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itzamirakul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-05 09:12 PM
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Rice arrives just in time to oversee U.S. decline
The first Black female U.S. Secretary of State will inevitably preside over a general and dramatic decline in American influence in the world, a process that accelerates with each passing week. So bizarre is American behavior so disconnected from objective facts and from international conversation and evolving human standards of conduct that Condoleezza Rice cannot escape becoming a caricature of diplomacy.

The Bush Pirates rolled their dice in Iraq in the Spring of 2003 and came up snake eyes. Even elements of the U.S. corporate media see the handwriting on the historical wall: utter defeat for the neo-con project in Iraq, and descent into terminal isolation for the superpower. The war is all but lost, according to a study released by Knight Ridder Newspapers on January 23:

The United States is steadily losing ground to the Iraqi insurgency, according to every key military yardstick.

The analysis suggests that unless something dramatic changes such as a newfound will by Iraqis to reject the insurgency or a large escalation of U.S. troop strength the United States won't win the war.

The Americans never wanted to hold elections in Iraq, but ran out of political wiggle room when Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani last year threatened to bring a million of the faithful into the streets of Baghdad and Basra. However, as the excellent Pepe Escobar, of AsiaTimes, reported on January 27, this weekends elections are possibly the most farcical held in human history. Bush has introduced to the world the concept of election at gunpoint:

Of 1 million eligible expatriate voters, only 10% will actually vote. There are no Sunni Arab candidates (in part because the US military killed or jailed many Sunni party and tribal leaders). For any Iraqi in Jordan, Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia or Turkey, it will be impossible to cross the border and vote: borders will be closed for three days. Inside Iraq there will be curfews - and even traffic will be blocked. Half of all candidates have already withdrawn. And there will be no international monitors. As the names of the roughly 7,700 candidates on 80 party coalition lists are still unknown on the eve of polling day, no wonder the word on Baghdad's streets is that the Americans gave us the first secret elections in history."

Handmaiden to evil

George Bush and his handmaiden, Condoleezza Rice, speak a strange language that is understood only by the denizens of the American bubble. It is a language of aggression, pure and simple an American Manifest Destiny that threatens the sovereignty of every other nation on the planet, but pretends to be a liberating force. Bush also delivered an implicit threat to those Americans who resist involvement in his savage crusade: We are led, by events and common sense, to one conclusion: The survival of liberty in our land increasingly depends on the success of liberty in other lands, said Bush in his inaugural address. The best hope for peace in our world is the expansion of freedom in all the world. It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the Bush men (and woman) are prepared to declare domestic opponents of his imperial policies to be threats to internal American liberties.

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W and Condi: We have lit a fire!

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porkrind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 03:17 AM
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proudbluestater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 05:34 AM
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2. Whoa! The Black Commentator indeed knows how to fill a page
with more relevant information than I have ever read anywhere in recent memory. Quite a stinging indictment of the cabal, complete with references from places that still enjoy a FREE PRESS.

I hope the commentator continues to write such great stuff often!
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itzamirakul Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 12:56 PM
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3. I hope that more DUers become acquainted with Black Commentator
and read the articles more frequently.

They really give deep insight into a lot of problems that the MSM will not touch.
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