Monday, May 17, 2004

Outlandish, conspiratorial, and filled with error and anonymous conjecture

Mark Kimmitt, M.M., uses the U-word, describing what the Shiites are doing as a “minor uprising.” I think this is a first. A search for “uprising” at the defenselink.mil site, my usual one-stop shopping center for the collective horseshittery of Messrs. Rumsfeld, Myers, Kimmitt, Wolfowitz, etc., brings up a lot of denials that certain things going on constitiute uprisings--by Shiites, in Fallujah, in Iraq generally. They admit to the U-word in Iraq as readily as they admit to the T-word (torture). See for yourself.

It’s been 8 days since the Sunday Times of London reported that one of the intended 9/11 hijackers had spilled the beans to the FBI. Nothing anywhere else (well, The Sun, the Press Trust of India, a Taiwanese site, Bloomberg), no follow-up, even in the Sunday Times today. I don’t get it.

But Holy Joe Lieberman, on CNN today, evidently endorsed torture, using as an example if one of the 9/11 hijackers had been captured before the attack. No word about what you do with one of them if they turn themselves in after losing all their Al Qaida mad money at craps (score one for the Great Satan, by the way!).

Speaking of torture, White House counsel Alberto Gonzales wrote Bush a memo some time after 9/11: “As you have said, the war against terrorism is a new kind of war. In my judgment, this new paradigm renders obsolete Geneva's strict limitations on questioning of enemy prisoners and renders quaint some of its provisions”. Quaint. QUAINT.

Early this month, the House voted 376-3 to authorize war with Iran over its nuclear program. Although this may not be the month for this country to accuse any other of “continuing deceptions and falsehoods,” the resolution did just that, and said the US or other countries should “use all appropriate means to deter, dissuade and prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.” Almost the exact words that permitted Bush to invade Iraq. Kucinich, one of the three (Libertarian loon Ron Paul and John Conyers were the others; 14 D’s voted wimp, I mean “present”), notes that the resolution endorses Bush’s doctrine of preventive wars. You’d think the Congress would have learned better of giving Bush blank checks. (Note: this happened 12 days ago. Did you notice it? I didn’t)

Powell calls, I guess, for a coup against Arafat, telling Palestinians to “wrest control of the security forces from Chairman Arafat”. I think that’s in the same interview where his press aide grabbed the camera and moved it off Powell when Tim Russert, back in Washington, started to ask about his lies to the UN about Iraqi WMDs.

Powell also hectored the Arabs for not having expressed more insincere outrage over the Nick Berg murder. In fact, he has a mathematical formula: “When you are outraged at what happened at the prison, you should be equally, doubly outraged at what happened to Mr. Berg.” Well, which is it, equally or doubly? His own reaction to Israel’s plan to destroy hundreds of Palestinian homes in Gaza, and displace up to 40,000 residents of the Rafah refugee camp, was to call it “unhelpful,” which I believe is represented numerically as a milli-outrage.

Kuwait may let women vote. Don’t hold your breath though.

The WaPo on the response to Seymour Hersh’s latest article: “In a statement released yesterday, Pentagon officials harshly criticized the report, calling it 'outlandish, conspiratorial, and filled with error and anonymous conjecture.' The Pentagon would not, however, say flatly whether or not the program exists.”
Billmon.org takes the non-denial denial apart line by line.

A recent Kurt Vonnegut piece, not his best but he is 81, as he repeatedly tells us. Quote: “There is a tragic flaw in our precious Constitution, and I don’t know what can be done to fix it. This is it: Only nut cases want to be president.” Another quote: “Human beings are chimpanzees who get crazy drunk on power.”

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