Here we go again….
I was feeling slightly better, but now I’m feeling nauseated and it has nothing to do with the stomach flu.
U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq on Sunday presented what officials said was “a growing body” of evidence of Iranian weapons being used to kill coalition soldiers.
A senior defense official from the U.S.-led Multi-National Force in Baghdad, told a briefing that 170 coalition forces had been killed by roadside bombs known as explosively formed penetrators (EFPs) that he said were manufactured in Iran and smuggled into Iraq.
Where have we heard this stuff before? Oh, yeah…
The Bush administration religiously chanted the contention that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction as its basis for a war.
For example, in his address to the nation Bush said the intelligence “leaves no doubt that . . . Iraq . . . continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised.” Vice President Cheney also was part of the chorus and declared that “there is no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction.”
Also from BushLies.net:
“No terrorist state poses a greater or more immediate threat to the security of our people and the stability of the world than the regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq.” Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld (09.19.02)
“There are many dangers in the world; the threat from Iraq stands alone because it gathers the most serious dangers of our age in one place. President Bush (10.07.02)
“The Iraqi regime is a serious and growing threat to peace.” President Bush (10.16.02)
But let’s remember what we’ve already found. Secretary Powell on February 5th talked about a mobile, biological weapons capability. That has now been found and this is a weapons laboratory trailers capable of making a lot of agent that–dry agent, dry biological agent that can kill a lot of people. So we are finding these pieces that were described. … This was a program that was built for deceit and concealment. Condoleeza Rice [CNBC, 6/3/03]
Get ready, folks. They’re ramping up for Desert Nightmare II. Very soon now, some big-wig in the Mis-Administration is going to be telling us that Iran could harm the US and we wouldn’t want “the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.” (Or some other “Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid!” scenario.)
Meanwhile, John McCain is saying it’s Europe’s fault that Afghanistan is falling back into the gutter.
Senator John McCain, a Republican contender for the White House in 2008, chastised Europe on Saturday for failing to supply the troops and money to win in Afghanistan and said NATO’s future was at stake.
In tough comments that singled out specific countries, McCain told NATO allies to move beyond the “false debate” over security and development priorities in Afghanistan — a dispute that dominated a defense ministers’ meeting earlier this week.
Instead, Europe should follow Washington’s lead and put more forces and resources into the war effort.
“Failure in Afghanistan risks a reversion to its pre-9/11 role as a sanctuary for al Qaeda terrorists with global reach, a defeat that would embolden Islamic extremists, and the rise of an unencumbered narcostate,” McCain said.
“…The future of our alliance is directly at stake … If NATO does not prevail in Afghanistan, it is difficult to imagine the alliance undertaking another ‘hard security’ operation — in or out of area — and its credibility would suffer a grievous blow.”
Ummm, John, wasn’t it Afghanistan that harbored Al-Qaeda and allowed Osama bin Laden to mastermind the Sept. 11th attacks? Weren’t the majority of our troops actually fighting the Taliban and hunting for Osama bin Forgotten right up until your dear friend and good buddy pulled them away to go on an adventure in Iraq that has proven there were no weapons of mass destruction?
And, wasn’t it the incompetence and poor planning of the administration that turned Iraq into a nightmare of death and destruction?
And, didn’t you just tell the world we need more troops in Iraq?
And, why is any of this Europe’s problem? We – the US – f*cked up and what, they’re supposed to clean up our mess?
And, why the hell would Europe do a single thing that helps this country after you and your fellow good buddies the Republicans treated them like sh*t when they told you not to invade Iraq?
They warned you. You and your little buddies didn’t listen. You all knew better than those Old-World types, didn’t you?
Oh, the future of NATO is at stake?
Buddy, the future of NATO has been at stake since you and the merry band of idiots used lies and fearful rhetoric and false intelligence to gin up the war in Iraq. Do you really think anyone’s going to listen to your doom-and-gloom prophecies?
I hope the Prime Minister of France laughs in your face. I hope Angela Merkel bitch-slaps you. I hope every single leader of every single European country lines up just to take a shot at you. Vladmir Putin already has:
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia accused the United States on Saturday of provoking a new nuclear arms race by developing ballistic missile defenses, undermining international institutions and making the Middle East more unstable through its clumsy handling of the Iraq war.
In an address to an international security conference, Mr. Putin dropped all diplomatic gloss to recite a long list of complaints about American domination of global affairs, including many of the themes that have strained relations between the Kremlin and the United States during his seven-year administration.
With the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the American defense secretary, Robert M. Gates, and a Congressional delegation sitting stone-faced, Mr. Putin warned that the power amassed by any nation that assumes this ultimate global role “destroys it from within.
“It has nothing in common with democracy, of course,” he added. “Today we are witnessing an almost uncontained hyper use of force in international relations — military force.”
“Primarily the United States has overstepped its national borders, and in every area,” said Mr. Putin, who increasingly has tried to re-establish Russia’s once broad Soviet-era influence, using Russia’s natural resources as leverage and defending nations at odds with the United States, including Iran.
American military actions, which he termed “unilateral” and “illegitimate,” also “have not been able to resolve any matters at all,” and, he said, have created only more instability and danger.
“They bring us to the abyss of one conflict after another,” he said. “Political solutions are becoming impossible.”
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