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Apparently "we" view national security as a toy. Apparently "we" view national security as a public relations tool. Apparently "we" view national security as a political weapon. APPARENTLY "we" view national secuirty as an opportunity, and have no problem authorizing "our" chief of staff (and national security advisor) to LEAK classified information if it might benefit "us" politically and smear "our" enemies. "We" seem to think that is just dandy.
Protect me some more, you shitheel.
I don't know much about Wilson, but I do know enough about this administration to suspect foul play whenever a member of their own team appears to go off message. She may very well be on the up and up, but if this administration feels it's being backed into a corner, they may accept an inquiry that they feel they can 'win'. Wilson coming out with this right after the admin sent Dick Cheney out to do PR for the "program" feels wrong.
What we DO NOT want is a JOINT congressional inquiry, and if the administration thinks it's going to be forced into an inquiry, that's the kind of inquiry it will push for.
Color me skeptical at best. The GOP has a LONG way to go before it's going to convince me that they are truly more concerned with their duty to the country than with their loyalty to the party.
Sometimes just reading the LBN headlines is enough to see how lame this administration really is. This one just jumps out at you. It looks totally out of place and has PR hack written all over it. It may as well read "Look Over Here! Shiny Object!"
Kind of ironic that in the run-up to the 2002 mid-term that the Dems were trying to focus the country on the economy and the Repugs were trying to focus the country on the Iraq "threat".
Identify the "official" that feels he or she can speak ANONYMOUSLY to Reuters about a DoD databse that "mistakenly swept up and KEPT information" on American citizens.
Oh nooooooo, you're not brave enough to let the media use your name. You have to go off the record to explain the 'problem', and then go back on the record to be quoted about your 'solution'.
Just STFU, Cambone.
had hoped the successful January elections in Iraq would boost the popularity of the conflict (read HIS war) and allow him to distance himself from it
all about HIM
aides have concluded that recent events in Iraq have contributed to an erosion in support for the president
all about HIM
Bush's new approach will be mostly rhetorical
well, THAT'S certainly going to help
So, to sum up - they intend to tweak the talking points, because it is APPEARANCES that matter. The conflict isn't popular, and people are nervous, so let's change the talking points.
I cannot even BEGIN to describe how much I despise what these asshats are doing to this country.
Casey said he registered as a lobbyist because Gov. Joe Manchin asked him to talk to Thomas J. Donohue and other U.S. Chamber officials during the legislative session.
“They got a hold of the governor’s office and said, ‘We are going to be aggressive. You aren’t doing enough. We will eat you up.’
Much as I'd like to be pissed at Casey, the fact that Manchin, our new Dem governor, asked him to cozy up to the US Chamber of Commerce for the express purpose of pushing HIS tort reform through the legislature is what REALLY pisses me off.
My first question was what dumbass at the WH scheduled the event, so I went to read the full article...here's a another snip...
(Morely Institute's director since January) Mr. Hudson, 55, was once a top consultant to the White House on Catholic issues and the former chairman of the Republican National Committee's Catholic outreach effort. He resigned the RNC post in August after an expose in the National Catholic Reporter about his 1994 dismissal from Fordham University after a sexual liaison with an 18-year-old student.
I'd ask what prompted the memo, but considering the language, it's pretty obvious.
requiring U.S. personnel to ensure that the holy book is not placed in "offensive areas such as the floor, near the toilet or sink, near the feet, or dirty/wet areas."
Memos like this get written AFTER something has happened, not before.
Just got back from the Labor Day UMWA picnic/rally, and watched in utter amazement as Capito was introduced during the very beginning of the rally and then summarily booed off the stage after about 5 sentences. She claimed to be working for miners, and they weren't in the mood to be lied to. I've never seen anything like it, they booed and began chanting "Ker-ry, Ker-ry!" and she just disappeared. If only bush would do the same!
Kerry was great, very energeized and very at ease with crowd & they loved him, Jay Rockefeller was there too - I haven't heard him speak here in WV in a long time, and I'd forgotten how wonderful he can be when he truly believes in someone, and he's obviously got deep respect for JFK.
Chalabi fools the media
Finally, damning evidence that the big media outlets were completely played by the likes of Ahmed Chalabi. A Knight Ridder investigation reveals that the Iraqi National Congress fed fabricated intelligence not just to the New York Times (courtesy ace reporter Judith Miller), but also the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, the Associated Press, and two of Knight Ridder's own newspapers.
