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Change is unlikely to be good.

According to the Post this morning, Powell's decision to step down is because the President "rebuffed his vision for a reshaped foreign policy." I'll bet he did. And I'm sure Dr. Rice will prove a lot more acquiescent. Shudder.

So far, 6 out of 15 cabinet members are outta there. So this constitutes a big shake up, and I'm a little surprised. And nervous. What now?

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joanarkham
Nov. 16th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC)
I'm nervous too, but not surprised. Powell has been rumored to be on his way out for ages.

Maybe we can get him to switch parties and run for pres in 08???
fenriss
Nov. 16th, 2004 02:46 pm (UTC)
Not so much surprised about Powell as the large turn-over in general. And, sure, I'd probably vote for Powell, but he's not gonna run. That seems pretty certain.
joanarkham
Nov. 16th, 2004 02:49 pm (UTC)
It's actually pretty typical...what is a surprise is that they aren't spacing them out over the next few months. It's like they want everyone to feel nervous. Hmm, now why would they do that?
fenriss
Nov. 16th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)
"Vote fear! And watch out for snakes!"
theletterelle
Nov. 16th, 2004 07:00 pm (UTC)
My favorite variant on that is Jon Stewart's Cheney imitation.

"You know... you're all going to die."
fenriss
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)
Right "...unless you listen to me!"
boadiccea
Nov. 16th, 2004 02:44 pm (UTC)
What now?
I guess we hunker down for four years...
fenriss
Nov. 16th, 2004 02:47 pm (UTC)
Re: What now?
It's gonna be a bumpy ride :-/
rimrender
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:31 pm (UTC)
Re: What now?
The side affects of this presidency will last for generations.
fenriss
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: What now?
'fraid so. See Re: Supreme Court. For just one example.
aghrivaine
Nov. 16th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)
I'm not surprised - the moderate elements are going, and are being replaced with people who have either shared the "vision" of the neo-cons, or been willing to take direction regardless of whether it conflicts with their personal beliefs or ideas.

Dr. Rice has been perfectly obedient, and is being rewarded. The best thing you can be in the Bush whitehouse is scrupulously "on message".

I for one, am a little grateful that the payoff to the Christian Right has not been in either the Secretary of State or Attorney General positions. I expect the other, minor appointments will be the paybacks to the Righties.

But I shudder to think about the Supreme Court...
fenriss
Nov. 16th, 2004 03:19 pm (UTC)
My vote for President is so often a vote for the composition of the SCOTUS. I find it hard to believe that that's what the Framers intended, you know? But it works out that way most of the time.
_blackjack_
Nov. 16th, 2004 06:28 pm (UTC)
Of course this isn't what the framers intended. You're a female! You shouldn't be voting at all.
lilkender
Nov. 16th, 2004 09:01 pm (UTC)
Hush, don't remind Them!

_blackjack_
Nov. 16th, 2004 07:47 pm (UTC)
Dr. Rice has been perfectly obedient, and is being rewarded.

I resisted the temptation to post "Bush choses new house negro."
fenriss
Nov. 16th, 2004 07:57 pm (UTC)
Jack! *scowl*

The remark above is in no way endorsed by the owner of this LJ

(nor is it actually endorsed by the doofus who made it, but you don't necessarily know that, so I'm telling you :)

_blackjack_
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:04 pm (UTC)
What? I can't imply Republucans are racists anymore?
fenriss
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:49 pm (UTC)
No! Of course you can... oh, you totally know what I mean.
fenriss
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC)
Say... per rimrender's comment below, there's no chance they'd reactive you, is there? Cause that would be very bad.
rimrender
Nov. 16th, 2004 09:33 pm (UTC)
They may. I was notified almost a year ago that i was still on the list, so they apparently haven't run out of grunts yet. But after watching F9/11 and having a friend die over there, I may re-enlist.
I dislike the war and hate our foriegn policy. It's a fraternal order type thing. That and its the big show that's not going to end anytime soon.
aghrivaine
Nov. 16th, 2004 10:57 pm (UTC)
There is a chance, yes. Technically I'm still on the hook - as the "stoploss" program was started immediately after 9/11 2001. On the other hand, I've been on the hook for three years now, and so far nothing other than the occasional threatening letter.

Of course, that will all change once we invade Iran.
_blackjack_
Nov. 16th, 2004 06:34 pm (UTC)
And we've also got the heads of the CIA's clandestine cervice resigning in disgust over Goss's purging of agents he considers disloyal to Bush. Because, and I'm not making this up, Goss sees the CIA as a hotbed of liberal dissent.
theletterelle
Nov. 16th, 2004 07:00 pm (UTC)
New Brunswick... acres of land... you know you want to... ;)
fenriss
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)
Well, yes. I do want to. But we have to import a bunch of our cool friends, or it'd be sad out there.
theletterelle
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:15 pm (UTC)
Then let's put out the call! Come on, y'all, will you let a bunch of snow slow you down? We laugh at snow! We mock snow! Let's buy massive acreage in Canada and live the good life!

They're looking for techies. Come on, geeks, we'd be happy together...
theletterelle
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:19 pm (UTC)
I mean, Jeebus.

That's CA$480 per acre.
rimrender
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:34 pm (UTC)
The ready reserve list was just fully activated. Over 50% of the people called are fighting it. They are reactivating army personel in their 40's who have been out of the service for a decade.

fenriss
Nov. 16th, 2004 08:50 pm (UTC)
Fuuuuuck! Do you know if that goes for the Navy? My friend Lucille...
rimrender
Nov. 16th, 2004 10:46 pm (UTC)
www.afa.net
American Family Assoc.
These are the people to hate and fight against, they hate you already.
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