Archive for April 3rd, 2007

by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 6:00 PM EDT

Bush losing key adviser on Iraq

By Warren P. Strobel
McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON – President Bush is losing his top day-to-day adviser on Iraq, the White House confirmed Monday.

Meghan L. O’Sullivan, who has played a key behind-the-scenes role in implementing Bush’s controversial Iraq policies over the past four years, will leave later this spring.

Her departure, which follows that of her deputy, could leave the White House with a vacuum of long-term experience on Iraq policy, and it comes as Bush and the Democratic-controlled Congress prepare for a showdown over withdrawing U.S. troops.

O’Sullivan, 37, known for her 100-hour work weeks and steady optimism over the eventual outcome in Iraq, said in an interview that with the completion of months-long reviews of policy in Iraq and Afghanistan – which she also oversees – she felt it was the right time for a change.

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Wonkette Writes: Hotty McRedhead Quits White House, Still Lies About Iraq

Bye, Hottie McRedhead – Wonkette

One of the Bush Administration’s top Iraq bumblers is quitting after four disastrous years. After fucking up everything from the pre-invasion plans to the provisional government, Meghan O’Sullivan will give up her current post as deputy national security adviser for Iraq and Afghanistan, she announced Monday.

What next for the wonk who put the “sexy” back in Endless Horror and Outrage? Obviously she’ll go right to work for Halliburton in the company’s new Dubai headquarters, where she’ll be far out of reach of American Justice … assuming, for the moment, that American Justice will someday return from its long holiday.

O’Sullivan told the Washington Post: “I’m leaving with enormous confidence in the strategy and the very, very strong belief that this is the right strategy at this time. It’s the strategy that has the best prospect for success.” And then she burst out laughing a lit a cigar with a hundred-dollar bill.

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Iraq Documentory: A War Zone Diary

by Geezer Power 3:03:00 PM PDT

Video by Richard Engel

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Come’On Dem’s… Crack That Whip!!

by S-Q @ 1:50 PM MDT

© 2007 Stephen Pitt


Harry Reid: Bush veto delays funding for the troops
by makeprofilelink(“Joe Sudbay (DC)”); Joe Sudbay (DC) · 4/03/2007 12:47:00 PM ET

Harry Reid is blunt as usual. If Bush wants the money for his war, he can sign the bill that Congress is sending him. It’s not that complicated:

The President today asked the American people to trust him as he continues to follow the same failed strategy that has drawn our troops further into an intractable civil war. The President’s policies have failed and his escalation endangers our troops and hurts our national security. Neither our troops nor the American people can afford this strategy any longer.

Democrats will send President Bush a bill that gives our troops the resources they need and a strategy in Iraq worthy of their sacrifices. If the President vetoes this bill he will have delayed funding for troops and kept in place his strategy for failure.

Devo – Whip It

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by Global Evildoer Fighter @ 6:35 PM EDT

Gonzales faces Congress; Attorney general should testify under oath and as soon as possible

The Republican smoke-screen machine is blowing full blast as Congress tries to figure out why the Justice Department targeted eight U.S. attorneys for dismissal and then misled lawmakers about the details.

That’s why administration officials need to testify, in public and under oath, about what happened. That’s the only way to clear the smoke and create the possibility of locating the truth.

Buffalo News


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How Forged Documents Became The Reason For Iraq War

by S-Q @ 7:18 AM MDT

Raw Story/Washington Post

Intelligence failures surrounded inquiry on Iraq-Niger uranium claim

It was 3 a.m. in Italy on Jan. 29, 2003, when President Bush in Washington began reading his State of the Union address that included the now famous — later retracted — 16 words: “The British Government has learned that Saddam Hussein recently sought significant quantities of uranium from Africa.”

Like most Europeans, Elisabetta Burba, an investigative reporter for the Italian newsweekly Panorama, waited until the next day to read the newspaper accounts of Bush’s remarks. But when she came to the 16 words, she recalled, she got a sudden sinking feeling in her stomach. She wondered: How could the American president have mentioned a uranium sale from Africa?

