I See, a Bombardment “of Some Kind. . .”

Former governor of Massachusetts and current Republican Stooge Mitt Romney, in a bid to show off his foreign policy chops, has made this stunning announcement:

Romney Open to Iran ‘Bombardment’

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) – Republican Mitt Romney said Thursday he would be willing to use a military blockade or “bombardment of some kind” to prevent Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon. The former Massachusetts governor’s comments came as the Bush administration announced new sanctions designed to isolate the government in Tehran. Romney applauded the move, while several Democratic presidential contenders spoke out against it—and used it as an opportunity to criticize front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Ah. This was your opportunity to criticize Hillary Clinton?  It would have been as well had you not bothered.

What’s in Rudy’s Cabinet?

Well, certainly we know it’s not working radios. . .

No, what’s in his cabinet is a group of “thinkers” who were even too nuts for the Bush Administration. Not the least of these is Normal “My Pud Hurts” Podhoretz, the father of the Neo-Conservative movement and the man who recently implored George Bush to please go to war with Iran. Guess what a Rudy Presidency might mean for the prospects of peace? Josh Marshall has the gory, gory, gory details:


Mother Teresa? F*ck Her!

Leave it to The Daily Show and Jon Oliver to say what so few in the media can: Conservatives freaking out about Al Gore’s Peace Prize are just going off the deep end. Watch it here.

Get Ready for a Jaw Dropper. . . .

No kidding.  These people have absolutely no shame whatsoever:

Press Briefing by Dana Perino

Q And the protests, themselves, seem to have been stilled. What do you make of that?

MS. PERINO: Well, unfortunately, intimidation and force can chill peaceful demonstrations. And reports about very innocent people being thrown into detention, where they could be held for years without any representation or charges, is distressing; and we understand that some of the monasteries have been sealed. Now, obviously, this has, again, a chilling effect on protestors, but we would ask that everyone show restraint and allow those who want to express themselves to be able to do so in Burma.

Oh, heavens! What kind of country would lock up its own citizens without a right to trial?

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Nothing Else Matters

Forget whatever else you’re worried about, locally.  Forget Maggie’s fast one, forget school superintendent searches.  Sy Hersh is reporting that, as many of us suspected for years, the president and the White House are moving in the direction of an open war with Iran.  They’re working up the talking points and planning excuses to make this happen.  What’s more, it’s not just the Administration of this country, this time.  Sy seems to have it on good authority that France and Great Brittan are as interested in this as anybody, this time around:

Crooks and Liars » Sy Hersh on Bush and Iran: Shifting targets: New Propaganda push to attack their Revolutionary Guard

Sy Hersh joined CNN’s Late Edition and discussed his new article out in the NewYorker: “Shifting Targets,” which says that the WH has a new talking point which it will sell attacking Iran and as usual, our media will lap it up. The CIA has created an Iran Study Group with dozens of new members with the goal of launching a strike against Iran, including ground forces. Bush feels that using the nuclear threat as the reason to bomb Iran has failed miserably, so they switched talking points and are going to say they are defending themselves against Iranian meddling in Iraq. We told you so….

Mr. Hersh is a fairly reliable journalist, more or less the only such journalist allowed to practice his profession these days.

Can we allow this to happen? Can we count on Democrats to do anything about it? Just so we’re on the same page, Iran and Russia have been staunch allies for a long time and there are billions of dollars of outstanding debts between them. Use your imagination and see where that might lead us. This is not a joke, this is a problem.

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CNN’s Gay Pride: Just Add Ahmadinejad

No question about it: CNN is the single most shamelessly hypocritical network out there.  Remember back in 2004 when state after state of the union was moving to pass amendments to their constitutions banning same sex marriage?  Remember all the flushed comments about the sanctity of marriage repeated over and over again on CNN with nary a challenge from nary a “journalist?”

Well, get President Ahmadinejad of Iran to make some comments about the supposed lack of gays in his country, and boy!  Watch the CNN folks fall all over themselves to defend gay people now!

Ahmadinejad speaks; outrage and controversy follow – CNN.com

NEW YORK (CNN) — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday challenged a university audience to look into “who was truly involved” in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, defended his right to question established Holocaust history and denied there were gay Iranians.

Wolf Blitzer just got done doing a whole “Keeping Them Honest” segment on TV just a few seconds ago, “exposing” the truth that there are – get ready – gay people in Iran. And they’re not treated kindly, if you can believe it. Suddenly, CNN cares.

Researcher Says bin-Laden Video a Fraud

Well, this is interesting. . .

It seems a well-respected video editing researcher has analyzed the tape of bin-Laden from the 9-11 anniversary and it appears to be a very badly-spliced mock up, rather than an authentic bin-Laden tape.  Why would that be?  He notes that, among the more obvious problems with the video, all of the segments where bin-Laden discusses current events are still-frame images with audio over-dubs.  This leads him to suspect either audio splicing or possibly a bin-Laden voice impersonator or some combination thereof:

Researcher: Bin Laden’s beard is real, video is not | Tech news blog – CNET News.com

On the Friday before the sixth anniversary of 9/11, Osama bin Laden appeared in a new video, his first since prior to the U.S. presidential elections in 2004. In analyzing the video, Neal Krawetz of Hactor Factor, an expert on digital image forensics, said in his latest blogs that the video contained many visual and audio splices, and that all of the modifications were of very low quality.

