Saturday, June 12, 2004

Iraq Wars II: Attack of the NeoCons

That's how it is with George W. Bush and his neocon handlers. If this were a Saturday picture show and not reality as reported by American MegaMedia Inc., the audience would obviously see how the only characters benefitting from 9/11 was the Bush crew and their approval ratings. The same Bush crew whose lives and finances intersected closely with the Saudis and Bin Laden for decades. We would see that the anthrax attacks against Democratic Senators (Still unsolved. Who da thunk it?) coincided neatly with the panic atmosphere needed to pass the USA Patriot Act without much opposition.

The Saturday picture show movie-goers would have had to step out for popcorn to miss how our leaders manipulated the good guys into warring with Iraq, possibly the biggest enemy of Bin Laden in the Islamic world there ever was. The theater audience surely would have seen how our war with Iraq actually strengthened the fortunes of all sides of this unholy alliance - Bin Laden and his ilk have millions of followers now where before they had mere hundreds.

The position paper of the Dark Lords of the Sith, otherwise known as the Project for a New American Century, did in fact lay it all out. In September 2000,. Darth Rumsfeld, Darth Cheney, Darth Wolfowitz and a host of their disciples and retainers unveiled their first strategy paper, called "Rebuilding America's Defenses". It called for hiking up military spending to 5% of GDP and redeploying American forces to create an invincible military presence in the oil fields of the Middle East and other strategic parts of the planet. The paper observed that it was unlikely that their platform would be implemented "absent some catastrophic and catalyzing event – like a new Pearl Harbor" (page 51). The paper also recommended that Saddam Hussein's Iraq be used as the pretext for deploying a massive U.S. force in the Persian Gulf. "While the unresolved conflict with Iraq provides the immediate justification, the need for a substantial American force presence in the Gulf transcends the issue of the regime of Saddam Hussein" (p.14).

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Some things need no improvement, just distribution. My feeble effort...

Thursday, June 10, 2004

I Hereby Trademark "Rumsfeld War Crimes Tribunal"

I used it first, it's mine, if anybody else uses it I want paid.

Smells Like Sanchez

The mind-changer must have agreed to roll over on LTG Sanchez. If it was any of the Modern Major Generals on Sanchez's staff or at the Pentagram Faye could "interview" them.

Sometimes, not often but sometimes, you just start to feel sorry for that old fan that just keeps getting hit.

Reckon Ronnie would agree to Resurrect and Die about once a month until November??

Higher-Ranking Officer Is Sought to Lead the Abu Ghraib Inquiry

WASHINGTON, June 9 — The commander of American forces in the Middle East asked Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld this week to replace the general investigating suspected abuses by military intelligence soldiers at Abu Ghraib prison with a more senior officer, a step that would allow the inquiry to reach into the military's highest ranks in Iraq, Pentagon officials said Wednesday.

The request by the commander, Gen. John P. Abizaid, comes amid increasing criticism from lawmakers and some military officers that the half dozen investigations into detainee abuse at the prison may end up scapegoating a handful of enlisted soldiers and leaving many senior officers unaccountable.

General Abizaid's request, which defense officials said Mr. Rumsfeld would most likely approve, was set in motion in the last week when the current investigating officer, Maj. Gen. George R. Fay, told his superiors that he could not complete his inquiry without interviewing more senior-ranking officers, including Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the ground commander in Iraq.

But Army regulations prevent General Fay, a two-star general, from interviewing higher-ranking officers. So General Sanchez took the unusual step of asking to be removed as the reviewing authority for General Fay's report, and requesting that higher-ranking officers be appointed to conduct and review the investigation.


Then it gets even better...

Within the last several days, an important figure in the inquiry who had previously refused to cooperate with Army investigators suddenly reversed his position and agreed to work much more closely with investigators, a senior Senate aide and a senior Pentagon official said.

That important development prompted General Fay to send some of his 29-person team back into the field to conduct more interviews, the officials said. "A key witness, a key person who'd pled the military equivalent of the Fifth has changed his attitude, and Fay is reopening the investigation," the Senate official said.


