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Bush Lied Says Senate Report

A new United States Senate report issued by committee chairman Senator John Rockefeller blasted the Bush administration for lying to the American people in the spring of 2003. It emphasizes how Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld “undertook a relentless public campaign in the aftermath of the (9/11) atacks to use the war against al-Qaeda as a justification for overthrowing Saddam Hussein, representing to the American pepople that the two had an operational partnership and posed a single indistinguishable threat that was fundamentaly misleading and led the nation into war on false pretenses.”

There is nothing new in the report that has not previously been reported on numerous other occasions. Naturally, the White House has issued its normal response about the president being misled by faulty intelligence and he was simply a leader who was betrayed by his staff. As the years pass it is easy to allow reality to disappear into a maze of lies and and words. The bottom line is in March, 2003, a UN group was investigting charges of WMD and told President Bush they had yet to find any evidence such weapons actually existed. Bush insisted America had to act immediately or something terrible would happen. Any Middle Eastern expert knew there was no connection between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda which was an enemy of the existing Iraq government.

Yes, there was faulty intelligence, but there was also accurate intelligence. Yes, Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator, but he hated al-Qaeda or any other terrorist group because he would never allow any outside force to gain power that might challenge his own.

Is Scott McClellan Guilty Of Disloyalty?

EDITORIAL OF THE WEEK

Scott McClellan, former press secretary of President Bush is now being bashed by the right wing press for disloyalty because he revealed his thoughts and experiences serving in an administration that lied to the American people. Is one disloyal for bashing a former employer? Scott McClellan was a member of the government of the United States of America, not a men’s club in which what happens in the locker room should be kept secret. He was privy to important information about the his nation and thus was honor bound to reveal what he had learned being in that position. An individual who enters the armed forces of the United States of America takes a solemn oath to uphold the Constitution and place its interests before any others, including orders from his superiors. We believe a similar obligation must be upheld by any member of the United
States government.

It is ironic the Rush Limbaughs or New York Post reporters who wallowed in the slime and fillth associated with the Bill Clinton impeachment have now become supporters of silence. Have we forgotten demands that every single piece of evidence connected with actions of President Clinton had to be revealed? However, now the clone of silence is demanded and McClellan is being crucified for daring to reveal what happened in a corrupt and lying administration that betrayed the American people. No member of the American government owes “loyalty” to those who betray the Constitution and the people of this nation.

The ironic aspect of this situation is the revelations of Scott McClellan are already known, he is merely confirming what anyone following the lies and distortions of the Bush administration has been aware of for years. Exactly what is “new” regarding the revelations of the former press secretary? The difference is evidence is now being presented by an insider who, of course, according to the right wing media, never really was on the inside. Rush and Ann Coulter and the others who prefer believing in lies have been disloyal to the American people for years. Just imagine what they would be saying if we had the revelations of a former press secretary to Bill Clinton!

The tragedy of this entire episode is Mr. McClellan will now have his reputation dragged through the mud of slander by those who enjoy tearing to pieces anyone who is disloyal to truth. There is nothing new about what George Bush did in lying than the reactions of the right wing media which has blocked out the truth from their minds and the American people.

Emperor Bush Stands Naked In Eyes Of Friend

Scott McClellan was a loyal follower of his employer, President George Bush, and never indicated that he doubted the brilliance of America’s leader. But, his new book, “What Happened: Inside The bush White House and Washington’s Culture of Deception” is a 341 page dissection of the Bush administration that already has aroused the fury of right wing supporters of the administration. ‘History appears to confirm,” he writes, “that the decision to invade Iraq was a serious strategic blunder. No one, including me, can know with absolute certainty how the war will be viewed decades from now…What I do know is that the war should only be waged when necessary, and the Iraq war was not necessary.” The former press secretary now claims he was misled by a host of Bush people ranging from Vice President Cheney to Karl Rove to Schooter Libby.

