Saturday, July 28, 2007

Missles-n-Bombs, Oh My!

July 28, 2007

U.S. Set to Offer Huge Arms Deal to Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON, July 27 — The Bush administration is preparing to ask Congress to approve an arms sale package for Saudi Arabia and its neighbors that is expected to eventually total $20 billion at a time when some United States officials contend that the Saudis are playing a counterproductive role in Iraq.

The proposed package of advanced weaponry for Saudi Arabia, which includes advanced satellite-guided bombs, upgrades to its fighters and new naval vessels, has made Israel and some of its supporters in Congress nervous. Senior officials who described the package on Friday said they believed that the administration had resolved those concerns, in part by promising Israel $30.4 billion in military aid over the next decade, a significant increase over what Israel has received in the past 10 years.

But administration officials remained concerned that the size of the package and the advanced weaponry it contains, as well as broader concerns about Saudi Arabia’s role in Iraq, could prompt Saudi critics in Congress to oppose the package when Congress is formally notified about the deal this fall.

In talks about the package, the administration has not sought specific assurances from Saudi Arabia that it would be more supportive of the American effort in Iraq as a condition of receiving the arms package, the officials said.

@ The Times

Isn't that convenient, selling SA stuff that in all likelihood will prolong the wars in the ME even longer and will no doubt be used against our troops.

Those waffle heads in Congress better NOT approve the chimps deal, if they know whats good for them.

The audacity and of the chimp-in-chief is beyond belief.



DEN said...

Every day it becomes more clear that we are heading down the road to self elimination.

Judging from humanities' performance so far, we deserve whatever we get for being so effin stupid in the first place.

Had we held intelligence above stupidity there might have been hope, but the stupids won the evolutionary battle for superiority and as a result, intelligence has been relegated to the basement, and humanity will self extinguish.

DEN said...

Gotta go get stuff done.

Carry on!

micki said...

Den -- pretty heavy stuff for a carefree Saturday! Insanity abounds!

Dems must go fo the gut against GOP

I love this quote:

Can the Democrats aim for the gut? We’ll see. They might bear in mind what Adlai Stevenson said in 1956. The Democratic candidate was leaving a rally when a woman told him, “Every thinking person will be voting for you.” He replied: “Madam, that is not enough. I need a majority.”

micki said...

How's Darth cheney's jumpstart going?

I told Bill last week bush had surgery on his a**hole.

Now, this week his other a**hole has surgery.

I guess bush gets to be president for a while today.

I can't stand those jerks.

Over and out.

Alan said...

Good article Micki, and I luv'd that quote. I just sent the Mark Fiore animation to my list (minus you guys) with the quote as an addendum.

carol said...

My eyes hurt from crying. My cat died today. *sniff*

David B. Benson said...

Madam, that is not enough. I need a majority.

My best laugh (howl, actually) all week...

David B. Benson said...

Carol --- I sympathize. It took me years to fully come to terms with my cat dying.


Gerald said...

The corruption in the garbage dump called Washington, D.C. is uncontrolled. It simply amazes me how such a corrupt and evil country called Nazi America continues to exist. Nazi America's foundation is built on hatred, murders, torture, war crimes, corruption, decadence, greed, and lies. Such a foundation will destroy itself. Bush is a WEAK being and Nazi America EMULATES Bush. A WEAK person does not offer people any hope for a better world.

Gerald said...

Bush is guilty of treason

Gerald said...

The evidence just keeps growing and growing that sociopathic Bush/Republicans didn't simply fall asleep at the wheel during 9/11 -- they were DRIVING THE BLOODY CAR.

Gerald said...

Thoughts on Pat Tillman

Gerald said...

Watergate brought down a President because a Crime was committed, people were arrested and were facing charges. Facing charges, people wanted immunity and would talk for a deal. Many did, and then the fear of criminal prosecution brought Nixon staffers to the congress seeking similar deals. The rest is history. You have to wonder if something similar is fixing to happen over the death of Pat Tillman?


Gerald said...

Bush Fulfills His Grandfather's Dream

Gerald said...

