Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

… full-flail civil war .. blah blah!

I listened to Bush’s speech this morning on TV. I felt like one of the characters from the Peanuts comic strip as they listened to their teacher talk. Basically, Bush’s speech and the following question and answer period were such a tangled web of lies and “spin” that I hardly know where to start, except to say that Bush appears to be campaigning for the Democrats today.

Several questions that I want to know the answers to;

  • What constitutes “victory” in Iraq? What exactly are our objectives there? What are our strategies for obtaining our objectives? How will we know when we’ve “won” the war in Iraq if we don’t have clear and identifable strategies and goals?
  • Bush says that people should be held accountable for their actions, yet his administration and his fellow rethuglicans remain above the law (can you say “Foley scandal”?). Considering this, how can the average American take Bush seriously?
  • Bush says that the American people should make sacrifices for their national security, yet (if I recall correctly), none of the congresscritters currently in office has sent a son or daughter to war.
  • What is happening, diplomatically speaking, between the USA and Iran? How are we going to approach that problem so it can be resolved peacefully? Is it even reasonable to expect that the situation with Iran can be resolved peacefully?
  • Why are war profiteers, such as Halliburton, allowed such huge profits while most Americans saw their spending power decrease after accounting for inflation?
  • When will Rumsfeld resign?


  1. #1 J-Dog
    October 25, 2006

    Excellent questions. Let us know if you ever get any answers. I have an answer that I will share with Bush and his cronies on Election day.

  2. #2 llewelly
    October 25, 2006

    All intended to manipulate the people who cannot find Iraq on a map.

  3. #3 Bob O'H
    October 25, 2006

    A map? They should ask for directions.


  4. #4 Michele
    October 25, 2006

    There was one Democrat whose son went to Iraq. I don’t remember which congressman that was but I remember seeing a write up about him.

    And as for the map and asking directions – they’re men. They don’t use maps and they don’t ask for directions. I believe there have been studies about this as well.

  5. #5 certhia
    October 25, 2006

    I believe that Sen. Johnson from SD (D) has a son in Iraq. And I believe the extremely hawkish Rep. John Kline (R) from MN has a son in the military. I find it astonishing that Kline also has a 0% (that’s ZERO) rating from the Disabled American Vets for his votes to help vets… (Check the cool site for info on your state’s reps on all sorts of issues…)
    Anyway, thanks for watching the Press Conference & summarizing it for those of us whose stress level escalates too high to watch W open his mouth…

  6. #6 mike
    March 24, 2007

    And I am willing to bet that not ONE of you are quantified by anything education, nor experience, to have a valid opinion on anything politically, religiously nor militarily going on in the world. All you have is a common-hatred which qualifies you all for nothing.

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