Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator
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Fun with the government

So, I was listening to NPR this morning, as I often do, because I like to drive myself insane before I go to work. And here's three entertaining stories that lend credence to I.F. Stone's claim that "all governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed":

1. A bomb goes off at an airport on Mindanao Island in the Phillipines, killing 18 people. This is the first, and deadliest, such incident since U.S. troops were sent to the Phillipines to help quash a Muslim rebellion. (Well you might ask, why are American combat troops being sent to a foreign country to help settle their domestic turbulence? The answer: shut up.) The Bush administration's response is twofold: first, the presence of U.S. troops in no way provoked this action; second, the attack just proves how badly U.S. troops are needed.

2. Saddam Hussein, who has given weapons inspectors unprecedented access to sites all over Iraq, has complied with all U.N. deadlines, and who has cooperated in a way you wouldn't expect from a guy who we're constantly being told is a threat to the entire world, has now begun destroying missiles as fast as he can get his hands on them. Despite the fact that he is doing everything we have asked him to do -- give full access to inspectors, meet disclosure deadlines and destroy banned weapons -- Ari Fleischer announces that he is "not cooperating" and that his actions are "fakes".

3. North Korea, who is acting like a bratty little brother desperate for attention with the exception that few people's bratty little brothers have nuclear weapons, has been escalating and provoking left and right to get the U.S. to enter talks with them. The U.S., which seems much more interested in a country that doesn't have nuclear weapons, claims that they will not enter talks unless those talks are "multilateral". (Well you might ask, why is the U.S. suddenly concerned about multilateralism, considering that almost everything the Bush administration has done up to this point has been a model of unilateralism? The answer: shut up.)
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