President Bush Out of Touch with Reality

July 12, 2007 · Print This Article · Email This Post

Pajamadeen's Pink CosmosHey! Don’t take Pajamadeen’s word for it – those are the words of Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) after hearing President George Bush’s interim Iraq “progress” report today, which was required to keep money flowing from Congress into the war coffers. Durbin said that not only was Bush “out of touch with reality” but was also “out of touch with the American people.” No kidding! Kudos to Senator Durbin for this candor. It made our day.

Current news reports indicate that al-Qaeda is the strongest it’s ever been since 2001 — no doubt helped along by the U.S. government turning Iraq into a terrorist breeding ground — and that the CIA has told the President that the instability in Iraq is “irreversible.” But wait! Bush says he’s sending Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and token black female Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to the Middle East in August to “reassure” our allies there.

Meanwhile, Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) has become the first Republican to state on the Senate floor that he’ll vote for Democratic-sponsored legislation calling for troop withdrawal to begin within three months and conclude by 30 April 2008. Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) have also said they’re voting for the Democratic measure.

At the same time, Homeland Security pinhead Secretary Michael Chertoff unhelpfully says he has a “gut feeling” that the United States is at greater risk of a terrorist attack this summer. Um, could you be a little more specific, please?

No wonder he has a bad feeling. . . in a Washington Post article entitled Sting Reveals Security Gap at Nuclear Agency by Kathleen Day, Congressional undercover investigators posing as a West Virginia business were able to obtain a license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to get enough uranium to build a “dirty bomb.” This was accomplished in less than a month with the use of a mailbox rented at Mail Boxes Etc., a telephone and a fax machine. There were no meetings with the purported businessmen to confirm that a business even existed or that if it existed, it operated within mandated safety guidelines.

West Virginia was selected as the sting location because of its proximity to the nation’s capital and, as one of 17 states without its own nuclear regulatory agency, the paperwork could be submitted directly to the NRC. A similar undercover sting in Maryland, which has its own nuclear regulatory agency, failed. There, the process would have taken at least seven months and required inspection of the factory or business to which the uranium would be sent. So, what are we to conclude, other than the fact that the State of Maryland is better at policing potential dirty bomb materials than the Federal government is? Give those folks a promotion!

Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) had requested the sting for a subcommittee investigating gaps in security at the NRC and other agencies which could leave the U.S. vulnerable to nuclear attack. Or, biological attack. Pick your poison. Actually, this scenario already played out last year, when other undercover Congressional investigators smuggled radioactive materials into the country from both Canada and Mexico but. . . hey, what’s the rush? What, me worry? Nah. Coleman, speaking of the recent WV sting, said: “It was as easy to get [t]his material as a DVD at Netflix.” Isn’t that a cheery thought?

President Bush, your administration is a rudderless ship. The American people want out of Iraq. Now, not at some pie-in-the-sky date in the future. What is it about your personality that you can’t just admit you were wrong? All you’ve done in Iraq is create a terrorist training camp; strip us of civil liberties under the guise of the “Patriot Act” and other dubious legislation; foster an atmosphere of paranoia unlike any seen since the McCarthy era; refuse to participate in the Kyoto Accord (which nearly every other Western industrialized nation participates in, in an effort to curtail global warming); raise our national debt due to money spent in Iraq to the point that China practically owns us; provide substandard food inspection of imported products (yes, we mean China); and appoint people like Michael Chertoff as director of FEMA and now Homeland Security. The people of New Orleans can tell you what trying to get help from your administration and FEMA in particular was like. That was a real wake-up call. In a nutshell, there is great unease in this country because no one has any confidence in you, and we certainly don’t feel one speck safer under your administration. We’d like to believe in our government. . . but we just can’t.

To cheer our faithful readers up, we’ve provided another glimpse of Pajamadeen’s flowers: specifically, cosmos, which reseed with abandon and require little care and no supervision. Ah, if only government was a little more like that!

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