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Posted by bosskitty on August 13, 2007
Rove ‘more dangerous’ on the outside
Karl Rove may be leaving his roles as hard-nosed strategist and bookish policy expert in the Bush White House, but that doesn’t mean Democrats can rest easy.
“Karl outside the White House is more dangerous to Democrats than Karl inside the White House,” said Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, who was Al Gore’s campaign manager. Her view: He’ll have lots more free time now to dream up ways to boost President Bush’s standing, “rebrand” the GOP and conquer the 2008 electoral map.
Though Rove says he is not about to vanish from politics, the debate over the legacy of his unique dual role has begun. Some say he personifies the need to limit the power of White House political aides; others say he’s a model future presidents may want to emulate.
Rove is the epitome of intellect applied to evil goals … Rove incited Republicans into more unscrupulous behavior than they could have imagined on their own . . . He will remain the poster boy for political corruption until someone has the guts to indict him.
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Posted by bosskitty on August 11, 2007
By Warren P. Strobel, John Walcott and Nancy A. Youssef | McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON – President Bush charged Thursday that Iran continues to arm and train insurgents who are killing U.S. soldiers in Iraq, and he threatened action if that continues.
At a news conference Thursday, Bush said Iran had been warned of unspecified consequences if it continued its alleged support for anti-American forces in Iraq. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker had conveyed the warning in meetings with his Iranian counterpart in Baghdad, the president said.
Bush wasn’t specific, and a State Department official refused to elaborate on the warning.
Behind the scenes, however, the president’s top aides have been engaged in an intensive internal debate over how to respond to Iran’s support for Shiite Muslim groups in Iraq and its nuclear program. Vice President Dick Cheney several weeks ago proposed launching airstrikes at suspected training camps in Iraq run by the Quds force, a special unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, according to two U.S. officials who are involved in Iran policy.
Cheney, who’s long been skeptical of diplomacy with Iran, argued for military action if hard new evidence emerges of Iran’s complicity in supporting anti-American forces in Iraq; for example, catching a truckload of fighters or weapons crossing into Iraq from Iran, one official said.
The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to talk publicly about internal government deliberations.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice opposes this idea, the officials said. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has stated publicly that “we think we can handle this inside the borders of Iraq.”
Lea Anne McBride, a Cheney spokeswoman, said only that “the vice president is right where the president is” on Iran policy.
Bush left no doubt at his news conference that he intended to get tough with Iran.
“My message to the Iranian people is, you can do better than this current government,” he said. “You don’t have to be isolated. You don’t have to be in a position where you can’t realize your full economic potential.”
The Bush administration has launched what appears to be a coordinated campaign to pin more of Iraq’s security troubles on Iran. Until now, some hawks within the administration – including Cheney – are said to have favored military strikes to stop Iran from furthering its suspected ambitions for nuclear weapons.
Patrick Clawson, an Iran specialist at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said a strike on the Quds camps in Iran could make the nuclear diplomacy more difficult.
Before launching such a strike, “We better be prepared to go public with very detailed and very convincing intelligence,” Clawson said.
What the hell is this guy thinking? Expanding his war to Iran is a solution to his sinking ship? Mayday, Mayday! We must do something to stop this insanity. Lieberman, Tancredo and Darth Cheney are trying to assure a lifetime of war – no winners! Is this the ploy the Bush A-bomb-a-nation will perpetrate to declare the ‘state of emergency’ required to insure calling off elections? Can you spell ‘civil war’ in America between the ‘lemmings’ and the enlightened? We cannot allow any more world atrocities committed in the name of America! We either evacuate or fight. Pick your poison. I personally don’t want to abandon this great experiment to the awful corruption we have been prisoner to for the last eight years. I prefer to stay and fight. Is anyone with me? We are not subjects to a despotic dictator, we are Americans. We are supposed to have a voice, which means we a have a responsible for protecting our freedom!
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Posted by bosskitty on August 9, 2007
Pakistani Official Says Musharraf Rejects State of Emergency
Chosun Ilbo, South Korea - 28 minutes ago
Pakistani officials say President Pervez Musharraf does not intend to declare a state of emergency. Ruling party head Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain made the …
No emergency rule’ for Pakistan
CNN International - 38 minutes ago
LAHORE, Pakistan (CNN) — Pakistan’s embattled president Gen. Pervez Musharraf will not impose a state of emergency — a move that would bolster military …
Pakistan Stocks Fall Most in Three Weeks: World’s Biggest Mover
Bloomberg - 39 minutes ago
By Farhan Sharif Aug. 9 (Bloomberg) — Pakistan’s stocks posted their biggest drop in three weeks following television reports that President Pervez …
Pakistan on edge as Musharraf considers emergency rule
National Post, Canada - 1 hour ago
ISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s beleaguered President Pervez Musharraf was holding a meeting of aides and political allies on Thursday to consider declaring …
Pakistan confusion over emergency
Aljazeera.net, Qatar - 2 hours ago
The leader of Pakistan’s ruling party has said there is no chance that Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s president, will declare a state of emergency. …
Well, the noise about Musharraf’s Emergency may have caused him second thoughts. Bloggers and news media should be proud to have contributed to this development. It is difficult to pull off an emergency event when so many know about the plan. Yes, Musharraf is in trouble. No, declaring an emergency to maintain control is not acceptable. Don’t give Bush any ideas. By alerting the population about a “terror attack” before Bush arranges one, may just be our best defense. We need to show him we are on to his plan!
