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Juan Cole made the Bush White House Enemies’ List

Posted by Charles II on December 9, 2013

Congratulations, Juan! And thank you, James Risen (via Eschaton):

Glenn L. Carle, a former Central Intelligence Agency officer who was a top counterterrorism official during the administration of President George W. Bush, said the White House at least twice asked intelligence officials to gather sensitive information on Juan Cole, a University of Michigan professor who writes an influential blog that criticized the war.

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Cheaters actually do prosper: the Bush AWOL story

Posted by Charles II on April 16, 2012

Via Barry Ritholtz, An article from Joe Hagan of The Texas Monthly reviews the Bush AWOL story and “Rathergate,” in which Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes were driven from their jobs and blacklisted for daring to question whether George W. Bush served honorably in the Air National Guard.

While it won’t settle many controversies, it does definitively show how the right-wing attack machine, willing to tell any lie to protect their candidates, successfully shouted down people who tried to tell the truth about the memos used in Dan Rather’s report:

the man officially credited with inspiring a fusillade of blog attacks was Harry MacDougald, known on message boards as Buckhead, a GOP lawyer in Atlanta who missed the segment but downloaded the Killian documents from the CBS website later that night. He specifically claimed that the memos used proportional spacing and superscripts that didn’t exist on typewriters of the early seventies.\

MacDougald’s arguments about the documents turned out to be inaccurate. He acknowledged as much in an interview with me in 2008. And in a speech given that same year, Mike Missal, a lawyer for the firm that CBS hired to investigate its own report, said, “It’s ironic that the blogs were actually wrong. . . . We actually did find typewriters that did have the superscript, did have proportional spacing. And on the fonts, given that these are copies, it’s really hard to say, but there were some typewriters that looked like they could have some similar fonts there. So the initial concerns didn’t seem as though they would hold up.”

So the memos could have been real. Yes, Mapes and Rather failed to vet them adequately. But if making that kind of mistake were the criterion for who could work in news, how does that compare to FOX News posting an Onion story as a legitimate news story?

Mahabarb, one of the few sane voices at the time, stands vindicated. The Washington Post, which abused its standing to protect Bush, stands indicted. The right-wing simply does not care if the man they put in the White House is a drunk, a liar, and a coward, as long as he doesn’t raise their taxes. They are willing to kill this country for a dollar.

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Elizabeth Holtzman on why the Bush Administration must be held to account

Posted by Charles II on April 14, 2012

Yeah, I know. No one thinks it’s ever going to happen. But Liz Holtzman is the real deal, one of the most important voices of the last 50 years. If we are going to end impunity, it will almost certainly have to involve bringing Bush and Cheney to account.

Watch Cheating Justice on BookTV

Also recommended, Ezra Vogel on Deng Xiaoping. Was on BookTV earlier.

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Who Ended the Cold War? Russia and East Germany. (Sorry, Reagan Fetishists.)

Posted by Phoenix Woman on February 6, 2011

The Politico, one of the many vectors for creating and maintaining conservative dominance of the media and cultural conversations in the US, has its obligatory puff piece on Mister Death Squadder this morning:

Bently Elliott, Reagan’s top speechwriter in his first term, recalled an interview his old boss gave at the end of his time in the White House.

“He didn’t say he wanted to be remembered as the president who turned around the economy or the president who brought down the Evil Empire,” Elliott recalled. “He said he wanted to be remembered as ‘the president who made the American people believe in themselves again.’”

Except he did neither.

Contrary to conservative myth, Ronald Reagan didn’t do jack to bring down Russia or East Germany; they were falling apart all by themselves. Even the aid given to the mujahideen in Afghanistan — aid that helped sustain them during the long war of attrition that sapped Russia’s strength and was the final blow to the régime — was not essential to the mujahideen’s success; the Saudis, conservative Sunnis similar to the mujahideen, were already funding them quite extensively, as were Pakistan, China, and various other nations and entities, and would have given them even more aid had we not done so.

