Saturday, September 22, 2007
But then again, don't take my word for it ----
We've got to fight them over there before we have to fight them over here. [Same "Mantra" they used in Vietnam - the old Domino Theory!].
Even Adm. William Fallon, the head of U.S. Central Command [General David Petraeus's immediate superior officer] is indicating that Iran is providing Explosively Formed Penetrators to Iraqi insurgents which are in turn used in devastating roadside bombings against U.S. troops convoys.
But the only true indicator comes from the Administration itself, but not from Bush. No, the man who is really running the show is none other than Darth Vader Incarnate - Vice President Dick [Scary Movie II] Cheney. He's a walking, talking Texas Chainsaw Massacre all unto himself! If it's war that this administration wants, it's the war being pushed for by Dick Cheney and his Neo-Cabal "bitter-enders!"
With Russia warning the U.S. against such an attack, if it does occur then who knows where it will end - World III??? Specifically,
"In an interview published just ahead of the Kouchner-Lavrov meeting, Russian deputy foreign minister Alexander Losyukov warned that a "bombing of Iran would be a bad move that would end with catastrophic consequences." [Middle East Times -Russia warns against Iran war - Karim Talbi - AFP - September 18, 2007]
Armageddon awaits us but after all that is merely the prelude to the rapture we've all been secretly longing for, isn't it? See you on the "other side" - or - "it's a long way to Tipperary!"
Friday, September 21, 2007
One of Canada's leading daily newspaper - Macleans - posing George Bush as the new Saddam Hussein! Go Figure!
I'll let the article speak for itself! Enjoy!
Comments are always welcome.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
TASER WARS - [AND WHERE WAS KERRY WHILE THIS HAPENED "ON HIS WATCH"] - HE FORGOT TO "REPORT FOR DUTY!"
A Florida student, Andrew Meyer, was tasered in full view of an audience gathered to listen to U.S. Senator John Kerry. Whether it was a practical joke as some evidence offered by the authorities would suggest it begs the question, should an open forum end in needless violence when precipitated by the mere exercise of "free speech." Violence?
This writer saw a portion of the YouTube video and aside from being - perhaps - annoying and boisterous - there was absolutely no pretext to inflict the kind of pain that comes from a taser. Kerry indicated that he had no idea that the individual had been subjected to a taser until after he had left the premises.
So much for free speech in America - practical joke or not. Frankly, the thrust of the question - why did Kerry not contest the 2004 presidential election as played out in the state of Ohio - with evidence of disenfranchisement of African-American voters - was exceedingly on point. Having looked at the entire incident on YouTube - I am greatly troubled. The individual, Andrew Meyer, while admittedly boisterous and "amped-up" was asking very pertinent and critical questions about the 2004 presidential race and made a key reference to Greg Palast's book - "Armed Mad House".
I would invite listeners to view the YouTube link of this incident and decide for yourselves.
Rather than belabor this matter any further, I'll allow the video to make my case. Some will view it and say the individual was way too self-serving, was showboating, was "acting up". Others will say that perhaps he was using the only means at his disposal to publicly vet - for the first time in a meaningful way - the true legacy of that fateful 2004 presidential campaign - the disenfranchisement of a sizable block of voters and the subsequent rigged election of the current president.
At the very least, I would hope that you might forward on the link to your friends and acquaintances and allow for greater public awareness of what many of us have felt was being kept in the dark by the Republican Party.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Sunday, September 16, 2007
But allow me the "poetic license" to slightly "expand" on Nebraska Republican Senator Chuck Hagel's REAL MEANING in the following words ---
I think if he had COMPLETE FREEDOM & LICENSE - this is what he'd really been saying - God Knows --- the rest of us with our "thinking caps on" - HAVE KNOWN THIS FROM MARCH 20, 2003 - and well before - [Gore Concedes after 37-Days To "W"], etc., etc., etc. - et seq. - whatever!!!
Sunday, September 9, 2007
FROM www.Salon.com --- [i kid you not] --- Monday 10 September 2007 - By - Marc Ash
Dear General Petraeus
By Marc Ash
t r u t h o u t | Question
Monday 10 September 2007
What is the mission?
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Well, Cowboy George swooped into Australia and streaked down the flight steps to quite readily inform Australian Deputy Prime Minister Mark Vaile - when asked about Iraq - that we're "kicking ass" in Iraq. That should be THE snapshot of the entire Bush Administration since September 11, 2001. We just plain damn like to "kick ass" because that's what we do best "where I come from."
We've also learned this week [courtesy of Sydney Blumenthal on Salon.com] that Bush was informed in the Oval Office on September 18, 2002 by then-acting CIA Director, George Tenet, that Iraq had NO WMD's. "Tenet told me he briefed the president personally," one of the former CIA officers informed Blumenthal, referring to the Oval Office briefing session on Sept. 18, 2002.
