Sorry for the re-run post, Dearest Readers-another busy anti-war week.
This post is from November of 2005. Generals then were telling us the military would be broken within a year, if we kept going with this war. Dubya and his cronies do not have any regard for the military, Walter Reed, contracting out their jobs to KBR and Blackwater have proved that.
Now in former "coalition of the willing partner" Spain, a judge has said Bush and his allies (Tony?) committed war crimes. How many other times have they said that about an American president or British Prime Minister? Ah,perhaps Prissy is over-reacting...
Prissy predicts Gonzo will be gone soon, shortly after Sampson comes clean. At this point in the game, its the only thing he can do. An Attorney General who refuses to testify under oath, yet wants to take away the rights of you and me? The neorepublican party is over-even Chuckie Hagel is being truthful, mentioning that "others" may want impeachment. Of course we do Chuck, but an indictment will suffice...
1.Any soldier will due Alternate Press Review
Last week the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative unit of Congress, released a report indicating that the Pentagon has been calling up reserve soldiers who are ill or medically unfit to serve. The reservists are serving primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan. Although the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness is responsible for managing medical and physical fitness policy and procedures, the report determined that this office has no way to determine if reserve soldiers are fit to serve or have pre-existing medical conditions prior to deployment.
2.U.S. 'can't maintain Iraq troop levels' United Press International
"It has become clear that if we still have 140,000 ground troops in Iraq a year from now, we will destroy the all-volunteer army," said the a report written by the center's Lawrence Korb and Brian Katulis. Korb served as assistant secretary of defense under President Ronald Reagan.
3. Army reaches low, fills ranks-Baltimore Sun
Former Army Secretary Thomas E. White said the service was making a mistake by lowering its standards. "I think it's disastrous. You are throwing the towel in on recruiting quality," said White, a retired general whom Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld fired in 2003 over other policy differences.
4.Asterisks Dot White House's Iraq Argument- Washington Post (to the Post-intelligent people have known this for YEARS)
President Bush and his national security adviser have answered critics of the Iraq war in recent days with a two-pronged argument: that Congress saw the same intelligence the administration did before the war, and that independent commissions have determined that the administration did not misrepresent the intelligence.
Neither assertion is wholly accurate.
In some of his harshest criticisms of the war to date, Nelson said the Bush administration has not been up front with the American people about the war and likened it to Vietnam.
"We're in a heck of a mess," Nelson, a Florida Democrat, told a mostly Democratic crowd of 80 at a political fund-raiser held in a Sarasota bayfront home.
Clark, a retired four-star Army general, said going to war was a mistake.
"We need to get our troops out of there," he said.
6. Fury as US opens arms to Chalabi -The Austrialian
"Mr Chalabi should be sitting down with FBI investigators, rather than meeting with cabinet secretaries," wrote senators Ted Kennedy, Patrick Leahy and Richard Durbin in a letter to the Attorney-General, Alberto Gonzales. At a news conference, Mr Chalabi denied having given Iran information that had compromised US security. He said he had offered last year to be questioned by the US, and added: "I am prepared to go to the Senate and respond to questions."
At the same time, Mr Chalabi refused to apologise for advising the Bush administration that Saddam had arsenals of weapons of mass destruction.
"We are sorry for every American life that was lost in Iraq," he said. "As for deliberately misleading, this is an urban myth."
Urban myth? Coming from the man who is wanted for embezzlement in Jordan? Hmm...no wonder King Dubya likes him-they hate the same things.
7. The Other Bomb Drops-the Nation
On the eve of the official invasion, on March 8, 2003, Bush said in his national radio address: "We are doing everything we can to avoid war in Iraq. But if Saddam Hussein does not disarm peacefully, he will be disarmed by force." Bush said this after nearly a year of systematic, aggressive bombings of Iraq, during which Iraq was already being disarmed by force, in preparation for the invasion to come. By the Pentagon's own admission, it carried out seventy-eight individual, offensive airstrikes against Iraq in 2002 alone.
