"Terrorism" Category
April 30th, 2007

Tenet the Tool.

Georgie TenetHe has no balls. He writes a drive-by bitchslap of George and the Big Dick Cheney. He whines, he points his pudgy white finger at the White House.

But, he also took the hit for George when it all came down about the yellowcake and those 16 little words in the SOTU speeh didnt’ he?

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April 29th, 2007

General George Casey wants the troop build up NOW

Casey and RummyThe military man who was running the Iraq War Show for over two years got kicked upstairs to the Army Chief of Staff. Now, I don’t know about you, my dear reader, but I think Casey did a very shitty job running the War.

He has stated to the press and his own ‘people’ that he doesn’t want to wait until 2012 for the Army to expand to 547,000 troops. He wants them NOW. General Casey said the following to a group of military wives:

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April 27th, 2007

BushCo is trying to muzzle the Gitmo lawyers again.

Welcome to Gitmo folksActually more than muzzle them. The bastards are trying to curb the lawyers contact with their clients..you know..the Gitmo prisoners. The folks that have, in most cases, been held for years without charges..tortured..and God knows what the hell else. Care to know what the excuse for this heinous action is? Hell, let the NYT explain it..I am speechless:

Saying that visits by civilian lawyers and attorney-client mail have caused “intractable problems and threats to security at Guantánamo,” a Justice Department filing proposes new limits on the lawyers’ contact with their clients and access to evidence in their cases that would replace more expansive rules that have governed them since they began visiting Guantánamo detainees in large numbers in 2004.

The filing says the lawyers have caused unrest among the detainees and have improperly served as a conduit to the news media, assertions that have drawn angry responses from some of the lawyers.
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April 26th, 2007

Author RJ Hillhouse gets exclusive interview with BlackwaterUSA’s President

Dr. Hillhouse has an interview up on her site that she recently conducted with BlackWater USA’s Prez Gary Jackson. This is quite a coup for her, since these folks aren’t usually too forthright with the interviews. She asks questions about Jeremy Scahill’s new book about the mercenary group that has gotten rich off the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. She also asks him about the owner of BlackWater, Erik Prince and his christian rightwing contributions.

Dr. Hillhouse has just completed a book entitled ‘Outsourced” about merc’s and the outsourcing of our wars. I have a pre-release copy and will dive into it shortly, I can’t wait to get started on it and will review it for you here.

Check out her interview..see how Jackson is very adept at dodging pertinent questions.
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April 26th, 2007

Iraqi Blogger Finally Decides To Leave Iraq

For those of you who have read Baghdad Burning before, you know that the author, Riverbend, a female Iraqi citizen, has offered a poignant and touching yet at the same time troubled perspective on what this war has meant to average Iraqi citizens. She and her family have weathered the difficulties caused by our invasion and have had to live in a way that none of us would recognize as “freedom.” She and her family have endured loss of friends, family members, hunger, shell-shock, and a host of other conditions and tragedies that most of us can’t begin to comprehend outside of a Hollywood blockbuster.

Now it seems they’ve had enough. They’re leaving. Or at least, that is their hopeful (and anguished) plan. They still don’t know quite how to get out or where they’ll even go.

Part of their decision to finally go seems to be the construction of the walls around Sunni neighborhoods that remind us of the beginnings of the Warsaw ghetto in WWII.
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April 25th, 2007

Puppy Love

A while back I was watching a political comedy sketch on the subject of the Global War on Terror. I don’t remember who it was, but the point was made. At the time the British had just announced that they would be withdrawing their troops in the next year. The comedian quickly pointed out the Bush doctrine on terrorism. George W Bush has told us that if we withdraw from Iraq the terrorists will follow us home. So, this being the case it would make sense that if the British withdraw from Iraq, then the terrorists will follow them home leaving Iraq terror free.

