Apr 302007

Did anyone other than me catch the irony in this Associated Press story? Here’s the headline:

Bush Seeks Cooperation on U.S. War Funds

So far, so good. It sounds like George W. Bush may be willing to work with the representatives of the people. Here’s the first paragraph:

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush said Monday he wants to work with Democrats on compromise legislation to pay for the Iraq war but will carry through on his threat to veto any spending bill that sets a timetable for U.S. troop withdrawal.

Hope begins to fade. On the one hand, Mr. Bush says he wants to work with the majorities in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Yet, on the other hand, he states he will carry though on his threat to veto the legislation they have agreed upon.

Further into the report, we lose all hope:

“I have made my position very clear. The Congress chose to ignore it, and so I will veto the bill,” Bush said.

So it’s his way or no way. He has chosen to ignore the will of the citizens of the United States. He will deny funding to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

There is a price to be paid for electing Republicans to public office. Our country is now paying that price. It is unfortunate that the Republicans still hold enough votes in Congress to sustain Mr. Bush’s veto. In a more sane world, that would not be the case.

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Apr 292007

I watched the 60 Minutes segment with George Tenet tonight. I was not very impressed. Neither, it seems, were several of the officers who served under him…

Officers: Ex-CIA chief Tenet a ‘failed’ leader

In a letter written Saturday to former CIA Director George Tenet, six former CIA officers described their former boss as “the Alberto Gonzales of the intelligence community,” and called his book “an admission of failed leadership.”

The writers said Tenet has “a moral obligation” to return the Medal of Freedom he received from President Bush.

They also called on him to give more than half the royalties he gets from book, “At the Center of the Storm,” to U.S. soldiers wounded in Iraq and families of the dead.

The letter, signed by Phil Giraldi, Ray McGovern, Larry Johnson, Jim Marcinkowski, Vince Cannistraro and David MacMichael, said Tenet should have resigned in protest rather than take part in the administration’s buildup to the war. (Read the full letter)

And the quote of the day…

“It now turns out that you were the Alberto Gonzales of the intelligence community — a grotesque mixture of incompetence and sycophancy shielded by a genial personality.”

I never thought that George Tenet’s personality was all that genial. Oh, well.

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Tenet tells all

 Posted by at 20:22  Iraq, Politics
Apr 272007

Ex-C.I.A. Chief, in Book, Assails Cheney on Iraq

george-tenet.jpgWASHINGTON, April 26 — George J. Tenet, the former director of central intelligence, has lashed out against Vice President Dick Cheney and other Bush administration officials in a new book, saying they pushed the country to war in Iraq without ever conducting a “serious debate” about whether Saddam Hussein posed an imminent threat to the United States.

The 549-page book, “At the Center of the Storm,” is to be published by HarperCollins on Monday. By turns accusatory, defensive, and modestly self-critical, it is the first detailed account by a member of the president’s inner circle of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the decision to invade Iraq and the failure to find the unconventional weapons that were a major justification for the war.

“There was never a serious debate that I know of within the administration about the imminence of the Iraqi threat,” Mr. Tenet writes in a devastating judgment that is likely to be debated for many years. Nor, he adds, “was there ever a significant discussion” about the possibility of containing Iraq without an invasion.

Mr. Tenet admits that he made his famous “slam dunk” remark about the evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. But he argues that the quote was taken out of context and that it had little impact on President Bush’s decision to go to war. He also makes clear his bitter view that the administration made him a scapegoat for the Iraq war.

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Apr 252007

It appears that Rudolph Giuliani has been studying up on how to campaign as a Republican…


Keith Olbermann is not inclined to let him get away with it…

Republicans equal life; Democrats equal death?

giuliani_drag2.jpgSince some indeterminable hour between the final dousing of the pyre at The World Trade Center, and the breaking of what Sen. Barack Obama has aptly termed “9/11 fever,” it has been profoundly and disturbingly evident that we are at the center of one of history’s great ironies.

Only in this America of the early 21st century could it be true that the man who was president during the worst attack on our nation and the man who was the mayor of the city in which that attack principally unfolded would not only be absolved of any and all blame for the unreadiness of their own governments, but, moreover, would thereafter be branded heroes of those attacks.

And now, that mayor — whose most profound municipal act in the wake of that nightmare was to suggest the postponement of the election to select his own successor — has gone even a step beyond these M.C. Escher constructions of history.

“If any Republican is elected president — and I think obviously I would be best at this — we will remain on offense and will anticipate what (the terrorists) will do and try to stop them before they do it.”

Insisting that the election of any Democrat would mean the country was “back … on defense,” Mr. Giuliani continued: “But the question is how long will it take and how many casualties will we have. If we are on defense, we will have more losses and it will go on longer.”

He said this with no sense of irony, no sense of any personal shortcomings, no sense whatsoever.

Click on the headline to read the entire column.

Also see: Dem[ocrat]s Rebuke Giuliani Over Attack Comment.

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 Posted by at 22:41  Lifestyle, Politics
Apr 212007

One step at a time…

Washington Governor Signs Domestic Partner Bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law Saturday a measure to create domestic partnerships, giving gay and lesbian couples some of the same rights that come with marriage.

The law creates a domestic partnership registry and provides enhanced rights for same-sex couples, including hospital visitation rights, the ability to authorize autopsies and organ donations and inheritance rights when there is no will.

“It offers the hope that one day, all lesbian and gay families will be treated truly equal under the law,” said state Sen. Ed Murray, who is one of five openly gay lawmakers in the Legislature.

To be registered, couples have to share a home, not be married or in a domestic relationship with someone else and be at least 18.

Unmarried, heterosexual senior couples will also be eligible to register if one partner is at least 62. Lawmakers said that provision, similar to one in California law, was included to help seniors who are at risk of losing pension rights and Social Security benefits if they remarry.

Gregoire received a standing ovation from about 200 people in the ornate reception room at the state Capitol.

“This is a very proud moment for me as governor, to make sure the rights of all of our citizens are equal,” Gregoire said.

People in the crowd cried as Gregoire relayed stories of couples who testified before lawmakers this year about how they have been denied hospital access to dying partners, or were not allowed to plan their funerals.

“It is time we put an end to these stories,” she said. “This simply allows our seniors and our same sex partners to rely on each other and to care for each other when they are faced with life and death situations. These are the rights of all Washingtonians.”

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Iraq continues

 Posted by at 18:44  Iraq, Politics
Apr 182007

I do not want to detract from Cho Seung-Hui‘s fifteen minutes of fame (heavens forbid), but…

4 Bombings in Baghdad Kill at Least 183

BAGHDAD (AP) – Suspected Sunni insurgents penetrated the Baghdad security net Wednesday, hitting Shiite targets with four bomb attacks that killed 183 people – the bloodiest day since the U.S. troop surge began nine weeks ago.

Late Wednesday, Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ordered the arrest of the Iraqi army colonel who was in charge of security in the area around the Sadriyah market where at least 127 people died and 148 were wounded in the deadliest bombing of the day.

It was the second massive blast at the market since Feb. 3.

Nationwide, the number of people killed or found dead on Wednesday was 233, which was the second deadliest day in Iraq since The Associated Press began keeping records in May 2005.