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Res Ipsa Loquitor

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 13, 2008

Jack Gillis, via e-mail, on the men George W. Bush entrusted with our lives, fortunes, and sacred honor –and the media supposed to be the watchdog set to monitor them:

“On April 20, 2008, the New York Times published an
expose, “Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand,”
by David Barstow, detailing the close–in many cases,
close business–relationship with a group of retired
military officers who have spent much of the last five
years as supposedly “independent” military analysts in
the mainstream media, mostly on television and
especially on the newschannels, Fox, CNN, and
including MSNBC (proprietors of Newsvine)”

Money graf:

“On Thursday, May 8, the Department of Defense
released to the public all the items they had turned
over to the New York Times relating to the Military
Analysts story. One item that was released that has
generated no notice in the media accounts so far is an
audio recording of a valedictory luncheon Rumsfeld
hosted for those analysts on December 12, 2006–a
month after Rumsfeld had been cashiered by President
Bush and only a few days before Rumsfeld’s replacement
Robert Gates assumed the post of Secretary of Defense.

“The recording is just over an hour long, so I clipped
a few of the more notable moments. By ‘notable’ I mean
‘at times chilling, infuriating, even shocking.’”

Click the Link to listen to Rumsfeld yearn for another
9/11.

The thing speaks for itself. As a depiction of the BushCo mindset, and its slavish enablers in the press corps, it has no peer. If it were a painting, it’d be something along the lines of Goya’s Saturn Devouring His Children.

Posted in abuse of power, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, corruption, cronies, Donald Rumsfeld, eedjits, evil, GOP/Media Complex, Iraq war, media, Media machine, mediawhores, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, rightwing moral cripples | 6 Comments »

NIE: Bush Is Full Of Crap WRT Iran.

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 3, 2007

We knew this years ago (at least the IAEA did), but it’s nice to see America’s intelligence agencies officially break free from Bush’s propaganda:

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 — A new assessment by American intelligence agencies concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program remains on hold, contradicting an assessment two years ago that Tehran was working inexorably toward building a bomb.

Remember, Iran is allowed under the Non-Proliferation Treaty to have nuclear energy for domestic purposes, such as power plants. The amount of fissionable material needed for power generation is much, much smaller than that needed for weapons-making.

Oh, and the whole reason the Iranians have a nuclear program? We gave it to them, twicefirst in the 1950s, as part of the “Atoms for Peace” program under Eisenhower, and again under Ford in the 1970s:

In 1976, the Shah of Iran came to the United States, sent his representatives to intercede and say, “Look, we’ve done an analysis, and we’ve got a finite amount of oil. And right now we need to export it. And if we don’t export it, we don’t make money, etc. We don’t have enough oil to sustain this. We need to come up with an indigenous energy policy that frees up our oil for exportation. We want to use nuclear energy.” And the U.S. government went, “Good idea, Shah. We’re all for it.” That was Gerald Ford.

The chief of staff of the White House at the time was Dick Cheney. The Secretary of Defense was Donald Rumsfeld. So, this argument that both Cheney and Rumsfeld put out today that Iran is a nation awash in a sea of oil, there is no need for a nuclear energy program, they both supported Iran’s goals of achieving nuclear energy in 1976. Not only nuclear energy, but they also supported the Shah when he said, “We cannot allow a nuclear energy program’s fuel to be held hostage by the vagaries of sanctions and war. We need an indigenous fuel-manufacturing capability inclusive of the full uranium enrichment process.” And guess what the U.S. government said in 1976. “No problem, Shah. Good deal.” Of course, in 1979, the Islamists come in and suddenly we change our opinion. The bottom line is, Iran has every right legally to a nuclear energy program, and economically, we’ve already deemed it a responsible way to go.

Posted in Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, dope slaps for Dubya, energy, GOP/Media Complex, Iran, PNAC Platoon | 3 Comments »

I’m Such a Cynic

Posted by MEC on July 12, 2007

Donald Rumsfeld has decided to spend his retirement running a foundation to attract young people to public service.

There’s no target date for launching the foundation, but Rumsfeld has decided it would not be attached to any particular university. Grants would go directly to individual scholars at the graduate and postgraduate level, Di Rita said.
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“If he finds a promising young scholar developing expertise on public policy matters, he wants to see what he can do to encourage that and to give that type of scholar an opportunity to continue his studies with an eye to public service,” Di Rita said.

My immediate thought was that the foundation would be recruiting scholars from Regent University, Patrick Henry College, Hillsdale College, Pepperdine University, Bob Jones University…. the University of California at Berkeley or Antioch University, not so much.

Posted in Donald Rumsfeld, half-vast rightwing conspiracy | 4 Comments »

 
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