Saturday, February 17, 2007

Another Bad Week For the Shrub

It's been a bad week for George W. Bush. His vice dictator's chief of staff is probably going to be convicted of perjury next week, after the guy's defense lawyers failed to put him and his old boss on the witness stand. Too many revelations of Cheney's own involvement in the leaking of Valerie Plame Wilson's CIA identity came up during the prosecution phase. Had he perjured himself on the stand, it would have been even worse. And putting Lewis Libby on the stand would have put the proverbial nail in the proverbial coffin. As it is, Libby is likely to be convicted of perjury anyway. Patrick Fitzgerald's case was that strong.

The war in Afghanistan came back to the forefront of American consciousness, albeit briefly; the Shrub demanded more troops from NATO to secure the country, because he has completely abandoned it to the Taliban. A mere 25,000 U.S. soldiers remain to try and tackle a nation even the Soviet Empire couldn't successfully invade and occupy. That's what happens when you abandon the hunt for the guy who was actually behind 9/11 to pursue your own agenda in Iraq. So now this is two wars in the Middle East that have been lost by the Bush regime's incompetent ambition. And they're trying to start a third no-win conflict, this time with Iran. Some folks never learn.

Then, of course, two more things happened as the week drew to a close. First, the U.S. House of Representatives did what the Senate couldn't, no thanks to GOP filibustering (I'll bet Repugs are glad they didn't get rid of that when they had the chance, aren't they?); it passed a non-binding resolution opposing the Shrub's threatened surge of U.S. soldiers in Iraq. It would have been better to pass binding legislation cutting off funding for the war, but that's another subject that I'll touch upon next week. The second thing that happened is that an Italian court has indicted twenty-six suspected CIA officers for kidnapping. It seems this has to do with that business of kidnapping people and shipping them to other countries to be tortured.

It's been a bad week indeed for the Shrub. Now Congress needs to step things up and pass binding resolutions cutting off funds for the war in Iraq, and preventing funds from being used to start a war with Iran.

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