Better Buckle Up! -- CheneyBush's Final 10 Months
By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
If anyone still harbors any illusions that the lame-duck CheneyBush Administration will taxi relatively harmlessly to its departure gate in January 2009, recent events suggest otherwise. It's been made abundantly clear that in the next ten months, these guys are going to behave even more brutishly in amassing and misusing their power, and in screwing things up, than they've already done in the past seven-plus years.
In essence, the message emanating from the White House to the country can be summed up this way: "You want us? You come and get us. Otherwise, get out of our way! We've got a whole lot of unfinished business to complete."
In foreign policy, we should expect CheneyBush to continue locking-in agreements with the Iraq government that will permit permanent stationing of troops and aircraft and missiles on that country's soil, which in effect means a continuation of the war perhaps for decades -- or, in the approving estimate of John McCain, for 50 or 100 years or more. (But you can bet that CheneyBush will withdraw some troops from Iraq, for partisan reasons, just prior to the election.) Then there's the prospect they will bomb Iran's military/scientific installations from the air, something Cheney and Bush and the other neo-cons, in and out of government, are salivating about.
In domestic policy, one can expect even more bad policy: placing a whole lot more incompetent ideologues into positions of administrative power and onto the courts, selling off more of America's public lands for energy exploitation, giving more sweetheart deals to their contributors (such as the one the EPA just cut with big agriculture so they don't have to report their factory-farm toxic-gas emissions), ( www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/02/25/AR2008022502472.html ) cutting more vital social and infrastructure programs as the economy continues to tank -- thanks to Bush policies of spending upwards of ##three trillion dollars ( www.alternet.org/waroniraq/77663 ) on the wars and associated costs), etc. etc.
Consider just four examples from last week:
Bernard Weiner, Ph.D. in government & international relations, has taught at universities in California and Washington, worked for two decades as a writer-editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, and currently serves as co-editor of The Crisis Papers (more...
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