Thursday, March 01, 2007

BushCo Blows Another One To Make The World Less Safe

U.S. Had Doubts on North Korean Uranium Drive - New York Times
The public revelation of the intelligence agencies’ doubts, which have been brewing for some time, came almost by happenstance. In a little-noticed exchange on Tuesday at a hearing at the Senate Armed Services Committee, Joseph DeTrani, a longtime intelligence official, told Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island that “we still have confidence that the program is in existence — at the mid-confidence level.” Under the intelligence agencies’ own definitions, that level “means the information is interpreted in various ways, we have alternative views” or it is not fully corroborated.

“The administration appears to have made a very costly decision that has resulted in a fourfold increase in the nuclear weapons of North Korea,” Senator Reed said in an interview on Wednesday. “If that was based in part on mixing up North Korea’s ambitions with their accomplishments, it’s important.”

Two administration officials, who declined to be identified, suggested that if the administration harbored the same doubts in 2002 that it harbored now, the negotiating strategy for dealing with North Korea might have been different — and the tit-for-tat actions that led to October’s nuclear test could, conceivably, have been avoided.
Now, here's the thing. It's bad enough BushCo can't see the forest for the trees when it comes to intelligence; that's what happens when your view of the world is so distorted that up is down and in is out. But when their poor judgment becomes the reason for loss of security, it's time to pull the plug, don't you think? These nincompoops are making the world a more dangerous place with every passing moment they are still in power. They're like the schoolyard bullies who belligerently dare the other children to fight with them in order to prove their manhood and show off to the other children. They need to be disciplined, and I don't mean just taking away their ipods!

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Obama's Star Is Rising

Blacks Shift To Obama, Poll Finds -

The opening stages of the campaign for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination have produced a noticeable shift in sentiment among African American voters, who little more than a month ago heavily supported Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton but now favor the candidacy of Sen. Barack Obama.

Clinton, of New York, continues to lead Obama and other rivals in the Democratic contest, according to the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll. But her once-sizable margin over the freshman senator from Illinois was sliced in half during the past month largely because of Obama's growing support among black voters.

This makes perfect sense. Obama is representative of the people, and it's only appropriate that the blacks warm to him as this becomes better known amongst the rank and file. Barak is a lot easier to like than Hillary, and his message is more grounded in what the people want. If Hillary wants to stay in the lead, she's going to have to speak from the heart and show consistency, two things she has had some problems with for a long time.

Right now, I favor an Obama/Edwards ticket. That would be my dream team. Keep it up, guys! Keep it up!

Sunday, February 25, 2007

Iran-Contra Redux

There has been some violence. So America, my country, without telling Congress, using funds not appropriated, I don’t know where, by my sources believe much of the money obviously came from Iraq where there is all kinds of piles of loose money, pools of cash that could be used for covert operations.

All of this should be investigated by Congress, by the way, and I trust it will be. In my talking to membership — members there, they are very upset that they know nothing about this. And they have great many suspicions.

We are simply in a situation where this president is really taking his notion of executive privilege to the absolute limit here, running covert operations, using money that was not authorized by Congress, supporting groups indirectly that are involved with the same people that did 9/11, and we should be arresting these people rather than looking the other way…(emphasis mine)

Think Progress » Hersh: U.S. Funds Being Secretly Funneled To Violent Al Qaeda-Linked Groups

Okay, if this is true and not considered an impeachable offense, i don't know what is. You can't screw a girlfriend in the Oval Office, but you can screw America and the whole world?! Why are these people still in power?!!!

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Seymour Hersh Describes BushCo's "New" Strategy

The New Yorker : fact : content

In the past few months, as the situation in Iraqhas deteriorated, the Bush Administration, in both its public diplomacyand its covert operations, has significantly shifted its Middle Eaststrategy. The “redirection,” as some inside the White House have calledthe new strategy, has brought the United States closer to an openconfrontation with Iran and, in parts of the region, propelled it intoa widening sectarian conflict between Shiite and Sunni Muslims.

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administrationhas decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the MiddleEast. In Lebanon, the Administration has coƶperated with Saudi Arabia’sgovernment, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intendedto weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran.The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iranand its ally Syria. A by-product of these activities has been thebolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision ofIslam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda.

He goes on to cite officials in the military as saying that they are prepared to attack Iran within 24 hours of BushCo giving the word. Of course, BushCo keeps insisting in public that they have no plans to attack Iran at this time (though we could ask at what time do you plan to attack Iran?). It seems that BushCo will not be satisfied untilt they start WWIII.

Notice that Hersh mentions that BushCo is playing both sides of the street in the growing sectarian violence in the Middle East. It's good to know that BushCo is not prejudiced in at least one way. Too bad they had to pick this way.

We need to impeach BushCo now. Whay doesn't anybody in Congress seem to understand this?

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Performance Issues?

Dismissed U.S. Attorneys Received Strong Evaluations - New York Times

Apparently they were performing too well (and looking into corruption in high places a little too closely) to be kept on. You know how it is. Interestingly enough, they would have gone quietly until some flacks started suggesting they were fired over their performance. Turns our their actual performance evaluations were glowing by federal standards, so if that was the reason, it can only mean they were to good for their jobs.

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