But the bombing campaign is now in its thirteenth year…

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What is that sound I hear, the shrill whining of right-wing nuts up a notch this week. Their president’s poll numbers are in the tank, likely to stay there and put a few Congressional seats in the Democratic column. The port debacle, the domestic spying scandal, the torture in our name. The foundations of the current economy are rickety, riding on enormous debt, both personal and federal. A minority of zealots in South Dakota have managed to pass a bill forcing women into maternity. Iraq, whatever it is, civil war or middle-east alleyway of perpetual violence is most assuredly the Bush cabal’s fault, a mess that they micro-managed from the safety of their Washington bunkers. Despite the doubletalk, Bush was hell bent on war and now even he has tried to distance himself from being the war president.

British Memo — Bush, Blair Agreed to Invade In Late Jan. 2003:

A memo of a two-hour meeting between [Bush and Blair] at the White House on January 31 2003 – nearly two months before the invasion – reveals that Mr Bush made it clear the US intended to invade whether or not there was a second UN resolution and even if UN inspectors found no evidence of a banned Iraqi weapons programme. [Guardian, 2/3/06]

British Memo — Bush Had Made Up His In July 2002:

It seemed clear that Bush had made up his mind to take military action, even if the timing was not yet decided. [Downing Street Minutes, 7/23/02]

Bush Suggested War Against Iraq Nine Days After 9/11:

President George Bush first asked Tony Blair to support the removal of Saddam Hussein from power at a private White House dinner nine days after the terror attacks of 11 September, 2001. [The Observer, 4/4/04]

Richard Clarke Said Bush Pushed Him To Make Case for Iraq War:

Richard Clarke, former White House counterterrorism director: “Rumsfeld was saying that we needed to bomb Iraq. And we all said … no, no. Al-Qaeda is in Afghanistan. … The president dragged me into a room with a couple of other people, shut the door, and said, ‘I want you to find whether Iraq did this.’ Now he never said, ‘Make it up.’ But the entire conversation left me in absolutely no doubt that George Bush wanted me to come back with a report that said Iraq did this. [CBS 60 Minutes, 3/21/04]

Rumsfeld Suggested War Against Iraq on 9/11:

Rumsfeld’s instruction to General Myers on 9/11: Find the “[b]est info fast …judge whether good enough [to] hit S.H. [Saddam Hussein] at same time – not only UBL [Usama Bin Laden]” [Rumsfeld’s notes, 9/11/01]

Why isn’t there much difference between right-wing blogs and so much of the media? because they’re the same thing, There Is No Right-Wing Blogosphere Anymore

“The blogs,” as they are known in many media outlets and circles and DC, are now almost exclusively the realm of progressives. The entire term “the blogs” implies a new institution operating independently of established centers of news distribution and political power. That no longer exists on the right. The right-wing blogosphere, as it is now constituted, is simply an extension of a larger message machine that developed long before the blogosphere ever existed. The right-wing blogosphere no longer holds any promise to produce new leaders within the conservative movement, or to alter the balance of power within the conservative movement in any way, shape or form.

Sure there are some c-list right-wing blogs that might have something to say other then an echo, but for the most part as I click from right-wing site to right-wing site its copy and paste. I don’t have the high standards of blogging that people like Jesse Taylor had when he was at pandagon, but damn, are Michelle, Ed, Mac, Hugh, and Glenn afraid they’re get a tiny little headache if they try to think and write at the same time. There is one important factor that Chris at MyDD leaves out. The right-wing blogs make up for the lack of content by playing the linking game very well. I’m far from being a net guru, but the llink game gets stories noticed, it gets their posts bumped up on the search engines; they’re doing what they have always done, generate noise. Not much truth, but lots of noise. Do they give themselves too much credit for things like sinking Harriet Miers, sure they do ( if they had all the influence they think they have she never would have been nominated). Though there’s nothing like a little delusion for building confidence even if it is unfounded.The rightie blogs do have something in common besides an affinity for kool-aid, they’re from The Planet of Unreality

This is not good. The people running this country sound convinced that reality is whatever they say it is. And if they’ve actually strayed into the realm of genuine self-delusion — if they actually believe the fantasies they’re spinning about the bloody mess they’ve made in Iraq over the past three years — then things are even worse than I thought.

Here is reality: The Bush administration’s handpicked interim Iraqi prime minister, Ayad Allawi, told the BBC on Sunday, “We are losing each day an average of 50 to 60 people throughout the country, if not more. If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is. Iraq is in the middle of a crisis. Maybe we have not reached the point of no return yet, but we are moving towards this point. . . . We are in a terrible civil conflict now.”

Here is self-delusion: Dick Cheney went on “Face the Nation” a few hours later and said he disagreed with Allawi — who, by the way, is a tad closer to the action than the quail-hunting veep. There’s no civil war, Cheney insisted. Move along, nothing to see here, pay no attention to those suicide bombings and death-squad murders. As an aside, Cheney insisted that his earlier forays into the Twilight Zone — U.S. troops would be greeted as liberators, the insurgency is in its “last throes” — were “basically accurate and reflect reality.”

Maybe on his home planet.

Donald Rumsfeld, meanwhile, was busy on The Post’s op-ed page, abusing history. Leaving Iraq now, he wrote, “would be the modern equivalent of handing postwar Germany back to the Nazis.” The bizarre analogy was immediately disputed by foreign policy sages Henry Kissinger (who noted that there was “no significant resistance movement” in Germany after World War II) and Zbigniew Brzezinski (who just called the comparison “absolutely crazy”).

Let’s see, we live in a one party country, there are more conservative talking heads on TV then progressive ones, now WaPO hires a rabid wing-nut who’s first post I could have done. It reads like 50 pieces of ring-wing junk e-mail I’ve gotten over the years ( just try to get off some right-wing mailing list, you’ll just get even more fire breathing hate spewing conspiracy laden garbage. Letter to Wash. Post executive editor re: blogger Ben Domenech and here. Its all kind of funny in the since that WaPO doesn’t have a regular progressive blogger. They have a politcal blogger that has called out Bush’s BS. So they supposedly compensate by getting someone who probably thinks Mussolini was a moderate.

Someone Took In These Pants reminds us, March 22: World Water Day

[m]ore than 1 billion people world wide – 20% of the planet’s entire human population – lack access to clean, safe drinking water.

INTERVIEWER
Do you think that the government
is winning the battle against
terrorists?

HELPMANN
On yes. Our morale is much higher
than theirs, we’re fielding all
their strokes, running a lot of
them out, and pretty consistently
knocking them for six. I’d say
they’re nearly out of the game.

The Technician is tottering on one leg on the chair on the
desk as he strains to swat the Beetle. Swish, swash, oops,
WHAP! Gottcha!!

INTERVIEWER
But the bombing campaign is now in
its thirteenth year…

HELPMANN
Beginner’s luck.

INTERVIEWER
Thank you very much, Deputy
Minister.
from the screenplay BRAZIL by Terry Gilliam, Tom Stoppard & Charles McKeown