In fact, not only did Reagan not bring down Russia, it is a well-documented fact that neither he nor his CIA knew what was going to happen until it was already happening. Just as the CIA of today was caught totally off-guard by the lightning-fast spreading of revolutionary fervor in various Middle Eastern dictatorships, they were caught totally off guard by the equally-rapid collapse of the Soviet bloc, as former CIA official Mel Goodman relates:

The collapse of the Warsaw Pact and the Soviet Union created an entirely new international setting and totally surprised U.S. policymakers, the Central Intelligence Agency providing no strategic warning. President George Bush stated that he had no idea that the Berlin Wall was coming down and was surprised by the coup attempt against Mikhail Gorbachev in
1991.[1] His national security adviser, Brent Scowcroft, could not recall receiving any CIA warning about the Soviet demise. President Ronald Reagan’s last national security adviser and Bush’s chairman of the joint chiefs, General Colin Powell, recorded in his memoirs that CIA specialists “could no longer anticipate events much better than a
layman watching television.”[2].

Former CIA Director Admiral Stansfield Turner recorded that the agency’s “corporate view missed by a mile” and that it “should not gloss over the enormity of the failure to forcecast the magnitude of the Soviet crisis.”[3]

The memoirs of former Secretary of State George Shultz offer the best evidence of CIA’s failure to track the Soviet decline and the revolutionary impact of Gorbachev’s leadership. Shultz believed that “CIA analysis was distorted by strong views about
policy” and accused CIA director William Casey with providing “bum dope” to the president. He told national security adviser Frank Carlucci in 1987 that, even “when it became evident that the Soviet Union was in fact changing”, the CIA line was
that the changes wouldn’t really make a difference. [4]

Shultz had “no confidence” in the CIA and warned the White House that the agency was “unable to perceive that change was coming in the Soviet Union.”[5].

He accused acting CIA director Robert Gates with trying to “manipulate me” and reminded him that the CIA was “usually wrong” about Moscow and had dismissed Gorbachev as “just talk, just another Soviet attempt to deceive us.”[6]. Shultz,
Turmoil and Triumph, p. p. 864.

CIA’s failure to recognize the weakness of the Soviet Union and the importance of Gorbachev had serious implications for U.S. interests. The Reagan administration unnecessarily increased defense spending, dragged its feet on arms control, and missed opportunities to resolve regional confrontations. The tab for CIA funding and support for Islamic militants in order to drive the Soviets out of Afghanistan now includes the bombing of the World Trade Center in New York and attacks on U.S. bases in Saudi Arabia.

Oh, yes: The brave mujahideen the CIA helped fund? Osama bin Laden was one of them, as were the persons who would go on to become the Taliban rulers of Afghanistan. Ironically enough, Condoleeza Rice, as an alleged specialist on the subject of Soviet Russia, has tried to engage in some classic neocon revisionism by claiming that she and her PNAC buddies knew all along that the Soviet involvement in Afghanistan was what would weaken and eventually bring down the USSR, all the while not recognizing that Osama bin Laden was and is using that very same game plan against us by keeping us bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan. (As Mel Goodman points out, she too was totally taken by surprise by the 9/11 attacks, attacks even the CIA saw coming and about which they had tried in vain to warn Bush and his neocon friends.) And make no mistake, we’re still in deep up to our hips in Iraq, except it’s through the use of “private security firms” (aka privateers or mercenaries) like Blackwater (now Xe), whose troop levels are harder to ascertain than those of the Army, Marines, Air Force or Navy.

Bin Laden knew he could easily provoke the Reagan-Bush PNAC crowd into an armed response to a terrorist attack (as opposed to the far more sensible and effective response by Bill Clinton to an earlier attack on the World Trade Center, a response that actually collared the perpetrators and didn’t inflame the Middle East against us). He knew he could easily lure them into a ruinous two-front war even as Bush’s tax cuts for the rich were wrecking America’s ability to sustain the expense of these wars. It’s almost as if PNAC and the George W. Bush administration were run by Al Qaeda sleeper cell agents, so closely did they follow bin Laden’s plans for their behavior.