The only way to keep this out of the news is for Reagan to get up and die again...

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Prisoners Sacrifice Selves for Their Wild Brethren

"In a stunning display of solidarity, captive dogs in Western Wyoming and Eastern Idaho have been eating poison baits intended for wolves. At least 8 dogs have martyred themselves and 13 have been sickened..."


Well, maybe that ain't exactly what it says here...

I have seen these amateur "control" schemes, most recently here when some budding Einstein decided to get rid of some beavers. Apparently somebody suggested Albert use Rotenone, liberally. Stuff makes beaver's coats shiny so they get laid more, but kills more or less everything else. Got a perfectly lovely lowland creek running beside 25 acres of beaver ponds, sterile for a mile and a half. No fish. No minnows. The turtles got out of the water to die in the woods. No frogs. No bugs. No crawfish.

Same thing happened about 4 years ago a couple of miles away in the same (Beech River) drainage. That area was subject to flooding about six months after being poisoned, and returned to "normal" within a year. Arms Creek, the one recently poisoned, is much less subject to flooding, and will probably recover slower.

If I ever catch Albert I hope he's thirsty...

Tuesday, June 08, 2004

Drinking the Kool-Aid

W. Patrick Lang

Col. Lang is president of Global Resources, Inc. and former defense intelligence officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). For a printable pdf version of this article, click here.

Throughout my long service life in the Department of Defense, first as an army officer and then as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service, there was a phrase in common usage: "I will fall on my sword over that." It meant that the speaker had reached a point of internal commitment with regard to something that his superiors wanted him to do and that he intended to refuse even though this would be career suicide. The speaker preferred career death to the loss of personal honor.

This phrase is no longer widely in use. What has taken its place is far more sinister in its meaning and implications. "I drank the Kool-Aid" is what is now said. Those old enough to remember the Jonestown tragedy know this phrase all too well. Jim Jones, a self-styled "messiah" from the United States, lured hundreds of innocent and believing followers to Guyana, where he built a village, isolated from the world, in which his Utopian view of the universe would be played out. He controlled all news, regulated all discourse and expression of opinion, and shaped behavior to his taste. After a time, his paranoia grew unmanageable and he "foresaw" that "evil" forces were coming to threaten his "paradise." He decided that these forces were unstoppable and that death would be preferable to living under their control. He called together his followers in the town square and explained the situation to them. There were a few survivors, who all said afterward that within the context of the "group-think" prevailing in the village, it sounded quite reasonable. Jim Jones then invited all present to drink from vats of Kool-Aid containing lethal doses of poison. Nearly all did so, without physical coercion. Parents gave their children the poison and then drank it themselves. Finally Jones drank. Many hundreds died with him.

What does drinking the Kool-Aid mean today? It signifies that the person in question has given up personal integrity and has succumbed to the prevailing group-think that typifies policymaking today. This person has become "part of the problem, not part of the solution."

What was the "problem"? The sincerely held beliefs of a small group of people who think they are the "bearers" of a uniquely correct view of the world, sought to dominate the foreign policy of the United States in the Bush 43 administration, and succeeded in doing so through a practice of excluding all who disagreed with them. Those they could not drive from government they bullied and undermined until they, too, had drunk from the vat.

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A long piece that lays out EXACTLY how the Office of Special Plans and Cheney's office developed the "legend" that led us into Iraq. A Baculum King MUST READ!!

Monday, June 07, 2004

Historians vs George W. Bush

Although his approval ratings have slipped somewhat in recent weeks, President George W. Bush still enjoys the overall support of nearly half of the American people. He does not, however, fare nearly so well among professional historians.

A recent informal, unscientific survey of historians conducted at my suggestion by George Mason University’s History News Network found that eight in ten historians responding rate the current presidency an overall failure.

Historians vs. George W. Bush

A long piece, but worth the read...

Sunday, June 06, 2004

The USS Jimmy Carter


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Little Tykes should be in charge of making a vessel to name after Bush*. Something suitably bush-league...