Saturday, May 27, 2006

Wanker at West Point, Bush's Iraq Pipe Dreams, House GOP Kowtows, Cohen Gets Rich, Blair Kowtows and We're #1 Again.

Bush gave a speech at the U.S.M.A. and the implications that can be drawn from it are just a little scary.

Bush said, "This is only the beginning,...", speaking of his plan to spread freedom or destruction throughout the Mid-East. It gets worse.

"The war began on my watch, but it's going to end on your watch,...". Now, some of these new officers will be on watch for 30 or 35 years.

Bush compared his war on radical Islamists and American citizens to the Cold War. Why not, they've compared it to the Revolutionary War and WWII. Funny they don't compare it to Vietnam, but it would take a major policy change to tell the truth.

In an attempt to add gravitas to his hollow, stick-man presidency, Bush quoted Truman, "When history says that my term of office saw the beginning of the Cold War, it will also say that in those eight years we set the course that can win it.". Does anyone seriously think that Bush has set us on a winning course?

It must have been an agonizing 35 minutes.

President George W Bush has likened the US "war on terror" to the Cold War fight
against communism after World War II, at a military graduation ceremony.
Speaking to cadets at West Point military academy in New York state, Mr Bush
said the US would not rest until the threat of terror had been removed.

In what's probably a lame attempt to convince us that things are getting better in Iraq and troop cut backs will be happening at the end of the year, the military is telling us that things are getting better and we should be cutting back on troops in Iraq by the end of the year.

Of course, this all depends on the ability of Iraq to handle it's own security. We've been trying to train them to do this for the last three years with practically no success. But this at least this will get us through the fall elections before we find out.

And besides, we have the track record of Bush's and the military's past statements. So what do you think?

BAGHDAD, May 27 -- The U.S. military is aiming toward turning over lead security
responsibility for Baghdad to local officials and police as soon as the end of
the year, a senior U.S. military official said Saturday.
The handover, like
similar moves expected as soon as August in two provinces south of Baghdad,
would let American forces scale back to a support role while remaining available
for advice and emergencies, the senior official told reporters in Baghdad. He
spoke on condition of anonymity

I would remain anonymous too, considering that people are getting killed on the street for wearing shorts.

The coach of Iraq's tennis team and two players were shot dead in Baghdad on
Thursday, said Iraqi Olympic officials.
Coach Hussein Ahmed Rashid and
players Nasser Ali Hatem and Wissam Adel Auda were killed in the al-Saidiya
district of the capital.

Witnesses said the three were dressed in shorts
and were killed days after militants issued a warning forbidding the wearing of

GOP House members, fearing for their political lives, thanks to their dependence on the votes of the most radical elements of the right, are saying no to Bush's immigration plan.

They gladly put themselves in this position, now they deserve whatever they get.

Republican House members facing the toughest races this fall are overwhelmingly
opposed to any deal that provides illegal immigrants a path to citizenship -- an
election-year dynamic that significantly dims the prospects that President Bush
will win the immigration compromise he is seeking, according to Republican
lawmakers and leadership aides

Former Defense Secretary William S. Cohen shows us how the game is played. After getting out of public service, you just offer all the experience and connections to the highest bidder.

"We Specialize in Access, Insight and Intelligence into the Defense Industry,
DoD and Government programs," the Web site for a Cohen investment advisory
service said until recently. The Web site said the Cohen Group's "Competitive
Advantage" included "Senior level relationships throughout industry and
One day Cohen is appearing at a Lockheed Martin Corp. event in India,
smoothing the way for a fighter-jet sale; another, he's attending a charity ball
at the request of a company that wants him at its table because, an executive at
the company says, "You are judged by the friends you keep."

The Bush Administration browbeat the British Prime Minister to change the wording of his speech to bring it more inline with the Administration's disastrous policies.

The main points of contention were possible action against Iran, climate change, and a proposed shake-up of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.

Blair, showing that his time is over, acquiesced.

Objections by President George W Bush's inner circle played a key role in the
alterations, which were made just before Mr Blair delivered his landmark address
at Georgetown University in Washington, on Friday, British sources have

And once again we find ourselves Number One, unfortunately it's because we lead the world in avoiding human rights accountability. Bush, the Republicans and America first!

The United States has become a world leader in avoiding human rights
accountability; a case in point is the reliance of the United States government
on private military contractors, which has helped create virtually rules-free
zones sanctioned with the American flag and firepower, said Larry Cox the
executive director of Amnesty International's US Chapter.

He further said, Business outsourcing may increase efficiency, but war
outsourcing may be facilitating impunity. Contractors' illegal behavior and the
reluctance of the U.S. government to bring them to justice are further
tarnishing the United States' reputation abroad, hurting the image of American
troops and contributing to anti-American sentiments.

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