The Fifth Horseman: More Right-Wing Fantasies

Friday, August 26, 2005


More Right-Wing Fantasies

This just in: The Right Wing is completely out of touch with reality. Either that or they're lying. Both of those are distinct possibilities.

First up: The Quagmire in Iraq: Like Nero, fiddling while Iraq burns, President Bush continues to speak glowingly about progress in Iraq, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

What evidence am I talking about? I'll tell you:

Did somebody say civil war? That's right ladies and gentlemen, sectarian violence between rival militias has soared in the past couple weeks. In fact, the toll from Iraqi infighting has reached over 100 killed in the past two days alone. I don't know about you, but that hardly sounds like "progress" to me.

Also, the Iraqi Constitution has failed to meet its third deadline. In fact, relations between rival Shiite and Sunni factions have deteriorated so much that Bush was forced to intervene to try to broker a last-minute deal.

I don't know about you guys, but I get the feeling that this Constitution wasn't very well though-out. First of all, hoping to end centuries of strife with a constitution written over several months is foolhardy, at best. Second of all, any constitution in which a foreign head-of-state intervenes is hardly going to represent the will of the people of that nation. It also doesn't help when that same Constitution includes laws that nullify women's rights and establish a theocracy.

And yet, the President continues to speak glowingly of both the phony Constitution and the War in general:

"The establishment of a democratic constitution will be a landmark event in the history of Iraq and the history of the Middle East...It will bring us closer to the day that Iraq is a nation that can govern itself, sustain itself and defend itself."

This can only mean one of two things: either the administration is completely out of touch with reality and actually believe things are going well, or they know that things are going downhill, but they're lying to save face. So, Bush is either deranged, or simply a liar. Either way, it's bad news for the rest of us.

In other war news, Cindy Sheehan has returned to her vigil in Crawford. However, even while Cindy was with her mother, away from Crawford, Right-Wing smears continued:

"She has joined forces with an Unholy Alliance on the other side in the epic battle for freedom in the Middle East and has shown that she will do and say anything to discredit the United States and its commander-chief -- acts which serve the enemy and endanger American lives. She is a disgrace to her brave son who gave his life for the freedom of ordinary Iraqis and the security of his countrymen. She has betrayed his sacrifice and embraced his enemies."
--David Horowitz

"[Sheehan's statement's]...have to be attacked because they are libeling America, endangering America, and they are untrue from beginning to end."
--Charles Krauthammer, Fox News' Special Report with Brit Hume

Of course, we all know what these angry tirades mean. The sheer venom of the Right Wing's attacks upon Cindy Sheehan mean that her protest is actually doing some good. Keep it up, Cindy.

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I guess I'll finish up this rather lengthy entry with a story that I find simply amusing: The Pat Robertson Fatwa. Pat Robertson finally issued statements apologizing for his call to kill Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. This story has caused me untold amounts of amusement. Now, I could use this story as an opportunity to rant about the hypocrisy of the Religious Right, but I've done that already. Instead, I'll just use this as an amusing story of right-wing hypocrisy to wrap up my entry.

That's all for now, folks.

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