(Crossposted at Renaissance Post.

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Because I want to read it over and over again

Posted by Charles II on January 10, 2011

(Via Rotwang at Eschaton) Laylin Copelin, Austin Statesman:

Judge Pat Priest sentenced Tom DeLay to three years in prison.

The three-year sentence was on the charge of conspiring to launder corporate money into political donations during the 2002 elections.

On the charge of money laundering, DeLay was sentenced to five years in prison, but that was probated for 10 years. That means he would serve 10 years’ probation.

“This will not stand,” said his attorney, Dick DeGuerin.

DeLay was taken into custody but he was expected to be released as soon as he posted an appeals bond.

The judge then ordered the courtroom cleared except for the lawyers.

Prior to the sentence, DeLay spoke to the court.

He was unrepentant.

“I fought the fight. I ran the race. I kept the faith,” DeLay said.

Judge Priest said he agreed with the jury’s guilty verdict, returned in November, and would have instructed a different verdict if he did not believe DeLay conspired to break the law.

He said there is no higher principle than that those who write the laws should follow the law….

Former U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Illinois, testified that his friend, DeLay, had purpose, passion and persistence in representing his district in Congress for 22 years.

Hastert defended DeLay not expressing remorse: “I don’t think you want to say anything until the process is over.”

DeLay is expected to appeal his conviction, saying after the jury’s verdict: “Maybe we can get it before people who understand the law.”

Justice has already been denied by the unconscionable amount of time that DeLay got between the time of indictment and the time of judgment. He could have received 99 years, but he got three. This has been a travesty, but at least this scofflaw has been confronted with a reality he will find very hard to deny: jail.

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Gulf War I all for Bush I re-election?

Posted by Charles II on January 2, 2011

Aftenposten, a Norwegian newspaper, is issuing Wikileak cables other sources aren't

(from BoingBoing)

The Wikileaked cables start to provide the framework to understand why Saddam Hussein made the decision to invade Kuwait in the first Gulf War. From Ambassador April Glaspie, in which she said the “US takes no position” on Arab boundary disputes, 7/25/1990. Glaspie fails to register or discuss Saddam Hussein’s complaint that the Kuwaitis are stealing oil, as indicated on this timeline, an allegation that the US should have at least been aware of, and she does not in any way address Saddam Hussein’s primary complaint, i.e., that due to the costs of the proxy war against Iran that Iraq fought with US encouragement, Iraq is broke, unable to pay its basic obligations because the price of oil is so low. The Bush Administration, of course, wishes to keep the price of oil low to end the recession and help George Herbert’s re-election chances:

¶4. SADDAM, WHOSE MANNER WAS CORDIAL, REASONABLE AND EVEN WARM THROUGHOUT THE ENSUING TWO HOURS, SAID HE WISHED THE AMBASSADOR TO CONVEY A MESSAGE TO PRESIDENT BUSH. SADDAM THEN RECALLED IN DETAIL THE HISTORY OF IRAQ’S DECISION TO REESTABLISH DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS AND ITS POSTPONING IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT DECISION AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR, RATHER THAN BE THOUGHT WEAK AND NEEDY. HE THEN SPOKE ABOUT THE MANY “BLOWS” OUR RELATIONS HAVE BEEN SUBJECTED TO SINCE 1984, CHIEF AMONG THEM IRANGATE. IT WAS AFTER THE FAW VICTORY, SADDAM SAID, THAT IRAQI MISAPPREHENSIONS ABOUT USG PURPOSES BEGAN TO SURFACE AGAIN, I.E., SUSPICIONS THAT THE U.S. WAS NOT HAPPY TO SEE THE WAR END.

