Well the US elections have come and given Bu$h a kicking he so richly deserves. However I think we do need a note of caution. Firstly elections are not good places for radical change. In a recent talk on Iraq, Scott Ritter says that the reason the US public is turning against Iraq is not because of the death, torture, violence, bombings etc, but is because the US military is loosing – that if they were winning it would all be ok. Scary assessment. His talk (delvered before the elections) also talked about war with Iran; If we go to war with Iran, the US will not be able to win without troops on the ground. And troops on the ground will not win it, as Iran are smart and canny. So Bu$h will order the use of nukes to break the back of the Iranian army (the Bu$h regime has changed the doctrine to allow nukes to be used in a non-nuke setting to aid US forces) When nukes are used – the gene is out of the bottle and it's not going back in until a US (my note, or UK?) city has been leveled by an Islamic nuke. Is that where we want to go? Scary assessment.
And we are still in for more of the same. The US occupation of Iraq will not end now. Climate Change will still be an uphill struggle. The Palestinians are still going to get a kicking from Israel.
Pelosi, [the new Democrat house leader] like so many other Democrats and Republicans in D.C., does not appreciate the asymmetry of the conflict. She cannot understand that Palestinians are faced with violence every day as their livelihoods and homes are uprooted to make way for new Israeli settlements. Never mind that the farm collective where Pelosi landed in her fancy helicopter was at one time operated by Palestinian farmers. For the land, according to Pelosi, has always belonged to the state of Israel.
"One thing, however is unchanged," Pelosi added. "America's commitment to the safety and security of the state of Israel is unwavering. America and Israel share an unbreakable bond: in peace and war; and in prosperity and in hardship."
On another point, to get a bit tin-foil hat...
And Now, Martial Law
About a week ago some left-wing bloggers began circulating rumors that Bush had secretly signed something called the "John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007" that "allows the president to declare a 'public emergency' and station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to 'suppress public disorder.'" I couldn't find the text of the law at the time, formerly H.R. 5122, or a reliable media account, so I decided not to report on it.
I can now confirm the bloggers' account. Bush signed the JWDAA hours after the MCA, in a furtive closed-door White House ceremony. There is, buried deep down in Title V, Subtitle B, Part II, Section 525(a) of the JWDAA, a coup. The Bush Administration has quietly stolen the National Guard away from the states.