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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

We Ain't Forgot You Boy: Karl Rove and his Despicable Actions are Still Front and Center Posted by Picasa
Good morning to all aboard the blog. It is a lovely morning here in the American Southwest (although it promises to be another scorcher) as I listen to the Crosby, Stills and Nash song 'Carry on/Questions' (CSN rocks, now that's what I'm talking about). So, the President has chosen Judge John G. Roberts, Jr. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_G._Roberts_Jr.) as his guy to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. Outstanding. But don't think for a second we're going to allow these Supreme Court activities to in any way distract us from Karl Rove, what he did and how he should either be prosecuted, sent packing or both. More on this later. Anyway, it's been awhile since I lasted posted and so much has been going on both in the world and on the homefront. The reasons for my lack of postings are as follows: late last week my surge protector/back-up battery went on the blink by way of turning on and off all by itself and, as a result, causing my computer to turn on and off at the most inconvenient times. When I finally got the time to deal with the problem (which was over the weekend), I was able to rectify the situation by getting another surge protector (not as high-speed as the other surge protector, but it fits the bill). I've also been trying to rustle up some financial aid for graduate school via FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) as well as through the VA (www.gibill.va.gov) ...and folks, this ain't no easy process...very time consuming and (at times) exasperating...but, it's worth it. I've also been helping a close friend square away her new apartment and that has also been time consuming. Plus, logging onto the blogosphere has been hit or miss (at least for me) for some unknown reason for the last few days. What's going on with Picasa and Blogger? Who knows, but I still love 'em. OK, I'm done complaining, now on with the topic of the day: Karl Rove, his insidiousness and how his presence corrupts the American political system. But before I go there, allow me to acknowledge the passing yesterday of General William C. Westmoreland, former MACV commander (1964-1968) and Army Chief of Staff (1968-1972). General Westmoreland (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Westmoreland), although tainted by his lack of success in terms of the Vietnam War, was nevertheless the quintessential soldier's soldier/warrior's warrior in that he deeply loved this country and her armed forces and demonstrated his love of country by selflessly serving in the United States Army for 36 years. In fact, General Westmoreland graduated from the United States Military Academy (West Point, www.usma.edu) in 1936 at the age of 22 and, while serving in World War II, attained the rank of colonel by his 30th birthday. That's remarkable folks and very telling in terms of his competency, warrior genius and leadership capability in that most warriors don't make full colonel until their early to mid-40's (traditionally speaking). Unfortunately, during his stint as MACV (Military Assistance Command Vietnam, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MACV) commander, Westmoreland never did understand Vietnam in terms of being able to wrap his mind around the big picture; and, because of this, American overall progress on the ground in Vietnam was lackluster during the years 1964 to 1968 in terms of overall strategic/socio-psychological (the "winning of hearts and minds") success. Of course, this culminated in the strategic/socio-psychological defeat of American forces vis a vis the Tet Offensive(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tet_Offensive) of early 1968, while although a tactical victory for American military forces, Tet was a devastating blow to American morale (especially back in the United States) that was also a disastrous and overarching defeat in the strategic arena. The Tet Offensive debacle was the main reason Westmoreland was "excused from his responsibilities" as MACV commander and brought back to Washington, D.C. to serve out his career as Army Chief of Staff until his retirement in 1972. General Westmoreland went on to become a vocal advocate for veterans (especially Vietnam veterans) and, although a Republican, he seemed to really care about the plight of all veterans after the bugles blared and the trumpets had long since faded. An interesting sidenote is how General Vo Nguyen Giap (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vo_Nguyen_Giap), General Westmoreland's "opposite number" and arch-antagonist during the war (as supreme commander of North Vietnamese military forces and orchestrator of North Vietnam's subsequent success), continues to outlast his nemesis (even on the battlefield of life) in that he is alive and well in Vietnam and aging gracefully at the ripe old age of 93 years old (http://www.carpenoctem.tv/military/giap.html). Render salute to General William C. Westmoreland and thank you sir for your dedicated service to the Republic. Now on with the topic of the day: Karl Rove (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karl_Rove), his unscrupulousness and his need to step aside and move into the shadows and margins of American politics. I say back into the shadows because, let's face it, this fu**ker may leave the White House (which would be a good thing), but he will always be included in this President's tight, little circle of close advisors. Although he will more than likely pull a "Karen Hughes" (you know, he's-not-there-but-he-is-there for all intents and purposes), I'll still consider it a great victory if we can run his ass out of his West Wing office (and out of the White House altogether) on a rail. Listen, I don't hate Karl Rove...in fact I admire and respect his political saavy, dexterity and prowess (the guy is a political tactical/strategic genius with rare talent of the first order); but he is the enemy as far as I'm concerned and there is no getting around that. I encourage all to read "Bush's Brain" (www.bushsbrain.com) by James Moore and Wayne Slater. It is truly a revealing expose into the mind and motivations of this maniacal political genius. Not since the days of Rasputin ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grigori_Rasputin) and Cardinal Richelieu (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardinal_Richelieu) have we seen someone with this much influence over a nation's chief executive and who has so effectively (and disturbingly) melded the worlds of politics and policy into one big conflagaration...in other words, to the point of not knowing where politics ends and policy begins. Again, the crux of the matter here is that Karl Rove has got to go, meaning he must exit the White House and be pushed as far away (albeit, geographically) from the White House as is possible. I'd like to see him return to Austin (capital of Texas) and although (like I've already stated) he will forever be a close advisor (the closest, more than likely) to the President, at least he won't be slithering around the White House with his evil thinking cap on, stinking up the place. Put another way, whether or not Karl Rove broke the "letter of the law" (which is certainly debatable) he most definitely broke the "spirit of the law" and for that infraction, Rove (for the sake of the country and for the sake of all that we, as a collective American community and nation, hold dear) should be excused from the White House and sent on his way (whether that way is to the private sector or to prison doesn't really matter to me, as long as he is out of the White House). In a nutshell, Karl Rove (whether knowingly or unknowingly) has a corrosive and toxic effect on the American political system. Karl Rove has proven time and time again that his scruples and sense of decency go right out of the window when he is playing "hardball politics". I mean exposing a CIA case officer (http://slate.msn.com/id/2122393/) just to get back at her husband?!? Not even considering nor caring what the overarching and overall ramifications/consequences would be if such a thing was done?!? Folks, we've got a journalist languishing in jail because of Rove's actions (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/8417075/), a promising CIA career in rubble because of Rove's indiscretions and who knows how many people's lives/Valerie Plame's contacts around the world were placed in jeopardy (or, Lord forbid, extinguished) by way of exposing Valerie Plame's identity as CIA?!? Folks, bottom line here is Karl Rove is a loose-cannon and extremely dangerous. You see, Karl Rove is like a razor blade in terms of his intensity and zeal for the game of political hardball...finely sharp, cold, clinical and without remorse. And like a razor blade, the danger is in the fact that he can cut both ways...and, like a razor blade, his cuts can be extremely deep and damaging. Karl Rove, for the sake of this republic, should come on out of the White House and move on to new pastures. And if he doesn't do this voluntarily (which he won't), he should be forced out with a swift kick in the ass. Semper Fidelis


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