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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Sunday, June 05, 2005

enough is Enough is ENOUGH! it's TIME to STOP THIS WAR!

(cross posted at Daily Kos.)

There's a criminal who may be a tad mad in the White House. He's waging an atrocious war halfway across the globe and his administration tells nothing but lies about its progress and its real costs. Young Americans are getting killed and maimed to back up his bullshit. They are stuck in a war in a faraway place where they can't tell friend from foe. The war is costing us a fortune in blood, treasure and prestige.

His VP is demonstrably corrupt and beholden to powerful, monied interests. Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld stalk the corridors of power. The FBI regularly infiltrates and intimidates those who wish to bring this war to an end.

The US Army is coming apart in spectacular fashion halfway across the globe.


Is it 1969, 1972 or 2005?

The answer of course is that couldn't possibly matter less. There is an evil, pointless and hopeless war being waged in our names halfway across the globe and, once again, people of conscience are being called upon to end it.

It's time.

We are now entering our THIRD summer of combat in Iraq, a war that was supposedly over in the spring of 2003. If the two previous summers of conflict are any indication, it will be hot, bloody and utterly fucking pointless. It will be another summer of more dead GIs, more dead Iraqis, "shrinking insurgencies" and corners turned, of bogus body counts, of more loss, of more graft and corruption, of digging ourselves further in to the bloody sands of Mesopotamia. It will be a summer when far too many Iraqis are blown to fucking bits while trying to go about their daily business, where far too many stateside spouses, parents, sons and daughters will have to answer the door to two men in uniform accompanied by a chaplain. It will be a summer when the American people will be lied to some more about how things are "getting better" in Iraq.


It's time to make a full on assault on the senses of the American people, the ones so callously lied to in the run up to the war, the ones played for suckers by these murderous bastards in the White House and Pentagon. They, the ones who believed that we had finally "learned the lessons of Vietnam", need to be made fully aware of the fact that apparently these idiots learned nothing from that awful conflict save how to control information. A good portion of the American people already know that they were suckered in to this quagmire. It's time to go after the rest of them. There is a tipping point in there somewhere and we damned sure need to find it and find it soon.

The American people need to know that, much like Vietnam, that Americans are indeed engaged in a war in which they have no chance of winning. Just like the NVA and VC of that past conflict, the Iraqi insurgency has all the time in the world, while we most certainly do not. The insurgents, and the healthy portion of the Iraqi population that supports, them aren't going anywhere. WE are the ones that have to maintain a 10,000 mile supply line seemingly forever. They will continue to fight us and our hand (s)elected Iraqi government as long as it takes. There's something on the order of 25 million Iraqis and they live there. Much like 35 years ago, our foes know that we can't keep this up for forever. Much like 35 years ago, our foes are correct.

The American people need to be made fully aware that their sons and daughters and fathers and mothers are being asked to perform a task that is utterly fucking futile as long as the administration continues to deny them the personnel and equipment they need to do the job. They also neeed to know why this is. They need to know that the "support the troops" administration has no one left throw into this mess and that, even if they did, they wouldn't do it for fear of pissing off too much of the electorate. They need to know that this administration does not have the political will or the tactical smarts to win this thing. It's really that simple.

They thought they could pull this off on the cheap and they were wrong. DEAD WRONG.

And, apparently, there ain't no plan B.

We now find ourselves in a situation where we really have no true "allies", no "friends" other than the goons we've allowed to assume "sovereignty" of a country we apparently know precious little about. And, folks, they're dropping like flies. The Iraqi security forces are infiltrated from top to bottom. Hell, apparently some of those Iraqis who have joined the Iraqi security forces are now refusing to be trained by the Americans because of the (well founded) fear that they and their families will be killed for doing so. Just being seen to assist us in any way is a now a death warrant in today's Iraq. Hopefully, this should tell folks just how lost this particular cause is.

Every time we kick in a door and drag folks off in the night, every time we shoot first and ask questions later, every time we level a city of 300,000 people in order to "pacify" it, the insurgency grows. It really is "Vietnam on crack" and the American people need to know this. It's fucking quicksand and we just keep kickin'.