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Posted by bosskitty on August 8, 2007
By Al Kamen Washington Post Wednesday, August 8, 2007
The administration is engaged in a never-ending struggle over acronyms. Loop Fans may recall that senior officials a couple of years ago wanted to stop talking about a Global War on Terrorism, the GWOT or the WOT, and come up with something that would comport with the realities of the fight against international terrorism.
One leading option was to change the name to GSAVE — Global Struggle Against Violent Extremism.
But, in a White House meeting, President Bush ruled that it was still a war for him, and Rumsfeld went back to GWOT.
The administration is setting out to rename its closest Shiite ally, the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). They wanted to drop the word “revolution” from its name and to become known as the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council (SIIC). But SIIC, or “sick,” is not an appealing name for winners. It’s even more unfortunate since its leader, Abdul Aziz al-Hakim, is suffering from lung cancer. One possibility under consideration is calling it the Supreme Council of Iraq — SCI, or “ski.” Some officials refer to it as the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq — ISCI, or “iskey.” We were told that people just seem to be confused about what to call it.
Well, we know that Scrabble is not one of the more popular games behind White House doors. Making up acronyms must be their favorite ‘idle time’ while other administration face Congressional questioning. At least the ones not protected by his highness. No one must be guilty of leaking truth. Truth is bad! Truth aids the enemy! Loose lips may sink the Bush, Cheney, Rove pirate ship. An old WWII acronym seems to apply to this whole gang of thieves, F.U.B.A.R.
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Posted by bosskitty on August 8, 2007
By Spencer S. Hsu Washington Post Staff Wednesday, August 8, 2007
A decision by the Bush administration to rewrite in secret the nation’s emergency response blueprint has angered state and local emergency officials, who worry that Washington is repeating a series of mistakes that contributed to its bungled response to Hurricane Katrina nearly two years ago. State and local officials in charge of responding to disasters say that their input in shaping the National Response Plan was ignored in recent months by senior White House and Department of Homeland Security officials, despite calls by congressional investigators for a shared overhaul of disaster planning in the United States.
“In my 19 years in emergency management, I have never experienced a more polarized environment between state and federal government,” said Albert Ashwood, Oklahoma‘s emergency management chief and president of a national association of state emergency managers.
The national plan is supposed to guide how federal, state and local governments, along with private and nonprofit groups, work together during emergencies. Critics contend that a unilateral approach by Washington produced an ill-advised response plan at the end of 2004 — an unwieldy, 427-page document that emphasized stopping terrorism at the expense of safeguarding against natural disasters.
Bruce Baughman, Ashwood’s predecessor as president of the National Emergency Management Association and a 32-year veteran of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said that a draft of the revised plan released to state officials last week marks a step backward because its authors did not set requirements or consult with field operators nationwide who will use it to request federal aid, adjust state and county plans, and train workers.
The disagreement over the plan comes at a time of increasing mistrust between Washington and state homeland security officials. In recent months, they have sparred over dwindling federal grants, the adequacy of local intelligence-gathering efforts and what states regard as Washington’s reluctance to share information about potential threats.
“Coordination between state and local governments and the feds . . . seems to be getting worse rather than better,” said Timothy Manning, head of emergency management in New Mexico and a member of a DHS-appointed steering committee that initially worked on the emergency plan before being shut out of the deliberations in May.
Testifying before a House panel last week, Ashwood and colleagues openly questioned why the draft was revised behind closed doors. The final document was to be released June 1, at the start of this year’s hurricane season.
Federal officials, Ashwood said, appear to be trying to create a legalistic document to shield themselves from responsibility for future disasters and to shift blame to states. “It seems that the Katrina federal legacy is one of minimizing exposure for the next event and ensuring future focus is centered on state and local preparedness,” he said.
The blunt remarks spotlight a breakdown in joint efforts to fulfill a core recommendation by investigators who examined federal missteps after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in August 2005.
…. a special Republican-led House panel on the Katrina disaster reported. Conflicting command roles under the plan also contributed to a bitter public feud between Chertoff and Michael D. Brown, who resigned as FEMA director in September 2005 after Chertoff relieved him of his on-site relief duties on the Gulf Coast.
“The draft National Response Plan will be presented to the president after an extensive 30-day review period by federal, state and local officials, and we look forward to receiving the draft plan after that review period,” White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said.
…. John R. Harrald, a professor at George Washington University‘s Institute for Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management, cautioned that shutting out state and local voices during the plan’s preparation would be ill-advised. He said that the administration appears “to be guided by a desire to ensure centralized control of what is an inherently decentralized process. . . . Response to catastrophic events requires collaboration and trust in a broad network of organizations.”
