Just in case you were wondering what was going on in Iraq, I took this from Antiwar.com.
"Fourteen U.S. service members have so far died during December. The new deaths bring Sunday's tally up to seven dead. On Saturday six other service members died, and one soldier died on Friday."
by James Glaser
I can never remember a time in my life that the sanity of the President of the United States was called into question. I can remember people calling Richard Nixon, Tricky Dick, and so many people called him a liar. I can remember people calling Bill Clinton almost everything in the book, but I don't remember their calling his sanity into question.
Try and Google this, "George Bush's Sanity." You will find 986,000 things come up. Many are very funny and are meant to be funny, but a lot of them are serious, and it gets kind of scary when you think of the guy in charge of our country just might not be in control of all of his faculties.
If you watch and listen to George Bush, and really think about what he says he believes, you too will get worried about our president's sanity. Like when he says it is al Qaeda that is causing all the trouble in Iraq, and that things are getting better in Iraq, or that we are not leaving Iraq until the Iraqi government no longer wants us there. Well, when I hear him saying things like that, I get nervous.
When I realize that our president really does have this thing about not ever being able to admit that he has ever made any sort of mistake, and when he refuses to see that Iraq is in the middle of a civil war, well that raises a lot of red flags.
I'm not the only one questioning the President's sanity. Take Paul Craig Roberts for example. He's not some political hack; I took this bio and the quotation that follows from www.lewrockwell.com:
Paul Craig Roberts wrote the Kemp-Roth bill and was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is author or coauthor of eight books, including The Supply-Side Revolution (Harvard University Press). He has held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He has contributed to numerous scholar journals and testified before Congress on 30 occasions. He has been awarded the U.S. Treasury's Meritorious Service Award and the French Legion of Honor. He was a reviewer for the Journal of Political Economy under Editor Robert Mundell. He is the co-author of The Tyranny of Good Intentions.
Tens of millions of Americans want President George W. Bush to be impeached for the lies and deceit he used to launch an illegal war and for violating his oath of office to uphold the US Constitution. Millions of other Americans want Bush turned over to the war crimes tribunal at The Hague. The true fate that awaits Bush is psychiatric incarceration.
The president of the United States is so deep into denial that he is no longer among the sane.
If you go back to those Google pages on "Bush's Sanity", you can read things like this one by Joe Conason, an author who writes a weekly column for the New York Observer. Here he is the start of an article for salon.com titled "The Madness of George."
Dec. 01, 2006 | If war is diplomacy by other means, then perhaps diplomacy is the way to conclude an unsuccessful war. Yet the Bush White Housewhich seems poised to reject the anticipated recommendations of the Iraq Study Group chaired by James Baker III and Lee Hamiltonevidently prefers the endless continuation of a ruinous military conflict to any conceivable resolution that requires negotiation and compromise. The ideological aversion to the normal processes of international relations was a principal cause of the debacle in Iraq, and that same aversion may now preclude any alternative to the ongoing carnage.
To describe this behavior as irrational is to be excessively polite.
I don't know if you have ever been in a situation where you were not in control of your life, like if you realize that the person driving the car you are in is very drunk. When you realize that, you get scared, and if you are smart you will quickly do something about it. I think that is what is happening to a lot of Americans. They are now realizing that George Bush is driving our nation, and he is out of control. To be the "driver" or President of our country requires someone who is very much in control. More and more you are going to hear respected Americans speak out and question if George Bush is sane enough to keep running our nation.
When enough people speak out like Paul Roberts and Joe Conason, the Congress will have to do their duty and start impeachment. Other wise, like a drunk driving that car you are in, America will be headed for a serious wreck.
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