Oh my freakin’ Jeebus, people! I’m so pissed and annoyed and… plain freaked out, it’s not funny.
You know how we on the left always wonder just how crazy the Republicans and Bush-Cheney Corporate Headquarters are? Well, wonder no more!
The stupid is so awesome, so intense, so effin’ ridiculous, so burningly awful that it is almost beyond my ability to respond with more than “Oh my god… but… oh holy shit… sweet baby jeebus in the cow trough!!”
From the New York Times:
Poland and the United States struck a deal Thursday that will strengthen military ties and put an American missile interceptor base in Poland, a plan that has infuriated Moscow and sparked fears in Europe of a new arms race.
”We have crossed the Rubicon,” Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said, referring to U.S. consent to Poland’s demands after more than 18 months of negotiations.
Washington says the planned system, which is not yet operational, is needed to protect the U.S. and Europe from possible attacks by missile-armed ”rogue states” like Iran. The Kremlin, however, feels it is aimed at Russia’s missile force and warns it will worsen tensions.
Um, except Iran is two-three times as far away from Iran as it is from Russia…
but… um… just ignore that.
U.S. officials also said the timing of the deal was not meant to antagonize Russian leaders at a time when relations already are strained over the recent fighting between Russia and Georgia over the South Ossetia region.
“O hai! Sry, dudez. Srsly!
We didn’t mean to piss you off even more, right as you’re cease-firing from a little war spurred on by our idiot government telling the Georgian president we had his back… and then, um, not. But hey! Good news! Condi’s coming to make things all better… um, or maybe to buy shoes.”
[Tusk] said the deal also includes a ”mutual commitment” between the two nations to come to each other’s assistance ”in case of trouble.”
That clause appeared to be a direct reference to Russia, which has threatened to aim its nuclear-armed missiles at Poland — a former Soviet satellite — if it hosts the U.S. site.
Ummm… is anyone else having flashbacks to the 1980s and The Day After ?
Dr. Landowska: There is a rumor that they are evacuating Moscow. There are people even leaving Kansas City because of the missile base. Now I ask you: To where does one go from Kansas City? The Yukon? Tahiti? We are not talking about Hiroshima anymore. Hiroshima was… was peanuts!
Dr. Russell Oakes: What’s going on? Do you have any idea what’s going on in this world?
Dr. Landowska: Yeah. Stupidity… has a habit of getting its way.
Yep, and this misAdministration isn’t going to be happy until the whole freakin’ world is in flames.
Evil Incarnate forced himself out of his undisclosed location to give a speech in which he threatens the US will take action against Iran.
Once again, the misAdministration proves that it only goes after o-i-l and countries that do not already have nuclear weapons. North Korea, anyone? China? Israel? Britain? Pakistan, where Mr. Bin Forgotten is getting his groove on and encouraging his Taliban buddies?
From the Associated Press:
The United States and other nations will not allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon, Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday.
He said Iran’s efforts to pursue technology that would allow it to build a nuclear weapon are obvious and that “the regime continues to practice delay and deceit in an obvious effort to buy time.” [Not that the Big Dick would know anything about practicing delay and deceit … – Jenn]
If Iran continues on its current course, Cheney said the U.S. and other nations are prepared to take action. The vice president made no specific reference to military action.
“We will not allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon,” he said.
Gee, Mr. Vice-President, wouldn’t that have been easier if you and your minions hadn’t decided that Valerie Plame was “fair game”?
PLAME: Our mission was to make sure that the bad guys, basically, did not get nuclear weapons.
COURIC: When senior administration officials leaked her name to reporters, they may have exposed other spies and damaged operations targeting Iran. CBS News has learned that she was involved in one highly classified mission to deliver fake nuclear weapons blueprints to Tehran. It was called Operation Merlin, and it was first revealed in a book by investigative reporter James Risen. [my emphasis]
The Kyl-Lieberman amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill passed 76-22.
Why is this bad?
The legislation accuses Iran of fighting “a proxy war against the Iraqi state and coalition forces in Iraq” and threatens to “combat, contain and [stop]” Iran. The right wing has quickly latched onto the amendment, claiming it “unflinchingly…calls on America to win” against Iran.
(3) that it should be the policy of the United States to combat, contain, and [stop] the violent activities and destabilizing influence inside Iraq of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, its foreign facilitators such as Lebanese Hezbollah, and its indigenous Iraqi proxies;
(4) to support the prudent and calibrated use of all instruments of United States national power in Iraq, including diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and military instruments, in support of the policy described in paragraph (3) with respect to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its proxies. [emphasis TP]
Dear sweet gods and goddesses!
Senator Jim Webb called the amendment “Dick Cheney’s fondest pipe dream,” also saying: “At best, it’s a deliberate attempt to divert attention from a failed diplomatic policy,” said Webb. “At worst, it could be read as a backdoor method of gaining Congressional validation for military action, without one hearing and without serious debate.”
Why not just pass a “Let’s Bomb Iran and Other Places That Piss Us Off” resolution?
Who were the 29 Democratic senators stupid enough to vote for this?
Obama and McCain decided not to bother voting.
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Shall we start a 50-50 pool now? $5 donation per guess.
