The days that I blog, I like to put up something earlier rather than later. Didn't make it today. Not for lack of material, but too much. So rather than go with anything in particular, I'll just focus on a couple impressions from the media today.
First of all, I'd just like to comment on Bush's unwavering support of Don Rumsfeld. For the very first time in the history of the nation, six or seven retired generals have called for the resignation of the Secretary of Defense. Rumsfeld poohed poohed that saying, "If the Defense Secretary resigned everytime two or three generals disagreed with him, blah, blah, blah". Well, Rummy makes it sound like there's always a couple generals asking for his head, however, history proves this to not be the case and what we are witnessing is unprecedented..
And Bush's adamant endorsement of Rumsfeld despite the fact Bush "hears us" but chooses to ignore us is probably an indication of who's really running the the country--Don Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney. Of course, there's the other possibility which seems to be growing legs as well--the "I" word. Not talking impeachment here but "I" as in insane, as in Bush is flippin' nuts. Two of the three guests on a Lou Dobbs panel today were tossing that very idea around.
If you think about it, it's kinda crazy. I mean, to drive a car, you have to pass a test. But to hold your finger on the trigger of the future of civilization and mankind, no test required. No test of one's mental stability necessary. And that's some scary shit.
However, on the Keith Olberman show this evening, a political analyst talking about the fall elections reinforced the notion corporate america and the bush administration would love us all to accept, embrace and take home to sleep with the next three years. Regarding issues for congress, the war is not one of them! according to the analyst. The war is in Bush's hands. (Jesus, and we were just talking about Bush being nuts!) Just accept it. It's up to Bush, Iran is next, is what we're told and the media seems to agree. There's not a goddamned thing you can do about it. As Bush has told us, "sometimes you just have to do what know is best for the country." Screw the majority.
The price of oil is at all time highs. "Of course I'm concerned for the price of gas," Bush reassures us. This is remarkable in itself, coming from someone who hasn't filled his own gas tank in at least 10 years.
And Steve Forbes, icon of american business, assures us all energy prices will decline steeply once we bomb Iran, implying pre-Iran-war oil price jitters are the result of a bunch of apocalyptic nervous Nellies. Maybe that explains why the day the price of oil sets a new record, the stock market is up nearly 200 points. Somehow I'm not reassured by Forbes. Looks more like a reality disconnect to me.