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December 11, 2006

Picturing The Blow Back

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Baker-Hamilton-Blowback

Richard Perle (“absurd”), Rush Limbaugh (“stupid”), Kenneth R. Weinstein/ Hudson Institute (“preposterous”), Michael Rubin, former Pentagon aide/former Iraq Study Group panel member (“Cliff Notes high school paper”), Richard Perle (“monumental disappointment”), John McCain (“recipe for defeat”)  — (via nyt.com, MSNBC, mercurynews.com.)

With the red party disemboweling itself over Iraq, this weekend’s newswire seemed to mirror the blow back ignited by GOP hawks in reaction to the Iraq Study Group report. 

Perhaps part-way influenced by last Thursday’s vindictive New York Post “Surrender Monkeys” cover (which The Post, itself, reported was the talk of Washington), prominent among the latest pictorial offerings is a shot of Baker and Hamilton looking like disabused evangelical wannabes, and a frame of Baker seemingly in the midst of a 60’s hallucination.

(image 1: Yuri Gripas/Reuters.  Washington December 7, 2006.  Via YahooNews. image 1: Mike Theiler/AFP.  Washington December 7, 2006.  Via YahooNews.)

  • limapup

    THEY DON’T KNOW HOW TO GET OUT OF THE CORNER “W” PAINTED THE US IN. There is no easy way out – we’re not going to get a farewell parade.

  • KansasKowboy

    I don’t know what was being said when this photo was taken, but I think it represents what the members of the panel must be feeling. The frustration of trying to throw Bush a lifeline and make an effort to salvage his presidency, the United States Military, to save lives and stop the draining of the Treasury. But Bush won’t grab the line. Bush may have quit drinking and partying, maybe even he found religion though that I don’t believe. But GW is still just a spoiled frat brat who won’t listen to his elders even when they are trying to help him out of a jam. Somehow I can’t help but think that Bush Senior is trying to protect himself and his reputation from his idiotic son. Just as the politiians who have to try and get re-elected in two years are positioning their policies away from Bush’s, Bush father is protecting his place in history from his son. Now after the commission Bush Sr can at least say, “I tried to tell him.” Bush Sr, is so upset over his son’s presidency that he has cried about it in public. Do you think his father will disown him?

  • gasho

    The top shot of Baker – looks to me like he is demonstrating how we can “claim victory” by simply putting up his hand, then slowly pulling down all the fingers, leaving the V.
    The second shot – I’d love to see the thought bubble on that one… “You dumb ass monkey f*c&ers. Let’s not forget who started this War, who fought it like cheapskates, who’s afraid to talk to world leaders.. who’s guilty of the War Crimes… don’t you dare shift the media blame to this report– You’re the one who’s gonna fry, frat boy !! “

  • http://bagnewsnotes.typepad.com/bagnews/2006/11/going_begging.html#comments Charlie C.

    How naieve those two washed up has-been’s were. The look of disbelief on their wrinkled mugs makes me want to laugh. It boggles the imagination that they thought, in their white sheltered envorinment that they would ride in and save the day.
    Bush is the most “advised” human on the planet. How does he keep one days advisement differentiated from the next. He tunes it all out and thinks about Laura’s breasts.
    It is all glorious, The more spectacular the failure, the happier I am. And this one is breaking all the records, by the second,

  • http://ruinsofempire.blogspot.com/ Rafael

    Old Viceroys can’t save the Empire from thei idiot infant king. Of course, those most enamored by dreams of marching legions, mighty warships and thudering explosions (plus riches beyond compare) will try hard to keep the Empire on track.
    Too late, too late by far.

  • Lightkeeper

    I don’t think these two were naive at all. Remember that, Baker himself probably has a lot more clout in Washington now than Bush probably does – except for the teensy little inconvenience that Bush is in the White House. But it was Baker who put him there (he was the lead laywer during the Florida recount), it was Baker who was one of the the chief architects (if I am not mistaken) of the first Gulf War, and it was also Baker who helped Reagan bypass Congressional oversight during the whole Iran/Contra fiasco…
    So I think what is going on in Washington is a complex and often confusing battle for power. The Old Guard is tring desperately to make the New Guard understand that what they are doing is simply not tolerable. This conflict will, I believe, determine where the US is headed in this still young new century. And if Baker – whose recommendations show a more artful sense of how to run an Empire – is not listened to, something will have to be done about Bush…The real powers that be always know when enough is enough, and when they can’t afford to make any more mistakes. I believe we are fast approaching this time.
    Empires are not successful by taking the lead of their so called elected leaders. They are successful by carefully maintaining what has made them Empires in the first place. And Bush the Lesser is jeopardizing this very calculated efficiency by thinking him and his neocons know better than the Old Guard which has kept the US above and beyond the reach of all other industrial nations for the past 50 years (at least)…

  • http://thirdeyepushpin.blogspot.com thirdeyepushpin

    W’s imagined response:
    Why’d Unka Donny have to leave town, Why you takin’ Unka Dick’s gun away. Sista Condi said everythings alright I wish Unka Karl wasn’t so mad and would talk to me. He just keeps sayin that Unka Jimmy comin’ back after takin some acid and gettin’ all peace and lovey wit da ragheads. I never trusted Stagger Lee, why’s he here I thought this was a family affair.
    while Uncle Jimmy thinks, kid if you turn on me we are going to have to spank you hard

  • http://bagnewsnotes.typepad.com/bagnews/2006/11/going_begging.html#comments Charlie C.

