SADDAM CAUGHT..... WAR OVER..... LET'S GO HOME!
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Saturday, June 07, 2003
THE MANCHURIAN PRESIDENT
IS BUSH A COMMUNIST AGENT? MORE RANDOM THOUGHTS:
Most liberals have a hard time explaining Bush's political behavior. Lacking concepts like "evil" they are forced to explain Bush in terms of greed and stupidity. However, these concepts like the "evil" explanation are true only by by definition: If you believe them to be true they explain something, and if not they don't. And if Bush is so stupid, how was he lucky enough to find a genius as malevolent as Karl Rove?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Bush's policies are smart, quite the opposite. In fact, there is a better than 50% chance in a single term or two he may have accomplished, by the size of his deficit and the breadth of his international aggressions, destroying both the international regime that has encompassed the planet for the last 50 years , and the nation itself.
What will happen when Social Security and Medicare collapse as he fully intends it to, and the nation is unable to re-fund it, because of his gargantuan tax cuts? What will happen when global warming melts the icecaps and the seacoasts rise, or the nations water supply is so polluted that poor people sicken from municipal water? What will happen when the legions of unemployed multiply from current decade highs to 50 year highs?
Could it be a revolution? Maybe Bush isn't so stupid after all. Maybe he is cleverly doing exactly what will overthrow the capitalist system in the world's wealthiest nation, at the very time communism is thought to be a dead relic of the past. Only their tremendous overconfidence prevents his erst-while buddies in Big Business from seeing the nefariousness of Comrade George's cynical plan....
Remember "The Manchurian Candidate"? In it, a captured Korean war veteran is brainwashed to run for president to give the commies control. I don't know who got control of George, maybe a commie professor at Yale? Send out the alarm, to save Capitalism George must be deposed.
A random thought:
Saudi Arabia executes more people than Saddam. 15 of the 19 Hijackers were Saudi. None were Iraqi or Iranian. How do you stay off Bush's hit list?
Go into business with his family.
"Q" WORD SURFACES AGAIN
Military resists sending more troops to Iraq 'quagmire'
By Kim Sengupta, 07 June 2003, THE INDEPENDANT
Defence chiefs are resisting calls for British troops to be sent to join American forces in Baghdad because they could be "sucked into a quagmire". Link
And with good reason:
Police station torn down in defiant Falluja
After the war US presence comes under fierce attack
Rory McCarthy in Falluja, Saturday June 7, 2003, The Guardian
Iraqis carrying hammers and axes yesterday began to demolish a police station in the troubled city of Falluja in a public act of defiance against the US military. link
STILL COOKING THAT INTELLIGENCE
Some Analysts of Iraq Trailers Reject Germ Use
By JUDITH MILLER and WILLIAM J. BROAD, NY TIMES
American and British intelligence analysts with direct access to the evidence are disputing claims that the mysterious trailers found in Iraq were for making deadly germs. In interviews over the last week, they said the mobile units were more likely intended for other purposes and charged that the evaluation process had been damaged by a rush to judgment.
"Everyone has wanted to find the 'smoking gun' so much that they may have wanted to have reached this conclusion," said one intelligence expert who has seen the trailers and, like some others, spoke on condition that he not be identified. He added, "I am very upset with the process." link
STUPID BUT CONFIDENT
Former assistant secretary of Defense Richard Perle, on President George W. Bush (Newsweek June 9):
“The first time I met Bush, I knew he was different. Two things became clear. One, he didn’t know very much. The other was he had the confidence to ask questions that revealed he didn’t know very much.” SOURCE
Apologies- some blogger problems yesterday. Posts didn't post.
Friday, June 06, 2003
Intelligence cooked by Cheney and Blair:
Cheney's CIA visits pressured us: analysts
SIDNEY MORNING HERALD
Multiple visits to the CIA by the United States Vice-President, Dick Cheney, created an environment in which some analysts felt they were being pressured to make their assessments on Iraq fit with Bush Administration policy objectives, intelligence officials said.
They said Mr Cheney and his chief of staff, "Scooter" Libby, questioned analysts studying Iraq's weapons programs and alleged links to al-Qaeda.
The visits "sent signals, intended or otherwise, that a certain output was desired from here", one agency member stated.
Mr Cheney took the lead in the Administration last August in advocating military action against Iraq by claiming it had weapons of mass destruction. LINK
MEANWHILE IN GREAT BRITAIN:
Weapons dossier 'sent back six times'
Blair says the charges are totally untrue
A dossier including the claim that Iraq could launch weapons of mass destruction in 45 minutes was repeatedly returned to intelligence chiefs for changes, the BBC has learned.
A source close to British intelligence has told BBC diplomatic correspondent Barnaby Mason that Downing Street returned draft versions of the dossier to the Joint Intelligence Committee "six to eight times".
He said Prime Minister Tony Blair was involved in the process at one point. LINK
Lying to the public to start a war. Maybe it's just me, but somehow it sounds a LITTLE bit more serious than lying about a blow job.
