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B. Thomas Cooper is a freelance journalist, photographer, blogger and historian. Topics include Political Commentary, Satire and History

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Hubris and Folly

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B. Thomas Cooper

Just two of the words used by Thomas E. Ricks, senior Pentagon correspondent for The Washington Post to describe the Bush administration’s decision to invade Iraq and its management of the war and subsequent occupation.

And those were the nice words.

In his new book, Fiasco, Ricks also accuses George Bush of being misguided, and incompetent, providing a plethora of disturbing detail, guaranteed to cause the reader great anxiety.

“President George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003 ultimately may come to be seen as one of the most profligate actions in the history of American foreign policy,” Mr. Ricks warns. “The consequences of his choice won’t be clear for decades, but it already is abundantly apparent in mid-2006 that the U.S. government went to war in Iraq with scant solid international support and on the basis of incorrect information — about weapons of mass destruction and a supposed nexus between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda’s terrorism — and then occupied the country negligently. Thousands of U.S. troops and an untold number of Iraqis have died. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent, many of them squandered. Democracy may yet come to Iraq and the region, but so too may civil war or a regional conflagration, which in turn could lead to spiraling oil prices and a global economic shock.”


This as members of Congress prepare to sue the president over his liberal use of so called ‘Signing Statements, believed by many, including myself, to be in direct violation of constitutional restraints preventing erosion of the balance of power.

Meanwhile, Iraqi civilians continue to die at an average rate of one hundred per day, as has been the case since early May. I certainly hope they all enjoyed their brief dance with Democracy.

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Monday, July 24, 2006

A Lie By Noon

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B. Thomas Cooper

“In Africa a thing is true at first light and a lie by noon, and you have no more respect for it than for the lovely, weed-fringed lake you see across the sun baked plain. You have walked across that plain in the morning and you know that no such lake is there. But now it is there, absolutely true, beautiful and believable.”

-- Earnest Hemingway

A brilliant observation.

Perhaps it is instinctive for man to see only what he wishes to see. The truth always seems so illusive, when in fact, it is we who are eluding the truth. Humanity tends to paint with a broad brush. Generally, too broad.
We often speak of the finer things in life, yet seldom do we pursue them.

Lord, how we rail against injustice, as if we give a rat’s ass. In practice, we would be willing to punch granny in the nose before allowing her to take the choice parking spot in the shade. Suddenly, she’s someone else’s problem, as our beer is getting warm. Let’s all take a bow for humanity.

Believe me, I have witnessed the smartest people doing the stupidest things… usually on purpose. I would be a liar myself, if I claimed to be immune to such behavior. Stupid is as stupid does.

Perhaps Yogi Berra said it best: “We may be lost, but we're making good time.”

So where do we go from here, when we are unwilling to acknowledge the gravest of error? You heard what the man said…you break it, you fix it. Right?

Frankly, I don’t believe that we as a nation, nor as a people, have the fortitude to right our wrongs. In fact, I know we don’t. I’ve seen the way we stand up for ourselves. It’s all just one game after another. True at first light, and a lie by noon.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Dancing Bradley Mackwards, Revisited

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B. Thomas Cooper

As of last, you may recall, I was off to distant Whackasnakeistan, in pursuit of aforementioned real-estate bonanza, unaware of the shear magnitude of remodeling currently being undertaken in the region.

I shall pass for now.

Meanwhile, I almost hate to post over the Bushisms blog, as it was good for a lot of laughs. It doesn’t vanish, of course. If you haven’t read it yet, you really might want to check it out:

Unfortunately, while we here at InfiniteBradBlah were yukkin’ it up, Bush and his cronies were hard at work, searching out new ways to butcher the English language.

On the other hand, I promised delivery, and indeed, I have delivered. I have created additional blogs for your enlightenment, whatever that may mean. These blogs wreak propaganda of the most vitriolic nature, so if you are easily offended, go immediately… opportunity awaits!

Here’s where to start your journey:

Go now…
Be offended.

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Sunday, July 02, 2006

Say What, Mr. President?

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B. Thomas Cooper

I began my morning, believing I was going to write a post about a poll recently conducted by the PewResearchCenter, but as I was poking around for quotes from the Commander in Chief, I found myself overwhelmed by Bushisms too funny to ignore.

For those of you somehow still unfamiliar with the president’s unique elocution, perhaps this post will assist in bringing you up to snuff. For now at least, the PewResearchCenter will simply have ride in the back seat. However, I suggest you not wait for my take on the latest poll numbers. I’ve included a link to PewResearchCenter in this post for your convenience. In fact, here it is again: You have no excuse. Go now… Be informed.

On second thought, grab a fresh cup of coffee, and enjoy a few Bushisms. If you find them as funny as I do, you can read a whole bunch more at:

With that having been said…
Ladlies and Gentlemums,
Let’s Rumble!

"America better beware of a candidate who is willing to stretch reality in order to win points." —George W. Bush, aboard his campaign plane, Sept. 18, 2000

"We'll let our friends be the peacekeepers and the great country called America will be the pacemakers." —George W. Bush, Houston, Texas, Sept. 6, 2000

"I'm gonna talk about the ideal world, Chris. I've read — I understand reality. If you're asking me as the president, would I understand reality, I do." —George W. Bush on abortion, MSNBC's "Hardball," May 31, 2000

"Will the highways on the Internet become more few?" —George W. Bush, Concord, N.H., Jan. 29, 2000

"I am mindful of the difference between the executive branch and the legislative branch. I assured all four of these leaders that I know the difference, and that difference is they pass the laws and I execute them." —George W. Bush, Washington, D.C., Dec. 20, 2000

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." —Washington, D.C., Dec. 19, 2000

"If you don't stand for anything, you don't stand for anything! If you don't stand for something, you don't stand for anything!" —George W. Bush, Bellevue Community College, Nov. 2, 2000

"I'm not really the type to wander off and sit down and go through deep wrestling with my soul." —George W. Bush, as quoted in Vanity Fair, October 2000

"Never again in the halls of Washington, D.C., do I want to have to make explanations that I can't explain." —George W. Bush, Portland, Oregon, Oct. 31, 2000

"They said, 'You know, this issue doesn't seem to resignate with the people.' And I said, you know something? Whether it resignates or not doesn't matter to me, because I stand for doing what's the right thing, and what the right thing is hearing the voices of people who work." —George W. Bush, Portland, Ore., Oct. 31, 2000

Now then, wasn’t that fun?
It’s just such a tragic shame it’s true.

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