Archive for November, 2005

Ex-Powell Aide Criticizes Detainee Effort

Monday, November 28th, 2005

Ex-Powell Aide Criticizes Detainee Effort - Yahoo! News

ANNE GEARAN, AP Diplomatic Writer
Mon Nov 28, 6:13 PM ET

A top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Monday that wrongheaded ideas for the handling of foreign detainees arose from White House and Pentagon officials who argued that “the president of the United States is all-powerful” and the Geneva Conventions irrelevant.

In an Associated Press interview, former Powell chief of staff Lawrence Wilkerson also said President Bush was “too aloof, too distant from the details” of postwar planning. Underlings exploited Bush’s detachment and made poor decisions, Wilkerson said.

Wilkerson blamed Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and like-minded aides. He said Cheney must have sincerely believed that Iraq could be a spawning ground for new terror assaults, because “otherwise I have to declare him a moron, an idiot or a nefarious bastard.”
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Crazy Little Thing Karl Rove

Sunday, November 27th, 2005

SoonerThought gets silly occasionally. This was hatched from Alex’s fevered brain:

Bush sings about Turdblossom himself, Karl Rove and his troubles with the truth to the tune of “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”

(With apologies to Queen)

This thing Karl Rove
I just can’t handle it
this thing Karl Rove I must get round to it
I ain’t ready
Crazy little thing Karl Rove
This (This Thing) Karl Rove
(Karl Rove)
He cries (Like a baby)
In the Oval all night
He swings (Woo Woo)
He lies (Woo Woo)
He shakes all over like a jelly fish,
I call him Turdblossom
Crazy little thing Karl Rove

There goes Scooter Libby
He lied to Mr. Fitz
He drives Mac crazy
He gives Cheney hot and cold fever
Then he leaves me in the polling depths

I gotta be cool…relax, get hip
Get off the booze
Take a back seat, hitch-hike
And take a long ride to Mongolia
Until I’m ready
Crazy little thing Karl Rove

I gotta be cool relax, get hip
Get on the Novaks
Take a back seat, hitch-hike
And take a long ride on my mountain bike
Until I’m ready (Ready Prezzie)
Crazy little thing Karl Rove

This thing Karl Rove I just can’t handle it
this thing Karl Rove I must get round to it
I ain’t ready (never was)
Crazy little thing Karl Rove
(oh shit)
Crazy little thing Karl Rove
Crazy little thing Karl Rove
Crazy little thing Karl Rove
Crazy little thing Karl Rove
Crazy little thing Karl Rove
Crazy little thing Karl Rove
(oh shit)
Crazy little thing Karl Rove

Foreign Aid for U.S Citizens

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

Thousands of poor Americans will receive discounted home heating fuel this winter, thanks to an unusual arrangement with Venezuela, a country whose government is at political odds with the U.S. government.

Still proud of Bush? Foreign leaders care more about the poor in America than Bush.

BLOCKBUSTER: BUSH KNEW NO HUSSEIN-AL QAEDA CONNECTION

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

What more evidence do the Conservatives need??? This war is a fraud.

NATIONAL JOURNAL: Key Bush Intelligence Briefing Kept From Hill Panel (11/22/05)

Excerpt:
Ten days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, President Bush was told in a highly classified briefing that the U.S. intelligence community had no evidence linking the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein to the attacks and that there was scant credible evidence that Iraq had any significant collaborative ties with Al Qaeda, according to government records and current and former officials with firsthand knowledge of the matter.

A gutless, draft-dodging coward named Dick Cheney

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

From Capitol Hill Blue

The Rant
A gutless, draft-dodging coward named Dick Cheney
By DOUG THOMPSON
Nov 22, 2005, 07:41

The last thing we need in the increasingly bitter Iraq debate is a gutless, draft-dodging coward like Dick Cheney criticizing those who did serve their country.

The Vice President, who used multiple deferments to avoid serving his country during the Vietnam conflict, jumped into the fray big time last week and again on Monday with an acrid broadside against those who properly question the President’s motives for dragging the country into the bloody dead-end called Iraq.