Well Richard Clarke wrote a piece published this morning in the New York Daily News.
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April 24th, 2007

Surge Still Not Working, Unless You Count The Surge In Dead US Troops

9 more dead today. So far. And yet we don’t hear the president calling for flags to be flown at half mast. We just hear that the president is going to veto a bill that would give a firm timeline for getting American troops out of the death hole he helped create.

In what is being called the deadliest attack on US forces in over a year, today’s bombing brings April’s US death toll to 85 and the total official US military death toll to over 3300.

Today’s attack took place outside of Baghdad in an area that has seen increased violence since the “Surge” began. As US troops move in to one area, insurgents move into another. Violence isn’t abating in Iraq as a result of the president’s brilliant idea, instead it is merely shifting to another location to wreak havoc again.
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April 23rd, 2007

Humbling Conversation

I read this tidbit in David Corn’s wrap-up of the annual White House Correspondence Dinner today. While there was no Steve Colbert this year, this maybe even more interesting:

* Actress Morgan Fairchild knows more about terrorism than 99.9 percent Americans–and most members of Congress. At a pre-dinner party, she engaged in a detailed conversation with Mark Hosenball, one of Newsweek’s terrorism experts (who writes a column with Michael Isikoff, who co-authored Hubris with me). Fairchild and Hosenball discussed specific terrorist suspects by name. Not many people can keep up with Hosenball on the specifics of global terrorism. Fairchild did.

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April 23rd, 2007

Diplomatic Irony: Or How To Win Enemies and Negatively Influence People

I read this morning that former Russian President Boris Yeltsin passed away today (or maybe yesterday, damn those time zones). That was a little sad to hear, even though I thought he was already dead (kidding. kind of). The memory of him standing defiantly on the tank during the attempted Communist coup will be preserved in our minds forever - which is probably only a few days longer than Mr. Yeltsins’s pickled remains will last. I kid, I kid - Boris might have been a joke as a leader, but compared to our current blooper-reel of a President, Yeltsin reminds me of JFK.

Now you might think after reading that that this is some sort of memorial to Boris. You would in fact be wrong. I only referenced Mr. Yeltsin to create the right frame for the real issue - the deteriorating relationship between Washington and Moscow. It seems like only yesterday we were all getting along and now we are nearly at Cold-War levels of diplomatic hostility. Why? Because both countries leaders are fools.

Yes, Mr. Putin is a fool. A highly successful one to be sure, but a fool none the less. His bullying tactics and petrol-fueled nationalism are alienating Russia from the West. He is clamping down on the freedoms so wonderfully won by Yeltsin and his peers with little regard for the consequences. He claims it is for security and stability (something absolutely needed when he took power) but in reality it is just another power-hungry executive trying to consolidate his hold on the country. The end result is more tension and more animosity between Russia and the very people they want to be taken seriously by. he seems to go out of his way to provoke America. He is a dangerous man in my mind, plain and simple.
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April 23rd, 2007

Simple, Elegant, and Wrong

For every problem there is a solution that is simple, elegant, and wrong. – H.L. Mencken

This is in response to several articles in the newspapers over the last couple of days about the Virginia Tech mass murder and about other things, and a still-ongoing argument on another string about the best way to prevent future mass murders.

I’ve read of at least four responses to the tragedy in Virginia. First and foremost, of course, can be summed up as “Take away the guns!” Next most popular seems to be “Lock up all the crazy people!” The other two are, “Poverty is the root of all evil, so get rid of poverty,” and “By golly, we just need to be quicker to confront bad behavior and then we’d nip this kind of thing in the bud.” They’re all, on the surface at least, simple and elegant, and they’re all wrong, or at least incomplete. But we humans do have an unfortunate tendency to be too lazy to want to study complicated things, so we want quick sound-bite fixes, and if someone tries to tell us, “it’s not that simple,” too many of us don’t stop and consider the possibility that – gasp! – they might be right. No, we just screech that they are villains or fools, and if they try to say anything else, we just screech louder. Sometimes we cite polls of people whose opinions are no more based on fact or expertise than are our own (democracy is a beautiful thing, but the fact that we’re all created equal doesn’t mean we all equally know what we’re talking about.)
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April 16th, 2007

”A Tragedy Of Monumental Proportions”

The tragedy that befell Virginia Tech today proves the point that it is impossible to stop terrorists from perpetrating such heinous acts. No doubt the grief on that campus is thick, but the echo should reverberate around the country.

