Wednesday, September 20, 2006

You Can't Make This Stuff Up ...

The Bush Administration’s efforts to end the genocide in Darfur has been plagued by serious errors. Now, the President Bush is appointing Andrew Natsios as special envoy to Darfur to get things back on track.

Who is Andrew Natsios?

– As director of U.S. Agency for Intenational Development, Natsios promised that the U.S. contribution to reconstruction of Iraq would be no more that $1.6 billion. Congress has already appropriated nearly $20 billion for reconstruction in Iraq. The CBO estimates the total cost of reconstruction will be between $50 and $100 billion.

– Natsios was the manager of Boston’s “Big Dig,” widely considered one of the most mismanaged public works projects in history.

Sounds like just the guy to help solve the “world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”

-- Center For American Progress, Sept. 19

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how do you libs propose America ends the party they are having in Darfur? Shall they invite more guests to their party? Like the UN so more rapes can occur? Send in ground troops with no air support like BJ would do? Or call on the French who will send troops one day and back out another? And why is it that sending in troops to stop Sadaam who killed more than has been killed in Darfur is bad, yet sending troops to Darfur is good? Not one person with a soul wants to see what is happening over there to continue, but lets not be hypocritical about it.

8:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hero of the libs, Hugo Chavez will be addressing the Useless Nations today at 11:30am if any of you stalinists would like to TiVo it. And at 12:45pm he will be holding a press conference. Maybe some of you libs would like to get the autograph of another communist dictator you all love. Such a shame that Uncle Fidel is under the weather. I am sure he would have loved to have been able to come to this hate fest.

9:25 AM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Anonymous, please go back to your cave for a little while. The sun is getting to you.

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Angelina's Evil Twin said...

Gosh, anonymous, don't you realize how STUPID you sound?

10:27 AM  
Blogger Jay McGinley said...

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10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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Jay McGinley said...
A FAULTY "O RING" IS DESTROYING EFFORTS TO SAVE DARFUR

DARFUR VIGIL DAY 116 (now in NYC); 56 DAYS HUNGER STRIKE since July 4, 2006; Jay McGinley (jymcginley@cs.com) 484-356-6243 http://standwithdarfurwhitehouseii.blogspot.com/

It took just one failed component, one failed component out of millions that painstaking effort had made right, to cause the searing tragedy of the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion. You'll remember that for Challenger it was a faulty "O ring."

The contributions of the many that led to a brilliantly executed September 17th series of worldwide events is something we all should humbly honor, praise, reverence and express our deep respect and gratitude for. I do. It was awesome. And a handful of truly heroic efforts took place - promoting/filling busses from Pittsburgh, Boston, Ohio, Washington...; logistics; PR.... Thank you and God bless your commitment. And your accomplishments including front page coverage in the New York Times, appointment of a special envoy to Darfur as desrcibed in Bush to Name Envoy for Darfur Washington Post, By Colum Lynch and Glenn Kessler Staff Writers Tuesday, September 19, 2006; and finally, a spotlight on China, for example The Genocide Test, Editorial, Washington Post.

What the September 17th teams worldwide did is absolutely necessary! But there is a faulty "O ring" in the Campaign to Save Darfur. SEPTEMBER 17TH, AND THE FOLLOW-ON EVENTS CONTEMPLATED AND PLANNED WILL NOT STOP THE GENOCIDE. And I have yet to have anyone prominently involved with the Darfur movement disagree. And I've asked them. And I've received responses.

A crucial component is missing; a component that has been essential for every previous social-change movement. Stopping Genocide requires Monumental Social-Change - NEVER has genocide been stopped. N-E-V-E-R. Never. Not Rwanda, Cambodia, Kurds, Serbrinka, not 6,000,000 Jews.... Kosovo was far too late addressed to some degree.

What is profoundly missing is a Core Group of Leaders that anyone, EVERYONE SEES is heroically putting their skin in the game, standing up for, getting in harms way for, SACRIFICING PERSONALLY for Darfur. Name major social change that has ever come without this. Civil Rights? Apartheid? Stopping Vietnam War? Suffrage? IT HAS NEVER HAPPENED.

Unmistakable-Sacrificial-Leadership-visible-to-the-masses is the spark plug; the inspiration; the moral clarity; THE PROOF OF IMPORTANCE THAT INSPIRES COMMITTED ACTION IN OTHERS. Leadership of this kind, in sufficient quantity is - the price to Save Darfur. Until the "price" is paid, the genocide will not stop, no matter what else we do.

We can do everything else right (and these are NECESSARY): advertising, PR, rallies, celebrity participation, strategy, Sudan Envoys... but without the ignition, without the spark-plug we've got our "O ring," our efforts will crash in defeat, and 4,000,000 family members in Darfur are exterminated.

I have been begging for two years for such effort: 9/23/04, 10/17/04:, 8/11/05:, 8/14/05:, 7/11/06:, 8/16/06:, 8/22/05:

So Jay, does all this make you right? What matters is: 1. Might it be correct?; 2. That YOU decide, correctly, in time. As Reverend Gloria said in NYC on Sunday, “It’s about T-I-M-E.”