What is so secret about a disaster plan? Why is it so complicated to include the disaster responders in coordinated planning? Didn’t the last disaster plan fail because the first responders and federal responders had no clue what each other were doing? This is another act of ‘weenie wagging’ that this administration is guilty of. They will take every opportunity to show you theirs is bigger than yours and they will remain in control, no matter how bad things turn out. Hiding stuff is what this administration is all about. I could make some really nasty comparisons, but for your sake, I will restrain myself. I have had enough of these guys. I would vote for Larry Flint before I vote for another Republican. Why isn’t Larry running? Past indiscretions are no longer stop signs for politicians. Honesty is too rare and should be embraced where ever it comes from. Kucinich might just fill that void.
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Posted by bosskitty on August 4, 2007
Lawmakers hustle to act before recess
WASHINGTON — Congress is rushing to expand the military’s authority to wiretap phone calls and e-mails on US soil. The Bush administration, warning that terrorists may soon attack again, is pressuring lawmakers to approve the legislation before they leave town this weekend for their annual August vacations.
The proposal, the details of which remain murky, had received little public discussion before this week and has not undergone the normal committee review process. It would apparently give the National Security Agency legal approval to resume one type of the warrantless wiretapping that President Bush authorized after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Doesn’t history remind us that Stalin and Hitler built excuses to spy on their own people to control anyone who opposed their political agendas. What will your congressman do? Do you have representation? Are our ‘inalienable rights’ a terrorist conspiracy? Our Founding Fathers would be in Guantanamo for fighting for ‘inalienable rights’ as Americans!
Bush, the reincarnation of Hitler, does this all because his imaginary God has spoken to him and given him the Armageddon Agenda.
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Posted by bosskitty on July 29, 2007
Ambush in Iraq Last November Left Four Americans Missing And a String of Questions About the Firm They Worked For
By Steve Fainar Washington Post Foreign Service
BAGHDAD — The convoy was ambushed in broad daylight last Nov. 16, dozens of armed men swarming over 37 tractor-trailers stretching for more than a mile on southern Iraq’s main highway. The attackers seized four Americans and an Austrian employed by Crescent Security Group, a small private security firm. Then they fled.
None of the hostages has been found, eight months after one of the largest and most brazen kidnappings of Americans since the March 2003 invasion.
Crescent is shuttered, like dozens of other companies that have come and gone in Iraq’s booming market for private security services. The firm leaves behind a trail of broken lives and a record of alleged misconduct. In March, the U.S. military barred Crescent from U.S. bases after it was found with weapons prohibited for private security companies, including rocket launchers and grenades, according to documents and interviews with former Crescent employees and U.S. officials.
Crescent violated U.S. military regulations while being paid millions of dollars to support the U.S.-led mission in Iraq. The company routinely sacrificed safety to cut costs.
By this year, the Private Security Company Association of Iraq, a trade group based in Baghdad’s Green Zone, listed 177 active foreign and Iraqi security companies. The Pentagon has said that some 20,000 security contractors support the U.S.-led coalition, although some estimates are considerably higher.
The industry is largely unregulated by the U.S. and Iraqi governments, leaving companies to establish their own standards for operating on the battlefield.
These contractors are not security cleared, but will be soon according to new pentagon rules are lowering the standards as we speak. Crescent had managers with criminal records and allowed employees to carry armaments which is a felony. Maybe this is why the US is not looking for them. The US is not very good at admitting it’s shortcomings. Few countries are. Cutting corners with contractors is one thing, but, cutting corners with the Constitution is quite another. Lets get rid of these lying bastards ASAP
Posted in “Corporate Corruption”, Baghdad, battlefield, betrayal, Black Ops, Bush, Casualties, Cheney, Civilian Army, Collateral, Constitution, Contractors, Corporate corruption, Corruption, cover up, covert, Crescent Security, criminal, Deception, Democracy In Action, DOD, Excuses, Executive Branch, Impeach, Iraq, Law, Mercenaries, Nazi, paramilitary, Pentagon Corruption, Private Armies, resonsibility, Scandal, Tax Dollars, taxpayers, War Contractors, War Cost | 4 Comments »
Posted by bosskitty on July 28, 2007
U.S. General: Terror Attack Could ‘Happen Any Day,’ Need
to Prepare for Nuclear Threat
Special: Bin Laden Targets 7 U.S. Cities: NY, D.C., Vegas, More
Special: Terror ‘Chatter’ Extremely High, Prepare Your Family
Experts Praise TSA’s Airport Security Warning
Special: 6 Days of Hell: the Coming War With Iran
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I hate to plug a Reich Wing rag, but, here it is. Rumors that BushCo is preparing a “terrorist” incident to enable their plan to put the US under Marshal Law are getting a lot of play right now. Be prepared for Bush to arrange some awful disaster he can blame “on the enemies of American Freedom”. This will be the excuse he will use to postpone or cancel 2008 elections and suspend the Constitution. A national crisis will be the distraction. He is counting on America to be enraged and vulnerable and ready to strike back at whoever is in reach. Bush will then become the righteous dictator of biblical proportions that he was told he would be, by those who control his mind. We will officially become his subjects – as we seem to be right now. All these Reich Wing warnings are seeping through the floorboards now, so they can stand proudly and say “I told you so”.
BossKitty is updating that passport!
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