"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things: the decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks nothing worth a war, is worse." --John Stuart Mill (1806 - 1873)

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Burkett Rant

Here are selections from Bill Burkett's March 19, 2003 rant that appeared, at the start of the Iraq war, on the "progressive" fever swamp web site onlinejournal.com. He appears to belong to a sub-group of the personality type known as "conspiracy theorist". This sub-group is exemplified by illness (real or imagined), medical treatment "denied", and a perception of victimization by the "powers that be".

As you read this, remember that Burkett is almost certainly the primary source and the document forger for CBS's 60 Minutes story on Bush's National Guard service, and that Dan Rather and his producer had been working with their source for five years before breaking the "story". All it takes to determine that Burkett is a moonbat is to spend five minutes reading this drivel (italics are mine):


In January of 1998 and what seems like a full lifetime ago, I was stricken by a deadly case of meningoencephalitis. I was returning from a short duty trip to Panama as a team chief to inspect the hand over of Ft. Clayton to the Panamanians. I had been 'loaned' from the senior staff and state planning officer of the Texas National Guard to the Department of the Army for a series of these special projects after angering George W. Bush by refusing to falsify readiness information and reports; confronting a fraudulent funding scheme which kept 'ghost' soldiers on the books for additional funding, and refusing to alter official personnel records [of George W. Bush].

George W. Bush and his lieutenants were mad. They ordered that I not be accessed to emergency medical care services, healthcare benefits I earned by my official duty; and I was withheld from medical care for 154 days before I was withdrawn from Texas responsibility by the Department of the Army, by order of the White House.

I was a pawn then caught in a struggle for right and wrong, but also caught within a political struggle between a man who would do anything to be 'king' of America...

...Without a single bit of help, contact and in spite of threats against my life and that of my family, I have had to relearn to walk and to live. My daily pain is far worse than anything I could have previously imagined. I suffer from extreme constant headaches, body pain and even my hair hurts...

As I said, a UN vote would not stop GW Bush from attacking Iraq. Nor will anything else. And weapons of mass destruction will be discovered in great quantities...

The human death toll will publicly not be mentioned, yet in truth, it will far exceed 120,000...

Iraq will be stripped by the vanquishers; the major corporations, who will then control not only the assets, but the cash flow. Their names will be Mobil, Exxon [sic], Halliburton and the likes [sic]...

Our homeland warnings will again revert to 'fusia' [sic] a color only associated with confusion, and cosmetic image.

...Now I feel sickness that today another massive group of people, held worthless by this anointed king, will be trampled upon like grapes. But their blood will not be rendered into wine. It will be spilled into the sands of this desert or another, or on the streets of Washington, or in the halls of the US Congress, or in the courts.

We must now revert to the history of Europe to discern what to do. We must study the nemesis of France and how Napoleon was felled before understanding the damage a tyrant does to a nation and society. We must examine the ruthless and dictatorial rise of yet another of the three small men—one whose name is not spoken out of fear of reprisal, but his name was Adolf...

...We must be vigilant. We must be credible...
If you are so inclined, you may read the entire lunatic rant here.