I'm fried. I haven't had a vacation in quite some time. That changes tomorrow.
First things first, a couple of random items...
The neocons and their merry band of supporters are fond of saying that the "islamofascists" pose an existential threat to the United States. Apparently these fanatics are so cunning, so heartless, so skilled at their trade in killing Westerners that America as we know could cease to exist if they are not confronted in the exact way Bushco sees fit. As a result, we are told that this extraordinary threat can only be avoided if we allow those in power to break as many rules, regulations, protections, laws and treaties as necessary to follow through on their vaguely defined mission of "keeping us safe." This must be quite an enemy we are facing. One would think that these terrorists, with all of the evil-doing they are capable of, would assume that their phones are being tapped and their financial transactions are being monitored. I suppose we are to believe that those capable of such cold calculation and precision execution in carrying out acts of terror were completely unaware that the United States would dream of using such surveillance techniques. But, hey, as Alberto Gonzales informed the Senate, if these guys are aware of such things, they'd probably forget if the press didn't remind them about it.
The "terror cell" that was "planning" an attack on the Sears Tower?
"No weapons, no actual contact with al-Qaeda, but one of them had been to Chicago" - Jon Stewart
I feel safer already.
Finally, if you haven't already done so, go rent the documentary "Why We Fight" immediately. Using a speech by President Eisenhower cautioning against surrender of power to the military-industrial complex as a primer, this film examines U.S. military conflict over the past fifty plus years. This is not a Michael Moore film and features interviews with John McCain, Richard Perle and William Kristol. I hope to write more on this film soon.
One quote that I will take with me, though, comes near the end courtesy of Perle.
"The world has changed and we're not going back to where we were. I find one of the sillier ideas, the notion, and you hear it all the time, that American policy has been hijacked by a handful of people and as soon as they're out of there, we're going to go back to the way it was. They're wrong about that because we are not the same people we were before." - Richard Perle in interview for "Why We Fight"
Indeed. Extra-constitutional executive powers, signing statements, illegal warrantless wiretapping, citizens held without charge or legal representation, torture, preemptive wars based on lies, no accountability.......it doesn't go back to the way it was before Bush took power.
No president will accept less power than his or her predecessor.
Anybody else need a vacation?
Off to Sweden. Maybe I'll post pictures of hot Swedes if it means I'll actually get a hit for the site.........