...I'm okay with being REALITY-based.

Monday, May 10, 2004
      ( 1:37 PM )
Head. Brick Wall. Stop Banging.

Swallow all liquids in your mouth before reading about today's lovefest:

After a meeting with Rumsfeld, military leaders and other top administration officials at the Pentagon, Bush told Rumsfeld, "Thank you for your leadership. You are courageously leading our nation in the war against terror."

"You're doing a superb job. You're a strong secretary of defense and our nation owes you a debt of gratitude," Bush said.

Our nation owes him nothing. He has done nothing but screw up, cause thousands of deaths, put our troops in danger, raise the threat level against us, and allow war crimes to be committed in our name. Rumsfeld owes US, the American People, his resignation. Bush owes US, the American People, justice and accountability.

Our nation owes the world an apology and amends. It will take more than a generation for us to overcome the fact that we have not only abused, tortured and killed people, but that we have humiliated, degraded and shamed an entire culture of people on this earth.

Until we honestly face up to this reality, we can no more move forward than we can find an actual pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. There is no rainbow right now. Unless we truly become and act the part of a remorseful nation, the world will never again grant us the place of dignity we desire.

We owe Rumsfeld nothing. He and Bush owe us and the world everything. Seeing as how they will never pay up. It's time to get them out altogether.

p.s. please read Kos' beautifully written post today about the Long Walk Forward. It's important.

UPDATE: Josh Marshall sums it all up. Oh, and so does Zakaria in this week's Newsweek.

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