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Googling Alexis Debat

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 14, 2007

It’s probably too late to pick up caches of the most interesting of the hastily-scrubbed sites that reference this big fat Chalabi-class liar, but I thought I’d share this screen shots with you.

These are the first six Google hits:


The most notable thing in my view is that the stories exposing him as a fraud aren’t among these six top links, even though the news has been out for the better part of a week.  The conbloggers don’t want to discuss him, and neither do most of the mainstream press folk whose megaphones he used to blast Bush Junta bogosities and anti-Iran garbage.

Posted in beat the press, blogger ethics, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Iran, liars, media, Media machine, mediawhores, mythmaking, rightwing moral cripples | 2 Comments »

That Was Then, This Is Now

Posted by MEC on September 14, 2007


“We don’t do body counts on other people.” – Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, November 2, 2003


12 suspected insurgents killed in Iraq – Los Angeles Times, August 31, 2007

U.S. says air raids kill dozens of Taliban, Reuters, September 12, 2007

US-Led Coalition Kills 45 Taleban in Afghanistan – Voice of America, September 13, 2007

Troops kill six Taliban linked to alleged SKorean abductor – AFP, September 14, 2007

Ten Taliban killed in Afghan firefights: U.S. military – Reuters, September 14, 2007

US, Iraqi troops kill 3 suspects during raid on Anbar mosque – Associated Press, September 14, 2007

One of the Lessons of VietnamTM: They report the body count to create the illusion of progress, because there is no real progress to report.

Posted in anti-truth, distractions, Iraq war, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

1970, Anyone?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 14, 2007

I’m not sure if this is truly the ‘real’ reason Bush is withdrawing some troops — that would require him to actually care about people who aren’t in his immediate family or people who he knows are in a position to hurt him — but Alex Koppelman makes a compelling case:

… No matter what the president or Gen. David Petraeus, the military point man of the surge, may now say about next spring’s drawdown, it is not predicated on success. Bringing troops home is not a choice, but a fait accompli. It has been preordained since the beginning of the surge. In fact, the surge was always destined to end next spring because after that there will be no more troops with which to continue it, according to statements from Adm. Michael Mullen, the man Bush recently appointed as chairman of the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, not to mention statements from Gen. Petraeus himself.

Many troops now in Iraq have already had their tours of duty extended to 15 months in order to participate in the surge. To continue the surge past next spring, the Pentagon would have to extend those tours even further. To do so would “break” the U.S. military, many experts have warned — including Adm. Mullen. The administration has repeatedly indicated that those tours would not be extended.

Fred Kaplan, a reporter for Slate who once served as a foreign and defense policy advisor to former Rep. Les Aspin and has written extensively on the shortage of troops available for Iraq, said in an interview that the drawdown was destined to happen regardless of events on the ground in Iraq.

“The 15-month tours will be up,” said Kaplan. “The Army was adamantly opposed to extending the tour beyond that [and] there has not been any further mobilization of the Reserves … So, you know, there’s no choice. They’ve got to come home without any replacement.

“If Bush and all decision-makers had suddenly gone comatose and things were just allowed to run their natural course, this is exactly what would have happened.”

The late Steve Gilliard wrote extensively about how in 1970, American forces in Vietnam were falling apart: Rock-bottom morale, zero unit cohesion, commanders being fragged in the field. From the reports coming out of Iraq, we’re not far from seeing scenes like that reprised nearly four decades later.

Posted in 2008, Afghanistan, Bush, Iraq war | 11 Comments »

AP Headline Writer Gets It Right

Posted by MEC on September 14, 2007

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Bush’s speech yesterday was supposed to convince people that Bush was agreeing to a troop reduction in Iraq. In fact, the “reduction” will, at best, revert to the level before the surge. And the AP headline writer decided not to play along with the deception:

Bush preserves big troop level in Iraq

Jennifer Loven, the AP reporter, also focused on the facts:

President Bush’s claim that progress in Iraq justifies preserving a large U.S. military presence there for at least 10 more months was shadowed by discouraging developments on the security and political fronts.

Friday morning, 12 hours after Bush’s address to the nation, the White House was to report that Iraqi leaders had gained almost no new ground in meeting U.S. benchmarks on bringing about reconciliation and stability.

Other bad news hit 12 hours before Bush’s speech, when Iraqi police reported the assassination in Anbar province of a prominent figure in a local alliance with U.S. troops against al-Qaida. It was a sharp blow to Bush’s frequent celebration of military gains in that region as a model for the rest of the country.


The president’s speech marked only the latest shift in direction — and rationale and packaging — for a war that has lasted 4 1/2 years and cost a half trillion dollars and nearly 3,800 American lives.

More real journalism like this, please.

Posted in BushCo malfeasance, Iraq war, real journalism, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on September 14, 2007

Alexander helps me blog.

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Lady Lightfoot has more important things to do.

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Posted in Alexander the Great, cats, Friday Cat Blogging, Just for fun, Lady Lightfoot | 2 Comments »

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