Most striking is bin Laden’s beard, which has been gray in recent images. For this video it is black. “As far as my tools can detect, there has been no image manipulation of the bin Laden portion of the image beyond contrast adjustment. His beard really does appear to be that color.” The Washington Post has the full video here.

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Positively Moscow

There are just some things that come across as appropos of the location.  This even could really have happened most anywhere, but something about the dramatic flair of setting one’s ex-husband’s penis afire while he sits watching TV and drinking vodka immediately queues the melancholy Muscovite mandolin music in my head. 

And then there is the accidental (or so we presume) humor of the following direct quote from the Reuters article:

Woman sets fire to ex-husband’s penis | Oddly Enough | Reuters

The attack climaxed three years of acrimonious enforced co-habitation.

Climaxed.  What a choice of words.  Hmm. . . Does this whole affair remind you of some kind of song? What could that be?. . . .

Burn out the day
Burn out the night
I can’t see no reason to put up a fight
I’m living for giving the devil his due

And I’m burning, I’m burning, I’m burning for you
I’m burning, I’m burning, I’m burning for you

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It’s a Complicated World Out There, Buddy-Boy

When George Walker Bush took the floor of the Senate for his 2005 State of the Union address and announced that, after 200 years of American Democracy, he was going to be the president who single-handedly spread democracy and ended tyranny throughout the world, fourth-graders everywhere were quoted as saying, “how cute!”

Well, the WaPo has an article up now detailing the dismal record of the Bush White House’s “Democracy Push” effort – what might fairly be called “The Democracy Surge” – and the utter lack of interest generated by any serious diplomats or bureaucrats in a position to foster such a move.  Dubya is quoted as saying that he feels like he’s a “dissident president,” having been bucked by every serious statesman in the nation on this issue.  Wow.  When you want to spread peace and democracy throughout the world, nothing’s better than comparing the life of the most vacationed president in U.S. history to people who’ve risked getting their arms cut off.  It shows that you have the proper perspective.

But, subtleties notwithstanding, the answer to why there is such resistance within the diplomatic and NGO community is really quite simple:

As Democracy Push Falters, Bush Feels Like a ‘Dissident’ – washingtonpost.com

“They don’t want to do it, not because they’re evil but because they’re development people,” said a top official who works on democracy issues. “They want to inoculate children. They want to build schools. And to do that, they have to work with existing regimes. And you’re getting in their way.”

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Jon Powers on Our Duty to Our Soldiers

The Jon Powers blog caught on to an amazing bit of verbal trickery by the Administration’s spin masters.  The idea is to do the same crap we’ve been doing in Iraq, but just throw in the word “leaving” to muddy the waters and confuse the president’s position on a troop withdrawal.

Can you imagine?  Two centuries have been spent by fifty-plus presidents trying to make the policies of the White House more clear to the American people, and now we have a president whose spin masters are doing everything in their power to obfuscate the president’s message:

Jon Powers for Congress » Blog Archive » A Duty to our Soldiers

Howie Klein has a great post on downwithtyranny.com about a new plan by the Bush administration to use the word “leaving” while continuing the same failed policies that have created the mess we’re in today.

It is an unconscionable act of deception when the handlers of this most inept of presidents intentionally throws words into the speech that mislead the public.  It is also a tacit admission of failure.  The president cannot continue on his present course and be at all honest, assuming that was ever his modus operandi, which is an allowance that verges on over-generous.

My guess, however, is that Bush will reject the idea, but we shall see.  He has been so completely bull-headed and incautious in his handling of the war, both its execution and its political handling with the American people, I have a hard time believing he will turn back now.  I think most of us of political persuasion will forever remember the blithe Pollyanna assertions of Bush’s pre-midterm interview with George Stephanopoulos as the moment when we knew our president was genuinely nuts.

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Why Middle East Peace is a Tricky Subject. . .

We all know that George Bush isn’t up to the task of getting. . . . well, . . . . anything accomplished. But in his defense, people want him to create peace in the Middle East, which is a much more difficult thing than a lot of people think.

By way of example, check out The Daily Show’s recent catch from Palestinian TV. Mickey Mouse doesn’t have enough attitude for Palestine, apparently, but they’ve invented someone who does. This is what counts as children’s television to Hammas:

What Real Consequences Look Like

This devastating video of soldiers on the front-lines (such as the “front lines” are in an insurgency) will make your coffee cold.  I can’t imagine living like this, making these kinds of decisions or living with the results of wrong choices that leave dead people behind.

Perhaps when politicians talk about the “consequences of defeat,” we should remind them that there are Americans living with choices and consequences every single day.  Maybe we should explain to Randy Kuhl that every day he chooses to leave the troops where they are, these are the consequences. 

We don’t really live with the fruit of our leaders actions; our leaders certainly do not.  Oh, I’m sure a few loyal Republicans wake up in a cold sweat from time to time, or at least I hope so.  Our soldiers do, and the consequences of failure in Congress is more choices and more consequence in Iraq:

Crooks and Liars

Is this the progress? Is this winning against the terrorists? Do we have them on the run?

I hope that everyone of those immoral “party-over-country” Republicans (Joe Lieberman, that means you) that prevented a vote for the Reed-Levin Re-deployment bill have to sit down and watch what they have condemned our troops to.

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