Thursday, May 29, 2008

Loose Lips...




McClellan’s candid comments about how administration officials made the case to invade Iraq in March 2003 reverberated throughout the Beltway and immediately became fodder for the two remaining Democratic presidential hopefuls after excerpts from the book began emerging online Tuesday night.

However, McClellan said that it wasn't until he realized that he may have been led to deliver false information to the media about two senior administration officials’ roles in outing Valerie Plame as a CIA operative that he knew he would someday have to tell his story.

“My hope is that by writing this book and sharing openly and honestly what I learned is that in some small way it might help us move beyond the partisan warfare of the past 15 years. There’s a larger purpose to this book. It’s about looking at the permanent campaign culture in Washington, D.C., and how we can move beyond it,” he said.

@ MSNBC

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I'm thinking this is not what the chimpy gang needed right now. It appears Dana(psyco)Perino is projecting her mental illness upon Scotty. She lies so excruciatingly well you know.

The rest think they had hidden the antics of the chimp gang well enough but Scotty changed all that so they are out there wondering what made Scotty go bad enough to narc them out?

And in my suspicious mind I see these revelations as purposeful to cause further distraction away from the reality of thousands of injured troops and thousands of dead ones as a result of the gangs' ineptitude and the 'gut' feelings of a spoiled kid from a rich family that with others needs to be put behind bars for a very long time.

As long as those so called humans are running the show, no one is safe.

Watch your back there Scotty!

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33 comments:

micki said...

I wouldn't buy Snotty's book to take it to a book burning. However, after reading a bit about the book's contents and hearing McClellan on the radio, I've come to the conclusion that this is nothing more than an extremely clever case of uber-spin.

McClellan claims his continuing admiration and respect for his former colleagues, with the intention of blaming the media for the "misinformation" churned out my the WH spinners. This book is the furthest thing from true muckraking -- it is a perfectly-timed attempt to change the subject from the morally bankrupt, corrupt bu$h administration to further denigrate the "liberal media" who had control of the message all along. In other words, "It wasn't us who mislead you, it was the liberal media and its hostile, anti-bu$h bias. We are the victims."

Snotty probably got a fat check from the Repugs to agree to be the "author" of this book.

micki said...

Truthout, William Rivers Pitt, interviews (using the term loosely) Ron Paul (click on video)

This one's for Saladin.

The text says that Paul intends to take his "campaign" all the way to the Republican Convention.

Saladin said...

Yes he does Micki, as the only true anti-war candidate he has started a revolution that we will not back down from. No longer are the people willing to accept endless carnage and plunder in the middle east in exchange for a few crumbs thrown to the peasants from the Dems on high, neither will we allow a lunatic like McCain to finish driving this country over the cliff. Not without at least TRYING to bring it to a halt. FUCK THAT!

Saladin said...

Desmond Tutu in Gaza.

http://desertpeace.wordpress.com/2008/05/29/updates-on-desmond-tutus-visit-to-gaza/

Tutu plunges into heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

BEIT HANUN, Gaza Strip (AFP) — Nobel Peace laureate Desmond Tutu on Wednesday plunged into the harsh reality of the conflict in Gaza where a tearful Palestinian family recounted losing loved ones in an Israeli attack and the ruling Hamas movement expounded its hardline stance.

The South African cleric, heading a team of UN human rights observers, listened to members of the Assamna family tell of a 2006 Israeli shelling of their village that killed 19 civilians, including eight children, while they were sleeping.

On the top floor of the Assamna’s bombed home, the glass in the windows is gone and there is a hole in the ceiling and the blue sky can been seen through the rusted iron frame of the house.

“I was here with my son. I was holding his hand when he died. Can you imagine a mother holding the intestines of her own son,” said Tahini al-Assamna through her tears, describing the scene after the attack.

Tutu commented that the purpose of the visit was to gather information to write a report for the UN Human Rights Council, “but we wanted to say that we are quite devastated.”