Thursday, June 05, 2003
NY TIMES EDITOR RESIGNS
Top NY Times Editors Resign Amid Scandal
REUTERS 43 minutes ago By Ellen Wulfhorst
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The two top New York Times editors resigned on Thursday amid an unrelenting scandal sparked by a reporter who plagiarized and fabricated dozens of stories at the nation's most influential newspaper.
Executive Editor Howell Raines and Managing Editor Gerald Boyd emerged from a morning meeting and told stunned staff in the newsroom they were quitting, Times reporters said.
The plagiarism scandal sparked by former reporter Jayson Blair gripped the Times in recent weeks but was also a catalyst for a look at ethics and standards in the media. LINK
And were the even more significant scandals of biased war and election reporting, assigning partisan book reviewers and all the rest factors? I don't know but I hope so and hope the Times will clean house for real.
Wednesday, June 04, 2003
Bush Diagnosed with Mental Illness
(Vienna) Renowned psychoanalyst Franz Wienerbinder announced today that he has diagnosed President Bush with a serious and increasingly common mental Illness.
'I was looking through the DSM the other day, that's the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual to you laymen, when I noticed a recent new entry, Republican Affective Disorder , which immediately made me think of President Bush. I rushed out to get as many videos of him as possible, and by nightfall I had confirmed a diagnosis."
Republican Affective Disorder or RAD is a mental illness that particularly afflicts the well-to-do. Its symptoms are a general sense of dissatisfaction with one's level of wealth, no matter how great, a feeling that one is being unfairly discrimanated against despite great privilege, and a complete deficit of compassion for those who are less fortunate than themselves. Typically, it manifests as a chronic and irrational desire to have one's taxes cut. Other symptoms include a tendency to rank others worth strictly on material terms, and a cruel desire to harm the less fortunate, usually through reducing government programs.
According to Dr. Wienerbinder, "We first saw this syndrome with Ronald Reagan, but many analysts then believed it was a side effect of Alzeheimer's Disease. Now with President Bush, we have clear evidence it is not age, but rather class-related."
Dr Wienerbinder continued, "It is also probable that this disorder manifests itself with an irrational desire to attack other countries who are less fortunate as well. That would explain many things about both Presidents Reagan and Bush.
"The sources of this disease lie in the inability of some to rationalize the privilege they have been born or fallen into. They become obsessed with explaining why they deserve such success and others do not. They must have constant reinforcement of their worthiness by repeatedly getting special privileges and benefits. Once they have rationalized their own worthiness, they strike out at those who could remind them of the rationalization process, hence their desire to harm the less fortunate."
Dr Wienerbinder is previously famous for identifying the Satire Deficit Disorder, wherein victims are unable to distinguish satires of which this is one.
Atrios Got it Right
The only evidence we need to know that the administration is simply in CYA mode is the fact they don't seem very concerned about the "missing" WMD. If they really believed they existed, the hunt for them wouldn't be motivated by a desire to justify the war, it would be motivated by the very legitimate desire to make sure the deadly weapons were not in the hands of evil-doers. Since the administration isn't sounding the alarm along these lines, it's obvious they're unconcerned. They just want to find some scrap of something - a la the ridiculous mobile "labs" - to pacify the media and dupe the public.
If there were WMDs, and we can't find them, then we have problems.
But permit me to make it clearer: If they even THOUGHT for a MINUTE there ever were really WMDs, they'd be freakin' out! On the other hand, as I've said before, it could be that they WANT us to be attacked...
US makes new plans for war on Pyongyang
By Shane Green, Herald Correspondent in Tokyo June 4 2003
The United States is said to be developing new plans for a war in North Korean that would bypass the demilitarised zone dividing the two Koreas and target the leadership in Pyongyang.
The plan is based on the success of US-led forces in Iraq in quickly reaching the capital, Baghdad.
US officials quoted by Reuters said the plan would involve the consolidation of the US and South Korean forces in two areas away from the demilitarised zone.
If war broke out, the forces would skirt the demilitarised zone and head for Pyongyang. "This is Kim Jong-il's worst nightmare," one official said.
It was estimated that the recently announced $US11 billion ($17 billion) upgrade of the capabilities of US forces in South Korea would give them the ability to "take down" North Korea's heavy presence on the border within an hour of war breaking out.LINK
Let's call this the "rosy scenario".
Anyone want to bet on whether we attack Iran or N. Korea first??
U.S. to Lay Off 500,000 in Iraq
Critics say Washington is moving too quickly to revamp the government employment sector.
By Warren Vieth, Times Staff Writer
BAGHDAD — U.S. reconstruction officials will soon hand out pink slips to nearly half a million Iraqi military and civilian personnel, exacerbating an unemployment crisis that experts say could slow the pace of postwar reconstruction.
