.
I don't think we're on a Fascist road right now. We are so close though, Keith.John Dean, former White House Counsel to President Richard Nixon, on why he wrote his new book "Conservatives Without Conscience" (on MSNBC's "Countdown with Keith Olbermann").
Kim [Jong-il] is easily the gravest threat to American lives since Bush took office. He has the materials; he has the motive; all he lacks is a delivery system.-Sunday Times columnist Andrew Sullivan on the President's absurdly lackluster response to North Korea's recent missle launch.
And the failure of his missile delivery system is not a cause for relief. It merely means that if he is to deliver the nuclear goods to his enemies, he has to find another way.
A suitcase? An Al-Qaeda suicide bomber? A Pakistani intelligence agent?
You think these options aren’t available to him? If you live anywhere near a western city you should be concerned. Or at least a little more concerned than a president who spent the afternoon at Dunkin’ Donuts.
[T]he Bush administration literally seems to have no foreign policy at all anymore. They have no serious plan for Iraq, no plan for Iran, no plan for North Korea, no plan for democracy promotion, no plan for anything. With the neocons on the outs, Condoleezza Rice at the State Department, and Dick Cheney continuing to drift into an alternate universe at the OVP, the Bush administration seems completely at sea. There's virtually no ideological coherency to their foreign policy that I can discern, and no credible followup on what little coherency is left. As near as I can tell, George Bush has learned that "There's evil in the world and we're going to stand up to it" isn't really adequate as a foreign policy for a superpower but is unable to figure out anything better to replace it with. So he spins his wheels, waiting for 2009. Unfortunately, the rest of us are left spinning with him.Kevin Drum hitting the nail on the head regarding the President's failures in foreign policy.
A decade after the Pentagon declared a zero-tolerance policy for racist hate groups, recruiting shortfalls caused by the war in Iraq have allowed "large numbers of neo-Nazis and skinhead extremists" to infiltrate the military, according to a watchdog organization...726 service members were discharged during 2005 simply for being gay. That is up 11% from 2004. Yet these neo-Nazi skinheads are infiltrating all branches of the armed services - in violation of a 1996 law - and only TWO have been discharged? Again I ask, "what the fuck?" These guys aren't signing up to fight because they are patriots. On the contrary. They are terrorists, plain and simple. They wish to use their military training to start a civil war at home. As Steven Barry wrote in Resistance, a neo-Nazi magazine:
The report said that neo-Nazi groups like the National Alliance, whose founder, William Pierce, wrote "The Turner Diaries," the novel that was the inspiration and blueprint for Timothy J. McVeigh's bombing of the Oklahoma City federal building, sought to enroll followers in the Army to get training for a race war...
The 1996 crackdown on extremists came after revelations that Mr. McVeigh had espoused far-right ideas when he was in the Army and recruited two fellow soldiers to aid his bomb plot...
...the report...provided evidence on 320 extremists [in Iraq] in the past year, but that only two had been discharged.
Light infantry is your branch of choice because the coming race war and the ethnic cleansing to follow will be very much an infantryman's war. It will be house-to-house, neighborhood-by-neighborhood until your town or city is cleared and the alien races are driven into the countryside where they can be hunted down and 'cleansed.'When a gay person enlists in the military, he does so because he is a proud American, risking life and limb to protect his country. And then he is thrown out - dishonorably, like common street trash - simply for loving someone of the same sex.