Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Incompetent? You're Not Fired!

Think about it. If BushCo was a corporation, the entire executive staff--from Georgie on down--would have felt the wrath of the axe long ago.

In the real world, you see, corporations and their Boards would never stand for the kind of blatant bungling exhibited by Bush & Co. But, alas, as Maureen Dowd points out in today's NY Times op ed (see below), in the double-speak, Orwellian World of Bush, ham-handedness is grounds for job security.

Makes you wonder, can a President and his Cabinet really be that incompetent? Or are we missing something?

Is something more sinister going on in the dark secret caverns of VICE-Land?

Maybe they never wanted to stop 9/11. Maybe it was just the excuse they were looking for to launch their Neo-con empire-building war policy. Maybe that's why they ignored beaucoup evidence that Saddam was no threat to the United States.

Maybe Katrina just doesn't fit into the fill-my-pocket priorities of this administration. Maybe that's why they keep failing the victims and scuttling programs designed to help the helpless get back on their feet.

Maybe that's why they ignore true injustices here and around the world. Maybe that's why Bushie makes speeches about helping the victims of Darfur and then fails to live up to his committments.

Maybe that's why they spy on us without warrants and arrest peaceful protesters. Maybe that's why they fire or undermine anyone in their administration who tells them the truth instead of what they want to hear.

Maybe they tell us one thing when they're really meaning something else.

Maybe, just maybe, BushCo isn't so much incompetent as treacherously crazy like a rabid fox.

Think about it.

Fly Into a Building? Who Could Imagine?
By Maureen Dowd
The New York Times
Three little words:

Still employed there.

Of all the through-the-looking-glass moments in the last few days, the strangest is this: The F.B.I officer who arrested and questioned Zacarias Moussaoui told a jury that he had alerted his superiors about 70 times that Mr. Moussaoui was a radical Islamic fundamentalist who hated America and might be plotting to hijack an airplane.

Seventy? That makes one time for every virgin waiting for Mr. Moussaoui in heaven. Judging by how disastrously the prosecution is doing, the virgins will have to wait.

We could have cracked the 9/11 plot if the F.B.I. wasn't run by dunces. Mr. Moussaoui's lawyers got a break because according to the testimony of the officer, Harry Samit, a better-run bureau could have broken the case even without the terrorist's confession — maybe F.B.I. officers should have shot him with some paintballs.

On Sept. 10, 2001, Mr. Samit confided to a colleague that he was "desperate to get into Moussaoui's computer." He never heard back from the F.B.I.'s bin Laden unit before 9/11 — what did the unit have to do that was more pressing than catching bin Laden? And he was obstructed by officials in F.B.I. headquarters here, whom he labeled "criminally negligent."

He named two of the officials who did not want to endanger their careers with any excess aggression toward radical fundamentalists: David Frasca and Michael Maltbie, then working on the Radical Fundamentalist Unit.

Even though Condi Rice told the 9/11 commission that "no one could have imagined" terrorists' slamming a plane into the World Trade Center, an F.B.I. officer did. Officer Samit testified that a colleague, Greg Jones, tried to light a fire under Mr. Maltbie by urging him to "prevent Zacarias Moussaoui from flying a plane into the World Trade Center."

Later, Mr. Jones told Mr. Samit that it had just been "a lucky guess."

Kenneth Williams, a Phoenix agent, also sent a warning memo to the phlegmatic Mr. Frasca in July 2001, after sniffing out a scheme by Osama to dispatch Middle East extremists to America to get flight training.

Neil Lewis wrote in The Times yesterday that "William Carter, an F.B.I. spokesman, said that neither the bureau nor Mr. Maltbie nor Mr. Frasca, who are still employed there, would have any comment."

Still employed there? How can Mr. Maltbie and Mr. Frasca still be employed at the F.B.I.? How can Michael Chertoff still be employed at Homeland Security? How can Donald Rumsfeld still be employed at the Pentagon?

Missing 9/11, missing Katrina, mangling Iraq, racking up a $9 trillion debt — those things don't cause officials to lose their jobs. Only saying something honest — as prescient Gen. Eric Shinseki did — can get you a one-way ticket to Palookaville.

Rummy told reporters last week that the military was preparing for a civil war in Iraq, but he did not consider it a civil war yet — even though he acknowledged it was hard to tell exactly when chaos tipped into civil war.

"I don't think it'll look like the United States' Civil War," he added sanguinely. Yeah. At Fort Sumter, Lincoln let the enemy fire first. So the defense secretary believes if the body count stays below the Civil War era's 600,000, Iraq will achieve a healthy blue-state, red-state democracy?

One administration official says that Rummy does not hold the same sway in meetings anymore, that he's treated as an eccentric old uncle who pops off and is ignored. But why can't W. just quit him? Instead, the president praised him for doing "a fine job" on two wars and transforming the military, when Rummy actually bullied the military to go along with his foolish schemes in Iraq and has sapped the once-feared fighting machine.

At his impromptu press conference yesterday, the president presented himself as a nice guy doing a difficult job, relentlessly joshing with reporters. He chided the press for playing into terrorists' goals by showing bad news from Iraq — "they're capable of blowing up innocent life so it ends up on your TV show" — even as reports surfaced about insurgents outside Baghdad storming a jail, slaughtering 18 police officers and letting the prisoners out, following fast upon an insurgent raid on Iraqi Army headquarters in Kirkuk. Does the president think TV will instead report on an increase in melon sales at the market?

When the Bushies harp on training Iraqi security forces so America can hand the country over to them, it has a hollow ring. Back in 2003, the U.S. de-Baathified Iraq and put its faith in its friends, the Shiites. Now, given the suspected Shiite death squads and militias, the U.S. wants to bring the Sunnis back into the system. So whom do we trust? And for how long?

Asked if he could envision a day when there would be no more U.S. forces in Iraq, the president said, "That, of course, is an objective." But he added that it would be decided by future Iraqi governments and future American presidents.

Once W. is not still employed there.

Photo credit: Maureen Dowd (Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times)

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welcome to wallyworld said...

Excellent blog! And a good concept. The scary part for us in "the rest of the world" is what your lame brain and his cohorts are gonna do next. It affects us all. The U.S. isn't the centre of the universe contrary to what Dickbreath thinks.

The Unknown Candidate said...

Thanks, Wally. As Billy used to say, "Ah feel yer pain."
You are absolutely correct, of course. Sadly, an awful lot of Americans -- not just their dufus politicians -- think the world revolves around them. That's the real challenge for anyone in the U.S. seeking to lead and effect real change. All the propaganda put out by King George, in subtle and not so subtle ways, reinforces this self-centered, dangerously elitist view. It has to change or we will become (if not already) all that we profess to hate. I'm tryin'....

welcome to wallyworld said...

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I'd be interested in your comments. regards, Mal.