Oddly, it makes me wonder what kind of charade the Global War on Terror really is because it (and Homeland Security) can’t stop such tragedies, much less stop some one from walking into a cafeteria in a well protected space from blowing themselves up in front of the masses. Like the DC snipers and the as of yet unsolved anthrax cases, we know how lethal and terrorizing humans can be. To assume that the Army can protect you from people like this is really to live your life in denial.

Here’s a short pod cast of the Va. Tech President’s official statement. My heart goes out to the families of the fallen and the entire campus community.
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April 16th, 2007

South Korea Braces For Islamic Militants To Invade Country

Citizens of South Korea must be terribly frightened by the prospect that soon Islamic terrorists, including al-Qaeda, will soon be flooding into their country following the recent announcement that South Korean troops will soon be pulling out of Iraq.

And we know that will happen, because President Bush has repeatedly said that troop pull-outs from Iraq will result in the terrorists coming to our shores to “fight us here.” If that statement is true for the US, it must be true for our allies as well.

South+Korea, Iraq, Bush

Tags: South+Korea, Iraq, Bush

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April 3rd, 2007

Dick Cheney: Osama’s Bitch?

You would think that the W, Rove and Co. would stop willingly opperating as the Stateside mouthpiece for terrorists like Osama bin Laden. But you know they would have nothing of an administration if it weren’t for their faithful friends in the terrorist industry.

You see, it’s a symbiotic relationship. The threat of terrorism allows the W, Rove and Co to leverage their political agenda. If there was no threat, there would be no administration.

Thus, even as Monday rolled on, we see the Big Dick trumpeting bin Laden’s message for him. Bin Laden can’t pay for that kind of product and message placement. As to why the republicans lap this shit up is beyond me.
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April 2nd, 2007

More Evidence the Global War On Terrorism Is Working

As Al Qaeda rebuilds in Pakistan’s tribal areas, a new generation of leaders has emerged under Osama bin Laden to cement control over the network’s operations, according to American intelligence and counterterrorism officials.
Well, now wait a minute?! Is the GWOT achieving exactly the opposite of it’s intended outcome? Sure looks like it.

Could it be that we need to flip everything the W, Rove and Co says in order to reveal what is really happening? Seems like it.

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March 25th, 2007

Bombs Away

Found this youtube vid on another blog:



Thoughts?

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March 22nd, 2007

Bush Administration Prefers War To Peace

In an interview with the BBC, former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton said that during the Israeli-Hezbollah in Lebanon last summer, Washington did not support any sort of cease fire between the warring parties until Israel eliminated Hezbollah’s military capability. Only once it was cleaer that Israel’s campaign was not going to work did the Bush Administration join efforts to end the conflict.

Bolton went on to say that he was “damned proud of what we did” to prevent an early ceasefire. Damn proud? With over 1000 Lebanese civilians dead in the conflictand the massive destruction of the infrastructure of one of the more democratic countries in the region, Bolton is “damned proud?”

Let’s’ make no mistake. Hezbollah has done many things that put them in the category of ‘terrorist organization.’ But how does supporting a war in which more civilians were killed than combatants make our government (or those of Israel or Britain -who also supported a longer war action?) any less of a terrorist to the civilian population of Lebanon? Frankly, it doesn’t.
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March 17th, 2007

The Other Two Americas

Someone or other once said that there are two kinds of people: those who divide people into two types, and those who don’t. You could say the same thing about countries.

John Edwards has summed up the divide between the haves and have-nots of the U.S. by describing two Americas, because the differences between these groups in terms of health care, education, housing, and other aspects of life are so great that for all practical purposes they live in different countries. As my wife and I drive home from brunch at our favorite restaurant, we may be physically only a few feet away as we pass a frazzled-looking woman in a fast-food restaurant uniform sitting at a bus stop, but we are living in separate universes.

