Slow Adventures in Slothville

June 17, 2004

The Chimp

Filed under: Politics — shhville @ 4:31 pm

And finally for today, from McSweeney's "Daily Reason to Dispatch Bush"

DAY 56:

A group of 27 retired diplomats and military commanders, called Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, has released a statement demanding that Bush be replaced in November. The statement condemns the Bush administration's foreign policy for severely damaging national security and international relations.

Their statement cited "manipulation of uncertain intelligence about weapons of mass destruction [and] a cynical campaign to persuade the public that Saddam Hussein was linked to al Qaeda and the attacks of Sept. 11" as reasons for the group's implicit endorsement of John Kerry.

In a news conference at the National Press Club on June 16, former director of the State Department's intelligence office Phyllis Oakley, a signer of the statement, said, "Never in the two and a quarter centuries of our history has the United States been so isolated among the nations, so broadly feared and distrusted." The statement attacks the Bush administration for having "adopted an overbearing approach to America's role in the world, relying on military might and righteousness, insensitive to the concerns of traditional friends and allies, and disdainful of the United Nations … Motivated more by ideology than by reasoned analysis, it struck out on its own."

In the statement and at the news conference, the group emphasized that the cumulative effect of the Bush administration policy has been to reduce the standing of America and the safety of Americans, and that the administration is not equipped to handle its responsibilities. Former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia Chas Freeman denounced the "post 9/11 atmosphere of hysteria" and said that "I think we will in time come to be very ashamed of this period in history … and of the role some people in the administration played in setting the tone and setting the rules."

Former ambassadors appointed by presidents from both parties, and retired military commanders and state department officials whose careers span three decades, make up much of the signers of the statement. Others include Adm. William J. Crowe (chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under Ronald Reagan), Marine Gen. Joseph P. Hoar (appointed by George H.W. Bush to lead U.S. forces in the Middle East), Gen. Merrill A. McPeak (former Air Force chief of Staff), and Adm. Stansfield Turner (former head of the Central Intelligence Agency).

(Source: Slevin, Peter, "Retired Diplomats, Military Commanders Fault Bush's Leadership," The Washington Post, June 16, 2004. Dunphy, Harry, "Former diplomats say Bush should be voted out of office for Iraq, other foreign failures," Associated Press, June 16, 2004.)



  1. Commander-in-Chimp!

    (may need to cut and paste to browser or visit the Dastard’s Lair)

    Comment by Avuncular 1 — June 18, 2004 @ 10:43 am

  2. I was listening to Howard Stern this morning and he is actually called John KErry’s secret weapon on the current issue of Atlantic Monthly. This is because Howard is trying to convince his listeners to VOTE and to VOTE out BUSH.

    Sloth, keep it up with your important and timely posts.
    Knowlege is Power
    Silence = Death

    Comment by Vadergrrrl — June 18, 2004 @ 3:25 pm

  3. You know, I actually heard that from someone…who was that……oh! That’s right, The Dastard told me that.

    I am not a fan of Howard Stern but I am a huge fan of the first amendment. When all this FCC garbage started happening I was rooting for him as much as anyone. I may not be entertained by him, but I am supportive of his right to broadcast and NOW I am even MORE supportive of it! If someone with a massive audience that spans both major political parties is echoing my own sentiments, I have nothing but love for him.

    You know, Vader, the adage is true. Knowledge is power. Interesting then, that the first programs to be cut when we are wallowing in deficit (thanks, Chimp!) are the social programs, like education (and all the other New-Deal-type stuff that we instituted to HELP people who need help, God forbid). These fuckwits WANT us powerless. “Pull up your bootstraps” my ass. They just want to widen the moat between the super rich and everybody else.

    Thanks for your comment – I’m still laughing about the wanking rednecks.

    Comment by Sloth — June 18, 2004 @ 3:53 pm

  4. The weird thing is, there are surprisingly a large number of pro-Bush people out there. People I know and respect (at least about non-political issues). When it comes to politics and that “bootstrap” bullshit — it’s clear what their attitude is: I’ve got mine, and that’s all that matters. Don’t get me started on this.

    Love ya, Sloth!

    Comment by Michael — June 18, 2004 @ 5:03 pm

  5. Vadergrrrl: The Howard Stern site has become an excellent resource for free speech and anti-Bush materials. And… I have to admit, the guy can be pretty goddamn funny. I’ve tried to convince Sloth of these things but she is kind of, shall we say, a prude.

    Sloth: You are back on The Dastard’s List…you know the one I mean.

    Ps:Who you calling a Redneck?

    Comment by Avuncular 1 — June 18, 2004 @ 5:09 pm

  6. Michael – feel free to get started on the anti-fuckwit rant. You will have no more an attentive audience than I. All I have to do is think about Reagan (and by extension, his minions) declaring ketchup a vegetable in order to further fuck single welfare mothers trying to live off of food stamps and I’m foaming at the mouth all over again. And not in a good way. It just makes me crazy that there are people who can’t find it in themselves to have empathy for others at the same time that they preach “Christian values.” Agh!!!! (Oh, and also, No! Sleep! Till Brooklyn!!)

    Dastard. You are such a Dastard!!!! Um, I am not a prude, as you well know, since you were unable to fix my computer after I broke said computer surfing for free smut on the internet. You would SO be on the list for a beatdown if only Sloths moved faster and had better eyesight and were not so vulnerable to predators on the forest floor. But climb up into my tree, man, and you are so dead. Very slowly dead, but dead nonetheless.

    Comment by Sloth — June 19, 2004 @ 1:07 am

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