Thursday, August 30, 2012

Politics and Pics


This is my comment on Bill Keller's blog yesterday. (As yet, unpublished.)
The war with Iraq was much more than a blunder, and the Bush Administration did not stumble into it blindly.

On January 26, 1998, the Project for the New American Century sent a letter to President Clinton urging regime change in Iraq1. Many of the signatories would later become G. W. Bush Administration members, including Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, and Undersecretary of State John Bolton.

According to Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, the Bush Administration was planning on invading Iraq well before 9-112. But it was 9-11 and the climate of fear that followed that provided the opportunity to push the nation in war.

They were not alone in this effort, Bill Keller. The New York Times and the Washington Post were crucial in helping peddle Administration lies about Iraq. And while Judy Miller was dismissed for her role in the Scooter Libby affair, her co-author on many of the Iraq stories, Michael Gordon, remains on the New York Times staff (as do "pundits" such as Thomas Friedman and David Brooks)3.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

- George Santayana

1 PNAC letter, January 26, 1998

2 Bush Sought 'Way' To Invade Iraq

3 Now They Tell Us by Michael Massing


II. Salute to ZEGS

The Zombie-Eyed Granny Starver gave a speech last night. Commentary from my blog fiends: here and here.
There are the songs on his iPod which I’ve heard on the campaign bus -- and on many hotel elevators. He actually urged me to play some of these songs at campaign rallies. I said, ‘I hope it’s not a deal-breaker Mitt, but my playlist starts with AC/DC and ends with Zeppelin.’

- Paul Ryan

ZEGS and Drugs and Rock and Roll

III. Thanks for stopping by! Here are some pics.

UPDATE: ZEGS reacts to Clint Eastwood's performance this evening.

Cross-posted at Whiskey Fire. Mouse over pics for captions, and click them for larger versions.


zombie rotten mcdonald said...

but my playlist starts with AC/DC and ends with Zeppelin.’

If he taints the Mekons with his affection, I refuse to vote for him.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I think you're safe, zrm: ZEGS is an A - Led rocker.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

so my vote is still in play.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Check the ZEGS update.


Smut Clyde said...

Animation. Make it so.

Randal Graves said...

Proof that even blind douchebags occasionally find the acorn of taste.

laura.forestdreams:) said...

i'm not too political...but i think if this ROMN-YAN duo gets IN...we be fu*#ed.
i had to check out my ipod...alice cooper to 311.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

I don't care what Jon Stewart says, Paul Ryan is a goofy looking motherfucker.

Knowing what I do of Janesville, I suspect ZEGS had to develop a taste for hard rock, or else get the crap kicked out of him regularly.

What I can't figure out is why he didn't name check Springsteen; As an auto-plant town I guess it's understandable but you can't drink one beer in any bar in Janestown without hearing a springsteen song. Unless ZEGS figured that The Jersey Harkonnen had that angle monopolized.

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

had to check out my ipod...alice cooper to 311

cool idea. I checked mine: A.C. Newman to Zola Jesus .... to The 1900s.

Imma steal that idea as a meme on today's blogpost.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Can you spot Chuck Todd in the crowd?

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

thundra, the video of ZEGS is even funnier:

Dragon-King Wangchuck said...

In ZEGS defense, them grannies ain't gonna starve themselves.

Jennifer said...

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."

Is this why ZRM keeps starting new blogs?

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

jennifer wounds me.

I take it back, Substance, Go ahead with the spider machinery!

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

made me think of the old Let's Active song "Bad Machinery" but I couldn't find a good youtuber of it.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Ha! I hope S.C. saw that, zrm.

Substance McGravitas said...

Go ahead with the spider machinery!

This takes OODLES of planning in order to do it in the laziest way.

vacuumslayer said...

I don't mean to sound bitchy, but Ryan and his wife are kinda...well, not that attractive. I'll leave it at that.

Wow, holding the press accountable for being total cheerleaders for the war? I'd accuse you of being a decade late, but I bet you pretty agin it back in 2003.

That grasshopper photo is A.MAZ.ING.

vacuumslayer said...

If he taints the Mekons with his affection, I refuse to vote for him.

But you'd vote for him otherwise?