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Thursday, 17 November 2005 at 21h 34m 16s

God bless you, Congressman John Murtha

Democratic Congressman John Murtha (D - Pennsylvania) gave a press conference today introducing his resolution for redeployment of American troops in Iraq. He is a decorated Vietnam veteran, was in the United States Marine Corps for 30 years, and has been a Congressmen for 36 years.

Read the full speech here.

Or ... Link to cnn video of speech is here.



Some choice exerpts :

"The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion. The American public is way ahead of us. The United States and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq, but it is time for a change in direction. Our military is suffering. The future of our country is at risk. We cannot continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action is not in the best interests of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf Region.

"General Casey said in a September 2005 hearing, "the perception of occupation in Iraq is a major driving force behind the insurgency." General Abizaid said on the same date, "Reducing the size and visibility of the coalition forces in Iraq is part of our counterinsurgency strategy."

...

"We spend more money on Intelligence that all the countries in the world together, and more on Intelligence than most countries GDP. But the intelligence concerning Iraq was wrong. It is not a world intelligence failure. It is a U.S. intelligence failure and the way that intelligence was misused.

...

"The threat posed by terrorism is real, but we have other threats that cannot be ignored. We must be prepared to face all threats. The future of our military is at risk. Our military and their families are stretched thin. Many say that the Army is broken. Some of our troops are on their third deployment. Recruitment is down, even as our military has lowered its standards. Defense budgets are being cut. Personnel costs are skyrocketing, particularly in health care. Choices will have to be made. We cannot allow promises we have made to our military families in terms of service benefits, in terms of their health care, to be negotiated away. Procurement programs that ensure our military dominance cannot be negotiated away. We must be prepared. The war in Iraq has caused huge shortfalls at our bases in the U.S.

"Much of our ground transportation is worn out and in need of either serous overhaul or replacement. George Washington said, "To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace." We must rebuild out Army. Our deficit is growing out of control. The Director of the Congressional Budget Office recently admitted to being "terrified" about the budget deficit in the coming decades. This is the first prolonged war we have fought with three years of tax cuts, without full mobilization of American industry and without a draft. The burden of this war has not been shared equally; the military and their families are shouldering this burden.

...

"I said over a year ago, and now the military and the Administration agrees, Iraq can not be won "militarily." I said two years ago, the key to progress in Iraq is to Iraqitize, Internationalize and Energize. I believe the same today. But I have concluded that the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq is impeding this progress.

"Our troops have become the primary target of the insurgency. They are untied against U.S. forces and we have become a catalyst for violence. U.S. troops are the common enemy of the Sunnis, Saddamists and foreign jihadists. I believe with a U.S. troop redeployment, the Iraq security forces will be incentivized to take control. A poll recently conducted shows that over 80% of Iraqis are strongly opposed to the presence of coalition troops, about 45% of the Iraqi population believe attacks against American troops are justified. I believe we need to turn Iraq over to the Iraqis. I believe before the Iraqi elections, scheduled for mid December, the Iraqi people and the emerging government must be put on notice that the United States will immediately redeploy. All of Iraq must know that Iraq is free. Free from United Stated occupation. I believe this will send a signal to the Sunnis to join the political process for the good of a "free" Iraq.

"My plan calls:

To immediately redeploy U.S. troops consistent with the safety of U.S. forces.

To create a quick reaction force in the region.

To create an over-the-horizon presence of Marines.

To diplomatically pursue security and stability in Iraq.

"This war needs to be personalized. As I said before, I have visited with the severely wounded of this war. They are suffering.

"Because we in Congress are charged with sending our sons and daughters into battle, it is our responsibility, our obligation, to speak out for them. That's why I am speaking out.

"Our military has done everything that has been asked of them, the U.S. can not accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. It is time to bring them home."


Enough said. Thank you Congressman John Murtha.


Wednesday, 16 November 2005 at 21h 31m 10s

Steven Jones, patriot

You need to go here and read about why Brigham Young physics professor Steven Jones has a different opinion about why the buildings in New York City fell on September 11th. Let's just say that I agree.

Also, in support of Steven Jones, go here , a response to a puerile popular mechanics article, whose writers thought they had a clue merely because (on the 9th page) they "consulted more than 300 experts and organizations in [this] investigation into 9/11 conspiracy theories."

Well god damn Junior, seems like they must be legit since they got 300 idiots out there who can't tell a fact from a press release.

Here's the link to the original popular mechanics article of which I speak.


Wednesday, 16 November 2005 at 19h 57m 47s

A Funny book is on the market

Thanks to Bill in Portland, Maine on Daily Kos.

