Gary Leupp has written an enlightening and enraging article entitled “Not Behind Bars, Friends Still in Power, Iraq Destroyed: The Gloating of the Neocons” underscoring how the realpolitik motivation for what he calls “the greatest crime of the twenty-first century so far”, the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq, was primarily committed for the benefit of Israel. Read more about Kiss Iraq Goodbye ... What We Did for Israel!
Word has it 100 of the 166 inmates of Guantanamo are participating in a hunger strike.
The innocent detainees (“officially” 86 but God only knows how many more) of Guantanamo apparently still think there is a snowball’s chance in hell that if Zero Dark Americans -- especially the deluded “personality over principle” progressives -- really knew the truth of what had and has been happening to them before and during their unending detainments, the colossal abuses they have had to endure (and especially lately that they are enduring) not to mention their colossal and ever escalating despair after 11 LONG YEARS of incarceration without due process -- waiting, waiting, waiting for a not slow-go but really NO-go Obama-Godot, then those Zero Dark Americans would actually give a serious shit. Read more about 100 Gitmo Hunger Strikers Appeal to Zero Dark Americans
Almost two years ago (October 19th, 2005 to be precise) I posted the following school-themed post. I repost it here today to remind anyone who doubts or cares: when it came to the Bush Administration, many of us called bullshit before the MSM even looked up from their steno pads. It ain't "I told you so"--it's "We all told you so."
INT: OVAL OFFICE, DAY
A pretty woman speaks with the children, some of whom play with toys on the floor.
Alright, alright, settle down, settle down. Now, do you know why all of you are here today?
The reason this is important is because we must never forget that the essential difference between today's Left and Right. The Right takes care of its own, no matter what their crimes. Wingnuts will seek to clothe Rumsfeld, architech of a failed war and one of those who brought torture into our daily American vocabulary, with false glories designed to rehabilitate his legacy. This is so that someday down the line, either in name or in deed, Rummy will be welcomed back into the ranks of "legitimate" Beltway leaders, as well as his policies. He is not and they are not. Read more about Wingnut Welfare: Rumsfeld Rehabilitation Begins
Spit on the troops, shit on the troops, "what's the difference?"
Here is the Bush Administration when the scandal broke recently:
At the White House, spokesman Tony Snow said he spoke with the president yesterday about Walter Reed and the president told him: "Find out what the problem is and fix it."
Just days after his resignation, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is about to face more repercussions for his involvement in the troubled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New legal documents, to be filed next week with Germany's top prosecutor, will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of Rumsfeld, along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
In case you missed Bush's presser today:
As with most of Bush's recent press conferences, his confidence and speaking patterns varied wildly thoughout it, from fairly composed to awkward and lost. Read more about Lame duck is a dish best served cold
The choice is now clear. Republican candidates for Congress and the Senate can either stand with our troops, or they can stand with Bush. The two are no longer compatible.
Monday, an incredible rare joint editorial will run in the Army Times, the Air Force Times, and the Navy Times:
Time for Rumsfeld to go
â€œSo long as our government requires the backing of an aroused and informed public opinion â€¦ it is necessary to tell the hard bruising truth.â€
They're mean, they're lean, and they won't go away. The money quote:
The case will draw on a powerful new argument. The Military Commissions Act of 2006, which the President promoted and recently signed into law, provides retroactive immunity for civilians who violated the War Crimes Act, including officials of the Bush Administration. Such an attempt to provide immunity for their crimes, it will be argued, is in itself evidence of an effort to block prosecution of those crimes. Indeed, according to Scott Horton, chair of the International Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, when Yugoslavia sought to immunize senior government officials, the United States declared the act itself to be evidence of such a conspiracy.
See, I have an overwhelming feeling that my head is going to pop like a ripe zit when I read something like this. Why doesn't Rummy Darling have an actual explosion when he spouts this craptacular bit of pus?:
Read more about Why Isn't Rummy's Head Just Exploding?
At a watermelon festival in Chickamauga, in the mountains of northwest Georgia, substitute teacher Clydeen Tomanio said she remains committed to the party she's called home for 43 years.
"There are some people, and I'm one of them, that believe George Bush was placed where he is by the Lord," Tomanio said. "I don't care how he governs, I will support him. I'm a Republican through and through."