It's remarkably common for a grandson to take up his grandfather's major project. This occurred to me when I read recently of Thor Heyerdahl's grandson taking up his mission to cross the Pacific on a raft. But what really struck me was the BBC story aired on July 23rd documenting President George W. Bush's grandfather's involvement in a 1933 plot to overthrow the U.S. government and install a fascist dictatorship. I knew the story, but had not considered the possibility that the grandson was trying to accomplish what his grandfather had failed to achieve.

Gerald said...

Separation of Church and State

Carol said...

My cat, even though he has a kitty door, was ALWAYS home. He left Thursday morning and didn't come home. This morning I looked under every spruce, in the lilac hedge, no cat. Just before noon I heard him meow at the back door. Hooray! I picked him up and brought him in and knew he needed to see a doctor. He just wasn't right and kept meowing.

We found a vet, not ours, that would open his office for $50.

To make a long story short, his private parts were covered in something gray which turned out to be millions of maggots! Doc said Louis probably had a stroke and the flies layed their eggs, which took three hours to hatch, then they started eating him. While the doctor was shaving his fur, bloody sores were revealed and the cat went limp. That was when the doctor suggested we put him down, that he wasn't going to make it. I guess the maggots were inside of him, too.

Anyway, he was my last cat. Charlie was put down last August.

Losing a pet is awful, Dr. B. It's going to be even worse when our dog, Izzy, goes. I mean, she's a dog with all that personality! She's like a person.

Oh, man, what a horrible day this has been. :(

Gerald said...

God has a plan

Gerald said...

We had a pet, dog. She was part of the family for fourteen years, three months, and fifteen days before we had to put her away. It was a very difficult and sad day.

Gerald said...

*For some reason I cannot have these two articles link so I can share them with you. If you can read these articles, you will learn a great deal about Bush and the War Racket. Good luck on pulling these articles up!!!

*Dangers of a Cornered George Bush As the nation and the world face 18 more months of George W. Bush's presidency, a chilling prospect is that Bush-- confronted with more defeats and reversals-- might just "lose it" and undertake even more reckless military adventures.

*The War Racket: How Americans Pay for Bush's War Crimes at the Bank, the Pump, the Shop & the Graveside The war on terrorism is a criminal fraud. War is a racket fought by the masses for privileged elites and big corporations. Bush's quagmire is fought for the benefit of no-bid contractors like Halliburton and Blackwater and financed by America's working poor and middle classes who pay for the war -with their lives abroad and with their jobs, their retirement prospects, and their access to health care.

Gerald said...

The two aticles can be found, hopefully, on the OpEdNews website.

micki said...

Oh, no, Carol, that is such a sad, sad story.

I sympathize with you. You sure did have a horrible day.

Go cuddle with Izzy.

Gerald said...

It took my wife 18 months to decide on whether she wanted new carpetting or a dog. She could not have both.

micki said...

Our dog, Ruff, grew up with our daughters. Ruff loved his walks even when he was just shy of 18 years old. The walks got kinda slow, but he wouldn't miss one for anything!

This was in Austin. Bill and I were walking him on his leash, ambling along under the live oaks in the neighborhood, and out darts a pit bull through an open gate!

The pit bull put his jaws around Ruff's neck and shook him unmercifully. It's a wonder the pit bull didn't attack Bill, he was pounding on him and yanking at him in a panic.

The owners came out and somehow got their damned dog off of Ruff.

Ruff died a couple of days later. We've never gotten over that. But we always focus on ALL the fun we had with Ruff.

Needless to say, I hate pit bulls. I don't care what anyone says. They're icky dogs.

DEN said...

Carol, so sad about your kitty like losing a member of the family.

Gerald, You want to go here for that article and more, scroll down.Chainy planning another 9/11.

Gerald said...

Dangers of a Cornered Bush

micki said...

Alan and Dr. B -- glad you got a kick out of that quote, too!

Gerald said...

DEN, I believe that I was able to link up one of the articles.

carol said...

Gerald, what did your wife choose?

DEN said...

As Cheney told Bob Schieffer of CBS's Face the Nation on April 15, 2007:

'The greatest threat now is "a 9/11 occurring with a group of terrorists armed not with airline tickets and box cutters, but with a nuclear weapon in the middle of one of our own cities."'

