Maybe it’s just, I cast my eyes back on the last century …
FDR: Oh, I’m sorry, was wiping out our entire Pacific fleet supposed to intimidate us? We have nothing to fear but fear itself, and right now we’re coming to kick your ass with brand new destroyers riveted by waitresses. How’s that going to feel?
CHURCHILL: Yeah, you keep bombing us. We’ll be in the pub, flipping you off. I’m slapping Rolls-Royce engines into untested flying coffins to knock you out of the skies, and then I’m sending angry Welshmen to burn your country from the Rhine to the Polish border.
US. NOW: BE AFRAID!! Oh God, the Brown Bad people could strike any moment! They could strike … NOW!! AHHHH. Okay, how about .. NOW!! AAGAGAHAHAHHAG! Quick, do whatever we tell you, and believe whatever we tell you, or YOU WILL BE KILLED BY BROWN PEOPLE!! PUT DOWN THAT SIPPY CUP!!
… and I’m just a little tired of being on the wrong side of that historical arc.
This is it, folks. This is the world, from now on. Even assuming the War on Terror is a not just a bad metaphor and there is an actual measurable winning point the short 4GW struggles last fifty years or so. We’re going to be stopping one or two of these bastard mass-murder plots a year, minimum, for the rest of our lives. Hell, the way terror tactics and tech evolve, five years from now we’re going to be pining for the dudes with the flammable juice boxes.
It’s now part of our life. Let’s try not to hop like the trained monkeys every time it happens.
I’m just pleased that for once, nobody –
“Weeks before September 11th, this is going to play big,” said another White House official, who also spoke on condition of not being named, adding that some Democratic candidates won’t “look as appealing” under the circumstances.”
– ahhhh. Never mind
August 9, 2006:
Now, when the United States walked away, in the opinion of Osama bin Laden in 1991, bin Laden drew from that the conclusion that Americans were weak and wouldn’t stay the course, and that led to September 11th. And it’s important to realize that terrorists are not simply inspired by American engagement in the world, but they have their own agenda and it is an agenda that if we turn around and look the other way, they’re not going to ignore — they will continue to build strength and they will continue to build adherence. And it is a vitally important debate to have.
That’s interesting. W is blaming daddy’s administration. Do they realize who as Secretary of Defense back then?
A transcript of the 1992 appearance was tracked down by P-I columnist Joel Connelly, as reported in today’s In the Northwest column.
“And the question in my mind is how many additional American casualties is Saddam worth?” Cheney said then in response to a question.
“And the answer is not very damned many. So I think we got it right, both when we decided to expel him from Kuwait, but also when the president made the decision that we’d achieved our objectives and we were not going to go get bogged down in the problems of trying to take over and govern Iraq.”
So, there you have it. It turns out that Dick Cheney is responsible for 9/11.
Russian musicians returning from London after the Bolshoi Theatre’s season face an overland journey because of the new UK cabin baggage ban on planes.
They are under contract to keep their instruments with them and cannot check them in as hold baggage, chief conductor Alexander Vedernikov said.
Every year in August, George Bush headlines a fundraiser at his neighbors’ ranch, the Broken Spoke Ranch. The fundraiser is targeted to the top GOP fundraisers; it’s a no-press private affair for
corruptrich Republicans. Since it’s an annual affair, it provides a good measure of how Bush’s fundraising ability compares from year to year.
On Friday, Bush arrived before noon at a neighbor’s ranch for a barbecue that was expected to raise at least $2 million for the Republican National Committee.
About 230 people were attending the fundraiser at Stan and Kathy Hickey’s Broken Spoke Ranch, a 478-acre spread next to Bush’s ranch. All have contributed at least $25,000 to the RNC, and many are “rangers,” an honorary campaign title bestowed on those who raised $200,000 or more for Bush, or “pioneers,” those who have raised $100,000 or more.
President George W. Bush headlined a Republican fund-raiser at a ranch near his own on Friday and the barbecue for deep-pocket donors raised $750,000.
The event at the Broken Spoke Ranch, owned by party activists Kathy and Stan Hickey, has been an annual one during Bush’s presidency. This year, 350 attendees raised $750,000 for the Republican National Committee for giving to Republican candidates this fall.
So it’s taking them 120 more people to achieve results that are only 38% of what they achieved last year. $750,000 instead of $2 million. And last year wasn’t even a campaign year. Consider all of the former Bush Pioneers who probably had to send regrets this year, either because they’re in jail, on their way, or would have been if not for the heart attack: Jack Abramoff. Tom Noe. Ken Lay. Brent Wilkes. James Tobin. Ralph Reed. Tom Craddick. Tom DeLay. It’s hard to continue to give at the $100,000 level when you need to save your pennies for a legal defense fund.
But they’re also casting a wider net, expanding the invite list to those who gave only $15,000 people. Even when you attempt to keep such a tight circle of insiders as Bush does, when your insiders start going to jail, you end up having to cheapen that circle.
I guess Texas beef doesn’t have the same allure it used to have.