Thursday, November 08, 2007

All of our problems started in 1980, with the election of Ronald Reagan as President. President Carter, during his time as president put in place some very sound policies with regard to energy in America. He put into place the policy that America would never import more oil than it did in 1977. He also vowed to have the United States get 20 percent of it's power from solar energy by the year 2000. Can you imagine how affordable solar panels would be if they began mass-producing them in 1979?
When Reagan took office he scrapped those very reasonable and responsible policies and replaced them with a use-more-oil policy. He did this obviously to enrich his pals in the oil industry. Lets look at the chain of events brought about by Reagan's foolish moves. America's quest for oil led us to go to Kuwait when Saddam Hussein overran it in 1991. We then had to push Hussein back into Iraq, and enforce a no-fly zone in that country for 12 years. We also put many of our troops in Saudi Arabia to keep Saddam from trying to invade Saudi Arabia and take over their oil supply. The presence of our troops in Saudi Arabia enraged the Muslim world in general and a man by the name of Osama Bin Laden in particular. The outrage Bin Laden felt led him to become the world's number one terrorist, which led him to attack the World Trade Center in 2001.
The WTC attack on 9/11 gave our current president the cover he needed to invade and occupy Iraq. This invasion, in addition to costing the lives of 3800+ American soldiers, has cost the American treasury hundreds of billions of dollars. It also has diminished America's prestige in the world, and our ability to occupy the moral high ground in dealings with other nations. At a later time I will discuss the negative impact Reagan's fiscal policies, and the continuation of those policies under the two Bushes has had on America's ability to compete in the world markets, and the disasterous effect those policies have had on the everyday lives of average Americans.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Hello, fellow americans
I set this blog up about a month ago, and this is my first post. I was planning on going on the internet and writing up a cronology of the crimes, frauds, lies and foibles of the Bush administration from the beginning of their time in office. Subsequently I decided that was just way too much work, so I am just going to do it from memory.
George W. Bush, with the help of a group of people that included his friends, his dad's friends, his brother, and an integrity-free majority on the Supreme Court, stole the 2000 election. And of course the democrats in the Senate were of no mind to help Al Gore take his rightful place in the oval office. The bad guys won, and in addition to that victory, they also came out of that election thinking that they could do anything they wanted and get away with it. With that the sad story began.
During the first months of his administration, Bush spent most of his time on vacation, while the neocons that he appointed to cabinet positions set out to dismantle all the good works of the previous several administrations. They scrapped Clinton's plans to go after Al Quaeda in Afganistan, and concentrated all their foreign policy efforts on trying to come up with a reason to invade Iraq and set up a permanent military presence in the heart of the Middle East. The price America paid for their misplaced priorities was the extremely successful series of terrorist attacks of 9/11. I sincerely believe that if Al Gore were president during that time, the terrorist attacks of 9/11 would have been prevented.
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, George Bush seemed like he was doing all the right things. Sending an invasion force to Afganistan seemed at the time to be the necessary response to the attacks, and it appeared like we might actually have some success at disrupting the operations of the Al Quaeda network. The army was methodically moving through Afganistan and capturing or killing the terrorists.
Something strange happened at that point, however, we turned over the war to the warlords, and set our sights on Iraq. We didn't get Bin Laden or Mullah Omar, and the downward spiral of world support for America began.
Okay, I am tired of talking about the past, and I am sure everyone reading this is getting pretty bored. Let's go through this quick. 500 tons of sarin gas, 10,000 liters of anthrax, unmanned ariel drones, yellowcake from Africa, high level meetings between Iraq and Al Quaeda, mobile labs, lie, lie, lie, lie, lie, shock and awe, and now we are occupying Iraq.
Now here is another list to get us to the present: Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, Downing Street Memo, 9/11 commission, domestic wiretapping, Valerie Plame, Joseph Wilson, several retired generals, and , just for fun, let's throw in the gay prostitute that had fairly free access to the White House. Jeff Gannon was his name, I believe. Stay tuned for more.