¶5. PICKING HIS WORDS WITH CARE, SADDAM SAID THAT THERE ARE “SOME CIRCLES” IN THE USG,
INCLUDING IN CIA AND THE STATE DEPARTMENT, BUT EMPHATICALLY EXCLUDING THE PRESIDENT AND
SECRETARY BAKER, WHO ARE NOT FRIENDLY TOWARD IRAQ-U.S. RELATIONS. HE THEN LISTED WHAT HE
SEEMED TO REGARD AS FACTS TO SUPPORT THIS CONCLUSION: “SOME CIRCLES ARE GATHERING
INFORMATION ON WHO MIGHT BE SADDAM HUSAYN’S SUCCESSOR;” THEY KEPT UP CONTACTS IN THE GULF
WARNING AGAINST IRAQ; THEY WORKED TO ENSURE NO HELP WOULD GO TO IRAQ (READ EXIM AND CCC).

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But is it any weirder than what he says all the time?

Posted by Charles II on November 27, 2010

The Glenn Beck Conspiracy Generator gave me this:

Whereas this is what he says all the time (Glenn Beck Insane-O-Matic Quote Generator):

”There are a lot of universities that are as dangerous with the indoctrination of the children as terrorists are in Iran or North Korea. … We have been setting up reeducation camps. We call them universities.”
—Glenn Beck, Glenn Beck show on FOX News Channel, Sept. 1, 2010

”You got to have an enemy to fight. And when you have an enemy to fight, then you can unite the entire world behind you, and you seize power. That was Hitler’s plan. His enemy: the Jew. Al Gore’s enemy, the U.N.’s enemy: global warming. Then you get the scientists — eugenics. You get the scientists — global warming. Then you have to discredit the scientists who say, ‘That’s not right.’ And you must silence all dissenting voices. That’s what Hitler did.”
—Glenn Beck, linking Al Gore’s campaign against global warming to Hitler’s campaign against the Jews, ‘The Glenn Beck Program,’ April 30, 2007

”When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I’m just like, ‘Oh shut up’ I’m so sick of them because they’re always complaining.”
—Glenn Beck on his radio show, Sept. 9, 2005

And much, much more.

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News in the awl and gas bidness

Posted by Charles II on November 24, 2010

This penny stock, which is in danger of not making it (and taking a few hundred of my dollars down with it), has an interesting technology to deal with pollution of water by fraccing:

To drill for natural gas in unconventional shale plays, a well must be hydraulically fractured or “fraced” to stimulate the flow of natural gas from the reservoir. An energy company will use between 3,000,000 and 5,000,000 gallons of clean water for each well that they frac. Hydraulic fracturing is used to create additional permeability in a producing formation to allow gas to flow more easily to the wellbore. In order to produce natural gas from shale, the wells must be injected with large volumes of clean water, frac sand, and frac fluids, to drive the gas to the surface. The conventional method of creating frac fluid was to treat pond water with chemicals and additives, such as biocides and scale inhibitors which eliminate aerobic and anaerobic bacteria from the pond water. The chemicals, besides being expensive, create problems down the wellbore including scaling and corrosion which reduce well productivity.

Once the frac flowback and produced water resurfaces, operators are forced to deal with the wastewater. This wastewater is typically contaminated with salts, heavy metals and hydrocarbons. The conventional methods of handling the frac flowback were to dispose of the water either with deep hole injection wells or in evaporation ponds. These methods require extensive trucking of the water which is expensive and wasteful. Many of the leading drilling companies are turning to recycling their frac flowback and produced waters in order to reduce water consumption, control their costs for clean water, and reduce their environmental impact. The Ecosphere Ozonix® technology is the right solution and is positioned to meet the growing demand….