America (The Book) has won the Thurber Prize for outstanding humor writing. From page 162-63: A Who's Who of Political Interviewers:


Tim Russert Holding your own against Russert is a political rite of passage akin to the Masai teenage-warrior circumcision ritual and only slightly easier on your penis. But tread carefully: It's early Sunday morning, and he fact checks.

Chris Matthews Talk, talk, talk. Everywhere you go they expect you to talk. Not on Hardball. Matthews will deliver the sound waves; all you need to do is take a page from the guy sitting in the Maxell ad and hang on. As long as you grunt or nod enough to uphold the minimum body language requirement of the social contract you just bought yourself a half hour of free television time. (Caution to asthmatics and those with heart conditions: Carbon dioxide levels around Matthews can become dangerously high. In the event of a diatribe, oxygen masks will drop from the ceiling. Help yourself, then help the children.)

Bill O'Reilly This is the venue for those who could use an immediate and certain judgment concerning their value as human beings. Are you a man amongst men whose moral clarity and vision stand unsurpassed or a maggot feeding upon the flesh of the dying? You will be told within the first minute of the program. Do not question the judgment. Accept it, and make the necessary changes.



Wednesday, 16 November 2005 at 18h 11m 44s

Remember Bernie Kerik


Apparently he took payments from a construction company known to have ties with organized crime. Read on ....

Mind you this was the chief of New York Police during Guiliani's time as Mayor, and was the chief during september 11th. Guiliani advised Bush to appoint Kerik to be the first head of the Department of Homeland Security, praising him as "one of the most capable law enforcement experts in the country." Kerik withdrew when it was discovered that he was hiring an illegal nannie, and that he oddly mismanaged a lot of funds in the early 90s. He hired known mafioso's to refurnish his new 1998 apartment.

Uh, well now, only the absolute naive believes that is coincidental. The man has a saucy history. You can read about it here -- the source is a gossip column, but nevertheless the New York magazine would not have printed lies.

So Guiliani's connection (that's who Kerik was by the way) with the mafia is now on the hot seat? How soon will "Rudy" Guiliani be seen too as just another corrupt thug with a fake smile?

Please don mafioso, can I get to be Presidente someday?

That's right. You heard it hear from me first. I knew they were grooming Bush in 1998. They are grooming Guiliani for 2008.


Tuesday, 15 November 2005 at 21h 46m 11s

What will it take?

From the gnomic and irrefutable, professor Juan Cole. [SOURCE]


62 percent of Americans believe that Bush is handling Iraq poorly, and 57 percent of Americans say that the Bush administration does not have high ethical standards.

It makes you wonder what it would take to convince the other 37 percent that Iraq was going badly. Some 6 or 7 provinces, including that of the capital, are the scenes of frequent violence, the economy is in shambles, militias have infiltrated the police and army, looting and sabotage have undercut services and oil production, thousands of people have died, and now the violence is spreading to neighboring countries like Jordan. Is it that they do not know what is going on, or that they are waiting for a civil war or genocide before they entertain doubts?

Al-Sharq al-Awsat reports a wave of assassinations against prominent physicians in Baghdad. Five of the most well known physicians in the capital have been killed in the past few days. The campaign aims at forcing medical personnel to emigrate. Nearly 3000 physicians have left the country, with 150 killed by unidentified guerrillas. The Iraqi government has been powerless to stop it.


Indeed. I never thought I'd be alive to see this, the culmination of utter stupidity blinded by an ideological disconnection with reality, but too damn proud to be introspective, and thus unable to reassess one's own paradigm.

Ah ha, but watch the tv. The tv speaks the truth. The tv brings you close the real thing.


Tuesday, 15 November 2005 at 20h 37m 6s

Another reason why Limbaugh is a pig

Thanks to crooks and Liars [SOURCE 1] [SOURCE 2].


Have you seen this "Adopt a Soldier" program Rush has started? You would figure that a program targeted for our troops would actually help them in some small way. Maybe the money would go to some equipment, supplies or anything the troops could actually use over in Iraq that will help them survive. Here's what they get for 49.95:

"Support our men and women in uniform by giving a subscription to Rush 24/7 and the Limbaugh Letter to a member of the US Armed Forces. He or she will receive unfettered access to Rush 24/7 online as well as every big, colorful issue of The Limbaugh Letter "

Rush is charging 49.95 for a solider to receive his radio broadcast and newsletter.


