When I said that I was voting for Obama, they asked if I would be more or less likely to vote for Obama if I knew that he voted to let convicted child sex offenders out early, voted to allow convicted child sex offenders to live near schools, is for sex education in Kindergarten, voted for some offensive and incredibly graphic abortion procedure, and so on and so on for 5 minutes.
Democrats on Thursday condemned President Bush’s accusing them of appeasing terrorists, with one [Biden] going so far as to call his remarks “bullsh**t.”
The president, at Israel’s 60th anniversary celebration in Jerusalem, suggested some Democrats were acting in the same way some Western leaders did when they appeased Hitler in the run-up to World War II.
In her disclosure forms for the U.S. Senate and her presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton downplayed Bill Clinton’s income from two key financial backers, billionaire investor Ronald Burkle and consumer-data executive Vinod Gupta, when compared with the Clintons’ recently released tax filings.
By Robert Parry
Even if the false claims about Obama originally emanated from the neoconservative right, the Clinton campaign has eagerly pushed them. Clinton operative Sidney Blumenthal has e-mailed damaging stories about Obama to reporters, including a recent article by Batchelor. Clinton fundraiser Annie Totah circulated a column by Ed Lasky before Super Tuesday, with the inscription “Please vote wisely in the Primaries.” Clinton adviser Ann Lewis falsely referred to Zbigniew Brzezinski, a critic of AIPAC, as a chief adviser to Obama on a conference call with Jewish reporters. “I can tell you for a fact people from the Clinton campaign are calling reporters and asking them to pay attention to things involving Obama and Israel,” says Shmuel Rosner, Washington correspondent for the Israeli daily Ha’aretz. The volume of e-mails about Obama in a given state tends to track the election calendar–hardly a coincidence.
WASHINGTON, January 23, 2008 — Leading up to the five-year anniversary of the Iraq war, the Center for Public Integrity has released the first analysis of its kind, “Iraq – The War Card: Orchestrated Deception on the Path to War.” This comprehensive examination of top Bush administration officials’ statements over a two-year period shows how top officials galvanized public opinion in the run-up to the March 18, 2003 invasion of Iraq. The project’s chronology provides a framework for examining how the administration’s false statements led the country into the war in Iraq. The results of this analysis question the repeated assertions of Bush administration officials that they were merely the unwitting victims of bad intelligence.
Olbermann: Timeline for Iran’s nuclear ambitions was clear, but he kept on
Former White House press secretary Scott McClellan blames President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for efforts to mislead the public about the role of White House aides in leaking the identity of a CIA operative.
Democrats and Republicans and Washington media walk on eggshells when characterizing the reprehensible conduct and policies of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. They dodge using accurate, more descriptive words that’re commonplace among ordinary folks outside the nation’s capital.
Such as “liars.”
Fog Facts: The Bush White House calls Iran’s President Ahmadinejad a “dictator” when he isn’t — part of scaring the public into thinking preemptive war is a good thing.
Paul Joseph Watson
Arrests and court martials for deserters are incredibly rare and this appears to be an obvious case of political persecution as the “Loose Change” crew prepare the cinematic release of the final version of their popular documentary.
and just in case anyone reading this hasn’t seen Loose Change, here it is…
[Thx Hecktor D.]
Someone is not telling the truth and it is incumbent on Congress to get to the bottom of this nonsense.
by Larry C Johnson
Ship of fools
Johann Hari, Independent UK
The Iraq war has been an amazing success, global warming is just a myth and Guantanamo Bay is practically a holiday camp. The annual cruise organized by the ‘National Review,’ mouthpiece of right-wing America, is a parallel universe populated by straight-talking, gun-toting, God-fearing Republicans.
The White House has refused to give Congress documents about the death of former NFL player Pat Tillman, with White House counsel Fred F. Fielding saying that certain papers relating to discussion of the friendly-fire shooting “implicate Executive Branch confidentiality interests.”
The subject on Bill Moyers Journal last night was Impeachment…the impeachment of Bush AND Cheney, that is, with historical reference to Clinton. Conservative Bruce Fein (who wrote one of the impeachment articles on Clinton) and liberal John Nichols (of The Nation mag) discussed. (PBS.org has the full transcript.). BTW, Dem House Speaker Pelosi will not be pleased with what was said about her position of impeachment being “off the table.” ~Larry
Four years ago on a single day, several events coincided that would mark a trail of deceit that the Bush administration and much of the Washington press corps have followed since. On that day, the Plame-gate scandal was born with Robert Novak’s infamous column; warnings about politicized intelligence were spurned; and George W. Bush got away with rewriting the history of the Iraq War by stating that Saddam Hussein chose war when he refused to let U.N. inspectors in.
In the midst of the great Dusty war, I didn’t mention that I also had a letter on Progressive Radio published in the Cincinnati Post on Tuesday Afternoon. It was much shorter than my Enquirer Article, and I didn’t think anyone read it, so I didn’t mention to you. Someone did read it, and I thought I would share with you his comments. It was sent anonymously by normal Post Office mail, so I’ve scanned the unsigned letter into a Word Document so you all could enjoy it.
I’ve gotten these kinds of letters before, it comes with the territory if you’re going to get published in the paper, but it’s indicative of some of the right-wing loonies we have in this town.
Jenny, maybe you want to share this with your blog readers to give them a reality dose on what right-wing radio does to its brainwashed listeners. (more…)
June 8, 2007
By PAUL KRUGMAN
In Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate, Mitt Romney completely misrepresented how we ended up in Iraq. Later, Mike Huckabee mistakenly claimed that it was Ronald Reagan’s birthday.
