Sunday, November 27, 2005

cut & paste...

If all else fails... cut and paste...
Cheney on Murtha
On Cheney
BBC story on CIA Prisons
Washington Post story CIA Prisons

the list grows long...

Who are we? The rhetoric of Christianity dominates our national politics yet what values define our national character? What do we value? Our children? All children equally? Is that reflected in the education we provide for our nation’s children regardless of the affluence of their neighborhoods?

Is it life we value? Do we value life? How do we express that? How do we honor the loses of 9/11 and the those soldiers who, in full faith of the rightness of the cause, have gone willing to Iraq and Afghanistan? And how do we honor the innocent?

What values define our national character?

I do believe that we need to examine closely what brought us into this war. Yes, Bush and Cheney misled the American people by continually juxtaposing 9/11 with Iraq and yes, the members of Congress too often cared more for their political lives than the lives that might be lost in such an undertaking.

And we as a people, what did we want or value that we were led this way; that we chose leaders that would take us to this place? How do we move forward now? Let us look more closely at what it is that we should do and consider through that looking what it is that we value and how that should inform the choices that we make. Let us choose our future leaders with a mind to what it is we truly value. Let us hold the leaders we have now and ourselves accountable for our grave mistakes.

The list for grieving grows ever longer… someone tell me,…what would Jesus do?

Let us demand that the media take on the task our founders set for them… Let us examine, closely, where we are and how we got here.


Cheney on Murtha

On Cheney

BBC story on CIA Prisons

Washington Post story CIA Prisons

Friday, November 11, 2005

Can we go to the tapes please…

I think Mr. Rove may be back at work. There’s currently spin coming out of the White House that utilizes many of the diversionary tactics of the past. The line being sold is that the current critics of Bush’s rationale leading up to the Iraq War are undertaking revisionist history. The Bush administration asserts that many of his critics also believed that Saddam was attempting to acquire “Weapons of Mass Destruction” or possibly already had such weapons.

This is the White House’s frequently used tactic of juxtaposing seemingly related information to generate a conclusion that seems logical but in fact does not hold up under close scrutiny.

Yes, many world leaders, French, German and even U.S. leaders such as Clinton included, believed that Saddam possessed chemical and biological weapons… however… that does not mean that they believed that the threat was significant enough to warrant a war. Many felt that Saddam was adequately contained and that the international community’s goals in regard to Iraq could be attained through peaceful means. Also, the fact that many world leaders believed that Saddam possessed such weapons does not mean that they also felt that those weapons were a real threat to the United States or that Iraq was a base for terrorists activities (which now, as a result of Iraqi border breakdown, it is). Additionally this does not change the fact that the Bush Administration manipulated intelligence to support its war agenda. The continued references to 9/11, the use of discredited evidence of Iraq’s nuclear capabilities, and the repeated assurances from administration officials, such as Cheney, that there would be a quick resolution to a war in Iraq, are all instances of manipulation, if not of intelligence then of the American people. The Bush Administration incited fear among the Americans in order to advance its own agenda.

We act as if we have no memory and no record of what led up to the war. We act as if it’s a “they said, we said,” situation that’s all a matter of opinion. We have the video. We have the interviews and the speeches and even a record of the arguments made opposing the war.

What I think we need is a review of the tapes. Let’s look at what was said and how it was said. I think Cheney’s interviews will be particularly interesting. Wouldn’t it be remarkable if all the news organizations stopped feeding us the canned crap they normally feed us and actually undertook such a review… hey maybe even during primetime. (Why should Dateline have all the fun?)

If Clinton was impeached for lying about sex… you get the drill… Of course congress needs to take a hard look at its own fortitude and political will…

Whether you agree with me or not, let the news outlets know what YOU want from them. Email them. You usually have to go their websites but it’s a small thing that we can do. Ask them to review what was said instead of just quoting the current rhetoric.

et. al.

(My thoughts on the reasons for the War in Iraq are outlined in the archived post from Friday, August 19, 2005, entitled:
Bush and the Reasons for the War in Iraq)

Thursday, November 10, 2005

NPR Larry Wilkerson interview...

Excerpted Nov. 10, 2005


Ex-Powell Staffer Discusses Cheney Role in Iraq War

November 3, 2005 · Steve Inskeep talks with Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff for former Secretary of State Colin Powell, about the influence of Vice President Dick Cheney's office over Iraq war policy. Wilkerson claims the vice president and others bypassed the rest of the government to control key decisions.

Interview with Larry Wilkerson

Friday, November 04, 2005

Martin Luther King, jr - "I've Been to the Mountain Top"

This speech has had more of an effect on me than any other I can remember...

MLK I’ve Been to the Mountain Top,

Excerpted from on Nov. 4, 2005

The last few paragraphs of MLK's last speech:

Now, it doesn't matter, now. It really doesn't matter what happens now. I left Atlanta this morning, and as we got started on the plane, there were six of us. The pilot said over the public address system, "We are sorry for the delay, but we have Dr. Martin Luther King on the plane. And to be sure that all of the bags were checked, and to be sure that nothing would be wrong with on the plane, we had to check out everything carefully. And we've had the plane protected and guarded all night."

And then I got into Memphis. And some began to say the threats, or talk about the threats that were out. What would happen to me from some of our sick white brothers?

Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop.

And I don't mind.

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

And so I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man! Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!


American Rhetoric is a fascinating site. Sometimes my links don't work so if this one doesn't I recommend you past it in manually and check it out.