This just in from The Raw Story and Newsday:
"WASHINGTON -- The White House has ordered the new CIA director, Porter Goss, to purge the agency of officers believed to have been disloyal to President George W. Bush or of leaking damaging information to the media about the conduct of the Iraq war and the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to knowledgeable sources.
'The agency is being purged on instructions from the White House,' said a former senior CIA official who maintains close ties to both the agency and to the White House. "Goss was given instructions ... to get rid of those soft leakers and liberal Democrats. The CIA is looked on by the White House as a hotbed of liberals and people who have been obstructing the president's agenda.'"
That is just brilliant. Fire everyone who disagrees with you and surround yourself with people who will tell you what you want to know.
This president who claims to be "resolute" is just stubborn and out of touch with reality. Sounds like every drunk I have ever known. He is operating under that Wilsonian view of the world that dragged our nation's ass into World War II. President Wilson wanted to make the world safe for democracy while crushing dissent and labor movements at home. President Bush wants to make the world safe for Halliburton while crushing dissent, Democrats, and labor at home.
Wilson was so upset that the Senate would not ratify the Versailles Treaty, he had a stroke.
Religion loomed large for Wilson. His father had been a minister. Bush thinks that religion saved him, too. Saved him from what? He is still an untreated alcoholic with delusions of grandeur. How many missteps of the Twelve Steps is Bush making?
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol -- that our lives had become unmanageable. (He is well managed.)
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. ( Talked to Billy Graham, a power greater than the Bush family.)
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. (That would be the Old Testament Yahweh, right? The one that demands worship?)
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. (Oh,please.)
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. (Can't name mistakes he or his administration has made.)
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. (What would those be? Lying? )
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. (No, we just elevate our shortcomings to AG.)
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. (Does not attend funerals or visit the off loading site of flag draped coffins.)
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. (Those soldiers' families get death benefits, right?
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. (Holy Shit, Batman.)
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. (Well, Bush talks to God and he indeed has the power to carry out God's will.)
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. (You are kidding, aren't you.)
Isn't this depressing? Can't you see where this is going? Fire "doubters" and "non-believers." Make the statement that torture is acceptable by keeping Rummy and elevating Gonzalez. Send Ashcroft to the modern day John Birchers, the Federalist Society, and say that federal judges are a drag on Bush's efforts, label the Democrats as disloyal, fan the flames of hate, see enemies everywhere, say that Iraq, which is about as threatening as Poland was to Germany, is a threat to the United States. The list grows. How many lines do we have to cross before we lose ourselves?
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