Wednesday, January 31, 2007


"Little Bush says we are at war, but we are not at war because to be at war Congress has to vote for it. He says we are at war on terror, but that is a metaphor, though I doubt if he knows what that means. It's like having a war on dandruff, it's endless and pointless. We are in a dictatorship that has been totally militarised, everyone is spied on by the government itself. All three arms of the government are in the hands of this junta."
Gore Vidal

The Bush administration is asking for another $100 billion ($100,000,000,000.00) for Iraq (and a little of it goes to the war in Afghanistan). This is off the budget books. It may get figured in eventually, but when the budget deficit estimate was made this fall, it was not included even though Bush knew he would ask for this money. Bush is also planning to ask for another $145 billion, which is also not in the regular budget. Basically, around the time Bush goes out of office we may know what the real deficits were that he ran. Cost of his wars so far adjusted for inflation: $663 billion ($663,000,000,000.00) Juan Cole/February 3, 2007

The words outside of parentheses are those of the Decision Maker Decider Torturer Long War President George W. Bush. Mad Plato's words are in Italics between parentheses.

We enter the year 2007 with large endeavors underway, and others that are ours to begin.
Iraq is underway…way under…and Iran will soon begin.)

Each of us is guided by our own convictions -- and to these we must stay faithful.
I, for example, will be convicted for lies and fabrications that I was faithful to in order to take this nation to war.)

Yet we're all held to the same standards (
except me), and called to serve the same good purposes: To extend this nation's prosperity (but not during my administration); to spend the people's money wisely (but not during my reign); to solve problems, not leave them to future generations (As I have done with my Pre-Emptive Iraq War); to guard America against all evil (except my own); and to keep faith with those we have sent forth to defend us (unless they are killed).

Our citizens don't much care which side of the aisle we sit on (
which we’re doing most of the time) -- as long as we're willing to cross that aisle when there is work to be done (When I cross that aisle I fly to Crawford).

First, we must balance the federal budget.
Just not during my reign)

We can do so without raising taxes.
We can but not tomorrow’s children.)

What we need to do is impose spending discipline in Washington, D.C
But not on my watch.)

To win the war on terror we must take the fight to the enemy.
This means that the Iraq War will never end; our enemies will stay in Iraq as long as we stay and fight.)

This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we're in.
And it’s the fight that I wanted.)

Every one of us wishes this war were over and won.
Just don’t hook me up to a lie detector when I say this.)

Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned, and our own security at risk. (Applause.)
What were our promises?)

We didn't drive al Qaeda out of their safe haven in Afghanistan only to let them set up a new safe haven in a free Iraq.
But that’s what happened…except not in a free Iraq.)


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