Guess which remark The Washington Post identified as the “gaffe of the night”? (more…)
George W. Bush cowed congressional Democrats into giving him another blank check for the Iraq War by brandishing talking points that accused war critics of abandoning the troops and aiding al-Qaeda. Though Bush’s rhetoric was enough to intimidate Democratic leaders, the old and new talking points don’t stand up to serious scrutiny. They remain a mix of non-sequiturs, half-truths and outright lies.
May 30, 2007
Good evening, America. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of every day routine: the security, the familiar, the tranquility, repetition. I enjoy them as much as anyone. But in the spirit of mourning over the death of Habeas Corpus, I thought we could mark this occasion by taking some time out of our daily lives to sit down and have a little chat. There are of course those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now, orders are being shouted into telephones, and men with guns will soon be on their way. Why? Because while the truncheon may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance, crusades and torture. And where once you had the freedom to object, think, and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.
I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn’t be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. They promised you order, they promised you peace, and all they demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent. Tonight I seek to end that silence to remind this country of what it has forgotten: that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives.
There have been those who have sought to end that silence, to remind this country of what it has forgotten. Let us try to remind the world that fairness, justice, and freedom are more than words, they are perspectives.
So if you’ve seen nothing, if the crimes of this government remain unknown to you then I would suggest you continue in your slumber. But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek, then I ask you to wake up and stand beside me for the perspectives that this country was founded upon…
[With thanks to Nanovirus who made some brilliant changes to this speech from V for Vendetta and shared the reasons why this speech applies to US. I made some minor changes to the last two paragraphs]
Former CIA Director George Tenet has made the rounds of the talk shows flacking his semi-tell-all book and insisting that he really did believe Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction.
However, as former CIA analyst Ray McGovern writes, the evidence actually shows that Tenet and his superiors in the Bush administration knew better.
Washington’s big-time media finally has accepted that George W. Bush’s case for invading Iraq in 2003 was bogus. But the press corps still won’t challenge more recent White House lies and distortions about Iraq.
Though Bush’s Iraq intelligence fraud is ongoing and the death toll continues to mount, the U.S. news media has yet to get serious about its watchdog duties.
In his book and on TV, former CIA Director George Tenet remembers all the things he should’ve said before we invaded Iraq but didn’t.
By Juan Cole
Apr. 30, 2007 | The French call it “the spirit of the staircase” (l’esprit d’escalier), (more…)
May 2, 2007
By MAUREEN DOWD
Instead of George Tenet teaching at Georgetown University, George Tenet should be taught at Georgetown University.
There should be a course on government called “The Ultimate Staff Guy.” A morality saga about how much harm you can do as a go-along, get-along guy, spending so much time trying not to alienate the big cheese so he doesn’t can you that you miss the moment where you have to can him or lose your soul. (more…)
A former CIA analyst claims that falsified documents which were meant to show that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein regime had been trying to procure yellowcake uranium from Niger can be traced back to Vice President Dick Cheney.
Appearing on MSNBC’s Tucker Carlson Show, Ray McGovern who served in the CIA for twenty-seven years, said, “the [forged] memo leads right back to the doorstep of the Vice President of the United States
…the U.S. government was turning down many allies’ offers of manpower, supplies and expertise worth untold millions of dollars. Eventually the United States also would fail to collect most of the unprecedented outpouring of international cash assistance for Katrina’s victims.
Allies offered $854 million in cash and in oil that was to be sold for cash. But only $40 million has been used so far…
April 28, 2007
By MAUREEN DOWD
Poor Slam Dunk.
Not since Madame Butterfly has anyone been so cruelly misunderstood and misused. Slam Dunk says that when he pantingly told the president that fetching information on Saddam’s W.M.D. would be a cinch, he did not mean let’s go to war.
April 23, 2007
“Torture-boy” Alberto Gonzales, the incredibly unqualified U.S. Attorney General, went before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. Once again he committed perjury – he lied to Congress. Even while claiming he “can’t recall” over 75 separate times, he still continued to lie.
By Carl Levin
TO PARAPHRASE President Reagan, there he goes again.
For years now, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney have acted as if their extraordinary powers extend to inventing reality itself. And despite some recent reversals, they seem to believe they can still fool much of the American public most of the time. Their latest Iraq War lies are a medley of old and new favorites, from Cheney’s continued insistence of a pre-war al-Qaeda connection to Iraq and Bush’s latest whopper about how wrong it is for politicians to tell commanders what to do, after he just ousted generals opposed to his “surge.”
April 9, 2007
By PAUL KRUGMAN
Four years into a war fought to eliminate a nonexistent threat, we all have renewed appreciation for the power of the Big Lie: people tend to believe false official claims about big issues, because they can’t picture their leaders being dishonest about such things.
WASHINGTON — The oldest legal dodge in the political witness testimony game is to simply say, “I can’t remember.” The Bush administration did not invent this hoary old practice, but his chosen few have certainly elevated the claim of bad memory to new extremes. This transparent verbal duck has become so blatant that it is a major factor in the Bush presidency’s collapse of credibility.
“They were just making fun of us and paid this visit just for their own interests,” he said. “Do they think that when they come and speak few Arabic words in a very bad manner it will make us love them? This country and its society have been destroyed because of them and I hope that they realized that during this visit.”
John McCain takes a brief walk on a Baghdad street, surrounded by one hundred American troops for protection, with military helicopters flying above him for protection, and attacks the media for not reporting the good news about the surge?