The Palestinian woman told Tutu and his UN team that she also lost three brothers-in-law in the attack. And her husband was killed two days before the bombing during an Israeli army operation against rocket firings from Gaza.

Imad Okal, a UN representative in northern Gaza, looked around the Assamna house and commented that it was “very evident that this building was a residential home.”

Leaning against a scorched wall of the house, Saad Abdallah Assamna, 52, said he only hoped that “there will be an inquiry and those responsible will be judged before an international tribunal.

Tutu also met with the mayor of Beit Hanun, a member of the Islamic Hamas movement which has ruled Gaza since last June after ousting forces loyal to moderate Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

“The Israelis do not need any pretext to kill civilians. The only goal is to kill,” the mayor, Mohammed Naziq al-Kafarna, told Tutu and British professor Christine Chinkin who is accompanying the mission.

“What we have seen confirms that what has happened is totally unacceptable,” said Tutu, also conveying his sympathies to the townspeople.

But the longtime anti-apartheid and peace activist pointed out that there is also suffering on the other side of the border in Israel.

“We also say that the people of Sderot suffer from the Qassam rockets. We care about them too,” said Tutu, referring to the southern Israeli town that is the frequent target of rockets fired by Palestinian militants from Gaza.”

“The two people, Israeli and Palestinian, can live peacefully together but it cannot happen through acts of violence,” he said.

The Palestinian mayor frowned and responded: “You must realize that the Palestinians are fighting for their rights. The rockets are one reaction” to Israeli military operations.

“Rockets are nothing in the face of Israeli Apache helicopters and F-16s which kill our children day and night,” he added.

But Tutu interrupted the mayor to say “any attack against civilians, whatever their motivations, is a violation” against human rights.

Israel has refused to allow the UN rights observers to visit Sderot to speak with the victims of rocket firings from Gaza. It also refused to issue visas to the UN Human Rights Council team sent to Gaza to investigate the 2006 slaughter.

Tutu and his team on Tuesday circumvented Israeli restrictions by entering the Palestinian territory through the crossing with Egypt, which was opened especially for them.

As for the killings in Beit Hanun, the Israeli army announced in February that no charges would be brought against Israeli soldiers over the attack.

After an internal investigation, Israel concluded that shelling the civilians’ homes was “a rare and grave technical error of the artillery radar system.”

The army said it had been aiming its artillery at an area from which Palestinian militants were firing rockets at Israel but, due to the technical problem, the shells instead hit two homes.

This video says it all. Baby murdering Israel, your day is coming.

The truth WILL get out and we will spread it worldwide. Israel cannot stop this from happening!

David B. Benson said...

I finished reading Walden Bello's The Nation article.

A thorough indictment of noncon Friedmanesque free-tradism.

David B. Benson said...

Don't say I didn't warm you (but not soon enough):

Q&A: Rising world food prices

Short, so rather superficial, but still the article makes a few good points.

tytandanmar said...

I hate to be the first to say this but isn't McCain's proposal for him and Obama to visit Iraq a recipe for disaster? Two presidential front-runners in a country still at war prior to the presidential election? For those who theorize that Bush will not be leaving office in January 09, this scenario could very well play out if such a visit ended in disaster.

micki said...

Op/Ed in NYT

THE RICH GET HUNGRIER

Amartya Sen writes for The New York Times, "The recent rise in food prices has largely been caused by temporary problems like drought in Australia, Ukraine and elsewhere. Though the need for huge rescue operations is urgent, the present acute crisis will eventually end. But underlying it is a basic problem that will only intensify unless we recognize it and try to remedy it."

micki said...

The post from Ty just reminded me.

Today I thought I was "seeing things" -- I rubbed my eyes and looked again at the bumper sticker on the Toyota Echo (surprising vehicle for the sentiment) in front of me at the light. Sure enough, it said:

RETAIN BUSH/CHENEY '08

What kind of a maroon would have THAT on his car?

tytandanmar said...