“This is revisionism of the most corrupt and shameless variety,” Cheney said yesterday. “It has no place anywhere in American politics.”

Sorry Dickie boy, but it is you and your cronies at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue who have “no place anywhere in American politics.” It is hypocrites like you, you shameless, cowardly son-of-a-bitch, who should be led from the White House in chains and locked away in some hellhole to rot for eternity.

American politics is cursed with chicken hawk politicians who do everything in their power to avoid serving their country and then vote to send other Americans to fight and die for their questionable wars. Bill Clinton used falsified documents to secure and keep his student deferments in place. Congress is littered with false patriots, Republican and Democrat alike, who avoided military service. And the biggest warmonger of them all, George W. Bush, needed daddy’s connections to ride out the war at home in the safety of the Texas Air National Guard and couldn’t even complete that service.

But Cheney’s hypocrisy goes even further because his tirade on Monday was aimed primarily at Congressman John Murtha, the Pennsylvania Democrat who did serve his country, spending 37 years in the Marines before retiring as a colonel from the reserves and earning a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts in Vietnam.

Murtha, one of the most hawkish Democrats in Congress, has – like so many other Americans – realized he was had by the many deceptions of the Bush administration leading up to the invasion of Iraq and has called for immediate withdrawal of our troops from the debacle that has cost more than 2,000 Americans, and countless Iraqi civilians, their lives.

Murtha calls the Iraq war “a flawed policy wrapped in illusion. The future of our country is at risk. We can not continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interest of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf Region.”

Strong words from someone who voted to give Bush the authority to invade Iraq but words that come from someone who understands war a hell of a lot better than the cowards in the White House: Strong words from someone who has been there and faced death for his country – something that a draft dodger like Dick Cheney can never, ever understand.

It’s bad enough when Bush uses Veterans Day, a holiday where we are supposed to honor those who serve our country, to spread his Iraq invasion propaganda and criticize those who dare question his failed policies. As Americans we have the freedom to agree or disagree with war but it is our duty to serve her when she calls. Draft dodgers are the worst kind of traitors to our country. They avoided the call and are nothing but despicable.

Dick Cheney is a coward and a liar who represents an administration run by crooks and frauds. When I see someone like that criticizing someone who served their country in war, someone twice wounded on the field of battle, I consider the source.

And, in this case, the source is nothing more than white, lying, draft-dodging trash. To use one of your own favorite phrases, Mr. Vice President, we suggest you just “fuck off.”

© Copyright 2005 Capitol Hill Blue

Happy Thanksgiving from SoonerThought

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2005

Wishing you and yours all the best this Thanksgiving, and our fondest wish of Peace on Earth.

God Bless John F. Kennedy

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

November 22, 1963…today a grim reminder.

JFK–a conundrum to many–handsome, suave, smart, energetic, progressive; also very physically ill, a womanizer and a bit of a scoundrel. Yet he consistently polls as the top or one of the top presidents in history.

His unfullfilled promise, to this writer, equates years of American boys coming home in body bags from a misguided war in Southeast Asia. It stands as the beginning of the American distrust of government. JFK’s murder not only brought us war and decades of strife, it brought us Watergate, riots in urban areas, and malaise at home. The ripple effect from the shots fired in Dealey Plaza that winter day in 1963 cannot be dismissed.

Who did it?

Well, it almost seems pointless now. Those behind the murder are long dead or have certainly enacted enough of their agenda to be satisfied. However, those of us who thirst for justice continue to ask why.

I believe that elements of the CIA, with the assent of the FBI and aid from the Mafia, killed our beloved president. He stood in the way of their dreams of empire, and he threatened to smash the CIA “into a thousand pieces” after they misled JFK about Cuba. The assassins were saving their boss’ asses, and ensuring American expansion in the name of anti-communism for decades to come.

I do not believe LBJ was in on it, but it is widely known that he was suspicious and knew the Warren Commission was a whitewash. He also suffered the guilt of being the accidental recipient of a bloodstained presidency.

Oswald? A patsy–he fired, but probably missed. The assassins? One in the book depository, one in the storm grate under the street, and one on the knoll.

