Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Sy Hersh


In a series of public statements in recent months, President Bush and members of his Administration have redefined the war in Iraq, to an increasing degree, as a strategic battle between the United States and Iran. “Shia extremists, backed by Iran, are training Iraqis to carry out attacks on our forces and the Iraqi people,” Bush told the national convention of the American Legion in August. “The attacks on our bases and our troops by Iranian-supplied munitions have increased. . . . The Iranian regime must halt these actions. And, until it does, I will take actions necessary to protect our troops.” He then concluded, to applause, “I have authorized our military commanders in Iraq to confront Tehran’s murderous activities.”

The President’s position, and its corollary—that, if many of America’s problems in Iraq are the responsibility of Tehran, then the solution to them is to confront the Iranians—have taken firm hold in the Administration. This summer, the White House, pushed by the office of Vice-President Dick Cheney, requested that the Joint Chiefs of Staff redraw long-standing plans for a possible attack on Iran, according to former officials and government consultants. The focus of the plans had been a broad bombing attack, with targets including Iran’s known and suspected nuclear facilities and other military and infrastructure sites. Now the emphasis is on “surgical” strikes on Revolutionary Guard Corps facilities in Tehran and elsewhere, which, the Administration claims, have been the source of attacks on Americans in Iraq. What had been presented primarily as a counter-proliferation mission has been reconceived as counterterrorism.

@ The New Yorker

Sabre rattling by a supposed Lame Duck? Or covering for deadeye dicks war planning, either way the fascist regime is on it's way to causing more grief and garbage in the World and inciting more death and destruction. All that while the Congress sits on it's hands.

The nightmare continues unabated. Will someone PLEASE stop these idiots?

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42 comments:

DEN said...

I will be off line again trying to finish up this computer resurrection business, arrrggghhh!

Carry on!

micki said...

Hi, Jeanne! Nice to see you!

Yeah, Blackwater's "water" runs pretty damned deep, doesn't it? Looks like Miss Condi has lots of explaining to do about her oversight role at Department of State!

Maybe the Dems should just shut down the entire government until January 20, 2009, if they can't impeach the bastards! (Geez, could a shuttered government be worse than what we've got?!)

micki said...

Carey said: It was either Thom Hartmann or the local guy that said that they are repackaging the deal on Iran cuz they couldn't sell the nuclear bomb threat. It's going to be about terrorism now.

Yup. Terrorism gets the people all stirred up into a frenzy. Repeating...FEAR IS A RENEWABLE RESOURCE!

micki said...

The Modern Mercenary to the Rescue!

If a mercenary is a person (soldier) who fights for money rather than out of a moral or legal obligation to his/her country, then Blackwater "contractors" are mercenaries.

I have the awful feeling that the Repugs are going to come out on top after these hearings -- the American people are likely going to come to the conclusion that the "modern" mercenary is a necessary evil, so we should all STFU about it and let them do their job. But, these same American people should be very, very concerned about where the mercenaries' loyalty lies.

Most of these guys have previous military experience -- and it seems to me that their primary interest lies in running profitable enterprises, not in securing safety and democracy. I wouldn't be surprised if the outcome from these hearings will be Repug bills legalizing mercenary companies as bona fide "armies" and seeking regulations to make them a potential (and potent!) tool of foreign policy.

P.S. Put him in a uniform, and Erik Prince reminds me of Ollie North on the witness stand. Yikes!

micki said...

For what it's worth, I also think that...

...that blundered MoveOn ad is going to be flogged all the way through the '08 elections.

Thanks alot, Eli!

Alan said...

...the American people are likely going to come to the conclusion that the "modern" mercenary is a necessary evil, so we should all STFU about it and let them do their job.

Welp, I THINK that if normal Americans (most of 'em dumbasses who either don't have the time or inclination to stay 'up' on these things) knew we were paying Blackwater $1200.00-a day of THEIR tax dollars for those mercenaries (while real soldiers get a fraction of that), they might think it wasn't good idea at all. Maybe another MoveOn ad is called for.

Alan said...

What's good for the goose (MoveOn) is good for the gander (Fox News contributor and frequent O'Reilly guest David Hunt).