Rosa Parks was a seamstress. Steven Beko was from no organization. Ghandi was a young lawyer and the wave upon wave of fellow leaders were from all walks of life. Dr. King a brilliant minister and many co-leaders were uneducated laborers. King said, "Anyone can be great because anyone can serve." Gandhi said, 'The frailest, old crippled body can be just as powerful as any head of state."

BUT THE MOST LIKELY SOURCE FOR THE LEADERSHIP CORE IS STUDENTS. This has been true in every movement. And if the students of this country do not rise up for humanity and justice, NOW, there is no hope. THEY must form the core of our leadership. We adults in the NGOs, Churches, Synagogues, Mosques HAVE MADE OUR POSITION CLEAR. WE WILL NOT GET IN HARMS WAY FOR DARFUR.

Someone(s) cried out about the "O ring" long, long before the Challenger exploded. I'm sure of it. He/She/They were blown off as troublemaker, renegade, lone ranger, loner, outsider, not-a-team-player.... The Challenger exploded. All that is left are, regrets. Jay McGinley jymcginley@cs.com

2:39 PM  
Anonymous MrToffeeLovesYa said...

Natzios may not be qualified to handle a financial position, but JABBS provides no evidence that he shouldn't be allowed to learn from his mistakes in this other arena.

What the liberal defeatocrats (phrase courtesy of Stephen Colbert) don't realize is that when you criticize the president -- even on decisions that on their face appear to lack logic -- you are emboldening the terrorists.

Wake up liberals. What's next: greeting cards to Osama Bin Laden saying, "Hey Osama, we have a complete moron in charge in Darfur. Why don't you set up camp here? Why don't you use Darfur as a launching pad for another wave of terrorists attacks against our great nation?"

That's just the kind of invitation that Osama gets when liberal America fails to respect the decisions being made by this president.

C'mon liberals. Do you really think that President Bush would appoint this guy if he didn't think he was up to the task? After all, conservatives are willing to give Natzios the benefit of the doubt.

Liberals say Natzios failed miserably with the Big Dig in Boston. But what's to say the Bush Administration doesn't know that Natzios was a victim of guilt by association -- association with the liberals running "Taxachusetts." Maybe Natzios listened to Teddy Kennedy too much, right? Pow!

And so what if Natzios got the budget wrong for the Iraq War? So did a lot of people. Some of them got medals of honor. Natzios didn't. That alone should show that this guy is one step away from being on the outs with the Administration.

So let Natzios do his work in Kenya, or wherever the heck Darfur is. Bush is on top of this crisis as well as he is on top of the Iraq War or the War on Terror. Liberal America doesn't believe that, but conservatives do.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

Just gotta break down this post a bit to recognize lack of clarity, poor analysis and bad reasoning so here goes:

Mr.ToffeeLovesYa said...
Natzios may not be qualified to handle a financial position, but JABBS provides no evidence that he shouldn't be allowed to learn from his mistakes in this other arena.

I see. Like Michael Brown learned from his mistakes, of course.
What the liberal defeatocrats (phrase courtesy of Stephen Colbert) don't realize is that when you criticize the president -- even on decisions that on their face appear to lack logic -- you are emboldening the terrorists.
I see. Democracy is terrorism. Nice. Also, do you realize Stephen Colbert is making fun of YOU, and you're not in on the joke?
Wake up liberals. What's next: greeting cards to Osama Bin Laden saying, "Hey Osama, we have a complete moron in charge in Darfur. Why don't you set up camp here? Why don't you use Darfur as a launching pad for another wave of terrorists attacks against our great nation?"
Why would he do that? He's got a nice camp in Afghanistan he's thrilled with right now, and we're not all that interested in finding him, are we? I mean, if liberals are guilty of treason by identifying where the morons are in government, Osama should set up camp at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Just going by your logic here, dude.

That's just the kind of invitation that Osama gets when liberal America fails to respect the decisions being made by this president.
Ok, again, democracy = terrorism. Got it. Of course, your little rant against liberals doesn't embolden terrorists at all.

C'mon liberals. Do you really think that President Bush would appoint this guy if he didn't think he was up to the task?
No, of course he wouldn't. I mean, he's never done that before. (B. Kerik, J. Bremmer, D. Rumsfeld, M. Brown, H. Miers...)
Liberals say Natzios failed miserably with the Big Dig in Boston. But what's to say the Bush Administration doesn't know that Natzios was a victim of guilt by association -- association with the liberals running "Taxachusetts."
How do you screw up a massive construction project through guilt by association?
Maybe Natzios listened to Teddy Kennedy too much, right? Pow!
Pow?
And so what if Natzios got the budget wrong for the Iraq War? So did a lot of people.
The ones who got it right were fired, of course.
So let Natzios do his work in Kenya, or wherever the heck Darfur is.
It's in the Sudan, genius.
Bush is on top of this crisis as well as he is on top of the Iraq War or the War on Terror.
Right. That's exactly the problem.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dont have any answers to my questions Dave G-String? As usual libs cant come up with a solution. Can only attack with assinie comments.

