When did we step off the ledge?

I just went to MSNBC.com to read some headlines, see what was happening. See what I was treated to after the break.






What do all these things have in common? George W. Bush Republicans driving us towards World War.

Iran and Russia:

WASHINGTON - U.S. President George W. Bush described the deployment of a missile defense system in Europe essential in light of Iran's development of long-range ballistic missiles.

In a speech at the National Defense University, Bush said Iran had developed long-range ballistic missiles parallel to its efforts to develop nuclear arms, and that these posed a threat to European countries friendly to the U.S.

He also said U.S. intelligence estimated that over the next eight years, and before 2015, Iran will have developed an inter-continental ballistic missile capable of targeting North America.

Bush said that the threat posed by Iran needs to be taken seriously, and that there should be no delay, since at this moment, the Unied States is unable to provide protection for European countries against Iranian missile strikes.


It seems that Bush is determined to make his legacy the end of humanity through World War. Perhaps he and Cheney own stock in death.


We stepped off the ledge sometime in Jan 2000

When we allowed the Supreme Court, and not the American People, to appoint a president.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Here's the Cheney-Bush wet dream scenario

Some time in early 2008, Cheney-Bush decides that enough is enough. "We've tried diplomacy," they say, "and we've tried sanctions." Of course, they haven't, but many Americans will believe them because our leaders wouldn't lie to us, right?

Some time in the spring (always the choice time to go to war), Cheney-Bush will order the bombing of certain sites in Iran—"terrorist training facilities," they tell us. They won't go to congress for authorization because it's already been given (or so their lawyers tell them) in the Kyl-Liebermann amendment. These actions will solidify Iranian support for their leaders; Cheney-Bush counts on that because they need an enemy for the dream scenario to unfold as it should. Because of the bombings, the so-called "terrorist threat level" will go up to red (red for Republican, remember?) and the national paranoia level will be ratcheted up a notch or two. During late summer 2008, there will be strikes against the US, on our soil, in our cities—car bombs, IED's, whatever. The national paranoia level will rise again, goaded on by Cheney-Bush and their minions. Even the leading Democratic candidates will join in, afraid of being seen as soft on terrorism.

With the nation in a frenzy, locking their collective doors and holding their collective breaths, Cheney-Bush will declare martial law. He has already set the groundwork for it by signing Public Law 109-364, or the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007" (H.R.5122), which reverses the Insurrection Act and allows the president to deploy troops within the United States. Posse Comitatus is gone, habeus corpus is "temporarily" suspended.

As autumn approaches and martial law is declared, Cheney-Bush will decide, "for the good of the country," to suspend the November elections until the crisis with Iran is over (and if the Iraq adventure is any indication, it never will be). Cheney-Bush's dreams will come true ... as he said on December 18th, 2000, "If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, as long as I'm the dictator."

In a bizarre twist on the words of Franklin Roosevelt, Cheney-Bush will tell us "Be afraid, be very afraid." And we will be.

Well that is depressing.

It's interesting, because I am sitting here wondering if even that would be enough for Americans to stand up for themselves.

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

I don't know about you, Robert

I'm standing up for myself and my family everyday.

Or did you mean taking to the streets in armed protest? That's going to take more. In hindsight, it probably should have happened in 2000, to install the rightfully elected president. I guess we'll see what happens in 2008.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Just in case we didn't have enough to worry about ...

... along comes NSPD-51. That is National Security Presidential Directive 51, and it is a very scary document.This was issued by the White House without any oversight or input from either Congress or the SCOTUS.
In the event of a "catastrophic emergency" it allows (or is trying to allow) the president to decide when to declare martial law, suspend the constitution or cancel elections. NSPD-51 has two clauses in it that it won't reveal to anyone, even congressional intelligence or oversight committees.
What would you like to bet on the odds of there being a catastrophic emergency around October 2008?

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