Pelosi and Reid need to toss out their fatuous countdown clocks, and get out their impeachment stopwatches fast.

From the above linked article.

DEN said...

Gerald, in the future if you want to locate an article, do a Google search by typing in the title or the topic in the search window.

I have entered entire statements by copy/paste and found stuff I was looking for.

DEN said...

Me thinks LA is toast.

DEN said...

I hate those evil NAZI bastards!

The Prescott Bush article was especially enlightening.

Bush/Cheney: Get your grubby NAZI mitts off my country!

DEN said...


David B. Benson said...

Den --- LA?

Los Angeles? Yes, the DWP there has a video out showing why they will be unable to cope with a heatwave.

DEN said...

Doc, I figure it is chainys target spot for the next 9/11 event, I don't trust neo-fascists hungry for more power.

Why the hell am I even entertaining those thoughts?

I know how ruthless the cabal is, you don't have to dig too far to find the sinister events they have set in place to gain their power.

Evil! through and through.

DEN said...

Pause for dinner.

Carry on!

David B. Benson said...

Den --- There was taht weird bit about Air Force 2 going to some air base in New Hampshire and the guards turning into blackguards.

Maybe he's planning to do in the neighboring state of Vermont as too independent...

Gerald said...

Stupid does as Stupid is

David B. Benson said...

Er, Blackwaterites, that is...

Gerald said...

Under the Amendment, our sons and daughters will be abandoned with no way home. Maybe if it wasn't our sons and daughters being abandoned we could join in with MoveOn and American's Against Escalation and be thankful the Democrats want some of them home. Next time you say, "support the troops," try to include all the troops.

Gerald said...

The War Racket

I believe that I have been able to link up the second article.

Gerald said...

Even Rats Learn So What's the GOP's Excuse!

Gerald said...

War is a racket fought by the masses for privileged elites, big corporations, and venal politcians like Bush. Bush's quagmire is fought for the benefit of no-bid contractors like Halliburton and Blackwater and financed by America's working poor and middle classes who pay for the war —with their lives abroad and with their jobs, their retirement prospects, and their access to health care at home. Bush's base —the nation's elite, his corporate sponsors, and the so-called defense industry —have paid nothing, risked nothing! Rather —they feed at the trough. The upper one percent of the population has gotten several tax cuts while the big oil companies report record profits rising concurrently with higher prices at the pump.

Gerald said...

For some reason The War Racket came up under the article, "Even Rats Learn So What's the GOP's Excuse."

"Even Rats Learn" --so what's the GOP's excuse?
For almost a century now the GOP has thrown the word "treason" around to describe Constitutionally protected dissent. How will it feel, I wonder, when the opposition hurls it back and makes it stick?

So much happens in so little time that time itself seems a folded telescope. I seem to recall the emergence of a well-timed recording purportedly from Bin Laden. How convenient that it emerged at a critical moment in Bush's bid for re-election! More disturbing were the celebrations throughout GOP ranks. Some Republicans went so far as to say that the tape was a "gift" to George W's otherwise failed re-election bid!

Am I the only one that sees in those statements an ugly fact about Republicanism? What word describes a dwindling segment of Grinches who find, in an alleged threat to the lives of American citizens, a reason to celebrate?

DEN said...


DEN said...

Does everyones little lock in the address bar have a red line thru it?

micki said...

'NYT': Impeach Gonzales -- If Plea for Special Prosecutor Denied

By E&P Staff

Published: July 28, 2007 9:45 PM ET

NEW YORK In a dramatic Sunday editorial, The New York Times carefully reviews the current accusations and denials surrounding embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales before closing on a stunning note: "Democratic lawmakers are asking for a special prosecutor to look into Mr. Gonzales’s words and deeds. Solicitor General Paul Clement has a last chance to show that the Justice Department is still minimally functional by fulfilling that request.

"If that does not happen, Congress should impeach Mr. Gonzales."