The Company’s patented Ecosphere Ozonix® process is designed to treat frac flowback and produced waters with highly concentrated ozone, electro precipitation, and ultrasonic transducers. The Ecosphere Ozonix® technology combines ozone, hydrodynamic cavitation, acoustic cavitation, and electro-chemical decomposition in a reaction vessel to cost-effectively treat contaminated water without adding chemicals. Since late 2007, we have tested our Ecosphere Ozonix® process on a variety of industrial wastewaters. Ecosphere’s initial use of this technology is to create a “closed loop” system providing a chemical-free total water management solution to exploration and production companies drilling for natural gas in unconventional shale plays.

EcosFrac™ and EcosBrine™

Our EcosFrac™ and EcosBrine™ systems use hydrodynamic and acoustic cavitations to create nano-sized bubbles that create hydroxyl radicals to oxidize organics and heavy metals in industrial wastewaters. The process results in the creation of EcosBrine™ fracturing fluid. EcosBrine™ is a clean high chloride floatback water that is blended at the frac site with surface water. The EcosBrine™ frac fluid has a negative scaling index that does not allow bacteria to re-grow and helps to keep micro pores open, which increases gas production. When the EcosBrine™ is added to pond, flowback or produced water, it creates a very effective fracturing solution. The EcosBrine™ frac fluid can be reused on the front end of the frac site (mixed with the chemical free frac liquid and friction reducers) to create completions fluid going down hole.

I hope they make it, and not for the sake of the few hundred I would lose. Like it or not (and I don’t) fraccing is with us and polluting more water by the day. The idea of using ozone as an alternative to the alphabet soup of chemicals that is currently used to make shale permeable and keep it that way is attractive. They also treat industrial wastewater and oil pollution such as happened in the Gulf. They are endorsed by Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of famed oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. Regrettably, their directors include Bush crony Joe Allbaugh, but the awl bidness is such that it’s almost a certainty that some grifter will be on the board.

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1. Corruption in the National Guard and 2. Justice DeLayed

Posted by Charles II on November 15, 2010

The Washington Spectator is an itty bitty four page semi-monthly (Lou Dubose, editor) that you can get for $15.

It’s worth a lot more.

From their lead story about corruption in government contracting, by Shawn Martin and Lou Dubose (by subscription):

“It’s a closed society, run from inside,” said a National Guard source who has been involved with the Guard for more than 20 years. “It’s the rabbits watching the lettuce. [Whistleblower Thomas Ubl's] suit cracked it open….That’s why I am talking. The only thing that has the potential to change this right now is the [qui tam] lawsuit. It’s money. It would sting them. It’s reporters looking at a corrupt system.”

Basically, contractors hire retiring National Guard officers involved in procurement at extraordinary salaries, as well as their family members. For example, the wife of a procurement officer was hired at almost $60/hour.

Thomas Ubl filed a qui tam suit for false claims. The firm had agreed to settle with Ubl for $11M. But the DoJ forced the case to trial, where it managed to lose, despite the fact that there were some pretty obvious examples of false claims. The company, for example, produced a statutorily-required sheet for labor rates dated 2000, but conceded in court that the sheet was backdated. The company also had some interesting labor practices, paying the daughter of the owner for 394 hours of work she did not perform “to max out [her] 401(k).” The son was paid as a college graduate even though his only post-high school training was a five month National Guard course. The judge, Liam O’Grady, is of course a Bush appointee.

And, one would guess from his rulings, on the gravy train.
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The other story of interest is that DeLay’s trial began in early November in Austin. He was indicted in 2005.

What was that saying about justice DeLayed is justice denied?

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Ah, those wily WilE Wylys

Posted by Charles II on July 29, 2010

LunkHead at DK beat me to it. Justin Baer and Brooke Masters, FT:

The Wyly brothers, Sam and Charles, have been charged with over a half a billion dollars in insider trading by the SEC. They created sham subsidiaries and trusts to trade on “Michaels Stores, Sterling Software, Sterling Commerce and Scottish Annuity & Life Holdings” on whose boards they sit. They made their [added: initial] money selling Bonanza steaks.

Needless to say, they are Bush cronies and Swiftboaters.

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