Burba felt uneasy because more than three months earlier, she had turned over to the U.S. Embassy in Rome documents about an alleged uranium sale by the central African nation of Niger. And she knew now that the documents were fraudulent and the 16 words wrong.

The Clash – Rock The Casbah

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by Geezer Power 1:35:00 PM PDT

By Geezerpower
April 3, 2007

John Burns, the Baghdad bureau chief for the New York Times is not very hip. He likes to play the part, with his afro hair do and has the unshaven appearance of a reporter that is beating the streets of Iraq. But he seems to be expressing his opinions on the war more that doing comprehensive reporting on all of the things going on over there.

I googled “john burns iraq” and the first thing to come up was, News Busters a right wing news source. It started out like this…

“Far be it from me to put in a plug for “Today,” but I do hope Nancy Pelosi & Friends were watching this morning. Congressional Dems might be quick to dismiss what President Bush predicts would be the upshot of a date-certain pull-out from Iraq. But perhaps they would not so blithely disregard the observations of one of the most experienced and respected reporters on Iraqi matters . . . a New York Times staffer, no less.”

Five articles down I found an interview by PBS On Line News Hour. It was an interview of John Burns and Richard Engel of NBC News. Now this young man in a suit and tie had a completely different view of the war than the worn old guy that looked like a dandylion.

Referring to gruesome footage of the war:

RICHARD ENGEL: I personally don’t think they see enough of it, and that’s not because I want to put anything gratuitously violent on the air. But this documentary is very different from the normal, very fast, tightly edited pieces that I put on NBC News.

It is much slower. It’s very raw. There is no story line, no characters, and no ending, really. It just shows what the war has looked like for me from the ground up.

And often for Iraqi families and for me, that means seeing bodies, having friends who are kidnapped or killed, and I think it reflects what have been the horrors of war.

Also, it shows some times that have been truly heroic, wounded soldiers carrying wounded soldiers out of battle. And I think these extreme situations in war time brings out the very best and the very worst in human nature. And often times in war, in this particular one, it’s the worst.

Burns on gruesome footage of the war:

JOHN BURNS: Well, there’s no doubt that the editors at the New York Times and other principal newspapers and at the major American television networks exercise their judgment in sparing the reader or the viewer some of the worst violence.

And I think it’s probably as well that they do. They do the same thing, after all, when violence occurred elsewhere in the world and, indeed, when it occurs on American streets. That doesn’t trouble me a great deal.

Another Burns quote:

And what I found was the American public is extraordinarily well-informed. Whilst there are things we would like to do that we cannot do, I don’t think that there are any fundamentally important truths about this war that we have not been able to tell. I don’t mean just the New York Times; I mean the other principal American newspapers and the principal television networks.

So I think on that score, the American public has been — my sense is, at least, talking to Americans, as I say over the last month or so, well-served and that the American voter, the American television viewer, the American newspaper reader knows full well what the state of affairs in Iraq is.

Exercise their judgment in sparing the reader or the viewer some of the worst violence. That doesn’t trouble me a great deal.

So all I can say is that John Burns is nothing but a mouth piece for the main stream media, and the man that I once thought was cool is just another purveyor of misinformation for the gorporate Coverment.

News Buster Video

PBS Video

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SCOTUS: Big Environmental Loss For Bush

by S-Q @ 9:23 AM MDT

Boston Globe

In a defeat for the Bush administration, the US Supreme Court ruled Monday that greenhouse gases are a pollutant and ordered federal environmental officials to re-examine their refusal to limit emissions of the gases from cars and trucks.

The justices’ 5-4 decision did not go as far as to require the US Environmental Protection Agency to regulate greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide. Rather, the court directed the agency to take a new look at the gases. If it determines they cause global warming and therefore human harm, the agency should regulate them under the federal Clean Air Act, or provide a reasonable explanation why it will not, the court said.

The case, brought by 12 states and 13 environmental groups and argued by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office, is the high court’s first decision on global warming and is expected to have far-reaching implications for regulating greenhouse gases in the United States.

5th Dimension- Aquarius

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