What Could Have Been

solar-system.gifThe September 18th issue of Newsweek has a thought-provoker by Jonathan Alter entitled “An Alternative September 11 History” describing post 9/11 events as they “could have been.” Who knows, perhaps this is the way events unfolded on an Earth in a parallel universe–the one through the wormhole. We always thought that the universe through the wormhole was the “evil twin” but perhaps it’s the other way around. I have it! We really are the good folks from the good Earth, but we’ve been sucked through the wormhole and have ended up on this evil mirror world where greed and hate, intolerance and fear are the underlying values rather than the compassion and openness, charity and peacefulness of our home world. Sigh. Now, how do we get back home? earth-1.jpg

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Voltaire’s Absurdities and Atrocities

Voltaire said, Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.

Just a couple of examples of each (yes, I will restrict myself to only two apiece):

First, Absurdities

  1.  George W. Bush, Radio Address, October 5, 2002:  The danger to America from the Iraqi regime is grave and growing. The regime is guilty of beginning two wars. It has a horrible history of striking without warning. In defiance of pledges to the United Nations, Iraq has stockpiled biological and chemical weapons, and is rebuilding the facilities used to make more of those weapons. Saddam Hussein has used these weapons of death against innocent Iraqi people, and we have every reason to believe he will use them again. Iraq has longstanding ties to terrorist groups, which are capable of and willing to deliver weapons of mass death. And Iraq is ruled by perhaps the world's most brutal dictator who has already committed genocide with chemical weapons, ordered the torture of children, and instituted the systematic rape of the wives and daughters of his political opponents.
  2.  George W. Bush, State of the Union Address, January 28, 2003:  Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.

Atrocities

  1.  From The Washington Post, Dec. 8, 2004:  "A former U.S. Marine staff sergeant testified at a hearing Tuesday that his unit killed at least 30 unarmed civilians in Iraq during the war in 2003 and that Marines routinely shot and killed wounded Iraqis."
  2.  From NPR's  Steve Inskeep and Peter Kenyon, June 2, 2006:   "The U.S. military confirms it is investigating a report that American troops killed Iraqi civilians in a Sunni village northwest of Baghdad. The news comes amid allegations that American Marines killed 24 unarmed civilians at Haditha."

What????

 From The Daily Kos:  in an interview with CNN's John King, First Lady Laura Bush answered a question about her husband's infamous "Mission Accomplished" speech of May 1, 2003, by saying that (paraphrasing) "the fact is that the mission had been accomplished for those aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln.  Their job was complete, and they were coming home."

 Then there is the dismay expressed by  Daniel DiRito of www.thoughttheater.com, speaking for many of us on Washington Monthly's Political Animal that even Laura Bush has caught the not-so-smart virus:  

Laura, Laura…the last remotely respectable inhabitant of the White House…even you…say it isn't so?

She also flip flopped about the singing of the National Anthem in Spanish…in less than 30 seconds she went from saying it was OK to saying it wasn't.

Yeah, the National Anthem statements were interesting.  The American Progress Action Fund's Progress Report yesterday had it on the "Daily Grill:" 

DAILY GRILL

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with singing [the national anthem] in Spanish.”
— First Lady Laura Bush, CNN interview, 5/3/06

VERSUS

“I think it should be sung in English, of course.”
— Laura Bush, speaking just 25 seconds later in the same interview, 5/3/06

The latest comment came when someone pointed out that her husband had said that it should be sung in English.  Way to stand by your man, babe.  Don't let those pesky thoughts of your own get in the way.

Rumsfeld vs. Himself!