According to the transcript of Rush making the announcement on his show, Rush says:
I've got an idea for you liberals. Liberals are always out there saying you "support the troops." Well, then adopt a soldier! Join the Adopt-a-Soldier program at RushLimbaugh.com if you're a lib and you want to say you support the troops. This is a great way to prove it.


" Liberals are all self-serving scum, manipulating their mass audience for personal gain. They have no integrity."

So I suppose he'll castigate the donations organized by "liberals" that sollicit funds so that urgent supplies get to the soldiers. But then, nothing like a Limbaugh letter and free online access to Rush's online website to help console our brave soldiers in Iraq, eh?


Monday, 14 November 2005 at 13h 51m 9s

Manipulating Intelligence

Thanks to Kevin Drumm. [SOURCE]

MANIPULATING INTELLIGENCE....Did the Bush administration mislead the country during the runup to the Iraq war? It's true that they turned out to be wrong about a great many things, but that doesn't answer the question. It merely begs it. Were they sincerely wrong, or did they intentionally manipulate the intelligence they presented to the public in order to mask known weaknesses in their case?

The case for manipulation is pretty strong. It relies on several things, but I think the most important of them has been the discovery that the administration deliberately suppressed dissenting views on some of the most important pieces of evidence that they used to bolster their case for war. For future reference, here's a list of five key dissents about administration claims, all of which were circulated before the war but kept under wraps until after the war:

The Claim: Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, an al-Qaeda prisoner captured in 2001, was the source of intelligence that Saddam Hussein had trained al-Qaeda members to use biological and chemical weapons. This information was used extensively by Colin Powell in his February 2003 speech to the UN.

What We Know Now: Al-Libi's information was obtained under torture. Link. As early as February 2002, the Defense Intelligence Agency circulated a report, labeled DITSUM No. 044-02, saying that it was "likely this individual is intentionally misleading the debriefers." Link. This assessment was hidden from the public until after the war.

The Claim: An Iraqi defector codenamed "Curveball" was the source of reporting that Saddam Hussein had built a fleet of mobile biowarfare labs. Curveball's claims of mobile bio labs were repeated by many administration figures during the runup to war.

What We Know Now: The only American agent to actually meet with Curveball before the war warned that he appeared to be an alcoholic and was unreliable. However, his superior in the CIA told him it was best to keep quiet about this: "Let's keep in mind the fact that this war's going to happen regardless of what Curveball said or didn't say, and the powers that be probably aren't terribly interested in whether Curveball knows what he's talking about." L ink. This dissent was not made public until 2004, in a response to the SSCI report that was written by Senator Dianne Feinstein. Link.

The Claim: Iraq had purchased thousands of aluminum tubes to act as centrifuges for the creation of bomb grade uranium. Dick Cheney said they were "irrefutable evidence" of an Iraqi nuclear program and George Bush cited them in his 2003 State of the Union address.

What We Know Now: Centrifuge experts at the Oak Ridge Office of the Department of Energy had concluded long before the war that the tubes were unsuitable for centrifuge work and were probably meant for use in artillery rockets. The State Department concurred. Link. Both of these dissents were omitted from the CIA's declassified National Intelligence Estimate, released on October 4, 2002. Link. They were subsequently made public after the war, on July 18, 2003. Link.

The Claim: Saddam Hussein attempted to purchase uranium yellowcake from Africa as part of his attempt to reconstitute his nuclear program. President Bush cited this publicly in his 2003 State of the Union address.

What We Know Now: The primary piece of evidence for this claim was a document showing that Iraq had signed a contract to buy yellowcake from Niger. However, the CIA specifically told the White House in October 2002 that the "reporting was weak" and that they disagreed with the British about the reliability of this intelligence. Link . At the same time, the State Department wrote that the documents were "completely implausible." Link.

Three months later, in January 2003, Alan Foley, head of the CIA's counterproliferation effort, tried to persuade the White House not to include the claim in the SOTU because the information wasn't solid enough, but was overruled. Link. Five weeks later, the documents were conclusively shown to be forgeries. Link. In July 2003, after the war had ended, CIA Director George Tenet admitted publicly that that the claim should never have been made. Link.

The Claim: Saddam Hussein was developing long range aerial drones capable of attacking the continental United States with chemical or biological weapons. President Bush made this claim in a speech in October 2002 and Colin Powell repeated it during his speech to the UN in February 2003.

What We Know Now: The Iraqi drones had nowhere near the range to reach the United States, and Air Force experts also doubted that they were designed to deliver WMD. However, their dissent was left out of the October 2002 NIE and wasn't made public until July 2003. Link.

This is not a comprehensive list ....