On what day will El Chimperor announce to the American people that he’s ordered the US military (any branch) to strike targets in Iran?
Closest to the right date and year wins 50% of the pot. The other 50% will be donated to the United Nations Children’s Fund.
I can’t help but wonder, is this what El Pollo Loco, and his puppet-master, The Prince of Darkness, have been waiting for? Is this going to be the modern-day equivalent of the Gulf of Tonkin incident?
From the Associated Press:
Iranian naval vessels seized 15 British sailors who had boarded a ship suspected of smuggling cars in the Persian Gulf off the Iraqi coast on Friday, officials said.
The British government demanded “the immediate and safe return of our people and equipment.”
The seizure comes at a time of rising tensions between Iran and the West, which accuses the Islamic republic of violating a U.N. calls for it to halt uranium enrichment and open its nuclear program for inspection. It also comes amid U.S. accusations that Iran is funding and arming Shiite militias in Iraq, worsening sectarian tensions there.
So, how long before Bush is telling us that he’s ordered a strike by the Air Force? [Because even BushCo can’t start a ground war with the tattered and stretched Army and Marines they have now.]
I’m starting to feel paranoid, but with this particular bunch of crooks and liars, things that seemed paranoid 10 years ago are absolutely possible today.
Who would imagine a President who would lie us into war, constantly shift the reasoning for that war, and refuse to stray from his course even in the face of unmitigated failure? Who could have imagined an Attorney General’s underlings conspiring with the White House underlings to fire US Attorneys for political reasons?
Who could have imagined a government that outed a covert officer because her husband said their evidence and reasoning for war was forged? Who would imagine the President insisting “we don’t torture” even as his Vice-President was haunting the halls of the Rubber-Stamp Congress seeking exemptions to the McCain Torture Doctrine?
Who would imagine that a major city would be left to drown? Who would have imagined Osama Bin Laden would still be on the loose? Who would have imagined pallets of cash being flown to Iraq and just handed out willy-nilly? Who would imagine… Jeebus Christmas but the list goes on forever.
And that’s why I’m expecting a major “incident.” Something that kills US troops. I dread such a thing, but – unfortunately – because of the current misAdministration’s actions over the past six years…well, we know that all options are on the table. Even the crazy ones. [Or should that be “especially” the crazy ones?]
Is this why two carriers and a strike group were ordered to the Gulf recently?
From the same article:
The United States, Britain’s chief ally, has built up its naval forces in the Gulf in a show of strength directed at Iran. Two American carriers, including the USS John C. Stennis — backed by a strike group with more than 6,500 sailors and Marines and with additional minesweeping ships — arrived in the region in recent months, ratcheting up tensions with Iran.
I’m really starting to believe that, at some point, probably within the next few months, there will be an attack, US troops will be killed, and all “evidence” will point to Iran. Bushie will whip up the outrage, someone will testify at the UN, the talking heads will trip over themselves to endorse this new war, networks will spend millions on graphics like, “War in Iran” and “America Fights Back” and then: BOOM!
There’s no more question about it. He’s a nut. I don’t know what the psychiatric term would be for this kind of insanity, but insanity it is.
From Melinda Henneberger @ HuffPo: [emphasis mine]
[…] And suddenly, it was 2000 again; Mr. Bush did not mention 9/11 or the global war on terror, Iraq or Afghanistan, Saddam or bin Laden: “Compassionate conservatism” was his legacy, he declared, and referred to the faith-based initiatives we haven’t heard much about in subsequent years. “I made a name by being compassionate.”
(To learn more about this cornerstone of the Bush years, I referred to the White House website, where I learned that key accomplishments in this area in 2006 include a pilot program that houses 141 homeless veterans in Chicago. Additionally, North Dakota became the first state to fully implement an extended web-based service referral system, and centers for faith-based and community initiatives hosted 110 grant-writing workshops around the country.)
Certainly, his own position on Iraq could not be described as having evolved at all: “If we fail, it’s more likely they’ll come here and want to kill Americans,” he argued, as he has since before the war began.
Again, too, he asserted that there’s plenty of good news in Iraq, even now: “Most of the country is in good shape.”
I’d laugh, except that this is the moron with his finger on the trigger and a desperate itch to pull it. Continue reading
Since I’m trying to be a good girl who doesn’t refresh too often during the Libby live-blogging going on over at FireDogLake, I’ve been keeping myself distracted by surfing the net.
From Newsweek, via The Blue Herald comes this little tidbit to induce nausea:
But the fact remains that the longstanding war of words between Washington and Tehran is edging toward something more dangerous. A second Navy carrier group is steaming toward the Persian Gulf, and NEWSWEEK has learned that a third carrier will likely follow. Iran shot off a few missiles in those same tense waters last week, in a highly publicized test. With Americans and Iranians jousting on the chaotic battleground of Iraq, the chances of a small incident’s spiraling into a crisis are higher than they’ve been in years.
As Question Girl says, “Someone sneezes, and we’re at war.”
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)
and Continue reading
We know reading isn’t his forte. (Nor, apparently, is English his first language. but that’s another post…)
So, I’ve written him a little note, in a format he could better understand:
Dear George, (May I call you George?)
