Sunday, April 09, 2006

War Games and the Boys Playing Them

Bush and Rummy just don't get it. People don't like war. It's expensive and bloody. They object to the destruction, death and chaos which accompany it. Especially become angered when finding out they were "duped" into the continuing war. As a result, most sane people think wars should be fought only as needed.

Prissy will say it again: Our military has two purposes 1) Defense of the Homeland 2) Humanitarian crisis

Anything else is a misuse. Our military personnel are not the personal mercenaries for George Bush and friends. Prissy heard the military won't be duped into another "war of choice". Bet the American people will back you on this one. They sure don't want a draft, as this time there will be no exception for college kids or women.

UPDATE- From BuzzFlash Gangster Government -- A Leaky President Runs Afoul of "Little Rico" by Greg Palast (Exclusive to

Let me draft the indictment for you as I would have were I still a government gumshoe:

"Perpetrator Lewis Libby (alias, 'Scooter') contacted Miller; while John Doe 1 contacted perpetrators' shill at the Washington Post, Bob Woodward, in furtherance of a scheme directed by George Bush (alias 'The POTUS') and Dick Cheney (alias, 'The Veep') to release intelligence information fraudulently proffered as 'classified,' and thereinafter, knowingly withheld material evidence from a grand jury empanelled to investigate said disclosure. Furthermore, perpetrator 'The POTUS' made material statements designed to deceive investigators and knowingly misrepresent his state of knowledge of the facts."

Statements aimed at misleading grand jury investigators are hard-time offenses. It doesn't matter that Bush's too-clever little quip was made to the press and not under oath. I've cited press releases and comments in the New York Times in court as evidence of fraud. By not swearing to his disingenuous statement, Bush gets off the perjury hook, but he committed a crime nonetheless, "deliberate concealment."

Here's how the law works (and hopefully, it will). The Bush gang's use of the telephone in this con game constituted wire fraud. Furthermore, while presidents may leak ("declassify") intelligence information, they may not obstruct justice; that is, send a grand jury on a wild goose chase. Under the 'RICO' statute (named after the Edward G. Robinson movie mobster, 'Little Rico'), the combination of these crimes makes the Bush executive branch a "racketeering enterprise."

We will be breathing the sweet fumes of freedom once they are gone...Book "em Danno, indeed.

And this diamond, from Greg: The RICO law requires the Feds to seize all "ill-gotten gains" of a racketeering enterprise, even before trial. Usually we're talking fast cars and diamond bling. But in this case, the conspirators' purloined booty includes a stolen election and a fraudulently obtained authorization for war. I see no reason why a judge could not impound the 82d Airborne as "fruits of the fraud " -- lock, stock and gun barrels -- and bring the boys home.

Prissy forgot about the part the RICO statute that allows their ill-gotten gains can be seized before trial!

So BRING THEM HOME NOW. There is no legal or moral reason to bother those folks over there any longer or put our soldiers through that. Good news indeed!

Al-Jazeera Bush warned against attacking Iran

John Kerry, a democratic senator and former presidential contender, also assailed the White House for what he said was its over reliance on military might.

"That is another example of the shoot-from-the-hip, cowboy diplomacy of this administration.

"For us to think about exploding tactical nuclear weapons in some way is the height of irresponsibility. It would be destructive to any non-proliferation efforts and the military assessment is: It would not work," he told NBC television.

And Anthony Zinni, former head of US Central Command-who has already forgotten more than Dubya will ever know...

"The Iranians will retaliate, and they have many possibilities in an area where there are many vulnerabilities, from our troop positions to the oil and gas in the region that can be interrupted, to attacks on Israel, to the conduct of terrorism".

Prissy bets they will be glad liberals think prisoners should be treated like humanbeings...

"Why I Think Rumsfeld Must Go"

They all need to go, not just Rummy. You know prisoners are classified by testing-wonder what theirs will show?

Dennis Hastert's connection to Hutchison Wampoa Deal

Stuff you should know about Dennis.

From Bloomberg News April 9 Straw

Says He's `Certain' Iran Attack Isn't Planned (Update1) British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said he is ``certain'' that neither the U.S. nor Britain would preemptively attack Iran.

``We're opposed to military action because there is no reason for it,'' Straw said in an interview with British Broadcasting Corp. television today. ``The idea of a nuclear strike on Iran is completely nuts.''

Nuts? Yes, but so was the pre-emptive attack on Iraq. And no one stopped him then, did they Jack?

