Wednesday, October 11, 2006

...And They're Still Blaming Everything on Clinton....

Just about a year ago I parodied an absurd NY Times Op-ed by David Brooks. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, very little, except the death count and dollars spent, has changed...

David Brooks' Incredibly Misguided NY Times Op-ed

David Brooks sits alone at his kitchen table at 4 am writing notes to himself. He, like his Republican brethren in the Fourth Estate, is still aghast that anyone, let alone Democrats, would demand accountability from the Bush administration over its failed war in Iraq, its manipulation of intelligence to justify the invasion, and its subsequent conspiracy to cover up the truth. He ponders how his party and its inept leaders can spin their way out of what is an obvious colossal policy screw up and breach of the nation's trust. Two words immediately come to mind: Bill Clinton. "That's it! We'll blame it on Bill like we always do!"

What Brooks and the rest of the conservative spinmeisters know that the rest of us don't is that Bill Clinton is at the head of a large conspiratorial organization--a top-secret group of highly trained covert operatives--that are responsible for every Bush administration failure. Take Iraq for example, the highly unjust, ill-advised and ill-fated quagmire that to-date has killed over 2000 American soldiers, wounded and maimed 20,000, and cost U.S. taxpayers over $200 billion. And let's not forget the tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis who've lost their lives. You may not know this, but the Iraq war is all Bill Clinton's fault. It's true, as Brooks points out today, that former Clinton officials William Cohen, Madeleine Albright, Sandy Berger, Al Gore and even Bill himself all sounded the "Saddam has massive stockpiles of WMD" alarm. Of course they did. It was all part of the master plan to set up the Bushies years later.

The Clintonistas, despite this public posturing of Saddam's alleged grave threat to America, knew damn well that his WMD stockpiles were non-existent. In fact, according to one insider, this group, known as WHIGTUB (White House Iraq Group to Undermine Bush), would sit around the Oval Office, smoking cigars and drinking Bud Lights, joking about Saddam's "arsenal," which they all knew consisted of nothing more than "firecrakers and cherry bombs." The Clintons knew that years later the Bushies would run with this "intelligence," manipulating it to justify their war. In short, it was Clinton, not Bush, who manufactured evidence, and then purposefully held off pulling the trigger on any sort of military action against Iraq because he knew Bush would. Worse, he knew Bush would ultimately fail, and face political and public humiliation and embarrassment when the real truth--no WMD--came out.

And what about the serious challenges we face with the economy these days? Yup, you got it. Bill Clinton strikes again. Those seven years of unprecedented prosperity back in the 90's? All a ruse by the Clintonistas to yet again set up Bush for failure and undermine future economies. How politically calculating, how devious, how self-serving it was for former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin and the Clinton administration to orchestrate such economic success; to set the bar so high that no future president could match this prosperity.

David Brooks sits alone at his kitchen table at 4 am and scribbles more inane, paranoid notes to himself. He's trying to reconcile how anyone could actually blame Bush, for Bush's failed policies, which he, like millions of other Republicans, believes is not only unfair, but blatantly partisan. Bush has only been in office five years! That's not even two full terms, and certainly not enough time to see his policies through successfully.

Brooks realizes there is only one solution: Clinton, Clinton, Clinton, Clinton...... "Must keep blaming Clinton for every screw-up our dunce of a president commits. Must divert attention away from Iraq, the economy, Social Security, Tom DeLay, Bill Frist, Scooter Libby, Karl Rove, Plamegate, Katrina, and tax cuts for the wealthy by reminding America of Bill's sexual indiscretions. Must expose Democrats' self-serving partisan intent to undermine our great president by incessently demanding accountability for his alleged mistakes and ethical transgressions."

David Brooks sits alone at his kitchen table at 4 am.


Anonymous said...

This week alone, Hastert got on the Limbaugh show - and others - to blame Clinton - and others - for the Foley 'affair.'

Then, days later, McCain blames Clinton for North Korea's weapon test.

While this may be red meat for the base, swing voters and thoughtful (read: non-genuflecting) GOPers are questioning this tired line.

With complete control of the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court, not to mention most state houses and governorships, the GOP can't face the debts, deficits, and hatered they've brought down on American's good name.

These tortured tie-backs to the Clinton years show they are not the party of personal responsibility. Far from it.

Anonymous said...

Ah, but will the fear tactics of the Republicans work this time on the voters?

Anonymous said...

Clinton was on the grassy knoll!!

Anonymous said...

Clinton eating all those Big Macs made Hastert fat.

Anonymous said...

Clibton's brother Roger made Bush an alcoholic.

Anonymous said...

The religious right have set us on a path of destruction.

What would Jesus do?

Anonymous said...

He would bring down the temples of the Religious Right. He had little patience with hypocrits.

Rick said...
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Anonymous said...


A group of House Republicans called Wednesday for a congressional investigation into the improper handling of classified documents by President Clinton's national security adviser, Sandy Berger.
Berger admitted last year that he deliberately took classified documents out of the National Archives in 2003 and destroyed some of them at his office. He pleaded guilty in federal court to one charge of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material and was fined $50,000.

They asked the committee to determine whether any documents were missing from Clinton administration terrorism records, to review security measures for classified documents and to seek testimony from Berger.

Berger's lawyer, Lanny Breuer, did not immediately return a call for comment. A spokesman for the Government Reform Committee said the panel was reviewing the letter.

At issue is a strange sequence of events in which Berger admitted to sneaking classified documents out of the National Archives in his suit, later destroying some of them and then lying about it. The Bush administration disclosed the investigation in July 2004, just days before the Sept. 11 commission issued its final report.

During Berger's sentencing hearing Breuer characterized Berger as eager to get the facts of the Sept. 11 attacks right when he took the material, which contained information relating to terror threats in the United States during the 2000 millennium celebration.

Will the Ostroy censors delete this posting too? Can't they take the heat when 'playing rough' ??

Anonymous said...

Dear 3:19 Thank you so much for your remarks about Berger, I'm sure the purpose of your post was to point out that CLINTON is to blame for Berger's misbehavior in the same way that he's to blame for Bush not preventing 9/11; for Bush lying to us about WMD; for the Republicans not protecting the young pages and for every other misdeed the Republicans have committed. Because surely if CLINTON is responsible for their mistakes he is surely responsible for those in his own administraiton. You owe Berger an apology.

Anonymous said...

The one i blame is barbs for welping this peverted moron and h-bush for the defective seed.

Anonymous said...

Clinton For President, Again!
There I feel much better about it.