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Archive for February 20th, 2007

A Baghdad Bob Moment

Posted by MEC on February 20, 2007

British troops are pulling out of Iraq

Prime Minister Tony Blair will announce on Wednesday a new timetable for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq, with 1,500 to return home in several weeks, the BBC reported.

The Bush Administration’s comment on the pullout:

Bush views Britain’s troop cutbacks as “a sign of success” in Iraq, said U.S. National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe. “While the United Kingdom is maintaining a robust force in southern Iraq, we’re pleased that conditions in Basra have improved sufficiently that they are able to transition more control to the Iraqis.”

Um, yeah. Right. And just think about all those schools that have been painted.

Posted in anti-truth, Iraq war, madness of King George | 5 Comments »

Feds Exaggerated Anti-Terror Successes

Posted by MEC on February 20, 2007

Doesn’t it just astonish you.

Federal prosecutors counted immigration violations, marriage fraud and drug trafficking among anti-terror cases in the four years after 9/11 even though no evidence linked them to terror activity.

Overall, nearly all of the terrorism-related statistics on investigations, referrals and cases examined by department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine were either diminished or inflated. Only two of 26 sets of department data reported between 2001 and 2005 were accurate, the audit found.

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Much of the problem stemmed from how that office defines anti-terrorism cases.

A November 2001 federal crackdown on security breaches at airports, for example, yielded arrests on immigration and false document charges, but no evidence of terrorist activity. Nonetheless, the attorneys’ office lumped them in with other anti-terror cases since they were investigated by federal Joint Terrorism Task Forces or with other counterterror measures.

The auditor attributed the errors to sloppiness, not deliberate inflation to exaggerate success in the War on Terror. It’s still worrisome. Reporting more “terrorist activity” than has actually been discovered and prevented has a political consequence, and we all know who’s been benefiting from “America is under constant threat from terrorists and The Other Party can’t protect you from them.”

Posted in distractions, government malfeasance, mythmaking | 3 Comments »

Star down under

Posted by Charles II on February 20, 2007

A 1.6 ft diameter starfish with fishy friend (Photo taken by ISIS in Marguerite Bay, Antarctica. From the BBC)

Posted in Just for fun | 1 Comment »

Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 20, 2007

Many of Bill and Hill’s biggest enemies of a decade ago have — so far — decided not to whip out their checkbooks to go after Senator Clinton this time around. It could be the result, as the article implies, of remorse: of an agonizing reappraisal of their actions, actions that helped put George W. Bush in the White House and American troops in Iraq. Or it could be that they’re saving their money for the general election, and hoping that she makes it through the primaries as she’ll be the easiest to defeat.

— Joe Conason has a new book out. Here’s an excerpt:

The most salient dissent to be heard in recent years, and especially since Bush’s reelection in 2004, has been voiced not by the liberals and moderates who never trusted the Republican leadership, but by conservatives who once did.

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Former Republican congressman Bob Barr of Georgia, who served as one of the managers of the impeachment of Bill Clinton in the House of Representatives, has joined the American Civil Liberties Union he once detested. In the measures taken by the Bush administration and approved by his former colleagues, Barr sees the potential for “a totalitarian type regime.” Paul Craig Roberts, a longtime contributor to the Wall Street Journal and a former Treasury official under Reagan, perceives the “main components of a police state” in the Bush administration’s declaration of plenary powers to deny fundamental rights to suspected terrorists. Bruce Fein, who served as associate attorney general in the Reagan Justice Department, believes that the Bush White House is “a clear and present danger to the rule of law,” and that the president “cannot be trusted to conduct the war against global terrorism with a decent respect for civil liberties and checks against executive abuses.” Syndicated columnist George Will accuses the administration of pursuing a “monarchical doctrine” in its assertion of extraordinary war powers.

As Joe says, It Can Happen Here. If we want to make sure it doesn’t, we have to step up our efforts and not shrink from confrontation.

General William Odom schools Hugh Hewitt and the rest of the Bush apologists’ “Victory Caucus” on Iraq. Hilarity ensues.

Posted in Hillary Clinton, history, Iraq war, Republicans, Republicans acting badly, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tuesday Morning News Roundup

Why The Libby Trial Matters

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 20, 2007

Christy Hardin Smith explains.

In related news:  Emptywheel suspects that Fitzgerald may be ready to spring an indictment on Libby’s former(?) boss, Dick Cheney.  Let’s see you pardon this, Mister Twenty-Nine Percent!

Posted in Dick Cheney, Iraq war, Libby trial, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why The Libby Trial Matters

Riverbend And Iraq

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 20, 2007

One can gauge the deterioration of life in Iraq by reading (and counting) Riverbend’s posts at her blog.

At first, they were hopeful and frequent — often once every day, seven times a week.

Lately, she’s been lucky to do seven posts in a year. When she does post, the news is never good, and the hope is long since gone.

Posted in Iraq war, madness of King George, mythmaking | 2 Comments »

 
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