This war must be brought to an end and that process needs to begin in earnest RIGHT FUCKING NOW.

A couple of generations ago, folks in this country were faced with a very similar dilemma. They had a crooked nutjob in the White House, a thoroughly corrupt Executive Branch and a horrible, un-winnable, bloody fucking war on their hands that was eating up their youth, their money and their standing in the world. The odds were most definitely stacked against them. Their ranks were infiltrated by soulless ghouls. They were arrested and beaten mercilessly in some cases. Many fled the country because they had no other option. Some just lost their fucking minds.

We now find ourselves at a very similar place in history. Do we stand by and watch this shameful legacy repeat itself or do we, as many before us did, make this thing personal and shut this fucking evil down?

We need to make the case in no uncertain terms that these greedy, murderous bastards who were supposed to have learned all those "lessons" from vietnam have now gotten us into one hell of a debacle, one of their own making through rank incompetence and arrogance. Do you really think that those same folks who have mismanaged this war to the point of failure can salvage it?

Much like it was for those who stood against this war a generation or two ago, there are absolutely no guarantees of success and the certainty of much hardship, intimidation and coercion ahead. No one told those folks that it would be easy to stop the warmongers and we shouldn't think that it will be easy this time either. There is king-hell evil afoot in this world being done in our names. Like generations previous, it falls to us, by Fate or Fortune to bring this madness to an end.

Got guts?

Ask yourself this: What will the Iraq war Memorial look like? How many names will be inscribed upon it? When your children or grandchildren ask you about this war and your part in it, what will you have to say?

It's time.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

State Supreme Court Judge sides with Bloomberg/MTA in Stadium Suit.

(cross posted at Daily Gotham)

Score a big win for Bloomberg and the Jets. State Supreme Court Justice Herman Cahn ruled today that there were "no irregularities" in the MTA's bidding process that, amazingly enough, awarded the West Side rail yards to the Jets, the lowest bidder. OK....

From the Times

In Victory for Bloomberg, Judge Dismisses Stadium Site Suit

The contentious $2 billion stadium proposal, the key to New York's Olympic hopes in 2012, scored a major victory Thursday when a Manhattan judge ruled there were no irregularities in the bidding process that awarded the West Side rail yards to the New York Jets.
The decision by state Supreme Court Justice Herman Cahn came at a key juncture for New York's Olympic organizers, since members of the International Olympic Committee will receive an evaluation of the city's bid on Monday. Without the stadium, the city's chances of winning the bid on July 6 would be slim.
"We are extremely pleased with today's court decision regarding the Olympic Stadium," said Jay Kriegel, executive director of the NYC2012 organizing group. "The court has ruled in favor of the stadium, and totally rejected all of the bogus arguments intended to stop the project."
Madison Square Garden, owned by Cablevision Systems Corp., had charged the Metropolitan Transportation Authority with conducting "a sham bidding process" in making its decision. Cablevision had submitted a higher bid for the property than the Jets. But a judge sided with the NFL team and the MTA.
"An analysis of the MSG arguments and the MTA powers leads to the conclusion that the MTA did not act in an arbitrary and capricious manner," Cahn ruled. His decision also dismissed three other lawsuits brought against the stadium plan by politicians and watchdog groups.

(-- emphasis mine)


Look, the Jets were shamed into raising their bid for the rail yards after MSG made a substantially higher bid, and were still awarded the property even though their new bid was still lower than MSG's. The final price is less than a third of its appraised value and not the highest bid. Now a judge says that there were "no irregularities" in the process. Sweet.
This deal has stunk to high heaven since before it was announced and now the stench is just that much greater. The MTA, who has enacted two fare increases in the past couple of years and claims that they have no money to improve L train service in my neighborhood, apparently can let its most valuable assets go for pennies on the dollar to friends of the Bloomberg/Doctoroff machine. And now a State Supreme Court Justice concludes that there's nothing odd going on here. Peachy.
I bet this judge works cheap too. I betcha Bloomberg and Pataki didn't have to spend anywhere near the $800 million they dropped into Sheldon Silver's district last week to get this judge to debase himself in favor a $2 billion dollar boondoggle that most New Yorker's don't want.