His book most probably emanates from soul searching by an individual who witnessed horrible mistakes and wonders about his own role in the fiasco. Damage control has already begun by those implicated in the disaster of Iraq and Republican control of government. Karl Rove now insists the book merely reflects “how out of the loop he was. This doesn’t sound like Scott, it sounds like a left-wing blogger. I don’t remember him speaking up (about the concerns laid out in the book)at the time.” Of course, a press secretary would have no opportunity to speak out about anything. He reported, he didn’t make policy.

McClellan makes note of the ingrained stubborness of George Bush and his inability to listen to a wide variety of viewpoints. According to the former press secretary, Bush sees the world as he wishes it to be, not as it really is. McClellan recalls once overhearing the president complain about stories that he had used cocaine and saying, “the truth is I honestly don’t remember whether I tried it or not. We had some pretty wild parties back then and I just don’t remember.” This from a man who ran for president attacking Bill Clinton for immoral behavior!

McClellan believes the over riding reason for war in Iraq was not oil, but the neoconservative dream of creating a democratic Iraq and they were willing to use any excuse in order to achieve that goal. McClellan dscribes Vice President Dick Cheney as the “magic man” who always got his way on issues he considered important whether it was war in Iraq or harsh treatment of detainees. He is only sharply critical of Secretary of State Rice who somehow dodged taking responsibility for anything and seemed to get out of situations looking as though they had nothing to do with her.

Scott McClellan still claims to like George Bush. With friends like this, the president doesn’t need enemies.

A Speech President Bush Could Have Given In Knesset

Following is the speech George Bush could have presented in the Israel Knesset if he was concerned about the security of Israel and its neighbors.

I am happy to be present on this momentous day which celebrates the 60th birthday of Israel as an independent nation. The people of Israel–Jews, Muslims, and Christians– are a beachhead of democracy in the region. I come as a friend, and, as a friend, it is important that I offer advice since I care about the future of this nation. The nation of Israel is isolated in the Middle East and must address those issues which have led to the current situation of being cut off from other countries in the area.

Let me begin by admitting that I made a mistake in supporting a policy of no negotiation with groups and nations with whom I disagree. The policy of refusing to negotiate has failed. Over thirty years ago, President Richard Nixon, who had supported for years a polcy of having no interactions with the government of Communist China, admitted his policy had failed. He initiated a dialogue with the Chinese Communist government whose leader, Mao Tse-tung had most probably killed 25 million people and was undoubtedly a terrorist in the truest sense of the word. Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, talked with and worked out agreements with their hated rival. We know that policy proved productive to the cause of peace in Asia and the slow, but steady, growth of democracy in China.

It is time to end policies of silence since they don’t work. Every American president from Truman to Reagan negotiated with Soviet Communist leaders despite the fact those individuals were dedicated to the overthrow of capitalism and supported terrorist groups in the world. Dialogue and negotiation maintained peace in the area. It is time to reach out to Hamas and Hizbullah and work with the Palestinian Authority led by President Abbas in order to create the basis for peace in the region. We must engage Syria and Iran as part of a new dialogue for peace.

I urge involving the talents and expertise of important world figures such as the UN Secretary General and individuals like Nelson Mandela. I suggest the Palestinian Authority ask the governmnt of Turkey to dispatch troops to the Gaza area who would ensure the non-importantion of military weapons and work to end rocket attacks on Israel. It is time for Israel to accept the Hamas offer of a cease fire and allow Turkish toops to enforce it. This could be a positive first step in the beginning of a new dialogue for peace.

After the end of World War II, the United States and European nations, worked under th auspices of the Marshall Plan to create the basis for economic cooperation and an end to traditional hatreds. Although, Germany had killed over thirty million Europeans, it’s leaders were welcomed as partners. I propose creation of a new version of the Marshall Plan which would bring together all nations of the Middle East. The plan would be funded initially at the rate of $25 billion a year. This plan would require Middle Eastern Arab nations to work in a cooperative modality to develop an economic plan which would rejuvenate the entire region. All plans would have to be agreed upon both by Israel and Arab nations. A condition of the plan would be that all members cease military support or action against fellow members.

