A Straight Shot of Politics

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I have returned from darkness and quiet. I used to style myself as "Joe Claus", Santa Claus’ younger brother because that is what I still look like. I wrote my heart out about liberal politics until June of 2006, when all that could be said had been said. I wrote until I could write no more and I wrote what I best liked to read when I was young and hopeful: the short familiar essays in Engish and American periodicals of 50 to 100 years ago. The archetype of them were those of G.K. Chesterton, written in newspapers and gathered into numerous small books. I am ready to write them again. I am ready to write about life as seen by the impoverished, by the mentally ill, by the thirty years and more of American Buddhist converts, and by the sharp eyed people [so few now in number] with the watcher's disease, the people who watch and watch and watch. I am all of these.

Sunday, October 31, 2004

The Jobs George W. Bush Didn't Do

Nobody who votes for John Kerry is going to pretend he is Superman. He doesn't need to be to be a definite improvement.

Three full years have passed since September 11, 2001. Osama Bin Laden is still alive, is in apparent good health, is willing to admit that he ordered the WTC and Pentagon attacks, and is able to release philosophical videotapes commenting on our politics!!!

Job One was putting Osama Bin Laden out of business. George W. Bush didn't do Job One.

Job Two was keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of Islamic fundamentalists. The Iranians have just announced they are going ahead with uranium enrichment and heavy water reactors. George W. Bush didn't do Job Two.

Job Three was securing Iraq (since the pointless neocon invasion there made it necessary!), not letting an Iraqi insurgency form and arm, and getting ALL of Saddam Hussein's arms destroyed or under control. The Iraqis were so decisively defeated that George W. Bush even had SIX full months to do Job Three!

He STILL didn't do it. One thousand of our troops have died and eight thousand of them have been permanently maimed mostly by the explosives which were not secured. Not to mention the 100,000 Iraqis who have died prematurely in the process of our failing to do this!

This all doesn't even touch on the fact that the United States of America needed four years of oil changes, tire rotation, cooling flush and fill, and all the rest of the usual and customary maintenance.

George W. Bush hasn't done any of it and the vehicle is starting to rattle and knock.

No, John Kerry doesn't have to be Superman to compare quite well to a record like that. And voters don't have to be rocket scientists to figure this out. They merely have to stop and think the evidence through.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO: Joseph Marshall
RE: The Book of Job(s)

"Job One was putting Osama Bin Laden out of business." -- Joseph Marshall

By "out of business" do you mean "kill" him? You are SUCH a 'buddhist', aren't you....

On the other hand, if you mean what we in the military would say as "neutralize" him, well...consider that three years ago he killed 3000+ of your fellow Americans. And today, all he can do is gesture ineffectually from some hole-in-the-wall.

"Job Two was keeping nuclear weapons out of the hands of Islamic fundamentalists." -- Joseph Marshall

Well. To the best of our knowledge, yours and mine, none of them have such...yet.

"The Iranians have just announced they are going ahead with uranium enrichment and heavy water reactors." -- Joseph Marshall

Sooo....you ARE calling for the invasion of Iran. Interesting approach, for a "buddhist". Let slip the dogs of war! Eh?

"Job Three was securing Iraq (since the pointless neocon invasion there made it necessary!), not letting an Iraqi insurgency form and arm, and getting ALL of Saddam Hussein's arms destroyed or under control." -- Joseph Marshall

I think we'll see something VERY interesting come 3 November 2004. The marshalling of forces outside of Fallujah and pulling the Black Watch up to cover Baghdad are interesting indicators, from a military intell perspective.

Joseph....as the election draws near, you're behaving as something of a twit.

Hope you recover after tomorrow.

Regards,

Chuck(le)

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