April 30, 2008

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Actually, I don't know that the Bush administration ever thinks things through, come to that...

First up in our ongoing scandal rotation is the shameful way that soldiers and returning vets have not had their medical needs met by the Bush administration. The RAND group recently testified before Congress of yet another reason that may pique the interests of the Corporatists in office: providing medical treatment earlier significantly cuts the long term costs, not to mention the collateral costs of drug use, marital problems, unemployment and suicide.

So now will you take care of the wounded? There’s profit in it.

And then there is the ultimate card of the fear-mongering set: the Global War on Terror™. Unfortunately, for all their talk of wanting to combat terrorism, studies released this week have found that incidents of terrorism have remained unchanged from last year, although anti-American sentiment amongst terrorist safe havens in Somalia, Algeria, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Chad, Mali, and Yemen increases, as does al Qaeda's ability to plan another attack on us, thanks to their undisturbed presence in Pakistan. Heckuva job, Bushie.

And finally, the pathetic No Fly List. It turns out that even the blatantly partisan Washington Times finds the No Fly List worthy of ridicule, not just because of the 9,000 false positives that occur daily, but especially with the news that several flights have gone out without the promised Federal Air Marshalls because these same FAMs have found their names (along with everyone who goes by Mohammed or Ali) on the list and have been refused entry onto the planes they've been charged to protect.

You heard me. Because of this always-growing, all-consuming terrorist no-fly list, some of the people that are supposed to be on the plane to stop the terrorists on the plane are getting mistaken for suspected terrorists and being kept from getting on the plane.

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