(Stephen Pitts, Artist)

The New Yorker THE IRAN PLANS by SEYMOUR M. HERSH 2006-04-10

A key ally with an important voice in the debate is Israel, whose leadership has warned for years that it viewed any attempt by Iran to begin enriching uranium as a point of no return. I was told by several officials that the White House's interest in preventing an Israeli attack on a Muslim country, which would provoke a backlash across the region, was a factor in its decision to begin the current operational planning. In a speech in Cleveland on March 20th, President Bush depicted Ahmadinejad's hostility toward Israel as a "serious threat." It's a threat to world peace." He added, "I made it clear, I'll make it clear again, that we will use military might to protect our ally Israel."

Any American bombing attack, Richard Armitage told me, would have to consider the following questions: "What will happen in the other Islamic countries? What ability does Iran have to reach us and touch us globally,that is, terrorism? Will Syria and Lebanon up the pressure on Israel? What does the attack do to our already diminished international standing? And what does this mean for Russia, China, and the U.N. Security Council?"

Iran, which now produces nearly four million barrels of oil a day, would not have to cut off production to disrupt the world's oil markets. It could blockade or mine the Strait of Hormuz, the thirty-four-mile-wide passage through which Middle Eastern oil reaches the Indian Ocean. Nonetheless, the recently retired defense official dismissed the strategic consequences of such actions. He told me that the U.S. Navy could keep shipping open by conducting salvage missions and putting mine- sweepers to work. "It's impossible to block passage," he said. The government consultant with ties to the Pentagon also said he believed that the oil problem could be managed, pointing out that the U.S. has enough in its strategic reserves to keep America running for sixty days. However, those in the oil business I spoke to were less optimistic; one industry expert estimated that the price per barrel would immediately spike, to anywhere from ninety to a hundred dollars per barrel, and could go higher, depending on the duration and scope of the conflict.

Guess Dubya and friends did not hear about this:

The Insider Flashback US loses war games in simulated conflict with Iran

Washington - US spy agencies have played out "war games" to consider possible pre-emptive strikes on Iranian nuclear facilities, and concluded that strikes would not resolve Washington's standoff with Tehran, Newsweek magazine reported on Sunday.

"The war games were unsuccessful at preventing the conflict from escalating," an unnamed air force source told the magazine in its latest issue.

The central intelligence and the defence intelligence agency played out the possible results US strikes, the magazine reported.

Prissy heard our ships ended up on the bottom of the sea quickly. Think a yacht in a lake-with no place to get turned around...

What are these for?

Yahoo Vermont Democrats call for Bush impeachment

In an elementary school cafeteria strewn with American flags and copies of the U.S. Constitution, some 100 state party officials agreed to make the request to the U.S. House of Representatives.

"You know in your own hearts and minds that something is terribly wrong in this country," said Margaret Lucenti, a Democrat from Vermont's capital Montpelier.

The measure asks the Republican-controlled House to pass articles of impeachment against Bush for misleading the nation on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and engaging in illegal wiretapping, among other charges.

Democratic state committees in Wisconsin, New Mexico, Nevada and North Carolina have taken similar steps.

If congress continues to refuse to do their duty to country; their own impeachment will follow...

WEST POINT GRADUATES AGAINST THE WAR Yet another school where even a rich kid like Dubya, couldn't get accepted...Rock On, West Point!

"Duty, Honor, Country."

They also have the actual highlights of the UCMJ(United States Military Justice Code) broken by the cabal. Great Job! They also point out that enlisted personnel must cede to the orders of their Commander.

Officers, however, are duty bound to the Constitution and have a moral and legal obligation to refuse illegal orders. Remember that for next time some idiot politician tries to start a war for his buddies to fatten their corporate bank accounts. Or to prove how tough he is; like he is going to personally fight it! Most of us learned about his kind before the end of Kindergarten. Prissy sees how badly Americans are lacking in political education. Blame Hollywood, their parents and the selfish nature of the culture.

All artwork by Stephen Pitts

Quote of the Day "The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in moral philosophy; that is, the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness." --John Kenneth Galbraith(Hat tip to Randy from Canada for this timely quote)

Life is a long lesson in humility.- James M. Barrie

Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.- William Goldman

America's greatest strength, and its greatest weakness, is our belief in second chances, our belief that we can always start over, that things can be made better. --Anthony Walton

There's the country of America, which you have to defend, but there's also the idea of America. America is more than just a country, it's an idea. An idea that's supposed to be contagious.--Bono (1960 - ), Oprah Winfrey Show, 2002

I see America, not in the setting sun of a black night of despair ahead of us, I see America in the crimson light of a rising sun fresh from the burning, creative hand of God. I see great days ahead, great days possible to men and women of will and vision.--Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

International friends, the spirit of America has been sorely tested. Though today's American acted much slower to protecting the idea of America than their forefathers, they reacted none the same. Fitzgerald will idict more soon. More will undoubtably resign.

It's said Dubya is considering stepping down.

That is the least he could do for his many American and Iraqi victims. Give them the honor of truth.

The death Governor becomes the death President.