One final word on this: the issue here is not who was right and who was wrong, or even whether the overall weight of the evidence was sufficient to justify the war. It would have been perfectly reasonable for the White House to present all the evidence pro and con and then use that evidence to make the strongest possible case for war. But that's not what they did. Instead, they suppressed any evidence that might have thrown doubt on their arguments, making it impossible for the public to evaluate what they were saying. In fact, by abusing the classification process to keep these dissents secret, they even made it impossible for senators who knew the truth to say anything about it in public.

This is not the way to market a war. It's certainly not the way to market a war that requires long term support from citizens in a democracy. But that's how they marketed it anyway.



Sunday, 13 November 2005 at 17h 42m 15s

Lies and a shameful President

Bush's agenda is to destroy democracy in the United States, and use the backdrop of war to conceal his real motives. Remember now, he's a war prezident who hit the "trifecta."

Bullshit.

There never was any WMD.

American troops have used weapons of mass destruction called "White Phosphorus" and Napalm against the Iraqi resistance. Do we go to war against WMD, only to use it ourselves against the "enemy" that is supposed to have WMD?

Saddam got his original chemical weapons in the 1980's from United State defense contractors with the connivance of the Reagan administration. Donald Rumsfeld himself made a trip over to see Saddam in 1988 to conclude the deals.

President Bush used false evidence about Saddam's nuclear capabilities, and mentioned Nigerian yellowcake purchases that he knew was based on forged evidence. He sent then Secretary of Defense Colin Powell to utter more lies to the United Nations about "mobile" chemical trailers and aluminum tubes for centrifuges, that were known falsehoods within the intelligence community. This is why Colin Powell recently admittedly that his moment before the UN was most shameful experience in his life. But that's what Bush does Colin you fool. He uses people and then spits them out like an old beer can.

Ahmed Chalabi is a known liar, who fled Jordan during the 1980's in the trunk of a car because he was defrauding the Bank he was heading. He was the head of a front organization in the United States during the 1990's called the Iraqi National Congress which got federal funds in order to exist. Yep, gotta fat 100,000 dollar salary from Uncle Sam so's he can make up shit and pretend that he is a real rebel leader like Gandhi, Ho Chi Minh, or (even) George Washington. Chalabi's lies were used by the administration to justify the invasion of Iraq, because he was originally supposed to be installed as the mafioso leader of a newly reborn Iraq, until he got caught funneling money to various political organzations and had to flee to ... Iran. Meanwhile, ex-CIA point man Ilyad Allawi is now the next installation of freedom. But fear not, Chalabi still flies back to the US to meet with administration leaders so they can discuss his next assignment.

Excuse me ... Bush pulled out the inspectors 3 weeks before they were finished and had a faked news conference in the Azore Islands declaring he was invading anyway. He never went back to the UN after the results of the inspection like Bush said he would do. Bush is now currently lying about this, saying that Saddam never let the inspectors in, or that he had no choice. He had a choice, and that choice was always to invade Iraq no matter what. Stop "playing politics" and "re-writing history" Mr. President.

The Bush administration refused to listen to the military planners and the intelligence that wasn't doctored if it disagreed with Ahmed Chalabi's rosy scenario's. No planning was ever done, and as a result the troops did not have supplies and the proper organization to conduct a professional operation. But hey, what's wrong with Halliburton contractors dispatching rotten food when soldiers can eat some food the Italians shared with them and American corporations can make billions of profits?

The military protected one agency building in Baghdad from looting. One and only one. The Ministry of Oil building. Looting occurred everywhere else, including the Ministry of Nuclear Science and the Museum of Baghdad. Ammunition dumps were left unguarded all the way up to Baghdad so the American cameras could make up a news bit about Iraq being free in less than 3 weeks. All that ammo eventually got filched and is now being used by the "insurgents." And hey Wait just one minute, wasn't the war about "Saddam's Nuclear Arsenal" and the military doesn't have a plan to guard the ministry of Nuclear Science or the ammo dumps? Are they really this incompetent, or was this only the first indication of what the real intentions were?

Keep in mind that the invading troops were not provided with chemical weapons gear. If the administration (especially Donald Rumsfeld) really believed that Saddam had WMD, wouldn't it make sense to have the god damn gear -- just in case!!! Are they really this incompetent, or was this yet another indication of what the real intentions were?

Bush himself declared in his speech the night before the invasion :

And now I have a message for the Iraqi people. Do not destroy oil wells.

Yep, do not destroy oil wells was the message for the Iraqi people. Sounds more like a threat. He could have said that America was not invading Iraq, but was only intervening to establish a free society. He could have reassured the Iraqi's that his intentions were good. But no. That's not what he said is it?

