Pulled from the AP wires and published by the Washington Post:
MOSCOW — Sergei Sokolov, the Soviet defense minister fired by the Politburo after a German teenager landed his plane on Moscow’s Red Square in the 1980s, died in Moscow on Friday. He was 101.
As pointed out in my post of 8/23/2008:
On May 28, 1987: Mathias Rust took off from Helsinki, and, flying at low altitude to avoid radar detection, landed a small, single-engine plane in Moscow's Red Square.
This caused considerable embarrassment to the Politburo, and within a year the entire top echelon of the Soviet military was replaced.
And as Condynasty Rice reminded us last night:
On September 11, 2001, airline jets slammed into NYC's largest towering skyscrapers and into the Pentagon itself, killing thousands and wreaking havoc in not only those cities but to the airline industry and the economy as a whole. Not one government person lost their job. The head of the National Security council was promoted; the bloated Pentagon budget swelled to catastrophic proportions; Afghanistan, the country that we had armed and made hospitable as a haven for terrorist activity was taken over by those same organizations that had made the attacks possible, and, having set the same trap for ourselves that we had, with much braggadocio as highly publicized in "Charlie Wilson's War", laid for the former Soviet Union, sprang it on ourselves.
This last fact was brought up by Clint Eastwood last night, as he asked the gathering of crypto-fascists known as the RNC whether it wouldn't have been wiser to ask Russia before swooping down on Afghanistan like an avenging angel bent on retributive justice.
Condoleeza Rice, the National Security Adviser when that band of Saudi's crashed planes into NY's twin towers, delivered a speech to the RNC advocating a return to the Bush days of unaccountability and government by plausible deniability. Demonstrating how America's Red states have surpassed even the Soviet Red State apparatchiks in placing Party membership above the interests of the country.
So as Republicans continually shift the blame for the economic woes of the US onto the shoulders of President Obama we need to remember a few salient facts:
The complete lack of accountability for their actions, or lack thereof, makes the moniker of "The Red Party" for the GOP more appropriate than most realize, as they have adopted all the worst attributes of the Red Menace they so ardently warned us about, and into which they've apparently morphed.
The only American attack on the US mainland since the war of 1812 occurred under their watch, by a group to whom, less than 5 months previous, they'd given $45million.
Bush's presidency left America more dependent on foreign sources for its energy resources than any preceding president. So whereas KGB Putin, like the first CIA Bush, was the head of the Secret Service, unlike the Bushes, Putin made his country not only energy independent, but the world's largest energy producer, while the crony capitalist Bush policies left the United States more and more dependent on reserves from the very State from which the attacks emanated.
When Ronald Reagan took office, Russia's energy industry was on the verge of collapse and America's was flourishing. Through the machinations of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Rice putsch, that situation was entirely reversed.
Like the Taliban, the Mormons are a small, weird cult of the country's major religion, and one to which the GOP's presidential hopeful gives more money to than to the country he espouses to love. This is so that it can surreptitiously carry out his agenda, as it so remarkably demonstrated with its support of Prop 8 in California, a state of 38 million people that has the tiniest Mormon minority.
The Bush regime like his father's and RReagan increased Federal spending, via deficit spending for the same reason Jeb Bush did in Florida: to achieve their agenda without much voter resistance, as they wouldn't be footing the bill. Then redirecting the monies of their rich buddies to buy safe, triple-A rated government bonds, issued to fund those deficits, protected by the full faith and credit of the US Treasury.
Bush then presided over, and in fact engendered, the worst financial panic in American history. A panic that took the entire globe to the brink of complete economic collapse.
Bush, not Obama, was the first President to double the National debt, and not from stimulus programs to help put working Americans back to work, or to extend unemployment compensation that his disastrous administration made necessary by its catastrophic economic policy of funneling larger and larger mountains of debt into the war machine while simultaneously, relieving his buddies of the responsiblity of sharing any of the burden protecting their investments entailed by passing the largest tax cut to the haves and the have-mores ever.
As speaker after speaker at the RNC blamed President Obama for the plight of the US economy today, not one of them pointed out that every OECD economy on the globe is still trying to fight their way back to solvency because the economic devastation brought onto countries around the world by the disaster known as the Bush Presidency is so pervasive, the perversion of the economic system so intractable, that only Iceland's response of abrogating payment on their insane level of debt has had any ameliorative effects. A response the GOP uncompromisingly rejects.
There is absolutely no GOP plan, nor was there a discussion of one, as to what to do differently than Obama, in order to move the economy out of the hopeless quagmire into which they've driven it. On the contrary, every single one of their policy boondoggles only promises to bring more premature death to more and more Americans, and then to export their death machine to wreak havoc on burgeoning populations worldwide.
This is the price we pay for having let a criminal enterprise run the country for eight years. The prospect of doing so again within such a short time frame is truly frightening. Do we really believe in American exceptionalism so much that we'll prove we're so exceptional we'll reinstate madmen who wish for nothing so ardently as the destruction of their fellow countrymen? That would be exceptional indeed.