Sunday, March 19, 2006

Article From Austria's 'Die Presse"

This article is from Austria's Die Presse, the original article is in German, here is the translated version. It speaks volumes about how Bush & the GOP party's pirate ship is sinking, but the Democrats are nowhere to be found, abandoning their chance to steal back the booty. As we here in the U.S. are scratching our heads about this, so are Europeans. Now is the perfect time to take back OUR country, now is the perfect time for revolution.

Published March 14th, 2006

" It's a few days short of the third anniversary of the beginning of the war in Iraq. For President George W. Bush this is an opprotunity to begin a broad campaign to unify Americans behind his Iraq policy. In several speeches per week, Bush will discuss "Progress in Iraq", and "lessons learned" there, as he has before. Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice, and other administration officials will add their voices to the hymn of praise on their behalf.

The response from the American public is the question, for along with the happy chirping about supposed progress and lessons learned, the sound of sour notes ring loudly. As Iraq apparently stands on the brink of civil war, U.S. experts publish one devastating study on the administration's policy after another, sketching a gloomy scenario for the upcoming months and years.

In the meantime Bush appeals to the people: things are going well, but we have to be patient; Washington is doing everything possible to prevent a civil war; there is still hard fighting ahead, but the U.S. strategy will result in victory. This is the message of the President, which has already been given many times and will be given many times more. The constant repetition will not, however, make the message any more credible; the quantity of the talk will deceive no one of the poor quality of his Iraq policy.

Today there are about 132,000 U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq, and more than 2,300 have been killed since the invasion three years ago. With the growing toll of victims has grown the opposition to the war: 59% of Americans reject Bush's Iraq policy, and only 37% approve of the President's overall performance in office. It will be no easy task to reverse his decline in public opinion.

Worst of all for Bush is his loss of popularity in his own party. As more and more Republican politicians have distanced themselves from "their" president, his approval rating among the members of Grand Old Party (the GOP) has sunk from 82% to 74%. In the controversy over the takeover (management, actually) of important U.S. ports by a company from the United Arab Emirates, the Republican-dominated Congress denied Bush their support.

Last weekend, at a meeting of Republican Party activists with presidential ambitions, it was clear that even though loyalty to Bush was stressed, the party was focusing on the period after his administration. It's not that long to the 2008 elections, which Bush cannot contest. Current spending policies were criticized, as well as the lack of fiscal responsibility and the turn away from socially-conservative values. Many grumbled that it's time to return to true conservative politics.

And the Democrats? It's significant that they don't make their first apperance until late in this article. For they have failed to make political capital or score with voters, despite Bush's unpopularity, Guantanamo, the failure after Katrina, corruption and the differences among Republicans. Dramatic though it would be, threatening a --quite unlikely--a process of impeachment would profit them little.

The party seems to be in disarray, without plans or organization. The presentation of a platform has been postponed for months. Nor is it clear if the strategy of the Democrats will be based on an anti-George W. Bush campaign, it's own program of reform, or if it will focus on national or local issues.

The elections are fast approaching. In Novemember, all 435 seats of the House of Reps will be contested, as well as 33 of 100 Senate seats and 36 Republicans could loose their majority among governers. But the Democrats dream of regaining majoritites in both houses of Congress cannot be realized unless they successfully engage important themes and display leadership.

"We have one party with bad ideas and another party with no ideas" acidly notes an American comedian. If that's true, George W. Bush can relax without worry."