Earlier the editorial had observed: "Americans have been waiting months for Mr. Bush to fire Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who long ago proved that he was incompetent and more recently has proved that he can’t tell the truth. Mr. Bush refused to fire him after it was clear Mr. Gonzales lied about his role in the political purge of nine federal prosecutors. And he is still refusing to do so — even after testimony by the F.B.I. director, Robert Mueller, that suggests that Mr. Gonzales either lied to Congress about Mr. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping operation or at the very least twisted the truth so badly that it amounts to the same thing."

micki said...

What little lock?

DEN said...

Just hope they have the votes to do it.

Despite being a total asshole, he was gushed upon and given a free ride by many a repug senator instead of hard questions.

Those Senators are not worthy of their positions.

Un-American fascist traitors.

But they can still vote and twist enough around to their way of thinking.

We need Senators that love America more than themselves.

And voters that know the difference.

micki said...

July 29, 2007
Mr. Gonzales’s Never-Ending Story

President Bush often insists he has to be the decider — ignoring Congress and the public when it comes to the tough matters on war, terrorism and torture, even deciding whether an ordinary man in Florida should be allowed to let his wife die with dignity. Apparently that burden does not apply to the functioning of one of the most vital government agencies, the Justice Department.

Americans have been waiting months for Mr. Bush to fire Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, who long ago proved that he was incompetent and more recently has proved that he can’t tell the truth. Mr. Bush refused to fire him after it was clear Mr. Gonzales lied about his role in the political purge of nine federal prosecutors. And he is still refusing to do so — even after testimony by the F.B.I. director, Robert Mueller, that suggests that Mr. Gonzales either lied to Congress about Mr. Bush’s warrantless wiretapping operation or at the very least twisted the truth so badly that it amounts to the same thing.

Mr. Gonzales has now told Congress twice that there was no dissent in the government about Mr. Bush’s decision to authorize the National Security Agency to spy on Americans’ international calls and e-mails without obtaining the legally required warrant. Mr. Mueller and James Comey, a former deputy attorney general, say that is not true. Not only was there disagreement, but they also say that they almost resigned over the dispute.

Both men say that in March 2004 — when Mr. Gonzales was still the White House counsel — the Justice Department refused to endorse a continuation of the wiretapping program because it was illegal. (Mr. Comey was running the department temporarily because Attorney General John Ashcroft had emergency surgery.) Unwilling to accept that conclusion, Vice President Dick Cheney sent Mr. Gonzales and another official to Mr. Ashcroft’s hospital room to get him to approve the wiretapping.

Mr. Comey and Mr. Mueller intercepted the White House team, and they say they watched as a groggy Mr. Ashcroft refused to sign off on the wiretapping and told the White House officials to leave. Mr. Comey said the White House later modified the eavesdropping program enough for the Justice Department to sign off.

Last week, Mr. Gonzales denied that account. He told the Senate Judiciary Committee the dispute was not about the wiretapping operation but was over “other intelligence activities.” He declined to say what those were.

Lawmakers who have been briefed on the administration’s activities said the dispute was about the one eavesdropping program that has been disclosed. So did Mr. Comey. And so did Mr. Mueller, most recently on Thursday in a House hearing. He said he had kept notes.

That was plain enough. It confirmed what most people long ago concluded: that Mr. Gonzales is more concerned about doing political-damage control for Mr. Bush — in this case insisting that there was never a Justice Department objection to a clearly illegal program — than in doing his duty. But the White House continued to defend him.

As far as we can tell, there are three possible explanations for Mr. Gonzales’s talk about a dispute over other — unspecified — intelligence activities. One, he lied to Congress. Two, he used a bureaucratic dodge to mislead lawmakers and the public: the spying program was modified after Mr. Ashcroft refused to endorse it, which made it “different” from the one Mr. Bush has acknowledged. The third is that there was more wiretapping than has been disclosed, perhaps even purely domestic wiretapping, and Mr. Gonzales is helping Mr. Bush cover it up.

Democratic lawmakers are asking for a special prosecutor to look into Mr. Gonzales’s words and deeds. Solicitor General Paul Clement has a last chance to show that the Justice Department is still minimally functional by fulfilling that request.

If that does not happen, Congress should impeach Mr. Gonzales.

DEN said...

Micki, you might not have one on your MAC, but on Windows it is in the address bar all the way to the right and the screen lower right.