The Blumenthal article goes on to recount how Tyler Drumheller, CIA's chief of clandestine operations for Europe, disclosed the fact that the Foreign Minister of Iraq, Naji Nasri, had presented evidence to his agency showing that Saddam had NO WMD's. But as two senior CIA officials informed Blumenthal for the article, not only was Naji dead-on correct but that Deputy CIA Director John McLaughlin decided to go instead with another Iraqi source, dubbed "Curve Ball" - who said Saddam did in fact possess WMD's. Never mind that Curve Ball was finally revealed to be nothing more than a former Iraqi taxi cab driver posing as a chemical engineer.
What is even more heinous in this trail of events is that none of the U.S. Senators or U.S. Representatives who voted for the Authorization for the Use of Force Resolution in October 2002 knew any of this secret intelligence. George Tenet never revealed his Oval Office revelation to George Bush to anyone else in the CIA or Congress but instead kept this information under "lock & key", never to refer to it again. Ditto for the disclosure by Tyler Drumheller.
As a CIA officer bluntly stated ""Bush didn't give a fuck about the intelligence. He had his mind made up." As the officers continued to give credence to the Iraqi foreign minister's assertion of no Iraqi WMD's, a Tenet deputy told them "You haven't figured this out yet. This isn't about intelligence. It's about regime change."
So when Bush says "Mission Accomplished" or we're "kicking ass" it's really to say, "I'm George of the Jungle and what I say is what is". I say what is real and what is not. What is to be believed and what is not to be believed. After all this is what I REALLY mean when I say "I am the decider."
The Decider of Reality. Welcome to Amerika. Welcome to Stalag 13, Camp Terror!
Saturday, September 1, 2007
IRAQ - IRAN, IRAN - IRAQ
WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
THEY BOTH HAVE OIL!!!
March 20, 2003 we invaded Iraq. Baghdad "bagged" in 3 days, more or less. Close to 4,000 U.S. soldiers dead. God knows how many Iraqis killed since then - estimates are close to 200,000.
Now after all that, we have to face the Bush War Machine and still another "Pep-Talk" about the absolutely urgent need to "Surge-On". Never mind the Maliki government has all but disappeared [Sunnis officially have resigned in all meaningful capacity] as all six ministers from Iraq's largest Sunni bloc tendered their resignation from Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led coalition government.
Enter the picture, General David Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Clark Crocker. Petraeus has recently been spouting off about the positive effects of the "surge" and the marked decrease in violence since its inception. Backing up Petraeus will be Ambassador Crocker. Bush met privately at the Pentagon on Friday with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Secretary Robert Gates with the intent of deciding how to proceed forward on Iraq.
"Petraeus did not participate in Friday's session,
but one senior U.S. official said the general, along with Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Iraq, probably would tell Bush and Congress in mid-September that the buildup had succeeded in making slow but sure progress on both the military and political fronts."
Offering an opposite analysis are Pentagon Generals Peter Pace[soon-to-retire Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff]
and George William Casey, Jr. Chief of Staff of the Army. They have both weighed in on the undue strain being placed upon the Army from the 15-month tour of duties and the all too short 12 months leave before the next reassignment back to Iraq. In effect, they have argued that the Army simply cannot sustain such a level of troop deployment.
Now enter the White House and "All Bets Are Off". Brings to mind that popular movie a short time ago - "Sideways." That's the only way to characterize the Bush Administration - whenever they are confronted with reality or attacked head-on --- they just go "Sideways." Disassemble is a better way to put it but the effect is the same. Truth/Reality get squashed and propaganda rules the day.
To refer to another blog source on this point ---
Despite the common belief (and statements to that effect) that the September report on the progress of the "surge" in Iraq would be written by Gen. David H. Petraeus and Ryan Crocker (U.S. Ambassador to Iraq), the report will actually be written by the White House, with input from various agencies. This was reported today in the Los Angeles Times, but it was buried deep within a story on the expected content of the report itself. In fact, it was nearly at the end of the story, rather than being front-and-center where it should be.
And finally, on the Keith Olbermann evening news show [Count Down-MSNBC] he asked MSNBC analyst General Wesley Clark his thoughts on the White House downplaying the meaningfulness of the Iraq benchmarks - benchmarks that Bush himself chose way back in May as a yardstick to measure U.S. progress in Iraq:
"Does that not make it difficult for the White House to argue now that this GAO report will not present a true picture of the situation in Iraq?" Olbermann asked MSNBC analyst General Wesley Clark
"Exactly right," replied Clark. "They should not be able to squirm out from underneath these standards. ... The American people are making a judgment every day as they see the results of the war. The benchmarks confirm that judgment, and this is a huge problem for the White House."Well, by now, I think the reader is starting to get the picture. As the Bush Administration would put it - "don't confuse me with the facts, please!"
Come September 15 and the official Iraq Report [date now cited as September 11 or 12] - the "die is cast". No matter what the final official assessment --- or no matter which direction this administration will proceed on [withdrawal or "surge-on"] - INERTIA has set in. The end is already a foregone conclusion. The laws of Physics rule from here on in. The U.S. Army is Dog-Tired. They are War-Weary. They're not gonna be doing anything appreciably better --- their time in Iraq has come and gone. It is now up to a Political Settlement [LIKE THEY DID - FINALLY - IN IRELAND] - aka - "THE GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT"].