Funny how Saddam's old torture prison Abu Ghraib, is currently being used in similar ways. That's because they invaded to take control, establish a front government and intall a secret police network to kill political opponents and union leaders. That's what happened in nearby Iran when the Shah was put up by and earlier gang of thugs during the 60s and 70s, much like Saddam was also abetted during the 1980s. If we were really trying to create democracy in the middle east -- rather than rigged plebiscites called "elections" -- take a look around at the nearby states. All of them are either dictatorships or royalist oligarchies. Why would we enlist autocrats and dictators in the fight to install "freedom" in the Middle East? Would bank robbers gladly work with the chief of police , unless the chief was on the take?

Instead of freedom however, the Iraqi's get "shock and awe" because apparently we have to kill and bomb them so that they can be free.

Tax cuts for the wealthyduring time of war, when we have to borrow from the Saudi's, Indians, and China with interest? Do you give a rich investor $100,000 so he can hire 9 men for $10,000 and keep $10,000 for himself, or do you just give the whole 100,000 to the 10 men without the "benevolence" of the boss man handing out the cash. But isn't it a big assumption that the boss man will split the take 1 to 9? This is what the fools who hawk "trickle-down" economics ignore -- that it is god damn wasteful because the rich just get richer. Even if a few jobs do get created in the process, more jobs get created when more people have more money because the economy is demand driven. Giving fat cats and corporations extra cash so they can make more and sell more completely obviates the reality that you can't sell more products to people who have less money.

Massive corruption and incompetence in the contracting process. American corporations are favored, friends of the lobbyist network get lucrative contracts as "consultants", even though hiring Iraqi's would not only be cheaper, but also more effective -- especially when the unemployment rate in Iraq is between 40 and 60 percent.

Why did Paul Bremer replace Jay Garner during the first 4 months? Garner wanted to pull out as soon as possible. Bremer went on to write the Iraqi constitution and build a political base of repression, while overseeing 14 permanent bases on Iraqi soil. Do you invade a country to make it a democracy, only to write the constitution and then install 14 permanent bases?

If we really are fighting them over there so they won't fight us here, who is they? Would they be the 100,000 Iraqi people who inadvertantly died? Should the non-terrorists respect the United States when US forces completely destroy their country in the name of defeating the terrorists?

If we are really fighting a war on terror, then why did the administration destroy the very CIA operation that was investigating the funding of the terrorist networks and nuclear proliferation? This was the operation that involved Valerie Plame, in case you didn't know.

And the "terrorists" that attacked on September 11th were all Saudi's or Egyptians with Saudi passports allowed into the United States without any oversight. Then all the Saudi's were allowed to leave without any interrogation by September 13th on planes. When the FBI was investigating the "WAMY" charity network, the Bush administration stopped the investigation because the bin laden family was involved. Brother Marvin Bush was in charge of an obscure Security Consulting firm that handled the security operations at the World Trade Center 6 months prior to 9-11. The same company also handled the airport in NYC. Strange coincidence indeed. The company was eventually bought out and dissolved by another firm in 2002.

My Conclusion: The terrorists are in the White House. The Bush gang has been good friends with the Saudi monarchy and the bin laden's since the 1950's. It's called Real politik. Install dictators and monarchists to repress dissent over the resource allocations, and use them as handlers for covert operations. For instance : Why was the Pakistani minister of Intelligence operations wiring money to Atta 2 days before September 11th ?


Friday, 11 November 2005 at 18h 52m 1s

Good kitty, gone bad



Thursday, 10 November 2005 at 19h 41m 36s

Here comes the propaganda machine

Thanks to the awesome billmon.org .

Top White House officials say they're developing a "campaign-style" strategy in response to increasing Democratic allegations that the Bush administration twisted intelligence to make its case for war. White House aides, who agreed to speak to CNN only on the condition of anonymity, said they hoped to increase what they called their "hit back" in coming days.

CNN
White House to Hit Back at Democrats
November 8, 2005

The seven tapes were already in Sirica's hands, and it was only a matter of time before they would become public at a trial. Haig wanted to blunt the impact of their disclosure in any way he could, to seize the issue on the President's terms. The preferable course was for Nixon to make a speech of contrition -- accept responsibility for past mistakes, acknowledge the abuses documented in the tapes, pledge a bright future. But Nixon could never undertake an act of public confession. He was too proud, it would break him. Haig knew Kissinger had already suggested something like that. Ziegler had rejected the notion, saying "Contrition is bullshit.".

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
The Final Days
1976





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