But that’s not the cultural divide I’m writing about today. The one I have in mind is at least as stark and possibly more dangerous to our integrity as a society. Rather than haves and have-nots, this is the chasm between the thinks and the think-nots.
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March 16th, 2007

Officials: Mohammed has Claimed Responsibility for the Great Chicago Fire

You got it! It had nothing to do with a cow kicking a latern over or anything like that.

OK! You got me! I’m stretching the truth just a little bit, but, the funny thing about this story is that the CIA thinks Mohammed exaggerated most of his claims in the interest of “self-promotion.”

It ain’t that easy for terrorists to get commercials running on the three major networks so I guess the next best thing is to take responsibility for EVERYTHING!

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March 10th, 2007

Bin Laden — Six Years Later

Look how far we have come. We have narrowed it down to the fact that he is either dead or alive.

I think all we have to do is kill a few more Iraqis and he’ll show up. If that doesn’t work then I say we kill ourselves a whole bunch of Iranians, that’ll surely teach this mass murderer not to fuck with the good ole’ U.S. of A., AND, if that doesn’t work I heard that the smell of burning Syrians in the morning is something to die for. It’s all about options people. If we kill enough Muslims we’ll eventually get our guy.

In other news Bin Laden turns 50-years-old today. What a shame, if we had done this right he wouldn’t have lived to see 45 nevermind 50.

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March 8th, 2007

It’s International Women’s Day..

With the Taliban burning down the schools and threatening women that work in Afghanistan, there isn’t much to celebrate there. In Pakistan, Mukhtaran Mai, a rape victim, had this to say about equality:

“It’s a long struggle for the women of Pakistan to get the place they deserve in society,” she said. “Women in many areas of Pakistan are not allowed to cast vote nor can they contest elections.”

Also marking the day, the World Health Organisation released a report saying one girl in five is a victim of sexual violence before the age of 15.
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March 6th, 2007

”Privacy-Board” Clears Domestic Spying

John Stokes from Ars Technica, has an interesting little blurb about Bush’s domestic spying program:

In late 2004, the Bush administration formed a five-member Privacy Board tasked with providing “independent oversight” of the federal government’s anti-terror efforts with an eye to the protection of citizen privacy and civil liberties. President Bush appointed all five members, four of whom are Republicans, to a board that lacks subpoena power and whose requests for documents and testimony are subject to veto by the Attorney General. The head of the board is a former treasurer of the Bush campaign, and the board’s lone Democrat, Lanny J. Davis, was a fraternity brother of Bush’s (DKE) at Yale.

The AP reports that this board has, perhaps unsurprisingly, reported to Congress that they’ve looked into the administration’s domestic surveillance efforts and found that these efforts are lawful and have all of the requisite safeguards in place to protect Americans’ privacy and civil liberties.

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March 1st, 2007

US District Judge rules Padilla fit to stand trial.

Judge Maria Cooke has ruled Jose Padilla is fit to stand trial as an enemy combatant. Padilla’s lawyers argued that Padilla, an American citizen is suffering from, among other things, PTSD after more than 3 years of being held at a military brig and being subjected to god knows what type of horrors. You may recall that the government touted Padilla as a enemy combatant who was planning on setting off a ‘dirty bomb’..but decided just to pass the buck in January 2006 and try him in federal court as a run of the mill criminal defendant on unrelated and incredibly vague, counts of supporting terrorist activity. AP has a writeup here.

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February 27th, 2007

Which Threat Is Worse:  Global Warming Or Terrorism?

After Gore and Co. won their Oscar for the Inconvenient Truth, I thought I would hunker down and actually watch it, particularly since it arrived via Netflix a couple weeks ago and I hadn’t even cracked the seal. I do have to say, the movie is rather disturbing, particularly the projected levels of CO2 for the foreseeable future.