The layoffs will mean the loss of a government paycheck for roughly 1 in 10 Iraqi workers. The Bush administration hopes to soften the blow by making cash "termination payments" to members of Saddam Hussein's armed forces, Information Ministry employees and other government workers whose services are no longer wanted. The amount of the payments had not been announced.
Officials of the U.S.-led reconstruction effort acknowledged that the dismissal of so many people will magnify the economic misfortune of a country where a majority of the population depends on food rations; an estimated 30% of the labor force works for the government; and unemployment, as best anyone can tell, already exceeds 20%. The layoffs will be the latest blow to the once-thriving trading nation, already reduced to Third World subsistence levels by nearly three decades of authoritarian rule, international sanctions and intermittent war. LINK
Well no one ever said the Bush people had any clue about the economy... theirs or ours...
Monday, June 02, 2003
Heirs to the Holocaust?
...while President Bush publicly embraced the community of holocaust survivors in Washington last spring, he and his family have been keeping a secret from them for over 50 years about Prescott Bush, the president's grandfather. According to classified documents from Dutch intelligence and US government archives, President George W. Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush made considerable profits off Auschwitz slave labor. In fact, President Bush himself is an heir to these profits from the holocaust which were placed in a blind trust in 1980 by his father, former president George Herbert Walker Bush....
...However, Prescott Bush's banks were not just financing Hitler as previously reported. In fact, there was a distinct business link much deeper than ... [previously reported] .
A classified Dutch intelligence file which was leaked by a courageous Dutch intelligence officer, along with newly surfaced information from U.S. government archives, "confirms absolutely," John Loftus says, the direct links between Bush, [Nazi Financier] Thyssen and genocide profits from Auschwitz.
The business connections between Prescott Bush and Fritz Thyssen were more direct than what has been previously written. This new information reveals how Prescott Bush and UBC, which he managed directly, profited from the Holocaust. A case can be made that the inheritors of the Prescott Bush estate could be sued by survivors of the Holocaust and slave labor communities. MORE
MEDIA MERGER MADNESS
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 [today] to meet the demands of big communications corporations. Rigorously opposed by consumer, religious, labor, community and public interest groups across the country, FCC Chairman Michael Powell warped the decision-making process to deliver a result allowing conglomerates to buy up hundreds of newspapers, television and radio stations in communities across the United States. Competition, diversity and local content will be undermined in local markets and nationally.
The FCC's decision was the product of a corrupt process that was awash in special-interest money, and that saw industries that are supposed to be regulated telling the regulators how to proceed. The Center for Public Integrity recently revealed that over the past eight years, media companies and their associations paid for 2,500 travel junkets by FCC commissioners and staffers, at a cost of $2.8 million. The Center also revealed that FCC commissioners, their aides and top staffers hosted 71 off-the-record meetings with industry executives in the months leading up to today's vote. At the same time, only five meetings were held with organizations representing the public interest. link
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE IRAQ
Reuters via Buzzflash.com "Thousands of sacked Iraqi soldiers threatened Monday to launch suicide attacks against U.S. troops as leaders of the country's squabbling tribes told the Americans they could face war if they did not leave soon." LINK
Iraq will never become another Vietnam, will it mommy?
Korean conflict escalating
* North Korea, US Move to Boost Their Fighting Power
* South Korea Fires on North Korean Boats
* North Korea Accuses US of Spy Flights
Korean War II. Coming soon to a military theatre near you.
Sunday, June 01, 2003
Angry Blair Says: 'We Are Too Busy to Find WMDs'
Now that we've got the Iraqi oil which is what we REALLY came for...
IRAQ TRAILERS NOT WMD LABS
What was Really in Those Trailers?
by Marc Pienaar • Thursday May 29, 2003 07:01 AM
Hydrogen gas can be manufactured using a simple process that is entirely consistent with what was found in the trailer factories in Iraq.
The CIA says that hydrogen production is a "plausible cover story" for the mobile production plants recently found in Iraq. However, this "cover" story seems to match exactly what was found, whereas the germ production theory is a bit of a stretch.
Aluminium residue was found in the "fermentation" tank. Also, the CIA says that the vessel was decontaminated with a caustic solution.
However, hydrogen can reasonably be manufactured from aluminium and a sodium hydroxide (caustic) solution (see link for a delightful explanation).
This also explains the "scrubbing" units - they clean, dry and cool the hydrogen produced.
The reaction generates a lot of heat, hence the cooling unit.
The hydrogen would be compressed into gas cylinders, hence the compressor and cylinders.
In contrast, the germ production hypothesis has these problems:
(1) According to the CIA, we are missing the required additional trailer or trailers which must be "equipped for growth media preparation and post-harvest processing and, we would expect, have equipment such as mixing tanks, centrifuges, and spray dryers."
(2) There is no biocontainment system to safeguard the scientists or technicians who worked inside the trailer from exposure to deadly germs.<a href="http://la.indymedia.org/news/2003/05/60752.php"> link
And of course, we knew that. Thats why all the pictures of soldiers climbing over it without decontamination suits. They really do think we are stupid.