There is a very powerful reality at the heart of the reason the US has lost the war in Iraq, and why the media and the Bush Administration has always had its head up its collective ass in dealing with the Iraqi people and the war in general. The following exchange between Ann Curry and Laura Bush sums up the arrogant self-centered truth behind the people who got us into this mess in the first place:
“You know the American people are suffering watching –,” Curry said to the first lady.
“Oh, I know that very much,” Laura Bush responded. “And believe me, no one suffers more than their president and I do when we watch this, and certainly the commander in chief, who has asked our military to go into harm’s way.”
Curry then asked, “What do you think the American public need to know about your husband?”
“Well, I hope they do know the burden, the worry that’s on his shoulders every single day for our troops,” Bush said. “And I think they do. I mean, I think if they don’t, they’re not seeing what the real responsibilities of our president are.”
Yeah, the American people and President Bush are suffering so much. Man, it really sucks having to see stuff like this, let alone having actually caused it:
Somebody should give people like Curry and Bush a slap in the face. Feeling bad isn’t suffering. Having your parents blown away right in front of you and having their blood splatter all over you, that’s suffering.
The pathetic thing is that someone like me actually has to point that little fact of reality out.Read More
reap, sow… and other foibles from the wingnut world.
White House officials have all but given up on their official email system, preferring private, un-archived, and unaccountable email addresses.
If true, it’s worth examining. If there is nothing to hide, you don’t hide. Of course, it could also mean that WH employs don’t feel secure communicating via email because of internal pressure and oversight. Both I suspect. But, this quote is certainly interesting:
“We just got a bit lazy,” said one aide. “We knew E-mails could be subpoenaed. We saw that with the Clintons but I don’t think anybody saw that we were doing anything wrong.”
Yes, power does that to people. “It’s not fascism when we do it.”
Saudi King Abdullah, whose country is a close US ally, on Wednesday slammed the “illegitimate foreign occupation” of Iraq in an opening speech to the annual Arab summit in Riyadh.
“In beloved Iraq, blood is being shed among brothers in the shadow of an illegitimate foreign occupation, and ugly sectarianism threatens civil war,” Abdullah said.
He also said that Arab nations, which are planning to revive a five-year-old Middle East peace plan at the summit, would not allow any foreign force to decide the future of the region.
You gotta hand it to Dubya. When he fucks up, he does it full throttle.
The British government was advised against publicly criticising a report estimating that 655,000 Iraqis had died due to the war, the BBC has learnt.
Phoenix Woman at FireDogLake has the lowdown.
Boy, that Dick Cheney sure is special: “Every executive agency in the government, including the president’s office, is required to issue an annual report disclosing statistics on document classification and declassification activity. Every executive agency, that is, except for one: the vice president’s office.” Or so they believe. Impeach, already!
It makes sense to impeach Big Dick first. He’s the power center. Bush is merely the impetuous figure head with the blind spot.
Of course, any real movement towards impeachment will ignite a power grab by the Cheney Administration the likes of which this country has never seen. Would the democracy survive? I like to think so. My fears are two-fold: A terrorist attack that is used as political fodder to solidify the Cheney Administration and the lack of any real information about what occurs if the US is attacked again. The question of what exactly happens when we do go to Red Alert has never really been answered, but the words “Marshall Law” have been mentioned in close proximity. There’s not really any wiggle room beyond where we are at Orange Alert. And, historically, Marshall Law allows for great advances in the securing of power by regimes that wish to maintain their grasp upon power.
I’m not interested in conspiracy theories. But, I can see how it might unfold that way. Also worth noting, how the bombings in London were not particularly used as a prop as 9/11 was used to prop up a failing administration. Unless I’m missing something.
Benen says: “At the risk of sounding intemperate, this is insane.”
At the risk of sounding even more intemperate, Dick Cheney may need to be removed from office. This makes Dick Nixon’s theories of presidential power look like childsplay.