I also call for the creation of a new university that would be funded by the Billy Gates Foundation and the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This Middle Eastern University would be open to students from all nations, it would be free, and its task would be to create a new generation of Middle Eastern young people who are dedicated to peace in the region. The MEU would bring together the best minds in the fields of science, technology, medicine, and the liberal arts who would work on a transnational basis to ensure peace and prosperity in the region.

The time has come to cease using outworn expressions such as “appeasement” when discussing peace. We can no longer afford to pursue the path of isolation. We need Iran and Syria actively engaged in the fight for peace and prosperity. I recognize what I propose will frighten many people in Israel as well as Muslims. The road of isolation leads only to isolation. Peace entails risks but the alternative is continuance of the current policy of non-enagement which has only increased the risk of violence. The road to peace begins with a first step. The first step is ending the current situation in Gaza that both endangers Muslims as well as Israelis. Hopefully, after the first step, there will be a more active movement towards peace.

Cherie Blair: Heart Sank When Bush Elected In 2000

In her autobiography, Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, said her hsuband watched in horror as George W. Bush became president of the United States in 2000. “I think it’s fair to say that our hearts sank when the result was finally ratified.” However, after the Blairs got a chance to become more friendly with George Bush, their attitude changed into one of sharing a warm friendship with the man from Texas. “George is actually a very funny, charming man with a quirky sense of humour, the reason he gets a bad press is because he talks Texan.” Mrs. Blair became very fond of Laura Bush who she terms a “very warm, genuine person.”

It undoubtedly was a pleasant relationship for the Blairs but he was also prime minister of Great Britain which meant friendship had to be placed aside when interests of the British people were at hand. Unfortunately, Tony Blair allowed his personal feelings to get in the way of deciding what was best for his nation, and invading Iraq certainly was not beneficial to the people of Great Britain.

Tillman Saga Of Death And Truth Lingers On

The mother of former professional football player, Pat Tillman, continues her fight to finaly uncover the true story as to how her son died in combat in Afghanistan. The original Army story in 2004 claimed Tillman died as a result of an enemy ambush. That was a lie and the military knew it was untrue within a few weeks after Tillman’s death but they continued telling his family an incorrect story to cover up what happened. Mrs. Tillman, citing documents and eyewitness accounts, claims the real story was the men who shot her son stepped out of a Humvee to aim carefully at him. They were not, as official accounts have a serted, speeding by on a bumpy mountain road. The shooters deny they aimed at him.

Mrs. Tillman is still furious at Gen. Gary Jones who investigated the shooting. He dismissed the account of Spc. Bryan O’Neal, who was just a few feet away from Tillman when the Rangers lit up their position with gunfire. Jones insisted no men got out of the Humvee. Mrs. Tillman wants to know why the general dismissed the account of O’Neal who was on the scene but accepted the version of the men who fired the shots.

Mrs. Tillman is also angry at General McChrystal who a day after approving a Silver Star for Tillman for being killed by enemy fire, warned President Bush the story might not be true. Of course, Bush went around the country telling the story about the bravery of Tillman who died gallantly in combat.

George Bush wanted to use Tillman’s death to sell his war in Iraq and used a popular sport figure for his own political ends.

Judge To Bush–Save Polar Bears!

George Bush has many enemies throughout the world, but he got an additional one when a federal judge ordered him to stop stalling on whether to designate the polar bear as a species endangered by global warming. If they are so designated, it would impact Bush policies on global warming since the federal government would have to avoid doing anything that would “jeopardize the continued existence” of polar bears. Judge Claludia Wilken told him to cease the stalling tactics that have been going on for months about this issue and make a decision by next week.