Top Military Officials are a Disgrace to Those They Lead

Our generals are betraying our soldiers … again.
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Think this will be flogged too?

Alan said...

dammmmmit! C-SPAN is always so frustrating online. I average about a minute before it just STOPS and I have to stop 'n start the media player to get it to connect again. grrrrr! I fkn gave up listening to the Blackwater hearings going on right now.

DEN said...

Alan, Go HERE for the hearings, works A-OK

Alan said...

hmmm All I seen were links to text files and .pdf's of testimony at that site. I didn't see a streaming video link. I think C-SPAN has too many ppl trying to watch it there for their bandwidth. It happens every time there's a 'good' hearing.
*shrug*
I guess I'll go to Firedoglake and READ about it.

micki said...

If Barack Obama gets traction from this speech today, Clinton, Edwards, et al. will be the losers

Carey said...

It was Eli, wasn't it Micki? He was out there defending it, I might add he did an okay job with that. Still.....

You're right about the dragging it all the way through the election cycle.

I haven't had time to read Hersh yet. What, is Oct. 15th some sort of date Den?

Shoot--I'm probably too late for the hearings. David C. has changed jobs I guess you all know.

micki said...

Alan, earlier today Bill and I watched some of the hearings at WaPo's site -- the video was good, not jerky, or anything.

micki said...

David C. has changed jobs I guess you all know.

Carey, yeah, quite a move, eh? A while back (wish I could remember when -- a month or so?), I recall when Corn and Katrina VDH had a minor dust-up on something or other, and I "joked" @ AR or here, that Corn" had better be looking for a new job" disagreeing like that with the boss!

I was only joshing...

Carey said...

Blackwater hearings rerun on CSPAN 3 now.

Already I feel a tight throat feeling.

Carey said...

As always, HI JEANNE!

We sure do miss you but know you're out there fighting the good fight.

As a Repug rattles on about why Blackwater employees get jillions of bucks in salaries, how heroic they are and all, I wanted to tell...

Dr. B,

I heard of the phenomenally huge impact coalfield fires have on global warming on a radio feature. My God.

David B. Benson said...

Carey --- Do you recall just how big an impact? I'm having troubles getting a grip on the size, other than substantial.

Hard on the poor orangutans, too...

micki said...

Arctic Ice Melt Unnerves the Experts - NYT

David B. Benson said...

Even unnerves the non-experts!

Carey said...

Oh. That's kinda interesting Micki. One always wonders why a person would choose to leave The Nation with its enormous prestige and hallowed tradition.

Usually it's money. Lefties don't get paid well if at all.

So far the rerun of the Blackwater hearing is boring--just a showcase for Blackwater to look like heros. You know, against the giant forces of terrorism.

Yikes.

___________________

Dr. B,

I heard it when I was slightly distracted but I remember something like over a half or even more--it was a sketchy report focusing on China's impact alone. The impact figure for the whole planet was shockingly gargantuan but hazy to recollect. That's why I was so flimsy with the language.

Impossible to overcome thirty times over is how I reacted as I recall.

How's that for how scientific I am?

micki said...

180-year-old fire extinguished

BEIJING, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Chinese firefighters have succeeded in putting out an underground coal fire that had burned unabated for 180 years.

More than $53 million had been spent over the past decade trying to extinguish the Rujigou coal field fire, which had consumed about 1 million tons of high-quality anthracite coal annually, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported Sunday. The underground inferno was finally put out last month.

Officials had estimated the fire caused economic loss of $40 million and discharged 90,000 tons of hazardous substances into the air each year.

It's not certain how the coal fire started but folklore has it that ill-treated miners set their mine on fire because of a beef with their boss.

"It's impossible to prove the legend. But there was a good chance that the fire started from the ground in the first place as miners used to camp on the mining field, lighting fires to cook or warm themselves," said Zhang Wenjiang, chairman of the Shenhua-Ningxia Coal Industry Group Co.

Copyright 2007 by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

micki said...

Carey, you are so scientific, you could be Chief Science Correspondent for Fox News. ;-))

micki said...

Dr. B, don't be modest. You are an expert.

Everything is relative....

micki said...

Oh...maybe you weren't referring to yourself. ;-)

David B. Benson said...