Nevertheless, the video brought to my mind several very important question beyond what to do about changing our habits to reduce CO2 emissions and our dependency on and addiction to carbon based energy derivatives. Let’s roll this out…drum roll please…as

Windspike’s Topics For Tuesday
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February 27th, 2007

Cheney Escapes Bomb Blast in Afghanistan

::Bang:: ::Bang:: Cheney had this to say about the almost near death experience.

Don’t they know that they can’t kill something that’s already dead?

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February 23rd, 2007

Chemical Weapons the Easy Way

The latest news from Iraq isn’t good. Three “chemical weapon” attacks have occured within the last month, all using trucks loaded with Chlorine gas which were blown up to release their deadly cargo killing many and wounding scores. John Robb at Global Guerillas thinks that this is just the start of using such tactics, not only in Iraq but throughout the world. Chlorine isn’t even the best common chemical to use for mass casualties; I personally would have used Hydrogen Sulfide (H2S), it only takes about 1000ppm to kill in a few short minutes and the gass is heavier than air (like Cl2) which means it will linger at ground level. As a chemist, trust me when I say there are hundreds of chemicals that are deadly that are shipped via tanker truck all over the USA. When will the first attack occur, all it takes is a simple hijack and a small amount of explosives…

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February 22nd, 2007

Soldier sentenced to 100 years, eligible for parole in 10 in murder of Iraqi girl

Full link to article here.
ROSE FRENCH
Associated Press

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - A U.S. soldier was sentenced to 100 years in prison Thursday for the gang rape and murder of an Iraqi girl and the killing of her family last year.
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February 21st, 2007

Bring On the Fearmongering Billboards

Can’t convince people to believe in your trumped up War on Terror then you’ll just have to scare them into believing it. Now be a good citizen and go watch “24.”


Infowars — These rather fetchingly huge fearmongering billboards have been going up across America recently to advertise the Red Cross.

Note that they interestingly place the date of a future “attack” as November 9th 2009, that is 11/9/09.

Also note that the small print states the attack is to be a bio-chemical attack.

Are you scared yet?

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February 20th, 2007

Guantanamo detainees lose a round in Appeals court.

MSNBC News Services
Updated: 26 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Guantanamo Bay detainees may not challenge their detention in U.S. courts, a federal appeals court said Tuesday in a ruling upholding a key provision in President Bush’s anti-terrorism law.

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February 19th, 2007

The Real Cost of Iraq

Happy Presidents Day. Enjoy this uplifting news from the New York Times:

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 — Senior leaders of Al Qaeda operating from Pakistan have re-established significant control over their once-battered worldwide terror network and over the past year have set up a band of training camps in the tribal regions near the Afghan border, according to American intelligence and counterterrorism officials.

American officials said there was mounting evidence that Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, had been steadily building an operations hub in the mountainous Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan. Until recently, the Bush administration had described Mr. bin Laden and Mr. Zawahri as detached from their followers and cut off from operational control of Al Qaeda.

The United States has also identified several new Qaeda compounds in North Waziristan, including one that officials said might be training operatives for strikes against targets beyond Afghanistan.

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February 18th, 2007

Screw the Vote - Just Shame the Bastards

So Harry I see you are stuck in Senate minority-party political hell over this non-binding “Surge” vote. Sorry Harry, welcome to life as the majority leader in a divided Senate. You’ll never get the vote as in this Senate. Don’t sweat it though Harry, that’s not a bad thing. You used the same tactics to our advantage for years to keep Bushco from ruining the country, so you have to allow the Republicant’s the same courtesy. You certainly don’t need to go Bill Frist on tradition and threaten “the nuclear option” when you don’t get your way. It’s nice to see you have enough class and savvy to avoid that kind of stupidity. Score one for democracy there.