Polar bears depend on sea ice for hunting, mating and moving aroound, but the ice is rapidly melting. The Bush administration sold off prime areas where polar bears live to ol companies for about $2.6 billion.

It seems these days, George Bush is getting attacked from all sides and from all areas of the world. He couldn’t even spend a pleasant weekend marrying off his daughter without some judge coming down hard on his incompetence. One can assume he looks forward fondly to being an ex-president so his turmoil can come to an end.

Mission Unaccomplished In Iraq Is What I Meant-Bush

As the glory days of the spring of 2003 recede further into recesses of the past, President Bush wants America to know he was quite clear the war in Iraq at that point was merely the opening stages of a six year struggle to defeat terrorism. Yesterday, the White House wallowed in self pity by claiming George Bush paid an unfair price because some unknown individuals had placed a banner on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln saying: “Mission Accomplished.” His actual words that fateful day were: ‘Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. The battle of Iraq is one victory in a war on terror that began on September 11, 2001 and still goes on.”

As I recall, right wing pundits boasted that liberals who had denigrated the president were now eating crow because the brilliant military ideas of Secetary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld had proven more correct than timid demands of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for more troops in order to ensure victory. Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter were on a tear viciously ripping into liberals and the incompetent military who lacked the expertise of the Rumsfeld theory of fighting wars.

The White House is correct that media sources will mock Bush claims of that day and the poor president will have to suffer the outrageous stings of unfair criticism. As I recall, Bush and his pack of vicious dogs even mocked the patriotism of an American senator who had lost both arms and legs fighting in Vietnam. There is no question George Bush has always been honest, spoken clearly, and never questioned the integrity of those who opposed him. On that point, we can definitely say, “Mission Accomplished.”

A Voice Cries Out The Pain Of Iraq

Pat Tillman was a young man who had everything in life from a wonderful wife to milions of dollars and fame as an NFL player, but he gave up fame and fortune to go off and fight for his nation in the wilds of Afghanistan. On some lonely hill he was killed, unfortunately, by his own friends. George Bush lied about the death of Pat Tillman in order to milk some votes out of a patriotic pitch much to the chagrin of Pat’s parents. Now, his widow Marie is beginning to speak out about the importance of individuals taking a stand for their beliefs and she is using a foundation created by those who loved her husband. “To me the biggest part (of the foundation) is getting people to find out what they are pasionate about and what kind of impact they want to have in their life, and empowering them to get out there and do it. I think that’s how Pat lived his life.”

Pat Tillman was a man who cared about human justice and went to fight in a war he hoped furthered that quest. One can only wonder how he would have reacted to the Bush administration lying about the circumstances of his death in order to wave the flag and solicit votes. He died as he lived, fighting for human dignity. That is not something one can say about George Bush.

Secretary Gates For Bipartisan Solution

Since the beginning of the war in Iraq, President Bush has adopted a Republican approach to victory and a disdain for those who dare opposing his policiies. Democrats were vilified and even a former US senator who lost his limbs fighting in Vietnam was accused of being anti-American by Republicans. However, now that Iraq has become a disaster area, Republicans are seeking to involve Democrats in attaining some sort of bipartisan solution to the mess. Defense Secetary Robert Gates seeks a long term bipartisan agreement on what should constitute US policy in Iraq.”It was my hope 16 months ago that I could help forge a bipartisan path forward in our Iraq pollcy” in order to maintain movement toward a solution. He pointed out how there had been mistakes during the Cold War but Republicans and Democrats had worked together to find solutions.

Perhaps, the Republican leader might begin by apologizing to Democrats for insults and disparaging comments by President Bush who questioned the patriotism of his critics. During the Cold War Presidents Truman and Kennedy appointed leading Republicans to important roles in the government in order to demonstrate a commitment to bipartisanship. Unfortunately, George Bush’s only thought from day one of his presidency has been to seek triumph for Republicans even at the cost of smearing the names of Democratic opponents.