Your highly relative expert says:

Good, China put one out. Now they only have another 20--40 to go.

Indonesia seems not to have even started and they have about 1300 to go...

º¿carol said...

There was an underground coal fire burning in PA years ago and it's probably still going. Can't remember the name of the town. Did it start with a C? Hmmm. Think I'll Google it.

º¿carol said...

It WAS a C. I'm good at remembering the first letter of things.

Centralia Pennsylvania Underground Mine Fire burning since 1962. Now I'll get the article.

micki said...

CArol, I think it's CENTRALIA.

How do I know that? Because there is a town in Washington State by the same name...

micki said...

oops...I see you already found that out!

º¿carol said...

Here's the Centralia story

Never mind. That's another site that won't link. So here's the URL to copy/paste into your browser. http://snipurl.com/1roa9

Or you can Google it yourself. I typed in "Pennsylvania coal fire" and lots of links came up.

micki said...

Article on coal fires -- mentions Centralia, Indonesia, and others -- interesting

Carey said...

Now they only have another 20--40 to go.

That was the gist of the radio story David. That it's so, so much--every which we look--it cannot be overcome.

I find knowing this kind of cataclysmic stuff inhibits daily casual conversations.

"Yeah, well, if you think that dish stack was too high this morning you ain't heard nuthin yet! If that's all ya got to complain about!"

micki said...

A minister was asked to dinner by one of his parishioners, who he knew was an unkempt housekeeper. When he sat down at the table, he noticed that the dishes were the dirtiest that he had ever seen in his life.

"Were these dishes ever washed?" he asked his hostess, running his fingers over the grit and grime.

She replied, "They're as clean as soap and water could get them."

He felt a bit apprehensive, but blessed the food anyway and started eating. It was really delicious and he said so, despite the dirty dishes.

When dinner was over, the hostess took the dishes outside and yelled, "Here Soap! Here Water!"

micki said...

After that joke, everyone left!

I can see why.

DEN said...

Hey I thought is was funny as hell!

Did anyone notice the utter arrogance of the Backwater boss and his State dept. goomer pals?

Like they were doing the Committee a real big favor being there.

I thought so.

Waxman spanked down the SD dude real good when he told him:

Waxman: Why did the State Department help Blackwater get the employee the hell out of Dodge after the incident?

Richard Griffin: Can’t comment on an ongoing investigation.

Waxman: Not asking you about that. The State Department even told Blackwater to pay off the family and “sweep the whole incident under the rug.” What’s up with that?

Griffin: I would say that the area of what should be prosecuted is very murky.

Waxman: You mean there’s a question as to whether this is criminal, when a person hired by a contractor shoots and kills an Iraqi in the green zone, that this isn’t criminal? And then the State Department suggested how much should be paid, and helped him get out of the country?

Griffin: That’s your judgment about what happened.
..........................

Asshole taking too much of our tax dollars to be an asshole to the oversight committee.

DEN said...

I like Riredog Lake

They followed the hearing closely.

DEN said...

FIREdog, dammit Jim! FIREdog!

Carey said...

For the record--I loved the joke.

Den--Blackwater--oh my God! We're peering into the eyes of our literal enemy.

DEN said...

And the enemy is American!

DEN said...

z.z.z.z.z.z(interrupted sleep)z.z.z.z.z.z

micki said...

Joseph Schmitz, COO and general counsel for the Prince Group, Blackwater's parent company, is married to Lucila Garnica Gallo, Colomba Bush's sister -- Jeb Bush's wife. The one who tried to cheat going through customs with $19,000 worth of crapola that she bought but FORGOT about.

Well, anyway...what's even more bizarre is that Schmitz's sister is Mary Kay Letourneau.

Does anyone remember her? The schoolteacher who fell for a waaaaaaay under-age student and had a couple of kids together? (I remember because she taught in the Seattle area.)

Mary Kay Schmitz Letourneau -- daughter of Repug California Congressman and sister of Joseph Schmitz from wiki

Gawdalmighty! Those Repugs are a weird group!

carol said...

Wow! I can't believe the connections Blackwater has. Jeb Bush's wife and Letourneau?

Prince's brother-in-law almost became governor of Michigan! Dick DeVos would have had his own army.