I agree Micki. Even as a conservative who voted for Bush/Cheney twice, I do not think that would be good for our country, no matter whether it was Republican or Democrat. But you must admit, there were many who wanted a constitutional challenge to be able to keep Clinton/Gore in as well. There are crazies on both sides.

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- For some wierd reason I can't get into the TNYT site. What's this about drought in the Ukraine?

David B. Benson said...

Nemmine, I found it:

Ukraine Drought Threatens Grain Crop, Quotas Loom

carey said...

uber-spin

Nice phrase, Micki. Interesting take too. I didn't think of that, but then, I've been uber-busy!

No, I wouldn't have thought of it anyway. Very, very interesting. Undoubtedly very close to the truth. Good job.

DEN said...

WASHINGTON, May 29 (Xinhua) -- NASA packed a new toilet pump aboard the space shuttle Discovery on Thursday to be sent to the International Space Station to fix its faulty Russian toilet, the U.S. space agency said Thursday.

The new toilet pump and some other replacement parts were rushed in from Russia to the United States last night and were stowed inside the payload bay of Discovery, which is perched at the launch pad of NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Discovery is scheduled to lift off at 5:02 p.m. EDT (2102 GMT) on Saturday. When it arrives at the station, its crew and the residents of the station will install the new toilet parts. The three station residents already in orbit currently are using alternatives to the toilet.

The station toilet acted up last week. It can work for solid waste disposal but requires additional steps for liquid waste. It must takes two crew members and 10 minutes of maintenance after three flushes, said Kirk Shireman, deputy International Space Station program manager at NASA.

"It is very inconvenient at this time because it requires a lot of manual intervention," Shireman said.

China View
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Ah that 'manual intervention' issue, rather messy you know especially in a weightless environment.

Let the Ruskies build toilets and what do you expect, ever see their cars?

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carey said...

Also, thank you Sal for the Tutu article and always thanks to David for all his very informative finds.

I find I bring up your name alot now, Doc. When citing a fact, or one of the many things you've taught us, I refer to you and my friends know who you are now.

You know I often bring up points one of you merry gang of dancing fools has made.

Aren't you pleased?

Carey said...

Odd, extremely odd.

RETAIN BUSH/CHENEY '08

Retain?? What kind of a campaign phrase is that?

Carey said...

Odd, extremely odd.

RETAIN BUSH/CHENEY '08

Retain?? What kind of a campaign phrase is that?

Carey said...

Sorry.

DEN said...

Carey, it means put a diaper on it to keep the fly's away, phew!

BZZZZZZ!

DEN said...

Carey, one more thing, thanks for the PR on us, one of these days we might all be in jail thanks to you!

DEN said...

Anyone catch Scotty on KO?

Buzzards coming back to roost.

One question, where does BIG OIL fit into the equation?

Scotty obviously left out of the loop a lot but was cognoscente enough to document and verify all he has written regarding what he saw.

Were the OILmen meeting secretly and influencing public policy or not?

He makes no reference to BIG OIL at all even though they are the biggest winners in the Iraq war.

Why?

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Hajji said...

Hey Y'all!

What a DIFF a couple weeks make!

Looks like we can concentrate on Obama vs. McSame now. How much influence do you choose to have on the opposing platforms?

Thank you so much to all those who've opposed the "status quo"! I had many drinks with some local Ron Paul supporters last Thursday...degenerated into a bi-gender trip to a local club to appreciate the first "inverted pole spin" ALL of us had ever witnessed (hey the beers were only $1.50! and they had Sierra Nevada Pale on tap!)

Fine folks...good genes...great purpose.

So...when it comes down to it...
______________________

Which side Are You On?
by Florence Reese
Come all of you good workers
Good news to you I'll tell
Of how that good old union
Has come in here to dwell

(Chorus)
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?

My daddy was a miner
And I'm a miner's son
And I'll stick with the union
Till every battle's won

They say in Harlan County
There are no neutrals there
You'll either be a union man
Or a thug for J.H. Blair

Oh, workers can you stand it?
Oh, tell me how you can
Will you be a lousy scab
Or will you be a man?

