Archive for May, 2007

Bush: US Troops In Iraq For 50 More Years

by- Suzie-Q @ 4:56 PM MST

Kathy Kattenburg: President Bush ignorantly compares Iraq’s situation to that of South Korea’s during the Cold War, meaning Iraqis can expect real democracy around 2038.

This post originally appeared on Shakesville

Pres. Bush is having visions again, and in his visions he sees the United States staying in Iraq for the next 50 years, just like we did in South Korea:

President George W. Bush would like to see a lengthy U.S. troop presence in Iraq like the one in South Korea to provide stability but not in a frontline combat role, the White House said on Wednesday.

The United States has had thousands of U.S. troops in South Korea to guard against a North Korean invasion for 50 years.

Tony Snow madly spins:

“The Korean model is one in which the United States provides a security presence, but you’ve had the development of a successful democracy in South Korea over a period of years, and, therefore, the United States is there as a force of stability,” Snow told reporters.

He said U.S. bases in Iraq would not necessarily be permanent because they would be there at the invitation of the host government and “the person who has done the invitation has the right to withdraw the invitation.”

“I think the point he’s trying to make is that the situation in Iraq, and indeed, the larger war on terror, are things that are going to take a long time. But it is not always going to require an up-front combat presence,” Snow said. “The president has always said that ultimately you want to be handing primary responsibility off to the Iraqis,” he said.

“You provide the so-called over-the-horizon support that is necessary from time to time to come to the assistance of Iraqis but you do not want the United States forever in the front.”


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“LIL’ BUSH”… Does It Go Too Far?

by- Suzie-Q @ 2:15 PM MST

Comedy Central will be airing a new program called “Lil’ Bush” which premieres on June 13th.

You be the Decider, does “Lil’ Bush” go too far?

CNN: Does “Lil’ Bush” Go Too Far?

Lil’ Bush – Episode 2 – Nuked

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Bush Sends Another Neocon to Head the World Bank

by- Suzie-Q @ 1:05 PM MST

© 2007 Stephen Pitt

The man who tried to equate resistance to corporate globalization with the terrorism of al Qaeda now takes over the World Bank following Paul Wolfowitz’s scandal-ridden tenure.

Nine days after the September 11 terrorist attacks, I opened up The Washington Post and stared right into the flinty mind of one Robert B. Zoellick, the Bush administration’s pick for new World Bank president.

While the rest of the country was still in a haze of horror and confusion, Zoellick had seized the moment to advance his agenda as U.S. trade representative. In a commentary titled “Fighting Terror with Trade,” he argued that Congress needed to pass fast track trade negotiating authority as part of their support for the “War on Terror.”

Having failed to sell the legislation on its merits, Zoellick had moved with breathtaking speed to take advantage of public fears and pressure on lawmakers to stand with the president during a national crisis.

In a speech at the Institute for International Economics four days later, Zoellick really let loose by insinuating that there were links between the September 11 terrorists and anti-globalization protestors.

“In the wake of the shock of 13 days ago, many people will struggle to understand why terrorists hate the ideas America has championed around the world,” Zoellick said. “It is inevitable that people will wonder if there are intellectual connections with others who have turned to violence to attack international finance, globalization, and the United States.”


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by Geezer Power …11:06 AM PDT

Charlie Rose Show

Spitman puts on a poor performance, as he tries to justify his actions at the World Bank, while bolstering his ego. Charlie asks him a few questions more than once, but the only answers he got were irrevelent to the subject matter.

Here in Oregon the show is at 12:00 AM, and I doubt that any uninformed people are watching at this hour. Why do all of the neonservative ideologues think that there is an audience for political spin and misrepresentation for the facts. Everybody who has read the PNAC agenda and their plans for control of the whole Middle East are amazed at the Ludicrous lack of accountability and the lack of admission of facts that speak for themselves. This was an interview of sorts, but Wolfie changed the subject to Africa or other third world countries every time he was asked anything about Iraq. In my opinion he made himself look very guilty, not only about the loss of his position, but also about his involvement in Iraq.

There are some great comments on the blog below the video. One of them was actually in defence of Spitman…ROTFLOL

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Afternoon Jukebox… Candyman

by- Suzie-Q @ 10:30 AM MST

Good Afternoon Justice Bloggers!

Summer always brings those fun county and state fairs. As a kid, I looked forward to the cotton candy and candy apples! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the rides, especially those that flipped me upside down and threw me all over the place! I did the rides after eating the hotdogs, cotton candy and candy apples though. I knew what my priorities were… and every year I always ended up being sick after those rides! 😆

Christina Aguilera – Candyman

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Pas De Deus Ex Machina

by- Actor212 @ 11:40 AM EDT

Whoa boy!

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s test firing of an intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday was in response to U.S. steps that have sparked an arms race and undermined world security, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.”Our American partners have left the ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) Treaty. We have warned them then that we will come out with a response to maintain the strategic balance in the world,” Putin told a news conference.

“We conducted a test of a new strategic ballistic missile with multiple warheads, and of a new cruise missile, and will continue to improve our resources.”

“We are not the initiators of this new round of the arms race,” said Putin. “(Our partners) are stuffing eastern Europe with new weapons. A new base in Bulgaria, another in Romania, a site in Poland, radar in the Czech Republic . . . what are we supposed to do? We cannot just observe all this.”

Russia test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile on Tuesday featuring multiple warheads that senior officials said could pierce any missile defense system, including the planned U.S. shield in Europe.

I’m sorry….the world’s not scary enough????

Not that we didn’t see this coming. Even regular readers of this blog had to know:

“The Cold War left us ‘unexploded bombs’ – double standards and templates of bloc-centered thinking,” Putin said at a security conference in Munich on Saturday.“A single-polar world has never come around. No latter(sic) how much this term is adorned, it means only one thing – one centre of power, one centre of force, the world of one master, one sovereign. This is pernicious for the system itself and for the sovereign, too, because destroys it from within,” the president said.