    Ok – maybe not simply naive,…. – they are far too jaded to be duped into expecting Dubya to leap up and embrace them. Regardless of how they appear in the photograph.
    But I am interested, ~ curious in your ‘calculated strategy’ conspiracy theory. You imply that they might be giving the punk, (W.) a shot across the bow — to shape up, get on board, or face some consequences.
    As a student of history would know, this is what the theorists believe happend to John F. Kennedy. George the Stubborn is pushing his bluff to far and into the face of players what are FAR more powerful than he, with his Crown of Position. The Advisory Panel members I saw included Vernon Jordan, James Baker…… who else????
    I feel that the mask/facade they accept, of being called fools, and monkeys in public by Limbaugh and others is roiling their guts. This is approaching the breaking point. I am hopeful of a retribution of biblical proportions to befall George the Arrogant.

  • http://bagnewsnotes.typepad.com/bagnews/2006/11/going_begging.html#comments Charlie C.

    Ok – maybe not simply naive,…. – they are far too jaded to be duped into expecting Dubya to leap up and embrace them. Regardless of how they appear in the photograph.
    But I am interested, ~ curious in your ‘calculated strategy’ conspiracy theory. You imply that they might be giving the punk, (W.) a shot across the bow — to shape up, get on board, or face some consequences.
    As a student of history would know, this is what the theorists believe happend to John F. Kennedy. George the Stubborn is pushing his bluff to far and into the face of players what are FAR more powerful than he, with his Crown of Position. The Advisory Panel members I saw included Vernon Jordan, James Baker…… who else????
    I feel that the mask/facade they accept, of being called fools, and monkeys in public by Limbaugh and others is roiling their guts. This is approaching the breaking point. I am hopeful of a retribution of biblical proportions to befall George the Arrogant.

  • Lightkeeper

    Chomsky: ‘the phrase “conspiracy theories” is usually used as a weapon to discourage institutional analysis and the asking of awkward questions.’
    Which is why I refrained from using that phrase. There really is nothing conspiratorial here. One needs only to look (honestly) at how the US has operated in the past 50 years, and what I have said above becomes fairly obvious. This doesn’t necessitate the assassination of someone; it can also very easily be done by say, character assassination, a scandal over nothing, impeachment over *much*, et cetera et cetera…It could also very easily be accomplished by the incoming Congress: do some congressional investigations, be absolutely SHOCKED at the abuse of the Constitution and the betrayal of the Freedom loving American peoples, and the entire country remains a beacon of freedom, hope & democracy while purging all its associationg with “evil” by the public desecration of a ‘few bad apples.’
    Has worked in the past, magnificently. No reason why it should not work now. Again, magnificently.

  • tenacitus

    All I keep thinking is two old, white upper class men who have mean, flabby, ugly faces.

  • http://molly.douthett.net momly

    As a student of history would know, this is what the theorists believe happend to John F. Kennedy.
    You mean that he was assasinated? You think someone might actually shoot W. on the Old Guard’s orders?
    That would be an interesting story for the mainline press to spin.

  • lytom

    I would say Shakespeare tragedy on modern stage is about right.
    First the father’s act of breaking down for his second born.
    Now the forces come into the play…

  • http://bagnewsnotes.typepad.com/bagnews/2006/11/going_begging.html#comments Chomsky

    The more I read about the almost universal revulsion of the ISG report, the more I am shocked, as Lee Hamilton appears to be above. The report was SO BIG last week before it was revealed, tiny leaks of tidbits were making nightly news headlines.
    How did this happen? How did this thing fall on its face, sort of like the war itself.
    Is everything in the Inner Circle really coming so unglued. How did one drunk frat boy from New England really wreak this much havoc? It was just that the stage was set for it, the timing was perfect. It could not have happened any other way than it did. Just like Clinton taking advantage of the Good Times and partying with an intern while the world seemed to be on autopilot, Bush fulfilled a destiny of partisanship and greed.
    This is all playing out like a Shakespearian Drama with us peasants (well, me at least), having a front row seat via the internet.
    Ps – Michael Beechloft just noted that either a Bush or a Clinton has been on the National Ticket for the last 30 years, since 1976. And now The HildaBeast expects to add another term or two to that tenure. That is truly a sign of decadence in a society.

  • ummabdulla

    Charlie C., here’s a list of the members of the Iraq Study Group. None of them is known as an expert on Iraq, but Ed Meese seems especially odd.
    Comsky: “Michael Beechloft just noted that either a Bush or a Clinton has been on the National Ticket for the last 30 years, since 1976.”
    Strange, isn’t it? Family dynasties like those in other parts of the world, but disguised as the great beacon of democracy… As if the American best qualified for the so-called most powerful position in the world could possibly be George W. Bush.

  • Shaun

    don’t worry ummabdulla, as you can see from the pictures above, we’ll soon achieve the rebathification of the republican party and then the enlightened Muslims can go back to poison gassing each other with our weapons like they did during the good old days. congrats (wink).

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