Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Goodbye and Good Riddance

President Bush just announced that Donald Rumsfield, the wildly unpopular architect of the war in Iraq is stepping down.

And last night the Democrats seized control of the House and possibly even the Senate.

It's been a good 24 hours.

Now if we can just do something about the farce in the Oval Office...


Blogger Jon Fibbs said...

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting to get a different result on the following try.

I wish I could share in your glee at the goings on of the past 24 hours, and to a certain extent I do. I am glad to see the Republicans castrated and Bush brought down and I am pleased to see Rumsfeld finialy deposed. I just don't have any illusions as to its greater significance. The sun will not shine brighter tomorrow than it did yesterday.

Nothing will change. Doubt me if you want, but also watch. Do you think that the Democrats will overturn the Patriot act? Do you think they will do away with warrentless wire tapping and National Security Letters? Do you imagine they will reinstate Habeus Corpus? Of course not.

For all their blustering, they will keep all these programs and add a few new ones themselves because at the end of the day it was not the unconstitutional powers these programs granted that they were against, it was that they weren't the benificiaries of those powers. Soon they will be.

Do not expect the war to change in any way but for the worse either. The Democrats can't pull us out of Iraq and Afganistan any more than the Republicans could, new SecDef or no. Remember it is the Democrats that have been saying all along that Bush hasn't commited enough troops to the region to get the job done. There not against the war, they just would have "done it differently". We will stay. Expect troop levels to rise and possibly even a reinstatement of the draft when things really start to hit the fan. This war, and the larger so-called Global War on Terrorism are not going to come to a close. They have only just begun.

Come 2008, short of a miracle, the Democrats will gain complete control of the not only Congress, but the White House as well. They will-and already are-make many speaches and offer many platitueds as to a new and glorious chapter in American history. Don't believe a word of it.

So I am left to wonder, when will this cycle end? The Republicans gain control and mess everything up so the voters turn to the Democrats to put things right. The Democrats in turn likewise mess everything up and so the voters turn to the Republicans to fix the mess, and so on, and so on, ad infinitum. This is laughingly refered to as a vote for change.

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

12:15 AM  
Anonymous nate said...

Jon is right on many counts.

I've enjoyed hearing all the talk over the past couple days about "change" and a "new direction."
It's comfortingly vague enough that I don't have to tax my brain too much. I'm very busy and this is appreciated.

But still, I've earned a little schadenfreude here.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Jon Fibbs said...

How true. How sad.

9:45 AM  
Anonymous nate said...

This is pretty damn funny.

1:13 PM  

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