Friday, August 03, 2007

Four Years On....

We know there can be no sustainable progress in Iraq without popular support for the government. We know there can be no support for the government without a minimum level of basic services for Iraqis. So what does this mean?

Is it safe to assume this scene from the Green Zone hasn't been affected?


Blogger Vercules said...

This is criminal.
We all should say a prayer for the Iraqis. It seems that is all we can do.

This administration, and the axis of power that is behind it, are more evil than I originally thought.
I don't think they have any desire to see things too good in Iraq. It's the old "divide and conquer" theme. Keep the locals busy fighting amongst themselves.

I'm also beginning to wonder what their long term plans are for America. Are they seeking to ruin America? Will America's new capital be relocated to Dubai?

You do realize that we are in a low-level conflict with Russia.

We're just about to crest 9 Trillion in National Debt with no hope of seeing a balanced budget in the next decade. Tell me, how many Trillions of unfunded obligations do we have on top of that?

I personally think that it is Cheney's plan to bankrupt the Federal Government. "We had to destroy the government to save it".
I'm also wondering if the "unitary executive" really is meant to be a king. They would never call a spade a spade though.

I'm a Ron Paul supporter. I think he is the only hope left. All the other candidates are just going to maintain the status quo more or less. I'm also beginning to wonder that even were Ron Paul to be elected, is it already too late to avoid the coming financial nightmare?

I'm not a pessimist by nature, but when looking at the situation it's hard not to be pessimistic and downright cynical.

8/03/2007 8:21 AM  
Blogger Vercules said...

8/03/2007 8:23 AM  
Anonymous Kilfarsnar said...

Great juxtaposition CR. It reminds me of pre-revolutionary France. What does it mean? The Iraqis and we are fucked, that's what it means. Again, the mind reels.

After Bush became president in 2000 I turned to a friend of mine and said, "Oh well, how bad could it be? How much damage can a guy do in four years?" Well, I have found out. And it has somehow been eight and not four.

Like others on this board, I am seriously wondering if I will live to see the end of the United States as we know it. It sounds apocalyptic, I know. But what other trajectory are we on? Can it be turned around? Sure it can. But I don't see the political will or wisdom in our current government or candidates. The Republicans are selfish and short sighted to the point of criminality. The Democrats are muddled and easily intimidated. Many of them wouldn't change the status quo substantially anyway. The American public seems largely ignorant and afraid.

Maybe it's not as bad as I think. Maybe the system is more resilient. But once things start to go it can all come crashing down with amazing speed. So I'm watching for signs of the tipping point and learning to travel light.

BTW, interesting article Vercules. That Cheney thinks he has it wired. What an asshole.

8/03/2007 11:43 AM  
Anonymous Not Sure said...

"when [Iraqi]lawmakers return after a monthlong summer recess on Sept. 4."

They've even taken Labor Day as their own. Our mission is done.

8/03/2007 7:01 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Dear Realist: It is as bad as you think. The next step that we'll see is other countries disconnecting their currencies from the USD. That will be the bitter end. Some of us are aware, but many Americans do have their heads in a spot where the sun don't shine. Janet

8/04/2007 9:33 PM  
Blogger Grandmère Mimi said...

Short and to the point, you give us the tragedy that is Iraq.

8/05/2007 4:29 PM  

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