Listening to Bush and Gingrich speak has become one of my worst nightmares. At least the evil Cheney has little to say in public and probably stays in his office practicing his scowl.
It is so easy to compare the "commie threat" depicted in Dr. Strangelove as well as in so many other movies with the "terrorist threat" that exists today. Look under your bed each night to make sure that al-Qaida is not hiding there. If you don't find them, keep looking, sooner or later they will be there. Also, start looking in all of your closets at least once a day. Never forget for a moment that "they" are after you, and that "we" will protect you.
It is not that we are not threatened by al-Qaida, but it is more that we are threatened by a President and his minions who flow from position to position about things without the slightest pause that would allow them to justify, or at least explain their change in position. They have hired Tony (trust me because I'm likeable and after all I have cancer) Snow to "retail" their very flexible positions. I do just love to see our President at a friendly military venue mentioning the threat of al-Qaida about 90 times in one speech.
President Roosevelt said that we have nothing to fear but fear itself, while President Bush Is PRIMARILY in the business of selling fear. The Bush White House knows the value of the repeated lie or mislead. The President "bops off" to some sympathetic venue to sell his brand of distortions knowing that these remarks will be carried by the broadcast and cable networks without opposing views being presented. Now isn't that "fair and balanced."
Moving along to the GREAT Stanley Kubrick movie, Dr. Strangelove, a film that reeks of reasonableness and reality when compared to what is going on now and in the past six plus years in our country.
One of my favorite moments in the film is when George C Scott playing a General is wrestling on the floor of the "War Room" with the Soviet Ambassador as the General believes that the Ambassador is taking pictures. The fight is broken up by the President who chastises Scott by telling him something like "General, you know the rules, no fighting in the War Room."
What great satire, what great comedy. A nuclear war is about to break out between the Soviet Union and the United States, and our President says what he said.
Although Kubrick is long gone, society's reality has indeed transcended the situations portrayed in his films.
Another great and trustworthy American has been looming in the wings of the right wing Republican "Castle" is the ever popular Newt Gingrich.
I just love it when people like Newt twist things around in order to present what they think is a rational position for what NOW appears to be one of their favorite subjects, TORTURE.
He was quoted recently as follows, along with a couple of my smart ass comments.
"And, I further think that we should propose a Geneva convention for fighting terrorism which makes very clear that those who would fight outside the rules of law, those who would use weapons of mass destruction, and those who would target civilians are in fact subject to a totally different set of rules that allow us to protect civilization by defeating barbarism before it gains so much strength that it is truly horrendous..."
OK Newt, I expect that "targeting civilians" from an airplane and dropping bombs on them is OK whenever we say it is OK, but if someone we don't like targets civilians and kills them with bombs not dropped from airplanes, it should be an act, punishable by whatever, and torturing them should be OK.
"This is a sober topic, but I think it is a topic we need a national dialogue about, and we need to get ahead of the curve rather than wait until actually we literary lose a city which could literally happen within the next decade if we are unfortunate."
"This is a very sober description of the Islamic terrorist threat we are faced with We are NOW at war with a culture that wants, not to take over our land, but to KILL us."
I have taken a peek at a scorecard of sorts from our Middle East adventures and I seem to notice that we have probably killed well over a hundred thousand of "THEM" and for a bonus, taken over their land as well. I would expect that killing the innocent "them" is OK in that we are the good guys and can kill whomever we wish when we designate THEM as the bad guys. Certainly we must protect ourselves, but it would be a positive step not to deny our policies designed to "kill them."
Perhaps Newt we need a new attitude as we face these threats in the future, not a "new" series of laws. How about an extended apology to everyone concerning our overall Iraqi transgressions including the people we tortured? We need to do much more then that, but we could start there.
As usual I blame the American Broadcast Networks who could collectively tell America what is going on and what the President or Gingrich have said and risk "Pissing off" those people who in fact control their broadcast licenses. ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX could and should take a few moments from their intellectually stimulating prime time schedules to present to America what is actually going on with the minor issues of a couple of wars, constitutional crisis's, as well a looming confrontation between two branches of our government.
Sadly, the Feds and the FCC "GIVEITH AND CAN TAKEITH AWAY."
The President knows this and so do the Networks.
WILL SOMEONE PLEASE GIVE ME A BROADCAST NETWORK