MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
I'm sure people are all reading about Gates by now. These Bush "good ole boys" breed faster and stay around longer than prehistoric fossilized cockroaches, with all due disrespect ... and, on that note, there should be accountability if the Democrats want to stay in power. Americans have spoken loud and clear in the only way they could to get any attention from DC at all, and they weren't kidding.
In early 1987, his role in the so-called Iran-Contra affair, a secret White House operation to sell weapons to radical Islamic Iran in exchange for the release of U.S. hostages - and cash for CIA-backed rebels in Nicaragua - came under scrutiny.
Gates’ CIA Past Could Haunt Him in Confirmation Hearings (Jeff Stein/CQ.com)
Robert Gates, the former director of the CIA during the presidency of George H.W. Bush, and who was tapped Tuesday by the president to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense, is part of Texas's good ol' boy network. He may be best known for playing a role in arming Iraq's former dictator Saddam Hussein with American made weapons in the country's war against Iran in the 1980's
Gates Has History of Manipulating Intelligence (Jason Leopold/Truthout)In my opinion, if Bush appointed a new Secretary of Defense every day from here on, he would have no trouble finding another charmer in the GOP confidence game as there are many of these flagitious feathered members who belong to this crime family's flock, and have been in and about doing the business of the Bush GOP behind the scenes for years.
Bush is not going to appoint anyone who believes in the sanctity of life ... just another face, another voice, and someone who will want to make more money off of the dead in Iraq. In reality, no change. Bush doesn't care what the American people think and he will "try" to get his own way using the same tactics with our Democrats in Congress that he has used before. Bipartisanship for the GOP and to hell with the Democrats when the GOP were in control.
Democrats should list all of the rude and crude insults they had to endure during these last six years. They were literally "shut out" of our government and government decisions. Now, the GOP want bipartisanship ... not before accountability.
We don't need to worry about Rummy or this guy Gates. What we really need is to get rid of Bush and Cheney. Then the rest of the correction in our government will follow. This whole criminal administration should be relieved of their duties and prosecuted for crimes against humanity, and we cannot allow this government to let these killers escape accountability. The Democrats were not elected by this country to allow more of the same that has been allowed these last six years. Americans want redress, compensation, and a setting right. Americans want restitution for all of the profits made off of the deaths of those in Afghanistan, Iraq, and New Orleans. Before there should be any bipartisanship, we need accountability and we need the "old GOP" back, and that will take more than a few years.
In a country that sends so many people to prison for petty crimes, it should be no strange matter for Americans to want justice for major worldly and national crimes. If the Democratic leadership read the true results of this election, they will understand that Americans expect those who have committed crimes while in office to have to answer for them, like the rest of the citizens have to do in real life. And, not until then, will there come a new respect for this government even with the much added change. We citizens of this country are held to those laws and those in government should be held to a higher expectation because they took oaths of office to uphold our Constitution and the Bill of Rights of this country, and to protect its citizens, but instead, used their positions for their own personal agendas that included war and deaths for profit.
They were supposed to represent this country as the "face" of this nation and they failed miserably to do that. Today, people around the world see the face of this country as a villain on a "wanted poster" for crimes against humanity and as an interloping outlaw nation of aggression.
We in America want our country back. Our democracy, our Bill of Rights. This election is a mandate to those elected to bring justice, accountability ... all of those values that this country's citizens have held in their hearts for generations, but have seen slowly erased for the last thirty years. Bring them back into our government and there will be no second chance. People are fed up and want action like yesterday.
Bush will never change, neither will those who are members of the inner circle of this fascist, dictatorial GOP ... they tried to change this country to fit their personal ideologies and were willing to commit any kind of crime to do it. Now, they need to pay the price for those decisions and even with that, this country will still be stuck with having to pay a huge price (highest debt in our history), too, and living with the blame of what this Bush administration was allowed to do in just six years. These were not "bad" decisions, they were purposeful, thought out plans well before 911, that have caused much debt, death, and destruction around the world, and their only regrets are that they might be stopped, and no thoughts regarding accountability because they have never been made accountable for past crimes. Presidents should not be allowed to pardon those who could testify against them.
There are some in America who think that these types of punishments make our country look bad, but without accountability, it says our Democracy and our Constitution have no meaning, as Bush has said, it's just a piece of paper. The citizens of this country think differently, and with this election, have said so.
Just a thought,
MS. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON