Archive for July, 2007

For the record: We’re a dictatorship

Friday, July 20th, 2007

A door slammed shut in Washington, D.C. yesterday. That few Americans heard it will not diminish the deafening echoes to come. Future historians will note 2007 as the year the United States completed its transition from democratic republic to dictatorship. Like rising gasoline prices, the changes crept up on most Americans. The Bush Regime began its march to dictatorship as soon as it came to power in 2001, issuing more signing statements than any previous administration. What’s a signing statement?

Waiting for Petraeus

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

“The idea of waiting for Petraeus and giving him a chance has grown on Republicans.” — Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.).

That’s how Senate Republicans forgave themselves
for refusing to order Bush to start removing combat troops from Iraq by next year. No, not tomorrow or next week. Not even next month. The Iraq War will not be lost if we announce troop withdrawals, because it was lost before it began. But I believe Sen. Graham’s remark reveals the darker reason for Republican refusal to order troop withdrawal.

William Kristol: The Intellectual Failure

Sunday, July 15th, 2007

William Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, is probably a pretty smart guy, in terms of raw intelligence. When it comes to moral intelligence, however, he’s a dud. I’ve noted Kristol’s shortcomings in the past (“Proud to be a stupid Cassandra“), but now he’s really gone off the tracks.

What’s Congress waiting for?

Saturday, July 14th, 2007

According to an American Research Group poll conducted last week, half of registered voters polled think Vice President Dick (“Five Deferments”) Cheney should be impeached. According to the poll, four percent more respondents want Cheney impeached than Bush. (graphic below)