Remarkable in this short excerpt from the speech (deliberately posted by the Russian government on the Tass website) is the veiled threat that Putin makes in the guise of a prediction: that the US will destroy itself. This hearkens back to Kruschev’s “We will bury you” 1960 speech at the United Nations, which is often deliberately misquoted to mean that the Soviet Union, through its aggression and actions, would overtly destroy the US, when what he said could also be construed as “we will outlast you and see you at your funeral.”

So it’s not really fair to call today’s story a deus ex machina, although it certainly comes as a surprise…and a shock to the storm troopers of the right who probably believed Putin was as cowed by Bush as Bush was by Putin.

You heard me…”cowed”. Despite the braggadoccio of this administration, the clear pattern of Bush’s dealings with Putin have always been an attempt to impress upon Vladi his strength and his seriousness.

The problem for Bush is, Putin reads the newspaper. And his intelligence reports. Hell, he probably watches CNN International!

Bush has become the laughingstock of the world, and the US is paying a dear price for his idiocy. An immature, spoiled little brat, who clowns around at the drop of a hat with people who have earned the respect of being treated with dignity.

One can understand that the buffoon himself is uncomfortable with the trappings of office: since he never really had to work hard at anything, having “people” handle things for him (like getting him out of the draft, like bailing his businesses out, like paying for a new stadium for his team, like stealing elections for him), he never felt he deserved the majesty of office.

Fine. But people like Angela Merkel deserve better than to be molested in a G8 meeting. She worked hard for her money.

And Vladimir Putin rose up through the ranks of a notoriously vicious and shark-infested agency, the KGB. To think that he’s going to take Bush seriously at all was a joke, and that’s before you take into account his clowning.

It’s hard to imagine this comparison, but the poor kid from Hope, Arkansas, who had a hardscrabble existence, born of a poor family, who sweated and worked hard to make something of himself, had more polish and class and elegance than the guy born with the silver tea set in his mouth, third generation scion of a political dynasty, who attended Exeter and Andover and Yale and Harvard, all on his family’s name.

God help us if we ever elect another Bush.

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Gore At GWU: I’m Thinking About Running

by- Suzie-Q @ 7:34 AM MST

by Kal
Tue May 29, 2007 at 08:40:46 PM PDT

I traveled to DC’s George Washington University tonight to hear the President-elect speak about his new book, The Assault on Reason. To a sold-out crowd, Gore reminded everyone why they fell in love with him in the first place.

When the announcements were finished and Gore finally walked onto the stage at GWU’s Lisner Auditorium, he was given a very long and very enthusiastic standing ovation. Gore smiled and modestly motioned us to sit.

Gore covered the thesis of his book—That, thanks to television and the decline of the written word, America’s arena of democratic debate has shrunk to one-way conversations begun and framed by the elite—very thoroughly. He talked extensively on the decline of the importance of reason and fact in political discussions. In a move that could be taken as a comment on potential primary competitors, Gore said that he doesn’t blame those who say “If I knew then what I know now…” regard the Iraq War for their lack of foresight, but he does wonder why they didn’t ask the right questions or look at the obvious facts when they could have made a difference.

Then Gore did something that surprised me quite a bit: He threw out applause lines. He listed down all the top mistakes made by the Bush administration that fly in the face of reason (paraphrase):

The warrentless wiretapping, that was a mistake!
The media holding on to information about the wiretapping, that was a mistake!
Having Congress pass a law that retroactively legalized illegal wiretapping, that was a mistake!
Censoring information about the climate crisis, that was a mistake!

It was like a section of a stump speech. Gore was working the crowd, and doing a wonderful job!

After his speech, Gore did a little Q&A. The first question was about America’s drastic wealth discrepancy between the richest and the rest. Gore said that it would be impossible to tackle such a problem until we change the frame of debate. To illustrate his point, Gore said (paraphrase):

Say we have two proposals that are made and given equal time in a healthy, democratic debate. The first proposal, idea A, would spend government money and ensure that every America has basis healthcare coverage, including the millions of Americans who are currently left out of the private system. This would not only help the public welfare and not only save millions in productivity and medical bills, but it would help the private sector who are suffering from international competition, as American companies are pressured to give private health insurance to their employees. Businesses would save money and people would live longer.

The second proposal, proposal B, says that we should repeal what’s left of the Estate Tax for the tiniest 1% sliver of the wealthiest Americans. In a reasonable democratic arena, these ideas would be given equal time and we’d choose one over the other.

Which would we choose? Healthcare for all, or tax cuts for zillionaires? Gee, I wonder…
*Wry look, audience laughter*

However, for some reason proposal B has gotten so much more attention due to who controls the media and who controls debate in DC. We can’t address discrepancies in wealth until we can change the discussion to give these proposals an equal footing.

After the Q&A, the audience lined up to get our books signed. I finally decided on what I would say to Gore as he signed by book. As my copy was slid in front of Gore, I shook his hand and said:

“Sir, I was in Dirksen for your testimony to the Senate. You were wonderful. You’re one of my greatest heroes.”

Gore seemed to be taken aback. He looked at me and said,

“Thank you. That’s very kind of you to say. That means a lot to me.”

I then said to him:

“Please, at least think about running for President.”

Gore smiled and replied,

“Thank you. I am.”

I smiled and trotted off the stage. Al Gore continues to impress me and continues to fine tune his rhetoric to take tiny steps towards a run. If you saw him on Olbermann tonight, you saw that as Gore once again refused to rule out a run. But from what I gathered tonight as I spoke to him, Al Gore is thinking about running for President.


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