Monday, October 02, 2006

October Surprise Trifecta

Chicken little Democrats have been quivering in the corner waiting for the big bad Rethuglicans to drop the infamous "October Surprise" on them, reversing the national trend against the rubber stampers of Dubya's disastrous reign, allowing them to retain their foot on the throat of the middle class. And then the National Intelligence Estimate leaked out:

The war in Iraq has become a primary recruitment vehicle for violent Islamic extremists, motivating a new generation of potential terrorists around the world whose numbers may be increasing faster than the United States and its allies can reduce the threat, U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded.


The N.I.E. is put together by 16 of our national security agencies. They basically pile up all their data, sort through it, and put forth an estimate. My phone never rang.

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First of all, when someone is killed, usually it makes someone else upset that they lost their friend or family member. And maybe it pisses off several people. Some have been known to strike back indiscriminately, especially if the death of their friend or loved one was senseless. The Bush Doctrine, for this reason, is a terrorist multiplier.
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Here I am, a truck driver from Oklahoma, all caught up with them and shit.

Then came the release of Bob Woodward's blockbuster indictment of all things Bushwhacked: State Of Denial
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There was a vast difference between what the White House and Pentagon knew about the situation in Iraq and what they were saying publicly. But the discrepancy was not surprising. In memos, reports and internal debates, high-level officials of the Bush administration have voiced their concern about the United States' ability to bring peace and stability to Iraq since early in the occupation.
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Of course, us bloggers on the left have been saying "bullshit" every time Dubya opens his mouth, but this is different. This is Bob Woodward, and he can never be confused with the dirty hippies of the "rabid lambs of the left."

Then came the "hat trick" of the trifecta, if I may mix my sports metaphors: The La Cage Aux Foley
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Rep. Mark Foley, R-Fla., abruptly resigned from Congress on Friday in the wake of questions about e-mails he wrote a former teenage male page.
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The page worked for Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-La., who said Friday that when he learned of the e-mail exchanges 10 to 11 months ago, he called the teenÂ’s parents. Alexander told the Ruston Daily Leader, "We also notified the House leadership that there might be a potential problem," a reference to the HouseÂ’s Republican leaders.


So the Republican Leadership new about this letch and let him continue preying on children in the halls of congress for nearly a year. As Think Progress points out:
One of the few members of Congress informed of Foley's actions was Rep. Tom Reynolds (R-NY), currently the Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC).
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As Hill columnist Josh Marshall writes, the NRCC is "the House Republicans' election committee, a political organization entirely separate from the House bureaucracy and the Congress. Marshall notes, "Considering that the issue involved a minor, it seems highly inappropriate to discuss the matter with anyone not charged with policing the House. More to the point, however, you tell the head of the NRCC because you see the matter as a political problem." On May 10, 2006 -- two months after he was informed of Foley's emails -- Reynolds's personal PAC, TOMPAC, wrote Foley a check for $5,000. In July, the NRCC accepted $100,000 from Foley.
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So, we have 16 Federal agencies, who agree with me, that Bush has fucked up the entire Global War on Terror, a prestigious journalist, who also agrees with me, saying Bush has the reverse midas touch, and the enabling rubber stamp Republicans who not only shield Bush by calling critics terrorist sympathizers, but also coddle and shield pedophiles. mmmkay?

Looking at this whole sorry spectacle, I must admit I have mixed emotions, like watching my ex-wife drive off a cliff, in my brand new cadillac. This is my country and these people are supposed to represent American values. I hardly recognize the place anymore. I ache all over.

7 comments:

karen jacobs said...

Hi Oilfieldguy
I enjoy your comments at firedoglake, and enjoyed a reference to "kittenstomper" a while back. Again tonight, but this time recognized your name. Loved the comment at the end: seeing the wife go over the cliff in the new Cadillac. Heheheh. Managed to get this off to a couple friends that will enjoy your essay as well. Late night for me; just a note to say I like your work.

TeddySanFran said...

hate to lose a caddy like that, but then....

great post, ofg. kinda scary when guys like us can be as smart as we now appear to be, given the credit going around for those so late to the party, eh?

Oilfieldguy said...

Why thank you, karen jacobs. Sometimes we lonely bloggers with limited readers wonder if anyone actually gets to the end of the post.

Oilfieldguy said...

tsf,

it is very scary when you are ahead of the intelligence curve.

Spirit said...

I like to set up a link to you from the Travel Airfare blog. What do you think about that?

Anonymous said...

Very good idea. Similar to a discussion I saw on this Hawaii Vacations.

HotFlash said...

Thanks for your very apropos remark about every contact ending in a sale. I am working hard at selling everyone I can on voting Dem. It's been obvious for a long time that 'facts' are *not* how to do it -- as any *real* salesperson knows! As Huck Finn observed, you have to hit them where they live. Your post is a good tutorial on 'hit' and Sara Robinson at Orcinus zeros in on 'where they live'. Good hunting to us all this month, and may we have a harvest of Dem seats to be thankful for this year!

PS -- got a real giggle out of your trainwreck post. Good, good writing, that, delightfully understated.