Usually should be orange signifying a secure connection, the red line diagonally across it means it is not.

Maybe a Google Glitch.

micki said...


NYT editorial

carol said...

The little lock if you sign in and your name is blue. I guess. I gave up signing in ages ago.

carol said...

Oh, you mean the padlock just above the system tray? No red line thru it here.

micki said...

July 29, 2007, The New York Times
Op-Ed Columnist
Who Really Took Over During That Colonoscopy


THERE was, of course, gallows humor galore when Dick Cheney briefly grabbed the wheel of our listing ship of state during the presidential colonoscopy last weekend. Enjoy it while it lasts. A once-durable staple of 21st-century American humor is in its last throes. We have a new surrogate president now. Sic transit Cheney. Long live David Petraeus!

It was The Washington Post that first quantified General Petraeus’s remarkable ascension. President Bush, who mentioned his new Iraq commander’s name only six times as the surge rolled out in January, has cited him more than 150 times in public utterances since, including 53 in May alone.

As always with this White House’s propaganda offensives, the message in Mr. Bush’s relentless repetitions never varies. General Petraeus is the “main man.” He is the man who gives “candid advice.” Come September, he will be the man who will give the president and the country their orders about the war.

And so another constitutional principle can be added to the long list of those junked by this administration: the quaint notion that our uniformed officers are supposed to report to civilian leadership. In a de facto military coup, the commander in chief is now reporting to the commander in Iraq. We must “wait to see what David has to say,” Mr. Bush says.

Actually, we don’t have to wait. We already know what David will say. He gave it away to The Times of London last month, when he said that September “is a deadline for a report, not a deadline for a change in policy.” In other words: Damn the report (and that irrelevant Congress that will read it) — full speed ahead. There will be no change in policy. As Michael Gordon reported in The New York Times last week, General Petraeus has collaborated on a classified strategy document that will keep American troops in Iraq well into 2009 as we wait for the miracles that will somehow bring that country security and a functioning government.

Though General Petraeus wrote his 1987 Princeton doctoral dissertation on “The American Military and the Lessons of Vietnam,” he has an unshakable penchant for seeing light at the end of tunnels. It has been three Julys since he posed for the cover of Newsweek under the headline “Can This Man Save Iraq?” The magazine noted that the general’s pacification of Mosul was “a textbook case of doing counterinsurgency the right way.” Four months later, the police chief installed by General Petraeus defected to the insurgents, along with most of the Sunni members of the police force. Mosul, population 1.7 million, is now an insurgent stronghold, according to the Pentagon’s own June report.

By the time reality ambushed his textbook victory, the general had moved on to the mission of making Iraqi troops stand up so American troops could stand down. “Training is on track and increasing in capacity,” he wrote in The Washington Post in late September 2004, during the endgame of the American presidential election. He extolled the increased prowess of the Iraqi fighting forces and the rebuilding of their infrastructure.

The rest is tragic history. Were the Iraqi forces on the trajectory that General Petraeus asserted in his election-year pep talk, no “surge” would have been needed more than two years later. We would not be learning at this late date, as we did only when Gen. Peter Pace was pressed in a Pentagon briefing this month, that the number of Iraqi battalions operating independently is in fact falling — now standing at a mere six, down from 10 in March.

But even more revealing is what was happening at the time that General Petraeus disseminated his sunny 2004 prognosis. The best account is to be found in “The Occupation of Iraq,” the authoritative chronicle by Ali Allawi published this year by Yale University Press. Mr. Allawi is not some anti-American crank. He was the first civilian defense minister of postwar Iraq and has been an adviser to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki; his book was praised by none other than the Iraq war cheerleader Fouad Ajami as “magnificent.”

Mr. Allawi writes that the embezzlement of the Iraqi Army’s $1.2 billion arms procurement budget was happening “under the very noses” of the Security Transition Command run by General Petraeus: “The saga of the grand theft of the Ministry of Defense perfectly illustrated the huge gap between the harsh realities on the ground and the Panglossian spin that permeated official pronouncements.” Mr. Allawi contrasts the “lyrical” Petraeus pronouncements in The Post with the harsh realities of the Iraqi forces’ inoperable helicopters, flimsy bulletproof vests and toy helmets. The huge sums that might have helped the Iraqis stand up were instead “handed over to unscrupulous adventurers and former pizza parlor operators.”