I could write volumes (as others have) on facts to back up those theories. But today, perhaps we should just think of the man–the great man–who never heard the final gunshot that was heard around the world.

Originally posted November 22, 2004

Cheney Too Divisive? Nahhh!

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005

Cheney too divisive to right Bush’s ship?
As VP assails war critics, some worry messenger compromises message

Vice President Cheney yesterday accused critics of engaging in “revisionism of the most corrupt and shameless variety” in the Iraq debate, in a major speech that reflected the uncompromising style that has made him a touchstone for many of the controversies shadowing President Bush.

In remarks before the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative research organization where he once served as a research fellow and a trustee, Cheney said Democratic critics of the war are lying when they say Bush lied about prewar intelligence to justify the invasion of Iraq.

“Any suggestion that prewar information was distorted, hyped, fabricated by the leader of the nation is utterly false,” Cheney said, decrying the “self-defeating pessimism” of many Democrats. He added that to begin withdrawing from Iraq now, as some lawmakers have suggested, “would be a victory for the terrorists.”

The 19-minute speech cast the vice president in a familiar role: as the no-nonsense purveyor of a Bush administration policy that he was central in developing. Yet Cheney’s defiant public image concerns even some White House aides.

The speech came amid a determined White House effort to answer critics of a war that polls show is growing increasingly unpopular, and that in recent weeks has helped erode Bush’s standing with the public to the lowest of his presidency.

But the war has hurt Cheney’s reputation even more. A recent Newsweek poll found that 29 percent of Americans regard him as honest and ethical. The same poll found that more than one in four Republicans agreed with that assessment — a finding that surprised some top White House aides, who were already concerned about how the public views the vice president.

Ohio Voters Must Be So Proud

Monday, November 21st, 2005

Ohio Voters Passed Over a Hero Like Paul Hackett for this Piece of Crap???

Schmidt Laying Low After ‘Cowards’ Comment

CINCINNATI — Jean Schmidt, the freshman congresswoman from Ohio’s 2nd District, has kept quiet since her remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives Friday, News 5’s John London reported.

Although Schmidt completed her 59th marathon Sunday in Philadelphia, she’s not been able to outrun the controversy created by her remarks.

“(State Rep. Danny Bubp) also asked me to send Congressman Murtha a message that, ‘Cowards cut and run, Marines never do’,” Schmidt said during a debate over a resolution to immediately withdraw troops from Iraq.

She later asked for the remark to be removed from the congressional record and even made an apology to Murtha, a former Marine and decorated war veteran. But Schmidt has made no public comment since then.

Her chief of staff told News 5 interview requests are coming in from nearly every national media outlet, and she’s treating all of them the same way — with silence.

“She’s a super freshman,” a radio talk-show caller said. “She’s the newest member of the House. You’re supposed to keep your mouth shut for a few months.”

As she tried to get some pre-marathon rest, Schmidt was spoofed on “Saturday Night Live.”

“John Murtha was a decorated, 37-year veteran. Jean Schmidt, I’m guessing — judging from her outfit — was a 1970s gymnast,” SNL’s Tina Fey said.

Her local office said Schmidt continues doing the work of her district, while her national office said the situation is “way too partisan right now.”

“Hopefully, when things calm down, we can have a rational discussion,” said Barry Bennett, Schmidt’s chief of staff.

One woman from Oakley isn’t waiting for that day — she spent part of Monday morning outside Schmidt’s congressional office in protest.

“Her voice box is full. Her e-mail is full. And I just couldn’t sit. I came out here, and I’m just voicing my opinion in a peaceful way,” Kristin Kramer said.

Copyright 2005 by ChannelCincinnati.com. All rights reserved.

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Good news Ohio Voters–you have a chance to fix this error!

Bush’s Escape to Asia A Non-Starter

Sunday, November 20th, 2005

Hat in hand and happy to be away from troubles at home, Bush gets the brush off from the world he has heaped scorn upon for more than 5 years. Pathetic.

Bush’s Asia Trip Ends Without a Bang

When President Bush flew toward Asia a week ago, his national security adviser, Stephen J. Hadley, predicted to reporters in the back of the plane that the four-nation trip would yield no “headline breakthroughs.” He turned out to be right.

