Daily Archives: May 27, 2007

Andrew J. Bacevich writes of the loss of his son in Iraq

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It’s a bitter piece.  Those of us with sons can perhaps imagine something of what he feels.

Certainly we are all complicit to a degree. The Democrats’ involvement did not start last week when they failed to stop the war.

Our political system seems to broken, or dead, and many of us grieve for our country.  We are no longer the city on the hill. We are the new fascist world power, ruled by the worst sort of people, who rule by manipulation and encouragement of our worst impulses.  Our election process, our justice system, our constitution have been turned on their heads, the habeas corpus laws overturned after almost 900 years.  Religious zealots who wish an Armaggedon  have a great voice in our national policies.  And there is not even a real discussion of removing even the worst war criminals and traitors from office.   It is a time to be bitter.

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Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) on the history of US/Iran

Not many pols have the courage to tell the real history of American imperialism. Congrats to McDermott.

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In 1953, the United States and United Kingdom launched Operation Ajax, a covert CIA operation to destabilize and remove the democratically elected government of Iran, including then Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh.

Why? Oil.

Under Mossadegh, the Iranian government decided to reclaim Iran’s rightful ownership of its national oil treasure, which had been exclusively controlled by the British who were taking 85 percent of the profits.

The U.S. embassy in Tehran provoked phony internal Iranian dissent, while the Brits engineered an Iranian financial crisis by orchestrating a global boycott of Iranian oil. We brought down the Iranian government and installed the Shah.

For two decades, we propped up the Shah against the will of the Iranian people. It was all about controlling Iran. It still is. Today, ABC News is reporting exclusively that this president has authorized a new covert CIA plot to bring down the Iranian government.

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Lee Iacocca: “…a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state…”

Am I the only guy in this country who’s fed up with what’s happening? Where the hell is our outrage?

We should be screaming bloody murder.

We’ve got a gang of clueless bozos steering our ship of state right over a cliff, we’ve got corporate gangsters stealing us blind, and we can’t even clean up after a hurricane much less build a hybrid car.

But instead of getting mad, everyone sits around and nods their heads when the politicians say, “Stay the course.”

Stay the course? You’ve got to be kidding. This is America, not the damned Titanic. I’ll give you a sound bite: Throw the bums out!

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Churchill v. Bush

Churchill said:

“The power of the executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious, and the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.”

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Zoho: free web-based office suite

I have been using this for a few weeks ; it has 15 applications, and it’s free. It really takes platform issues out of the equation. Continue reading

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Bush slapped down Abrams, Cheney in March by dissolving ISOG

I would say this explains why the rogue Vice President has been trying to lead Israel down the garden path to attacking Iran.

The Bush administration has dismantled a special committee that was established last year to coordinate aggressive actions against Iran and Syria, State Department officials said this week.

R. Nicholas Burns , the State Department’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs, revealed in a written statement to a senator this week that the group was disbanded in March 2007 in “favor of a more standard process” of coordinating between the White House, the State Department, Defense Department, and intelligence agencies.

The interagency group, known as the Iran Syria Policy and Operations Group, met weekly throughout much of 2006 to coordinate actions such as curtailing Iran’s access to credit and banking institutions, organizing the sale of military equipment to Iran’s neighbors, and supporting democratic forces that oppose the two regimes.

State Department and White House officials said the dissolution of the group was simply a bureaucratic reorganization, but many analysts saw it as evidence of a softening in the US strategy toward the two countries. It comes as the Bush administration has embarked on a significant new effort to hold high-level meetings with Iran and Syria.

The group had become the focus for administration critics who feared that it was plotting covert actions that could escalate into a military conflict with Iran or Syria. The air of secrecy surrounding the group when it was established in March 2006, coupled with the fact that it was modeled after a similar special committee on Iraq, contributed to those suspicions.

A senior State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to the press, said the group was shut down because of a widespread public perception that it was designed to enact regime change. State Department officials have said that the focus of the group, known as ISOG, was persuading the two regimes to change their behavior, not toppling them.

R. Nicholas Burns , the State Department’s Under Secretary for Political Affairs, revealed in a written statement to a senator this week that the group was disbanded in March 2007 in “favor of a more standard process” of coordinating between the White House, the State Department, Defense Department, and intelligence agencies.

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I guess Condi’ s makeover made it impossible for W. to resist her wiles, but OTLS! will also take a minor share of the credit. But, gee, what is Elliott Abrams going to do now? What am I gonna write about?

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US completely rejects efforts to reduce global warming

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Bush’s intransigence on global warming will cost us dearly. These years of inaction are making it harder and harder for us to ever reverse the trends.   The US position, further, is that the UN is not even an appropriate forum to use for these discussions.

Back to hating the UN.

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The Sopranos predictions: Tony’s crew gets whacked

The  buzz is that Phil, who spoke to Tony like the voice of doom, is going to get serious about revenge.  His first step is to whack Bobby outside a model train store.

It is also rumored that Tony and Sil will come to blows over the fate of Paulie, who is thought to be an FBI informant. Sil and Tony agree to make up, but Tony is late showing up for their meeting because of AJ, and Sil gets whacked by Phil’s mob;  Patsy narrowly escapes.

Paulie, as it turns out, may not actually be the rat.

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