June 02, 2006

George W. Bush's IRON FIST

Iraqi PM vows to use "iron fist" to stop the spreading violence in Basra, an oil-rich, southern Iraqi area declared to be in a "state of emergency". USAToday reports that this is Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's first major policy speech since his government was sworn in May 20. Meanwhile George W. Bush has been using his iron fist to mark "a victory for the cause of freedom in the Middle East." He continues, "As this new unity government takes office, it carries with it the hopes of the Iraqi nation, and the aspirations of freedom-loving people across a troubled region" (from a speech on Monday, May 22, 2006 in Chicago, Ill. found on GOP.com).
Members of Iraq's new unity government include, Maliki who is a Shia and was a part of the resistance to Saddam Hussein. The new president is a Kurd with the last name of Talabani (weird, I know). The speaker for the Council of Representatives is a Sunni who is against the use of violence for political ends. George W. Bush has used violence and quite a strong iron fist to establish this fragile democracy in Iraq. At the same time, and appropriately so, George W. Bush is immeasurably proud of these new unity leaders of Iraq.
Is the Justice Department trying to rule the Internet with an iron fist? The USAToday reports that they want records from Google, Microsoft, AOL, Comcast, Verizon, and others to keep records for two years--as opposed to 90 days-- to assist in terrorism and child pornography investigations. Hmmmm. At least they aren't stealing like data unlike the loons who stole 26.5 million veteran's personal information from the Veterans Affairs Department. How much of our personal information should be kept private from the government's sticky iron fist?

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