George, you are an .
Most Americans – – don’t like .
Most Americans want our to come .
Most Iraqis want our to go because
things like and keep happening to them
and their families and their friends. Continue reading
Photo from Popular Mechanics
Most of us think the Bush misAdministration is so incompetent they’d couldn’t find their way out of a paper bag even with a detailed map, a GPS, and a sign that says, “EXIT.”
Proof, in multiple forms, has been shown – over and over again – but this beats all: The DoD’s been selling spare F-14 parts to the only other country that still flies the F-14s: Iran.
Seems the Defense Department – under the ‘leadership’ of Donald Rumsfeld – was having a few garage sales, getting rid of spare parts that weren’t needed after the F-14s were deep-sixed by the F/A-18 Hornet.
From the Associated Press:
The U.S. military has sold forbidden equipment at least a half-dozen times to middlemen for countries — including
Iran and China — who exploited security flaws in the Defense Department’s surplus auctions. The sales include fighter jet parts and missile components.
In one case, federal investigators said, the contraband made it to Iran, a country President Bush branded part of an “axis of evil.”
Right Item, Right Time, Right Place, Right Price, Every Time. Best Value Solutions for America’s Warfighters,” the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service says on its Web site, calling itself “the place to obtain original U.S. Government surplus property.”
Federal investigators are increasingly anxious that Iran is within easy reach of a top priority on its shopping list: parts for the precious fleet of F-14 “Tomcat” fighter jets the United States let Iran buy in the 1970s when it was an ally.
The Pentagon recently retired its Tomcats and is shipping tens of thousands of spare parts to its surplus office — the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service — where they could be sold in public auctions. Iran is the only other country flying F-14s.
“It stands to reason Iran will be even more aggressive in seeking F-14 parts,” said Stephen Bogni, head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s arms export investigations. Iran can only produce about 15 percent of the parts itself, he said.
The GAO, the investigative arm of Congress, found it alarmingly easy to acquire sensitive surplus. Last year, its agents bought $1.1 million worth — including rocket launchers, body armor and surveillance antennas — by driving onto a base and posing as defense contractors.
“They helped us load our van,” Kutz said. Investigators used a fake identity to access a surplus Web site operated by a Pentagon contractor and bought still more, including a dozen microcircuits used on F-14 fighters.
The undercover buyers received phone calls from the Defense Department asking why they had no Social Security number or credit history, but they deflected the questions by presenting a phony utility bill and claiming to be an identity theft victim.
Hey, idiots! If Iran is the only country in the world still flying F-14s, doesn’t it stand to reason that you shouldn’t be putting the parts for them up for sale?
Just when you think you’ve heard it all, comes this report from the Washington Post:
When the State Department recently asked the CIA for names of Iranians who could be sanctioned for their involvement in a clandestine nuclear weapons program, the agency refused, citing a large workload and a desire to protect its sources and tradecraft.
Frustrated, the State Department assigned a junior Foreign Service officer to find the names another way — by using Google. Those with the most hits under search terms such as “Iran and nuclear,” three officials said, became targets for international rebuke Friday when a sanctions resolution circulated at the United Nations. [emphasis mine]
Gee whiz….why would the CIA be worried about State learning of its ‘sources and tradecraft’? Oh, right. Valerie Plame was on a team that was publicly named, despite her covert status. And their focus was….? Yep, Iran.
Policymakers and intelligence officials have always struggled when it comes to deciding how and when to disclose secret information, such as names of Iranians with suspected ties to nuclear weapons. In some internal debates, policymakers win out and intelligence is made public to further political or diplomatic goals. In other cases, such as this one, the intelligence community successfully argues that protecting information outweighs the desires of some to share it with the world. [emphasis mine]
Probably by arguing that it lost a valuable asset when Brewster-Jennings was outed with Valerie Plame?
But that argument can also put the U.S. government in the awkward position of relying, in part, on an Internet search to select targets for international sanctions.
None of the 12 Iranians that the State Department eventually singled out for potential bans on international travel and business dealings is believed by the CIA to be directly connected to Iran’s most suspicious nuclear activities.
And here’s the meat:
That may be why the junior State Department officer, who has been with the nonproliferation bureau for only a few months, was put in front of a computer.
An initial Internet search yielded over 100 names, including dozens of Iranian diplomats who have publicly defended their country’s efforts as intended to produce energy, not bombs, the sources said. The list also included names of Iranians who have spoken with U.N. inspectors or have traveled to Vienna to attend International Atomic Energy Agency meetings about Iran.
It was submitted to the CIA for approval but the agency refused to look up such a large number of people, according to three government sources. Too time-consuming, the intelligence community said, for the CIA’s Iran desk staff of 140 people. The list would need to be pared down. So the State Department cut the list in half and resubmitted the names.
U.S., French and British officials came to agree that it was better to stay away from names that would have to be justified with sensitive information from intelligence programs, and instead put forward names of Iranians whose jobs were publicly connected to the country’s nuclear energy and missile programs. European officials said their governments did not rely on Google searches but came up with nearly identical lists to the one U.S. officials offered.
Read the whole thing here.