11/15/2005

so I've been hearing about all the various scandals in the Bush administration, and today was watching a Nightline interview with two Iraqi detainees, and I honestly can't understand why it doesn't seem like people are mad about any of this. There's been the scandals with Tom Delay, Karl Rove, Scooter Libby, Safavian (the Office of Management and Budget guy who was arrested), Bill Frist, the terrible handling of Hurricane Katria, the secret prisons, gas prices, it just goes on and on. And all of this has happened in the last few months. And today I saw an interview with two Iraqi detainees on Nightline of all the things they went through. And yet it seems like nothing is happening. I feel like if Watergate happened right now, no one would care. Somebody down the chain would get blamed, there'd be some kind of investigation, maybe an idictment, which seems to mean nothing now, and that's it. It seems like the President would have to be caught red-handed killing somebody, or smoking crack, or punching a baby or something for anything to happen to him. I don't know if it's apathy or some kind of masterful Republican spin, or maybe just a sheer volume of bad news that turns people off, but nothing is happening. He's like the Teflon Don, or the Duck President - everything just rolls off of him like water off a duck's back. I mean, I guess there's not much that can really occur besides impeachment or jail time for the various "evil doers," but I can't fathom what's going on.

And so this post is not a total downer, here's compfused.com, a treasure trove of funny, crazy, and amazing videos.

7 comments:

Jethro said...

Maybe Iraqi detainees are not at the top of the credibility list for some of us.

Andrew said...

That's true, Jethro, they have some good reasons to lie or exaggerate, but even if they aren't telling the truth, you can't deny those photos from Abu Ghraib. I think those various abuses were part of a calculated campaign to torture people - I mean, it seems odd that Lynndie England and her pals just happened to come up with some of the things that Muslims are most afraid of, you know? I think they were coached and ordered to do it and someone else up the chain of command should be investigated as well - maybe not necessarily Gen. Karpinski (who arguably should have known what was going) but the various intelligence folks she mentions, or even higher. I don't know, but it needs further investigation. And even if Lynndie and friends did do this on their own, this part of it all is still very messed up.

jess said...

Ironically, Americans are bringing up the rear of the credibility list for the majority of the globe.

But them a-rabs deserved it?

MG said...

Well, Andrew...look back at the history of Watergate--see how it was perceived at the time.

The media is doing a wretched job of providing context--especially today. Clinton's administration was rightly considered sleazy and got off pretty lightly. Do you hear ANY mention of that today? Absolutely not.

Abigail said...

Yeah, and if you noticed today...the senate passed a bill making way for mandatory "updates" of the progress of the war in Iraq. Isn't THIS lovely? I mean, duh! What I'd really like to see is an "update" on how much money Haliburton is making in Iraq driving trucks AND cleaning up Katrina. Cheney = Satan. Or maybe an update on how many Iraqi persons who had nothing to do with "terrorism" have been maimed or killed. Or maybe an update on when soldiers will begin to come home...etc. Bleh!

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Andrew said...

Hear hear Abigail.

MG - I don't really know how Watergate was perceived - a minor break-in, until they figured out it went to the top, right? And to me, mishandling a hurricane, implying constantly that Iraq had something to do with 9-11, leading the country into war to find weapons of mass destruction that never existed, and outing a CIA agent while doing it (etc) are a lot worse than having an affair in the White House, the travelgate thing (whatever that even was), and some kind of weird land deal before Clinton was president.