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Open Head Thread; Will this be Amerika 2010?

by GEF @ 7:24 PM MST

Open Head Thread; Will this be Amerika 2010?

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Pink – Dear Mr. President

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Sympathy For The Devil

By- Suzie-Q @ 5:00 PM MST

Bush Administration Refuses To Condemn Saudi Court’s Punishment Of Gang Rape Victim

In his second inaugural address, President Bush stridently declared that his administration would not compromise on its demand for basic human rights:

We will persistently clarify the choice before every ruler and every nation: The moral choice between oppression, which is always wrong, and freedom, which is eternally right. America will not pretend…that women welcome humiliation and servitude.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice referred to these goals as the “non-negotiable demands of human dignity.” But a recent Saudi court decision has shown the administration very willing to fold when this rhetoric is tested.

A week ago, a Saudi appeals court increased the punishment for the female victim of a gang rape. The woman, who had been appealing her original sentence of 90 lashes, was sentenced to six months in prison and 200 lashes after her appeal.

The Saudi judges more than doubled the punishment for the victim because of “her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.” The Saudi Justice Ministry confirmed that the stiffer sentence handed out on appeal stemmed from the fact that the victim had gone to the media with her story. “Media may have adverse effects on the other parties involved in the case,” a statement said.

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It’s the Oil, Stupid!

anthony @ 21:30 GMT

Jim Holt | London Review of Books | 18 October 2007

Iraq is ‘unwinnable’, a ‘quagmire’, a ‘fiasco’: so goes the received opinion. But there is good reason to think that, from the Bush-Cheney perspective, it is none of these things. Indeed, the US may be ‘stuck’ precisely where Bush et al want it to be, which is why there is no ‘exit strategy’.

Iraq has 115 billion barrels of known oil reserves. That is more than five times the total in the United States. And, because of its long isolation, it is the least explored of the world’s oil-rich nations. A mere two thousand wells have been drilled across the entire country; in Texas alone there are a million. It has been estimated, by the Council on Foreign Relations, that Iraq may have a further 220 billion barrels of undiscovered oil; another study puts the figure at 300 billion. If these estimates are anywhere close to the mark, US forces are now sitting on one quarter of the world’s oil resources. The value of Iraqi oil, largely light crude with low production costs, would be of the order of $30 trillion at today’s prices. For purposes of comparison, the projected total cost of the US invasion/occupation is around $1 trillion.

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Truth Or Consequences… Let’s Play With Rove!

By- Suzie-Q @ 12:00 PM MST

Rove Tries To Rewrite History: Claims WH ‘Opposed’ Politicizing Pre-War Iraq Vote

Last night on The Charlie Rose Show, former Bush political adviser Karl Rove claimed that he was “opposed” to holding the pre-war Iraq vote just ahead of the 2002 elections. “The administration was opposed to voting on it in the fall of 2002,” Rove said. He stated that his upcoming book will argue that the administration did not want to schedule an Iraq war vote prior to the 2002 elections:

ROSE: But you were opposed to the vote.

ROVE: It happened. We don’t determine when the Congress vote on things. The Congress does.

ROSE: You wish it hadn’t happened at that time. You would have preferred it did not happen at that time.

ROVE: That’s right.

Recall, the House and the Senate voted on whether to authorize war against Iraq in October 2002, just a few weeks prior to the 2002 elections.

Rove’s claim is utterly dishonest and flat-out false. In Sept. 2002, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) asked President Bush to delay the vote on the Iraq war:

“I asked directly if we could delay this so we could depoliticize it. I said: ‘Mr. President, I know this is urgent, but why the rush? Why do we have to do this now?’ He looked at Cheney and he looked at me, and there was a half-smile on his face. And he said: ‘We just have to do this now.’”

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FIRESTORM! The House of Cheney is crumbling..

by GEF @ 7:58 PM MST

Looks like Gloria Borger was not able to spin the truth with Jack Cafferty on board! It’s coming down on Dick “the Fall Guy” Cheney real fast…It’s almost here!! Look for Karl Rove behind that parting shot… 😉

via: C&L

Gloria Borger: CIA Leak a Technicality ‘Nobody Cares Anymore’ Wait for Bush’s Memoir for the Truth

CNN’s round-table on the new revelations and clarifications coming from Scotty McClellan’s book publisher really exposed Gloria Borger’s egregious White House shillery for what it is.

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Gloria thinks that because “nobody wants to see the President accused of lying” over a leak that was really just a “technicality” anyway that we ought to just wait until Bush writes his memoir to find out the truth (I’m so not kidding. I wish I were) about whatever happened because really “nobody cares anymore.” Thank heavens we had Jack Cafferty to help set the conversation straight.

Suzanne Malveaux: Jack, let’s start with you. With a bombshell accusation like this, what does it say about the administration?

Jack Cafferty: Well, a couple of things occur to me. The first one is, whoever is doing the PR for McClellan’s book ought to get a raise, because he’s doing a masterful of creating buzz and interest in a book that won’t even be out until next April. The second thing is, it doesn’t really seem to me like it’s breaking news that the administration, the White House, may have misled one of their own about something. After all, they’ve been lying to the rest of the country about a whole bunch of stuff for the better part of six and a half years. You remember when the story broke about the CIA agent and President Bush said I will fire anybody in the White House who was involved in compromising the identity of a CIA agent? Well, that was a lie wasn’t it? Because Karl Rove and Scooter Libby and some of those folks, they were up to their armpits in the compromising of Valerie Plame’s identity. so the President changed and he said I will fire anybody who is convicted of committing a crime in conjunction with the outing of a C… So I mean that place has turned into an oil slick a long time ago and I don’t believe a whole bunch of anything that comes out of there these days. … [snip]

Suzanne Malveaux: Gloria, how’s this going to be perceived by the White House? Who’s the potential fall guy in all of this?

Gloria Borger: Well, they are not happy obviously because nobody wants to see the President accused of lying and I think the key word to look at here which everybody seems to be throwing around is “knowingly.” I did not “knowingly” tell somebody a falsehood. If the President actually told Scott McClellan that nobody in the White House had leaked Valerie Plame’s name, that is probably what the Vice President, what the President was told. I agree with John. The question is who told the President that? Was it the Vice President? And we know how close the vice President was to Scooter Libby. And did Karl Rove technically leak Valerie Plame’s name or did he say to the Time correspondent when the Time correspondent raised it, said Yeah, I heard that.’ Is that technically leaking her name? Maybe not. I think this whole thing is a bunch of technicalities right now and by the way, I agree with you Jack this is a big publicity stunt because really nobody cares anymore.

Cafferty: Well I care, and I’ll tell you why I care. George Bush is the President of the United States and this idea that he was somehow victimized by his own people, he didn’t know what was going on. He’s the President. This was a huge story at the time.

Borger: But what if he’s lied to Jack? What if somebody lied to the President?

Cafferty: Excuse me. Excuse me. The buck stops at the oval office. He’s in charge. It’s up to him to find out who’s telling the truth and who isn’t. It’s up to him to tell the American people what went on in his White House. It’s his, it’s his White House. It’s his White House.

Borger: I think we’ll hear that in his memoir. I think when he writes his memoir, when he writes his memoir maybe we’ll get to the bottom of it.

Cafferty: I’d like to hear it now. No, I’d like to hear it now. There might still be time to impeach him.

Borger: I would to. I’d like to hear it.

Malveaux: Should we wait for the memoirs? Does anybody believe the President should jump in now, or the next 15 months?

Cafferty: No. How about the American public be told what the chief executive office of the United States government is up to? How about if we were told the truth? Wouldn’t that be a switch?

Yes Jack, it would be.

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