Don't scab for the bosses
Don't listen to their lies
Us poor folks haven't got a chance
Unless we organize
_______________

Speaking of organizing songs...Anybody heard anything from Robert Schwartz?

Hajji said...

Hey Y'all!

What a DIFF a couple weeks make!

Looks like we can concentrate on Obama vs. McSame now. How much influence do you choose to have on the opposing platforms?

Thank you so much to all those who've opposed the "status quo"! I had many drinks with some local Ron Paul supporters last Thursday...degenerated into a bi-gender trip to a local club to appreciate the first "inverted pole spin" ALL of us had ever witnessed (hey the beers were only $1.50! and they had Sierra Nevada Pale on tap!)

Fine folks...good genes...great purpose.

So...when it comes down to it...
______________________

Which side Are You On?
by Florence Reese
Come all of you good workers
Good news to you I'll tell
Of how that good old union
Has come in here to dwell

(Chorus)
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?
Which side are you on?

My daddy was a miner
And I'm a miner's son
And I'll stick with the union
Till every battle's won

They say in Harlan County
There are no neutrals there
You'll either be a union man
Or a thug for J.H. Blair

Oh, workers can you stand it?
Oh, tell me how you can
Will you be a lousy scab
Or will you be a man?

Don't scab for the bosses
Don't listen to their lies
Us poor folks haven't got a chance
Unless we organize
_______________

Speaking of organizing songs...Anybody heard anything from Robert Schwartz?

DEN said...

DWF's famous two-fer special going on right now.

DEN said...

Hit the daily double!

DEN said...

I'm hitting the hay!

micki said...

FROM NASA -- Stressed crops in Ukraine & Russia -- a map with explanatory notes

This map is from 2005, but a 2006 map link is available to the right screen.

Apparently, drought is not unusual in SE Ukraine -- but getting worse.

micki said...

Carey....indeed....what? But, by retain I think they simply mean "keep."

Infuckingincredible.

Hajji said...

Catch Carol King tonight on Tavis Smiley...

One of my personal heroes...

From "LocoMotion" to "LOCAL motion" on environment...

On the way she found out she was reaching women in "harems" in the M.E. in the 70's...

On how incredible it might be to have have J.Taylor or even ARETHA sing one of your songs to the highest heights imaginable.

...anyway, one of my personal heroes...

-T

Hajji said...

Oh, and special thanks to someone, somewhere...

“I would call my attorney general in and review every single executive order issued by George Bush and overturn those laws or executive decisions that I feel violate the constitution,” said Obama

Other goals for his first 100 days: work out a plan to withdraw troops from Iraq; make progress on alternative energy plans and launch legislation to reform the health care system.

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Which, of the two likely executives would YOU most like to petition?

thanx, Capt..

-T

Hajji said...

Micki,

Are you sure it didn't say "reSTRAIN Bush/Cheney '08"?

I'd pay a buck or two for THAT one!

-T

Hajji said...

Today I had occasion to investigate the origin of Descartes' "Cogito Ergo sum"

While I've had little in the way of formal philosophy training, it was new to me that the quote was preceded by "Dubito, ergo cogito, ergo sum (Latin: "I DOUBT, therefore I think, therefore I am")

A couple years of latin class does NOT a classic philosopher make!

Regardless...

To learn that the "DOUBT" (bonus being named "Thomas") is the basis of congnitive self realization...well that all comes together with the years of SDP (Sisters of Divine Providence)Muns and Jesuits teaching me to "Question EVERYTHING"...(and then being kinda sorry they taught me that, early on...)

43 years...and I can still learn something new.

go figgur!

-T

Carey said...

Den,

Excellent question on where Big Oil is in McClellan's book. Also could fit in with Micki's take, since Big Oil would prefer to keep a low profile.



Hajji,

No, I haven't heard anything about Robert Schwartz--I have his email if you're interested.