Thursday, November 01, 2007

The ultimate crybaby conservative alert!

Li'l George Bush is really mad at the mean Democrats in Congress. Especially the ones who don't support the Iraq War and don't like Mukasey's stance on torture. So he stormed off to a wingnut think tank where people will listen to him without laughing in his face. His latest tantrum is all too predictable. Note how he congratulates the think tank's president for his 30-year tenure: "No such thing as term limits here." Gee, ain't that cute?

The whole speech is more blah blah blah designed to cheer up a bunch of hysterically clueless think tankers. But really, Li'l George shoots himself in the foot:

In the 1920s, the world ignored the words of Hitler, as he explained his intention to build an Aryan super-state in Germany, take revenge on Europe, and eradicate the Jews -- and the world paid a terrible price. His Nazi regime killed millions in the gas chambers, and set the world aflame in war, before it was finally defeated at a terrible cost in lives and treasure.

Uh...George? Which party was in charge of the Oval Office during the 1920s? And which one was in charge during World War II and its aftermath? Do you really want to go there?

Then he starts whining about Mukasey's confirmation hearings.

Unfortunately, on too many issues, some in Congress are behaving as if America is not at war. For example, in a time of war, it is vital for the President to have a full national security team in place -- and a key member of that team is the Attorney General. The job of the Attorney General is essential to the security of America. The Attorney General is the highest ranking official responsible for our law enforcement community's efforts to detect and prevent terrorist attacks here at home....

Translation: "WAAAAAAAH! I want it I want it I want it NOW!!!!!"

As a price of his confirmation, some on that committee want Judge Mukasey to take a legal position on specific techniques allegedly used to interrogate captured terrorists. As Judge Mukasey explained in a letter to committee members, he cannot do so for several reasons: First, he does not know whether certain methods of questioning are in fact used, because the program is classified -- and therefore he is in no position to provide an informed opinion. He has not been read into the program, and won't until he is confirmed and sword in -- won't be until he is confirmed and sworn in as the Attorney General. Second, he does not want an uninformed opinion to be taken by our professional interrogators in the field as placing them in legal jeopardy.

"Torture" and "interrogation" aren't the same thing. And the question isn't about the program itself, but his view of torture. But most people (i.e., people who aren't movement conservatives) already know this.

Finally, he does not want any statement of his to give the terrorists a window into which techniques we may use, and which ones we may not use. That could help them train their operatives to resist questioning, and withhold vital information we need to stop attacks and save lives.

This is really confusing. If Mukasey says that thinks waterboarding is torture, then terrorists will be taught to withstand interrogation? Is that what the preznit is saying? Someone help me out here.

Anyway, the whole speech is worth reading as solid proof of how out of whack Bush's sense of reality truly is. He could believe that the sky is the color of orange sorbet, and if, say Patrick Leahy or Arlen Specter quizzed one of his appointees who was trying to pretend otherwise, he would no doubt go stomping off to Uncle Dick's office to throw things around and kick the wastebasket.

Once again, Howard Dean tells it like it is: "President Bush is now just making things up."

Bob Cesca has managed to deconstruct the thing without losing valuable IQ points in the process.

Congressman Kucinich was absolutely correct on both counts: the UFO thing and the president's mental stability thing. Here's why. The UFO which Kucinich claims to have seen was, in fact, President Bush successfully landing his crazy jet on the flight deck of the USS Batshit.

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