Still, this Iraq thing is a mess. Since the Republicans are hell bent on sticking with their President while our troops “slow-bleed” to death in Iraq, you can’t count on them to do the right thing (just the Right thing). Instead of appealing to their sense of decency just shame the bastards. Every day, in every session, take 5 minutes and read the list of daily KIA or wounded. Read the roll call of the fallen before judicial hearings, or intelligence briefings. When you debate minimum wage or immigration, take a moment to read the names and ages of those who gave up their life for this folly. Put up a chalkboard and keep their names visible for everyone.

Let’s see how long they hold out then. Let’s see how quickly they cave when that board fills up with names. Let’s see how committed they are to stall when the whole world can see the cost. That’s better than a stupid non-binding resolution Harry. That death-board is a binding indictment of failed leadership.
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February 18th, 2007

Eric Fair: Duplicity and Complicity?

“Duplicity”: contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action; especially: the belying of one’s true intentions by deceptive words or action.

“Complicity”: association or participation in or as if in a wrongful act

The man in this article over on Editor and Publisher is both of the things listed above IMHO. This man is described as an Army veteran and Arabic linguist who worked in Iraq as a contract interrogator with the 82nd Airborne in early 2004. His name is Eric Fair, and the opinion piece he wrote over at WaPo is titled, “An Iraq Interrogator’s Nightmare.”
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February 17th, 2007

Things You’ll Never See The Bush Twins Do

From CNN

LONDON, England (AP) — Prince Harry will be serving as a soldier in Iraq by the end of the month, a British newspaper reported Saturday.

Defense Secretary Des Browne is expected to announce February 26 that the prince, who is third in line to the throne, will be deployed along with his regiment near Basra in southern Iraq, The Daily Mirror newspaper reported, citing an unnamed senior military official.
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February 15th, 2007

WTF did he say?

I was traveling to a doctor’s appt out of town Wednesday, so I missed the Shrub’s press conference. I really try not to miss these, they usually offer me a chance to scream at the tv or at the very least say to myself: WTF did he say?

Today, thanks to Editor and Publisher, I got to read an excerpt of our President’s q&a..and don’t ya know..its a real gem:

QUESTION: Critics say that you are using the same quality of intelligence about Iran that you used to make the case for war in Iraq — specifically about WMD — that turned out to be wrong, and that you are doing that to make a case for war against Iran.
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February 14th, 2007

Pelosi Stands Up As Cheney And Bush Step Down

Now, doesn’t that look like a lovely title? By now, you all know that Cheney and Libby have taken the Chicken Hawk route in defending their actions - they ain’t goin’ ta talk about it. Makes me wonder what beyond the obvious they are trying to hide? Dirty tricks aside, I’m certain they owe the American people an explanation: Scratch that - they owe us an honest recount of the facts as they happened. No doubt, the truth is beyond their capacity at this point as they haven’t dabbled in it in a great long while. That’s one problem with living a lie; you never know what is true.

Take that one step further and we see the trouble with lying to get one’s way that the president experienced today. Specifically, he’s lost all credibility with the American people. So much so, that when he suggest that a vote against a surge doesn’t support the troops, he has forgotten what it really is: A vote of no confidence in him. I support the troops, for sure. But I most certainly don’t support the president nor have any confidence that he can do the job.

Let’s have a look at his press conference from Valentine’s Day to assess the problem a bit further. First off, we see that a man who cries wolf too often is often left holding a megaphone and nothing more. Why else would he answer a perfectly good question that he cannot answer with a lousy question?
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February 14th, 2007

Judge sentences former CIA contractor to eight years for abusing Afghan detainee

Finally, one of those wonderful contractors has been convicted of something illegal and in this case..heinous. Per Jurist:

A federal judge in Raleigh, North Carolina Tuesday sentenced David Passaro to eight years and four months in prison as well as three years of supervised release on charges related to his abuse of a detainee in Afghanistan. Passaro was convicted last year on three misdemeanor counts of simple assault and one felony count of assault resulting in the bodily injury of Afghan prisoner Abdul Wali, who later died in US custody. Passaro was not actually charged with Wali’s death and US District Judge Terrence Boyle said the absence of an autopsy on Wali contributed to Passaro avoiding a murder charge. Passaro is the first and only US civilian to be tried in connection with detainee abuse in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Lucky bastard got away with murder, damn shame ain’t it?

