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08/12/2003 Entry: "Haloscan lets me down at See the Forest"

Geeze, I had this whole beautiful comment for this post at See the Forest and then Haloscan wouldn't let me post it. So, I'll put is here for now:

I think the big difference between Watergate and Iran/Contra was that people could understand Watergate as a basic law breaking burglary. I know, the burglary was just the tip of the iceberg, but still understandable.

Iran/Contra appealed to the sick logic of the powerless who see guys like Ollie North, sleazing around outside the law, as heroes. Go figure, but that's how we got from there to the stolen 2000 election to illegally invading and occupying Iraq with an insufficient army.

Also, very few people understood how serious ignoring the Bolton Amendment was, that by passing the will of Congress, which is essentially the will of the people and the basis of our democracy, well, makes us a dictatorship. I don't think that ever really sank in, I know I didn't completely get it until I read Haynes Johnson's "Sleepwalking Through History". Robert Parry has an excellent book on the Reagan era crimes in Central America called "Lost History", there's a link here: http://www.consortiumnews.com/ (Hm, I do get nervous when the Parrys don't update their site and they haven't since July 18.) I have a bibliography of books about the Reagan administration here: http://hackenbush.org/bibliography.html And, lastly, Poindexter might be on his way out, but Otto Reich and Elliot Abrams are still working for the bush gang, doing God knows what kind of damage.

But here's a quick recap: Nixon fucked us and got caught. Reagan fucked us and got away with it. We'll see what happens with bush gang.

 

 

 

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