Archive for August 19th, 2007

by- Suzie-Q @ 4:55 PM MST

During his tour of the Sunday shows this morning, Karl Rove attempted to downplay and dismiss his role in the CIA leak scandal, telling Fox News’ Chris Wallace that he acted benignly in his conversations with reporters about Valerie Plame’s identity:

What I did say to one reporter was, I’ve heard that, too. And what I said to another reporter, off the record, was, in essence, I don’t think you ought to be writing about this.

Appearing on Meet The Press today, Matthew Cooper, one of the reporters to whom Rove spoke about Plame, said Rove’s version of the story was hard to believe. “I think he was dissembling to put it charitably,” said Cooper. “To imply that he didn’t know about [Plame’s identity], or that he heard it in some rumor out in the hallways, is nonsense.”

Cooper also contradicted Rove’s characterization of their conversation, describing the “essence” of it as much more than just an attempt to wave him off the story:

Look, Karl Rove told me about Valerie Plame’s identity on July 11, 2003. I called him because Ambassador Wilson [Plame’s husband] was in the news that week. I didn’t know Ambassador Wilson even had a wife until I talked to Karl Rove and he said that she worked at the agency and she worked on WMD.


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The real history of Duhbya’s Ranch in Crawford

by Geezer Power …2:15 PM PDT

The Bush family homestead in Crawford is nothing more than an elaborate movie set. The house, built in 2000, was designed to be ready for Bush to step into – like a set awaiting an actor – during the 2000 presidential election. Not only was the “ranch” created in 2000 – so, essentially, was the “town” of Crawford! Before then only about 400 people lived in the area. The Crawford Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture were formed shortly after the ranch was finished. That “homey ole ranch house? It’s actually a 10,000-square-foot single level mansion/compound. The original completion date was November 7 – election day 2000. In other words, the curtain went up on the set on schedule for “show time.” The very timing of this event indicates that Bush was absolutely confident that the election would be successfully engineered in his favor.So, in short, we have a “president” who, ON THE SAME DAY – November 7, 2000 – stole an election and had the last nail driven into a phony ranch set. The whole idea behind the ranch set,of course was so that the public could be treated to footage of Bush seeking a quiet “retreat” at the family ranch. Americans would thus assume that the ranch was a rooted family homestead or compound like the one Kennedy’s had in Martha’s Vineyard in November, 2000, he was merely walking onto a prepared set upon which the paint had barely dried, let alone even the barest of roots put down!

There are Liberals in Texas as well as anywhere else, and they knew of Dubya’s evildoings as Governor of Texas. In December of 2000 they began publication of a weekly newspaper with a left wing view of the Bush administration. This excellent and informative publication was established and actually published in Clifton Texas, about 30 miles North of Crawford.

The Lone Star Iconoclast

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Ground Zero Building Catches Fire, Doesn’t Collapse

Sudhan@22.:30 CET

Sunday Aug 19, 2007

The 40 storey Deutsche Bank building next to the ground zero site in New York, where the world trade center once stood, caught fire yesterday and burned intensely for seven hours without collapsing

This represents another modern day miracle in light of the commonly accepted premise that since 9/11, all steel buildings that suffer limited fire damage implode within two hours. This building had even suffered structural damage on 9/11 and had been partially dismantled.

The raging fire, which killed two firefighters, was finally declared under control late saturday afternoon, a full seven hours after it had begun to burn.

On 9/11 the south tower of the WTC burned for just 56 minutes before collapsing, while the north tower lasted around an hour and 45 minutes. According to the official transcripts of the firefighter tapes, fires in both towers were almost out immediately before the collapses.

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by- Suzie-Q @ 11:25 AM MST

WASHINGTON — A Justice Department corruption task force is investigating whether Alaska Congressman Don Young took campaign cash in return for securing $10 million for construction of a proposed Florida highway ramp that would give a windfall to a local real estate developer, a source familiar with the inquiry said Friday.

The controversial funding, which was to pay for a study of the potential highway interchange abutting environmentally sensitive land, was slipped into a massive 2005 Transportation Department bill, congressional aides say.

It is among a number of congressional “earmarks’’ for specific pet projects drawing scrutiny from the Justice Department and an FBI team investigating alleged influence peddling on Capitol Hill, said the source, who insisted upon anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. As the powerful chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee from 2000 to 2006, Young added earmarks worth tens of millions of dollars to transportation spending bills.