Well, anyone can make a mistake. And when General Petraeus cited soccer games as an example of “the astonishing signs of normalcy” in Baghdad last month, he could not have anticipated that car bombs would kill at least 50 Iraqis after the Iraqi team’s poignant victory in the Asian Cup semifinals last week. This general may well be, as many say, the brightest and bravest we have. But that doesn’t account for why he has been invested by the White House and its last-ditch apologists with such singular power over the war.

On “Meet the Press,” Lindsey Graham, one of the Senate’s last gung-ho war defenders in either party, mentioned General Petraeus 10 times in one segment, saying he would “not vote for anything” unless “General Petraeus passes on it.” Desperate hawks on the nation’s op-ed pages not only idolize the commander daily but denounce any critics of his strategy as deserters, defeatists and enemies of the troops.

That’s because the Petraeus phenomenon is not about protecting the troops or American interests but about protecting the president. For all Mr. Bush’s claims of seeking “candid” advice, he wants nothing of the kind. He sent that message before the war, with the shunting aside of Eric Shinseki, the general who dared tell Congress the simple truth that hundreds of thousands of American troops would be needed to secure Iraq. The message was sent again when John Abizaid and George Casey were supplanted after they disagreed with the surge.

Two weeks ago, in his continuing quest for “candid” views, Mr. Bush invited a claque consisting exclusively of conservative pundits to the White House and inadvertently revealed the real motive for the Petraeus surrogate presidency. “The most credible person in the fight at this moment is Gen. David Petraeus,” he said, in National Review’s account.

To be the “most credible” person in this war team means about as much as being the most sober tabloid starlet in the Paris-Lindsay cohort. But never mind. What Mr. Bush meant is that General Petraeus is famous for minding his press coverage, even to the point of congratulating the ABC News anchor Charles Gibson for “kicking some butt” in the Nielsen ratings when Mr. Gibson interviewed him last month. The president, whose 65 percent disapproval rating is now just one point shy of Richard Nixon’s pre-resignation nadir, is counting on General Petraeus to be the un-Shinseki and bestow whatever credibility he has upon White House policies and pronouncements.

He is delivering, heaven knows. Like Mr. Bush, he has taken to comparing the utter stalemate in the Iraqi Parliament to “our own debates at the birth of our nation,” as if the Hamilton-Jefferson disputes were akin to the Shiite-Sunni bloodletting. He is also starting to echo the administration line that Al Qaeda is the principal villain in Iraq, a departure from the more nuanced and realistic picture of the civil-war-torn battlefront he presented to Senate questioners in his confirmation hearings in January.

Mr. Bush has become so reckless in his own denials of reality that he seems to think he can get away with saying anything as long as he has his “main man” to front for him. The president now hammers in the false litany of a “merger” between Osama bin Laden’s Al Qaeda and what he calls “Al Qaeda in Iraq” as if he were following the Madison Avenue script declaring that “Cingular is now the new AT&T.” He doesn’t seem to know that nearly 40 other groups besides Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia have adopted Al Qaeda’s name or pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden worldwide since 2003, by the count of the former C.I.A. counterterrorism official Michael Scheuer. They may follow us here well before any insurgents in Iraq do.

On Tuesday — a week after the National Intelligence Estimate warned of the resurgence of bin Laden’s Qaeda in Pakistan — Mr. Bush gave a speech in which he continued to claim that “Al Qaeda in Iraq” makes Iraq the central front in the war on terror. He mentioned Al Qaeda 95 times but Pakistan and Pervez Musharraf not once. Two days later, his own top intelligence officials refused to endorse his premise when appearing before Congress. They are all too familiar with the threats that are building to a shrill pitch this summer.

Should those threats become a reality while America continues to be bogged down in Iraq, this much is certain: It will all be the fault of President Petraeus.

DEN said...

Ok, did a hard shutdown and re-booted and peace has once again returned to the computer valley, YAY!

Address bar has a yellowish tint and the lock is set.

DEN said...