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February 13th, 2007

Foreign Policy/Center for American Progress Terrorism Index

Six months ago Foreign Policy magazine and the Center for American Progress (two fine establishments) released their first Terrorism Index. Yhe index is a bipartisan survey of leading American foreign policy experts about how America is doing in our efforts to “win” the war on terror. The results 6 months ago were bleak. Even the conservatives in the crowd thought we were doing a pretty poor job.

Has anything changed in the last 6 months? The short answer is no. Erin from the Center for American Progress sent the new survey results to me a little while ago. I haven’t had a chance to go through them in depth, but I wanted to share the press release and the links so that you can go read it for yourself. Five years, billions upon billions of dollars and thousands of dead Americans and we are not safer. how criminal is that?

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February 13th, 2007

Diplomacy Good.

It may be that six party talks have been successful in North Korea. I say “may be” because North Korea is famous for agreeing to something and then, almost immediately, within hours or days, reneging on some parts or all of their promises so it’s too early to proclaim this as a great vindication for Bush’s insistence on not conducting one-on-one negotiations between the United States and North Korea but news that the Koreans have promised to disable their reactor and allow inspectors entry ain’t bad news. Let’s hope they follow through.

Dismantling of their nuclear weapons and giving up their fuel was not agreed upon but was left to future negotiations.

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February 13th, 2007

”24″ Is Harming American Troops

Something the West Wing (the other West Wing) never did.

This past November, U.S. Army Brigadier General Patrick Finnegan, the dean of the United States Military Academy at West Point, flew to Southern California to meet with the creative team behind “24.” Finnegan, who was accompanied by three of the most experienced military and F.B.I. interrogators in the country, arrived on the set as the crew was filming. At first, Finnegan—wearing an immaculate Army uniform, his chest covered in ribbons and medals—aroused confusion: he was taken for an actor and was asked by someone what time his “call” was.

In fact, Finnegan and the others had come to voice their concern that the show’s central political premise—that the letter of American law must be sacrificed for the country’s security—was having a toxic effect. In their view, the show promoted unethical and illegal behavior and had adversely affected the training and performance of real American soldiers. “I’d like them to stop,” Finnegan said of the show’s producers. “They should do a show where torture backfires.”[emphasis added]

But who cares as long as Jack gets his man, right?
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February 12th, 2007

Fool Me Once…Can’t Get Fooled Again

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The big problem with lying repeatedly over the years, is that when you actually have something to say that could well be based on real facts, hardly anyone believes you. Enter President Gerorge W. Bush.

Here is a man who claimed to be a uniter. Who claimed to be a compassionate conservative. Who claimed to have had no idea that terrorists wanted to attack the US and might use jumbo jets as a weapon. Who claimed that every wire tap done in the US had a proper warrant from the court. Who asserted time and again that the US did not torture prisoners. Who insisted that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Who said Iraq had mobile bio-terror vans. Who said that Iraq was trying to buy uranium in Africa and aluminum tubes for centrifuges to enrich uranium. Who said that no one ever thought the levies around New Orleans would break. Who insists that Iraq in not in civil war. Who insists that he’s doing everything he can to keep America safe.
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February 10th, 2007

Another Reason “Surge” Is Doomed

Still waffling on the whole surge idea? Still debating that maybe it will make a difference and help save Iraqis and Americans from King George’s Folly? If so, you, must be a serious glass half-full kind of person. Unfortunately, it seems that glass you think is half-full is damn near empty these days. Today, the Associated Press is reporting more good news out of body-Baghdad—Iraqi commanders want to target Sunni “insurgents” instead of Shiite “militia.”

Of course the commanders are Shite.

Of course, targeting the other group is the reason they are in a civil war to begin with.
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