From the American Progress Action Fund's Progress Report:  347 Days and Counting:

DAILY GRILL

"QUESTION: You said you knew where they were.
RUMSFELD: I did not. I said I knew where suspect sites were."
— Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, 5/4/06, publicly confronted by a former CIA analyst over his Iraq WMD claims

VERSUS

"We know where they are. They’re in the area around Tikrit and Baghdad and east, west, south and north somewhat."
— Rumsfeld, 3/30/03, on Iraq WMD

Bad Things Come in Threes

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Wonder how we got into this mess?  You may have heard your grandmother say something like "bad things come in threes."  Well, Granny wasn't kidding.  Call them what you will, the threesome of Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz, but check out this article, "U.S. endorsed Iranian plans to build massive nuclear energy industry, Cheney Rumsfeld & Wolfowitz behind Iran Nuclear Program initiated during Ford Administration" on Global Research.Ca (Center for Research on Globalization) by Ed Haas. 

In 1976, President Gerald R. Ford signed a directive that granted Iran the opportunity to purchase U.S. built reprocessing equipment and facilities designed to extract plutonium from nuclear reactor fuel.

When Gerald Ford assumed the Presidency in August 1974, the current Vice President of the United States, Richard B Cheney served on the transition team and later as Deputy Assistant to the President. In November 1975, he was named Assistant to the President and White House Chief of Staff, a position he held throughout the remainder of the Ford Administration.[1]

In August 1974, the current Secretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld served as Chairman of the transition to the Presidency of Gerald R. Ford. He then became Chief of Staff of the White House and a member of the President's Cabinet (1974-1975)[2] and was the Ford Administration’s Secretary of Defense from 1975–1977.

The current President of the World Bank, Paul Wolfowitz served in the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency under President Gerald Ford.[3] Wolfowitz is considered as a prominent architect of the Bush Doctrine, which has come to be identified with a policy that permits pre-emptive war against potential aggressors before they are capable of mounting attacks against the United States.

[1] The White House, Vice President of the United States, Richard B. Cheney, http://www.whitehouse.gov/vicepresident/, [Accessed March 4, 2006]

[2] United States Department of Defense, Biography – Donald H. Rumsfeld, http://www.defenselink.mil/bios/rumsfeld.html, [Accessed March 4, 2006]

[3] Washington Post, Realism, Rewarded, George F. Will, May 12, 2005, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/05/11/AR2005051101815.html, [Accessed March 4, 2006]

 And there we thought Gerald Ford's administration was dull!  Little did we realize that the boys were already setting things up.  They just needed a front man!  It would be interesting to count the "threes" we've had to deal with since the 2000 election.

 This is a lot like the Rumsfeld/Saddam connection that Julian Borger wrote about on Tuesday December 31, 2002 in The Guardian, titled "Rumsfeld 'offered help to Saddam'", "Declassified papers leave the White House hawk exposed over his role during the Iran-Iraq war." 

I could state the obvious, that here are two glaring examples of geopolitical hypocrisy, but I'm sure you are already there. 

Oh what a tangled web we weave,  when first we practise to deceive! 

–Sir Walter Scott, Marmion, Canto vi. Stanza 17.   Scottish author & novelist (1771 – 1832)

More Generals

The President's reaffirmation of his full support of Donald Rumsfeld is to be expected from someone who regards loyalty more highly than qualifications.  Besides, it has been Rove, Cheney and Rumsfeld who have been pulling Bush's strings and if he loses one of his handlers what would the puppet do?  The increasing number of statements by retired generals will hopefully alert at least some of the American public who admire the military to Rumsfeld's incompetence.  Maybe they'll figure out that the commander-in-chief has an arrogant twit for a Secretary of Defense who doesn't know jack about the real military.

It was the Trailers, Stupid!

This is a great graphic in the W. Post this morning.  Be sure to check the timeline, both sides.  The DIA team on the ground in Iraq faxed their report stating that the trailers were not for bio. weapons on the 27th.  The DIA and CIA file a statement contradicting the report on the 28th.  Bush, Powell, Cheney and Tenet all made subsequent statements using the 28th statement, not the official report, reaffirming that the trailers were for biological weapon manufacture and justified the war. 

It is interesting that the official report is still classified and NOT to be released!  The selectivity of declassification by the Bush Administration is blatantly political and should be addressed by every possible congressional committee as well as discussed by the American public — providing they decide to inform themselves!