Wednesday, November 08, 2006


I was glad to hear the Rumsfeld resigned today. In fact, Steve and I took a break from work to celebrate over a beer when we heard the news.

But am I the only one who seems to think that this is just a political cover?

This is how I see it: The Bush Administration realizes they got their asses handed to them on a platter on election day, but they don't want things to change. So, what they do is, they fabricate the appearance of change, even though nothing substantial is going to happen. I mean, there's nothing that suggests that Bob Gates is going to have any significant change on the status quo. This really does seem to be a cover to help Republicans out in the 2008 elections. They'll be able to point to today and say, "See?! We can adapt to shifting public opinion and not play partisan politics!"

But I'm just not buying it at this point.

I don't think political defeat is enough to get Bush to change course. I don't think he is changing course. If Bush were truly interested in changing course, he'd have called for Rummy's resignation a week ago when it could have actually changed the course of the election. The more I think about it, the more I think Bush should have been asking for it on November 6th. What better way to distance yourself and your handling of the war than to fire the man who, aside from yourself, was largely responsible for the gaffe?

I don't know...

What do you guys think?


Joe Vogel said...

I think it's better than keeping him.

It's clearly a politically-motivated move, but the bottom line is this: we, the people, made it happen. Bush wouldn't have forced him out, if not for the overwhelming message of the elections and the pressure that applied. I don't expect the war to change drastically in the near future, but I do think this is a step, and let's be honest, anyone is better than Rumsfeld.

Bryan said...

I'm not saying it's a step. All I'm saying is that I don't see this as actual change. I see it as the appearance of change to placate voters for the purposes of political manuevering.

Joe Vogel said...

A step in the right direction IS change.

Anonymous said...

Hey Joe,
YOU didn't do anything. Chris Cannon and Orrin Hatch got re-elected.

Rumsfeld was better than YOU.

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry Joe. I'm an asshole.

Anonymous said...

This is a really vile blog. You're all ignorant. Your film making is mediocre. Your documentary won in our town only because that town is entertainingly wacked.
Very truly yours,
Tiana Martinez
Santa Cruz, CA

Bryan said...

I'm pretty sure Tiana Martinez is either a spiteful Republican or semi-retarded.

No offense.

Seriously, what is it that makes you think we're ignorant? Back your statements up.

My guess is we'll never hear from you again.

Bryan said...

And to answer your other complaint, I think we won in Santa Cruz because we had the best film.

Anonymous said...

You're "pretty sure" I'm a "spiteful Republican" or "semi-retarded" then ask what it is that makes me think you're ignorant...
I'm speechless.
You won in Santa Cruz based on content, not quality.

Steven Greenstreet said...

Anonymous, SNAP!

You got us!

Bryan said...

There's a giant difference between ignorance and sarcasm. Besides my sophomoric dissonance in regards your preposterous claims of my ignorance, what foundation have you to say it?

It sounds like you don't like what I have to say. Great, but does that make me ignorant? No.

And what about the film wasn't quality? I mean, who are you to judge? The New York Times called it "filmmaking gold." what is it that you're seeing that they missed?

And really, you picked this of all posts to make claims of our ignorance? Why didn't you pick on one of our tirades against random people for some reason or Steve's misogyny?

And to comment anonymously? Come on. Send us a link. Let us know why you deserve credibility or attention.

Because coming in here and making ludicrous statements about "vileness" of our blog. What makes the blog vile?

With a flippant comment as the one you started with, I feel that, sarcastically speaking, I had every reason to assume you were either "a spiteful Republican" or "semi-retarded."

And your follow up response isn't doing anything so far to change my opinion.

I dare you to change my mind.

Anonymous said...

Nah, I give up. You're movie is awesome.

Bryan said...

At least they spelled "you're" right...

Steven Greenstreet said...

No, Bryan, anonymous was really saying, "You are movie is awesome."