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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Mr. President, No One Believes You Anymore

Keith Olbermann has yet another special comment: The President Who Cried Wolf.

Finally, the Democrats are standing up. But significantly, Joe Scarborough also calls George W. Bush's speech last night "a political disaster." Joe Klein, interviewed on Scarborough Country tonight, was shaking his head in disbelief. As was Joe S. He's no liberal. That pretty much says it all.

Last night's speech by President Bush was not really about salvaging Iraq, but invading Iran. Sen. Chuck Hagel calls Bush's surge plan speech "dangerous... The worst foreign policy blunder since Vietnam." That it is. That it is, sir. Thank you.

However, Pat Buchanan replied, "I disagree with Chuck... Invading Iraq was the worst foreign policy blunder." It is well known that Mr. Buchanan has no stomach for foreign adventures, possibly even World War II, but I certainly agree with him here.

Now comes news that American troops have raided an Iranian consulate in the northern Iraqi city of Arbil and detained five people. Am I not correct in understanding that a nation's consulate is that nation's soil? So, we are now on Iranian soil?

This is madness!

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9 Comments:

Blogger Greg Laden said...

First, I have to say that I can't believe that crook Buchanan is actually allowed on TV. Or at least, anywhere but on FOX.

You are right, it is madness.

I watched the speech last night on MSNBC. The commentators were those two guys with PM and evening talk shows: Mathews and Olberman.

Their first response was to point out the obvious, the troop increase, etc. etc. But as they talked it slowly (well, it took about 45 minutes) dawned on them that they had just witnessed the president of the united states declare war on Iran. Holy crap.

January 11, 2007 10:12 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

I cannot for the life of me understand why Buchanan is still on television, consider that he drew less of the vote in 2000 than even Ralph Nader?

It’s time for people to start asking Bush (and Cheney) to step down. Not that he’d do it (Cheney would certainly never do it), but it’s time that they started hearing it, at least. Maybe it would drive the point home.

Or it's time to really start impeachment proceedings.

This needs to stop.

January 12, 2007 9:10 AM  
Blogger Greg Laden said...

I agree completely.

I believe this needs to start in the House, and if the vote is sufficient, it moves to the Senate where a trial is held presided over by a Supreme Court judge. Or at least, that is how it worked back when Bill Clinton got impeached for that miserable attempt at oral sex he got in trouble for.

January 12, 2007 9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regarding the exact status of a consulate: It may, but probably doesn't constitute Iranian soil.

Even where such conventions are flouted (excepting blatant aggression, or ending the odd embassy siege) whatever is found is usually embarrassing enough for everyone to agree to shut up about it.

January 13, 2007 5:50 PM  
Anonymous JanieBelle said...

I'm all for impeachment proceedings.

I was sad to hear Speaker Pelosi rule that possibility out after the elections.

January 13, 2007 6:06 PM  
Blogger Kristine said...

whatever is found is usually embarrassing enough for everyone to agree to shut up about it.

I hope so. It's not like I'm not alarmed about Iran. Hell, I don't want Iran to have nukes. But an invasion would, among other things, destroy the pro-democracy movement there. The youth were shouting "Death to the dictator" at their new Holocaust-denying president just a few weeks ago. They don't like him--we should take advantage of that and be clever, not ham-handed, about it.

I was sad to hear Speaker Pelosi rule that possibility out after the elections.

It sure was! I think they ruled it out some months before the elections, too.

Impeachment here, and impeachment in Iran, too. That would rock.

January 13, 2007 6:32 PM  
Blogger Greg Laden said...

You have to rule out impeachment and always say that you would never do it, if your the speaker of the house or anyone else in power.

Then when you actually do it you can explain how the circumstances forced you into an unthinkable position.

Don't worry, they're be an impeachment move in contress.

January 14, 2007 10:24 AM  
Blogger Kristine said...

Definitely Russ Feingold will be on it.

January 14, 2007 8:23 PM  
Blogger Greg Laden said...

Russ, yes, but there are lines of people forming to do this. They are probably having fights in the smoky back room to see who gets to do it.

That's how it was with Nixon.

January 15, 2007 9:37 PM  

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