In right-wing conservative world when all else fails, cook up a good conspiracy theory, throw in a denial of reality, with a dash of persecution complex- a tendency to paint themselves as impotent martyrs and you get that Haditha never happened, Valerie Plame was not really a CIA agent whose identity was classified, and while no evidence has ever appeared that George W. Bush is anything but a deserter from TANG cross your heart and hope to die the right looked into their crystal ball and saw that Georgie did complete his service. Conservatives BELIEVE and that is enough. FACTS and KNOWLEDGE are hairy pests to be eradicated. You need air to breathe, but do you really, isn't that whole oxygen meme just a conventional wisdow dreamed up by the liberal press.
With two U.S. military inquiries underway, al-Hadithi provided in an interview this week the most complete accounting yet of Iraqi accusations that Marines went on a revenge rampage in Hadithah last November 19.
His account, based on his observations that day and subsequent interviews with other townspeople, alleges that a small group of Marines killed up to two dozen Iraqi civilians in a house-to-house hunt that stretched over three hours. An estimated 50 Marines also in Hadithah did not intervene, according to his investigation for the Hammurabi group, a Sunni Muslim organization.
but newer accounts including briefings to members of Congress have indicated at least some of the 24 deaths were the result of deliberate gunfire by a small group of Marines seeking revenge for the bombing, and that their actions were covered up by other Marines in the area who knew or suspected what had occurred.
Press release from the Office of Special Counsel, WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL I. LEWIS LIBBY INDICTED ON OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, FALSE STATEMENT AND PERJURY CHARGES RELATING TO LEAK OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION REVEALING CIA OFFICER’S IDENTITY (pdf file)
Beginning in late May 2003, Libby allegedly began acquiring information about a 2002 trip to the African country of Niger by Joseph Wilson, a former United States Ambassador and career State Department official, to investigate allegations concerning efforts by the former government of Iraq to acquire uranium yellowcake, a processed form of uranium ore. The CIA decided on its own initiative to send Wilson to Niger after an inquiry to the CIA by the Vice President concerning certain intelligence reporting. Wilson orally reported his findings to the CIA upon his return. Subsequently, Libby allegedly lied about information he discussed about the CIA employment of Wilson’s wife, Valerie Plame Wilson, in conversations Libby had in June and July 2003 with three news reporters – Tim Russert of NBC News, Matt Cooper of Time magazine, and Judith Miller of The New York Times.
Prior to July 14, 2003, Valerie Wilson’s employment status was classified. Prior to that date, her affiliation with the CIA was not common knowledge outside the intelligence community. Disclosure of classified information about an individual’s employment by the CIA has the potential to damage the national security in ways that range from preventing that individual’s future use in a covert capacity, to compromising intelligence-gathering methods and operations, and endangering the safety of CIA employees and those who deal with them, the indictment states.
Could Libby have been indicted for perjury if what he lied about was of no consequence. While possible, it is very unlikely. The indictment also clears up the right-wing conservative myth that Plame sent Wilson to Niger. The CIA sent Wilson.
Bush's guard service. The right-wing moonbats assure us that all the evidence is in. Not true. We may never have all the evidence necessary to make an absolute final judgement, and the fringe right Bush defenders are all too happy to fill in the gaps of doubt with their made up proof, Bush's missing year
In 1973 Bush returned to his Houston Guard unit, but in May of that year his commanders could not complete his annual officer effectiveness rating report because, they wrote, "Lt. Bush has not been observed at this unit during the period of the report." Based on those records, as well as interviews with Texas Air National guardsmen, the Globe raised serious questions as to whether Bush ever reported for duty at all during 1973.
But Bush fell well short of meeting his military obligation, a Globe reexamination of the records shows: Twice during his Guard service — first when he joined in May 1968, and again before he transferred out of his unit in mid-1973 to attend Harvard Business School — Bush signed documents pledging to meet training commitments or face a punitive call-up to active duty.
