In my mailbox this morning was an e-mail from Nona over at "Fish Wars on Cars". In it, was a link to a story about Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, telling our Chevron Oil Tanker (and secretary of state), Condoleezza Rice, "Don’t mess with me, girl".
It's a story of remarks made by Chavez in response to Rice after she labeled him "one of the 'biggest problems' for the Western Hemisphere and promised to develop regional alliances as part of an 'inoculation' strategy to expose what the State Department calls anti-democratic behavior in Venezuela."*
"Anti-democratic behavior in Venezuela"? Oooh, strong words from a "democratically elected" U.S. regime.
Is it just me, or does Rice have more balls than a ten foot tree on Christmas morning? Talk about tough! I'm not sure just how much more of this dominatrix testosterone rush other nations will tolerate. Back on Feb. 1 in "It's what the people want," I quoted Paul Craig Roberts who said, "America has become a rogue nation, flying blind, guided only by ignorance and hubris. A terrible catastrophe awaits."
I went on to add that it's my fear, if we, the American people, can't or won't restore order in our house from within, it is only a matter of time before someone attempts to restore it from without.
Hugo Chavez's latest dress-down of Oil Tanker Rice is but one of the growing responses of anger manifesting in strong language and warnings from overseas. But that's not stopping Rice from practicing her ballsy global diplomacy with ominous threats and innuendo.
So Rice not only flails her sword over South America and popularly elected governments there. She, Bush and Israel conspire to damage similarly elected Hamas.
Don't forget, the Oil Tanker's government overthrew democratically elected President Aristide of Haiti.
In congress, she asks for millions to finance regime change of yet another popularly elected government in Iran through a propaganda blitz. (Here, Dada thinks this may be a total waste of "good" money if Bush is simultaneously planning to bomb the shit out of Iran in the very near future.)
Did anyone else here hear the rather ominous warning Russia gave us about making war on Iran? I only heard it once about a week ago. Didn't get much play, but I suspect that's just as Bush and the MSM wants it. "Fuck Russia!" Bush and Rice seem to be saying.
So, while our dear Chevron Oil Tanker globe trots promoting "democracy", it's obvious hers is a democracy similar to the one in which Bush came to power here in the U.S. One of power through its outright seizure. If current governments overseas don't fit the Bush "democracy" model, they must be disposed of and new ones "democratically" installed.
Maybe many Americans can't grasp the hypocrisy dripping from the oil stained lips of Rice, but it's stirring up a hornet's nest of resentment outside the U.S. And what's good for the goose, may just be good for the gander. That is, if we here in the U.S. can't rein in these despots in Washington who think they can globe trot, imposing their will at whim on others with impunity, sooner or later it may be only fitting someone from outside tries to impose theirs on us.
It may be Bush has a plan to halt global warming after all. It's call "nuclear winter". And as Paul Craig Roberts has warned, "A terrible catastrophe awaits."
Is anyone else as impressed as I that the U.S. Marines are halfway around the world in Guinsaugon, Philippines searching for possible survivors from the mudslide a day or two before Homeland Security or FEMA were able to get people on the ground in New Orleans after Katrina? I think this is a credit to Bush. It shows he's learned a lot since since last September.
The Medicare Drug Plan Backlash? was a story on ABC News over the weekend on Bush's new Medicare drug plan that kicked in 1 January. It featured Tom Ball, a lifelong republican, who is NOT pleased at all. Because of a disability, he was mandatorily transferred into the plan. Ball reports when he picks up his medications, both formerly free, it now costs $12 and $90 each per refill. "Everyone else I know is having the same problem," says Ball.
But president Bush reassures folks like Bell that, despite glitches, the new Medicare part D republicans have delivered is "good medicine."
Disabled Ball now realizes his free medications are a thing of the past. But so are his republican political allegiances as well, he says.
ABC also showed "republican lite," senator Joseph Liebermann feigning support of those now paying for their "free" medications under the new Medicare plan that he and other members of congress passed to benefit all Americans, especially the pharmas.
As for Ball and the others who voted for Bush, it's difficult for Dada to empathize, but it gladdens my heart to see Ball sharing in the financing of the exorbitant costs of his government with we who didn't "elect" Bush. Maybe Tom Ball is affluent. If so, maybe the costs of his new prescription bills will be more than offset by the big tax cut his president has given him?