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The Architecture of Perpetual War

Anthony @15:17 BST

Posted by Werther on August 18, 2007
Taki’s Top Draw

Much has been written about the military industrial complex: its obscene cost overruns; the corrupt relations between the uniformed military, the contractors, and Congress; the wild threat inflation. Too little studied has been the role of ostensibly non-partisan think tanks as the semi-official propaganda arm of the complex, and as the transmission belt of propaganda themes between the government and the prestige press. While the activity of the American Enterprise Institute as a propaganda organ is widely known because of its tub-thumping for the Iraq war and its championing of Iranian spy Achmed Chalibi, the same charge applies, to a greater or lesser degree, to most of the “prestige” think tanks: Brookings, Carnegie, CSIS, the Hudson Institute, etc. They are an integral part of the government’s two-track propaganda machine for selling war. For the downscale end of the market, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, or Michael Savage will do nicely. Their braying voices and crude arguments…

Eisenhower, in his Farewell Address, warns us of the military industrial complex:


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Anthony @ 13:53 BST

Three articles from British broadsheet The Independent on Sunday, published 19 August, 2007.

The writing’s on the wall for British involvement in Iraq. The generals want to come home. So do the troops. And what’s more, the local population doesn’t seem to like us anymore.

I know, I know, the Americans will see us as renegades. Special relationship, an’ all that. But if they wanna stay, that’s their choice.

So Anthony says: Bring ’em home, Gordon!

Military commanders tell Brown to withdraw from Iraq without delay

By Raymond Whitaker and Robert Fox

Senior military commanders have told the Government that Britain can achieve “nothing more” in south-east Iraq, and that the 5,500 British troops still deployed there should move towards withdrawal without further delay.

Last month Gordon Brown said after meeting George Bush at Camp David that the decision to hand over security in Basra province – the last of the four held by the British – “will be made on the military advice of our commanders on the ground”. He added: “Whatever happens, we will make a full statement to Parliament when it returns [in October].”

Two generals told The Independent on Sunday last week that the military advice given to the Prime Minister was, “We’ve done what we can in the south [of Iraq]”. Commanders want to hand over Basra Palace – where 500 British troops are subjected to up to 60 rocket and mortar strikes a day, and resupply convoys have been described as “nightly suicide missions” – by the end of August. The withdrawal of 500 soldiers has already been announced by the Government. The Army is drawing up plans to “reposture” the 5,000 that will be left at Basra airport, and aims to bring the bulk of them home in the next few months.


Leading article: The generals have spoken, Mr Brown

This paper has done more than any other to highlight the sacrifices being made by our troops in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For us, these are not forgotten wars. We did not and do not support the invasion of Iraq, flawed in its justification and calamitous in its outcome, but we did accept the need for intervention in Afghanistan to root out the Taliban which was harbouring al-Qa’ida.


Retreat & redeploy: The case for withdrawing from Iraq and taking the fight to the Taliban

As the 500 British troops holed up at Basra Palace endure hourly bombardments, calls for them to hand over power to the Iraqis grow ever louder. Raymond Whitaker and Robert Fox report

Those seeking to describe what conditions are like for the 500 British troops at Basra Palace, the last coalition foothold in Iraq’s second-largest city, liken them to the US Cavalry encircled in a wooden stockade. “It’s the wild, wild west,” said Kenneth Pollack, a foreign affairs expert at the Brookings Institution, a Washington think tank, who recently visited Iraq. A Labour MP, Kevan Jones, said the Basra Palace base was “surrounded like cowboys and indians”.


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US Military Aid to Israel Tops $30 Billion

Sudhan@10:40 CET

Tossing Fuel on a Fire


According to a new Associated Press report, the US is offering Israel a record $30-billion 10-year military aid package.

Let’s ignore for a moment the AP story’s irony-free comment that “Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns said the package was meant to back peace-seeking countries like Israel and moderate Arab states in the region to counter U.S. adversaries such as Iran.” (Israel is a “peace-seeking” country?) We’ll just focus on the amount of money that’s being promised here.

Israel is a land of only 6 million people. That works out to about $5000 in arms aid per man, woman and child, and of course, since nearly a third of the people in Israel are Palestinian, and won’t see a penny’s (or bullet’s) worth of that aid, it’s really closer to $7500 per person. And remember, this is no basket case nation; this is one of the most technologically developed and wealthiest countries on earth we’re talking about here.

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