He didn't meet the commitments, or face the punishment, the records show. The 1973 document has been overlooked in news media accounts. The 1968 document has received scant notice.
On July 30, 1973, shortly before he moved from Houston to Cambridge, Bush signed a document that declared, ''It is my responsibility to locate and be assigned to another Reserve forces unit or mobilization augmentation position. If I fail to do so, I am subject to involuntary order to active duty for up to 24 months. . . " Under Guard regulations, Bush had 60 days to locate a new unit.
But Bush never signed up with a Boston-area unit.
The CBS documents debacle was a miracle of sorts for Bush and his cult of supporters, the media has been scared away from making any further investigations. The whole issue of Bush's avoiding service in Vietnam will continue to be a huge thorn in the side of the conservative fringe as they know it speaks volumes not just about Bush's arrogance and lifelong lack of character, but says a lot about his supporter's hypocrisy and grasp of reality. Every revelation about Bush's past or his current shady shenanigans creates a right-wing panic in which they all alternately scatter to find the emperor some clothes or some juvenile reason as to why the emperor is not required to wear them. As does the whole issue of exposing the identity of a CIA agent at the same time that the administration claims that it must violate FISA laws in order to keep America safe. It seems that in wing-nut world there are two Americas. One America for conservatives where they can make up their own reality, obey or disobey the law as they see fit and are free to destroy the reputations and careers of anyone that stands in the way of their reactionary agenda.
Then there is the America of the rest of us. An America of high ideals, an America of the common good, an America where no matter what letter comes after your last name you are bound by the laws of the land. A new low — the Senate seeks to "pardon" the President for past lawbreaking
Observing and commenting on the behavior of Arlen Specter is one of the most unpleasant obligations a person can have, but for anyone following the NSA eavesdropping scandal specifically, and the Bush administration's abuses of executive power generally, it is a necessary evil. The principal reason that the Bush administration has been able to impose its radical theories of lawbreaking on the country is because Congress, with an unseemly eagerness, has permitted itself to be humiliated over and over by an administration which does not hide its contempt for the notion that Congress has any role to play in limiting and checking the executive branch. And few people have more vividly illustrated that institutional debasement than Arlen Specter, who, along with Pat Roberts, has done more than anyone else to ensure that Congress completely relinquishes its constitutional powers to the President.
The executive office of the U.S. is actually only that of President in name only. Bush, with help from his party, Congress, and a stacked court has made the office of president into one of supreme shah. He is no longer a clog in the machine of governance, a civil servant who must answer for his actions to the people, but a ruler whose arrogant use of power goes unchecked.
One of the principal objections inculcated by the more respectable adversaries to the Constitution, is its supposed violation of the political maxim, that the legislative, executive, and judiciary departments ought to be separate and distinct. In the structure of the federal government, no regard, it is said, seems to have been paid to this essential precaution in favor of liberty. The several departments of power are distributed and blended in such a manner as at once to destroy all symmetry and beauty of form, and to expose some of the essential parts of the edifice to the danger of being crushed by the disproportionate weight of other parts.
No political truth is certainly of greater intrinsic value, or is stamped with the authority of more enlightened patrons of liberty, than that on which the objection is founded. The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, selfappointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.
January 30, 1788, James Madison
Conservatives have used democracy, they've exploited its openness and generosity, accumulated power and the wealth of born of cronyism and used that power and wealth to betray the foundations of this democracy, but hey that's not important Michele Malkin is out stalking Democratic bloggers and has pictures of one having a beer.
Then a fresh wave, a raging wave of humiliation, swept through his mind,and left nothing there but a personal sense of undeserved abasement. Why should he be mixed up with such a horrid exposure! It annihilated all the advantages of his well-ordered past, by a truth effective and unjust like a calumny–and the past was wasted. Its failure was disclosed–a distinct failure, on his part, to see, to guard, to understand. It could not be denied; it could not be explained away, hustled out of sight. He could not sit on it and look solemn.
from TALES OF UNREST by Joseph Conrad