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August 30, 2007

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I wonder if people even care about the truth. I really think that there are some folks that "need" to hear that all is fine. They walk past the t.v hearing a sound bite that Bush says progress is being made, and then they go on about their merry way. It feels like many americans just cannot be "bothered" with the truth.

Long ago, the Greek Philosopher Pyrrho of Elis made one of the first formal challenges to the natural tendency of human beings to believe that their own thoughts are true. His school of thought was known as Skepticism. He said that there was no such thing as absolute truth - believing that the goal was rather relative truth. Over time, this ancient philosophy evolved into what’s called the scientific method, a set of rigorous principles to avoid treating opinion as fact. In the realm of human psychology, Sigmund Freud began the study of how selfish motives could distort logical conclusions. And in our government, we’ve instituted any number of "checks and balances" - oversight - to keep our leaders from making the mistakes of the absolute monarchs and despots of previous times. The Government Accountability Office is such an Agency. It exists only to examine our programs to see if the claims of people emotionally or otherwise invested in a given program are justified - to keep people from "cooking the books" or falling into their personal "blind spots."

We all know what’s happening right now. We’ve been through it all before with the War in Iraq, over and over. Having unseated Saddam Hussein in Iraq, we found ourselves occuppying a country that was an illusion. It’s not a country. It’s a group of warring factions who were only tied together by force, the force we removed. Many of us opposed invading Iraq in the first place, but that’s behind us. We can’t "uninvade." So, for over four years, we’ve been placed in a holding pattern trying to create a government that would bring stability to that intrinsically unstable place. It is apparent that we are trying to do something that either cannot be done or, at least, cannot be done by us. At the end of last year, an oversight committee, the Iraq Study Group, concluded that we had a failed policy and proposed a number of ways to extricate ourselves. The architects of this war heeded none of their advice and invented something called "the Surge."

We have any number of signs about what’s going to happen now. The architects agreed to re-evaluate "the Surge" in September, after nine months. Now they are campaigning to have us believe that "the Surge is working." It’s in every speech. They’ve hired an ad agency to sell it. They’ve asked for some huge appropriation to enforce continuing the war. They’ve done everything possible to "cook the books." Their "blind spots" are a matter of public record. And today, some patriot in the Government Accountability Office has leaked the report of our oversight agency - because they know we won’t see it otherwise.

We know what to do now…

It looks like we are going to find out if Bush has the military in his back pocket, or not. If so, it ought to be easy to tell - they'll be the only ones standing with the Commander Guy in September.

If the Military stands with him, then Bush might feel he has the leverage to demand 'political' concessions from the Dems, such as:

- dropping all active investigations into his Administration
- immunity on all of his and his henchpeople's wrongdoing
- withdraw all the subpoenas
- fix FISA, but don't ask about the Program any more
- Bush and Cheney get to finish their term and have their 'legacy'
- make the Congress 'reaffirm' Bush's power to call the shots in Iraq and Iran

Only then - after he's 'home free' - might we get a 'law and order' AG and the Baker-Hamilton solution in Iraq, and a sensible backing-away from the brink of disaster with Iran.

The Military can, conceivably, hold us all hostage to Bush's imperial will. And, given the passes they've been issuing themselves on Abu Ghraib and Tillman (is that General still on the run?), why should we hold our breath for anything other than Bush and his Generals, side by side at the podium, scratching each other's backs - again?

This is the grossest misuse of our Military in our history - will they reveal themselves as fully complicit in September?

What price, Loyalty?

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