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Davey G-String, why cant you answer an easy question? You libs never have a solution for anything.

Angelina, does the truth hurt so much that you cant get you brain to come up with something educated. Or were you too busy trying to get Hugo's autograph today?

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Angelina's Evil Twin said...

Anonymous, Democrats DON'T love Hugo Chavez. We love the U.S. The fact that you don't understand the difference shows how you have been BRAINWASHED by Rush Limbaugh-Sean Hannity-Mark Levin LIES.

Dissent DOES NOT EQUAL disloyalty.

The First Amendment is not OPTIONAL!!!

9:53 PM  
Anonymous Dave G. said...

And why is it that sending in troops to stop Sadaam who killed more than has been killed in Darfur is bad, yet sending troops to Darfur is good?
Ah, the questions that try men's souls. Nuance is not something you do well, anonymous, so maybe dont' get all twisted up on this one, ok?

10:43 PM  
Blogger Jay McGinley said...

DARFUR, URGENT: WHAT WOULD RACHEL CORRIE START THIS WEEK?

Darfur Vigil DAY 118 (now in NYC); 56 Days Hunger Strike since July 4, 2006 www.standwithdarfurwhitehouseii.blogspot.com

Young Rachel Corrie saw a bulldozer intentionally bearing down on the house of a family, a family she probably never knew. She got in front of that bulldozer, between the bulldozer and the house, between the threat, and the innocents. (http://www.criticalconcern.com/rachelcorrie.html.)

We need to get between what is killing Darfur (Bashir's performance and lack thereof by we-the-people) - and our children, sisters and brothers in Darfur. Now. And as of now we are not (http://standwithdarfurwhitehouseii.blogspot.com/2006/09/sept-17th-activism-awesome-but-not.html) How do we do that? How do we make it happen? What would a sufficient "wake up" look like? IF SOMEONE HAS THIS ALREADY STARTED, LET ME KNOW. I'll join you, or even back out if that is best.

I am deciding what I will do next, what I expect to be my final attempt to spark the Rescue of Darfur by waking up sufficient numbers of we humans in time, converting us from spectators, critics and activists-of-convenience into antiviolent warriors (think Civil Rights struggle) of profound courage, wisdom, tenacity and effectiveness; utilizing to the max the few weeks, days and seconds that our Darfur family has left.

What would Rachel Corrie start THIS WEEK? This question strikes me as the way to approach the task of deciding. The way to focus the mind to come up with the appropriate, proportional response of greatest chance - THE BEST AIMED "HAIL MARY" PASS.

Rachel Corrie stood in front of a bulldozer about to destroy a house in Palestine (http://www.criticalconcern.com/rachelcorrie.html). Would a different role model help you more? How about Steve Beko (South Africa, movie, Denzel), a young Gandhi, a young Nelson Mandella, an antivioloent Rambo, Deitrich Bonhoeffer, John Q (from the Denzel Washington movie)...? You get the idea. Think of your own role model APPROPRIATE to this situation.

LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN THIS QUANDARY, before it is too late, please: Send me, or post, your ideas (http://standwithdarfurwhitehouseii.blogspot.com/). Now. I expect to embark on whatever best plan by early next week at the latest, with anyone that wants to join together.

A CONSTRAINT: Suggestions must centrally embrace this notion of the problem from Samantha Power's inspired, Pulitzer Prize-winning book, "Problem from Hell" (and I paraphrase AND take license): THE BATTLE TO STOP GENOCIDE HAS ALWAYS BEEN LOST ON THE FIELD OF PUBLIC OPINION. THE PEOPLE [WE THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD]... HAVE NEVER STOOD UP SUFFICIENTLY TO STOP IT.

HUNCH: The plan should involve leveraging STAND's Oct 5th Fast to make it into the END OF THE GONOICIDE, the START of a WORLDWIDE FAST UNTIL DARFUR GENOCIDE IS ENDING. One-day only by all participants is too-little-too-late. A one day fast is NOT what the world's response to the Holocaust, the extermination of 6,000,000 Jews lacked. Not by many orders of magnitude. Death rates are climbing toward 25,000 per week in Darfur, NOW. We must be REALISTIC. Code Pink's "Troops Home Fast" could be a model (www.troopshomefast.org). Make STAND's October 5th the START? THAT COULD DO IT.

But, WE NEED EVEN BETTER, MUCH BETTER SUGGESTIONS and specific ideas for approach and execution than I am hinting at.

RESPOND. PLEASE. Deadline: FRIDAY, 9/22/06, because THERE IS NO MORE T-I-M-E. (For those of you that just want to watch, and have a good laugh at my frantic gyrations, enjoy.)

What would Rachel Corrie start THIS WEEK?

Jay McGinley (jymcginley@cs.com) 484-356-6243

12:24 AM  

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