During the past month or so, we have entered what I believe will be the most critical period of the past 60 years. During this next year or so, every living thing on the earth faces the prospect of still-incomprehensible calamity. The snarling dogs of extremism, whatever the color of their mangy fur, will not, I fear, be taken alive. We are about to witness not apocalypse, but some of the fiercest and deadliest violence, deception, corruption, and shear human folly perpetrated against peace and justice we could imagine.
The Doubleduh-Cheney Gang is cornered, but they will never surrender to any logic but their own - a logic not mitigated by compassion or humility or simple reason. They are forced to up the ante, and they surely will. The brave mask over their hubris is ripped and torn, their unabashed and insane attempt to use the tragedy of September, 2001 as an excuse to seize unopposed world hegemony revealed to be a bridge too far.
Listen to Henry Kissinger, on CNN International today, excerpts from "Kissinger finds parallels to Vietnam in Iraq":
"For me, the tragedy of Vietnam was the divisions that occurred in the United States that made it, in the end, impossible to achieve an outcome that was compatible with the sacrifices that had been made . . ."How stupid these people are! And/or how stupid they must think we are! Let's get it straight: the purpose of the Iraq invasion was to destroy the country, enslave its people, and create a wild-west free-
Kissinger said the United States faces a battle to halt the spread of radical Islam in Iraq, and it would be "a catastrophe for the whole world" if it fails.
Kissinger, who served as national security adviser and secretary of state in the Nixon and Ford administrations, said the United States should remove any troops that are not necessary to the American goal of stabilizing Iraq -- "But we cannot begin with an exit without having first defined what the objective is."
"If a radical government emerges in Baghdad or if any part of Iraq becomes what Afghanistan used to be, a training ground for terrorists, then this will be a catastrophe for the Islamic world and for Europe, much as they may -- reluctant as they may be to admit it -- and eventually for us . . ."
. . . The Washington Post reported Sunday that the Bush administration "is significantly lowering expectations of what can be achieved" in Iraq.
Sen. Joseph Biden, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a harsh critic of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, told NBC's "Meet the Press" that he agreed with that report.
"I think that the administration has significantly downgraded their expectations," said Biden, D-Delaware. "They have squandered about every opportunity to get it right."
Rumsfeld, Biden said, "should get his notice on Monday morning" after The New York Times reported that some U.S. troops in Iraq still do not have the body armor they need. If Rumsfeld worked for a corporation instead of the U.S. government, "He'd be fired by now," Biden said.
Lissen up, y'all! Americans of every political stripe want it both ways - and the result will be that they will have it no ways. How many so-called lefties are still driving to and from work every day, alone in their cars. How many yell and scream about corporate tyranny, at the same time investing heavily in the stock market? How many are worried about how the impending housing market bubble burst will effect them, but decry the presence of pan-handling homeless on their streets? How many espouse one or two of the hot and sexy lefty issues, like the war or abortion or gay rights, but aren't willing to give up anything to achieve true justice and peace? How many will once again go through the motions in 2008 of finding some liberal hero/heroine to make it right again, knowing full well that the result will be the election of President HillaryJohnBarbaraDennisArnold EdwardsBushHagerLugarBiden, who will continue to exploit and otherwise fuck with the growing mass of powerless and disenfranchised peoples of this poor planet?
To my friends on "the left" I say, "It's bad enough to not really know what you want or where you're going, but even worse not to know that you can't get there from here."