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Monday, January 15, 2007

L'etat, c'est moi, redux

The utter contempt for the Constitution displayed by W. and company -- even after five years -- continues to astound me.

I skipped "60 Minutes" and George Bush's declaration of war against Congress if they try to exercise their somewhat atrophied oversight powers and hold him accountable to the will of the people.
"I fully understand they could try to stop me from doing it. But I've made my decision. And we're going forward."
It's not so much the "facts on the ground" as it is the unchastened tone of defiance. It's entirely possible the rubber stamp Republican Congress did grant the cash to allow the "surge" to take place.

But the American people, by throwing those bums out, issued a loud call for a change from business as usual. It obviously hasn't reached W. or Darth Cheney, who appeared in his secure location, Fox News, to thumb his nose at Democrats -- and voters:
"I have yet to hear a coherent policy out of the Democratic side, with respect to an alternative to what the president's proposed in terms of going forward," he said.
Perhaps you weren't paying attention when the bipartisan Iraq Study Group issued a call for diplomacy and withdrawal?

Maybe you need the help of the Pentagon and the CIA to spy on the American people to learn what they want?

I ranted awhile back about the administration's utter contempt for the constitutional rights of American citizens, so there's nothing new here either -- except for the stunning inefficiency with which they are trampling the Constitution.

For better or worse, the Patriot Act authorizes the FBI to issue national security letters. And Congress created the post of Director of National Intelligence to coordinate all spying foreign and domestic.

So why did the Pentagon and the CIA engage in questionable legal tactics to obtain information that should reside in a central repository (even one put together by the FBI, aka, Freaking Bumbling Incompetents)?

Isn't that the same kind of incompetence that allowed everyone to miss to work of a few competent FBI agents in the days prior to 9-11?

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Anonymous Well said...

At this point, congress and the house need to go ahead and begin the impeachment process, and truncate the funding for the war effective immediately...Bush and Chaney are dangerous as they are reckless in the forgien policy and neglectful in their domestic policy. Could you immagine what it would be like if the Republicans were still in power? This country needs to wake up before we become a dictatorhip!

January 15, 2007 7:19 AM  

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