As Bush wrapped up his stay in Beijing on Sunday and prepared to head home Monday after a brief stop in Mongolia, the trip has produced no real breakthroughs of any sort. On a wide array of issues, from trade to security to human rights, Bush won no concrete agreements from any of his summit partners.

White House officials said that does not mean it was an unsuccessful trip because they never expected to bring home any major agreements in the first place.

The Turning Point

Friday, November 18th, 2005

If you saw the TV footage of this Hawk Congressman and Vietnam veteran, nearly in tears describing the used and abused U.S. Soldiers in Iraq, perhaps you will agree that this could be the pivotal moment for Iraq as Cronkite’s “WE ARE MIRED IN STALEMATE” broadcast was to the Vietnam war.

A powerful player rips the war
Rep. John Murtha, a hawkish Democrat, says the Iraq campaign is `putting the future of our country at risk’

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

November 18, 2005

WASHINGTON - An influential House Democrat who voted to authorize the Iraq war called yesterday for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops, sparking bitter personal salvos from both sides in a growing Capitol Hill uproar over Bush administration war policies.

“It is time for a change in direction,” said Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), one of Congress’ most hawkish Democrats. “Our military is suffering, the future of our country is at risk. We cannot continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interests of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf region.”

He called the war “a flawed policy wrapped in illusion.”

Murtha estimated that all U.S. troops could be pulled out within six months. He introduced a resolution yesterday that would force the president to call back the military, but it was unclear when, or if, either GOP-run chamber of Congress would vote on it.

The comments by Murtha, who has spent three decades in the House, hold particular weight because he is close to many military commanders and has enormous credibility with colleagues on defense issues. He voted for the war in 2002, and remains the top Democrat on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.

House Republicans assailed Murtha’s position as one of abandonment and surrender, and accused Democrats of playing politics with the war. “They want us to wave the white flag of surrender to the terrorists of the world,” Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) said.

The White House also shot back, calling Murtha “a respected veteran and politician who has a record of supporting a strong America. So it is baffling that he is endorsing the policy positions of Michael Moore and the extreme liberal wing of the Democratic Party.

“The eve of an historic democratic election in Iraq is not the time to surrender to the terrorists. . . . Nowhere does he explain how retreating from Iraq makes America safer.”

In recent days, President George W. Bush and top aides have lashed out at critics of the war and have accused Democrats of advocating a “cut and run” strategy that will embolden insurgents.

Vice President Dick Cheney jumped into the fray Wednesday by assailing Democrats who contend the Bush administration manipulated intelligence on Iraq. He called their criticism “one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city.”

Murtha, who served as a Marine intelligence officer in Vietnam, angrily shot back at Cheney: “I like guys who’ve never been there that criticize us who’ve been there. I like that. I like guys who got five deferments and never been there and send people to war, and then don’t like to hear suggestions about what needs to be done.”

Cheney avoided the draft with student and then marriage deferments, telling The Washington Post in 1989 that “I had other priorities in the ’60s than military service.”

Copyright 2005 Newsday Inc.
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Hey Dick, Kiss My Ass

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

What a lying, corrupt sack of crap we have for a Veep…even if we indulge Dick for a moment and agree that what he is saying is true–that Demos are being opportunistic about the war while BushCo is weak–how is that any different than the way they operate? Cheney looks more like Spiro Agnew every day.

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Cheney calls war critics ‘opportunists’ - Conflict in Iraq - MSNBC.com

In the sharpest White House attack yet on critics of the Iraq war, Vice President Dick Cheney said on Wednesday that accusations the Bush administration manipulated intelligence to justify the war were a “dishonest and reprehensible” political ploy.

Cheney called Democrats “opportunists” who were peddling “cynical and pernicious falsehoods” to gain political advantage while U.S. soldiers died in Iraq.

“Some of the most irresponsible comments have, of course, come from politicians who actually voted in favor of authorizing force against Saddam Hussein,” Cheney told the Frontiers of Freedom Institute, a conservative policy group.