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Archive for September 21st, 2007

Why Privatizing Warfare Is Not a Good Idea

Posted by MEC on September 21, 2007

People who are in it for the money, well, they sometimes do things for money that aren’t consistent with the stated goals:

Federal prosecutors are investigating whether employees of the private security firm Blackwater USA illegally smuggled into Iraq weapons that may have been sold on the black market and ended up in the hands of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, officials said Friday.
 

[…]
 

In Saturday’s editions, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that two former Blackwater employees—Kenneth Wayne Cashwell of Virginia Beach, Va., and William Ellsworth “Max” Grumiaux of Clemmons, N.C.—are cooperating with federal investigators.
 

[…]
 

The News & Observer, citing unidentified sources, reported that the probe was looking at whether Blackwater had shipped unlicensed automatic weapons and military goods to Iraq without a license.
 

The paper’s report that the company itself was under investigation could not be confirmed by the AP.

Which will be the first Congressional committee to subpoena Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater, theofascist, and brother of professional Republican Betsy De Vos?

Posted in Blackwater, capitalism as cancer, corruption, Iraq war | 3 Comments »

Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on September 21, 2007

Lightfoot had me very worried last Sunday. She wouldn’t eat — unprecedented for the ladycat — and she didn’t move from her comfy spot on the couch all day. Fortunately, when I took her to the vet on Monday, the vet found nothing amiss, and by Tuesday she was back to normal.

Maybe she was just staging a one-day hunger strike to protest the Bush regime’s inaction on the tainted pet food and other hazardous imports.

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Posted in cats, Friday Cat Blogging, Lady Lightfoot | 3 Comments »

US, Israel collaborated on Syrian bombing

Posted by Charles II on September 21, 2007

Glenn Kessler and Robin Wright, WaPo:

Israel’s decision to attack Syria on Sept. 6, bombing a suspected nuclear site set up in apparent collaboration with North Korea, came after Israel shared intelligence with President Bush this summer indicating that North Korean nuclear personnel were in Syria, U.S. government sources said.

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Posted in Conflict in the Middle East, international, israel | 3 Comments »

Is the US backing the wrong Shi’ite faction?

Posted by Charles II on September 21, 2007

Reidar Visser in Asia Times (this was printed first in the far-right Jamestown Foundation):

There are many groups in the south with a long record of hostility to Iran, above all the various Sadrist factions such as Fadhila and the “mainline” followers of Muqtada al-Sadr (some of whom have even served sentences in Iranian prisons). There are also independent Shi’ite tribal groups that are fiercely proud of their Arab heritage. These groups also distinguish themselves from the SIIC by maintaining that any clerical rule in Iraq should be under the principle of wilayat al-faqih (the rule of the jurisprudent) dictated by Iraqi clerics, not Iranian ones.

But US policy south of Baghdad is exactly the opposite.

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Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Because Experience Counts

Posted by MEC on September 21, 2007

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George W. Bush has nominated Rodger D. Young of Southfield, Michigan to join the United States delegation to the United Nations.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Mr. Young is a “lawyer specializing in complex litigation”.

His biography in his law firm’s web site provides more detail.

Mr. Young has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation including antitrust, high technology, telecommunications, trade secret, automotive, shareholder/partner disputes, and construction matters… He also has a distinguished record of public service.

That public service includes serving on the Michigan Environmental Review Board and the Transportation Commission, as well as the State Bar Board of Commissioners.

Though Mr. Young apparently has an admirable record as a trial lawyer and bureaucrat, I’m not seeing any experience in, you know, diplomacy. Or foreign affairs. Not even international law.

So what experience does Mr. Young have that qualifies him to represent our country in the United Nations?

I bet you’ve guessed already…

The Free Press mentions that

Young has been a major fund-raiser for Republican causes. In the 2000 and 2004 campaigns, he was a Bush pioneer, meaning he helped raise at least $100,000.
 

He has contributed more than $200,000 — most of it to Republican candidates — in the last decade, according to Federal Election Commission reports.

And according to his biography,

In 2001, Mr. Young was named Chairman of the Bush Administration’s Federal Judge and U.S. Attorney Qualification Committee by Governor John Engler and Michigan’s Republican Congressional Delegation.

He has plenty of experience in the only things that matter to George W. Bush: He filled Republican campaign coffers and abetted Bush’s political agenda.

Posted in Busheviks, corruption, cronies | 2 Comments »

Please Effing Spare Me

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 21, 2007

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What a bunch of dweebs:

Sen. Gordon Smith, one of the few Republican senators who supports legislation ordering troop withdrawals, said he thought Petraeus’ testimony last week and the MoveOn.org ad were the two biggest factors in keeping Republicans from breaking ranks with the president: Petraeus’ testimony because it was persuasive and the ad because it attacked a popular uniformed officer.

“It was stupid on their part and disgraceful,” said Smith, R-Ore.

Oh please effing spare me your bull on why you ran away, Smith. You’re far more afraid of Bush and his gunsels than you are even of losing your seat next year. You and your fellow “good Slytherin” alleged-moderate Republicans were planning to fold all along, even if Bush hadn’t given you all the extra bludgeoning:

GOP support also seemed to solidify after an aggressive outreach campaign by the Bush administration that continued this week.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates met on Thursday with nearly two dozen House Republicans, mostly moderates, to discuss Iraq. In a cramped conference room used by House Minority Whip Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Gates spent an hour fielding questions from the 23 lawmakers ranging from the chances of a political reconciliation in Baghdad to how to convince voters the war is worthwhile.

Posted in 2008, abuse of power, anti-truth, antiwar movement, Bush, BushCo malfeasance, Busheviks, Congress, Iraq war | 4 Comments »

 
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