The kicker is that this disinformation effort was part of the INC's Information Collection Program, which received more than $18 million of Congress approved money to collect intelligence on Iraq. The INC's remarkable success is evident in the list of 108 articles that they submitted to Congress back in 2002.
103. The Times (London), November 9, 2001, Saddam's terror training camp teaches hijacking, by Richard Beeston, Diplomatic Editor
104. The Vancouver Sun, November 9, 2001, Is Iraq, not bin Laden, real force behind terror? By Jonathan Manthorpe
105. The New York Times, November 8, 2001, A nation challenged: The school; Defectors cite Iraqi training for terrorism, by Chris Hedges
106. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, October 23, 2001, Iraq’s terrorist role must be examined
107. AP Online, October 23, 2001, Ex-CIA chief suggests Iraq involved, by Anne Usher, Associated Press Writer
108. The Washington Post, October 12, 2001, Editorial: What About Iraq?
Complete text of Article 15-6 Investigation of the 800th
Military Police Brigade by Maj. Gen. Antonio M. Taguba
Flame me, or not -- I don't really care --- he's my junior senator and this means something to me. I sent him numerous e-mails before the vote imploring him to vote against it, and true to form he sent me a very long letter explaining why he would vote for it, and as much as I disagreed with him, I couldn't fault him for voting for the IWR - because I believe to this day that the majority of the Democrats that voted in favor did so because they had faith that the POTUS wouldn't lie to the country in such a blatant manner. I knew they were wrong to trust him, but I cannot, and will not, fault them for the vote. He never made a big deal about it, never tried to use his vote as a patriotic weapon, and didn't flag wave like Lieberman and Gephardt.
I've watched Jay carefully since that vote and I've seen him grow more and more angry about what's happened. And unlike most of you, I know what Jay Rockefeller is like when he's pissed off - I worked in state government when he was governor. He's someone I want in my corner.
He was one of the Democrats that fought hard to get the investigation into the pre-war intelligence, and I feel certain that would not have happened if not for his tenacity. He was also the senator that called that outstanding public hearing with the former intelligence officials. And his work for veterans is simply heroic.
Thank you, Jay.
This way of approaching the truth is irresponsible. Unfortunately, it is also familiar and seductive to many citizens of 21st century America.
It’s irresponsible, first of all, because it encourages one to avoid complexity and ambiguity, to avoid confronting information and perspectives that might compromise the strength of one’s convictions. Again, inside accounts of the Bush White House reveal a president rarely forced to grapple with perspectives at odds with his own. For instance, Bush famously doesn’t read newspapers.
Second, and perhaps most troubling, when truth is understood as a function of conviction, the self becomes the sole arbitrator of meaning.
One can easily maintain strong convictions about incompatible beliefs without feeling any compulsion to reconcile them, because their respective truth has nothing to do with their compatibility but only with the strength of one’s belief in them.
Fucking ignorant lock-step-don't-give-a-shit-about-policy assholes.
LaHaye's books, and his quirky interpretation of biblical prophecy that stands behind them, revolve intensely around Iraq, because LaHaye believes that Armageddon will be unleashed from the Antichrist's headquarters in Babylon. Since the 1970s -- when Iraq began a reconstruction project on the ruins of the ancient city, near Baghdad -- LaHaye has said that Saddam Hussein is carrying out Satan's mission. In 1999, LaHaye wrote that Saddam is "a servant of Satan," possessed by a demon, and that he could be "the forerunner of the Antichrist." Ultimately, says LaHaye, before Christ can return to Earth, Iraq, led by the Antichrist, must engage in a world-shaking showdown with Israel.
Of course, there have always been preachers on the margins of the religious right thundering on about the end of the world. But it's doubtful that such a fanatic believer has ever had such a direct pipeline to the White House. Five years ago, as Bush was gearing up his presidential campaign, he made a little-noticed pilgrimage to a gathering of right-wing Christian activists, under the auspices of a group called the Committee to Restore American Values. The committee, which assembled about two dozen of the nation's leading fundamentalist firebrands, was chaired by LaHaye. At the time, many evangelicals viewed Bush skeptically: Despite his born-again views, when he was governor of Texas, Bush had alienated many of the state's Christian-right activists for failing to pursue a sufficiently evangelical agenda. On the national level, he was an unknown quantity.
And she screams, "Why? Oh, why?"
I said, "I don't know."
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