Real Time with Bill Maher – Gravel, PETA, Iraq, and New Rules By Manila Ryce

Dandelion Salad

By Manila Ryce
The Largest Minority
Published Saturday, September 1st, 2007, 7:16 am

I was pleasantly surprised to see Mike Gravel on Real Time with Bill Maher. Though I love the guy for having big brass balls, I will concede that every so often he does have a disoriented geriatric quality about him. Still, an old man from the past can be a refreshing change of pace when that man is stomping around in the pool of stagnant pond scum which is modern politics. Gravel drew his first great applause of the night when he stated that white Americans took an anti-immigration stance after they got here themselves.

Later on in the show, Maher juxtaposed Miss Teen South Carolina’s infamous blunder with a classic Bush-ism on tribal sovereignty from awhile back. At least Ms South Carolina can claim her nonsensical answer was the result of shock. It’s quite apparent that Bush just didn’t know the definition of sovereignty.

Maher then discussed “No End in Sight“, which explores the mismanagement of the war. The movie runs closely to “Imperial Life in the Emerald City“, a book by Rajiv Chandrasekaran which basically reveals that democracy never took hold in Iraq because it was never really one of our priorities. We were more interested in making money for a select few than actually stabilizing the country. To this end, loyalists were appointed, regardless of their job abilities.

Gravel once again brought a sane perspective to the conversation of mismanagement when he said that everyone was discussing “how to do a mistake competently”. Well said Mike.


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No End In Sight (Movie trailer link)

Sen. Mike Gravel on Immigration (video)

Mike Gravel: Young Men and Women (video)