It turns out that Hurricane Katrina — at least the Bush regime’s late reaction to it — wasn’t a once-in-a-century event.
After the administration let the economy and various wars veer out of control, the administration is wading into Wall Street to rescue bankers and thinking about rescuing homeowners. Now it’s even considering negotiating to rescue our troops from Afghanistan.
What’s next? A withdrawal from Iraq?
The Afghanistan situation is so serious that as the Wall Street Journal reports (“U.S. Mulls Talks With Taliban in Bid to Quell Afghan Unrest”):
The U.S. is actively considering talks with elements of the Taliban, the armed Islamist group that once ruled Afghanistan and sheltered al Qaeda, in a major policy shift that would have been unthinkable a few months ago.
But until late summer 2001, the Bush regime was muddling along in a generally uncontroversial way when the unthinkable (not to the regime) happened on 9/11. That tragedy unleashed the Bush regime on the world. So far, his administration has wrecked Iraq, made a bad situation in Afghanistan worse, and presided over a historic Wall Street crash that threatens the entire world economy.
That’s three exhibits right there for the new George W. Bush Presidential Libary being erected in Dallas. It would be nice if the libary put those three exhibits in the same hall, next to the Pet Goat Reading Room, which would display the August 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing with the same kind of reverence that real libraries afford the U.S. Constitution.
Bush’s job as president is almost finished; there are no more worlds to conquer us. Unless, as Mike Bloomberg has done in New York City, Bush’s handlers try to undemocratically erase term limits so he can serve a third term.
Is there a groundswell for abolishing presidential term limits? While you’re being pinned to the ground by current events, listen for one. . . .
NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
Wall Street Journal: ‘Rescue Plan Faces Delays In Hiring Asset Managers’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Post-Enron Crackdown Comes Up Woefully Short’
“. . . Today’s financial crisis has shown what a real debacle looks like. And it has made clear that executives’ duties to public companies have, if anything, been loosened, not reinforced. What is worse, the post-Enron crackdown appears not only to have failed to stop flagrant corporate risk-taking, but to have lulled Washington to sleep.”
“. . . if Obama wins, these scribes know that they’ll be facing the toughest assignment of their careers. They’ve all oversubscribed to the notion that Obama’s candidacy is momentous, without parallel, and earth-shattering, so they can’t file garden-variety pieces about the ‘winds of change’ blowing through Washington.”
N.Y. Post: ‘PATERSON WOULD BEAT RUDY: POLL’
N.Y. Jewish Week: ‘New Tactics By Settlers Worrying Authorities’
N.Y. Times: ‘The Drug Czar’s Report Card: F’
Dawn (Pakistan): ‘Barbaric killing of teenager unfolds’
“. . . was first thrown before hungry dogs and when she was mauled by them and in the jaws of death, she was riddled with bullets.”
N.Y. Daily News: ‘Ma charged in vicious mop-handle slay of 11-year-old daughter’
Guardian (U.K.): ‘The cost of the crash: $2,800,000,000,000’
N.Y. Post: ‘DA EYES COPS IN SODOMY’
Human Rights Watch: ‘Confessions of a former Guantanamo prosecutor’
N.Y. Times: ‘Can I Get an Arrgh?’
BuzzFlash: ‘Memo to Palin: Fruit Fly Researchers Receive Nobel Prize for Medicine for Advancing the Understanding of Birth Defects in Humans’
Guardian (U.K.): ‘BP smashes forecasts as profits soar 148 percent’
“Oil giant BP has reaped the benefits of this summer’s record oil prices, smashing all forecasts with a 148 percent rise in third-quarter profits. The figures are likely to spark fresh protests from motorists and businesses that have been hit hard by higher petrol prices.”
RadioAustralia: ‘China tries to kick start housing sector’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Some Newspapers Shed Unprofitable Readers’
Wall Street Journal: ‘Another Favorite Trade Bites the Dust’
Scotsman: ‘Transcript of Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross’s phone calls to Andrew Sachs’
N.Y. Post: ‘EASY TICKET TO RIDE THE GRAVY TRAIN’
Bloomberg: ‘Volkswagen Overtakes Exxon as Most Valuable Company’
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 28, 2008