"It reminded me of a boxing match in which one of the boxers is told not to move while the other is allowed to punch and only stop when he is convinced that he has weakened his opponent to the point where he is defeated before the fight begins," says former UN Assistant Secretary General Hans Von Sponeck, a thirty-year career diplomat who was the top UN official in Iraq from 1998 to 2000. During both the Clinton and Bush administrations, Washington has consistently and falsely claimed these attacks were mandated by UN Resolution 688, passed after the Gulf War, which called for an end to the Iraqi government's repression in the Kurdish north and the Shiite south. Von Sponeck dismissed this justification as a "total misnomer." In an interview with The Nation, Von Sponeck said that the new information "belatedly confirms" what he has long argued: "The no-fly zones had little to do with protecting ethnic and religious groups from Saddam Hussein's brutality" but were in fact an "illegal establishment...for bilateral interests of the US and the UK."
8.Vice President Cheney Should Resign- Common Dreams
When the President put forward his White House Counsel as a Supreme Court nominee America collectively asked, "What was the President thinking?" Now the world has reason to ask,"What is the Vice President thinking?" How can it be that the person who is only a heartbeat away from the Presidency actually advocates the use of torture? Cheney reportedly would authorize any level of mistreatment "short of organ failure." Under that definition, not even rape would be excluded.
President Bush and Vice President Cheney could care less. They both believe that those who oppose the plan to exempt the CIA from strictures against torture are "aiding and abetting" the enemy. In effect, American citizens with a moral conscience are deemed to be traitors.
Prissy says yes, let's do talk traitors... Cheney should be sent to Gitmo and "treated appropriately" under his own rules. After all, we have some questions about his trips to the CIA before the war...Then let's ask him again, "Is torture humane for a country which used to pride itself on human rights?"
9. McCain urges changes in Bush's Iraq strategy- Reuters
Republican Sen. John McCain, a major backer of the Iraq war, said on Thursday the Bush administration must make broad changes in its strategy to confront the insurgency in Iraq, and commit more troops and resources to the effort.
McCain, the Arizona maverick who challenged George W. Bush for the presidential nomination in 2000 and is considered likely to make another run, repudiated calls from many Democrats for a plan to start withdrawing troops from Iraq.
McCain is looking out for McCain 2008-not the soldiers. Prissy didn't hear him complain very loud about the lousy equipment, rotation schedules or other soldier concerns. A "Gulf of Tonkin Resolution" coming soon? Keep your eye on McCain-he didn't learn anything from Vietnam. He is from the old cold war school-no understanding of terrorism. Thinks like Bush-application of enough force will solve all problems.
10.Report Warned on CIA's Tactics in Interrogation Original in NYT-TruthOut
The report, by John L. Helgerson, the C.I.A.'s inspector general, did not conclude that the techniques constituted torture, which is also prohibited under American law, the officials said. But Mr. Helgerson did find, the officials said, that the techniques appeared to constitute cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment under the convention.
It is a shame it takes a Prissy Patriot to point out these "man things" are wrong...and we are sure they are illegal as well as immoral and unethical. They do not consider (or care) the position that they are putting our own soldiers in. Germany has already said their own material participation in the war may be illegal...a Spanish judge said try Bush and his allies for war crimes. Good going Dubya. Prissy warned him...everyone did- and they were all blackballed/audited/erroneously billed and/or fired for it.
There are probably a thousand or so more reasons these Chickenhawks do not support the troops-and why we shouldn't support Chickenhawks!
In 2007 we find out there is little care for returning troops with health problems or marines going on their 5th tours.
Prissy believes the main reason is this: These undiplomatic warmongers (this means Condi and Karen too) see themselves as "better" than the soldiers under their command.
Therefore, soldiers are expendable by the thousands, if that is what it takes to attain their goals of acquiring middle east oil reserves and occupying forever the country of Iraq. Too lazy and too immoral to think of another way...Like BUYING IT.
Certainly, the costs would have been easier to accept.
Quotes of the Day
Quotes of the Day
Why Dubya, Cheney (the Penguin) and the other cold war Chickenhawks will never solve the problems they have given us...
'Insanity is doing the same things over and over again and expecting the different results'~ Albert Einstein
'No problem can be solved by the same consciousness that created it. We need to see the world anew.' ~Albert Einstein
'There is nothing as useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.' ~Peter Drucker, Business Philosopher (Did Dubya miss this at Harvard?)
A funny in honor of Prissy's Canadian friends (she may need political refugee status there, if we don't get rid of Dubya)...thanks for reading!